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My First Vlog! Yay!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After hours of vain attempts to get my video to upload to Spark the right way I finally gave up and just uploaded it to a 3rd party site, Vimeo, and I'll post the link below.

As I say in the video this is my first vlog & I don't know what I'm doing. I took the video on my iPad but then I couldn't upload it directly to Spark from the iPad. I am currently running an older version of Linux on my computer and didn't feel like trying to figure out a way to circumvent that problem. I really need to upgrade my OS but I don't feel like messing with it. haha I guess I'll just have to do it this way until I either update the OS on my laptop or I set up my Windows desktop again. I hate that I can't just click "Add A Video Blog" and add it that way like I can pictures from my iPad. Oh well! Can't have everything I guess. haha

Also I should apologize for looking all over the place in that video. Next time I'll try to look straight at the camera. It's hard for me though because even in regular conversations I don't think I look right at people while I'm talking to them most of the time. I'll try not to do that next time.


The Unicorn


Motivator of the Day!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wow! How cool! The only way I knew about it was from having a few people congratulating me on my page. I was like, "Huh??" It took me forever to find the page it was on but I finally found it and took a screen shot for future reference. If you've read my last block then you'll know I've been MIA from SparkPeople for a few years now and just recently came back.

I've made a new commitment to getting my weight back down again. Over the weekend I celebrated my birthday with a bunch of different people who wanted to go out to eat. I started trying to eat healthy but most of the occasions didn't offer any healthy alternatives. On Friday night my boyfriend took me to the GA Aquarium for an adult-only slumber party. The only thing to eat that night was pizza. The following day he took me to Red Robin to get my free birthday hamburger. Sunday I had lunch with my friend (sushi) which wasn't unhealthy but then I had dinner with my family (Mexican). I got fajitas which wouldn't have been that bad if I hadn't already eaten sushi earlier. Today I went by the grocery store and picked up some decent food for the rest of the week.

I'm excited to get back into the swing of things and start losing weight again.

I'm thinking about starting a vlog. I'm trying to find my camera but so far no luck. Maybe I'll try filming with my iPhone or iPad? I don't know. Have any of you tried filming on either one? If so how'd it go?

Thanks in advance! Talk to y'all soon!


The Unicorn

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KNEEMAKER 7/28/2014 11:26PM

  iPhones work great. Now, keep on keeping on since you are back and ready to go. Congratulations for returning. emoticon

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504 Days!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

So, where have I been for the last two years you may ask?

And my answer would be, “Oh you know, just gaining back every ounce of weight that I ever painstakingly lost.”

That's not entirely true. I'm still about 25lbs lighter that my original starting weight, but still, I have gained back 80+lbs during the last few years.

I've been upset and frustrated and angry at myself for letting it happen but I have finally come to terms with the fact that it is what it is and the only thing that is left to do is start fixing it. I have tried on and off to fix my weight but I have been largely unsuccessful. I've lost 30lbs here and there just to gain part of it back and lose again. Basically just yo-yo-ing back and forth.

The last few years haven't all been doom and gloom though. I did manage to move back home and get a new job. I'm a lot happier here and that has been the best thing for me. I was really unhappy in Iowa where I didn't know anyone & worked too much to get to know anyone. Now that I'm back in Georgia with my family and friends I'm in a much better mental state and I think I'm really at a good place to start losing weight again and not sabotage myself. I also really believe that writing a blog helps keep my accountable plus there's all the support from the online community which is really great. I think that's a large part of why my latest attempts (ie the last 2 years) to lose weight have been so unsuccessful. I really need the outlet and accountability I get by using this site.

I have made some new goals for myself and want to get started right away.

I have a friend who lives in California whom I have wanted to visit for years and just never felt comfortable enough to go. He's a guy and the situation is semi complicated. We're friends but I've always kinda wanted more, blah blah blah. That kinda thing. Haha! He's also in L.A. and I really want to visit there anyway so I asked if I could come out and he could show me around and he said, “Of course!” so that is now my new goal date.

I set a countdown timer on my phone and from tomorrow (7/24/14) I'll have 504 days until I'd fly out there. That's 72 weeks and with a weight loss average of 2lbs a week [aggressive I know but I like to think positive (: ] that'd be 144lbs. Right? I'm rubbish at math. Haha! That would put me at a healthy weight (Eeep! That's scary to think about.) of 146lbs.

So for goals I have 5 main ones I want to start working on right now. I will add more once I get these down for a week or two:

1. Remain under my calorie goals provided by the MyFitnessPal app.

2. Exercise 3-5x's per week on my treadmill @ 2.5-3mph for 45 min. Do as often as possible & a minimum of 3x's/week. I may have to tweak the speed since I haven't been on the treadmill in a little over a month & I'm not sure if I'll even be able to do 2.5mph for 45min. I'll find out tomorrow!

3. Weigh in and record weight with MFP weekly, preferably Thursday mornings.

4. Cook at home M-F. No going out for fast food or to restaurants during the week. I also want to eat clean M-F. Saturday & Sunday I'll allow myself to eat whatever I want as long as it in my calorie range.
M-F I also want to get my protein from non-animal sources. I have no moral reason for the last bit, I just don't particularly enjoy meat and I want to make sure I'm getting my protein to prevent as much muscle loss as I can. (:

5. Blog weekly, preferably Thursday evening after I weigh-in. I will also need to assess my week and add or make changes to my goals.

I think these look like some good goals for me to start. I will re-evaluate next Thursday & see where I'm at.

