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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I need to update my Sparkpage but I didn't want to lose the information I used to have it on it so I'm recording it here in a blog so now I can start fresh. :)
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68 days until my wedding. I'm so excited! I have not dropped the weight I wanted but I'm back to basics...tracking everyday, getting in my 8 cup of water, took a step back with exercise for 8 weeks based on a recommendation from a nutritionist but did not see results so today I start back...I will fight my body EVERY hour of every day until I find the right combo of food + exercise to get the results I want! Stay tuned - my first new years goal is to blog more often and to create my vision board!!! (after 4.5 years on spark I think it's finally time!)
My NEW story: 09/30/11
I'm now 34 and ENGAGED! I'm getting married on March 10th, 2012 and couldn't be happier!
In the wake of my job loss 2 years ago, starting a new job, meeting a wonderful guy, moving in with him, and now being engaged...life has gotten a bit in the way. I got lazy about tracking and my workouts weren't intense or as often as they used to be. I gained back 20lbs and am now fighting to get those back off.
I've added in bootcamp in the mornings 4 days a week, I'm coaching my running group again and run 3 days a week with them. I have also started adding back in spin and kickboxing. I'm struggling to get the snacking under control and it's a daily fight to get my calories down. I'm trying to find that balance between enough to sustain me and enough to lose weight.
I am fit - my resting heart rate is 47 and I'm feeling strong. My arms are more defined than ever and are actually getting smaller but my belly feels the same or actually bigger. I know you can't target specific spots but the scale isn't dropping and the pants are not fitting better...YET! But I'm a fighter I KNOW this works. I have to be honest with myself, control the snacking, and EVERY decision must be planned and be a good one.
Women's Half Marathon(nov)
Vegas Half Marathon (dec)
Pf Changs Half Marathon(jan)
My old story:
I'm 31 and have been heavy pretty much since grade school. I think I've always thought of myself as "heavy" even when I look back at pictures of me as a kid and I'm not. I was an army brat so we moved around a lot. I think I dealt w/new situations, feeling left out, and boredom by turning to food. I was always active: dance, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swim team, etc. but it never seemed to keep the weight off. I don't think I really tried at any of them assuming it didn't come easily so it wasn't meant to be. I always tried to bail at running or working out, it just didn't feel good to push myself very hard. I didn't see the point.
I did weight watchers in high school but trying to eat right felt like I was hungry all the time. I lost some weight but it didn't stick and pretty soon I was just content being bigger. College - pizza, subs, dorm food, nothing heathy, still stayed fairly active and thought I should workout but never had time w/school, work, and trying to be a part of the college life.
Then I joined the "real world" I ate what I could afford or what tasted good. Didn't like fruits and veggies, felt guilty about over eating sometimes, but really didn't focus on it. It was always a "one-day" kind of thing. Then I hit a point where I said enough. Put myself on atkins, followed it for 6 months and dropped 50 pounds. I was working out a lot yoga, spin classes, kickboxing, hiking. Then I hurt my leg hiking and I couldn't burn off calories so I stopped working out...I also slowly stopped eating healthy and the weight came back on...all of it PLUS some.
Then I had a picture taken of me and I HATED it. I didn't even recognize me anymore, I wasn't just heavy I WAS FAT! I talked to a co-worker and she told me about spark. I joined right away. I thought some of it was goofy like posting goals, and self affirmations, but I did it all. I stuck with it and the weight started coming off. For the first 6 months I lost 2 pounds a week. It's a lot harder now but somewhere in there it stopped being a diet. It became a way of life. I don't eat bad anymore. Sure I splurge here and there but I pick smart foods, I pick food based on what it can do for my body, not just because it tastes good. My tastes have changed drastically and I'm constantly on the look out for healthy tasty recipes. Vegetables are my main side and fruit has become a yummy sweet treat in the afternoons.
I still have about 20 lbs to get to my goal weight. It is a challenge every week to make sure I make the right decisions. Sometimes I don't get it right but most of the time I do. I know that I am healthier. I am stronger. I influence people around me b/c of what I've accomplished. I've made new friends b/c I'm more active. I'm not afraid to try new activities.
A lot of days I still feel like the "heavy" girl even though the outside doesn't look like it used to. It's getting easier to see me as I am and not who I used to be. I am not the same person as I was when I started this journey. I've grown inside as well as learning about myself. I know that I have to stick w/this and I will reach my goals.
So I get lots of questions on what I eat and what works for me. Here are my basics, they worked for me, but everyone is a little different. I know my body is super sensative to carbs so that's my control point.
