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Happy Easter! (The start of yet another new week)

Posted by Susan on April 12, 2009

Happy Easter ! My Easter will be spent doing what I love doing on a Sunday…………Nothing ! We not nothing really, I will be cooking for the week, and organizing my life so that my Monday runs smoothly. I love Sundays so much. Especially the ones where there are no plans, and I can just do what I need to do, on my own time.

I’ve spent way too much time this weekend thinking about the work situation of Friday. I am usually able to leave work behind, and enjoy the weekend. This weekend it was not the case. After a lot (too much) thinking , I’ve come up with a resolution I think I can live with. I hate the fact that I allowed work to seep into my home life, but I just couldn’t help it.

This coming week will be much of the same as far as diet and workouts go. If there is anything I’ve learned in my life up to this point it is, ” if it aint broke , don’t fix it “. I will be doing my Turbulence Training / HIIT 3x this week, and my SS cardio 2x. I will be logging all of my food and calories, staying within my calorie ranges, and I will be drinking 1 gallon of water a day.

As of this week’s weigh in, I am 2 lbs. away from my first goal of 150 lbs. I am 7 lbs. away from my second goal weight of 145 lbs. After that I will see how I look and how I feel, and decided if I want to go lower or if I am ready to maintain. I think that maintaining will be a huge challenge. I have no idea how to do it to be honest because I’ve never had to before. I feel like I’ve lived my entire life on a diet ! I am thinking I will figure out how many calories I need to maintain the weight I am at and then keep tracking until I am used to it. Also I figure I will have to keep up my weekly weigh ins to make sure that I am staying at my goal weight. It is kind of a scarey thought, upping calories. I will get used to it I guess. I need to make a plan so that I am prepared.

Well, I hope everyone has a peaceful Easter Sunday and a not too painful Monday !

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Weekly Weigh In: I am a very Happy Gal !!!!

Posted by Susan on April 4, 2009

I was super nervous this morning to weigh in. I got up early, and started the laundry (stalling). I finally made my way to the scale, and guess what? I am 155.4 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am officially 10 lbs. away from my goal !!!!!!! I am filled with so many thoughts and emotions I can hardly express them ! I have not been this weight since some time in the mid 1990’s ! My original goal was 15o lbs. I decided to change it to 145lbs. Here are my official stats as of today;
Weight : 155.4 = ( – 3.4 lbs.)
Fat % : 35.5 = (- 1.5 %)
BMI : 23.1 = ( – .4 )
The most wonderful thing about this weight loss is that I am doing it without feeling totally deprived and unsatisfied. I track my calories, yes, but I eat things I like, I eat pretty much what I want, I just adjust portions. I look at the calories and and decided from there is the food is worth it in the taste and want department. I have been paying attention to what is hunger and what is actually something else. I spent the entire year last year trying to sustain what I call a ” bodybuilder diet”. Nothing but chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, egg whites, and salad. I refused to eat anything “white”. Bread, sugar, reg. potatoes, pasta, OUT! Unfortunately for me it left me craving all the things I was not supposed to have. For me this lead to excellent food weekdays and crazy food fenzy on the weekend ! It was this crazy vicious circle and I was running around and around in circles getting nowhere fast !
I was also an exercise program junkie. I would here about one program , try it for a few weeks, then before I could see any real results I would jump to another, and another……again getting nowhere. I made the decision as part of my New Years Goals not to jump programs anymore. I had a few I was considering , and I decided to find one, commit to it, stick to it , and focus on it. I am so glad I found Turbulence Training and decided to make it my program of choice. It works perfectly in every way for me. It is simple (but hardly easy !), effective and time efficient. I also never get bored with this program because every 4 weeks it changes up and challenges you all over again. I am so happy I finally gave something a chance long enough to reap the benefits !!!!!
The light bulb moment for me this year was when I randomly found Prior Fat Girl’s blog. I found it from another person’s blog list. I stated reading her posts, her story, how she earned her sucess. Then I went back to her older posts and read those as well.
She made me look at exactly what I was trying to achieve. Did I want to be a figure competitor? No. Did I want to be a Trathelete? No. What exactly did I want? I wanted to be thin, healthy, I wanted to have muscle tone, I wanted to wear cute clothes again, I wanted to feel better, and I did not want to be deprived to the point that I felt compelled to binge.
That is when I decided revamp everything. I got a cute notebook and a pretty pen, a calculator, and a calorie count book. I looked online for a calorie deficit calculator, and I found out what range I needed to lose what I wanted to lose, and started tracking every single thing I put in my mouth, both how much I was eating and what the calories where. From there sucess was born. I was still eating egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast, but because I love it. I still try to keep my diet clean, eating whole grains, fruits and veggies, but I also allow myself a sweet here and there, or a crunchy snack once in a while. The thing that has changed is that horrible need to binge. Becuse I no longer deprive myself , I don’t feel that paniced ,”I’ll eat everything because I can never eat it again” mentality anymore. I am not expecting to never again binge, but the control I feel right now is empowering.
So these are somethings that brought me this far. I am so close to goal right now I can’t believe it ! It has been a long road, a bumpy road, and it still isn’t over. When I finally reach goal, I have to learn how to maintain it………I think that will be a major challenge !!!
For today I will be happy ! I am sooooooo close !!!!

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I Love Sundays………………..

