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Friday, August 10, 2012

I had kind of a down day yesterday, but things are looking up today. I had gone to the gym for the 5th day in a row on Wednesday and then took yesterday off to rest up--I was still sore. I'm feeling better today and plan to go back tonight. (The gym is open till 10pm so I still have time.)

I can't really figure out why I was feeling off, but maybe I just needed a rest day.

I've been catching up on some work I was behind on today, too, so that is nice.

Overall I feel pretty good about this week. I've been staying on track with workouts and also eating right. Speaking of, I need to head to the supermarket.

Part of trying to "eat right" for me has been to focus on fresh foods and not waste food. I know it's just a mental thing, but I think part of my eating issue is that my fridge is "fat" --i.e. has more food in it than we're really going to eat and some of it goes bad and we have to throw it out, but in the mean time it is sitting there making it harder to eat the good, fresh food. So we've been using up all the food in the fridge as we buy it and only buying enough at a time for 1-2 days of eating. It's actually a great feeling and according to Mint.com our food spending has gone way down.

I think one of the ways having a clean mostly empty fridge helps my diet is that it cuts down on chaos. It also forces me to plan exactly what I am going to eat and I know ahead of time that I have something to eat that needs to be eaten today or tomorrow, etc. So far I haven't really been tempted to eat out or get fast food, but I know planning ahead will help curb that behavior.

Tomorrow is the farmer's market in my neighborhood and I'm looking forward to picking up some fresh eggs and more veggies.

Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend planned!

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 8/11/2012 5:06PM

    glad you are doing well my garden is my life saver that famers market sounds lovely so does the buying of the foods you plan to eat in two days . love this idea thanks for the tip. best wishes on your journey

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4th day in the row at the gym

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I did a 30 minutes walk/jog workout last night and came home, too sore to do any lifting, but glad I went anyway. I got a good night's rest and saw a small dip on the scale this morning, so all is well.

To lose 2 to 2.5 lbs per week, I would need to lose .28 to .35 pounds per day, and I don't know if that is really happening, but I don't think I am too worried about it. Working out and eating well makes me feel healthier, thinner, better rested, etc. I'd like to meet my goals by dates I have in mind but as long as I keep chipping away all will happen in due time.

Hope everyone is having a successful Wednesday!

  
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TOMNYC 8/8/2012 2:48PM

  thanks for all the tips everyone!

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BEN09262009 8/8/2012 10:32AM

    Good job on the workout streak. Don't stress over the scale. You'll see changes that the scale won't reflect. Keep on moving! Way to go!

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LADYJ6942 8/8/2012 8:13AM

    Gratz on day 4 and moving forward. One thing to help reduce the soreness after lifting would be to eat some protein following your workout, they recommend within 30-60 mintues that way your body can begin to repair. I've also found massaging them while showering and stretching help.

Good luck and keep at it.

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MOMMY2GIRLS 8/8/2012 8:12AM

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eye on the prize

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Nothing new to report here, just checking in. Last night I went to the gym - 3rd day in a row- and did a 25 minute running/walking workout and a tiny bit of lifting. I'm pretty sore so I don't want to push it. My plan is to go and run even if I don't lift at all. I went late last night --11pm--and the gym was full of people! I thought it would be empty.

At this point I do 4.0 mph fast walking for most of the work out and I jog in intervals at 5.0mph--not too fast but I'm so out of shape that I am already at a pretty high heart rate during the fast walk. My understanding is also that fat burning is higher at the slightly lower heart rate, as when it goes way high you are also burning some muscle.

Weight has been stable for the last couple days, but I can feel my body changing and things tightening up underneath all the fat. I haven't noticed huge changes in my pants, but my shirts definitely fit better. I think within 10lbs or a month or so the pants will loosen up, too.

Oh, and I am officially just overweight, not obese, which is a meaningless but still important mental distinction.

I've been watching my diet very closely and eating really well and drinking a lot of water. I have noticed that my "trigger" moments where I crave bad food are often when I see it on TV, or someone posts about it on Facebook. Example: someone posting about wanting or eating pizza or cake, etc, can make me want it, too. The psychology of food is really fascinating, and they are discovering more and more that our social groups are a major determining factor when it comes to obesity. In the age of social media you don't even have to SEE your friends to be influenced by them.

What's more is that obviously food companies must understand this very well and are able to influence us to purchase their foods without really thinking about it much. McDonald's new thing, the under 400 calorie menu, is such BS--no one orders just a chicken sandwich (380 calories) they order that PLUS a medium french fry (350 cals) meaning that their one meal--chosen from the healthy menu supposedly) is nearly 800 calories, and realistically that is about half of what any person should need to consume in a day unless they are doing hard labor.

I honestly can't believe that McDonalds is still legally selling the food it makes. We tax cigarettes like crazy, why not processed food? Fruit, veggies and even meat should be cheap compared to anything you buy in a restaurant pre-made.

But I digress.

Hope everyone's week is getting off to a successful start!

  
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WOUBBIE 8/7/2012 2:11PM

    Sadly grocery stores aren't much better. If you shop anywhere but the perimeter you're likely to wind up buying frankenfoods with inscrutable ingredients and ridiculous amounts of wheat and sugar.

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second day at new gym!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Just checking in after the 2nd day at the new gym. It was great. I ran/ speed-walked for 20 minutes + a 5min cool down walk, then did a little lifting and came home. Glad I went!

I think I'm ready for the week to start, better shower, eat and get some rest. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

  
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KANOE10 8/6/2012 9:42AM

    I am going to a new gym also. It feels strange..but you get used to it.

Great job on exercising and lifting!

You are on your way to being healthy!
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Not as sore as I expected!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

After the first workout with the new gym yesterday, I expected to be a lot more sore, but I only a little bit sore today! Plus I saw another little drop on the scale, which is a great motivator to go back today to do some cardio. Since i got back on track I've lost nearly 13 lbs, and am so close to 200.0 I can smell it!

I'm planning my next gym trip for this afternoon at 1pm.

Hope everyone is having a restful Sunday!

  
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MYSTERY-LADY1 8/5/2012 6:08PM

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/5/2012 3:14PM

    VERY exciting!
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