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Distant but not Inactive

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I know I haven't posted in a while but that doesn't mean that I haven't been every bit as active as before. I did kind of hit a desparation point yesterday because I see my co-workers who are all on their own diet/fitness programs and they are successful where as I'm doing mine and not losing anything...and I mean nothing. I weigh myself once a week and the number doesn't drop, I've checked my measurements and there hasn't been a change in those either. I don't know what is going on. But I do feel better, if not in my actual body, at least in my head. It's like I believe I'm making improvements in my health so that is fueling me.

So far these are my changes. I have stopped eating junk snacks except for on Sunday. I have a candy jar of chocolate on my counter that has a note on it. The note says "Do not eat unless it's Sunday. Otherwise you can live without it." And I've kept to that. Also I am drinking about 3-4 cups of water a day at work. At night I'll still drink one Coke Zero with dinner, other wise it's water. I am attempting to my cardio everyday (95% of the time I do it, except on Sunday which is my relax day). At the gym I'm working on the treadmill, that has become my latest and greatest toy. I'm trying to work up to being able to do 1.5 miles in 20 minutes. Currently I'm at about 1.45 miles in 30 minutes. Also I have pretty much switched most of my normal seasonings for Mrs. Dash No Sodium seasonings to try and cut down on my salt...and therefore water retention.

When I hit that point of desperation yesterday I decided that I'm going though the motions of the cardio but I'm not really pushing myself, I'm slacking off because I don't want to be wasting the time. In hindsight this is stupid to me because whether I'm just going through the motions or actually pushing myself...I'm still using the same amount of time, WHY NOT MAKE IT COUNT? Because of this I kept striving yesterday, instead of the 10 minutes I intended to do when started out, I got to 10 minutes and said nope, I'll do 15. When I gt to 15 I said I can go another 5. So I ended up doing 20 minutes. I know I could have and probably should have gone longer but I didn't. Also I joined the SparkPeople 28-day Workout Bootcamp. I finished day 6 of is yesterday...yay today I'll be able to mark off that I finished WEEK 1. It is actually really easy to do. If you are interested, it's on my page under my groups. By the time I was done yesterday, I was literally pouring sweat on everything. It was so gross yet so satisfying at the same time. And I plan on doing it again today.

So where am I at right now? I'm still struggling with my portion sizes, but only at dinner. I've got breakfast and lunch down to a healthy portion (I pretty much eat the same thing everyday, which is working for me), I have made several healthy changes that are not hard to stick too, seeing my co-workers have success with me not having any gives me the drive to do better, and I'm constantly trying to find ways to shake it up and find a new strategy. Most importantly, I feel good about my accomplishments. Good luck all.

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    Thanks for the suggestions...I am getting more water in and I've been trying my best. I have confidence that I'll see results soon.
    2256 days ago
    hey coworker -- you should feel good about what you are doing chica. Are you drinking more that 4-5 cups of water? I have been drinking 8 to 10 a day so what I have lost so far is water weight. Also remember that everyone is different and will lose weight or inches at different speeds depending on their body. Just stick to those changes you made and stick to working out.

    Here is an idea for the treadmill:

    Start off at a low comfortable speed or incline.Bump up the incline or speed every two minutes until you reach 10 minutes on the treadmill. After 10 minutes, go back down to low incline or speed and up it every two minutes again until you reach 20 minutes. Then do a 5 min cool down. Keeps things interesting and your body working.

    Cool idea on the chocolate jar :) Anyways... keep your head up and a smile on your face. Congrats to finishing the first 6 days of that bootcamp!

    -- Rose emoticon

    2256 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/20/2012 8:59:53 PM
    I have so much trouble with sodium and fluid retention and of course it shows on the scale. I get such anxiety when I know I need to weigh in!
    2263 days ago
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