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Old 04-04-2009, 07:35 AM   #1
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Spin Cycle Journal (Comments Welcome)

Hello-

My life has been in a bit of turmoil in the last few years. Emotional eater that I am, I've gained weight.

So I've been cycling around again to working at taking better care of myself. Buying healthier food options for lunch, less and healthier snacks, weighing in, taking a multi-vitamin. I haven't had much success really as I haven't managed to fit in the exercise piece due to my new job. I used to get up at 5:30 am and exercise. Now I get up and go to work. I am a morning person and by the time I get home, it is dinner/homework/family obligations that overtake me. I'm tired in the evenings.

I don't make it to my gym. I don't like it there much anyway, so it is more of a chore. So I sat down and thought through what I like about the gym - I like blowing my mind out on the spinning classes. I can never get into the classes as they are always booked a week in advance. I also like to blow my mind out running. So yesterday, I got on the internet and bought myself a spinning bike for my house. I'm going to dig out my gym contract today and write the official quit letter needed to stop the monthly payment. I've never bought a piece of exercise equipment before & I know they are usually ignored. I am also rather frugal and can't believe I just spent what I did on a BIKE! It is going to take a LOT of spinning sessions in my basement to offset the cost of the bike. I'm going to have a sore, skinny butt.

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Old 04-04-2009, 07:47 AM   #2
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My Previous Journal

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1448135

This will probably be sort of painful for me to read as this documents my attempts to take care of myself with some great success, then I totally LOST it.
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:00 AM   #3
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Hi Colleen,
I am the same way, spent the money at the gym and just wanted to spin in the long run.

I thought of going back to see if I could just pay to spin.I was thinking with the economy the way it is maybe they will be happy with anything.

I always said the best facial you will ever have is spin class.

I run too and am having a hard time with the weather here.

Keep posting!

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Old 04-06-2009, 12:31 PM   #4
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Starting Moves

Hello!

So I did re-read my old journal. Well I tried to use exercise to offset stress related to my DH's crisis. I did finish a half marathon. I really like running as it seems to fry stress right out of my brain.I really worked to make exercise fit into my schedule. I also seemed to not let a bad food choice wreck an entire week - I'd just get right back into the healthy eating mode.

The plantar fascitis isn't 100% resolved. I walked for an hour yesterday with my dog & I had twinges in both arches. My podiatry inserts squeak in my shoes something awful - as in every step. Good thing I blast my Ipod. Anyway, I don't think spinning is going to hurt my feet any - so this will be a high energy alternative to running all the time. Anyway, I'm excited about the bike and DH seemed OK when I mentioned some 100 lb. box might be on the doorstep in the coming week or two...

Current Weight: 169.8
BMI: 29.1

Food Journal started today.

This week's goals/planning:

Gym membership - cancel
Exercise 30 minutes for 5 days this week
Food Journal (like - write in it)

Sunday: Walked for 1 hr with dog
Monday: I'm going to try a DVD tonight
Tuesday: Exercise 30 min during soccer practice
Wednesday:Do something
Thursday: Dentist/Church obligations
Friday: Do something
Saturday: Gym
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:46 PM   #5
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Tuesday, April 7

Hello Linda! Thanks for the kind words!

Well I did OK yesterday. Managed six 8 oz glasses of water. Evening snack trouble, but the portion sizes were way down. I also conned DS to do 30 minute power round Tae Bo. We were both sweating at the end of that DVD. But I did it.

Exercise tonight should be no issue as I've been walking/jogging around the soccer fields during DS's practice. I also signed up for 600 minutes in April. This would double my monthly exercise total if I make this goal.

Food today so far is good. Mood is good. Motivation level is good. Will power seems to be coming up. I'm going to try to continue to schedule my exercise time as if it is an appointment that can't be broken.

Wt: 168.8
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:08 PM   #6
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Evening Musing

Hiya-

So I ran the NHLBI BMI Calculator this afternoon. I should really get down to #135 for a healthy BMI.

I did get the soccer Mom workout in while the other parents sat around & froze. Thirty minutes of jogging and walking around the fields. Nasty cold headwind whipping my hair around. I stuck my red winter hat on and plaid winter jacket when I was finished. I noticed DS do a visual sweep of the fields and figured he was looking for me. Poor kid didn't spot me on the bench watching until the end of practice! A warm up starts tomorrow, so I am going to promise that I walk the dog for a neighborhood stroll tomorrow night. Thursday will be a rest day.

Wish the spinning bike was here. I worked on my ipod tonight and started a running playlist. Started out with Kate Bush's "Running up that Hill" which is a perfect warm up song at 5 minutes!

Ate no snacks tonight. For once, dinner was enough.
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:55 PM   #7
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Monday, April 13

Happy Easter!

Had a nice holiday! Didn't overeat.

Bx: diet coke, protein bar
Lunch: South beach 120 cal fiber bar, progresso italian veg soup, diet coke
4 waters so far
Dinner: leftovers...

Weight today: #172.2

Hoping to get the bike into the basement tonight...
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Tuesday, April 14th

Good Morning:

I did manage 8 H2O yesterday.

