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!
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...
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?
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!
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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