Saturday, February 25, 2017 |
"You can't help someone up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself "
female, 42 Years old
Looking for : Support
About me : UPDATE: I started this journey on January 25, 2014. I lost 100 pounds by January 25, 2015. I reached what I considered my goal weight (under 160) at the end of May 2015. I maintained not higher than 165 until the end of the summer 2015. Then, I have gained a bit and I am now working on getting back down to 175.
Who I hope to meet : UPDATE: I hope to meet other people who are ready to get real about how we eat and why. I have had some success, but I do not forget how hard it was and still is. I hope to support others and help them to know they can make healthy changes at any point.
Diet : UPDATE: I log my food daily and post my totals with goals in () on the site every day. I usually log the weekend on Monday or Tuesday. My first attempt at maintenance has taught me some things about what has to be in place for me to maintain. I know how many calories are in things and have to keep thinking about what I eat when I feel like overeating. My general goals are 1300 calories per day, 43 g fat, 30% fat grams, and 155 g carbs. I sometimes allow myself 1500 calories on the weekends and also depending on my activity level.
Before January 2014, I had success with Richard Simmons Deal-a-Meal, but I had never counted calories before this site and I find it very helpful and much more convenient on the computer than on paper, but that is personal preference. I don't think I would have been to be able to pull it off on pencil and paper. I get very real a
Exercise : UPDATE: Winter has been the opposite of a motivator when it comes to exercise, but I am now working out and presently I have been working on increasing the frequency and intensity of my cardio workouts each week. I focus on 10,000 steps per day no matter what while I am working on improving the workout consistency. My work schedule during school is such that I either have time to exercise or I have none. Summer schedule has more exercise opportunities and I will blog about my summer exercise plans.
I enjoy zumba (I can go to classes much more in summer), kickboxing, brisk walks (There are trails near my house.), and this summer I would like to try biking. I love dancing in general. I presently am doing Hip Hop Abs. I bought resistance bands in July, but have lacked motivation and need to actually use them. I also have recently tried light weighted gloves and I think I will do more of that. I used to have a treadmill, but it broke, but I now have a gazelle in my living room.
I'm feeling good on a Saturday morning. :) Friday was 1710 calories and I got in my workout. 1500-1600 calories was my goal, but I am good with this result. My steps were a little low and I don't know exactly because we had a storm and I didn't have my pedometer on. I had it plugged in in case of power outage. I am at my boyfriend's this weekend and he skips breakfast or just has coffee. No offense to him, but I need to have a high protein breakfast or I want to eat like crazy later in the day. At about 10 am, I had my overnight oatmeal. My boyfriend isn't a fan of yogurt. He asked bout it, but didn't want any. I ate my overnight oatmeal, took a shower, and feel full now so going into my day, I have my mind set to can keep things under control with eating. This is progress on a weekend at my boyfriend's. I know he is not responsible for what I eat and I need to be in control and still be able to relax on the weekend. We did not snack on sweets last night either. He had his sugar-free candy and I had gum.
Sounds like Friday was a very successful day! Yay for you! I love yogurt too - so when someone says they don't like yogurt, I look at them like, "How you could NOT like yogurt?"
I am a bit the same with yoghurt (NZ spelling) but have to say I like certain brands - not too fruity or sweet but find some are so bland I don't enjoy eating them. Enjoy your weekend.
Well, I didn't want to, but I did 4 circuits of my higher intensity workout-- kickboxing and cardio. I do each circuit twice. Hitting the shower. I think soon I may do this same workout with my weighted gloves before I add more circuits. On track for today-- going to my boyfriend's for the weekend, leaving soon-- time for shower. Talk to you all after the weekend.
Good for you on your workout!
Great work out - enjoy the weekend.
Getting started is always the hardest part of the workout, but it's so worth it by the time you're through. Have a great weekend!
