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Life......It Happens

Sunday, June 08, 2014

It's been about 3 weeks since I've been able to hit the gym on a full time basis (5 days/wk). Actually for about 2 1/2 weeks, I didn't go to the gym at all! I went back last Tuesday and ran for about 20 minutes. Still working on my C25K program that I probably should be done with by now. I should be focusing on improving my time at this point. I do have time though. The Dirty Girl Mud Run is coming on August 9th, so I have a month and a half to get myself together.
I'm also not happy with where I am weight wise and I know that my job is stressful and during these summer months we are busy. I mean busy beyond belief. Nearly everyone works late during the week and even comes in on the weekends. So, now that I've gotten myself, somewhat caught up, I really need to get myself back into my routine. I need to cut back on the iced coffees. Not only are they costing me tons of money but I'm sure they are contributing to the fact that I can't lose weight. I haven't walked more than 5,000 steps in a while, other than last Tuesday and I used to be able to hit 10,000 at least 5 or 6x a week!
So, life/work got in the way a bit, but I still have that motivation and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things!

  


Sunday - Plateau / Play / Birthday

Sunday, April 27, 2014

So much to talk about!!

Yesterday my boyfriend and our 2 girls celebrated my birthday. It's not until Wednesday BUT he wanted to do something before my birthday passed. Unfortunately, I went over my calories, but I did get my 10,000 steps (which is a feat for me on a Saturday).

I've been stuck on this plateau (so to speak). 3 weeks ago, I lost 3 lbs, then last week I gained them all back, and this past Friday, I weighed in the same. I would like to finally get in the 150's and be in there for a week or two before dropping down into the 140's. I just can't seem to stay there for more than a week! Actually Friday feels like it was weeks ago! I feel like I should be weighing myself again tomorrow. :( I try to weigh once a week so I don't feel like a slave to the scale. I try to remember the NSV, even when the scale is not so nice. I can tell you, I'm on week 3 of my C25K. I'm gaining muscle due to my daily strength training. I was able to fit into pants 4 sizes smaller than my current pair. My measurements have gone down week after week. So I try to keep those in mind when I look at the scale and it's being defiant. LOL!

My daughter, who's 3, has her first daycare/pre-school concert on Tuesday. Her father and I work in the same building as the daycare and we get off of work at 5:30, so we are going to get dinner at Red Robin. I've already done my research and added a custom meal to my tracker for Tuesday. A grilled chicken sandwich with a side salad. I think my total calories for the evening is 788. Now I can plan the rest of my meals around that and I can be more confident when we go to dinner that I'm not going to over do it. They give me a free sandwich for my birthday. Can't pass it up. Although, I could get a large salad and just have my boyfriend get the burger and it would be free....hhmmm...now it's got me thinking. LOL!!

Well, I'm off to finish my strength for the day. Oh, I bought a blender bottle. I need recipes! Recipes for after my workouts (protein) would be great, and anything that would constitute as a meal replacement too, as long as it is foods that are in my local supermarket. I don't want to go out and buy a special meal replacement product. I feel like I want to make this a lifestyle change. And paying for something for the rest of my life is not what I'm looking for. Now if it's something that I can buy at the supermarket, I'm on it. But things like ViSalus, etc. I'm not really into at this point. Not that there is anything wrong with it or with people who are on it, but for me, I don't want to have to spend the money every month and the minute I can't purchase the items, then I gain it back. I hope that makes sense.

Anywho, I need to finish up this ST before I make my LO's dinner. Toodles and I hope everyone had a good weekend!! We're looking at rain for the next 3 days...yuck!!!

  
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NEWTINK 4/30/2014 5:18PM

    Happy Birthday !!!!

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WAY2GOCAT 4/28/2014 5:50AM

    Hang in there! Change will come! You've got some emoticon NSVs. Concentrate on them! You're doing super. Have a great birthday if I don't catch you sooner! emoticon Blessings and emoticon

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NIKIZ628 4/27/2014 10:29PM

    You had a few non scale victories that you definitely need to celebrate! That number on the scale is only a part of it, and can fluctuate so much, you have to learn not to give it a lot of power over your mood/motivation. It has taken me a LONG time to learn this...but it does help!

As for meal replacements, I buy a chocolate protein powder at walmart and mix it with ice cubes and water for breakfast some days. It's quick and delcious...and lasts for a long time!

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Planning

Saturday, April 05, 2014

So, I've created an 8 week plan.

