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Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
11:39 am
galter life center
hi aLL-

just joined coz i need to challenge my body. BUT i have to admit i hate challenges. i like easy stuff.

anyway, i got a membership at galter life center (an awesome gym). but i am all intimidated by the equipment and stuff. i also want to swim, but i haven't done it in a while. they do have a pool, as well as saunas and whirlpools! yeah, it's nice.

if anyone in chicago wants to go in the mornings with me, or just want to check it out, comment here!
Monday, June 6th, 2005
11:52 pm
is anyone still participating in the bodychallenge??

I can't even remember the last time I went to the gym!

Current Mood: bored
Monday, April 11th, 2005
11:39 am
woah nelly!
Today I went to the Power Flex class, and while it was still challenging, I felt stronger this time around.

I decided to stay for the Yoga class afterwards though, and that HURT! I am so NOT flexible!

My legs feel like jelly and my knees keep giving out on me, so I look like a wreck.

Now if only I could exile all the junk food in my house without having to do so by eating it all...I'll be in good shape!

Current Mood: content
Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
12:19 pm
back on track
after 2 weeks on the road and a weekend getaway...I had lost 10 lbs before the road trip, then gained it ALL back, boo...

But, I've finally gotten back to working out! Hurrah!

Yesterday was so lovely that I took a bike ride by the lake, from Rogers Park to Montrose Harbor. I'm not sure how many miles that is, but it was a great ride!

This morning I went with miss towanda to the Power Flex class at Bally's and once again, it knocked me out!

It feels good to get up & move, and it helps keep me positive while looking for work.

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, February 24th, 2005
6:43 pm
I am a sweaty, dirty girl.
I have been working out on the elliptical machine for about 4 weeks now.  I started out with 20 min and would build up to 33 min.  It is very hard to work out on the weekend so I try to do it after work.  Since February 2 until today I have worked out for 13 days.  The 1st week I worked out for 3 days in a row, after the 2nd week I worked 5 days in a row, the 3rd week only 4 days and now I am back to 3 for this week.  Monday and Tuesday I was not feeling too great.  I tried to work out on Tuesday but I started to feel sick so I stopped after 2 min. 

I just finished working out for 25 min and I really pushed myself.  I have noticed that I have been watching how many cal I am burning and I try to break what I did last time.  I have only worked out for 33 min, three times and I want to get to the point that I can do that everyday with out feeling like I am going to die. I have noticed that I am not out of breath when I go up the stairs for the train any more.  Overall I am feeling better.  I wish that the swelling would go away but it has gotten better.

Enough on the numbers, I need a bath (see subject).

Current Mood: dirty
Monday, January 31st, 2005
5:39 pm
I need to vent....
Just got home from Bally's...once again, the stereo in the aerobics studio wasn't working and we had to do cardio kickboxing without music. I hate doing that because everyone gets out of time, I feel the pressure to speed up my movements and my form goes to shit...so after about half the class, I said "Fuck it" and went home. Is it really THAT hard to get a working stereo in there?!

I went into Bally's feeling OK and came out frustrated. It's supposed to be the other way around!! Grrrr...

But anyway, February 13th would be great for me Cheryl. I'll be a Valentine's Day widow that weekend, so I will need something to do.

Current Mood: frustrated
11:55 am
Change of plans
It seems that I am the queen of ever changing plans but I won't be in town the weekend of our final get together (geeky gaming stuff). If nobody minds yet another postponing I would like to reschedule. I would just say let's wait one week but I don't know what everyone has planned for valentines weekend so I am open to suggestions for a new date. I know I suck but I just can't pass up an opportunity to game for three days straight. I'm sorry please don't beat me up if you see me walking down the street.

Current Mood: okay
Sunday, January 30th, 2005
11:26 pm
still on for February 6th?
Greetings ya'll, although I weigh exactly the same amount as when I first started, I'd still like to see how others finished.

Ms. Cherylstering, are we still meeting on 2/6 for dinner?? Do tell!


Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
11:25 am
In a blogging type of mood...
I've actually been doing well for the past week and a half as far as eating and exercise. One of the problems I face is that I'll do well for a bit, see progress, become complacent, and lapse into old habits. I need to stay focused.

What helps though is at work they're now strictly enforcing the policy of no food or drink at the desk. Which means I don't have candy available to me anymore....but I also can't have coffee when I'm feeling sleepy...mmmmm....mocha latte...

Current Mood: accomplished
Sunday, January 23rd, 2005
8:07 pm
Somehow I missed the beginning of this group, I remember Cheryl talking about it but never found it. If it isn't too late to start and get support here I will give you my stats!

-How do you think you became overweight/unfit in the first place? My family is prone to it, we all have german farmer bodies and diets, but we no longer have the farmer physical activity. So the weight comes easily. I was always the thinnest in my family, my parents have been on every diet and have lost and gained over a combined 1000lbs over the years. My brothers have also always struggled. I didn't start gaining until I went back to school (for my masters) 7 years ago. I moved back in with the parents, so my eating habits got bad again, and I was sitting 12-16 hours a day in classes and doing homework. The emotional thing with the parents was pretty good after years of therapy, but it was still hard in many ways. It has been down hill since then weight-wise. I did best one summer with a combination of therapy, weight watchers and daily bike riding. I didn't get down to my ideal weight before my then b/f broke up with me and I went back into an emotional eating tailspin. I also suffer from low thyroid, depression, high cholesterol and bad knees (all complicated/caused by my current weight)

-How do you plan to overcome these obstacles? thankfully with current b/f support, with inspiration of friend that lost 60 lbs and my brother who has also lost that much, adjusting diet to MORE veggies and LESS sugar. I have done plenty of therapy, but have been resistant to deal with my body image/food issues. I plan to work with some Dr. Phil weight books to also deal with my head.

-What is your overall goal or plan? adjusting diet to MORE veggies and LESS sugar, walk the dog daily. I would like to get rid of SOME of my medical problems too. Here are my overall 2005 goals To get back to a healthy weight I need to get rid of about 45 pounds.

Anyways, like many, my family shows love through food. my b/f is the BEST cook and he loves to show me love with his cooking. I am spoiled but I am FAT! The fat has been growing for about 7 years now, the diets started about 5 years ago.

last night we had people over for dinner (for our underground test kitchen, but that's another story) and my former co-worker came. I haven't seen her since October and she has lost another 15 pounds for a total of 60 in one year, doing the South Beach Diet and walking her dogs. She looks amazing! I am so proud of her and inspired by her! She is so obviously healthier and happier. She is more beautiful than ever, mostly because she glows. I started the south beach the same time she did last year and did it for about 6 weeks and lost 12 pounds (all since gained back) The b/f is always as supportive as he can be, but his body craves carbs and burns them off in his sleep, he is a stick. SO our food needs are dramatically different.

But I am inspired to try again, b/f is equally inspired by her and we are examining our meals to see how we can adjust. Problem is being, asian he cooks a lot of meals with sticky white rice, a staple and we both LOVE pasta. He is thinking about how to make homemade pasta, maybe from soy flour for lower carbs.

SO! I won't be reaching any goals by February, but hope I can chat with you all about weight issues and my progress!
Thursday, January 13th, 2005
11:07 am
"What's my motivation?"
Don't answer that question for me! Just sharing where I am...

Basically, I did great over the holidays if I don't mind not having lost an ounce. I weigh what I did right before Thanksgiving, and while my weight bounced around since then, it was a five-pound bounce range. I didn't put on anything I now have to struggle to lose... compared to past years, this is an enormous triumph.

Basically the way I eat is forgiving of "splurges" and great for maintenance. Huzzah. But I still have some weight to unload. Which means tightening back down again... I am enjoying where I am and NOT feeling the kind of self-intolerance around food and weight as I've felt in the past. I think this is a good thing, but it also seems kinda fragile, like I don't want to mess with it by getting all rigid. I need another way to go at weight loss... this is my question to myself re motivation.

I read somewhere that every slip on food is a truth not told. Aside from minor recreational enjoyments anyway-- the kinds of eating where you know you are going against your best interests, not just enjoying some foodie conviviality. These kinds of binges are lived lies.

