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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Responding to this weeks blog prompt, I gotta say that the lack of a significant other is definitely one driving factor towards better health, lol! Of course, as a self-confident, self-contained woman who knows her own worth, I'm sure that it's important to find a man who loves me for my mind, my ideals, our compatability, etc. It'd be nice if he considered me smoking hot too though.

I remember a car commercial (can't remember the car) where the voice over was commenting on gorgeous people walking by..."Look at her intelligence...look at his work ethic" while the camera angle focused on their most appealing physical parts. The point of the commercial was that you don't know who people are at first sight, so appearance is all you've got to go on. Basically buy our car because it's way sexy. Sad but true. I'm too shy/antisocial to go out and meet new friends, which I think is the better way to do the dating thing, so I guess I'll just have to be eye catching so that when I *do* go out, he'll come to me, haha


Goal setting and diet

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

I'm doing the Atkins diet right now, and I've found it to be quite effective. For the first month when I'm on it I usually lose 3-4 pounds in the first week (it's diuretic so that could be water) and then about two pounds per week after that. It slows down after that to about 1 lb per week. However, in past times when I've been on it I have not been consistent with exercise and usually after about a month I start to splurge again, which could be what slows this down.

There is of course all this talk about how Atkins will increase your cholesterol and such. But a.) studies show that cholesterol DOES NOT GO UP on it and b.) the papers that I've read citing insulin as a major cholesterol and fat booster seem legit. To my biochemist/statistician's eye, they are well done studies. I also feel great when I'm on it on several levels. I'm full of energy. I feel like I need less sleep. When I do sleep it's solid sleep. I wake up easier. I don't have that 2 or 3 o'clock drag when I'm at work. Overall, it really is the best thing I've ever tried.

Of course, I also believe in the principle of it. I'm a big fan of eating natural foods. I can't really afford pure organic food right now, but I do try to focus on things that have been manipulated by man as little as possible. In extreme, that's basically what Atkins is. I say extreme because things like bread, pasta, cookies, etc, are all pretty massive manipulations of natural foods. Tasty manipulations, and potentially a good source of fiber, but still. These things are primary components of many diets, but not mine. I'm in induction right now, which means 20 grams of carb or less, but this doesn't really limit my vegetable intake much at all, as most vegetables are relatively low simple carb and high fiber. It does limit my fruit intake for the first two weeks, which limits my vitamin intake. I am taking a multi-vitamin right now, but after induction I plan to incorporate fruits back into my diet in moderation once my body is fully in ketosis and can handle it. This will support my overall health not only with vitamins, but by providing just enough carbohydrates for my muscles to function smoothly and hopefully no more.

My current diet and exercise regimen is the best I've tried so far. This last week I lost 3.6 lbs. Again, part of that could certainly be water loss, but I don't think all of it is. I did 220 min of cardio, and 90 min of strength training. I've said it before, but I'll say it again. To keep this up, I need to have all of my life organized. It irks me to work out in a messy house. Even if I could manage it every once in a while, the house still needs a good going over so that it can be easily maintained. Last Saturday I gave ~ 100 min to cardio, which then necessitates a shower and whatever else hygiene that goes with it, which means about two hours of the day gone. I've got GRE's to study, languages to learn, friends to hang out with. All of this is so much easier if the mundane portions of my life are in order and I can handle them with minimal fuss.

I have to run to the town up north to return a video today, but I've big plans for organization tonight. I've got plenty of energy right now, so now would be the time to do it. Tonight I plan to finish scouring the kitchen. Tomorrow I move on the the dining room. The day after the family room. The day after that the living room and then my bedroom. By the end of the week I plan to have everything up to speed so that I can maintain in half an hour every week, with extra time for things like vacuuming on the weekends. Half an hour for cleaning after work, 30-60 min for dinner, and then it's easy to fit in 30-60 min for exercising and I'm not mentally dragged down.

Now as to weight loss goals for this year. I want to lose 45 lbs by July 4th from my start weight of the year. That will put me on the upper range of my healthy weight according to Sparkpeople. This is a big goal. If I can keep my success with Atkins and exercise up, it's a doable goal. That's about 6 months, losing 7.5 lbs a month. I'm already almost halfway there for January and a single good month to start with puts me ahead and gives me leeway if I hit a plateau.

