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The snow is finally melting!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Can't wait for spring. This is the first day that it has been above freezing here in a long time. There is a lot of snow to be melted here. I have a 6km run in three weeks time, so I sure how the snow keeps disappearing before then!

Been losing some weight and eating better, exercising more often. I am definitely getting a lot better and finding a new routine since moving and having some job changes as well. I have signed up for a few runs this spring and summer to keep myself working toward a goal. I signed up for my second half marathon this September. That should be fun - I am really hoping to be able to beat my time from 2 years ago. I am never going to be "competitive" with my times (God made my legs too short and my lungs too small!), but I have fun with it and it keeps me motivated. I can't wait to get outside and quit running on the treadmill! Feel like a hamster running on a wheel sometimes..

Been trying to make some other positive changes. I am giving up eating out for the 40 days of Lent, so we will see how that goes. I am trying to cut back to 1 cup of coffee per day (2 at the most). And drink a lot more water (though that has never really been an issue of mine - I always have my water bottle at my side). I am hoping to get in a grocery shopping excursion done in the next couple of days.

I have also started using a meal replacement shake for breakfast for the first time ever. I have been having a shake instead of breakfast at least 4-5 times per week at minimum. I have actually found it pretty good. It is easy for me to make the shake before leaving for work, and sipping on it throughout the morning. It definitely leaves me feeling less hungry at lunchtime. Not sure how long I will stick with this - we'll see what happens when the shakes run out.

Gonna spend the rest of this Saturday night relaxing and maybe doing some stretches/strength training while I watch some TV or a movie. :)

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BELLAALI 3/9/2014 11:12AM

    Awesome to hear about your progress and plans! I too am excited about spring coming and the snow melting. I feel like I am more active when it is nicer out..

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

I have found it so hard to be motivated lately! The past year, my motivation to work out and eat healthily has gone from 100% to 10%. It is very discouraging. The fact that my motivation is sinking is just another hit to my pride and motivation.

At the beginning of June, I bought my wedding dress. I love the way that it looks and the way that it makes me feel when I am wearing it. I just feel like myself. And I feel beautiful.

When I went wedding dress shopping, I felt amazing. The wedding dress consultant was spectacular - every dress that she pulled for me made me look awesome. I have never, ever felt so beautiful while trying on clothing in my life. People were coming from around the dress shop to see me in these dresses and telling me how great I looked. They told me I was made to wear wedding dresses and that I should model them! While I know it is their job to make people feel great, I truly believed it in that moment. While I am not at my "ideal" weight or size, I can still look and feel fantastic.

I have my dress! I tried it on again this past weekend and made a commitment to myself to get that motivation back. And I am not sure what's stopping me - each time I do work out, I feel so great and wonder why I haven't done it consistently. I miss the feeling so much. It is so much better than that extra half an hour of sleep in the morning or that cheeseburger after work. I need to remember that.

Anyway, this blog was a little bit pointless, but I needed a place to share my thoughts right now. I have set some shorter-term weight loss goals, so that I can work to achieve them more quickly and be better able to direct myself. Phase 1 is losing at least 6 pounds by the beginning of August - wish me luck!

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GRAPEVINE60 6/27/2013 12:42PM

    I think you are experiencing normal feelings that we all feel. We feel so much better when we exercise and eat healthy, but can we do it 24-7, probably not. Just try to focus on your weight loss goal and think about what it will take to get there. You can do it!

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JOYOFMYLIFE 6/27/2013 12:19PM

    I completely understand what you are going through. I know I feel 100 times better when I get some exercise and eat healthy.....that is why it is so hard to understand why it takes such a small temptation to get me off track! I wish I knew the trick to keep my motivation level high.
All I can say is everyday is a new beginning. Stay strong.

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Just a quick one..

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Only have a couple of minutes before I have to get my butt out the door for work!

Just wanted to comment on how the last few days have gone. Worked out a couple of times, small workouts. It's tough because my foot and neck are still a little bit sore from my car accident. Hopefully gonna call and book some physio for next week. My injuries are pretty minor, I just need to deal with them now before they get worse/aggravated and then become an ongoing issue.

But even with the smaller couple of workouts, I am already starting to FEEL so much better! Also eating more lightly just makes me feel so much less gross and bloated. Tracking my food again has really helped remind me how much I can eat if I get on a roll sometimes.. especially at nighttime, especially if I work a night shift. It's crazy how just a couple of days of healthier habits makes me feel lighter, skinnier, better.. even though I haven't lost any weight, I feel like I have!

Tonight I am going to try warm yoga. I have gone a few times before, and absolutely love it. I think it may be a good workout to try to get back into things, since it's not very hard on the joints and such. We will see how it goes. Going with a couple of friends from my class - it's weird, cause we were never friends during school, but we have bonded a lot more now that we are working in the same city! Anyways, excited for yoga - and BBQ chicken breast tonight! Yayyy summer!

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GRAPEVINE60 5/29/2013 12:44PM

    emoticon So sorry to hear about your car accident. Hope you feel better soon.

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It has been a while..

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

So, here I am. Looks like I haven't had a blog entry since 2010. Now, here I am in 2013!

Things have been going awesome in so many ways. Got a career going for real now. Finished school. Building a house. Found the love of my life. We are getting married next year! So many things are going so well in my young life. I am so lucky and thankful for all of it.

