Your Name: Wingless, or Canada (yes it's my real name)
Your Age: I'll be 30 on March 1st
Your Location: South Sound area in Washington
How did you find Spark People: Ages ago, I was searching for "weight loss website" or some such.
How long have you been on Spark People: On and off for years, but restarted August 2012, got off-track, and really focused in starting December of 2012
How does Spark People help you: I could write a book on this one. The tools of course, but I could do the tracking on my own - I tend to track that sort of stuff on my own anyway. it's the people, really. Having awesome groups that help me pick myself back up has been the major difference this time around.
What is your total loss: 14 pounds. I hit 19 at one point - still working back to it!
What is your biggest obstacle: Myself. I spent a long time in a very abusive place, and now I essentially "do the work" for him still. I understate my own successes, I second-guess my abilities, and I have a hard time finding faith in myself. Set-backs can derail me bigtime, because it's "proof of my inability to change" and such. I'm overcoming it a bit at a time, but it's not easy.
What is your biggest motivator: My lady. She stands by me, no matter what, and tells me how ridiculous it is for me to think I'm not able to accomplish anything. She can list all I've done these last few years at the drop of a hat, and even when I'm having some serious anxiety/PTSD issues, she'll cuddle me and tell me how awesome I am. She's pretty amazing.
What do you want the team to know about you: I'm weird. I mean that in a good way, mostly. I just like to give people a heads-up. I'm a huge nerd, love video games and comics. But I'm also hooked on being fit, and love the feeling of a butt-kicking workout. I've got a sometimes dry, sometimes lewd sense of humor. I'm constantly paranoid about how people see me, and if they're actually nice or just big jerky-jerks waiting to happen (I lost a LOT of friends when I split from the ex). However, I'm fairly decent at hiding my neurotic side, at least online. I know a little about a lot of things, but have had people get pissed at me by offering advice/knowledge, so I tend to stay quiet for the most part. However, I'm always willing to help with things, and I'm very open if people want to ask me questions.
BONUS: (Check out the Mini-Challenge Thread for Bonus!!)
My workout plan is:
C-2-5k on Monday/Wednesday/Fri
Cardio (30+ minutes) and strength training Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Cardio (15 minutes, very light) Sunday
Yoga daily - working up to twice a day, morning and evening. This is an ongoing project, to work more time in my day to accommodate this one.
My nutrition plan is:
1250-1600 calories a day
141-260 grams of carbohydrates
28-62 grams of (healthy) fat
60-140 grams of protein
I also watch sodium, and try to stay in the recommended range of 500-2300 mG of sodium. I focus on lots of veggies, and fruit. I'm challenging myself to drink at least 10 glasses of water a day. It's a lot of water.
To help stick with goals, I weigh daily, but record only on Fridays (for this team) and Mondays (for another team). I took measurements on Feb 1st, and will take them again March 1st.
Aaaaand that's a lot of info! So, I'm off for now.
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Spring HLC Team Rainbow!
"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours." - Illusions
"Don't believe in yourself. Believe in [me] who believes in you!" - Gurren Lagan
"I will not Break. I will not Quit. I will do what I need to do today to be healthier tomorrow." - my mantra when things get tough.
| current weight: 222.6