I will stick with it from now on. I know that I feel so much better with a healthy diet and steady exercise. I'm much more productive and willing to be active. I'm just plain happier. I can remember being in school, pushing myself, not getting enough sleep, and then crashing out for 10-12 hours to catch up. I can remember waking up and feeling amazing, singing in the hallways, running down the stairs. I remember every time I did this, coming to the realization *again* that getting enough sleep and treating myself right gives amazing results. This is the exact same thing. I'm not even going to bother trying to psyche myself up to be strict about it. It's an easy thing to do. The diet is made up of foods I enjoy and even supresses appetite for those foods that are bad for me. The exercise makes me feel good right after I've done it, and it keeps me feeling good all day afterwards. I'm been making too big a deal out of this whole thing so now I'm just going to relax and do what I know works.



Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I'm so stressed. I'm just sitting here, not doing anything particularly active, and my heart rate is up to probably up by 20 bpm. My chest feels tight, my stomach is sick, and I'm getting a headache. And people keep insisting on wasting my time. Every little thing is wasting my time. The fact that I don't have a printer, that I don't have a permanent office yet (despite being promised one by three months ago) that I don't have enough money to do the work that I need to, nor enough time, are all coming together to drive me crazy. I have no idea what the hell I'm doing in this job in the first place, and my promised help has disappeared and even more things that I don't know how to do are being thrust in my face. I'd be fine doing them, figuring it out as I go along, if I had even the most basic back up, like appropriate equipment, or even a minimal amount of time from my boss (who is admittedly busy with a million other things). I'm given no authority, but am told to do all these things that require it, which is *so* frustrating! Ugh!

I think part of the problem is my weird work situation for the past year and a half. Basically, I got out of college, went straight into this job, and haven't had a vacation in the year and a half since. I'm used to having a vacation. Winter break, a few days around Easter. Nothing. I keep getting one day off here, another day off here, but dang it I need a real vacation! I need two weeks to just go home and vedge for a few days, then clean my house spic and span and maybe get out of this town for a few days. I love being around the people I'm around right now, but for the moment, I just need to be away. I need to be alone, I need to not have my bloody alarm clock waking me up obnoxiously every morning!

But there's no time for a vacation, at least not the two week one that I want. Nine days would even be enough. But there's no where to fit it. And even when I'm on days off my boss keeps calling me about getting stuff done that day, or even on weekends. Now I realize that there is work that requires that, but I deliberately avoided it. I did not sign on for this and I'm not sure I'm getting paid enough to take it. I need me time. Ugh. I just want a break.

Basically this was just a big giant rant. I took ten minutes out of my day, and ranted. I feel a little bit better. I think maybe I'll have a good hard run when I go home, take a quick shower, and then go to bed with a non-mentally intensive book, hopefully to soon go to sleep. ugh.

Plus, after all this, I feel really fat today. Gross.

P.S. The reason I feel fat is because I gained 4.2 lbs. That'll do it. New Year, new start tomorrow. I wish New Year's happened in the Spring. I'd be much more upbeat about a new start if it happened in the Spring I believe.

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ASHLEYF3 1/2/2009 9:01AM

    I just wanted to let you know that I am sorry you are so stressed and it does sound like you could use some down time. Have you tried talking to your boss? Hang in there. I pray you find the peace and relaxation you are looking for. Sometimes we all need to just veg out!


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

All right, so I'm back to feeling really gross. I have eaten almost literally nothing but junk food for the past month it feels like. The good news is, bad food no longer appeals. It just grosses me out. The bad news is, good food also does not appeal. I suppose this should make my eating choices simpler in that I could choose to just not eat, but I don't think that would work out so well.

I think I'm going to ban fast food from my diet, with the exception of Subway. It really does not taste good anymore and hopefully by not relying on it I will be forced to eat up the veggies in my fridge. I'm also thinking about quitting soda cold turkey. I know that cutting out soda seems like an obvious choice, but I'm *so* addicted it will be difficult. Plus, I just made a move to a new office and they have a soda machine right downstairs, which is something I previously did not have to contend with. But, losing all that sugar is better for my health and better for my teeth and will likely cut down my risks of diabetes.

