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I got out of bed to work out...

Friday, September 03, 2010

This mile stone deserves a blog...

I woke up early today.
Out of the bed by 7:30 am.
Out of the door by 8:30 am.
Had breakfast by 8:45 am.
Was working out by 8:55.
Ready for my 11 am class by 10 am.

I really hope I can keep it up this semester!

I guess it helps to know that I only had this morning to work out. I don't really have a solid amount of time to work out at another time! Hope everyone else is doing great today! emoticon

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NAMSMOMMY 9/4/2010 10:24PM

    You did awesome girl! The hardest part is sticking to that plan!

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CASSCAMP 9/3/2010 4:00PM

    Great job sav! you are always motivating me! TY!

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/3/2010 11:56AM

    I started a month ago getting up to workout. It makes my day so much easier, my energy kicks up and I am clear headed for the day! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/3/2010 11:47AM

    I am so not a morning person either and once you just get up and get it done, you'll find yourself getting up the next day easier than the one before!

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Question: Count calories or no counting calories?

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Guess who's back?! Me! Okay, I haven't really disappeared.. I am on logging my fitness.. not so much my calories. I finally feel like I have a moment or two to breathe.

In the last few weeks, I have been crazy busy with freshman orientation and training. Than, today I started classes and had an interview for a potential campus job. On top of that, I worked this afternoon (where I am right now).

Anyhow, I am back.. and with a question for you all to give me your opinion on. Yup, I would like some feedback.

This semester I put myself on the meal plan (for finanacial reasons). For the last few years, I haven't been on the meal plan and made food in the community kitchen. I figure I can handle this situation a few different ways but the question is..

Do I try to estimate the portions and guess the foods or not count calories at all?

In the last year or so, I have counted calories and lost 70#. I figure I can look at it two main ways.

If I count calories, it will keep me accountable even though it may not be 100% accurate so basically it's a tool.


If I decide not to count calories, I can try to use it as a time to practice when I get to the maintaining stage.

Either way, I know I do not want to count calories for my rest of my life. I think it is important to learn to eat when I am hungry and self control when I am in the cafeteria... both aspects I can apply to life after college.

Part of me is leaning towards the calorie counter even though I might find it frustrating at times. I am leaning that way because I was feeling dizzy earlier. I decided to put my calories in and see what I am at. Mind you, I already exercised and have been walking around campus like a mad woman.. and I wasn't even over 1200, if I remember correctly. emoticon So, I ate cupcakes.. not the best nutritional snack but better from passing out from not having enough calories. Also, counting calories is one way I can control me.. I guess.

So.. what are your thoughts? Calorie counter or not?

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/3/2010 11:58AM

    I would still count them and estimate the. Better to keep track than to not keep track.

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HEIDISO 9/3/2010 11:50AM

    If you don't want to count calories for the rest of your life, why don't you test it out now. If you feel you aren't maintaining then you can go back to counting.

I don't count calories on a regular basis anymore but I do "spot check" my daily calories from time to time. Meaning I will enter everything I eat into the nutritional tracker for a couple days to see if I'm staying in my range.

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    I think I may have confused some people. If I choose to still count, I do not exactly get to choose what is served in the cafeteria and it will still be an estimate of calories rather not knowing at all... and kinda hoping, lol.

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SNOWFILLY 9/3/2010 8:13AM

    Why change what is already working for you. emoticon

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HANNAHV 9/3/2010 5:54AM

    I think if you decide not to count then you will have to work out a meal plan before hand, say a week in advance. This is what I am trying to do, difficult but effective.

Good luck getting to goal emoticon

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    I am all about counting calories. It keeps you truly accountable for what you put into your body. Guestimating isn't always accurate. Good luck to you! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 9/2/2010 6:36PM

    if you've been successful counting the calories why change a winning strategy. even a guesstimate is helpful to keep you on track even if you're maintaining. you're doing great. keep it up emoticon

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sometimes I despise having great days.. because they make the rest of my days seem like a "bad" days. Today, I am bummed out.. and not really feeling excited about much. I know I should go for a walk.. but I don't really want to do that either. *sigh* I know I am just bummed out that it seems like a friend of mine is taking a step from me.. without talking to me about it.

Hope y'all day is better than mine.

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MSJULES01 8/30/2010 11:48AM

    Hey it is probably the hot weather doing it to you.
My best suggestion is to just stop and do some deep breathing exercises. It works for me when I am feeling a little out of it.

