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The Weight Loss High

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Over the past two weeks I have lost 6.1 lbs. I am well pleased! But I'm finding it amusing how motivated this makes me in this moment, almost giddy with it. I feel like jumping up and down and yelling "I will keep this up forever!" However, practically speaking forever is a really long time. I feel amazing these days, but I think I need to be wary about words like "forever." But I think I can stick it through 'til June 1, which is my current goal. If I can do that, then I feel I can keep it going through July, and then 'til Thanksgiving, etc etc. It's like when I get bored with running. Lol, I just have to keep tricking myself into keeping going 'til the next stage, then the next, then the next until it's actually a real habit and the way I want to live my life and I'm where I want to be. If I actually think about in stages, as opposed to saying I'm going to, I can totally do this.

But anyway, I've been exercising regularly and eating sensibly so I think I'm going to extend my workout into committing to yoga. Right now I'm doing it in a haphazard sort of way every once in a while, because quite honestly I just don't have the muscle tone for some of the moves, nor do I have the flexibility. But that's the point of doing this. To improve. I've always had a problem with wanting to be great at something immediately, and it's just not possible. So I'm hoping to start doing yoga at least three times a week and working up from there. One major obstacle is of course always time. When I do 45 minutes of yoga in the morning, I don't have time for anything more intensive. I see some people who start their day at 5 a.m., but honestly, for me to get up before 7:30 takes Herculean effort. I do it to exercise in the morning, but the thought of getting up even earlier to do two sorts of exercise makes me blanche. Of course, maybe if I went to bed before midnight every once in a while it'd be easier.

We'll see I suppose. Wish me luck b/c I'd really like to stretch my muscles out and regularly calm my mind.

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ALESHAMORIN18 3/18/2009 5:03PM

    I've always wanted to try yoga but have shyed away cause everyone in those classes alway seem already fit. One of these days hopefully I can try knowing that these women have not always been this way. Congrats on your weight loss!


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Weekly weigh in

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I think I'm going to start tracking my weekly weigh in here. More than once I've gotten down by what I consider a significant amount, but then I bounce up again. While I have been keeping track in my diary, it's not a single, understandable list of changes. I think Sparkpeople offers a visual for tracking weight gain and loss, but for some reason it won't pop up on my computer screen, so I'll be doing it this way. Hopefully, if in the future I'm bouncing around again, I will be able to look at it in this post, get ticked off, and be renewed.

March 3, 2009: 177
March 11, 2009: Not supposed to weigh in under bootcamp rules
March 18, 2009: 170.9 :)
March 25, 2009: 172.4 Grr.
March 26, 2009: 171.4
April 1, 2009: Missed weigh in
April 8, 2009: 171.4 (at least I didn't gain again)
April 15, 2009: I forgot to write it and now I forget
April 22, 2009: 170.4
April 30, 2009: 169.9
May 6, 2009: 169.5
May 13, 2009: 169.3 Pleased with this trend :)

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SUNSHINE_GAL 3/12/2009 4:11PM

    The uniqueness of Sparkpeople allows us flexibility to create ways that will help us reach our goals. Some people track their weight on their Sparkpages, some track it in their signatures and others just rely on the weight ticker. The ability to be creative is so open. I hope this new system works for you. Good luck on your journey to a healthier life.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

I need to do more of it! I've basically only been doing the minimum, about 30 min a day and sometimes my 30 min isn't all that hardcore. For example, I walked 30 min to and from work yesterday and counted it as my exercise. It's not really. It's good that I got out and did that much, but it definitely didn't get my heart rate up.

Hmm. If only cardio didn't make one all sweaty. I might go home on my lunch half-hour and do a Gilad video. Alas, I definitely get all gross and since they last half an hour, that doesn't allow time for a shower afterwards. I always get the most energy in the middle of the day, after I've been forced to sit at my desk for a few hours and I want to get up and jump around.

Maybe what I'll do is I'll go home and eat a quick salad, and then do some light ST on my own. It doesn't work me as well as Gilad does, but it also doesn't make me all gross either. Then I can do the Gilad this evening. Hmm. That sounds like a plan.


142 Strength Training minutes this week

Friday, January 16, 2009

142 minutes of strength training in a week as of last Wednesday is by far the most regular strength training I've done in a long time. Since high school at least. It's been good. I've already improved in a few of the exercises, which is exciting.

The only thing is, I'm a bit worried about beefing up. I know they say that women can't get too bulky because we have lower testosterone levels. Nonetheless, the women in my family definitely have a problem with building muscle up too much. My calves already are starting to look bigger, and trust me, they don't need to get any bigger. More like full blown cows than calves to be honest. I'm been trying to do more stretches on them in order to elongate the muscle, but no visible results as of yet. It's entirely possible that I'm still not giving enough time to it. I just find stretching to be inutterably boring.

I'm going to keep going because my job requires fitness, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get definition instead of bulk. Maybe I need to do some more research into ways to make that happen.

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ASHLEYF3 1/17/2009 1:14PM

    That's some amazing ST numbers! I am impressed! I don't know about the bulking up. I thought if you keep it high reps with low weights you were okay, but I am not an expert by any means! Keep up the good work.


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Dying of thirst

Thursday, January 15, 2009

In response to this week's Blog Prompt, I have to say that drinking an adequate amount of water is my hardest health goal to meet. One would think it'd be an easy one. It's good for you, there's virtually no effort involved, but still, unless I'm extremely conscious of it everday, I end up drinking max 32 oz of liquid overall, usually not all of which is water.

Hydration is definitely a major issue for me though. Back when I was in college I'd get these massive headaches that wouldn't go away without at least 3 ibuprofen, which is more than I like to take. At a retreat one time I got a nasty nasty headache and it ended up lasting two weeks. I finally went into the doctor's (who looked hard at my symptoms because they resembled those of spinal meningitis) and she said all it was was dehydration and warned me of the effects of not getting enough water, including headaches, body aches, greater succeptibility to illness, and fatigue.

I've been on a bootcamp recently that required imbibing 64 oz at least of water and that's helped a lot. Still, last night I ended up chugging 64 oz after 8 p.m. because I hadn't had any during the day and needed to meet my quota. Not the right way to do it.

But, I've as good as got 60 oz down today, so I'm doing good so far. Slight headache between my eyes, but I think with another 20 oz or so I'll be fine.


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