Fitness Sunday: Week 28

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I believe the last time I told you my weight I was down to 215. Well…today I am up to 219. The stress and anxiety became my excuse to not care about my health.

I was too tired to work out.

I’m so stressed I need a whole bag of Swedish Fish.

Maybe if I eat this chocolate it will give me more energy.

It won’t matter if I skip my work out today.

I deserve this bowl of icecream.

Excuses…

The worst part of all of this is that I had started seeing results. I could tell my clothes were fitting better. My stomach was shrinking and my muscles were growing. I didn’t need as much at meal time to fill myself. I was eating until I was satisfied instead of stuffed.

Then I messed it all up and the only person I have to blame is myself.

But it’s going to be okay. Because I see the errors of my ways. I see where I have destroyed all my progress. I am not happy with the changes that have happened since I started slacking. So what am I going to do? Get back on that band wagon that I fell off of.

I will pay more attention to what I am eating and I am cutting out my sweets again. I will allow myself to drink other things other than water, but I will have a liter of water with every meal. Then I can drink other things.

I have to get things back on track, because when I take control over what I do to my body, I feel that I have more control of my life and maybe that is the reason I have had so many anxiety/panic attacks.

I have until next Fitness Sunday to make a little progress and I won’t let myself down. I can’t let myself down. I want to be at my healthiest in my 30’s and I don’t want to wait until the end of my 30’s to make it happen.

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Fitness Sunday: Week 26

WIll it be easy

Happy Sunday Nerds!

Last Weeks Weight: 217
This Weeks Weight: 215

YES!! I was hoping for 2 pounds this week. I have not been working out more and I have been eating things that I shouldn’t be. But I lost 2 pounds. THANK YOU!! I am so excited for this. I feel like my body has finally figured out how to combat the fat. Or maybe I have been doing more and not realizing it. What ever the case, I am terribly happy and I don’t want to do anything to mess it up.

I don’t have any serious plans this week as far as weight loss goes. I would love to loss two more pounds. I need to get back to eating healthier and not letting my mood dictate what I eat. I really need to get in more workouts too. I have been doing squats, sit ups, crunches, and pushups. I even tried to add lunges in all of it…but that didn’t go over well. My ankle can not handle lunges.

I am trying to work around my injured ankle, yet still make sure both sides are even. I don’t want a bad ankle to put me down or out. I don’t want to use it as an excuse. But, when I returned to work this week after vacation, my ankle had trouble adjusting to the work again. I came home a few nights in so much pain that I was almost in tears.

Not to worry though, I plan on making it back to the doctor to see what they can do about getting me 100% better. I really hope I can get this fixed without surgery or anything crazy. And I hope that I have not damaged myself beyond repair.

The main and most important thing though is that I have lost weight and I am still losing weight. I may have become a little obsessed with what I eat and all that good stuff, but maybe that is what I have needed all along.

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Fitness Sunday: Week 23

Fitness Sunday

Hello Nerds!

Here is a quick update on this week.

Last Weeks Weight: 219
This Weeks Weight: 218

So, here is what happened. I got down to 215. I really did! Then I had one bad day where I went out to eat. We had mexican and…it destroyed my weight loss. I didn’t know that just one day could do something that drastic to my weight loss.

On top of that, the one day that I splurged I didn’t make sure I drank enough water, so I am sure that messed things up a bit too.

Today marks 15 days since I had a sweet. Actually, to be completely honest, I had one sweet on my bad day. It was a cereal bar with strawberry filling. But! I gave blood that day and I was afraid to go without the sugar…I didn’t know how it would effect me. But other than that, no sweets or overly processed foods have passed my lips!

I am doing really really good. I have been doing my fitness challenge every day. I have, on most days, made sure I had enough water. I have been keeping my calorie count around 1000 calories a day.

It was just one day that screwed me up and it won’t happen again. I have also had a problem with eating after work on days I close. Sadly, there isn’t much I can do about that.

The diet that I was talking about last week didn’t work out to well. It was just too much food to consume all day. My brother on the other hand…ugh. The diet worked perfect for him.

This week I hope to lose three pounds, staying on my diet.

Let me clear something up right quick. I say diet, but for me it’s not a diet. It’s more of a lifestyle change, but I am calling it a diet because it is different than what I am used to. until I get used to it and it just becomes a norm, it will be called a diet.

With that said. This week I hope to stay true to my diet, drink plenty of water, continue doing my fitness challenge, and add a few days of exercise. I think I am doing better than I have ever done before and I want to keep going with this.

