Sunday, June 08, 2014
Official weigh-in day! Good news and bad news on that front. The good news is that I lost .4 pounds. The bad news is that, even though I've been really good on calories and stuff, I only lost .4 pounds- and that means I've lost 1.5 pounds in three weeks. That's pathetic.
I'm trying to remind myself of a few things- one, I've been drinking a lot more water (I actually had 8 glasses yesterday, holy crap!), so I could be retaining. I'm also due for my period sometime this week, so that could be messing with the scale as well. It's true, I do feel bloated lately.
I'm just... ungh, really discouraged right now. It's okay when not much happens after I haven't done much to deserve it, but it's kind of a kick in the stomach to work hard and then not really get much in results. At this rate, I'll get to my goal weight in approximately four years. Sigh.
I'm also wondering if the stuff I was taking last time really made that much of a difference? That could be part of it too. I'm taking the fiber gummies, so that's the same, but the main ones I'm thinking of are cinnamon and green tea. The thing is, though, I don't think I took either of those from the start, so that would've been helping later on if it was, not in the beginning. I don't know.
Sorry. I know I should be happy I lost anything at all, but this is a frustration that's been building up the last several days. Hopefully I'll feel better in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I'm going to try increasing my calorie intake. While I've never had a problem with the 1200-1500 calorie range, starting there may be a problem. (I just reconfigured the recommended calorie range in Spark, which says I should be eating 1000 calories more at this point. Yeesh.) I don't know how well that's going to work- 2000-2500 seems awfully high, and I struggle to get 1200 most of the time, but it can't really hurt much at this point.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Long time no see! I am, once again, trying to get back into the swing of things now that it's summer and I don't have classes/papers/grades to be freaking out about constantly. This is... okay, going better some days than others, I'll admit. I could be doing a lot better, but I could also be doing a whole lot worse, so I'm trying to not beat myself up about it. So, let's have a short highlight reel of the stuff that's been going on, shall we?
Most immediate on my mind is that I'm getting audited by the state for an educational credit I didn't actually get. Luckily, one of my dear friends is an accountant, so she's talked me down from completely freaking out to minorly freaking out. It helps that she confirmed I didn't actually do anything wrong and just sending them what they want should take care of the problem. At least, I hope so. *fingers crossed*
In better news, I graduated last month from my community college with a cumulative 3.93 GPA. I should be getting my diploma in the mail in a few weeks. So I have an AA in Liberal Arts now, and I'll be moving on in the fall to start working on my English BA. So that's a work in progress!
Since it's summer, however, and for right now I don't have any actual work besides a huge to-do list (I did notetaking for the disability center last semester, so my boss there said she'll let me know if any notetaking/tutoring work comes in over the summer), I figure it's the perfect time to try working on all this weight I've gained through school. I need to be a lot better about consistency on a lot of things, but so far I've been working on:
- I quit coffee, cold turkey. It's been almost three weeks now. I'm so tired. -_-
- I'm trying to drink more water and cutting down on soda. This needs to be better, but for now, it's progress.
- I'm not eating out all the time like I have been, so that means less fried food in general.
- I'm tracking food... well, at least some of the time. I recently discovered that the Sparkpeople app that used to cost money is now free (yaaaaaaay), so that helps.
- There's some attempt at not eating complete junk at least half the time now. XD
- I'm trying to be better about taking fiber gummies and a multivitamin as a minimum.
- I've been sporadically going to the gym. As a matter of fact, I went yesterday. I walked an 18:14 minute mile (before I hit the cooldown button) and did some reps on a lower back weight machine. My back is KILLING me, but it's part of the process, I know.
- I've been doing my weekly weigh-ins! So that's something. I haven't been so good about the daily weigh-ins, which I know is a big part of the problem because those help keep me accountable for what I'm doing, but even weighing myself once a week is an improvement at this point.
So yeah. It's a work in progress, but at least it's going somewhere. I have my third weekly weigh on Sunday, so we'll see how that goes. As of last Sunday, which was a gain, I've lost 1.1 pounds. Hopefully there will be some good news!
Monday, July 08, 2013
I did do a check in last week, I just didn't do a journal because... well, I never got around to it, and then there's been a lot of drama in my personal life that I really don't feel like getting into.
My scale has been on the fritz the last several days- it would error out half the time, and when it didn't the weights were really weird and it took a long time to get one that actually repeated. And yes, I did try changing the batteries, it didn't help. For this morning's weigh in, I finally pulled out a different scale I'd had. It puts me 2.4 pounds heavier than yesterday- I do feel a little bloated today, so I'm not sure how much of the gain is bloated vs. different scale. Eh.
