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I hate mental plateaus!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Yes, another blog. I know I have gone a smidgen over board with blogging.. but I just have SO much to say, good and bad.

Today I am writing to tell you how I am at 203. For me, I was disappointed when I got on the scale. I am not sure why. The day before 202.8. And yesterday I didn't really do any formal exercise. I can't really expect changes on the scale, if I don't work at it, right?! I gotta say that this week has been quite a roller coaster with my weight - up, down, up, down. I really wanted to get closer to leaving behind the 200s.

At first I was like maybe I am at a plateau. Okay, probably not considering my weight is all over the place. I have noticed that I am getting kinda bored... with walking. Uh-oh. This is bad.. for so many reasons. Walking is one of the few exercises that I could do all the time and anywhere. With going home so often, the anywhere part is important. Also, how am I supposed to train for a 18 mile walk if I am getting bored..

Lately, I have been incorporating doing the elliptical with weight lifting. I have noticed it has a helped a little bit but still I am not excited about walking. To help deal with that, I have been trying to find new walking partners which is hit and miss.

I do know the signs of mentally plateauing so I want to deal with this.. like.. NOW! I think I should find some new trails to walk because that always freshen things up. Maybe I should have a different path for each day. I also need to incorporate different exercises into my routine. With being on a college budget, time to get creative! Some ideas so far are swimming and Group X classes. I can do this.

Besides mentally plateauing, I know I get excited, stressed, focused.. whatever you want to call it.. when I get closer to an even number. For example, 250, 240, 230, 220, 210.. and now 200 is an even bigger deal. I think it would help if I distracted myself for a while. There is a 5k at the end of the month that I am wondering if I should try to run. Right now I can run a mile if I take a two minute break in between. I am figuring if I have a new goal than I won't be so focused on the weight loss and it will just happen. Right now, I am kinda frustrated about it... probably because I want it so bad.

The good news is that next week I will be out of town all week so that kinda throws my routine out of whack with new walking times, and new walking areas. Than, I can come back and start a new routine.

As for today, I think I am going to get Unit 1 done for my online course, change my room around, and work out on the elliptical/lifting.

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SHERYLDS 6/11/2010 9:03AM

    Walking is certainly great, but you can strengthen your cardio in all sorts of ways. stairs, zumba, stepping. improvise. You can do these even without equipment. And i gain and lose a pound of fluid every time I drink a glass of water or go to the rest room. You can do this

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PATRICIAANN46 6/10/2010 12:28PM

  Mixing it up is a great idea to help relieve the boredom and to signal to your body that something new is happening and it better work harder. The new surroundings should also help. Also, remember that, especially as a woman, your fluctuations in weight could easily be water. Maybe weighing yourself once a week would be less discouraging. Just some ideas......
You are doing such a fantastic job. Don't get discouraged!!!!! And if you do........just look at that beautiful face in the mirror. emoticon

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Great News!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Great news!

I'm not crabby anymore.. okay, that is not THE great news I am talking about but it is still pretty amazing! Walking around the mall with Heidi distracted me from well, me.. I guess I forgot to be crabby anymore. Thanks, Heidi!

Now onto THE great news.. I am going to a good friends BBQ. I was already excited about it because I have never been to his house. I planned on drinking so I was riding with a mutual friend that was going..

NOW my close friend asked me to come early and help with food. He is going to pick me up and the mutual friend is bringing me home. I can drink without worrying about driving. YAY! Okay the real reason I am excited is I get to help and feel special that he asked ME! Hehe.

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HEIDISO 6/10/2010 12:04PM

    I have fun walking around with you too! We will have to get together again sometime. emoticon

My pedometer registered 3.5 miles yesterday by the time I left the mall.

I hope you have tons of fun at the BBQ.

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SHERYLDS 6/10/2010 8:12AM

    Sounds great. Have a blast. No dancing on the tables. emoticon

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MYSHARONA6 6/10/2010 6:32AM

    Life is good!!! I hope you have a great time!! Nothing like an evening with friends! emoticon

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Just want to be crabby, ok?!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

You know that country song that the girl just wants to mad.. well, today I think I just want to be crabby, ok? I am just tired of fighting it!

I still feel kinda bummed about not getting an reply.. I just can't shake it. Grr!

Than I gained weight this morning. The rational part of my head knows that I probably had alot of sodium intake, low fiber intake, and high protein intake so honestly that means I have no BM. Still! I thought for sure I would lose weight but I gained .4# Yes, I know I am being lame.

Than I was going to go for a walk with a friend but she has an upset tummy so we canceled. I know it shouldn't but I am disappointed, I guess.

So, the plan for crabby pants, today?

Get money to do laundry.
Laundry, of course, haha.
Maybe a walk at the Lake Walk or just around here.
Meet Heidi for the first time. emoticon
Maybe workout on the elliptical.
Than who knows what..

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SHERYLDS 6/9/2010 11:56AM

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KAS1990 6/9/2010 11:07AM

    I hear ya' ... some days you just need to let the crabby bug take over and get it out of your system or it just grows and grows!!!!!! Tomorrow will certainly be a better day.

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Epic Win!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Yes, I know this is my second blog for the day but I had to share about my epic win! Seriously, epic!

I did not emoticon like I hoped but.. I worked out on the emoticon for 45 minutes burning around 600 calories. Usually my heart rate is around 140 and consider it pretty good if I got it up to 150. BUT today it got up to 170! I thought that was pretty good. Most days I do not do a cool down but today I thought I better to be safe! And, let me tell you, it took some time to get it back to 150 because every time I moved on the elliptical it seemed it would jump back to 160.