Sounds like a plan to get the cleaning done. I did something simliar to motivate myself to clean my kitchen yesterday. :)
No offense to my mom, but all of my childhood, I watched her go to Weight Watchers and TOPS meeting weigh-in and then go out to eat-- usually to Wendy's. Last night (the night before my weigh-in), I wanted to snack like crazy. I chewed a lot of sugar-free gum, but I didn't give in! This morning after my weigh-in, I wanted to celebrate with food like I had seen my mom do, but I was mindful. I had the last bit of some pancake mix I had planned to have, BUT, I also had made overnight oatmeal! So, I had some pancakes without syrup and my other planned healthy breakfast. Then, I sat down and logged the day so I can stay on track. Tonight my boyfriend and I have a high-protein plan so the pancakes are my carbs for the day. I am going to nibble on the rest of the overnight oatmeal for lunch and drink my water. I have a kitchen to clean and a workout to do. My only other challenge will be getting in my steps which often does not happen on my day off. Wish me luck, but the mindfulness came in handy this morning! Happy Weekend!
My mom dieted my whole life too. What a great role model! (said sarcastically) She also taught me how to speak disparaging remarks about my body, and condemn every bite of food I put in my mouth. No wonder I have food and body issues! We can catch and change these thoughts - it's hard, but we can do it! You caught it yesterday and changed it. I wonder what a non-food reward would be? Put a couple dollars in a jar and when you have enough go for a mani/pedi? Or better yet, a massage! Ooooooh!
Weekly weigh-in: 189.4 That's 2.4 pounds down for this week! I have been into the 180's 3 or 4 times of the last few challenges and have not pushed past that so this coming week will be all about continuing to lose. Good things about this week: Followed exercise plan. Included yoga on Wed. which was new. I usually don't try to do anything on Wed because it's a 12 hour work day, but next week, I am going to shoot for Mon. and Tues. for Weight Loss Yoga. I come home and do it right away and then go to bed after the long day. Did slightly shorter workouts, but more intense. This is the breaking point for me where I usually start to gain agains o trying really hard to have a solid plan and then stick to it one day at a time. I did better with high-protein breakfast and eating it and then waiting about a half hour to feel full rather than overeating in the morning. I was able to get in lots of steps this week partially because the weather was warm. Now the plan is to keep getting steps when it is cold. The hardest part is days when I don't work because I move so much when working my first job that on weekends I tend to sit.Things that didn't go so well this week: I had to fight the munchies last night, but after a lot of sugar-free gum I won. I had pancakes. I did, however, plan the rest of the day around that.See next post.
Way to go! I hovered at 170.8 for a couple weeks so when my weight finally hit 169 I felt like celebrating too! I know you can do this - you've been below 189 before and you can do it again. You're a hard worker and a fighter! Planning ahead for next week will help you a lot! Good for you!
Ok so I was at 1500 calories for today which was pretty good. I got in my 45 minute higher intensity cardio hip hop abs. I just really want to not snack tonight. Tomorrow is weigh-in, but I can think of about 100 things I want to eat right now. So, I just finished my 8 servings of water and over 10,000 steps! I'll keep chewing the gum and weigh-in tomorrow morning! Goodnight!!
I hate when I start thinking about food! Often I can gross myself out by thinking about how something is actually greasy and something else is too salty, and that somethign else will be dry etc. I'm glad to know you're resisting this.
I'm very satisfied with today. I stayed on track with my eating. I knew I would want to emotionally eat so I planned 3 smaller snacks instead of my usual 2. Honestly, I didn't have as much temptation as I thought I would. At first, I didn't even have the popcorn I had planned as a treat. I eventually ate half of it. 1276 calories for the day with all numbers in good shape. I got in almost 12,000 steps! Personally, I also had a very good day with my challenging student! :) YIPPEE! I have made weekend plans with my boyfriend and am doing my best to offer support with his brother-in-law's news.Note to self: brush teeth as soon as I get home from work to prevent the munchies and do my yoga workout before bed. Goodnight Ya'll!
Great job staying on track with your eating! That is awesome planning ahead and sticking to the plan. Good news about the challenging student having a functional day. Hope you enjoyed your yoga session! Yoga is so awesome.
Great job on yesterday! Hope today goes well for you too.
So glad the day went well. A success on all fronts!