Either way, that still leaves me with a 3.4 pound loss for this week, and it was 3.8 pounds last week, which makes for a total of 7.4 pounds lost and 1.4 BMI points. Yahoo! For the record, current numbers stand at 211.4 pounds with a 42.7 BMI. Definitely on track, weight wise. From previous experience, I tend to lose faster at first and then mostly slow down to a crawl later, so it all kind of evens out in the end. I'm not worried about that.
Everything else? Eh. I was drinking at least a 16 oz bottle of water a day, but I've slipped on that and have been drinking iced tea, because it's been really hot and gross. I've also not been eating anywhere NEAR what I should be, because of drama and depression and so on. I've said this before, but it bears repeating since it's been a long time- my body reacts to stress in one of two ways, as far as food is concerned. I either binge or starve. Well, not starve exactly, but I pretty much lose my appetite. There's no in-between on those two extremes, though I do sometimes swing from one to the other in the same episode. That's basically what's happening now, with a much heavier emphasis on the no-appetite side.
Goal for this week as far as health-stuff is concerned? I need to take care of myself on at least a basic level. That means trying really hard to get some sleep, even if that means taking some melatonin or something- I've been having a really hard time with insomnia lately and I've been completely losing my mind with the lack of sleep. It hasn't been pretty, especially yesterday. I also need to make sure that I -at least- get 1000 calories a day. Which I know is still less than I need for basic functioning, but I haven't even been managing that lately, so. Definitely needs to be fixed before I get sick. Speaking of... I'm going to have something to eat now. And then going to try for a nap. Until next time! ^_^
Friday, June 28, 2013
I know it's only been a few days, but I can't sleep, so I figured I'd post.
Things are going reasonably well. I'm using the food tracker here on Spark, which I've never actually done- I always kept a rough running count of calories going in a note on my phone or something and that was about it. So this is new and different. The first day, I wasn't actually trying to restrict anything, just seeing where I was. I was... over a bit for where I would LIKE my calories, but it wasn't outrageous or anything and still well under 2k- considering that I'm pretty sure I've been over that for most days in the last year, I'll take it. After that, calories have been reigned in to a range I'm comfortable with. Point 1 for me.
I've been weighing myself every day, even if that weight hasn't budged a single bit and I'm getting a little bit irritated. Point 2 for me.
(As a TMI aside here, I'm now officially eight days late, which I'm sure has something to do with the scale being so uncooperative. I'm also completely and utterly miserable. I'm sure you ladies know what I mean when I say that my body is having an absolute CONNIPTION at this point- I'm all super bloated and migrainey and crampy and it's just not a fun time. As much as I hate it, it needs to just get here so I can get it over with and move on with my freaking life already.)
It's not eight, but I've been increasing my water intake- I've now had two glasses of water for three days in a row now. Point 3 for me.
And I purchased more fiber gummies and have been actually taking them, two days in a row. Point 4 for me.
The food tracker has pointed out some things to me- while I've been, on average, in range as far as calories, fat, carbs, and protein, my fiber intake is severely lacking. Like. Barely in the double digits. Ungh. Need to work on that, but slowly, since apparently increasing it a significant amount in a short time will do bad things to my digestive system, which is the LAST thing I need right now.
So. Still needs work? Absolutely. But it's progress. I'll take it.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The good news, since I've been gone? I quit my soul-sucking job and finally, FINALLY went back to school. I finished up my first year of college with a 3.87 cumulative GPA, an award in Biology, and a writing award. Oh yeah, and I somehow ended up being the president of the school's GSA.
The bad news? It came at a high price- the "freshman 15" was more like 35. Basically, I've gained back 35.4 of the pounds that I lost since the last time I recorded my weight in SP, which was 183.2. You do the math. It might've been higher right after finals, actually, but this is the first time I've been on a scale in a long time, because I just didn't want to know. It's worth being said, though, that I'm several days late for my period, and so there's probably some bloat weight in there too. Might be closer to 30 pounds than 35. Still, though...
I'm so ashamed of myself there aren't even words.
