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January, October, What's the difference?

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

My last blog entry was in January and talked about "The Year". The Year never quite happened. Shauna moved again, I got stressed at work, we both had way too much going on personally, and it all just fell apart. I'd love to say that we needed to stop making excuses, but our "excuses" were short of mentally and physically crippling.

To be honest, neither of us is at a position where The Year could even take off now. The fact that my part of The Year ends in a couple of weeks and hers ends in a couple of months is completely beside the main point. She's still not fully settled and I'm going through a serious financial meltdown. We're both trying though.

At last check, she was back to logging and had been relying mostly on water for hydration (especially since her recent big dehydration incident). Until she gets settled she won't be logging too many exercise minutes.

I, on the other hand, am also back to logging. A week and a half ago I cut out nearly all liquids that weren't water. I'll have iced tea if I'm out and occasionally some juice, but I've been pretty consistent about making sure I get at least 8 8oz glasses of water each day. I'm mostly recommitted to the vegan thing. I've had dairy on two days in the last week and a half and that's because I'm working on clearing out some of the things I currently have (cost saving measure and all). I have a box of instant Cream of Wheat and a box of instant flavored oatmeal at my desk. Every single packet contains either milk or whey so they are not vegan-friendly. They are, however, wallet-friendly since I don't have the option of dumping everything I have and running out to find instant stuff that doesn't have any animal products. I'm slowly getting my calories under control and have pretty much cut between 500 and 1k from the amount I was assuming I had been eating prior to getting started again. Based on my Spark recommendations I have been pretty good at staying within my ranges - been a little high (nothing major) on cals a couple of days, a little high on fat (from mostly PB and/or avocado), and way under on protein (I need to work on that). Carbs have been within range on most days so that's good.

I've worked out a couple of times in the last week and a half, but haven't gotten into a rhythm just yet. That part is probably the hardest. My being stressed all the time with the things going on at work are exhausting. When I get home, I mostly want to crash. It's been difficult to find the motivation to do much of anything these days, but I'm trying -- and it helps that Phil is now on board with all of this. It's always beneficial when two people in the same household are both trying to make efforts and work on themselves. I think I finally have some of the elements necessary to be successful. I might not be able to get everything down right now, but eventually things will start falling into place -- as long as my life doesn't end up getting any more stressful than it currently is because I honestly can't handle much more right now. I'm already burnt out, unmotivated, uncreative, uninspired, stressed and just all-around uninterested in life as a whole so to even get as far as I've gotten in the last couple of weeks is saying something...just hope I can keep it up.
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PHOTOGRRL 10/5/2011 4:04PM

    It's the broken toe that's keeping me from logging much cardio right now. I'm stuck with situps, sissy girl pushups, etc until the damn thing heals. I'm super excited to try the Jackie Warner's Xtreme Timesaver Training vid when it's better though. She scares me but her clients look fierce so why not?

I'm so glad you got Phil on board!!! It's so much easier when people aren't trying to fill your kitchen full of things that aren't helping you with your goals! Yay teamwork! emoticon

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REDMAIJ 10/5/2011 1:40PM

    Welcome back, yourself. :) Yeah, I use MyFitnessPal now for tracking my food. If you have an iphone, I highly recommend it. Steph and I both use it, and it's easy to keep an eye on each other. And, conversely, to know the other is watching.

If you want any help, I'd be happy to poke at you as needed.

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TBRANTNER3 10/4/2011 2:46PM

  more protein will help with the crashing when you get home. One good, really good work out will inspire you. last night was my first night at the gym since last oct, pushed myself thru a one hour treadmill interval workout, and am now inspired to continue. hang in there!

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