Unfortunately, I have a fiance with very different food needs than I do. You see, my fiance has Crohn's disease. It is a constant struggle for him to maintain his weight and almost impossible for him to gain weight. He needs a higher calorie diet. He can't eat high fiber foods too often, since it really makes his symptoms worse when he eats too many veggies, whole wheat foods, etc. Total opposite of me - I have to try to be consistent with smaller portions, lower calorie options, higher fiber foods, lots of fruits and vegetables - or the weight comes on with a vengeance. This has been causing some problems for me ever since we moved in together about a year ago.

Although, I can't blame this all on him. I have gained back about 25-30 pounds, and I am not proud of it. It is definitely more difficult with my fiance's foods around, but that's not the only problem. I am giving into my temptations and eating along with him, even when I don't have to. I have also become much less active within the last year - even though I know so much better! I think it honestly contributes even more than the food issues. At least when I had bad days with food, I could have been burning off extra calories. That has not been happening. Since I did a half marathon in June of 2012, my activity level has steadily dropped off.

There are a few reasons this needs to change.

The other day, I got into a car accident. I was mostly okay, no major injuries. Just some soreness and stiffness left over and some bumps and bruises. But my car was pretty wrecked. It really opened my eyes. I could have been seriously hurt. Even a slightly more major injury could have impeded my ability to walk for a short time, impeded my ability to run and exercise and go outside. It could have been so much worse. It really makes you realize how much you take for granted. Something I didn't even see coming could have changed my life drastically. This was a motivation that I needed. I need to start becoming accountable to myself and using the body that I have been given. And take care of the body that I have been given.

Another major motivator is a big one for the ladies - I am getting married in a year! More than a specific goal weight, I want to feel the fittest and healthiest I have ever felt on that day. That is my major goal for my wedding day, much more than a number on a scale.

Here is what I have planned so far. This year, I want to complete 3-4 races that are 5KM, and get faster with each race. That's my first goal. With this, I want to continue to do lots of strength training, at least 3-4 times per week. I have some supplies at home now to help me to do this. I also started going to yoga classes, which I LOVE. I am going to continue going to yoga classes at least once a week, whenever my schedule allows. During the winter, I want to continue building up my endurance. Next spring, I want to start doing 10KM races. Again, I want to do a few before my wedding date (July 26, 2014), and get faster with each race!

I need to become accountable again, so I hope to increase my activity on sparkpeople again. The whole website was such a great motivator and tool for me last time. It was also a great way to meet people who encouraged me so much. I know I can do it, because I have done it before. I can't wait to do it again. Feeling healthy and being active and eating right makes me feel so much more like myself. I have noticed so much difference with each pound gained - I am more tired, more grouchy, more difficult, than I have ever been. I know the reason why. And I know how to fix it. It's time to start again.

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LIVE_N_LEARN1 5/21/2013 3:46PM

    You can do it!! We are all here for each other.. Remember this is a lifestyle..not for the moment.. Think of his disease in a good way. Buy foods he can eat.. and also get foods you should eat. Atleast you will be stocked up for urself and you wont have to worry about anybody eating your food. Thats the problem at home with me. I live with 4 people and we are ALL trying to lose weight.. its hard to keep up with healthy food in the house.. it got to be so hard to the point where i bought a mini fridge for my room so i always have something healthy to grab!! You can do it.. im here for you!!

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EMMACORY 5/21/2013 3:45PM

    emoticon back! You certainly have been busy with, career and now a fiancÚ. You seem to have a clear idea of what you need to do lead a healthy life-style. You fiancÚ eats what he needs for his health. You can give yourself the same permission to eat what is healthy for you. Yes, it will be challenging yet it is good to figure this out so it does not become an on-going issue. I wish you well on your journey to health. emoticon

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Closer to the weekend!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Let me tell you, I am not a happy girl on Sunday evening, or Monday, or even Tuesday for that matter. Not really. Why? Because it's the longest time before I see my boyfriend again. He still lives in the city where I go to university, whereas I move home for the summer. It's so hard. We see each other pretty much every weekend, but it's still hard being so far apart. It seems like even when we spend the whole weekend together, it's not enough. It's crazy. I guess you can't help but want to spend more time with somebody who you have been through so much with.. and who you quite frequently discuss marriage and children with.. I am the luckiest girl in the world because I have him.

But, thankfully, today is Thursday, so I'm already starting to look forward to the weekend! Tomorrow I am off to visit him after work, staying in the city for the whole weekend. It should be fun. I am renting a car for the first time - which is a bit nerve-wracking - but I am excited to drive something new that actually has air conditioning, haha. And we are going for sushi on Friday night. Saturday should be great too, because I am FINALLY getting my hair cut (probably due about a month ago) and then I am getting an hour full body relaxation massage. I am so excited about that. I have never had a professional massage before, and I have a feeling that I have definitely been missing out.

Also, I only have two more days at my current job! After that, I am moving to a different pharmacy, except this time as an intern. So I don't get paid anymore. Boo. I am applying for loans this week, too. Gah, money matters. They are such a drag and it actually scares me a little how in debt I will be upon graduation. But, what can I do. Hopefully I can settle that debt quickly!

Anyways, going to eat my peanut butter toast for breakfast, then I am off to work! Hope everybody else has a wonderful Thursday!

- Jen


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