- Friday Jan 04, 2008
saturday morning edit: last night went well. Basically, there was a "quick" goodnight kiss since he would have missed his train and needed to wait a whole hour for the next one at 1:30am! no thanks!
I am not as attracted as i would like to be. arg. I am so used to being single that I am having trouble with the feelings portion of that. I think he may be more interested in me than i am in him. But, I'm STILL willing to give this a shot. Does anyone understand what I mean!?
He's a great guy. this is funny - he takes his time eating, really slow, and that has helped me to think about my own eating. It really helps.
We talk a ton about yoga and fitness, nutrition. sometimes i think we talk about this too much. then again, we do discuss other things too. but i just don't know, yet. we've known each other for a little under a month. not very long. we'll see...
one more thing, why is it that I get really antsy on the phone...i just don't love talking on the phone with him!? It's like a struggle for me. He's a good conversationalist...seems he can talk forever. lol, what a complainer i am!!! i should be happy to meet someone who likes to keep themselves busy and do different activities after work. what's up with me!? whatever, i have no strings attached. I will see how it goes. I need to just "roll with it..." :)
today, in fact, was a better day. I made sure I felt well and dressed well today. I did my hair nicely and felt good at work. I also have a date later today, so I have to prepare for that. It's a date with the same person I went out with last Sunday. We have plans to go to the cheesecake factoy, which may not be the best idea because the wait can be VERY long on a Friday evening. But, how long can it be for 2 people!?
calories before an afternoon snack were 980. then, i had 12 sugarfree jellos, so now calories are 1100. I actually got really full and sick of them by the last one. Sometimes, I like to eat a lot of something low calorie just to feel that stuffed feeling but also to know i didn't destroy my calorie intake. I'm a little nervous for what to get for dinner but I think I also want to splurge on something a little heavier. The only problem with the cheesecake factory is the huge portions which equal too high calories on the heavier, denser foods.
I took a 20 min walk this morning and I WANT to take at least a 30 min walk now before i get ready to go out. I'm definitely a little tired today. Maybe I'll lie down before going out. I didn't sleep very well this week. For some reason, I actually had an issue getting myself to bed on time...I also had PROMISED myself this wouldn't happen after the winter break. I was actually going to work on going to bed really early. I may try this again...because i DO like to get up early in the morning to exercise...and know that when i get home from work i did already exercise! It feels good, especially if i just want to sit around after work.
total calories: i pray its around 2,000...after a big, but healthy dinner. some dressing/sauce on my foods. cool stuff like seaweed salad, sushi, seared tuna and other goodies. the good thing is, i stopped when full because the person i was eating with is a slow eater...so i ate slow too!
today's exercise: 45 min. tomorrow will be better.
total exercise: 3hrs, 15 min
- Thursday Jan 03, 2008
definitely feeling upset and unhappy today. Not happy and for some reason the fact that i have a crappy job and undecided future is bothering me today a lot. I volunteered for the first time in two weeks, i took two weeks off, at the hospital. I didn't mind being there and all of a sudden got REALLY antsy and couldn't wait to leave. I only go there once a week so i don't mind it at all...and it usually feels good. I did feel good at some point during the night, but i started thinking i was hungry, then thirsty, and then i just wanted to leave! Came home, hardly had an appetite, and ate anyway. I ate anyway a few times today in the afternoon.
total calories: 1555.
I am SO fed up today. I am SO angry. Nothing is working out. I thought i had all the credits I needed for my master's back in August. I could have graduated in August. but, i waited so I could list an honor society down on my graduate transcript. My advisor called me in early december, the same month i was supposed to graduate, to tell me that even though i fulfilled all the classes, I still needed to either register for ANY class or just pay 2,500 for my last 3 credits. (I got placed out of a class bc i already took it as an undergrad, but i still need to use the credits...still need to pay again bc my master's requires a certain amount of credits!) stinks. lots of money, too.
