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Weighed in at 169 today. Here's to hoping I never see the 170's again! 9 lbs from my pre-pregnancies weight, and 39 from my goal weight. I will do this!
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Just curious, will I ever enjoy working out? I've tried lots of different activities, and only do the ones I don't find terrible. But exercising always makes me grumpy. I mean, I feel good after, just because I know I made a good choice and am working toward my goals, but I really do feel grumpy for at least an hour afterwards. I've heard exercising makes people feel happy, so maybe my body just doesn't work right?
I don't normally drink milk, but I eat yogurt and cheese fairly often. The last two days I decided to have a bowl of cereal with milk, and I have had stomach aches and cramps. That's really the only thing I did out of the ordinary. Can one cup of milk really make me feel that terrible when other dairy products have no effect on me? I actually love dairy alternatives, but because they are more expensive, we don't get them very often. Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?
A few months ago, I got a pair of "motivation jeans." I could wiggle into them, but they weren't very comfortable. Then the holidays hit, and I did not exercise much self-control. It got to the point where I couldn't button or zip them up and even squeezing into the legs was hard. Well, 2 weeks of Jillian Michaels 30DS, and I slipped those babies on and buttoned them up without any problem... right out of the dryer!
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I was super stressed out with the kids this morning, and was tempted to rummage through the kitchen to find whatever sugar I could. But I've lost 8 pounds since recommitting myself, and today I finally weighed less than my husband (for the first time since we met). I knew I would really regret it if I gave in, so I did my 30DS workout instead. Just taking it one day at a time and celebrating the small victories!
Done with the weight loss yo-yoing. Started a month long transformation today. Took a "before" picture, started 30 Day Shred, and started the South Beach diet. I'm just going to take it one day at a time, one decision at a time. "Am I going to work out today? Just 20 minutes!" and "Does this fit into my diet?" Hopefully I will answer yes every single time!
I was feeling stressed out and ate a slice of leftover cake for lunch. I felt sick afterwards from all the sugar. I'm not proud of myself for slipping up, but at least I've been heading in the right direction because my body no longer wants sugar like it used to. And if I eat really well the rest of the day, I can even stay under on calories and everything else. Here's to not letting one slip up ruin the rest of the day!
Day 2 doing yoga with Jillian Michaels. I didn't have to take a break during any of it this time (still doing mostly modified poses though)!
Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown kicked my behind... But I made it all the way through!
Anybody know of good resources for a whole food diet?
I can't bring myself to brave the 0-degree weather we've been having. What are your favorite at-home cardio workouts?
Post-workout smoothie: 1 C fat free milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 C spinach, 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 Tbsp Splenda, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper.
I'm looking for a fun, but still affordable reward to help keep me motivated to reach my halfway point (30 lbs from when I started, 30 more to go). I'm thinking in the $25-$50 range. Any ideas? (I'm a full-time mom, if that helps.)
So disappointed in myself for gaining back nearly 15 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year's. I know a few of those are from water weight, but I still have a lot of weight to re-lose. Now back to 50 pounds that I need to lose to reach my goal.
The last couple months have been rough on my diet, and I gained back some of the weight I lost. But I have set very specific goals for this year, including smaller goals to help me reach them, and I am determined to get down to my goal weight by the end of 2013! 48 pounds to go. I can do this!
Haven't been on in a while, but I ran my first 5k today! Did it in 34:45, which is faster than I ever ran it while training. Now I need to find another race to train for :)
Did kickboxing this morning. Great way to start off my week!
a girl from my church offers a free zumba class every wednesday morning, so i went yesterday. it was such a great workout! i think i found my new favorite exercise :) in other news, i'm now only 5 pounds away from the goal i set for myself for 2012 -- my pre-pregnancies weight. so close!
Running/jogging buddies: After taking 3 weeks off because of an annoying dry cough, I got back on the track tonight. I started getting spots in my vision and then started feeling sick, to the point that I just dashed to the bathroom so I wouldn't throw up on the nice indoor track. Why did those things happen? And what would you do to prevent it? Also, my cough came back with a vengeance, and I only have a month left to prepare for my first 5k. What should I do?
