MADEYEJUDI's SparkPeople Blog MADEYEJUDI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Can't call this a reboot yet.... One thing I have discovered in the last couple of weeks: Work makes me fat. Seriously. And dehydrated. I haven't been able to work as much recently because I was in tech week for a show I am in, and I have been able to keep my calorie counts down and my water intake up. And it's been great. It's been like starting over and losing 4 pounds of water weight is a great jumpstart to my new restart. But next week my show will be over and I will be back at work with a vengeance, because let's face i... Thu, 13 May 2010 12:31:49 EST What a GREAT day! Sometimes things just seem to happen for a reason. I won't make myself out to be a big believer in fate or anything like that, but every once in awhile things fall into place and you have to take notice. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago, I went searching all over the forums trying to find fellow restaurant workers who have to deal with "family meal" and very limited storage options for food from home, which are my current saboteurs in my healthy lifestyle efforts. I posted on some topics and f... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 11:39:25 EST Up and running! That phrase now has more meaning to me. I actually got my butt up out of bed not one, but TWO mornings this week at FOUR IN THE MORNING to go running. Pros: It's cool enough, and I have plenty of time to run, stretch, have breakfast, and get to work by 7am. <BR> Cons: It's DARK, could be a little dangerous, and it's 4am. <BR> <BR> This morning I could feel myself not wanting to do it - I was going to fall back asleep and just forget it, but luckily I always set two alarms and the second one ... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 11:15:03 EST Emotionally Sound? So I have been in Stage 3 of the Spark Diet for some time now. I fell off the wagon around graduation, and since then it's been a struggle to be consistent, so I figured I would save the progression to Stage 4 until I had actually made some progress. <BR> <BR> Then I went back to see which action steps I had missed in the last couple of phases and there was one about figuring out what makes me stress eat? WELL at the moment my new job makes me very upset when I get out, although the good sid... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 15:08:47 EST Just checking in.... I bought a size 4 dress today. This is both good and bad - not to be a negative nelly, but this size 4 business was a complete fluke. I have never been a size 4, I haven't really lost weight recently, and it's certainly not consistent over brands and articles of clothing. I'm certainly not a size 4 pant. <BR> <BR> But I'll take it. I only tried it on because it was on sale and there wasn't any bigger size - and I did have to take off my bra in order to zip it up, but it fits perfectly withou... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 19:13:22 EST Just checking in.... I bought a size 4 dress today. This is both good and bad - not to be a negative nelly, but this size 4 business was a complete fluke. I have never been a size 4, I haven't really lost weight recently, and it's certainly not consistent over brands and articles of clothing. I'm certainly not a size 4 pant. <BR> <BR> But I'll take it. I only tried it on because it was on sale and there wasn't any bigger size - and I did have to take off my bra in order to zip it up, but it fits perfectly withou... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 19:13:22 EST Never thought I'd be here.... An old friend recently posted some old pictures from high school, and I just can't believe how different I looked! This particular friend had lost a lot of weight on a low carb diet, and I remember being adamant that I enjoy my food (and I definitely did) and that I would never diet and if I did I certainly would not choose to limit carbs! I love carbs! <BR> <BR> But here I am, having been through a whole bunch of fad diets, and while I am definitely healthier, I still enjoy my food. I defin... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 21:32:33 EST 24-hour diners are the devil! UHHGHHHGHGH I am ready to kick myself in the butt, but I haven't been stretching or working out so that would be impossible. Not to say that I could do that on a good week, but I think that makes my point. <BR> <BR> I resolved to work out every day. Even just for 10 minutes. Haven't done that - although I must say that it's because I've been very very busy and I've been pretty active so I feel like I've actually gotten some cardio in. But I need to step up the strength training. <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 20 May 2009 20:03:20 EST BACK on TRACK I went to type the title of this blog and I have apparently already titled a blog the same way since autofill put it in for me. The entry I had before though had a question mark at the end, and this one has no question mark. I had a "bad" week and a half, but it was a great week and a half, and I deserved it. I graduated from college, and I wasn't about to stop myself from celebrating. I have definitely set myself back, but nothing is forever, and now I know that I would prefer to eat healthy... Sun, 17 May 2009 16:17:46 EST Addendum... Ok, so I measured and weighed this morning. I'm definitely still bloated, but my inches were about the same so I'm going to post them anyway. <BR> I definitely go lazy when I hit 130 so now I'm back up and it seems like such a waste....sigh. But I just have to keep trucking along! <BR> <BR> Weight: 134.0 lbs. <BR> Body fat: 23.1 % <BR> Body Water: 54.0% (I don't know what it SHOULD be, but this is definitely higher than normal) <BR> <BR> Bust: 35 in. <BR> Underbust: 30 in. <BR> Waist: 28 in... Mon, 4 May 2009 09:44:34 EST Day 1 Ok. So I wanted to post my beginning weight and measurements for the Swimsuit Bootcamp, but frankly I was bloated this weekend and the numbers just wouldn't be accurate. So I postponing that until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> As for what I hope to get out of this bootcamp, I just want to get back into a routine. My life is seriously turning upside down right now with graduation and moving and needing a job to pay for all of this. So my workouts have fallen a bit in routine-ness. Plus I have decided t... Sun, 3 May 2009 20:15:04 EST End of the year... So I have about....a week and a half left of college. I sign the lease on my first apartment in 3 days. I have enough food in my dorm to last me....probably at least a month, minus fresh produce. Actually probably more than that. I'm starting to panic a little about not finishing it, and then I tell myself it's FINE, I can take it to the new place, and my frozen stuff will not die completely on the journey. And I do still have a week and a half. <BR> <BR> No more groceries. My new game is to... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:30:35 EST I'm obsessed Argh. On paper, I am a very healthy looking person. I eat right, I exercise, I take vitamins, I track it all to make sure there are healthy levels of things going in and out of my body, I weigh/measure once a week, etc. I even let myself go crazy when social events mandate overeating, which may or may not be healthy. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER I do all this religiously and I am always always ALWAYS thinking about food! When I am eating, I really enjoy my meal. But it's always over too quickly and the... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 16:11:25 EST I'm not TELLING! Ok, so childish whining aside, Saturday morning, before I do anything else, I weigh and measure myself. Now I have been thinking about this all week, as I knew it would be a bad week for food. I am visiting the folks and frankly when food is free I go a little crazy. Also my mother feels the need to go to restaurants frequently when I am home, and while I can follow the Golden Rules of eating and not get the worst thing on the menu, it's still going to be out of my calorie range for the day. ... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 08:25:16 EST Confession: I love to eat healthily But....once in a while I do like to just eat what I want. The thing is that after I lose weight, I just want to be at a point where I can have that ice cream if I want, have that candy bar. I LOVE to eat healthy foods, I love to create new meals that are the correct ratios of nutrients, I love tracking it all too - as long as the numbers are good. It's like a little game! <BR> <BR> I even sometimes want McDonalds - those french fries are just spectacular. I wish that I didn't, but I do, and ... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 19:58:56 EST Time for a treat... So tonight is opening night of my show. We have not run it yet. We do not have lights because the dimmer rack is broken (basically the thing that the lights plug into and that would control the switches. If it worked.) We lost a girl to appendicitis. Three days ago. Which means we restaged.....YESTERDAY. <BR> <BR> But I am not worried. I know what I am doing. I know what is supposed to happen, so if someone else messes up then hopefully I can help out. But this is the most unprepared I have ... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:41:10 EST Tech Week! So my show goes up this week, and I am so far able to keep on track... <BR> <BR> It's hard though - picture a bunch of college aged women in one room, with delis and fast food all within less than a block, and we have to be there for hours at a time! I bring food but EVERYONE else goes out during breaks and buys lots of high calorie treats! And the vending machine! Grrr.... <BR> <BR> We at least are moving around so I feel like I'm at least burning a few calories... <BR> <BR> But the thin... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 18:35:01 EST Ugh. A few things to talk about.... <BR> <BR> One, I'm completely fatigued. And just had a little wave of nausea. This is lame, there is just no other word to describe it. It's making me not want to exercise or go out at all, just sleep. But I can't sleep! My sleeping habits are awful! Grr. <BR> <BR> On another note, I DID overeat yesterday - by a lot, but I am celebrating anyway because I DON'T feel guilty! AND I didn't just eat more because I had already screwed up - which is my worst mistake.... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 13:20:04 EST Decisions, decisions... So I have finally passed my plateau of 135 pounds. This plateau has lasted for the last few YEARS. I fluctuate up and down and have good losses, but this 135 lb. point has been a thorn in my side forever. And it feels good to have passed it. But I'm just barely past it and I can't give up now! <BR> <BR> I also have not gone down in inches in my belly area at all. This is frustrating because I am completely within my healthy BMI range at this point, but it's the pooches and flabby parts that ... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 21:40:58 EST I WILL Get it Back. I got REALLY sick for one day this weekend - albeit it turned out to be a good thing because I would have otherwise PIGGED OUT. I was at my parents house, and at this festival with TONS of bad bad food. <BR> <BR> But I recovered, after much ginger ale and crackers, and then I didn't eat much the next day, but I didn't work out at all. <BR> <BR> Then I spent a day traveling and at rehearsal so I didn't track anything or work out at all. <BR> <BR> And now here I am trying to get back on tra... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 10:13:33 EST Spring Break time... So I had my last class before spring break today, and now all that stands in between me and a glorious week off is one little stinking paper. It's not that hard, I don't even have to use additional reading. I should be writing it right now instead of this blog. But frankly, I don't want to at the moment. And I'm sore. So I am going to veg for a little bit, and then get to work. And I have to pack as well. <BR> <BR> It's just a matter of what is productive and what is not. Thu, 12 Mar 2009 14:43:03 EST Stressing So I'm feeling blue, and stressed, but it's not even for me. It's all about a friend, and I can't shake it! I just feel unsettled and like I can't do anything for this person, and it feels so bad. I wish I could do something, but WHAT?! <BR> <BR> We don't even live in the same state, so I can't even just go over whenever to help out. And that's all I want to do - stick around and help out. So this pretty much blows. <BR> <BR> That is where I am at today. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:35:47 EST Time to slow down I haven't been sleeping well lately. Which doesn't really make sense to me because I eat better these days, I exercise more, I don't nap, I don't have caffeine except early in the morning (unless there are really special circumstances). But last night I just lay awake for HOURS and could not sleep. The night before I woke up every hour. I have melatonin which works if I remember to take it BEFORE I get ready for bed, but I have rehearsal at crazy times and I don't want to take it too early an... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 16:55:53 EST Just Keep Running... So today, I did yoga in the morning, AND I ran for half an hour later in the day. It felt awesome to know that a) I had the time to do that, and b) running is now a priority over napping, eating, or watching TV. <BR> <BR> It's funny because I was so adamant that I use all other machines before the treadmill, but now I'm starting to really like running. And I can feel my stamina beginning to build. <BR> <BR> On the list for tomorrow: I'll walk to the grocery store, and GNC, as I have decided... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 22:39:11 EST One Thing Every Day That Scares You... So I always try to start up a blog and then I end up leaving it after a few weeks. So I have no expectations for this one. Perhaps that will help. <BR> <BR> I can't wait for it to be Friday at 12:15. I really do not want to take my mid-term. This will actually be the first and only test (besides the final) that I will take in college. I have taken two other classes that were supposed to have exams, but they were cancelled in lieu of papers both times. So here I am, in my last semester, and I... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 10:41:01 EST