Friday, November 16, 2012
Oh SparkPeopleÖ I come to you in my times of need, but then I always slip away slowly. Well, Iím back and hopefully Iíll be here for a while. I think itís a good sign that I keep coming back rather than never being seen again.
I think an update is due. I graduated with my MPA last May. It was a crazy two years. CRAZY! I worked part-time, had a full-time class schedule, an intensive physiotherapy schedule, a boyfriend (no longer), countless meetings for group projects, etc. I lost touch with many friends, hardly saw any family members and really just didnít do much for ďmeĒ. I got lost in my studies.
That being said, I have no regrets. I have worked hard to earn both my degrees and they will be mine forever. However, my weight was not a priority (it was an on and off commitment - I know, not the right word) and so not much has been happening on the weight loss front. I did start working out in February by lifting weights at home and started biking (stationary). The bike was challenging since I was still in recovery from my knee surgery. At least it was a start. I knew that once Iíd find a job, Iíd be able to start focusing on me again.
It wasnít so simple.
My first job after graduating was a management position with a political campaign. I joined a gym on my first day of work over 5 months ago and I am SO PROUD to say that I have stuck to a consistent routine of working out 4-6 times per week. I absolutely LOVE weight training and have gained so much strength overall (bench pressing 125 pounds, for example) and this has allowed me to stay very active. I made the gym a priority. My job was hectic and sometimes very stressful so the gym was my happy place. I worked over 60 hours per week (and I was way underpaid Ė below minimum wageÖ wayyy below) so it was hard on the head at times. Because I worked so much, I really didnít have time to cook or prepare lunches. I ate take-out (mostly healthy choices, but still) WAY too much. Luckily, because I worked out so much, my weight didnít increase, but it didnít go down either. My job with the campaign ended a few weeks ago (my candidate won! Very gratifying experience overall) and I started a new job with the government (good pay, steady hours, etc.).
So, now that I have mastered the working out part, I am trying to AGAIN watch my intake more closely. This is why Iím back. Iím still 10 pounds below my heaviest weight (thumbs up!) and Iím glad Iíve managed to keep that weight off for over a year (see previous blog post). However, I feel that a person who works as hard as I do at the gym should be slimmer. I have gained a lot of muscle mass so I know I am physically smaller than the last time I weighed 200 pounds but Iíd like some of that muscle to be visible, especially in my arms and legs. Now that life is calm for me (it hasnít been in 7 years), I am looking forward to seeing how well I can lose weight. I know it will be slow and it wonít be perfect (I just love food so darn much!) but I will see results.
I am looking forward to being accountable to the Community here at SparkPeople and getting reacquainted with my SparkFriends as well as making new ones. I will blog when I can, but my main focus is tracking my food (got the SparkPeople app for my iPhone!) and basically staying within my calorie range and working out 5 times per week.
Have a great Friday everyone!
Note: I do have to say that not having as much stress in my life means I've got my binge/purge cycles under control and I am very proud of that fact :)