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Thursday, April 29, 2010

What an odd day which turns out to be pretty... good.

I planned to get up really early (for me) at 8 am.. (rise and shine emoticon) but than when my alarm went off, I thought, "It is probably emoticon and icky out." and decided to sleep in until 9:30 am. Yes, kinda lazy today.

So, anyways, I took the long way to campus meaning instead of having half a mile walk, I emoticona little under three miles to get there. On the way there, I called my parents and my mom told me that my check came in. emoticon

I got to work and now I don't feel good. I knew it was because I haven't ate enough. I get light headed, nauseaus, and a headache, sometimes when I need to eat instead of my stomach growling. So.. I had no money with me and forgot to bring emoticon. Someone had an extra slim fast so I had that. Let me tell you I found it emoticon (disgusting) but it was calories which is what I needed.

After work, I went on the emoticon than I lifted emoticon. When I got back to the locker room, my muscles were trembling. This has happened once before.. and apparently I exhausted my muscles. Do you think this is a good or bad thing? Did I have a good weight lifting work out?

Than, as I was waiting around to go to work again, I was playing on the emoticon which consisted of bouncing between Sparkpeople, Facebook, and my email..

I got an email saying I won the VP Social Programming position at the Residence Hall Association on campus. I was kinda surprised.. because I did not really think I was going to get it. Let me explain.

Last night I was working the front desk in where people come and vote. There was a person I knew in the VP Social Programming position and the VP Public Relations in which he was the only to vote for. I figured he couldn't hold both positions. So, when people came to vote and mentioned they didn't know anyone, I told them they could write me in for the VP Social Programming since they knew me.

I thought it would be fun and a great way to meet people. It was a spur of the moment thing. I didn't really think I would get it because I would be getting maybe 15 votes to his 300-some votes. It is kind of a no-brainer, I thought. emoticon If I got it, I got it...but I got it now.. so now what do I do?

I, of course, accepted.. but now I am nervous about it - what did I do? There is a meeting tomorrow morning at 7 am (no more sleeping in for me, I guess) that is highly encouraged.. than the week after that is when I think my position starts because that meeting is mandotary. Eek! emoticon

I find it ironic that next year, I will be all about Residence Life, and being part of campus. I will be carrying 16 credits emoticon, working a PT job, being a Week of Welcome Team Leader (Freshman Orientation Leader) at the beginning of the school year, and being the VP of Social Programming for RHA for the full year. emoticon emoticon emoticon

(Sorry for the longer blog.. but I sure an odd day, as I mentioned before!)

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I almost forgot!!!

Tomorrow is my weigh in.. and I am a bit nervous about that, too. At this point, you would think I am a Nervous Nelly, lol! I think it will be good and should have lost 4# (the same amount as last time).

I have burned about the same amount of calories, and went out to eat the same about times (but with less calories). [Yes, I know I am not supposed to be going out to eat. I figure I can have 3 strikes or you are out.. kind of thing.] I have weight trained three times versus just two times last time.

In addition to that, people have been commenting about my weight and asking if I lost. emoticonIt is hard to answer if you have lost weight when you only weigh yourself every 10 days.. emoticon. I just assumed I have.. considering I am fitting into size 16 and 18 pants which wasn't happening a few weeks ago... but in my head, I was like: "Um, I guess so."

My reward for this weigh in, no matter the weight, is that I get a pair of new jeans size 16, hopefully! At the same time, I don't want to buy some expensive pair just for them to not fit in 3-4 weeks. emoticon

So.. I think I am going to have a scavendor hunt on Saturday if my friends don't go shopping on Friday with me. With this scavendor hunt, I am going to go to Goodwill and Plato's Closet.. and if I don't find something that I absolutely fall in emoticon with than I think I will adventure over to Old Navy and find something in their clearance rack. I have had to tell myself NO! like 3 times this week .. and to wait until Friday to get them.

Guess what?!!! Tomorrow IS Friday! emoticon

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MYSHARONA6 4/29/2010 7:36PM

    Your day was full of surprises but turned out great. Keep a few bucks in your pocket for food, next time. Better yet, remember your stuff....I can't stand to be hungry....grrrrr. Good luck with the weigh in, too. emoticon

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FIDGIEGIRL 4/29/2010 7:24PM

    Sounds like a great day! emoticon

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Not Feeling Like My Size...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Recently, I have been trying on pants.. and at some stores, I am a size 18 and at some, a size 16. On one hand, I am excited to finally be able to fit into 16s.. but on the other hand, I do not feel like a size 16.

