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minx34

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  1. Respawning! Had my 13 yo niece over for my 3 day weekend and went to Universals, so I took a bit of a break. But I'm back! Didn't get to meal prep yesterday so I'll be having a late dinner (boo). But I'm going to cook something for tomorrow so that I'll be able to eat early
  2. I totally know how this feels. I'm still recovering from car accident injuries in my neck, shoulders, and trapezius muscles so doing any excercises pushing up above the head sucks. Maybe it wasn't warming up+heavier weights combo? Perhaps you didn't feel the discomfort until it set in later. (I'm no expert, jsut a guess!) Hope you are feeling better and back at it again
  3. Also, I saw a therapist for the first time on Friday. Used 20 seconds of courage to call them Friday, and got scheduled the same day! She seemed nice, but not sure if we have clicked just yet (it was only for an hour). She wants me to meet with her once a week, but I'm not sure if I want to do that since I'd have to pay the co pay. Any thoughts? Does going once a week in the beginning helps, or would going biweekly/monthly be just as sufficient?
  4. Hi peeps! Here are my updates: So, ever since I started logging in my meals and eating dinner earlier, I've notice that I've been much closer to my calorie goal! My goal is 1400 calories a day. I started off really close to 2000, but over the course of the week, I was able to get closer to my goal, clocking in at 1500 calories. And even during the weekend, when I ate out, my portions were much smaller, so I was able to stay the course of 1400 or less. Crazy! Also, for meditation, I really have not felt the impact until I did a guided meditation today. I was short on time before work, so I picked the first positive energy one I found on youtube and meditated in my car. In the first few minutes I had to fight back the initial feelings I have, like "this is so cheesy" etc. But as I focused on my breathing and stopped judging the words, I was able to get out of my own head. I felt so relaxed and confident afterward. Maybe the fact that it was guided helped me ignore the self talk and random thoughts that pop up in my head when I try to meditate. Here's hoping that it wasn't a fluke, and that I have similar results tomorrow morning! **fingers crossed** And finally, I'm going to the gym today, finally. Got all the clothes. Scheduled the time. Didn't forget my YMCA card. There are no excuses. This week I'm going to for sure tackle my other goal: walking 30 minutes a day. I'm going to do some circuit training as well
  5. Wow, that's so neat! I usually have mad sweet cravings too, like for chocolate chip cookies or for chocolate bars. Maybe its because you'be held off for so long that your taste buds re-adjusted. Hoping to get on your level someday!
  6. So far, I've hit my stride with logging my food, meditating before work, and even eating dinner early. I haven't quite gotten to the walking part yet, mainly because of the meal prep think I mentioned. But I have been walking about 5 minutes around the apartment to compensate. I've been bummed out about it, but I think maybe I should focus on what I should accomplish, and give it another go next week. At least I got 3/4 habits down most of this week
  7. Yes to this. I can't eat eggs either. I can eat pancakes (though not good if you are avoiding sugar), bacon, and sausage. Oatmeal and grits are also a good breakfast foods Also, you can try paleo sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon and vanila extract.
  8. Yeah. It's tough because there are only so many hours in the day. I feel guilty because by the time I go to the gym and come home, I only have an hour to cook dinner AND spend time with my husband. I end up going to bed around 10:30pm/11pm and struggling to get up in the morning at 5, end up getting up at 5:45 repeatedly attacking the snooze button. Ideally I would go to bed at 10:30pm and get up at 5am so I can get to work early and study, but that's only 6.5 hours of sleep *sigh*
  9. Congrats on showing those dishes and that chocolate who's boss!
  10. Congrats on meeting them goals! Conquer that anxiety! I feel you. Still trying to figure out what things work best at what time during the week. And what is Head Space?
  11. Woot on the no sugar! That's awesome!! Boo on the high TSH and Triglycerides :l Maybe more iodide and foods with HDL in your diet might help? Keep rocking on!