More about truthtelling and the Great 2005 Clothing Purge!Collapse )
Wednesday, January 12th, 2005
11:48 pm
Just thought I would share
If anyone is interested the Discovery Health Channel body challenge is starting up again. If you sign up online you get a free 8 week mambership to Ballys good from January 15th-March 12th. You can also sign up to do an in person weigh in at one of their stores if you want, but it isn't necessary like last year in order to get the Ballys trial. Just a thought in case anyone really wants to continue what we have started once we wrap up on the 6th.

Current Mood: tired
Friday, January 7th, 2005
3:41 pm
New date
Okay, I have been a little under the weather so forgive me for not posting this sooner, I propose that we extend the date of the end of the challenge to Sunday February 6th. We can get together at my house and have light snacks and a little tea party :-). There will be no pressure. You can share your results if you want to, but you don't have to. Soooooooooo, four weeks for a strong finish! Ready, set, go!

Current Mood: sick
Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
11:57 am
major slacking...
Well, unfortuntely, I have not been doing so well on maintaining healthy habits...

I ate like a pig over the holidays

I haven't been feeling very motivated to exercise lately. I've only had one proper workout this week although I did some DDR a couple days ago and just shoveled half my driveway (I do have a big driveway)

I feel disappointed in myself over this. But hey, I'd be willing to provide support to the rest of you :)
Tuesday, January 4th, 2005
6:47 pm
where is everyone?
Hello....anyone....are you there? I know the past month may very well have been a naughty one for most of us but I think that we had a good thing going here and I don't want to see it just fade away. I proposed in my last post that we should push back the deadline and I didn't get very much feedback. It is officially the day after the original deadline (my bad) and I think we should plan a get together in a few weeks or a month maybe to give everyone a chance to get back on track and then after that we can shift the focus of this community to just giving eachother support and ideas for maintaining their success. Whadd'ya think?

Current Mood: okay
Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
10:45 am
yummy holidays
I don't even want to talk about exactly how much I have eaten over the past week or so, let's just say we had three Christmas dinners to attend including our own and there was dessert involved. I haven't gotten on the scale because I don't want to depress myself. Officially this challenge is supposed to end on the 3rd of January but it is definitely negotiable :-). I think even if I got on the scale today and saw that I had gained every pound back that I have lost that I would still be happy because I have learned to be way more aware of how much I do eat and why I am eating. Also if I hadn't started paying attention to these things 16 weeks ago there is no telling how much I would weigh in addition to my starting weight. So guys, let me know what you want to do in regards to a final weigh in date and celebratory gathering.

Current Mood: okay
10:03 am
I was really bad, gained back 4lbs leaving me at 196.5. How many days to i have to lose it before the challenge ends? Do we end on the 1st? Or is it later in January, i can't remember. Either way, I've come a long way baby. :) Thanks for starting the body Challenge Cheryl!!! And thanks to all of you who've stuck with it. It's been really good for me.

Current Mood: okay
Sunday, December 12th, 2004
10:19 am
yay for no sugar
2lbs down current status 194. Now if only i had cooking gas and could be cooking, i'd have a much more varied and balanced diet. :)
Monday, December 6th, 2004
12:20 pm
Holding steady at 184.5. As I am writing this post I just realized that yesterday was supposed to be our monthly get together. I forgot. Bad Cheryl. If anyone wants to get together this coming weekend or even sometime during the week for an impromptu tea party/motivational pick me up for the home stretch let me know. I've been doing a lot of thinking and recharging from the past months festivities and challenges, and I have been spending way too much time by myself so I would appreciate a little company. How is everyone else doing?
Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
8:26 am
Here we go now, here we are now, look around now, look inside now
Hey boy and gyrls, November is over! It was a bad month for my eating and my budget as well. So as of today, I am back in the saddle. The amazing thing about November is that i only gained 3 total pounds! I am presently at 196 and will weigh-in with you all again next Thursday!

Peace and sugarfree Popsicles,


Current Mood: determined
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