Posted by Susan on March 1, 2009

I absolutely LOVE Sundays ! The beginning of a new week, a fresh start of sorts. This week is especially sweet because we (hubby and me) have only 4 days to work because we took off Friday to celebrate his birthday. I am not sure what we are doing exactly , but I am organizing my eating this week to allow me to celebrate with him……he will probably want pizza and I plan on enjoying some !

My plans today are to relax, watch some TV, make a turkey meatloaf for the week and getting myself organized for the coming week. Because of my usual early bed times, I am up early even on weekends. I get a lot of things done early , and still have time to relax.

Today is another new begining, not only of a week, but of the month. Looking back on February I am quite satisfied. I’ve lost 9 pounds this month. That means I am 11 pounds away from my goal weight of 150. That is so weird to me. I have been struggling with these last 20 pounds for almost 2 years. I am finally getting somewhere, and the solution to my problem was so simple and so basic …….and I completely missed it !!!!! I have always been thick headed, I am just glad that I finally used the tools I’ve always known and put them to good use . I’ve tried so many wild ways to lose, done so much research , tried so many different diets, and the anwser turned out to be so simple !

Oh well…..This week I begin a new TT 4 week program. I plan on doing 30 min. HIIT on the treadmill on non-TT days . I am doing my IF on Tues. and Thurs. this week because I am off on Fri. and it will be a day I definately cannot fast. I have been keeping my calories between 1200-1500 a day on non-IF days.

So I am excited fot the week ahead, can’t wait to see what it brings. I am looking forward to out 3 day weekend coming up and I can’t wait to start a new TT program tomorrow. As for today…….some cooking on the agenda , but otherwise relaxing and doing whatever I want…..I love Sundays !

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Another day closer…………..

Posted by Susan on February 19, 2009

Another good day on the diet front. I tracked all my food, counted all of my calories, and kept within my calorie range. I also did a HIIT session on the treadmill this morning before work. I am determined to keep up all this tracking, when I slack off I end up waaayyyy over foodwise and end up scratching my head at the end of the week wondering why there has been no weight loss…….I refuse to fall into that trap again.

Tomorrow is an IF day, as well and a TT training day. That means I only need to track my nightime meal, so I get a little break. The one thing I am committing to is to keep within my calorie range this weekend. It is fast approaching and I tend to undo all the good I do during the week, on the weekend. I will track my food and calories, and not use the weekend as an excuse to eat crazy things. I also want to get a few workouts in. I tend to allow myself freedom in that department. I do what ever I feel like doing; a outdoor walk with the dog, a hike, some SS cardio on whatever equipment I feel like using, or a quick HIIT session. I will see what I feel like doing and go from there….but whatever I choose I will commit to doing some sort of exercise both days this weekend, as well as keep my food in check.

Tomorrow is a pizza party at work, a reward from admin. for a rough, crazy 2 weeks we just endured. I will not be taking part though. For one thing is is my fasting day, and for another it is the day before my weigh in…the first weigh in 2 weeks I might add. I want to see some good scale movement from this week. I am actually more curious about next weeks weigh in….what will I see from a perfect week that includes a perfect weekend??? (perfect weekends haven’t happened in a very long time !)

I feel really good about this week. I feel like I have made progress and I feel like I made a good effort toward my long term goal. Boy that feels a whole lot better than my the usual regret I have experienced the past few months !

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Time to get serious…….

Posted by Susan on February 16, 2009

The past few weeks I have been definately falling short on my fitness goals. I am eating things I never eat, not even paying attention to what I eat on weekends, I am not pushing myself as hard as I could be in my workouts, and I am all in all not giving this my best effort. I know I can do more, I know I can do better. The months are slipping by and summer is fast approaching ! I need to step it up.

So as of now, this very moment, I will make some changes. I need forget excuses, I need to start writing down my food and keeping track of my calories, and stick to a strict 6-7 day workout week. I am not progressing and there is only one reason why………. ME!

My new goal is to lose 10lbs. and or be a size 12 by June. That is plenty of time so there is no reason I cannot reach this goal. I know what I have to do, and I have all the tools and resourses to do it. I just need to want it badly enough. It is a decision, a promise to myself. I have to sacrifice , not cave in on weekends when I want to eat little goodies here and there. No more TOM excuses, no more excuses period !

Tomorrow morning I have to be in work an hour ealier (6am). I will get up early to do a 20 min. HIIT session on the treadmill as well and track all of my food. I am planning on a IF tomorrow…….5:30pm tonight till 5;30pm tomorrow night. Fortunately IF days are easier than days I need to stick to a food plan, as wierd as that may sound.

I am so tired of being stuck, but I do nothing to unstick myself ! It is maddening ! So I begin again…..make new goals, add some extra cardio, both HIIT and SS, and push myself in my TT workouts. I NEED to burn this fat ! I need to get this weight off. I need to stop standing in my own way. I need to decide what is more important to me…………..another summer hiding myself away, taking the pictures but never allowing anyone to take them of me, and just feeling badly about myself in general, or that bowl of ice cream, that cookie, that piece of cake. I am sick and tired of living in this body and it is time to tak action, to make the change. The slacking off just doesn’t cut it anymore. I need to really keep track of EVERYTHING !

So here’s to my fresh start, to progress, and to getting serious about this weigh loss journey , the time is now. I either do it all the way or just foget it all together and accept myself as I am and move on……….and I know that is something I could never live with. So my choice is made…………

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