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NAMSMOMMY 8/29/2010 6:52PM

    Make yourself do something. Sometimes I find myself feeling alot better after I do something for me. :-)

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SNOWFILLY 8/29/2010 7:33AM

    Hope today is better. Did you talk to your friend?

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SHERYLDS 8/28/2010 3:08PM

Not sure I understand your comment. But it sounds like someone is moving on. if so ... all I can say is...
One door closes and another one opens. Just be ready.

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LOSETHEWTIN08 8/28/2010 3:06PM

    Sorry to read you are "bummed out" sometimes the best approach is the most direct. Call your friend be honest tell the friend what you feel in a non combative way. Sweetie talk to your friend. emoticon

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I love losing weight!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Some days I just love losing weight. Today was one of those days! Let's make a small list of today's positive moments related to weight loss.

-My new work shirt is a size medium!!! emoticon

-A new friend asked how I lost the weight... and totally asked me for the link! I didn't have to offer.. emoticon

-I felt in control when we went to Old Country Buffet as part of our training. emoticon

-I did not overeat at OCB. In fact, I am hungry again right now. That is how I know if I ate like I am supposed to when I haven't been tracking.

-I could tell people at OCB was looking at me in envy (or it seems like it). All I wanted to do was to stop and tell them how they can do it too.. seriously, sparkpeople makes it so easy. I guess when you have the support, the rest is easy. emoticon

-After I had 3 intense days of training, I had TONS of energy left tonight at 7:30 pm while everyone else was dragging. I was seriously bouncing off the walls! It was an awesome feeling. Talk about being high on life!

-And, one more from yesterday. I tried to rock climb. I didn't go up that far.. but I tried it. I am afraid of falling of any type (one of the reasons I haven't learned how to ride a bike) but I did it. I can totally feel it in my forearms and armpits and legs - more than I ever have with weight lifting. My friend works at the rock wall so I think I am going to try it instead of weight lifting.. it is not like I have been doing weight lifting anyhow! emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 8/28/2010 8:02AM

    Way to go!! You are awesome! Size Medium, Rock wall climbing? There is just no stopping you now!!! You GO GIRL!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLDS 8/28/2010 3:14AM

    You're amazing. Size medium...WOW! Congratulations. I bet that feels great. And rock climbing. Exciting. Have fun.

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TAMNTN 8/28/2010 12:15AM

    Way to go!!!! Keep it can do it! Keep on Sparking! :)

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CBARRETT10 8/28/2010 12:09AM

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DWILCZKO 8/28/2010 12:08AM

  i love losing weight 2!

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Second thoughts. (Not about WL)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

As part of my WoW Team Leader position, we had to mingle with campus staff and faculty. I mingled with a few different people but in the end, visited with the athletic trainer who is also an exercise science (my new major) professor. More and more, I am excited to be part of the Exercise Science. Since I told Dave, the professor, about me training for a 5K he asks me about it. It is pretty cool to actually have someone that can relate to my passion of running. Hopefully, in the next year I will meet tons more people just like that!

In fact, I am wondering if I should still do the National Student Exchange.. because (1) I am really liking the professors HERE and there is no guarantee I will like the Exercise Science professors there, never mind, the campus. (2) All my connections are here! (3) It is so expensive and I do not know if I can afford it. (4) I don't like change.

I do know I wanted to do it to see a different part of the USA and get a new experience. I know it is a great opportunity.. and I won't get one like this for a while.. but will I regret not going? I am not sure. Time will tell!

I know lately I have been writing alot of "personal" blogs and they don't seem to pertain to my weight loss directly. They do. If you think about it, everything we do affects our weight loss especially when our support systems are shaky or when we are stressed in our personal life. Besides, I don't have much to share about my weight loss. Yeah, I gained 3# a couple days ago but I think it is water retention.. and yeah, I am still struggling with my scale addiction.. but I am still working on it all!

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MSJULES01 8/26/2010 10:38PM

    Blogs are a way to reflect on your life. Whether it is weight loss, or just need to vent that is the best thing about them.

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NAMSMOMMY 8/26/2010 6:29PM

    who says this blog has to be only about weight loss?

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SHERYLDS 8/26/2010 5:34PM

    i agree with BAILEYS70F9. Blogs are whatever is on your mind. And if you look at your good days and your bad, and journal your food honestly, you'll be able to see what your triggers are for which foods depending on your mood. So Blog away my friend. (I love reading them) such enthusiasm emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/26/2010 4:52PM

    Hey, there is no law that states the blogs have to be about weight issues! Most of mine are on my horse!

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