Thanks for reading!


The Unicorn

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TRIXYMAHOGANY 7/28/2014 6:11PM

    SparkPeople has a really good app now for counting calories!

Also, welcome back! :D :D

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QUADCMOM 7/28/2014 7:00AM

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We can all do it together.

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Lunch? Who needs it? ME! lol

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Man I am feeling so burnt out right now. Not on my diet at least but my job. I still haven't gotten my treadmill fixed because their customer support center closes at 4 and I don't get off work until 4 and I haven't been able to take a lunch at all this week. FML haha But at least I'm still eating in range and my job requires a lot of walking & I'm usually on my feet pretty much all day so I am getting some exercise even if I'm not running like I want to to train for my 5k. I signed up for a 5k in March. I'm not sure if I said anything about that in my last blog or not? It's in Omaha. I want to be able to run the whole time. I've got 4 months so hopefully that'll be long enough to get back into shape. haha Hopefully I'll be able to take a lunch tomorrow after I get my poults delivered & call customer service & get my treadmill fixed. If I do I'll be on it tomorrow night getting my 5k training on! I'm so excited to get back into running! haha

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BECOMING_HOLLY 1/7/2013 6:54PM

    How is the emoticon training going?

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    YES, a 5k! I'm going to sign up for another too to help me get back in the swing of things. I'm starting C25K allllll over again. But it's kind of fun to re-visit. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself. :) I think signing up for something is a great idea, and March is just far enough away to totally be prepared for it!

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JUSTLIKEALICE 12/23/2012 2:18AM

    Hope everything is working out! Happy Holidays! ;)

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BETHEUNICORN 12/7/2012 3:17PM

    Thanks ladies!

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RACHAEL8605 12/6/2012 7:46PM

    Good luck on the training.
Keep up the great work!


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CATTUTT 12/6/2012 7:24PM

    Hope you get your treadmill fixed soon, that must be frustrating as hell! And good luck with your 5k training!


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Monday, December 03, 2012

Ya know I'm really getting tired of writing all these "OMG I'm gonna do this!" blogs with me being all pumped up and then just being a total fail & not doing what I say I'm going to do. I hate to write "oh I'm going to do it this time" because I'm tired of telling myself that & I'm sure people are tired of reading it. I'm not going to say anything from now on I'm just going to do it. Last week I started counting calories & eating right again. I was rewarded by losing 3 lbs this week. I'm happy with the loss but I'm not really excited about it. I've gained 20 lbs since the last time I recorded my weight on here. The other day I weighed in at a whopping 230.4 lbs. UGH! I'm so disappointed with myself. I'm at 227.4 lbs as of Saturday morning but all I can think is "ugh I still have another almost 30 lbs to lose before I get down to a new low. :( I got down to 199 & I don't even remember what happened but from that point on I have just been gaining or maintaining. I was at 199 at the beginning of March. So the entire rest of this year has just been a complete waste! I have gained 30 lbs in the last 8 months instead of losing. What a total bummer!

Okay so now I've gotten my whining out of the way I'm going to try to make the rest of this blog positive. Today I went to the mall & bought myself a new workout outfit as well as a new pair of running shoes. I bought the Brooks Ghost 5's. I've had the Ravenna 2's and the Trance 11's. I love my Brooks. I will probably never run in another brand of shoes. I also bought an UA shirt, some pants and socks. I love my UA stuff too. haha Under Armor & Brooks. Those are my brands right there. lol There's not much that gets me more motivated than buying a new running outfit. I'm trying to get back on the horse slowly because I have a habit of getting too "gung-ho" with my goals & try to do too much too fast & burn myself out or end up getting hurt. So I started eating right last week so this week I'm reintroducing the exercise. I'm starting the Run For Your Lives 5k trainer app tomorrow. I'm just going to do that MWF. And I'm thinking about adding an extra day of exercise once a week or maybe every 2 weeks until I'm back to 5/6 days of exercise. I'm also thinking about trying to find a personal trainer. I need someone to help hold me accountable & since I don't know anyone here I'm thinking a trainer is really my best bet. I'm not 100% sure yet though. I have a treadmill & ST equipment at my house so I don't really want to have to join a gym & I'm thinking I'll probably have to in order to work with a trainer. So idk. I have 2 weddings to be in next year & I really want to be in better shape before. One is in June & the other is tentatively planned for December. By next December I can be at my goal weight, by June I can be really close. I want to get back into running again as well. It's something I was really passionate about & I don't know what happened to that passion. It just faded away. I need to get it back. I just signed up for a 5k for March 22nd 2013. That way I have about 4 months to train. Hopefully I will be able to run the whole time in it but if I have to run/walk that will be fine. I just need something to work toward. I just need to get this done. I know what to do & I know I can do it if I just would. It's so hard, but it is so worth it.

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ROW2013 1/11/2013 10:05AM

    I happened upon your sparkpage and I think you are doing so well!I think getting back on the horse slowly is a really sensible way to do it! I hope the 5K training is going well!! :)

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MUSCLEADDICT32 12/3/2012 6:44AM

    You sound just like ME!!! Glad you are back at it! I missed you! Btw, I gained 21 lbs back since my surgery in August and have lost 9 of that in a few weeks. Pisses me off but I keep trying. We can do this!!!!!! emoticon

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    It is so hard, but it is soooo worth it!!! It doesn't matter that you've written many 'this iis it!' blogs before....what matters is that you KEEP on trying and going for it. emoticon

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