I learned this past week that what I put in my body really is up to me. I don’t HAVE to have candy or sweets. I don’t HAVE to feed my cravings. I can get other things, healthier things to lessen my cravings and continue to eat and live right. I don’t know why I didn’t catch on to this before!

If any of you out there use my fitness pal, feel free to add me! You can find me at Pythongurl. I would love to see more people on my friends list. I even have it where you can see what I am eating everyday…for the days that I remember to log everything.

Toodles

Fitness Sunday: Week 22

Fitness Sunday

Hello Nerds!

So I am finally going to do it. I am finally going to share with the world what my weight is…because I feel like it will help keep me just a tad more honest with myself through the week. I’m tired of just sharing how much weight I lost or gained. Maybe if others know my weight I won’t be so quick to shrug and eat a cookie or something.

Last weeks weight: 222
This weeks weight: 219

3 pounds this week! I’m terribly excited about that. I did something exciting this week…I didn’t have any sweets! As of this day, I am 8 days in to no sweets. An entire week. I have done it! Hopefully the first week is the hardest. I had a few moments where I thought I was just going to give in, but I didn’t.

I have done my challenge for two straight weeks now. It’s almost becoming a habit. I can now do sit-ups without putting my feet under my entertainment center. I am up to 15 push-ups! They are not great push-ups, but I am getting there. I have even thrown in a few butt exercises…you know, to work on one of my greatest assets.

I am finding it harder to stay away from bread though. I had bread one day this week. Which isn’t too bad, but I failed myself. I will try again this week and the next, until I get it right.

Today starts a new diet plan for my family. It’s something my mom found in a magazine and it’s not really a diet. It’s more of a plan to follow to make sure you are getting enough of everything. It’s teaching you how to eat properly. It teaches portion sizes, and it makes us eat 5 small meals a day. If I follow it right it’s supposed to help us lose so many pounds a week..I can’t remember how many.

I feel like, for the first time in my life, I am finally taking a step in the right direction. I am not doing a spur of the moment routine or crazy diet. I am not finding excuses to slack off. I could do better with exercises. I have exercise videos that are less than 30 minutes and it would be easy to do them, but I am working up to that. Right now, I am just slowly getting into this thing.

I know that if I don’t push myself to do too much too quick, these changes I am making now will be a life long thing and not just something to lose weight.

How was your fitness week?

Toodles

Fitness Sunday: Week 21

Fitness Sunday

I gained some weight…but I lost it. I have been up and down lately. I completely failed at not eating bread or sweets. But I am working on all of this. I actually feel like I am slowly getting to where I need to be in my fitness.

Every night this week I have done my challenge. This is the one I am doing:

30 Day Ab and Squat Challenge Workout Chart This site has some good how tos on basic exercises that are often done wrong

Right now I am on day 13. I am also doing a push up challenge.

This 30 day easy push up workout challenge has been designed as a great way to learn how to do simple press ups. The routine starts off at just 3 push ups on ...

I went with the easy challenge because I am not very good at push ups!

Sadly, this is all I have done this week. I haven’t done any other work outs and I am trying to decide if this is enough for now. Or maybe I need to pick it up.

My ankle has been super painful this week, so I haven’t really wanted to do much other than sit and prop my ankle. I haven’t been drinking enough water and I know that is the true issue with my ankle.

This week I am considering doing a 1000 calorie diet, just to see if I can and if it will help any. If I can do it without starving and it helps, I may just do that until my vacation/birthday. Just to see where I am once that rolls around. Simply put, I have been slacking and still have my first 20 pounds to lose.

Starting tomorrow I am going to be a very hardcore diet. Not really a diet…just cutting out all the junk food and eating more healthy foods. I need to step up my game and get serious about weight loss. I have this image of what I want to be and I won’t get there by sitting at my computer playing games all day. I need to find a balance and I need to actually put forth the effort.

Toodles

Fitness Sunday: Week 20

Fitness Sunday

Hello Nerds!

I am disappointed in myself more than anything. I have let myself down. I started a challenge Tuesday and have already missed two days of the challenge. Instead of going back, I am just picking it up the following day. So instead of slowly working my way up to 70 or so squats, I am jumping around.

I am going to crack down on myself this week. And the next. Until my birthday. Until I leave for the beach I am cutting out sweets, bread, and anything that I know is not healthy for my body. I will not eat past 8, which is going to be super hard to do seeing as I work at night and don’t get home until 10. If I have to get something after 8 it will be something healthy, like fruits or vegetables. Of course, I have heard that fruits are bad that late at night too. I guess I need to do a little research.