Food that I use all the time:
DANNON LIGHT& FIT– both the smoothies and the yogurt cups – easy low calorie low fat and sugar. Lately I've been getting the 4oz ones and adding in some Bear Naked protein granola (only 1/8 cup)
EAS ADVANTEDGE SHAKE – chocolate fudge – low calorie, carb high protein – lots of good nutrients – have one everyday 24 pack at Sam’s Club for $26ish
UNSWEETENED SOY MILK – higher protein less sugar than regular milk – I don’t drink milk so I just use this in my coffee everyday
WEIGHT WATCHERS CHEESE– it’s yummy, you can have a bigger portion, and it melts and does everything “real” cheese does
DREAMFIELDS PASTA– low carb high protein – tastes and cooks like regular pasta
SPRAY BUTTER – says 0 calories – there are some in there but it’s better than real butter
AIR POPPED POPCORN w/SPRAY BUTTER – great snack – even take in my purse to the movies
MISSION LOW CARB TORTILLAS w/turkey and mustard.
KASHI BARS- 120 cals for the Dark Choc and Cherry - my new favorite thing to carry around.
MELBA TOAST- the wheat ones are packaged in packs of 5 - these w/laughing cow light cheese are great snacks that crunch.
Tons of FRESH VEGGIES and LEAN MEATS.
I make a HUGE pot of chili every other week so I always have a low carb healthy meal full of veggies anytime I need to "grab and go"
SOUTH BEACH DIET PIZZA's - love those - can't have too many but they are good when you don't have time to cook - or when I travel I get a couple and put them in the hotel freezer in my room and cook those rather than go out to eat...not as much fun but way healthier.
CHICKEN CAESAR SALADS - no croutons extra cheese and dressing on the side. Even though the dressing is a little high in cals if you dip in and then eat it's not too bad and it's my staple food for eating out...
My fav snack - 1 cup of really cold grapes and strawberries w/splenda and cool whip free! total treat!
MY TIPS: (maybe they'll help someone!)
CARB CONTROL: I keep my carbs at around 150-180/day and “turn on” the nutrients for calcium, saturated fats, dietary fiber, and iron b/c I try to tack those as well…I eat at the high end of my protein range and just below the carb range that it lists. Don't limit your carbs too much - it works but it's hard to maintain and causes too many bounce backs. I stay around 75 when I'm trying to "kickstart" myself after a plateau but after a week or 2 I put it back around 150...the more I run the more carbs I have to add in...I am comfy around 200 - don't feel like I'm missing out on anything which is the biggest thing for me. I just choose the "right" carbs now - whole wheats, multi-grains, etc...
PROTEIN: I NEVER eat a carb w/out protein w/it. Proteins help your body process the carbs. The 2 go together. I hit over 100g of protein a day! A trainer told me that once and it stuck. Gone are my days of just a bowl of rice. Now the protein is the focus and the rice is along side it...
EXERCISE: I try to do the bulk of my exercising in the morning (5:30am spin classes) and I used the couch to 5k running program to help me learn how to run 3 days a week. I use heart rate monitor to make sure I stay in the right training zone and it will track my calories burned. Now I am using a half marathon training program. I think it helps me the most to have a race or event to prepare for.
MY THOUGHT: Biggest thing is to track your food, drink water, exercise, and weigh in on Sunday so it keeps you honest on the weekends...The nice thing about this site is that you can put in how much or how little you work out and it calculates your calories based off that. It makes it easy to figure out where I should be calorie wise when I can't workout or workout extra so I get enough food and don't overeat.
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Hi! I just turned 30 and decided it's finally time to take control and make this happen. I am a Purdue Boilermaker located out in sunny AZ. I like to stay active but am looking for a way to balance that with work and healthy eating.
2/20/08 update: I am doing it...66 pounds now. I eat and pick foods now based on what they can do for me, not just that look good. When I set my goal weight it was like "why not?" we can all dream a little but not I can actually see my goal weight now and can even see beating it by a few pounds. I need to add in more strength training and that is my goal for this month. I want to develop a better weight workout to really KNOW which muscles and areas I am working on.
4/22/08 update: I am down over 70lbs now. Not only that but I have a personal trainer at the gym now. 30 mins a week and it's showing. I am in a size 10 now - (down from my original 20-22 size) and can feel my muscles toning and getting stronger. I just ran the Pat's Run in honor of Pat Tillman and it was not only a great race but my time went from a 15 min mile to a 12 min mile! It was a 4.2 mile run and it felt great. Next going to shoot for a 10k and THEN I'm going to sign up for the 1/2 marathon next January. I feel better, I feel healthier, I feel like I can do anything!