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The anatomy of a craving

Sunday, October 31, 2010

It starts with a thought either your own or put there by an external source. Someone walks by you with pizza and you think man I love pizza, then you start thinking but I really love breakfast pizza...mmm breakfast pizza. Your shift at work is over you're on your way home...mmm breakfast pizza says a nagging voice in your head. You think well I could just get one slice at Casey's on the way home one slice won't be that bad...but I have been doing okay on my diet, no, no straight home you finally reason. You get home let the dogs out...but it's breakfast pizza says the voice again..mmm breakfast pizza, no I'm home that would involve a trip to the store, well I do need some face wash and I could get one that I could cook at home, no, no we know where that leads a whole pizza in the belly and the ensuing misery. Cereal it is, down goes the cereal and now...stomach still feels empty inside, do I have another bowl, how many bowls would it take to satisfy a craving for breakfast pizza. Reason takes over, go to the Casey's get one, ONE, slice. It is the only way that the monster seems willing to rest...mmm breakfast pizza. Keys in the ignition, on my way, getting the slice of guilty pleasure, yes I did it I ate it I enjoyed it, one slice, ONE only, it did tame the emptiness, but why can't I crave apples...mmm breakfast pizza. I did track it damage was actually minimal and salvageable, but these cravings have got to stop winning.

  
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DKRETSCH01 10/31/2010 12:16PM

    You nailed my life to a tee!! I get something in my head and I cannot stop thinking about it until I get it. I will sit around my house, because I telecommute full time, eating everything in site, just trying to fill the craving that isn't met!! I have not figured out the formula yet, hopefully we'll both get it figured out!

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JOYCEMARIE9 10/31/2010 10:25AM

    How true I often find myself craving something just for it's smell or how it taste not because I'm hungry. Great blog and great to know I am not the only one with cravings coming from a thought.

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JATHUENER 10/31/2010 7:51AM

    how very true i told my dietian once i don't crave broccoli i could but i don't the chips or candy bar is more like it not to mention that is what is in the vending machine at work when the cravings come. Funny maybe it is work----julie

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No Excuses workout plan

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I can be very motivating, but sometimes the person that needs the motivating is me. I admit it I was a bit fried from marathon training (excuse), I have been going at it hard for a year diet and exercise so I deserve a break (excuse). I could sit here and write all the things I have done to talk myself out of a great diet and great exercise over the past couple weeks. But I am writing this to motivate one person right now (and if I drag a few others along welcome). It is obviously me that I am talking about, it is time to throw all those excuses by the wayside and get doing what I need to do to drop the rest of this weight. Yesterday I did legs, back and ab ripperX from the p90x series, and today again I will get in my workout with no excuses of being tired, working,burnout etc. The tape measure does not lie I have been slacking. Here's to day 2 of No Excuses workouts!

  
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SARAHFAILLA 10/30/2010 7:36PM

    one step at a time right? good for you in getting back on it! and w p90x no less- takes determination to get through those! good for you!

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DKRETSCH01 10/30/2010 5:23PM

    I'm with you on the food part. Good for you on setting your mind to changing it up. Good luck!

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OBXFIREGUY 10/30/2010 11:22AM

    Thanks I am in need of motivation. This week has been tough mentally to get my running in for marathon training. I am really tired today from being up all night and work. Got to get moving and do a 12 mile run. Then 18 tomorrow! I very seldom miss a run and needed this kick to get going. Thanks!

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SERENITY4LIFE 10/30/2010 10:21AM

    I'm right there with you! I've been slacking this week, partly to rest a sore calf, but I used that as an excuse to not pay attention to my nutrition. Today I'm back on track ... went for an easy run with a friend and I'm refocusing on my nutrition and clean eating. This is a life long process and there will be ups and downs, but we can do this!! Bravo to you. You motivated yourself and me too! Thanks!!


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PRINCESSNURSE 10/30/2010 7:55AM

    And she's back!

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Weekend off work

Friday, October 22, 2010

Normally this would seem like a good thing but it is definitely when I like to get off track, I don't get on the computer all that much. When I don't have to work I am more lax with the time schedule for my workouts, when I don't have to work it is easier to graze mindlessly. So this weekend I am scheduling times for my workout and not pulling the "oh I have all day to do it", I am portioning out my meals and having them in the fridge like I would if I were going to work, I am going to log in each day this weekend, not only so I can track but so I can just be here surrounded by healthy influences.

  
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NYCFA1 10/22/2010 12:35PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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Nutrition tracking challenge.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The gauntlet has been thrown. Track every morsel that goes into my body, even if it is not a healthy item. Create calorie deficits, by tracking get back to a clean eating lifestyle, because if it is on paper I know what is garbage and what is good! Started a team to help keep each other accountable : Honesty is the best policy is the name if anyone is interested. So far the team members have posted a comment to other team members just to check in "are we tracking, how did it go, and are we being honest even if it is a donut!" It will be a huge work in progress but it will help me with the most challenging aspect of my healthy lifestyle, I am a terrible overeater, a mindless, emotional chow hound. I can always exercise that has never been the issue, always the nutrition and as we all know a six pack is not made from doing crunches it is made in the kitchen!

  
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HOTTEXAN 10/21/2010 7:33PM

    Today I took my kids to the Kolache Factory, they haven't had kolaches for 2 years!
So, I partook and I have no idea why. It was a huge disappointment and did nothing to support my goals. I love tracking all my food, even the garbage, I hate seeing it on my log so usually it dictates my choices. Good luck working your plan!

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NYCFA1 10/21/2010 1:13PM

    I love that we are checking in on one another. It helps knowing someone is *watching* you. :)

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MOTIVATEDMB 10/21/2010 6:05AM

    True true true. 80% of the way we look is due to what we eat... I don't really want to look like a meatball grinder!!! Keep up the great work and thanks for the reminder.

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PRINCESSNURSE 10/21/2010 4:35AM

    We can do this!

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Monday Starts the new battle

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The recovery week is over, I have kept myself moving this week though. I have taken one jog that was slow and slightly painful (the blisters and toenail were not quite healed). I have walked dogs miles and miles. I have done a Turbofire workout. I have gone from 3 days of eat whatever I want to reeling it back into healthy. I feel refreshed and motivated, nothing like finishing a marathon to make you feel like you can do anything. I have registered for my first 2011 race, I will be doing the 500 Festival Mini Marathon in Indianapolis again. I'm tempted to do a race this weekend but not sure if my body is ready for the stress again just yet I will see when I do my run tomorrow if the legs wanna take it easy we will take it easy (its a 15k this weekend if I decide to do it). I'm doing things around the house that have taken a backseat during the marathon training. I feel truly accomplished and I feel like anything is possible. I updated my sparkpage to reflect my feelings on this, because in one year I have done a lot who knows what this next year will bring. I am 30 and I think I am far better than I ever was in my 20s!

  
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ABSOLUTZER0 10/18/2010 7:38PM

    The new battle has begun! You will take control and do this! My Pop is talking about doing that race and it seems to be HUGE in that area! It is in May, eh? It does not matter, you will be ready!

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