Good news is, for anyone who has read my previous posts, I'm finally getting things organized in my house in a consistant fashion. Previous cleaning efforts have often consisted of making tidy piles of things, but this last crack at it is giving some real results. One of my primary downers is coming home to an untidy house, and if I can just get things to a state where they are more easily maintained, hopefully I can actually be happy to go home and keep my energy up well enough to exercise more often. The current rains put a bit of a damper on outside exercise, but I do have a tv for workout videos and a treadmill and free weights, and a machine. The machines aren't really mine, but I do have access to them, so I should utilize. I'm leaving on a trip for work on Saturday, which will make exercise more difficult. It will potentially be work that makes me exercise, but I'm not sure at this point. Cool thing is that I'll be down in Big Sur, which is always fun to visit. I don't know how much of the sights I'll be seeing, but I should at least drive by some pretty vistas.

Anyway, I'm inspired to start anew today, so I guess I'll get at it. I have a heavy day's work at my computer desk today, but there is always this evening. Maybe I'll make a veggie stir fry. Hmm. We'll see.

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THINKGREEN 11/13/2008 5:47AM

    Tiana, we all fall off the wagon at times. The main thing is to do what you're doing and regroup and get back on. Good job!

I so empathize with the house cleaning thing! Have you read the book by Peter Walsh "Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" It addresses the problem of how a cluttered environment prevents us from reaching our goals.


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So moody! An account of the last few days.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

*NOTE* This blog is a total ramble. I'm feeling good and there's no one in my office to babble at and it's lunch time, so I'm taking the time to just express just how good I feel. No reason behind it, just too full up with happiness to contain myself. This is pretty much just a run down of the past few days and why they make me happy.***END NOTE***

Oh my goodness I am so moody! Today in a good way. It seems that each time I've blogged it's been in a mood opposite fromthe one before. Today's blog, unlike the last blog, is a happy one. Lol, I think half of it is due to the fact that I really really enjoyed what I just ate.

But things are just coming together well to make it a good day today. This last weekend I went and played in a softball tournament and we took first, which was a lot of fun. Went out to my aunt's house (the team manager) and a whole bunch of my family and friends from the team were there. Played cards, ate BBQ, watched my friends and family play beer pong. Lol, it's not good for the gut or the brain so I abstained, but it made everybody kind of silly and affable. Just an overall feel good party. Then I went over to my friend's house, who's in town visiting from VA (I live in Cali) and had more fun there with people I hadn't seen in years and in meeting new people. Though I know I should probably be above being influenced by what other people think, a *really* hot guy complimented part of my physique and it made me feel good. He was kind of drunk, but he seemed earnest, lol. I only slept two hours and had to go to work the next day, but determination to not let the sleepiness drag me down made the day one of my most productive in a while which made me feel really good.

I took a powernap for 30 minutes Monday afternoon and woke up entirely refreshed and became not only productive but happily so! It carried me through 'til 11 pm so that I had time and energy to clean house and do laundry, which normally I hate to do. I then went to bed and slept for something like 9 hours, catching myself up on my rest and so today I feel great and am still holding on to my productivity. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everything is going well right now. I just ate some Kellog's Raisin Bran Crunch (which I just realized has HRCF, but oh well) with whole milk (which I love but almost never drink) and though it was a bit high calorie, there were plenty of vitamins and fiber in it and so I feel good about it. I had managed to skip breakfast this morning (because I overslept) and so I was starving by 10:00 and so a little after 11 I drove down to the nearby store and bought it and it just perfectly hit the spot. In the end, my calorie intake for the day is about right for noon, so all is well.

Even my body seems to have potential today. I have this really gorgeous girlfriend who was at my friend's house on Sunday and guys are always hitting on her. Today my mood is such that I'm saying to myself "that is totally me by the end of the year." And I don't see why not. I've decided to start up with the 5-6 small meals a day thing again, which has always worked in the past and kept me satisfied. My work and my play are both active during this time of the year, so if I just add a little bit more of deliberate exercise, I should lose and become more fit.

I am entirely optimistic today. Lol, knowing myself, it won't last, but I'll go with it while it does. Unfortunately, as exhibited by the past, oftentimes when I get too high on life there are too many endorphins running around in my body or something and my glands secrete hormones in excess to calm me down and I tend to hit a particularly low point. However, if I keep exercising, I should be able to keep my endorphin levels up, and so if I ride the wave from this first jolt than I should be able to carry myself through the more stressful times, at least for a while.

Basically, things are good. I'm glad to be me today. I'm glad to be young and sometimes foolish (e.g. partying 'til 4:30 a.m. Monday morning), and full of energy as I look into the future. Yep. Things are definitely good.


***SECOND NOTE*** Halfway through the week and no crash yet :) Guess it's not going to happen this time, which is awesome.


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