After I got it down to more of a normal rate, I lifted weighted. emoticon Mind you, I would lift like once a week for the last few weeks but the last two weeks I lifted weighted like 4 times at least. WIN!

After I worked out, it was around supper time and was getting super hungry. I didn't feel like eating so I asked a friend if she wanted to go to Grizzly's. Plus, I had like 3 coupons I needed to use up.. one by tomorrow, and two by the 30th!

I am seriously proud that I restrained myself so much!

I ordered water! emoticon

I got a free appetizer according to my scratch-off coupon. Hmm. This was going to be hard because I want to be healthy but I want to use my coupons and when are appetizers ever healthy? Um, never? I choose quesadillas and only ate 3! Boy, was that hard! They were delicious! Just look! The restaurant we went to has no calorie count so I borrowed it off Applebees. For one serving which I guessed to be the whole thing was 600-something. I was proud I only ate half.

If I knew they were so full, I wouldn't have ordered this huge salad. I only ate half. I estimate that to be around 600-some by another restaurant's calories.

Now the real epic thing is that right now I am around 1450 for my 1300-1700 range... and I am comfortably emoticon. WIN!

Even if the ranges are those, I still felt proud that I restrained myself and ordered rather healthy choices.

Now putting that all aside.. I do have one down side which is making me sad which I am trying to forget but.. yeah.

So you remember that boy I talked about in today's first blog.. well.. he hasn't responded to my message. I know it shouldn't but it makes sad. Yes, the message didn't require a reply but I still wanted one. I hope things won't be awkward now.. I guess that is the thing I am nervous about. I haven't seen him yet and well, we live in the same hall. I have been kind of avoiding the hall as much as I can.. haha! Anyhow.. that's that!

Let's just think about tonight's EPIC WIN!!! emoticon

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    Super WIN!!! emoticon emoticon
You just focus on what good you are doing!
Everything will happen as God allows.

You are wonderful. Enjoy the day and think of being your joyful self for hr to hr. and all will be fine.

Hey, do you have a bread maker?

I just learned recently how to make pitas. They are yummy and about 85 cals per pita.. (1/2 circle). They are absolutely great for stuffing with salmon and veggies... and anything! You can control the cals you put in them. They are great for freezing too. Microwave thaw as you need one.

Just thought I peek your interest in something new if you didn't have a bread maker.

-Vanessa emoticon

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Move it, move it, move it!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Sometimes you gotta have a couple bad days to really appreciate a good one. Today is really starting to be a good one despite it rained, looks gross out and the high is only going to get up to 60`. But, I am going to try my darnest to try to not let it rain on my parade. emoticon

I think it all started yesterday when my mood turned around. What happened yesterday was I was laying on my bed, on SparkPeople of course, feeling all sexy because my tank inched up like an inch exposing my curves in a sexy way. Okay, it may have not been sexy but it doesn't matter because I was in my room alone and felt sexy.

Anyhow, one of the guys around here that has tried to hit on me long time ago was walking across the courtyard and looked up at my window three times. Mind you my bed is right next to the window... so in essence he was looking at me. And, well I watched him as he walked across the courtyard. The first time he did it.. it was like, "Okay he's seeing who is in that room." The two times after that.. I feel he was checking me out. I really felt sexy after that! emoticon Feeling all confident I sent him a FB message saying we should hang out sometime and gave him my number. It was kinda fun to focus on something silly..

To top this off, one of my good guy friends that I dated for 4 months is good friends with this dude. So I asked him how he felt about me dating one of his friends. He told me he'd give me his blessing... and thanked me for asking. I told him who it was and he said, "Go for it." Seriously, how much nicer can you get?! I want to give him a goodie but he's not on here so I settled for a nice, sappy text this morning! Hehe.

Than yesterday I walked over 8 miles and so I slept in until 10 am today. It felt wonderful. I sure could have used a massage this morning..

As I was being lazy this morning, I checked my messages. I had a couple saying how great of a job I am doing. That is always nice to hear. emoticon

Than, I got a message from my counselor asking if I thought I needed the appointment today. And, you know what I really think I am doing well. Later, I thought about it and I thought, I really am doing alright. Sure, little life annoyances.. okay people.. pop up but I think I have been handling them alright. It is a great feeling to know this. To know you are going to be okay.

Feeling lucky today.. and okay to be honest, I worked hard yesterday, I decided to weigh myself today.. and I am at 202.4! Yup! Eek! So I guess it was water weight. Maybe by Thursday's weigh in I can weigh 201.4. How awesome would that be?!!!

So, I think I am going to take SHERYLDS's advice and move it, move it, move it. I think I might even go for a run as I can only run in a good mood.

Madagascar's "I like to move it, move it."

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TURTLELOT2 6/8/2010 6:25PM

    Excellent....Keep up the momentum. You will reach and surpass your goals with this type of sexy, postive additude. emoticon

You can be an inspiration for so many.

And GREAT JOB on the 8 mile walk. I usually do 4, I can only imagine doubling it.

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SHERYLDS 6/8/2010 2:20PM

    Sexy is a state of mind...Here's looking at you my friend. and
You'll be saying au revoir to the 200s in a few days.

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HEIDISO 6/8/2010 1:24PM

    Dance like nobody's watching; emoticon
Love like you've never been hurt. emoticon
Sing like nobody's listening; emoticon
Live like it's heaven on Earth. emoticon

~Mark Twain

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