I am only drinking water from now until I go on vacation. I want to see, after cutting all of this out, how much better my body will be. I have 4 weeks before vacation. If I could lose 5 pounds a week, I would be right on schedule for losing the weight I wanted to lose by then. Maybe by cutting out all the junk food I can reach this goal. Fingers crossed.

I just have to keep reminding myself how crappy I feel after I have had something I knew I shouldn’t have. I have to remind myself of the pain in my side I get when I have too much sugar or fried foods. I also have to keep reminding myself how my ankle feels 100 times better when I drink the proper amount of water everyday.

I just have to be better to myself. Losing weight is only partly to look better in my clothes. The biggest focus is being healthy and extending my life. I want to be happy with the way I look AND feel. I have to stop losing focus or shrugging my shoulders when I see something I want. I have to learn to turn away and keep fighting the good fight.

Toodles

Fitness Sunday: Week 19

Fitness Sunday

Another week I have failed. My weight is up and down and all over the place. At this rate, I am not going to make it to my first goal by August 21st, unless I go on some anorexic diet and eat 500 calories a day and work out enough to burn 2000+ a day.

I can’t seem to get a handle on this. I have time to work out, but then I groan and go about sitting at my computer writing, laying in bed reading, or sitting on the couch watching TV. I have no proper excuse to not work out, just that I don’t want to.

And the thing that gets me the most is that I like to work out. I like doing my yoga. Yoga helps wake me up and it helps stretch my ankle. I feel good after I work out, but I don’t do it because of the initial, getting up and doing it.

Maybe it’s time that I face the fact that I am lazy. I keep looking at other people, people that are bigger than me, more overweight, and I think “Well, as long as I am not that big I will be okay.” I don’t even know if this makes me a bad person or shallow. It’s just something I do. And I wonder how many girls look at me and think the same thing.

I wish I could be one of those girls that looks in the mirrors and think “I’m big and fabulous.” Of course, I wonder about all those overweight woman in the news now, talking about how happy they are no matter what size they are, how many of them are actually happy with their weight. I tell people all the time how awesome I am…and I am awesome…on the inside.

It doesn’t help that I am surrounded by people who scoff at me for things that I do. At work I have a few people that roll their eyes at me when I tell them I am trying to stay away from fast food or sweets for a week. They tell me that it’s pointless and that it is okay to have it every once in a while.

What they don’t understand is that I have a very addictive personality and very poor self-control. I don’t know how to take a piece of chocolate and leave it at that. I don’t know how to eat just the serving size, unless I have already portioned it all out. It may make me sound like a weak person, but it’s something I am working on.

Until I can get it down, the only thing I know to do is to cut it out for a while. Kill the craving and then come back and have a piece or a slice or a handful. It’s how I kicked soda out of my diet. I just put it away and stopped thinking about it, stopped giving into my cravings.

Why am I having so much trouble doing that with other things? Why can’t I cut out sugar? Every time I do the cravings get worse and worse until I feel like I am going to have some kind of meltdown. It’s so frustrating.

Toodles

Fitness Sunday: Week 18

Fitness Sunday

This week has not been good. It started out good. My weight stayed down for most of the week. Then it all fell apart. I don’t know if it’s stress or what, but my weight went back up. I haven’t been working out which is bad. I was supposed to start working out everyday starting Wednesday, but that didn’t happen.

I have no extravagant plans for this week other than making sure I work out and paying better attention to what I am eating.

I am getting down to the wire here. I have a goal for my birthday. I have a goal for Halloween and Christmas and New Years day. I want to be at my overall goal before New Years day. But my first goal is on August 21st. If I miss this goal all the other goals are going to be that much harder to hit.

I just have to buckle down and get on it. I have to eat better and work out. I could cut out all my favorite things and then slowly reintroduce them once I get to my final destination. But that will only make me crave it all more.

I just have to stop letting life get to me and start doing better with my health. I will be at my goal by my birthday. There is no option for this, it’s a must, mandatory.

How is your fitness going?

Toodles

Fitness Sunday: Week 17

Fitness Sunday

This week has been pretty fantastic! I have actually lost a few pounds. Though, I got so frustrated that I stopped writing it down and I am not sure where I started out this week. All I know is that I have 19 pounds to go to reach my August goal. I only have about 6 weeks before my birthday (OMG!) but I think I can lose 19 pounds before then. It’s only about 3 pounds a week. If I really buckle down and do this thing, I think I can do it!