I'm at 2 already today (it's early).
Wt: #172.2 (still)

Nagged the spinning bike carton into the basement last night. Unfortunately the price of the bike was visible on the shipping label. Assembled it almost solo too! I went spinning last night for 30 minutes! About the 6th song, I felt the endorphins sweeping the stress from my brain, ahhhh. Of course my butt hurts today.

Plan today is to walk/jog during DS's soccer practice. it is really chilly (again), so I'll need to move it to stay somewhat warm. I did write in to cancel my gym membership this morning. I think they'll only snag one more monthly fee from my checking account. My plan is to alternate spinning with jogging/walking.

Downloaded new music onto the ipod last night. Eager to get moving & lose some weight! Eager to have an indoor option now at my house for exercise out of everyone's way and not using the TV.
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Old 04-15-2009, 01:54 PM   #9
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Wednesday, April 15

Hello-

Got my 30 minutes in jogging and walking around the cold, windy & wet soccer fields last night. Tonight I plan to spin for 30-40 minutes. Hair cut tonight too and also have DS as DH has to work late tonight.

Wt: #174.2

Ok this is really irritating me. Yesterday I ate so little at lunch that I was still hungry when I left Applebees. I am truly cutting back and not reaping one numerical benefit.

I got 6 waters in yesterday. So far today I'm at 4.

Bx: protein bar, 2 water (very thirsty this am)
Lunch: progresso italian veggie soup can, 2 water, 1 can caf free diet coke
AM snack: 1 diet coke with caff, 1 south beach fiber fit mocha bar (120 cal)
So far today I've had 460 calories. I must be losing this battle at night.

Yesterday:

Bxrotein bar, 2 water (200)
Lunch: Applebees lunch pick 2 tom basil soup, 1 bread stick, oriental chicken salad; 2 raspberry iced tea: estimate 600 calories I'm not sure on tea.
Dinner: Cracker Barrel breakfast estimate: 640 calories
PM Snack: mini york peppermint patties (3)
Estimate 1700 calories

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Old 04-18-2009, 08:23 PM   #10
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April 18th

Hi! So we upgraded to wireless internet. Ironically I'm typin g on a laptop in front of our desktop. Ha ha! Installed a new cablet TV and DVR today too. First upgrades on the TV in 8 years. Of course in essence there is still nothing on TV so who knows what we'll record...

I'm up to 400/600 minute monthly exercise goal. This morning I got up to 40 minutes on the spin cycle. Really jammed out. No weight until next week due to hormonal imbalance that causes rages, chocolate cravings and tears for no reason...

Well finally the gods of kitchen remodeling finally caught me. Countertops delayed a month, unless I'd like to pay for a higher cost color that will add $3k to the price. Sort of felt like there was a big bait & switch going on for awhile... Near tears with disappointment yesterday. Today, would like to go postal with the 'kitchen designer' at HD. Lucky for her I've also proclaimed I'm not setting foot in the orange box anymore.

Rainy day expected tomorrow. Hopefully I'll get a nap in!
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:35 PM   #11
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Hormonal Carb & Candy Binge

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I slept over 2 hours on Sunday. Can we say, 'Overtired from constant home construction & running around?' On Monday Peanut and I went on a leisurely walk for about 20 minutes. I was exhausted from work. It's cold and blustery today, so I'm going to really have to beat against the wind running around the soccer fields tonight.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:25 AM   #12
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Good Morning-

So my weight is still not reacting to any of this increased exercise. It has done nothing but go up since I re-started this journal.
Wt: 174.6

The good news is I'm up to 490/600 minutes for the month. I did 20 minute walk on Monday, 30 minute jog/walk on Tuesday, and yesterday evening I did a 40 minute spin session. Goal tonight is to walk/jog.

Food. I'm going to have to do a calorie count. I do not eat much at work, so my trouble is at night. I calculated a bassal metabolic rate of 1529 calories a day. To maintain my weight, I need to eat approximately 2370 calories a day. I'm going to try to stick at an 1800 calorie day and see what happens for the next 2 weeks.
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March 3-4, 2010

March 3 Wrap Up
Lunch: half pacifica salad kit, 1 large pear, 20 oz diet coke
Dinner (after class): egg salad, 1 svg wheat thins, 1 svg cheez it party mix, 1 lager beer
Water: 2 more waters during class

March 4 Wt: 173.6

I have lost 7 pounds so far.

Bx: 1 banana, 1 diet coke, 1 luna bar
2 waters in am
Lunch: half pacifica salad kit, 1 large pear.
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April 27

Hello-

Got going with the calorie count. As I knew, my trouble starts at night.

This weekend was First Communion for DS and my parents were in town.

I did manage a 30 minute spin session on Sat.
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Good Morning-

Very tired last night. Did not exercise. Went to bed early as I was craving sugar terribly.

Weight: 173.8

Skimmed through some of the pics from First Communion. I am not happy with how I look at all! Hope to print a few off for motivators...

Soccer tonight...
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