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On a personal note: I just found out that my boyfriend's brother in law has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I have no words as to how hard this has already been as I have watched all of his family find out and all of his kids and grandkids posting on Facebook. They live a distance away and my boyfriend lives an hour from me. I have been doing my best to support him, but also to allow him space. I have not succomb to stress eating or late night binging, but I know that will be a challenge so I came directly here to avoid. I am down right now and not wanting to eat which takes a lot to get me there. Tomorrow I will need to really focus in order to not start stress eating so I need to post my plan in order to stay on track.Breakfast: Spinach balls which are filling and high protein. I will be required to eat some of what they have at work, but I need to minimize that and let the spinach balls curb cravings.Lunch: I will have a small ham and cheese sub at work. I might have fruit salad. I need that to be my whole lunch.Snacks: I usually plan 200-300 calories of snacks for in between my two jobs. I will choose them in the morning and eat them on the drive in between.Dinner: I will order a wrap and have that for dinner with baked chips and fruit.Exercise: I need to focus on getting in my 10,000 steps tomorrow which should be no problem at work, plus, walking when I have the opportunity helps curb stress. I intend to do a short yoga workout when I get home at 10 pm. It is weight loss yoga, but mostly will be for stress management tomorrow.Thanks everybody!
Sorry to hear - not great news at all. My own mother started with that. Good on you keeping control on your eating. All the best.
I bet that the yoag will help with both stress and weight loss. I try to remind myself that the yoga is time for me to connect with my body and mind and let everything else go.
Many years ago my favorite uncle passed from pancreatic cancer. From symptom to end it was about 4 months, and it was just the worst. Your boyfriend and his family will need all the support you can give. I like that you are allowing him space, because he will really need to be there for his sister. Now on to you! I am glad you have a solid plan and great portioned meals. Keeping yourself healthy in body and mind is the most important thing so you can be strong for whatever life brings. Spinach balls for breakfast is genius to help you eat less of that institution so called healthy breakfast! I hope today is great for you!
I am so sorry to hear about your boyfriend's brother in law. That sounds so tough. I am glad you are there for him. It sounds like you have a great plan for food and exercise. Hope you have a terrific day today.
So sorry to hear about boyfriend's brother! I hate cancer so much! Hope you can find what you need to take care of yourself so you can be available for your boyfriend.
Thanks for all the kind words. Last night I had gotten out of the shower and heard the news and just got back in the shower to cry. I ended up not crying and instead just stood in shock and cried afterward. I really have to keep myself on track, especially during the week because this weekend I know I will need to roll with the flow of my boyfriend and his feelings. One good development is that we are going to see his daughter this weekend and we can watch Walking Dead which we enjoy together, but I am ready to go see his brother-in-law as soon as he says the word. Thanks again for listening and for your encouragement.
Well, I consider today a win day, but my calories were higher than I wanted them to be, about 1950. I did some stress eating at work and had some zucchini brownies-- not so good, but not a big mac. I did 45 minutes of high intensity cardio and got in 11,000 steps! I need to have a tighter plan for tomorrow so that I stay on track with eating. The exercise plan is yoga for tomorrow and a 12 hour work day. We were short-staffed today and we can only go up from here! Goodnight.
I was feeling entergized after I worked out and then did my walk, but when I got back I was only at 9,000 steps and when I got to work, I got "reminded" by the boss about something stupid and it put me in a bad mood. I later apologized and she said it was okay and was friendly, but she got right on my case when I walked in, didn't even say hi. We later talked and it's all good, but this is how things are different with and without work stress. I ate on track all day and I am now have only 1000 steps left to finish today and 2 more hours of work! I don't know why I am so sensitive; I had my other job off today. I think it is because I am starting to dread tomorrow at work with my challenging student, but a staff member comes back from vacation. I am going to consciously chew gum when stressed to try to fight off the stress eating temptations. Thanks for listening.
If chewing gum helps, then keep chewing! I know when I am stressed my body always says, "I'm starving". Fighting that is challenging. I hope your challenging student has a good day tomorrow, and that means you will have it easier too! Hang in there!
Your job sounds so stressful! Chewing gum rather than eating is a good idea!
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