This happens as well for shirts. I will be like that is too small.. that won't fit. But, when I try it on.. it does.

Does anyone else feel like they aren't the size that the tag is telling them? It is like I don't believe it.

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SHERYLDS 4/29/2010 2:57PM

    You're doing great my friend. And you deserve to see the result. Good for you. I am absolutely thrilled. Wish I could have seen your face the first time you found the smaller size fit.

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SHMILY928 4/29/2010 2:47PM

    Tags lie to us all the time. Just focus on what fits well no matter the number on the tag. I have the opposite problem. I hold up a shirt or pair of pants and think there's no way this is the size I am. When did I get this big? Try not to worry about the number. You'll eventually get to the point where you see yourself the way everyone else does. Sometimes our minds are slow to catch up.

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BSKTCON 4/29/2010 2:05PM

    Yep. Same here. I've always had that problem. I'm down 25 lbs as of yesterday, but even before starting SP, I always bought my clothes too big. I guess no matter WHAT size I am, I'll always feel that I'm bigger than that. It sounds like we are about the same size. I've gone from size 20ish to size 16ish on SP. I still start at a size 20 when I try on pants. I don't know if it's habit, or self-image. Let's make a pact to start to see ourselves as we truly are...right now...whatever size we are, ok? I know that I look better when I wear the proper sizes of clothing, but I still cling to old habits of wearing things that are too big for me!

Have a wonderful week-end!!


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My Nook, Place in this World!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I am going through alot of changes in my life and realized I feel kind of lost because I have no nook, no place to belong to.

When I started college, my nook was hanging out with my best friend most of the time. Than, the following year, it was being part of Residence Life on campus. I still work for them but not in the time capacity so it is different. And, this year? Well, I have been trying to make new friends as my best friends and I move onto different paths. I struggle with this. And these new friends don't stick.

Anyhow, I am hoping to find my place next year. I will be getting into my major of Physical Education with a concentration on Health Promotion. While starting the classes in my major, I am hoping to get involved with SOAP, an outdoor adventure, recreational program ran at my college. I am hoping I find my nook, place for a bit.

The year after I am hoping to study through the National Student Exchange where I study at another college in the U.S.. When I do this, I hope it will be like a new start and I can find a nook at whatever college I decide on. I think it will help that I will/am focused on my health so I am crazy about working out, and trying new activities.

On the other hand, I do feel like I have a nook or a place here at SparkPeople. You guys are truly my friends.. supportive of me whether I am trying something new, having a bad day, being successful in losing weight or just being me. emoticon from the bottom of my heart for that

It is kind of ironic that more and more I feel comfortable with losing weight, fitness and working on being healthy, the more this, right here, is my nook. I would have never imagined this to be my nook.. but is. For now. Maybe down the road, my nook, place will be as a mother but I think this place, you people will always have a place in my heart!

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LYNNDAK 4/26/2010 1:29PM

    Oh! What a nice blog. I feel the same way. Everyone IS supportive on here. And I agree that it is hard to make new friends. I am surprised that in the short time since I joined I, too, have made SP friends. That's pretty cool!


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THECRAZYMANGO 4/25/2010 9:47PM

    I wish I met more people like the ones on here in person...

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MYSHARONA6 4/25/2010 9:04PM

    I think Spark is a comfortable place, too, where you can speak with others, blog and just generally, tell everyone what you are thinking and how you feel. It is very liberating; everyone is nonjudgmental and supportive. I think that is why it feels so confortable. You can go there when you need to; if you are busy, it waits for you. I, too, feel a sense of security here with friends. Keep your dreams alive and work towards your goals; it is all good. emoticon Sharon

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That's a reward? Sounds like a punishment.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

For the last few weeks, it has bothered me how much the American culture rewards "us" with food. No wonder we have a national obesity problem..

Here are a few examples from my life.

