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Friday, May 17, 2013

This week has been all about learning ME again, the good and the bad, and trying to figure out what I need to change so that I can lose this weight and get healthy again.

Getting back into exercising has be pretty easy. I started walking every day during my lunch for 30+ minutes. I found a rout near my office that just over 2 miles and right now it takes me right around 38 minutes to walk. To me, that's not bad at all since there is a lot of uphill AND I haven't exercised in over a year. The walks kick my butt and they have shown me just how out of shape I really am. I've also started going on a walk in the afternoons with a good friend of mine. We walk a 1 mile rout, so I've gotten in 3+ miles a day this week.

Getting in 10,000 steps a day is NOT an easy thing to do when I've done nothing but sit on my butt for so long. If I don't go on my 2 walks there is no way I make my 10,000 step goal for the day. I SIT ON MY BIG BUTT WAY TOO MUCH!!!! I noticed this week that my UP has reminded me SEVERAL times to get up and get moving (it vibrates when I haven't been active for 1 hour). Yes, some of the inactive time is me working, but if I'm not busy then why can't I just take a quick walk down the hall?

My eating SUCKS!!! I'm using myfitnesspal to log my food since it syncs with my UP and I also like how the break down that to maintain I have to eat xxx amount, but if I want to lose 1lb a week I need a 500 calorie deficit AND they add in the calories you burn during exercise as "extra" calories you can have if you want them. So all this week I started logging EVERYTHING I eat and drink. I've been able to stay under my allowed calories but OMG looking back at WHAT I ate is a total eye opener. WAY WAY WAY too much sugar (dmn chocolate). Every day this week I have been in the red for sugar. This is something I REALLY need to work on.

I'm also not handling stress very well. Every time I got stress out this week I ran right for food. I use to use exercise as an outlet for stress, but with a new baby (she's 2 months) it's not so easy to just put on my running shoes and leave the house. She gets VERY fussy in the evenings and she also HATES being in her car seat so taking her for walks is almost out of the question (I still have to figure out the dmn Moby wrap). Plus by the time I get home, get dinner made and homework done with my 7 year old, it's past 7p.m. I need to figure out a better way to deal with stress.

So 2 BIG things I need to start working on is WHAT I eat and how to deal with my stress. I'd also like to deal with the lack of sleep, but that won't get any better with an infant. I know once she's sleeping through the night I'll be able to get more that 5 hours of sleep lol.

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SUNSETSMILE 5/17/2013 5:09PM

    Hang in there. You will figure something out. emoticon

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Goals for 13 - 18 May

Monday, May 13, 2013

My goals:
1) Log all my good
2) Watch my portions sizes
3) Pack my breakfast and lunch EVERYDAY
4) Walk 30 minutes during my lunch hour
5) Walk 15 minutes during my break (with my friend)
6) Drink 100oz of water DAILY
I'm hoping to drop a minimum of 2lbs this week.

I lost 1.6lbs this last week!! YAY ME!! And honestly the only thing I did was drink lots of water and go on short 15 minute walks. I'm hoping that I can lose a bit more this week with adding in the longer walk during my lunch hour AND watching my portion sizes. I also got the UP by Jawbone for my birthday so I've been pushing myself to get in 10,000 steps a day. Last week (starting Wednesday) I was lacking. I was getting in 8,000+ steps, which is good, but not my goal. I never realized how much I have to walk to get in 10,000!!! So now I've started parking WAY out in the boondocks any time I go somewhere just to get in a few extra steps.

Today is the first day I've been watching my portion sizes and not snacking all day long. I can tell my body is use to the high calories I was taking in :(. I feel hungry today and I'm craving all kinds of junk. But I'm fighting it because I REALLY want to hit my goal by the end of the year :).


Life Gets In The Way

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

When talking to people about losing weight the one thing that most people say to me is "all you need is a healthy diet and exercise." It would be REALLY wonderful if that's ALL you needed. But you also need to make sure you get lots of rest, keep stress levels down AND make time for yourself.

Okay, so, let's look at how my day goes and try to figure out how I can fit in a good workout.
Let me start by saying I do have a new baby. Well, she's now 8 1/2 weeks old so she's still in the "new" category.
My day starts between 3 and 4 am. This all depends on if the baby gets up to eat at 3 or 4. Feedings normally last around an hour (I'm bottle feeding). After she's done and changed I then start getting myself ready for work. We have to be out of the house by 5:40 to take my 7 year old son and my daughter to the sitter. After dropping them off my husband and I are hopefully on the road by 6 to get to work (we work a little over an hour away). In the mornings my husband drives to work so I can catch a little nap. We normally get to work around 7 or 7:15. As soon as I get to work I hit the ground running. For breakfast I normally grab some kind of breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee so I can eat quick since I'm usually in a meeting around 7:30 or 8. Once I'm back at my desk I'm answering emails, running reports and working on the next briefing I have to give. Around 1130(ish) I take about a 30 minute break and go for a walk around the building so I can stretch my legs and back. If I don't go for a walk I grab a quick bite and then I'm back at my desk by 12. I work until 3 or 330 (depending on if there's an afternoon meeting or if my husband can leave). We HAVE TO be on the road by 4 so we can pick up the kids between 5 and 5:15. I drive home so my husband can relax some. Once home (around 5:30/5:45) I get my son's homework started and then start dinner while my husband takes care of the baby. I can normally have dinner done by 6:45 (depending on what I'm making and how many times I have to stop to answer questions for my son). After dinner I clean up the kitchen then give my son a bath (if he needs one) then the baby a bath (if she needs one). At 8pm I read my son a bed time story and tuck him in. Most nights I keep my fingers crossed that I can have the baby fed and asleep between 830 and 9. If she goes down early enough I FINALLY sit down to watch a little tv with my husband for about an hour. If she doesn't go down early, as soon as she does go down I head to bed. I try to get to bed by 10pm if she'll let me.

Now, WHERE IN THE HELL DO I FIT IN MY EXERCISE? I know I can do better with my eating, and honestly that's not that hard. I can pack a healthy breakfast and lunch to take with me and dinner is normally something grilled anyways. But how do I fit in exercise, sleep and ME time with my schedule? I know the sleep will get better once the baby starts sleeping though the night. But unless I find a new job that pays the same that's closer to home I don't see myself being able to get a good workout in, and this is what really depresses me. I'm so tired of being FAT and out of shape, but LIFE really does get in the way.

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BEBOP4ME 5/7/2013 1:53PM

    It is really hard when you have young children and working on top of that. You seem to be getting a walk in at lunch time, which is great. Remember Sparkguy just advocates at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you can get that in, even just dancing with the kiddos to 3 songs is better than nothing. If you can't do it during the week, aim for doing it during the weekend. emoticon

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NINA3823 5/7/2013 1:15PM

    Thankfully I only gained 14lbs while pregnant and lost 10 after she was born. I've already been given the OK by my OB to start exercising.

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DHUNTER49 5/7/2013 1:08PM

    Oh My not fit in exercise yet! It's too early, especially because you do need to have sleep in order to exercise. Just realize that it took time to grow your baby so it'll take time to lose the weight too. I always wait one year after having a baby to even think about getting back into shape.
Please be patient :)

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