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Crunch time

Thursday, May 02, 2013

OK, I'm into my 4th week of this. I've lost 9 lbs, though none in the last week, but I figure that's just equilibrating the fairly rapid wt loss I had at the start.
But here it is: I'm now at the point where most of my diets have fallen apart. I ache all over and I have a cold. I'm not sure the aching is the cold. I started strenght training twice a week and found the Basic Strenght Workout on the workout generator. So Tues am I did 2 sets of 15 each: squats, modified push ups, back extensions, and rotating crunches. I was amazed and pleased that I coult do the exercises (well, all except the back extensions: I had to modify those. I never realized my back muscles were that week, but laying flat on my stomach I could barely raise my head!). So Wednesday I ached all over. I also had a cough and post nasal drip and sore throat.
I always seems that I develop a cold, or some sort of virus, a couple weeks into a new diet and exercise program, and that that usually derails the whole thing. Does anyone else experience that?
The other problem is, I was so hungry yesterday. I'm trying to follow the program. I eat breakfast around 7:30 and pack lunch and two snacks for work. I work a fairly long day: 9:30 to 6 or 7 or 8. It was 8 last night before I left. I was so hungry, I ate the lunch at 10:30 (which is early shift lunch and most people eat then), but I devoured the 1st snack before the noon meeting and the 2nd snack after it, and when I left at 8 pm I was so hungry I didn't make it home, but stopped at McAllister's deli ( did a "Choose 2" with a salad and 1/2 a potato; not the best choices but not the worst either). Then came home and ate sorbet and frozen yogurt.
So how do I stick it out with the cold and aches, with not wanting to exercise and wanting to eat so much? I wanted so much to feel full and not hungry. All of the aggravated too by my daughter leaving home. Daughter, son-in -law and 2 grandchildren have been living with me since my son in law got out of the service in November. They just rented a house and my daughter and granddaughter spent the night there last night for the first time. Looking forward in a way to going back to empty nesting. I had so much difficulty with it when my children first left three years ago. I had gone to counseling and was developing a life and things I liked to do, but then they came back, and that was wonderful too. Now the older daughter is leaving again but the younger is returning from college, having decided to stop at this point, after 3 years and 3 changes in major. So this weekend I babysit for my 2 grandchildren, 5 and 1, so my daughter can work and my son in law go to National Guard drill. And I love them, but I work long weeks and never get any "me" time, or for that matter, time to clean the house, hard to do while babysitting, or exhausted at the end of a ten hour workday. My job is very stressful too, which doesn't help. So now I'm whining, I guess, but some of the hunger and wanting to feel full is emotional. So this is crunch time. Just need to get through it, and not blow the whole diet, exercise, fitness thing in the process.
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    First off, kudos to you for getting through 4 weeks and losing 9 pounds. Sorry to hear you've got a cold coming on -- that always makes things a little rough, and you've got to take care of yourself to get better -- priority number one.

    Sounds like you've got a pretty grueling schedule with long work hours. It's great that you are packing your healthy lunch and bringing snacks, but the fact that you are getting hungry still, makes me wonder if you might benefit from bring some better snacks that will help fill you up. I try to mix protein, fat and carbs in my snacks (a real mini-meal) that helps me feel like I've actually eatn something. Otherwise, say if I just bring a bag of grapes for a snack -- I'll chomp through those pretty quickly, and then be looking for something else to snack on within an hour.

    Don't quit now though -- that's the difference between people who eventually reach their goals, and those that don't. Like the saying goes, "I didn't say it was going to be easy. I said it was going to be worth it." I like to remind myself of that, especially on tough days and weeks.

    hang in there -- I'm rooting for you!

    1874 days ago
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