I first wanted to register for Anatomy and Physiology at the university but some of the class was during the school day and i work! So, i tried to register for an evening yoga class...and I tried for a bunch of other gym classes, but each one is full. I emailed a teacher, she didn't get back to me. She may not since she doesn't work until the last week of January. I may just show up to the class the week it starts and see if she would allow me to take it.
Next week, I will have to take the whole morning off on Wednesday and i also will not be in for at least the first hour on Tuesday. I am praying that I get into Anatomy and Physiology at my community college on Tuesday morning. Otherwise, I will have taken off from work for no reason and my chances of getting into the Radiation Therapy program will have diminished. Stinks. I hate to take off from work. I'm one of those people that only likes to take off days for an emergency...I never liked being absent, even throughout my childhood. In college I remember I skipped class VERY rarely.
The week after next week i will also need to take a half day for another entrance exam somewhere else!
Nothing could be worse right now. Nothing's going right at all! I know life could be worse...I could be on the street! right!? whatever.
I was walking on the treadmill today, 20 min in the morning. My mom came down the steps to the basement where I was and started screaming that I couldn't do laundry in the morning! I thought it would be ok since it was only a medium size load and she wouldn't be showering for about 40 min. I wasn't going to use up the hot water. She was so angry she dumped out the tea i made. So I banged down my nice large ceramic coffee mug on the counter and part of the bottom of the mug shattered all over. I threw out the mug but later took it out of the garbage since it is still very usable and i'm not buying another...and it's huge and good for dinking largs cups of coffee and tea.
as you can see, things are crappy at home. but i'm happy not to pay rent bc i cannot affort it. I'm just happy that I'm getting by even so far this year. I have not lost much money...and gained not a penny. It's expected as a teaching assistant.
i better get in a good mood before tomorrow evening...i'm going out to dinner on a date with the same guy from this past sunday. i cannot be all negative and then go on a date...i know i'll make myself feel better by then.
cardio has slacked and now i feel it. my energy is down. I could hardly do the treadmill this AM. I need more sleep i think.
anyways, that's that. I'm going on the treadmill now, 40 min to make exercise for today one hour. I can't do yoga tomorrow either...it'll be too rushed before the date. I do want to get back into it on the weekend. Maybe 2X saturday...maybe not. haha.
I'm upset bc i see success around me and I have none of it. I can't stand this. I went to school for 7 years with nothing to show for it. Life is sucky right now. Something needs to get better fast! I didn't study a ton for the two entrance exams that i will be taking. I know they are serious, but i feel prepared in all categories...and i know that i could only be more prepared in the science portion, but its only one portion of the test. there's math, spelling, english...all that usual entrance exam criteria. I just want this month to end. now.
today's exercise: 45 min.
total exercise: 2hrs, 30 min.
- Wednesday Jan 02, 2008
Total calories: 1370 yay.
today's exercise: 30 min on treadmill.
Total exercise: 1 hr, 45 min. It's ok. maybe back to yoga tomorrow! :)
Today is going well...in the morning, I was running VERY late. No exercise or anything...not even breakfast. I took an extra serving of almonds with me as I left. I kind of liked how the morning went, aside from a little too much rushing. Perhaps I will not do morning exercise anymore...we'll see about that.
calories are going well. I am not feeling the need to be too restrictive BUT I don't want to go to yoga either.
good mix of healthy and less healthy snacks. Foods ranged from almonds to canned pumpkin to milano cookies to cottage cheese to tuna to hot dog...haha. and more!
- Tuesday Jan 01, 2008
pm edit: I accidentally went over because I forgot some things while calculating. I am trying to loose weight, that's why i like to stay in the 1500...going any higher almost is like maintenance. I stayed home pretty much the whole day. No yoga. I did walk, really slow like below 3.0 on the treadmill. total exercise is 1 hr, 15 min. I am getting nervous before tomorrow - work - i think.
exercise: 1 hr, 15 min.
today is proving difficult...i have binge feelings without a doubt right now. if I want to eat within the 1500 calorie range, I only have about 250 more calories and its only 4:30pm. I did just have a snack of a protein shake with a good amount of carbs in it as well. I've been snacking a lot these past few days.