Wait, I've already gotten ahead of myself, let me start at the beginning. Mid-December, I started my journey AGAIN. I said I was going to lose 15 - 20lbs before my birthday. I didn't think it was a difficult task, but I've been proven wrong. I've yo-yo'd quite a few times. I've lost a lot, then gained something back. I've busted my boo-tay and still lost nothing! But I've stuck with it. The day off yesterday, has really helped me re-group, and re-focus. I am down 13lbs since mid-December. My jeans are fitting pretty lose and I'm feeling a little bit better, but there is ALWAYS room for improvement. My Achilles heel lately is iced coffee, with lotsa cream and sugar. I need to cut it out. So, I'm starting tomorrow (I already had one today emoticon ). So with that being said, I need to buckle down to reach the ultimate goal of 20lbs before my birthday. That's only 7 lbs in about 3 1/2 weeks. If I can lose 2lbs a week, that will get me right there, and I won't be mad if I lose 19 instead of 20! emoticon

So, here is my routine/schedule/plan for the next 8 weeks!

C2K5 Training every Mon, Wed, & Fri emoticon emoticon
Strength training DAILY, alternating arms, legs, and cardio (3 days, then resting 2) emoticon
40 min of cardio on Tues & Thurs emoticon
On the weekends I will keep up with my strength training, still alternating.

The run isn't until August, so after I have completed the 8 week training, I will continue to run every other day. I don't know if I will pick it up on the weekend or if I will continue Mon, Wed, & Fri. I will have to wait and see how I'm feeling, but I think having a plan is good. I'm very OCD and while I love to do things on a whim, I also feel like I need that structure to stay on track. So, it starts tomorrows with arms, then back in the gym on Monday for C25K, legs, and abs!

I'm actually pretty excited, I can't wait to start!

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GOCALGAL 4/6/2014 9:28AM

    Happy that we are fellow Travelers! Great plan.. emoticon emoticon ~Maria

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NEWTINK 4/6/2014 6:11AM

    I am a huge coffee person but recently I was told i had to increase my protein as well no much protein there. Perhaps you can do something like i do. I prepare a protein coffee for after my workouts .... Here is the recipe for mine it is a spark people recipe if you decide to give it a try and want to track the calories here.

Chocolate Caramel Frap
1/2 cup skim milk or light soy milk
1/2 cup coffee, cooled to room temperature
2 packets Splenda (optional)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 teaspoon caramel syrup
4-6 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients thoroughly in a blender at high speed. This delicious protein packed coffee drink is great sipped through a straw. You can even add 2 tbsp. of light whipped cream on top that only adds 15 calories. Drinking one of these in the morning will give you a great kick with the protein added to just a little bit of coffee.
Your work out plan certainly will need the extra protien ... Give it a shot perhaps it will help emoticon

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ISLENAA 4/6/2014 5:02AM

  great goal and a great plan!!! emoticon emoticon

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DENISEFOR110 4/5/2014 9:09PM

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Break Time / Is it wrong?!!!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I know I can 'talk' to my fellow Sparkers and not be quite as judged as I could possibly be in my FB fitness groups.

I work out Mon thr Fri 40 - 50 minutes, essentially it's my lunch hour at work. I don't go out to lunch, I bring frozen meals or left overs. It's been this way for the last 4 1/2 months. I have the occasional day where it's just so busy I don't feel like I can take the time without getting behind in my work, but most days I make the time to go. Today, I did NOT want to go to the gym. I contemplated skipping it. But I went. I walked on the treadmill for 35 min. By the time I was done, I didn't feel good (like normal) I just felt tired. In my opinion, when I get to the point where I don't feel good after working out, I need a day off. Not a day off as I am bringing my gym bag, I plan to go to the gym, and then decide it's too busy to go, but a day off as in, I am not bringing my bag, I have no intention on going to they gym. While some people look at working out as their 'me' time, I don't see it that way. I'm not one of those individuals that is in love with the gym and working out. I'm not losing motivation because I'm struggling, which I am. I am really trying to fight through it, because we all know losing weight is not easy. I've been trying to drop weight since mid December and I've only lost 9 (sometimes 10 pounds), while my ex boss posted on Facebook he's down 40 since January! emoticon Anyway, that's neither here nor there. My whole point is, I have those moments when I just need to take a break, literally!!! Tomorrow I am not taking my gym back. I am not going to go to the gym. I am going to use my lunch hour to sit down and eat lunch and catch up with my friends. Monday, I will be back in the gym and if it's nice enough on Saturday or Sunday, I will be walking outside as well. I don't feel like it's the wrong decision to make, nor do I feel like it's wrong to take time out from the gym when you are working so hard. Should I post this on FB though, in one of my fitness groups, I'm sure I'd be reamed a new one though!
I just know I can post here without being judged.

  
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NEWTINK 4/6/2014 6:17AM

    First off if your other groups are pushing to hard perhaps you need to take a break from them . Second off I know how badly it is to want to loose and cant loose it. Your body gets tired even though your will does not. Your body needs a break that doesnt mean that your will is broken. If you push when you know you are just simply tired and need a break you will get to the point where you resent the gym and that is not a good place to be ... Take the time and enjoy yourself relax feel the sunshine and talk with your friends then you will better . emoticon

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THERESAMARIEM 4/4/2014 7:56PM

    Thanks everyone! I did just that! I'm sure I'll be ready to get back at it on Monday. It's supposed to be in the 50's and sunny on Sunday, so I'll make up for missing today by going outside and walking around the block a couple of times. :)

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DEE797 4/4/2014 2:21PM

    Listening to your body is the best thing you can do. Wishing you all the best.