Was working like crazy last week, and the kids and I were all sick. I gained back a pound :( Back to meal planning and exercising today. I'm still hoping to lose 10 pounds by the end of the year.
I've always found that getting under that ending zero number the hardest part on the scale, way to go! You can do this :)
Whether or not you enjoy it will depend on a few factors. If you're doing it at home by yourself, it's more difficult to feel uplifted and encouraged. You also may not be one that gets excited about pushing your body. Have you tried other activities like hiking, biking, tennis, yoga, climbing, swimming, etc.? Also, not everyone experiences the "runners high" (from the release of endorphins) while exercising.
Some have to push their body quite a bit to get that feeling. Some don't really ever get it. Exercising releases endorphins which will help with overall mental health but not everyone gets super "happy" afterwards. I, personally, experience it when I really push it. But, I get the most satisfaction from working out with others. You may want to try socializing your exercise.
GA offers sound advice. Personally, once I started seeing and feeling measurable differences ( endurance/strength, weight, the way clothes fit), I began ffeling more of a commitment to 5/week schedule. Now I look forward to it as something good I can do for myself. Give it time, keep at it, vary it as much as possible. Even a walk is beneficial. Do it for your health, and your future. Best of luck!
I guess it was the runner's high I was thinking about (which I definitely don't get). I do enjoy outside activities, but I've been limited to indoor workouts because of the snow. I guess once it starts warming up and I can do other things I will enjoy it more. Just need to stick to it and stay strong through the last few weeks of winter! Thanks guys :)
you might be lactose intolerant? i am and thats what milk does to me. try drinking pure almond vanilla milk. its lactose free and its really good and a plus its good for you
I actually love almond milk but have only ever gotten it as a treat because I couldn't feel justified spending the extra money on it if I didn't actually have a dietary need for it. I asked my friends on FB too, and I guess I just didn't realize that it's possible to be so sensitive to milk but have no problems with other dairy products. I don't really want to do an elimination test, but maybe I should just so I don't have to feel guilty for spending more on dairy alternatives.
I am a RD /nutritionist and I recommend no quick fix diets they too often cause more weight gain
Eating the right amount of all food groups staying hydrated and being as active as possible is the guaranteed method of pemanent weight loss
I'm lactose intolerant. I can handle a little hard cheese, but no yogurt or any other dairy product. You might be lactose intolerant.
Nice - I'll be honest, weighing less than my BF motivates me too!
Congrats! Weighing less than my DH motivates me too but I still have 5 lbs to go to draw even with him & 6 lbs to weigh less than him.
Hahaha!! I think we all do that...I was ecstatic when I reached that point. I never told him because I'd never want him to ever know that I weighed more than him at some point. I'm sure he knew...but we'll just have him keep that to himself. :-D
Thanks! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has struggled with this. Hubby was skiiinnnny when we met, so it was never any secret that I weighed more. He's gained about 40 pounds in 5 years, and I'm only 20 pounds away from what I was when we met. Once I get down to that, I'll start helping him be healthier too. I just want a headstart so he doesn't end up losing faster than me!
I always find I have to set myself really simple goals that I can follow that also help me to feel a difference quickly. Otherwise I will lose motivation. I cut out soda and chocolate and started this app. Then I added in yoga and water classes. I know I don't know, but I recommend challenges that don't make you feel like you are missing out.
Cheers to that!
I notice that effect with carbs too if I've been on this a while. It's interesting that once you start eating healthier, your body tells you that some things are unhealthy that you've been eating all along. It's like our food culture tricks us into eating so much of the bad things we don't even notice they're bad.
I know what you mean. Sugar can be really gross once you cut it out for a long time.
Jillian Michaels is awesome!
Great job! I haven't done that particular workout but what I've found in general is that it gets easier (and hurts less the next day) every time you do it :)
My favorite blog on the subject: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/ She has great recipes, tips on eating/shopping frugally, and also has a 100 days of real food challenge.
Thanks! That is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for :)
Have you tried Pinterest?
Try www.healthbent.com. She uses all natural ingredients and takes a lot of takeout and comfort food recipes and makes them healthy. She follows the paleo diet loosely so it's all natural stuff.