If i want to, which I should, I can go to yoga later at 5:30pm. But, i'm feeling tired and lazy. I could have went for a walk, but now the sun is setting and it won't be as enjoyable.
My mind is telling me that it wants some really flavorful microwavable meal tonight. Should I just indulge? Calories will still be relatively good, but not in the 1500s if I do that. I want something bad now...i'm starting to crave pizza. I think I'm just tired. and yoga is so out of the question, i'm not in the mood at all!
ok, gonna take another stroll on the treadmill. I walked this morning, really slowly. After the treadmill, I'm gonna read a little and try to finish the book I took out of the library especially for vacation. There's also some people that I have to call back.
For dinner, I think i will stay within the 250 calorie range...I just need to think of something I want that is here in this house - there's no reason to leave again to go to the supermarket!
- Monday Dec 31, 2007
January 1st, 2008 AM edit: I was feeling a bit bingy in the morning. I made something relatively bulky and satisfying for myself - 1 cup egg whites on top of two pieces of whole wheat toast with some Parkay spray butter. I also had a cup of soymilk. Overall calories: 360. I ATE SLOWER, but probably not slow enough, and it helped me end the cravings. :)
My right part of my "backside" is sore, I think I pulled it doing yoga yesterday. OK, i changed my mind, i really don't want to go to yoga this morning. I'll go tonight. I'm too tight and sore and I'd rather walk on the treadmill, since I haven't been doing that the way I like to!
I am sure I will update more later... Happy New Year everyone!
DEC 31st PM edit: calorie-splurge today: 2360. it's ok, but i still need to go for a walk... :)
TOTAL EXERCISE FOR DECEMBER: 52 HOURS, 40 MIN. UNLESS I TAKE A WALK...THEN I'LL UPDATE. I AM HAPPY WITH MY TOTAL!
AVERAGE DAILY EXERCISE: 102 MINUTES OR 1HR,42MIN PER DAY! YAY
I only got to one yoga class today. I totally didn't want to go back in the afternoon, so I didn't! :)
I plan to clean up, read, and relax instead. I have to clean the bathroom and finish laundry so that i don't have to do that tomorrow!
Eatingwise, I splurged a little. But you know what, that's ok! You know why? Because I didn't go waaaaay overboard and it was mostly healthy but there was a little junk, too. (yunk included two regular english muffins and chips)
calories so far are 1830, without dinner. I do plan on eating something later and calories will definitely be above 2000. I will walk on the treadmill later in the evening. My new year's plans were going to be going out do eat with people I'm not very close with and then back to their house. I decided against it. anyways, I've had some fun nights these past few days and that's fine that New Year's will be spent at home. It's not upsetting at all, and I planned it this way.
Hmmm, what else? I'm not feeling bingy right now, or hungry. Before I was, but like i've been doing, I tried to eat slower and it helped! :)
I still have tomorrow off from work - and my plan is to go to yoga twice as once I go back to work, I will not be doing yoga twice a day...only if I want to on Saturdays.
- Sunday Dec 30, 2007
Monday AM edit:
I knew I would have a lot of workout hours documented this month because of vacation. As for January, I will probably not be able to reach that much exercise, but I will still aim to improve my strength and fitness.
I want this really bad! At first, turning 25 was kinda a move in the wrong direction. I was upset with my current job, that i still have, because of the salary and expectations. I was confused and nervous about my future way more than I am now. I was getting used to the new work atmosphere, didn't know my colleagues. It was all about change. Now, I am in the swing of things.
However, there is much still left up in the air before June. I will have to take entrance exams in January and finish the application process for the health programs I wish to enter. I also may be offered a band position for a total of two months or so. Yes, I would take it...and the reason is that I was to rise to the challenge because in the back of my head I know I can. It will definitely be a total challenge, but what is life?!
