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Friday, January 11, 2013

I finally came to grips with the reality that I gained 11 lbs over the last 6 months (which, I know its not good, but I'm glad that it was only 11 and not 50 - which knowing me, would have totally been possible). I have reset my ticker to show my current weight of 317 (blah) and am using that as a starting point from here on out. I had to just stop thinking I would **magically** just drop back down to 306 without working for it.

So I've had (A LOT) of time to think about what my next steps are going to be and building a plan for myself. I'm going to be joining 24 Hr. Fitness the 1st of February (Its the soonest I'll have any money) and my friend Jen (we've been friends since high school) is going to be joining Weight Watchers. I just cannot afford both WW and a gym membership right now. Jen is going to give me the information for tracking points, etc and I'm going to track both what I eat (calories) and points. I'm thinking that the combination will make it easier to hold myself more accountable. I also want to get up to working out 5 days a week. I'm going to start at 3 days a week (do that for 2 weeks) then add another day (do that for 2 weeks), and then add another day so I'll be at 5 days a week. I want to get up early and work out before I go to work, but honestly I'm not sure if that will work as well as if I go after I get off work/done tutoring. I know that its best to work out in the morning and I am going to give it an honest try, but the whole getting up at 4:30/5:00 in the morning is NOT a fun thought for me- I have a hard time being up by 5:30 as it is- even when I go to bed at a decent time (8:30/9:00). Luckily I live LITERALLY down the street from a 24 Hr Fitness and I drive past it every day on my way to and from work so I can go work out, take a quick shower, put some spray in my hair (thank goodness for naturally curly hair), put some makeup on (definitely need a face LOL) and head to work for the day. I also want to try and always have a set of workout clothes in my car, so if I missed a workout in the morning I can stop on my way home (no excuses). I'm also hoping that I can find a yoga class to go to one evening a week if it works out in my schedule.

Having someone else to help hold me accountable and to work together will really help. My friend Meaghan and I were helping each other and working out together for a while but we're both so busy lately we don't even see each other to meet up for coffee. Jen is also in a VERY similar place weight wise as I am as well as fitness so I think if we are able to work out together (she is debating if she wants to join 24 Hr or stay with Better Bodies) at least a couple times a week, it will also be a good motivation. I would love to start connecting more with people on Spark and if its something that you'd be interested in, please let me know. I don't mind texting/e-mailing/messaging and if its something that could be used as a motivational factor/accountability I would be more than open to exchanging contact information with you! I also have Facebook if that is a way someone would like to communicate. I can send you that information in a message if you'd like to add me there!

I also need to get better about planning my meals (especially lunch during the week). I need to just make sure I stock up on Sundays for the week- Get some yogurt, cottage cheese, sandwich stuff, veggies, etc and prepare it the night before so all I have to do is grab the bag of food in the morning and go work out.

I'm trying to get back the excitement and motivation that I had when I first initially joined Spark- I was SO excited and was LOVING meeting new people and getting to know new friends and over time (about the last 6 months or so) I've just lost my "spark". I know that I NEED to get back on track so that I can be healthy both mentally and physically and I know that I am capable and more than able to do this. I am going to be 29 in June, and I REALLY want to have met my goal of being 180 by my 30th birthday. That gives me about a year and a half to lose 137 lbs in 16 months....That's basically a goal of 8.5 lbs a month which is TOTALLY doable if I put in the work/effort and don't lose my momentum. Even if I could be down to 199 (ONEderland) by then I would be happy/pleased with myself, but my real goal that I would love to meet is 180. I haven't been under 200 lbs since I was in 4th grade (12 yrs old) and would love to be able to say that I weigh less than I did when I was 12.

So that is my plan as of now, obviously I have a few more details to work out, but I think its a good start to the rest of my life!

Thanks to all my spark friends who have continued to be SO supportive and encouraging and I really do value all of your comments, suggestions and opinions!!!

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    I'm so so so so so happy to see you back! I'm always here for you no matter what you need!
    1866 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan to get back on track!!!

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    1866 days ago
    You sound as if you have a fabulous plan. You are setting up your structure and support system in a way that will give you staying power for the long haul.

    Don't worry about the morning exercise. Just because morning exercise works for some other people does not mean it is the be all, end all. I've lost the large majority of my weight exercising in the evening. I like some of the benefits of working out in the morning--like having free time to do other things in the evening--but I cannot seem to predictably get myself out of the bed in the mornings to do it. Particularly when there is frost on the windshield in the mornings! (Don't you just hate scraping your windows?!) If working out in the mornings works for you, then do it. If it doesn't, then your body will still benefit tremendously from an evening work out. But if you become disappointed in yourself because you're not doing your workouts in the morning, then you know what that leads to...beating yourself up. No good comes from that.

    One last thing. I want to suggest that you reconsider tracking calories AND points. At least at first. You are going to have so much on your plate, I don't want you to get overwhelmed. You might pick one or the other to begin. There are a lot of people on SP who do not track calories, but who do follow WW plan. I've heard great things about WW. I'm started the SP tracking because I'm too cheap to pay for WW and now I have all my favorite foods in my tracker so it's easy peasy. Do what works for you (tracking however you feel comfortable), but make sure you don't put too much on your metaphorical plate.

    P.S. I'm so happy to see you back!

    P.P.S. I mean I'm really, really happy to see you back!!! emoticon

    P.P.P.S. By the way, I gained 13 pounds just over the Christmas/New Year Holiday. emoticon
    1866 days ago
    Well lady! I think you really did found you Spark again!!! I'm really happy for you and those firework on your page are really showing your excitement! I totally understand you, it's so hard to get up extra early in the morning, but you have a good plan to do it.

    If you need support, I'm there!
    You GO girl!
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