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Friday, May 04, 2012

So, here I am yet again. Sometimes I think I like the drama of failing! I seem to let myself do it way too often.

BUT. I am back, and I will do my best yet again. I hope these blogs begin to resonate wtih me...they are somewhat therapeutic but I fear I am on a teeter totter.

My last REAL work out was on Thanksgiving Day. I remember going to the gym and getting a good run in and I felt prepared to handle any food situation that came my way. Boy was I wrong. What I didn't know was that Thanksgiving Day would mark the beginning of a downward spiral for me. This particular downward spiral has lasted about 5 months during which time I gained back about 12 pounds.

12 pounds that I cried for, sweat for, said no for so many times prior to Thanksgiving. If that doesn't make you feel defeated ....

What will be different this time? I honeslty do not know. I do know that I will not push myself so hard like I did last time. I was working out 6-7 days a week, but come on, let's be realistic here. YES I want to lose weight fast! BUT, I also want it to stay gone. I am a fulltime student , wife and mother and I have to accept that somedays just won't work for gym time. Instead of beating myself up over this, I need to realize that I should take what I can get for gym days and make the most of them-right?

I know that some will make comments like, "Get up earlier", "make time", etc....well let me just break down a typical day for you:

4am- wake up, get ready for work
5am- commute begins
6am- work is well under way
12 -noon- lunch time!
4:30-5pm- work is done for the day- back on the road
6pm- Get home, make dinner
7pm- Spend time with my kids, clean up messes, do laundry, get everyone cleaned up, read stories, do tuck ins and say good night to my kids.
9pm- time to try to do my homework
11pm or 12 am- time to try and get some sleep! (yes I only get 4-5 hours of sleep M-F)

This isn't exaggerated at all...this is my typical Monday through Friday. Kinda sucks :)

So, new goals. I have to figure out how to make losing weight and getting healthy manageable in my schedule. Does anyone have advice or ideas?

I only have about one year left and my schooling will be complete ( finally!!) Until then I do have homework (I am also taking summer courses), I do have three lovely children and a husband (who works second shift, so I kind of feel like a single parent) and I have a full time job that I am at about 50 hours a week or more. Oh how I wish we had family near to help!!

How can I stop doing the teeter totter and get healthy once and for all?? emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JENVAMPVEGAS 5/4/2012 11:14AM

    I feel you... I have a similiar battle. I haven't consistently tracked since around Thanksgiving. I gained back a little, but luckily didn't go nuts. Still, I had planned on being closer to my goal than I am. But, we can only move forward, right? I have no great wisdom on this subject, because I'm right there with you. All I know is that as long as we don't give up, we are in a better spot than most people out there. We just need to keep hanging on. Glad to see you back.

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KIRSTAB 5/4/2012 10:58AM

    My philosophy is that I want to keep this off and I know myself well enough to know that if I'm going to make permanent lifestyle changes, killing myself for an hour a day working out can't be part of the equation. I walk at lunch. Sometimes. I did the Couch to 5k program and so now I know I can go out and run a mile and it only takes 15 minutes of my already crammed schedule and I can do 15 minutes. I only work out a few days a week and I'm totally fine with this, because every day, I track calories and that makes the big difference.

Maybe you could spend some time really focusing on the food for awhile and forget about working out. If you can't fit workouts in, it's easy to abandon the whole endeavor. But just eating better without exercise will make a difference!

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    I feel your pain. Sometimes while I make dinner I am working out at the same time lol. It's hard juggling so many things at the same time. Try to fit in little workouts ever few days at first, that's what I did. Even if it's for 10 mintues. It's hard but somehow you have to try to squeeze in workouts inbetween all the hub-bub.

Also like another commenter said about your health, you are important so you need to take care of yourself. For me I have a few health issues on top of family health issues that I can also get, I don't really have a choice anymore. You might want to take care of yourself now so later you won't have to deal with health issues when they could have been prevented.

Good luck, I know you can do it!

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CHEETARA79 5/4/2012 10:12AM

    Good gravy that is a tough schedule! I don't know if I could function with so little sleep.

Weight loss, as you know, is really more about nutrition than exercise. Even if you can't make the healthiest choices all the time, you can choose smaller portions of caloric foods if you need to. I think that's what you should focus on rather than exercise, which may be impossible to fit into your super busy schedule!

I'm glad to see you back on Spark. You were missed!

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REDSHOES2011 5/4/2012 8:47AM

    Think about what your family will do if your health cracks-and what a disablity will do to that freedom you so much enjoy..
A little advice from a freelance resthome helper whom listens to people regrets when it is too late and still keep eating the very junk that is killing them off..

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ELRIDDICK 5/4/2012 8:46AM

  Thanks for sharing

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MELLISOND 5/4/2012 8:46AM

    I feel for you! And I had a job that ate my life and contributed to the development of morbod obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure by the time I was 50. This year I have been determined to turn it around with a lot of help. The first thing I had to change was my work patterns. I had to find time to exercise and to shop for and prepare healthy food.

Is there any way you could take a walk at lunch? Can you do some physical activity in the evening and encourage your children to help or join in?

I applaud your intentions and your outreach to the Spark community.

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