I am looking foward to a continued path of success in 2008. Like I said before, eating very slowly has helped me cut down on large binges. It gives the insulin levels in the body a change to work and then I end up feeling more relaxed, less shaky, and much more in control of the types and amounts of food I am eating. I also contribute my success to my desire. I have always had a desire to feel good and physically look good. I let my emotions get the best of me at the beginning of this school year. But, now I am ready to override those feelings. I do still get them, but I am able to work past a lot of them. The time I spend at yoga is really helpful, too.
Have a good day everyone!
Sunday, 9:30pm edit:
i could have EASILY had 1230 calories but I felt a snacking urge and gave in. calories are still good though, at 1550. :) all that really matters is that overall calories are ok for today!
Sunday after diner:
The date went well. He is a nice guy, easy to talk to. We have some things in common - we both love yoga, are slightly picky eaters haha, like to go to the supermarket, like fitness in general, have similiar personalities. We talked about more than that, but these are things I thought you'd find interesting!! We talked about our families, siblings...the usual stuff on a first date. Perhaps another date will follow next weekend. He needed a haircut though, really badly!, and said it himself. But hey, nobody is perfect!? I certaily am not! :) We went to lunch and walked around NYC.
No exercise excpet for walking around the city. I will give myself 30 minutes of exercise for that. Of course I did walk more, but I will just consider the rest of the walking to be part of my "daily routine" and not exercise. Tomorrow I will certainly do 2 yoga classes, as well as New Year's Day. :) Then, back to work and hopefully I'll do one yoga class a day.
calories are low since I was out all day and chose a healthy lunch. About 1230 calories...1430 now with a late night snack. but, when i ordered my salad, there was dressing on it. The waitor was not good...and we had to wait at least a 1/2 hour for our food. I could tell it would be a problem with whatever I ordered with the waitor, so I ate the salad since the dressing was light and not anything creamy.
total dec exercise: 51 hrs, 10 min :)
- Saturday Dec 29, 2007
dinner calories, hopefully, were not more than 400. total for today: suprisingly 1550! wow! I ended up having a large side of broccoli (they had 3 sides to choose from). I can tell that the broccoli was steamed but definitely some butter was added! Not much though. I had a grilled shrimp salad. that's it. shouldn't be more than 400.
no yoga tomorrow. i have a date in NYC. We'll see how this one goes! I will try to do some good exercise tomorrow at the University gym for a change of pace. I want to see if I still have the stamina to run at least 2 miles. I haven't done any running for awhile.
Today has been a pretty good day. 2 yoga classes and 35 min on treadmill. Once I am not on vacation anymore, I will report less days with two yoga classes haha.
total exercise: 3 hrs, 35 min :)
dec exercise: 50 hours, 40 min :) I got it going on!
calories so far: 1150. I was actually a little bingy this afternoon. Then, I was drinking too much diet coke with caffeine and got shaky...and then I had to eat something for fear of the shakiness!!! the reason for the diet coke is that it has carbonation, which helps when i'm feeling bingy. I should probably just get some seltzer or something!
anyways, i'm going out to dinner at like 8:15 to a "crappy" place. At least that's my impression - it's called Vincent's Clam Bar...you can look it up online and see the horrible menu. Everything is bad for you - even the salads! yeah. so, i'm not in the mood for a large shrimp cocktail either - that would be a healthy choice. I also hate ordering cold salads bc i come home cold and hungry. lol. sometimes i do get salads though. it seems they don't even have sides to order! like steamed vegetables and other healthy things! I guess I will just stick with manhattan clam chowder soup! blah! Who would go out to dinner for that!? oh well, at least i'll be seeing some friends that i haven't seen for awhile! :) the people are all from college! :) two actually live in california and are here in NY for the holidays.
goodnight all! :)
Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!
