Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Communication - mid week check in.

Hey all,

Sooooo... I did this thing. I mustered some bravery and talked to my boss (who previously threatened my job if I lose student status). He looked at me like I was an idiot for thinking I would lose my position... but ultimately I just had to fill out a couple of forms and I get to keep my Distance Learning job. PHEW! So I get to keep my 20hpw @ $12.50hourly job! THANK THE UP ABOVES. Thank YOU for the thoughts, prayers and well wishes.

I can get my alumni status at the university even though I have one credit left to fulfill. Which means I can still use the gym but I will need to pay them for a semester of use ($125 for 6 months, not bad). So I will only be without a gym membership for about a month.

Things are sort of gelling together... I can breathe a big sigh of relief and relax into a little routine. I have secured two jobs and I'm contemplating taking up a third since I'm not going to school and all.

I didn't eat enough yesterday. I've had this problem a couple of times. But yesterday was the worst it's been in a long time. Had a banana for breakfast. Almonds and dried apples for lunch. Then went to work out. After the work out I got home and ATE TOO MUCH - I dare call it a binge even though I stayed below my calorie goal. I can't let myself get that hungry and I don't want my biggest meal to be the latest. So on my terrible terrible food days I'm not eating enough before 7pm. I'm mulling over a personal challenge for myself next week. Something about eating a certain percentage of my calories before 7pm.

My book is going alright. I'm 8 days in out of the 100. I'm journaling a little every day. I have a hard time sometimes with the prompts. Just sorta feeling like they don't speak to me. I'm not a very spiritual or religious person. So some of it seems a little woo-woo to me. But for every lame day there's usually an awesome one too... I'll keep going with the book. Plus I really like the 100 days thing... it's like a check list and I'm SUCH A DORK FOR LISTS.

Exercise has been alright. Only alright because I haven't been every day. I've been going two days then taking a day off. But the days I'm going, I'm pushing harder, going longer. Like last night. Usually in 25 min on the elliptical I make it 2.0 miles. Last night  I made it 2.5 miles. The day before I went on an hour long walk which is normally 2.25 miles was 3.0 miles.

I've been a little bothered because I weighed in yesterday... which I normally don't do. I usually only weigh in on Friday so I don't get obsessed or let that stupid number ruin my day. I weighed in in my workout clothes instead of my bathing suit. It said 333. WhAT?! I just weighed in last friday at 326. I'm trying to ignore that number or figure out why it was so high, But I've been doing so much better this week. I'm surprised. Under caloric goal every day. Meeting my minimum exercise goals. Hydrating like a crazy person over 96 oz a day. Taking my vitamins. Not taking my birth control.

So I'm wondering... is this normal? I wouldn't know, bc I don't weigh myself on Mondays. Maybe that's my body pattern gain then drop before Friday. I've been having a little swelling and muscle tenderness since my massage but not enough to justify +7 lbs. This is the obsession I was trying to avoid. I'll still be good though. I'm going to keep on plan for the rest of the week to see if I can get that delicious lower number on the scale Friday.

Quote: This is not a commitment to a challenge or a diet plan. This is a commitment to your body and a commitment to lifestyle change. This a commitment to a healthier tomorrow.

Big Fat Confused Love,


  1. Water weight can fluctuate up to 5 pounds or more, Nanette. I wouldn't worry about it unless you see a consistent gain. Just recheck to be sure you are following your plan and not getting extra calories in somewhere.

  2. My weight ALWAYS goes up during the week. Saturday is my official weigh in day, but I do weigh myself every day. And I´ve noticed that my weight fluctuates significantly during the week. So don´t freak out yet. Wait for Friday. :)

  3. I am so happy you get to keep your job and gym and things are on the upswing. If you are working harder on your workouts you will need more fuel. Also you body does need rest days to do it's awesome thing!

    Keep up the awesome work CUz!!!

  4. I weigh more on Tues or Wed and have no idea why. Like Betty, I weigh every day. Just to know my body better and how certain foods affect it.

    Exercise is important, but so are calories. Do you count your calories? You might try it for awhile just to be more aware of what is put in your body and when. Just my 2 cents worth.

  5. i do count calories... and pretty religiously... When I can't put things into myfitnesspal (no internet or something), I have everything written out in my purse notebook.

  6. Don't worry to much about your weight during the week, but try to eat more during the day, my dear. In german we have a saying: Eat like a king for breakfast, like a farmer for lunch and like a beggar for dinner.

  7. I'm sorry I didn't see this till tonight! Just calm yourself down because stress causes our bodies to do crazy things like GAIN weight! Stay on plan and let's see what Saturday brings!

  8. Just wanted to check on you and remind you to link up by Sunday @ midnight.

    Good luck!

  9. I weight nearly every day. I make exceptions for days after I eat really salty or don't sleep at least 7 hours, cause those two things make my weight SOAR temporarily--always.

    I weight daily not out of obsession, but for the feedback. I can tell if a meal was too salty for me or didn't suit me carbs-wise or if my sleep was not sufficiently restful, just by seeing an uptick when I'm calorically bang-on otherwise. And yes, fluctuations are NORMAL. The body is super complex.

    Also, because I'm hypothyroid, if I see an ongoing UP trend with OTHER possible symptoms, it's time to have my blood checked. :P

    If you get scale-obsessive, just leave it once a week. If you can handle an experiment, do it daily, write it down along with your food intake, and see if there is a meal/weight pattern correlation. I learned by it that when I eat closer to Zone 30-30-40 or Smarter Science of Slim's 30-30-30, that's when I lost fastest/the most weekly.

    I don't adequately sustain those macro ratios, but for me, that was a REVELATION. SEeing the scale alongside the meal patterns from my SparkPeople tracker. For my body, moderated carbs and higher protein work, against the DNA test that said I should do high carb/low fat (which I tried and didn't work well). I think my epigenetics is in play--due to medical conditions, stress, other factors, things got turned on/off or other things are affecting what is the base high-carb friendly genetics. Who knows?

    But know what you can handle. If midweek weigh-ins make you nuts, skip em. :D

  10. Oops, I mean Smarter Science's 1/3-1/3-1/3 or 33/33/34.

  11. Hi, I will be tagging you in a post today... to be published shortly. :)


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