  12. Thank you! And you make such a great point. Often times I get derailed because my melancholy takes over, and there is no one to really keep me accountable. My hubs tries, but instead of nudging me to continue, he'll let me go. I think writing about it to you guys will definitely help. Diet So, logged in My fitness pal today! Found that staying under 1400 calories (not including calories) can be a bit difficult under my current diet, so thinking of ways to change. I think dinner earlier definitely helps, its just keeping myself from unconsciously snacking at home or going to the coffee bean for cookies that I need to work on. I think I'm going to try to make a habit loop to get used to eating dinner early. I have to take my acid reflux meds 30 minutes before I eat. So I'll take the meds at 4:30, microwave my food at 4:55, and take the time between 5:00 and 5:30 to leasurely eat before I study. It's currently a challenge because my stomach isn't used to eating dinner at this time, but hopefully by making it a habit, it'll adjust Also, I find myself missing the gym because I have to go home and make dinner/lunch for the next day. Need to start meal prepping on the weekends, but I noticed when I did that in the past my hubs and I would get bored with the meals by mid week and would either cook or eat out. Any advice to try meal prepping again and sticking with it? Maybe I should make meals on Sundays and Wednesdays to switch meals up? Exercise Got my 30 minutes in on Monday, but missed it yesterday -.- I went to the apartment first and not the gym, and I think the sloth monster took over. Maybe if I go straight to the gym after work...? Level Up So far I've been doing a quick prayer in my car before work since I tend to get to the parking lot about 20 minutes early instead of the usual nap before work. I still don't feel anything from it, but maybe because I've just started? I'll keep giving it a shot and see if the reflection is helpful Side Note Started rereading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg for inspiration on changing my habits. Hoping it helps
  13. Thanks!! I'll go with 1400 then Thanks for the advice!
  14. Keep fighting the good fight!! You got this!!
  15. So, got home and walked around my apartment for 30 minutes yesterday! (woot!) I'll start meditation today. I was going to do it this morning, but I had a hard time escaping the cuddle monster that is my hubby hubs. So I'll probably try it during a work break Also logging food, and I'm on day 2 packing my dinner to eat at work.. My doctor told me to shoot for 1400 calories a day. I read on a blog somewhere that for weight loss, 1200 calories will get more visible results. What do y'all think?
  16. Thanks for the share! Looking forward to trying them this week Kind of! It's case management, but it's all on the phone talking with clinic staff with no patient interaction -.-
  17. That penguin is so cute!! I love it! Thank you so much Little Turtle, I really appreciate it. Victory!
  18. Thanks! Do you have any meditations that you recommend, and if so can you post hem here? I'd love to try it! Yea, the struggle is real. I'm out of school now, but I'm doing a full time gig with a 3 hour roundtrip commute while studying for the MCAT. Stuff's cray. But I decided that making my sanity and my physical health a priority over it all is more than worth giving a try.
  19. This chart is awesome!!!
  20. Hi guys! When I was in my first year in grad school 2013, I started challenges and lost a good 20 pounds. However, between the stresses of school, family, back injuries and dealing with anxiety, I got thrown off track. Boo. But now I'm back! And I'm trying to let it stick for real this time. So let's go! Diet Log my food intake every day using My Fitness Pal (I'm jazzyrags if you want to follow me there )http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/jazzyrag Eat dinner before 6pm 5 times a week Fitness Walk 30 minutes a day 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week Level Up My Life 5 minutes of meditation/prayer daily. Thing is, when I start, I'm all in. But when I get stressed, depressed, or my anxiety sets in all my momentum comes to a screeching halt. Hoping that meditation will help that, if you have any suggestions please let me know!
  21. Coming back to respawn

  22. Woot! Hinata is my favorite character Went to the gym yesterday, going to go again tomorrow and Saturday! I had to take it easy because my chest was tight from my asthma, but you know what? The important thing is that I went. Also, decided my Paleo days this week will be tomorrow and Sunday. I'm doing my first beginner body workout of the week tonight. I'll keep you posted on how it goes
  23. Hi Boxalot! I just returned too, so let's rock together I also need to work on self-discipline/self motivation. So lets be friends! Welcome to you too Andy! I'm sorry to hear about your job loss, and I hope everything turns around. You got this. Maybe use this as an opportunity to find something you love? Keep us posted!
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