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Two weeks and seeing results.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

As of today I have been following my calories and exercise recs religiously for two weeks. Over the past two months, I've lost 7 pounds-which I am very happy about. I feel slimmer, my pants are looser, and I have more energy.
I'm trying to learn more about health and this site BUT I also have a tendency to break habits after a few weeks and self-sabotage my efforts. SO...I'm trying to stick with the things that are obviously working, set up the basics, and take it one step at a time. I don't need to be a master of nutrition, or all-knowledgeable about exercise. Starting slow and building habits!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 12/11/2012 2:49PM

    Read the articles, they are amazing. Ask questions, we are here to help. :) You sound like you are doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/10/2012 1:12AM

    Stick with it!!

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TRIXIE1221 12/9/2012 9:24PM

  Wishing you the best of luck!! I need to really look in to what this site has to offer. A little hard trying to view the website on my smartphone tho. Guess I have a new way to fill my day at work.

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ROCKYCPA 12/9/2012 8:56PM

    You've got the right plan and you will be successful if you keep going the way you are! Good for you!

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KAYOTIC 12/9/2012 7:35PM

    That's the way to do it, develop a new habit, keep it up until it becomes part of your routine, then find another challenge. Keep building, and you'll find you can keep going, looking for new challenges, and feeling great about what you are doing to be healthy.

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Commitment and Results.

Monday, October 01, 2012

A month ago I finished a very intensive internship and switched gears to a laid-back schedule (relatively) of dissertation writing. With my extra time, I've been jogging 2-3 times a week. I've also been eating mostly healthy.
I'm struggling because I have not seen any results. The stubborn scale refuses to budge. The frustrating thing is that, while on internship, I was sitting for 12 hours a day and eating takeout at least once, usually twice a day.
At this point it is difficult because I need to keep up the routines, but the motivation is waning. I'm confused about if it is a matter of time or commitment. Do I need to keep it up, build habits, and wait it out? Or, am I not working hard enough? It seems odd that going from no exercise and horrible nutrition to moderately healthy habits, but no change...

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BOB240 10/1/2012 7:35PM

    You look very good. I found that despite being athletic in my twenties (some time back) as soon as I finished PhD and postdoc and got a job, all hell broke loose and I put on weight.
Any change of circumstances means you lose control. Food and exercise is where that lack of control manifests.

There are different solutions for everyone but address your drivers

1] You look good- make sure you stay that way. Don't relax your clothes sizes EVER.
2] Set minimum standards for nutrition. Have a good fixed breakfast (e.g oats) se a lunchbox..... That way you know exactly what you take in for most of the day
3] Gym three times a week. But train seriously. Use weights and intense cardio to cut down on gym time. get an intelligent efficient programme. Sorry...yoga, zumba doesn't cut it. These are nice past times but you need deliverable in terms of fitness...

Good luck... :)

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TULAA3 10/1/2012 6:17PM

    Some days, but not all...that would probably help with determining if I'm meeting my calorie in/out

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JANETTEB553 10/1/2012 6:14PM

    Are you keeping records in the nutrition and fitness parts?

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Facing the Fear

Monday, October 01, 2012

I have recently moved back home to finish my dissertation, the last piece of my graduate program requirements. It takes a special sort of strength to move back home as an adult and deal with all the insecurities that come with it. Thus far, I've been doing fine, mostly helped by the fact that it has been 11 years and most of the people I knew in the painfully awkward high school years are 1) moved away or 2) faces I don't recognize any more.
Since I have extra down time during the day, I have started exercising. Up to this point, I have only been brave enough to do a few elliptical workouts in the basement and cardio DVDs with the blinds closed.
Today is different. I need to lose the 30 pounds I gained on internship last year, and develop some healthy habits. That isn't going to happen without some major changes and some scary challenges, such as running outside past my old neighborhood.
I am overweight, I am slow, and I can't manage to jog more than a minute at a time. But that is still something. And there is no way I am going to get up to running my goal of a 5k unless I drag my butt outside and do it.
So here is to facing my fears, one slow, jumpy step at a time...wish me luck!

What fear did you face today?


Feeling strong.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day one today, I am tracking my foods. I started the 7 day Jumpstart and was happy to see that I could actually do all the exercises! I wasn't quite brave enough to head outside for a walk so I marched in place for 10 minutes. Hey, you gotta start somewhere, right?

I was talking to a friend today about where I'm at with school and life and she was amazed at how I spoke. Apparently when we spoke last year she found that I was worried and stress and afraid to move forward with my career. This year, she said I seemed confident and ready to go onward. I was happy to hear this! I also discovered that my favorite pair of jeans, and the ones that fit the best, have developed holes in the thigh. I wonder how long I've been flashing people some skin! Very sad to note this, as I may have to go out and buy some dreaded "fat pants."

Not sure if this blog has a theme today, I guess this is more of my journal entry for the day to check my progress. Today I'm feeling good and strong!

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NPA4LOSS 9/16/2010 8:18PM

    emoticon You are going upward and onward! You are gaining strength not only in your lifestyle but in yourself! emoticon

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LADYZHERRA 9/16/2010 7:05PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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Starting fresh...again.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I've been feeling really down about my appearance, how my clothes fit, and my nutrition and exercise habits ( or rather LACK of them). I'm hoping to start VERY slowly, as my inclination is usually to attack goals head on, tackle it all at once, and burn out, letting the goal die.

Right now I'm going to track my calories and look for simple small ways to add exercise to my life-walking, a quick elliptical session, yoga, a video, etc.
More importantly my goal is to take this slowly and try to build habits. This is SUPER HARD for me. I'll also try to post blogs updating my feelings.

This fall I was on a ROLL-my weight was down, I was working out 5 times a week, eating spectacularly. Then several friends/family had major life crises and I was the one everyone fell to. I also (unbeknownst to me!) brought my sweet new longhaired cat into the house, while I had a major cat allergy. I was sick for four months straight. In the last two months I've been diagnosed with the cat allergy, thrown the cats out of my bedroom, gotten an air purifier, and I'm taking Clariton daily. I have more energy, I sleep better, and my mood is great.

I just hope I'm doing this for who I am and who I can be, and not because of who I think I should be or to fit in. Another goal or mindset really is to be imperfect. I shouldn't have to scrutinize every move I make. As such, this blog has not been spell checked or read over, and it is driving me NUTS, even as a write this. Ah, well, it's a good lesson I need to learn.

All for now,

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 9/15/2010 3:13PM

    You have to do what is the right thing to do, not what looks good or comes out just so. It's hard, but it can be done!

Good luck!!!

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