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Monday, January 07, 2013

I have seriously fell off my healthy lifestyle. I've gained back at least 8lbs and lost a lot of muscle. I'm so discouraged because even though I've taken it off before i feel like I'm starting all over again. I know coming back to Spark is the right thing to do but that is about the only thing that I'm motivated to do and that is only when I'm at the front desk at work with nothing else to do. I don't have much energy and its frustrating knowing that the energy will come from working out which I don't have the energy to do. I have my bag packed and in the car so I will go straight to the gym when I leave work. I don't want to just go hop on the eliptical though. The thought of that bores me right past the gym and home to bed. I did tell myself this morning that at least that is exercise while going home to bed does nothing. I'm going to try a couple of streaks. The first one is water consumption. 96 oz every day for thirty days. Im on day 5. My next will be at least a 10 minute workout a day for the next 7 days. Diet is a big challenge for me. I really need to stay within my calorie range which at this time is 1250-1500 calories. My first problem is I enjoy food too much. I don't think I emotion eat or overdo fast food but I have developed this habit of eating too many times a day. As I write this I'm realizing that snacking is my problem. While over eating is a big one for me I don't want to put too much on my goal plate so for now I'm just going to ask myself not to eat any snack between breakfast and lunch. Anyone reading this blog please feel free to give feedback on any successful solutions to mindless snacking. I know I can chew gum or drink water when I feel the urge, I definitley feel like its going to be a mind over matter deal with me cuz nothing but me can stop me when I get an urge to do something. I just wish my urge to get back to a healthier me was stronger than the urge to snack.
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WALLAHALLA 1/8/2013 1:39PM

    Fruits and nuts pack a big nutrient punch for snacks.

I hate mindless exercise. I like to read a book while I am doing the elliptical, treadmill, or bike. I sometime listen to music, and challenge myself to move to the beat of the song, making sure I follow really fast songs with a slower one, so I don't over do it. Constantly changing pace keeps me entertained longer.

At home, I hula hoop or do strength training while the fam watches tv. That way both my mind and body are occupied.

Glad your back! just keep trying new things until you find what works for your.

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SUSANBEAMON 1/8/2013 12:41AM

  you know where you are, you know where you want to be, you know how to get there, it's up to you now.

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NANCYPAT1 1/7/2013 6:16PM

    One thing I found helpful was to not forbid snacks but to always have HEALTHY (low calorie) single portion, that In love wherever I am likely to want them. I have some stashed in my car, my purse, my desk, by gym bag and even next to my computer. I have things like fruit and veggies (fresh baby or carrot sticks, apple slices, oranges, raisin boxes, other dried fruit), protein and fiber bars, SMALL candy (dark chocolate kisses, hard candy, mini candy bars), pretzels, etc. I PLAN for them and include them in my calories for the day - I used to use them ALL the time, now - not so much. It also reduced the fast food temptations. Eating often is GOOD. Eating a LOT often is NOT SO GOOD. If you sit down and put the foods you PLAN to eat in your tracker, you can them spread it out throughout the day however you like. For me FORBIDDEN means FORGET IT - so once it was no longer FORBIDDEN, I gradually didn't find myself craving it.

The theory here is that instead of BULLYING ourselves over what we should NOT do, we replace it with something it is OKAY to do. Once it is no longer BAD, it is somehow less attractive.

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AJB121299 1/7/2013 6:06PM

    good luck in 2013

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