Seriously, it's embarrassing. I just. The worst part is that the shame isn't even the worst part. I've never been particularly comfortable with my body, but it WAS getting better, sort of. Now... I'm incredibly uncomfortable inside my own body all the time. ALL THE TIME. Nothing fits right anymore, and I actually had to dig out my old fat jeans. I'm hurting all the time- either my knees or my arches, sometimes both. I have to do something about this over the summer, because I can't keep doing this. I am miserable with my body right now. It's just a matter of pulling myself out of the funk I've been in to deal with it.
On the upside, I've already done something major- I've quit drinking coffee almost completely at this point, which I got into during spring semester. Seriously, that was a HUGE portion of my caloric intake. I can't deal with regular coffee for both taste and acidity reasons (my body revolts after one cup and I have stomach cramps for DAYS after. I've tried. I've also tried tea, before anybody says anything, and I strongly dislike it without a half a ton of sugar, which defeats the entire point), so I got to drinking those Starbucks Vanilla Frappucino things at school. At 200 calories a pop. And I typically had two on a school day, sometimes three, and that was just liquid calories not even counting food. Um. Yeah. Like I said, it was a problem. It's been a lot better, though- I haven't really had any in a while now. Though I think that's probably not contributing to my "funk" because I'm just freaking exhausted all the time. Meh.
Also, I need to start weighing myself daily again, because that helps me keep on track even though it makes me a little crazy.
The biggest problem is that the food needs to get under control. As was the case when I was originally starting out, it's not so much the volume as WHAT it is. I got back into some really bad habits at school. Here's the thing, I take the bus- which I'm typically catching at about 6:30 in the morning. So anything I'd bring for food would have to not get gross for a good long while. The other problem with bringing lunches has been that the bus is often PACKED. Think sardines. So there's a good chance that things I brought would be squashed, or in the case of certain packaging, might burst with pressure. Sooo I haven't been packing lunches, and what's at school is what a friend summed up as "college food", otherwise known as crap. It's ALL sub-par and anything that's even remotely healthy looking is, of course, a lot more expensive. And there aren't a whole lot of other options as far as going off-campus, either. It's all fast food and a grocery store where everything costs twice as much as in the one by my house. Seriously. It's freaking ridiculous and I'm not willing to spend that kind of money on a regular basis. Anyway, so yeah, between that and a whole lot of stress eating, I've created a real mess here. I've been eating like absolute crap, and it hasn't gotten any better since I went on break. I just... yeah. Need to do that. A project over the summer is trying to figure out how to bring lunches without it getting squashed/all over my backpack/gross. I'm also wary of getting a lunch bag, because of not only space on the bus, but also the fact that I'm a derp and I tend to leave stuff under my chair (seriously, I've done that SO many times with my umbrella when it wasn't dry enough to put back in my bag). There are microwaves that are easily accessible, so I could do to-go soup things, those aren't terribly expensive, and I could eat those out of the container. I purchased a cheap plastic sandwich holder which will hopefully hold up against squashing. Almonds are good for snacking as long as I divvy them out ahead of time, which isn't really that big of a deal, I just have to remember to pack all of my stuff in the morning, you know? Hard veggies like baby carrots maybe. Protein bars. Other than that, I have absolutely no clue. Although at least if all else fails, I guess I can always get a baked potato at Wendy's or something, or spend the little extra to get a salad or whatever at school.
Also need to start with vitamins and water again, because I definitely feel better when I'm doing that... not to mention that to add insult to injury with everything else, my skin has gone go complete hell. Meh.
And of course, the last piece of the puzzle- working out. Moving more, at least. Something's wrong with my Wii board, so I really need to figure that out. I'd bought a rechargeable battery pack for it, but it won't turn on even though it should be charged. I dunno. Maybe the pack is bad. Must investigate. Exercise is the last thing on the list for a reason, though- the other stuff, particularly food, is more important to start with, and working out is the hardest thing to make myself do because I freaking hate it. Baby steps.
I will also more or less be wiping the slate clean here, at least on my profile and whatnot. I have enough guilt about this without being reminded about how I've failed. Plus it'll be easier with the Wii vs bathroom scale thing, because with essentially starting over, I can just use the bathroom scale and be done with it. Bam. Basically, all this boils down to just doing what I was doing before. Unfortunately. It's hard enough to begin with, you guys know that, but it's even harder a second time when you know exactly how much work it is. But... I just need to freaking do it. I've done this before. I know the routine. I can do it again, dammit. I just have to buckle down and actually do it. Easier said than done, as I've proven quite effectively with my numerous failed restarts. But really? I just need the spark to work once. That's what I'm looking for here. I'm not going to make any promises- bad things seem to happen when I do that- but we'll see what happens.
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