Classic and excellent: The FIRM. Nothing motivates me like sassy women from North Carolina kicking butt. Also, it is aerobics with weights, so it gives you a very efficient cardio workout, plus builds muscles that will continue burning more calories for you, even while you're at rest. Tons of workouts to choose from. Hope you find something you like!
I see you have a child from your pic (I assume it is yours). I chase after mine most of the evening playing tag and throwing them around on the couch and beds. They love it and its a good cardio workout. Hard to classify it in terms of distance ran or anything, but it works :)
I fin that jumping rope can be an excellent, high intensity cardio workout. I jump for one minute and jog in place for a minute, off and on for about 10 minutes. Do what fits your schedule and fitness level best! Good luck!
I have fun putting on dance music and going nuts dancing, works best if you're home alone though!
thanks guys! maniacmagee, i'll definitely look into that! jeremy, most of my cardio does come from chasing the kiddos around. pizzafan, that fits very nicely with my lack of space and equipment, and i can commit to 10 minutes! and wahiiba, i never do that when hubby is home, but i do it with the kids all the time! my 2-year-old thinks its hilarious and tries to mimic my dance moves.
DDR! You can get a free program called StepMania online and buy a cheap-ish dance matt off of Amazon. Then you just set up your computer, plug in your matt and dance around. The kids will love it, too.
i just pour in some skim milk, plain youguet some spinich added some to it today with a frozen banana and frozen strawberries taste good
That sounds yummy.
Hubby to watch the kids and a night out with the girls?
Perhaps a book you've been wanting to buy, or something with which to pursue a new (or old!) hobby?
Manicure or pedicure.
Night out is always a good idea - dinner, drinks, movie, bowling; whatever is fun for you and within your budget. Or pampering like massage or pedicure also great.
I feel your pain. Gained back 10-ish pounds over the holidays and must really start tracking my diet again. I had just lost the baby weight, too!
I was remodeling my kitchen for three months and had no way to eat right - eating out for 3 months plus holidays - I gained some back too. Look on the bright side - we know this site works when we use it! Nice to know something does :)
Good luck hun!! I'm in exactly the same boat as you.....I lost loads of weight last year, but put it right back on over the last 4 months. 2013 is definitely the year that I'm going to make this happen! I'll be encouraging you along the way if you don't mind.... :-)
you gotta be kidding, you had a baby and you ran 5k in under 35??? i'm child-free and can barely do it in under 40...i got some work to do.
Good job! Races always make you bring your best!
GREAT sport, I love it.
That's amazing!!! Keep up the amazing work!
Adding zumba might just be the boost to get those 5 gone. Good job and have fun. I think it's great to find fun ways to lose weight.
I definitely find it more fun than jogging, lol. I'm hoping I can get a head start on next year's goal: 30 more pounds to reach my "optimum weight" (according to the doctor).
@JaeFuma Haven't seen you on in a while. Hope life is going well for you. Were you ever able to talk with a doctor about everything? Still routing for you!
Hasn't really changed. :(
I went to the doctor and they found nothing. They gave me an appetite suppressant, but my weight hasn't shifted. I still go to the gym, but nothing really to report.
I'm sorry. That must be so frustrating. I so admire your determination to keep active, and I'll keep hoping that all your hard work starts to pay off.
Did you push it too hard? It's a good idea after being off for a bit, to take it slower than you'd like. Walk more, go less far. Don't beat yourself up for being sick, you can't prevent it. I would certainly talk to a doc about the black spots.
Don't worry too much about the 5K, in my experience there are always people who walk the whole thing. And no matter how well you do, you'll have a PR that you can beat next time!
Thanks for the tips! I did try to match the same pace I was doing before I got sick, so it was probably just too much too soon. I did see a doctor today and she gave me a steroid inhaler to help take care of some bronchial inflammation. They also drew some blood to test if I'm anemic. Thanks for pointing out that by just finishing I will have a PR. I think that will take away some of the pressure to push myself too hard.
TTfF said exactly what I was thinking. In regards to black spots - could have been related to blood sugar, how was your diet preworkout and were you hydrated? Ease back in and take care.
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