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Thursday, May 23, 2013

I think it's time to reassess. Last time I weighed in was almost two weeks ago, and the scale was up, and I was pissed. I didn't weigh in at all last Sunday because I forgot, but I stepped on the scale again this morning on a whim and it's up even more.

Obviously I am NOT HAPPY about this, so I'm trying to figure out what I can do to make some serious changes.

The last 2-3 weeks I have been going to the gym/running much more regularly - 4 or 5 times a week and I've been cooking my own healthy meals.

I know it takes a while for my body to catch up to my brain and for the scale to start cooperating. But the more I can kick into high gear the faster that catchup process will be.

Things To Change:

I'm going to give tracking my food another go. Since I went vegan, this is MUCH more difficult, as most of what I eat is homemade and has no nutrition labels and while I could use the recipe calculator for everything, as a wise woman once said:

Today, for example, on day #1 of tracking I'm already sort of cheating. Breakfast and lunch were easy, and I did add my recipe (if you can even call it that) for roasted tofu, but tonight for dinner I'm going to Seasons 52. Of course they don't list nutrition info for most of the stuff on the vegan menu, so I randomly picked the vegetarian tacos that were already loaded into Spark. Is that what I'll get? Probably not. But everything at Seasons 52 is under 500 calories, so it's close enough. Add in a glass of wine and whatever, close enough.

I don't know how consistently I'll track my food, but maybe it'll help me be more accountable.

I've been exercising, but I can do more. I'm committed enough to get out the door, but lazy enough that I think 30 minutes on the elliptical or a 2 mile run at snail's pace is enough. It isn't. Time to start taking some classes and have someone yell at me. I'm a much better calorie-burning machine when I have someone yelling at me. :)

I'm also seriously looking at signing up for boot camp again. It was SUCH good exercise, and I do kinda miss it. The trick is fitting it into the budget when I have another 10 months of paying for my teeth (braces) and my hardwood floors.

OK, off to research classes at Gold's that fit into my schedule. I think that's a good place to start, and if I can make those happen consistently I won't need to fork over the money for boot camp.
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    Great changes. You got this!
    2245 days ago
    Ugh, I know how you feel about tracking but i know for me if I don't track, I don't lose. It will be a pain but the benefits will be worth it.
    Omg, I love Season's 52 and if you have to ballpark it, well that's better then nothing. I can turn into a calorie Nazi if I let myself. Good luck with the classes too. Maybe that's just the jump start you need.
    2245 days ago
    Food tracking and measuring proportions properly is the biggest thing for me. If I don't track it, that handful of popcorn becomes 5 handfuls, and that ish adds UP! It's a pain in the butt, yes, but if you eat the same things (generally) on a day to day basis, you'll start memorizing the nutrition values for your favorites, and be able to eyeball correct portions properly!

    I think it's an awesome idea to mix up your exercise routine and try some classes in addition to your running! Sometimes our bodies just get comfortable and need a shock to the system!

    We have a Seasons 52 by me too- never been though. Report back with how yummy it is~

    You got this lady!! Great plan of attack, now let's finish May strong!
    2246 days ago
    for the vegan food, just track em and put them in your food favorites so you have them again. I know it's a pain to track every separate ingredient, but for me, tracking is the key. I just put a lot of stuff that I eat on a regular basis in the food favorites.

    don't listen to sweet brown!! you've got time for dat!!
    2246 days ago
    food tracking is what really works for me. so does measuring portions.
    2246 days ago
    OOH ive become a boot camp girl and HIGHLY recommend you go back. Its awesome having someone - an expert - keep your exercises correct. Ive become a boot camp junkie.....cant wait for switch week to be over so I can get back to it.
    2246 days ago
    I think that method for tracking is great. I've lost weight while guestimate tracking and it's definitely better than not tracking.

    I've found some group fitness classes super motivating at different times. I don't really do them now because I don't like my gym's schedule, but hope you can find some good ones for yours!

    2246 days ago
    #3 me to I track. I got a composition book in the school supplies at Wal Mart and I write everything I eat down. It makes it easier and nice to see were all your calories have gone! Good luck emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2246 days ago
    I completely agree about the food tracking. I try, but it's tough. I might give it another go though. Good luck!
    2246 days ago
    Tracking food has been working for me.
    It is a lot of hard work and accountability, but it has paid off and I have lost the 20 lbs I thought I could never lose.
    2246 days ago
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