Nothing much is going to change from last week to this week. I will continue to have my parfait for breakfast, or overnight oatmeal. Have you ever tried overnight oatmeal? It’s pretty yummy! You can see a blog about it HERE. For mine I usually just do oats, almond milk, a little bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, walnuts (or almonds), and powdered peanut butter. I feel like the powdered peanut butter helps keep it from being too mushy. The mushyness bothers me a bit.

For lunch this week I am doing a salad with deli meat and cheese. The meat is buffalo style chicken breast and the cheese is extra sharp cheddar. The dressing that I will use is some vidalia onion stuff…

IMG_2750I got the regular and the lite…I don’t always like the light stuff, so I will try it first and I have the regular for back up. The original taste really good. I usually use ranch on my salad, but it has been so hot at work that I don’t dare put some kind of heavy dairy product on my tummy for lunch. I should actually reconsider the parfait for breakfast to be honest, but it’s just so good!

Anyways, here are the nutrition facts for the salad dressing…

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Probably not much healthier than ranch dressing. But again, the only reason I am not using ranch is because of the dairy.

I have my usual grapes for fruit. I was going to by bananas but I always let them go bad…I really like them, I just forget that I have them and once I have eaten grapes I don’t really ┬ádesire any more fruit.

And of course, some dark chocolate for those days when I just need a piece of chocolate…which is like everyday.

I also found this on Pinterest:

Great way to track weight loss goals

And I kind of want to do something like this in my agenda. It will require me to sit down and figure out what my goals are and think of some kind of reward for myself. Though, the only reward I can really think of right now is more books…and if you follow my blog you know I have plenty of those right now and there is no way I am letting weight loss determine if I will buy a new book or not.

I will share what I come up with next week. Until then…how is your fitness life going?

Toodles

Fitness Sunday: Week 16

Fitness Sunday

This past week has been extremely stressful. But, I think I lost a few pounds. Mainly due to the fact that I didn’t have time to eat and sweating my butt off at work. My manager went on vacation and being the full time assistant it was my job to keep the store running. It didn’t help that the district manager decided to drop in a few times.

But, I have been able to re-evaluate my own eating habits. While I did not stay away from bread completely, some days it was just impossible, I did cut down on the bread a lot. Candy…well I stayed away from sweets for a few days but then I had a really bad day where I ate way too much.

It’s funny how I can go a few days without candy or sweets, then one day I just crave it all. And once I have eaten my fill, I feel bad about it. You would think that at some point I would either stop feeling bad about it or not do it at all. Willpower…I lack it desperately.

But this week I am ready for it! I have everything in place. I have breakfast

IMG_2739This is a strawberry parfait made with Greek yogurt. I didn’t even think I liked Greek yogurt! It also has some granola with walnuts and almonds. It’s super delicous and keeps me going until lunch.

For lunch I will have extra sharp cheddar cheese wrapped in some kind of meat. The meat and cheese is from the deli…so does that make it a little healthier than stuff in the lunch meat section?

I also have prepared snacks.

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Grapes. Yummy! I have separated all the grapes into snack baggies. Each is a cup of grapes and around 104 calories. I am terrible when it comes to grapes and would have eaten the whole bag if I hadn’t separated them.

Then here is my drawer in the kitchen.

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I have oatmeal for days I don’t feel like a parfait. Powdered peanut butter for when I want to make overnight oatmeal. Bananas. And little baggies of trail mix minus the chocolate. The trail mix has almonds, cashews, raisins, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Super yummy. And in front of the bananas are some cookies…they are not healthy at all, but we all deserve a little treat from time to time. I will allow myself one cookie a day in hopes that it will keep my sweet tooth away. Not the healthiest choice when I know dark chocolate does the trick…but I really wanted cookies when I went to the grocery store yesterday.

Yes, I know I could have bought like a single cookie or something like that. But you don’t understand. These are gourmet cookies made to taste like almond joys! There is coconut and chocolate and almonds…and it’s delicious!

I am hoping that this week is better than last week. I know with my healthy snacks and the game plan, I should be okay. I will be eating several small meals through out the day…until dinner. Which is always my biggest meal, but I live in the south and that is how we do it around here. I try not to eat to late and if it is too late, I eat very little dinner.

Maybe this week I will see some results. If not…I will just keep going until I see it.

Toodles