- Friday Dec 28, 2007
Friday evening entry:
calories i will guestimate...i went out to dinner and got lots of veggie sides as well as some summer rolls at cheesecake factory.
exercise: 3 hrs and 40 min (2 yoga classes and a walk with my friend!)
great day! :)
total ex: 47 hrs, 5 min :) yeah!
catching up with my two friends Fri night was a really good time. These two ladies are genuinely nice people...no having to prove what i'm not or putting on an act. I don't see them often, so it was a REALLY good time. LOTS of laughs and just totally so much fun.
In general, I have come to the conclusion that I don't need to be hanging out with friends all the time during this vacation. It was a good idea to take a lot of time for me...and then hanging out with friends becomes even more enjoyable bc i've taken the time to feel good about myself first through exercise, good eating and things of that nature! :)
saturday's exercise will be 35 min on treadmill and two yoga classes...total of 3 hrs 35 min....
grand total for exercise in dec so far: 50 hrs, 40 min!!! :) yeah yeah! That's right...more than 50 hours!!!
That's due to yoga all the way. In the summer, I remember I would only count 90 min of yoga as 60 because there are a few poses that require just laying down. But, I like to see my totals for exercise add up, lol, and since every yoga pose has its benefits, i figure counting 90 min as 90 min is just fine! I do have to work on cardio once I get back to work and try for just one yoga class a day every day.
In the summer when I almost reached 50 exercise minutes, I was actually doing more exercise, since each yoga class only counted for 60 and not 90 minutes. I am still impressed with this month despite that fact.
I am in a good mood and I hope it lasts for awhile. I will work to make it last! :)
Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!
- Thursday Dec 27, 2007
After lunch, Friday edit: Today has been a good eating day. Although I have eaten past full, I have stuck to my plans and eaten much slower, so that I am satisfied when I finish. calories so far are 770 with healthy foods - and more grains than usual which is good because I feel that whole grains affect low blood sugars better than vegetables do...which leads me to overeat when I don't get the grains in right away and just stick to veggies.
I'm also doing well because I'm meeting my frind for a walk later and maybe coffee. I have plans for a LATE dinner at 8:30pm with some friends. I plan on ordering a salad at dinner with like no dressing. I'm doing good with calories and will not mess this up. I find I do best when keeping my calories in the 1500s. Like Donkey mentioned to me, if I keep them too low at like 1300, I do tend to binge. 1500 is doable for me. I notice some loss around my stomach. Probably only a pound or two!...but that's progress! :)
I've already done yoga for 1.5 hours and I will go again late this afternoon. No walking except with my friend...and the rest of the time i'll spend studying...for entrance exams that are coming up!
exercise today is...FOUR HOURS!!! yes, 2 yoga classes and one hour walk! :) yay!
total exercise: 43 hours, 25 min :)
calories were bingy around lunch, but not as bad. total cal: 1510, good!
tomorrow and the next few days i'm meeting people for lunch/dinner. i hate food gatherings...they make me tend to binge before and after...and sometimes during. so, i will be mindful of that and do my best not to let that happen...especially because weightloss is slowly taking place and i don't want to ruin that for myself! I am working pretty hard to look better physically...why destroy my good effort!? I know EXACTLY what needs to be done! :)
Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!
- Wednesday Dec 26, 2007
3hrs, min exercise. (3hrs yoga, i serisouly sit around all day unless i go to yoga - i'm on vacation and not working) I promise to get in a morning walk tomorrow...even 25 min is fine with me!
total: 39 hrs, 25 min:)
GG, i haven't seen you on in a long time! I hope you are well!!! :)
i'm seriously afraid to weight myself anymore because i don't want it to affect my mindset or rate of weightloss. I will ONLY weigh when I am satisfied with my appearance, which is not yet! LOL. when do i think...it'll definitely take a few months. I have the motivation to stay on track. most importantly, i need to remember to RELAX. whenever i'm too rushed, it goes totally downhill. hmmm, i may actually be extraordinarily stressed in a few months if i start teaching music for a teacher on maternity leave. hey, i guess i have to roll with the punches. meaning, that's life. if i was offered the position, yes, i would take it...if only for two months till the end of the year.
Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!