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Well, I'm still here at least. Climbing out of the hole.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

So, back at it. I've joined a 10-week program at work. I do a weekly food discussion, check in activity for 3 days per week. Log food. Weekly weigh-in.

The best part is that it's being organized by my former trainer, whom I love. It's funny - I had been seriously considering calling her. She's no longer with my old gym (and neither am I), but is doing well. I really like working with her. I will gladly pay to continue after the program is over.

I need the outside motivation right now.

As I've been gaining, I've also been (weirdly) paying attention. (Weird -- why pay attention to eating but not STOP IT). Anyway, I've noticed that eating gives me a "bubble" -- I turn off all stress while I prepare and eat food. I know that I have to find another strategy for this, but haven't. No, it is NOT exercise. I enjoy exercise, but for other reasons.

But it's a good observation. So, I'm working on that. I'm thinking about trying reading. The only trouble with that is that when I'm in the middle of a good novel, I don't want to put it down, and then I need another novel. :D I just finished the Outlander series. Oh, my Jamie. :D I don't think I can betray him with another novel just yet . . . ;)

Things I need to do:
- plan a week of food. I'm out of the habit, esp. breakfast.
- put together my workout bag, so I can just grab it.
- get back in the Spark habit of tracking.
- drink more water.

That's a good start. Because my work schedule is not so bad this semester, I can work out after classes, without having to shower and blow dry hair and all to make it to work. I think that will work better.

Looking forward to spring activities. Farming. Getting out on the bike trail to walk, run, bike. Kayaking again. Today it was -15 at 7 a.m. Can't wait till I can complain about the heat and humidity. Now it's harder to be active. But hey, I can.

SO WHY THE HELL NOT?!!!! By gum. Here we go.

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    Oh...the Outlander series! Starting that is just about as big a commitment as! No wonder you don't want to "cheat" with another book right now!

    Best wishes on your reboot.

    996 days ago
    Whoot whoot!! Go girl! You can do it!:)
    996 days ago
    Looking forward to spring, as well.

    Best wishes with your relaunch!!
    998 days ago
    Great to see you back - I'm inching back in myself .... good luck figuring out what works for you and figuring out your paces and rhythms ....
    998 days ago
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    998 days ago
    I totally get it - I started knitting and it's helped (when I remember to knit, lol).
    998 days ago
    You've got this, and motion in the right direction builds momentum. I'm working on bursting my 'bubble' too, right now focusing on getting the house deep clean done before my work season gets busy AND I'd rather be outside playing. I'm making a list of other 'found time FUN things to do too -- just jotting it down as I think of it knowing it will be there when the rest of me is ready to engage with it.
    998 days ago
    Hurray! Glad to see you again!

    It sounds like you are doing important work.

    And yes, I remember that bubble from smoking, and you are right, it definitely needs to be replaced with something else. Strange as this may sound, I replaced it with breathing. But that might not work for food.

    And I reset everything: my starting point, my weight, my goals. And even though I've only lost a few pounds, seeing the orange goal line corresponding with the weight line on the report gives me a very satisfying feeling. Even though it's just a little quarter inch line, I know that with commitment it will continue in the right direction and grow.

    I also decided to shoot for losing 10% of my weight and maintaining for a few months to attempt to reset my set point, before moving on to my final goal. And strangely, that number was my old set point - that magical weight where i could eat what I wanted - within reason - and skip a few workouts without gaining. Um oh yeah, my pre-menopause set point! But anyway, there is some research that suggests that may be a good practice. Check out the at goal and maintaining team, they have GREAT resources and I think that by planning for maintenance as I go, it will make it easier for me to maintain once I get there.

    At any rate, we did it once so we know we can do it again, right?


    998 days ago
    So good to see you again! Glad you're making good observations - I think that'll really help in the long run. And yay for having your trainer back! :)
    999 days ago
    Good to see you back! I'm back after a hiatus as well.
    Looking forward to more blog posts from you.

    999 days ago
    Yes you can...
    999 days ago
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