A few weeks ago, it was student worker appreication week.. we were rewarded by the staff bring in food. As a reward, we got cupcakes, cake, cookies.. I think you are getting the picture. What happened to food that will energize the college students rather than drag us down?

Today, I went to Wal-Mart.. and Knights of Columbus was standing outside. They looked VERY cold so I figured.. sure, I will donate. As a reward for my monetary gift, I get a toostie roll.

This happens all the time in our American culture.. and it is no wonder we are obese. We are rewarding ourselves with food.. rather than praise. But, national officals want us to be miraclously healthy. *sigh*

I am just frustrated because I feel like I have to eat it or it would be rude.. It IS for me but on the other hand, I don't want to ruin my calorie budget for the day. Anyone else feel this way?

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CHOPPIESMOM 4/25/2010 5:41PM

    Hey Becka, that's a great idea! You can say that you can't have that, and it is none of their business why not. (Of course you would not tell them it is none of their business LOL [even if you want to], just stop with I'm sorry, I cannot have that, but thank you!).

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SHERYLDS 4/25/2010 9:59AM

    Food is a drug of choice for a lot of people, and people see it as a easy cheap way to reward. You can't control what other people will do, or try to influence you to do,
but you can be aware and control how you choose to respond.
And YOU are doing GREAT !
Keep up the good work...Your world awaits you.

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DARCEYOH 4/24/2010 9:45PM

    Did you happen to catch that show "Food Revolution"? It was very interesting to watch the last episode in which he had said that the schools were willing abd able to change to a healthier food plans, but the government relies on sending them cheaper, highly processed foods. All while the government is asking, wanting, telling us we need to eat healthier and better.

Your blog reminded me of that. Unfortunately, it is easier to reward with food than with star stickers. More people appreciate food for job well done versus any other simple reward.

We get lots of food gifts in our office. One customer insists on giving each of us rolo's on her way out. Smile and say thank you, then give it to someone else.

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ARTGIRLJENN 4/24/2010 8:38PM

    I just say "thank you so much, but I'd love it if you'd have it for me". that way, I get out of it and the choice is THEIRS if they want to eat it, lol.

But I know exactly what you mean. xoxoxo

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/24/2010 8:29PM

    They usually do understand.. I just get frustrated that everyone complains that as a culture we are obese.. hello! look around.. haha!

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GOZEKIGRL 4/24/2010 7:56PM

    sometimes its hard to make that decision... because there are people and communities that will take offense when you don't eat something that they give you, especially as a gift or reward.

HOWEVER this is about YOU. they should respect your goals and dreams and understand the reasons why you are turning down their sugar-comma inducing treats. don't be embarrassed and don't feel bad about turning it down. they'll understand. and if they don't - their loss!

you rock! keep up the good work! emoticon

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BECKA525 4/24/2010 7:00PM

    You know I sometimes just say that I am trying to lose weight and that is not in my calories that are left for the day. If they are offended then they will get over it and I don't have to feel guilty for eating to much junk. If there is anything healthy then I eat that. Good Luck and I know how you feel.

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TLGREIG 4/24/2010 4:40PM

    I am diabetic so I have the excuse " sorry I can't have that, but thank you anyways!" emoticon

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Thinking Outside the Box (with measurements)!

Friday, April 23, 2010

For those that do not know, I put myself into a 100 Day Challenge where I cannot weigh myself.. but have measured me in other ways. I did not know there was so many.

1. I have so much energy that on the days I don't exercise.. I don't know what to do with myself and I can't sleep.

2. I measured myself yesterday and lost many inches.. 4 inches on my waist, in particular! (The last time I measured was in December so I was definitely due!)

3. Than, today I figured out the percentage of weight I have lost.. and I have lost 20% of my original weight. When I have lost 65#, I will have lost 25%! 25%!!!

Does anyone focus on body fat percentage or muscle percentage?

What ways do you measure yourself besides the evil, evil emoticon?

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/23/2010 6:35PM

    Hehe. I weigh myself every 10 days.. and I think it was the best thing I have done for my WL journey for quite awhile! emoticon

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GOZEKIGRL 4/23/2010 6:28PM

    I totally use BMI and measurements as well as the evil scale! lol

congrats on your progress! that 100 day challenge sounds awesome. maybe i will try it.. hm....
i like charts though. lol

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