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HEALTHY_IN_2014 4/4/2014 12:03AM

    It's great that you are listening to your body and not letting the pressure of others push you too hard. A day of rest is a needed break, not slacking off.
I think it is the right decision for you. emoticon

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SHARON10002 4/3/2014 10:13PM

    Every body's different. It is a proven fact that men lose 2-3 times more weight than women in the same amount of time because they have less body fat naturally. I can tell you from my own personal experience that when DH and I watch what we eat after setting a goal and a specific time period, say 1 month, he always beats me by at least 30 percent.

Other factors besides the exercise can cause us to feel tired, and stress at work, at home, can all play a part. So listen to the cues of your body, and if you feel like you did, then your body is telling you it needs a break - it might be the emotional routine of all of it. You should feel better come Monday. Don't be afraid to take a break. We all benefit from a change in routine, and a break from the daily grind.

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MILPAM3 4/3/2014 10:03PM

  Take a break. And don't feel bad about your ex-boss. Men tend to lose faster than women. Maybe you could just do a chair workout with an SP video.

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BOOZEYFORD 4/3/2014 7:55PM

    I agree. To heck with others judgement, it's you life and your body.

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ALIHIKES 4/3/2014 7:14PM

    I think your body is telling you that you need a rest! and your FB friends are wrong if they are judgmental. All of us need an occasional rest day. emoticon

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Slight step backwards

Saturday, March 08, 2014

So, the last two weeks I've been out of my routine. It's slightly frustrating because it's derailed me a bit. Unfortunately, I lost my grandmother last Tuesday. That was the start of the slip backwards. I did not exercise from Tuesday through Monday. I finally went back to the gym this Tuesday, and worked out daily except for Friday. And of course, my eating habits were HORRIBLE on Friday. Breakfast wasn't too bad but lunch (Chipotle) and dinner (Burger King) - THE WORST!!! Not to mention I've gotten away from drinking at least 6 cups of water a day. It used to be I would try to drink 2 cups by 10am, 2 cups while working out, and 2 cups after working out, but now I'm barely getting the first 2 cups, unless I work out, then I'm just getting 2.

My motivation is not lost. I still have the desire to make this life change. I know that I am not perfect and things happen. It's how I get back up and continue moving on that matters the most. During the time I didn't go to the gym, I ended up losing 2 lbs. Probably mostly from stress and dealing with my loss, so when I weighed in this Friday, I had gained a pound. I wasn't surprised, but if I don't want to see that again, then I need to change right now and not let this go any further. I've lost 8lbs since January, I'm proud of my accomplishment, but I'm not done yet. I have more weight to lose and I will lose it.

I'm going to start back with the Spring Bootcamp Challenge. I've been doing SP's New YOU Challenge, for the most part of February, so I'm hoping a new challenge will help shake things up a bit. I still do the 40 minutes of cardio, 5 days a week, but I really need to focus on getting at least 5,000 steps in on Saturday and Sunday as well. That's where I have my issues, because I can literally go all day without making 3,000 steps. I'm hoping that the weather gets better because then, my daughter and I can take walks around the block and that will help me get those extra steps I'm missing.

I have a plan and I'm starting today with my last New YOU strength video and a 40 min dance video. I'm thinking of going to the mall and at least I can walk around more there with my daughter. I have to walk the talk, and not just talk it, and I WILL!

In memory of my grandmother, Evelyn Caroline Weyer 2/28/1923 - 2/25/2014


She would be so proud of me for what I've accomplished and would encourage me to finish my journey.

  
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VANICIS 3/30/2014 4:12AM

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POSITIVEHOPE 3/8/2014 5:52PM

    I am sorry for your loss. She must have been a wonderful lady.
Awesome work on your journey. You met a speed bump. Life sends them our way. You had an emotional loss and you found emotional blows can still trigger old patterns of behavior. When they happen it is hard and food happens.
You expressed awareness of the trigger but avoided the negative self talk of "what's the use or all's lost so I might as well" that used to happen. Your journey has given you mindfulness, awareness and assessment without guilt. Those are my shock absorbers for this journey. You've already planned a course correction to return to the healthy journey.
She would be proud of you and so am I.




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THINFITFEMINIST 3/8/2014 2:35PM

    Dedicate your journey to health to her.

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KITT52 3/8/2014 11:04AM

    emoticon ...you can do it

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UMBILICAL 3/8/2014 10:11AM

  That's OK

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