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AquaPandaManda

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  • Birthday 02/23/1982

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    Hockeytown, Michigan
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    ranger
  1. It's been a really long time since I've been here. I kinda fell off the wagon. Okay, I leapt off the wagon and over the edge of a cliff. I haven't actually stepped on a scale yet, but I feel like I may have gained another 15 pounds. Even walking from one side of my office building to the other is difficult. Granted, it's a huge office building, but that shouldn't matter. I had an asthma attack after mowing half of my 1/4 acre yard. Honestly, I'm not doing well at all. I have no self-control around food and no desire or even ambition to try and work out. I need to do something and I need to do it now. I really don't like salad. It's a texture thing, so I have trouble and feel like I'm torturing myself every single time I eat it. What can I do to get my fat ass back in gear? I need to stop my apathy about my health and get on track.
  2. Week One Summary: It's been a hell of a week. I started out in the right head space, ready to conquer the world. Then I got busy at work. Then I got sick. Fortunately, I still kept my goals and my health in mind, even when eleventy billion other things were going through it too. First, the good, the bad, and the ugly: Quest 1: Go to the gym at least 4 days a week during lunch hour at work. Grade: C I want to use being sick as an excuse, but I'm sure I could have found something else to do. Quest 2: Drink only 1 soda (based on a 12oz can) a day for the first 3 weeks, down to 3 sodas a week by the end. Grade: A Actually, there were days when I had NONE. It was great! I felt the withdrawal, but with the sick, it didn't really matter. Quest 3: Eat NO fast food at all. Grade: C Life Quest: Get out of debt and start saving $$ toward my dream of owning my own shop. FAIL!!!! Stupid bills. >_< So my summary. I actually didn't do that bad. I lost another pound and another inch, so I feel like I did okay, despite being derailed and sidelined. Working out is getting easier and easier every time. I'm going to sign up for Tough Mudder next year, so that's what I'm working toward. ONWARD!!
  3. I've been working my ass off (literally) and I'm starting to see results! I measured my tummy and my hips a few days ago just for giggles, and I lost 2 inches in my belly and 1 in my hips! In just a couple weeks!!! Woo! Right now, I think my biggest goal is not to lose WEIGHT but to lose INCHES. Losing 100 pounds was the starting goal, but I think that's changing to "fit comfortably in size 14 pants". I'm a 22 right now. I wonder what the measurements are for size 14 pants. I'll have to look it up sometime. I remember when I could wear my brother's 36x36 pants (in middle school). Neither of us can fit them anymore, and my legs have gotten longer since then, but it's a noble goal. So anyway, this weekend I'm going to change the official measurements in my signature. And I have been hitting the gym every day except yesterday because it was my boss' first day back after 12 weeks of maternity leave. That was a conscious decision to eat crap for the work day. I even made raspberry pie. It was delicious and since I made it, it didn't have all the preservatives and crap that store-bought pie has. She's gonna start hitting the gym with us too next week. That will be cool. We'll have the whole marketing team in the gym yet! I think I'm getting sick though, and that makes me mad. Yesterday a coworker had lost her voice and was sucking cough drops all day. Today I've got a tickle in my throat and a headache. I don't want to be sick. I need to keep my workouts getting better and better.
  4. Lessee.... I usually start on the treadmill for 10 minutes at 3.5mph, but today I did a random hill setting at 3.0mph, then I did 25 leg presses at 170lbs, then 25 calf stretches at 50lbs, some leg curls in super slo-mo (OUCH!!!) and 2 pull-ups and 2 dips at slightly less than half bodyweight.
  5. I actually make soaps and candles and jewelry in my spare time. My dream is to own a shop that has those and other multi-faith items. I'm a witch, and there aren't any witchy shops within an hour of me. I'd also do Reiki healing and tarot readings and other fun stuff. What I'm trying to do right now is break the stereotype of the "pagan-shaped" person for myself. If you go to any pagan events, you'll notice a lot of pagans have the same shape. If you've ever seen the Venus of Willendorf, you know what shape I'm talking about.
  6. SO MUCH THIS!! I have a problem with 1, 2, and 3. I overeat and gulp it down like a great white, and I drink pop instead of water, to my everlasting shame. Cooking for just myself is the worst part. I make big meals thinking "I can split this up and save it for lunch at work", but then it tastes so good and I want more, and I end up gulping the whole thing down before I even realize what happened or have time to stop myself. No more! Before I even taste it, I split it up and put it in the fridge. That way it becomes too much effort to pull it back out and heat it up again. Or if I think I'm REALLY gonna have a problem, I put it in the freezer so it gets colder faster and takes even more effort to reheat.
  7. Introduction: Hello! My name is Amanda, and I am a fatty. I say that not to bring myself down or be self-deprecating, but as a fact. A fact that I am going to change. Main Quest: Fit comfortably into size 14 pants by August 2015. Quest 1: Go to the gym at least 4 days a week during lunch hour at work. Grade: A = 5 days, B = 4 days, C = 3 days, D = 2 days, FAIL = 1 day Reward: A = +3 STA & +2 STR, B = +2 STA & +1 STR, C = +1 STA Quest 2: Drink only 1 soda (based on a 12oz can) a day for the first 3 weeks, down to 3 sodas a week by the end. Grade: A = 1 sodas, B = 2 sodas, C = 3 sodas, D = 4 sodas, FAIL = more than 4 Reward: A = +3 CON & + 2 WIS, B = +2CON & 1 WIS, C = +1 CON Quest 3: Eat NO fast food at all. Grade: A = 0 fast food/week B = 1/week, C = 2/week, D = 3/week, FAIL = more than 3/week Reward: A = +3 CON & +2 CHA, B = +2 CON & +1 CHA, C = +1 CON Life Quest: Get out of debt and start saving $$ toward my dream of owning my own shop. Grade: A = $100 extra each paycheck, B = $50 extra each paycheck, C = breaking even, FAIL = borrowing money Reward: A = +3 WIS & +2 CHA, B = +2 WIS & +1 CHA, C = +1 WIS Motivation: I am a 32-year-old divorcee drowning in debt and overweight. I've been on the path to getting happy, so now it's time to get on the path to getting healthy. Losing weight will help me feel better inside and out (and help save $$ on food), so I think I can start hitting two birds with one stone.
  8. Welp! I felt like a jackwagon yesterday because I forgot my gym clothes when I went to work. Instead, I took a mile walk around the block. Then I got home and used my resistance bands for some arm exercises and squats with "added weight". Food is a battle right now. I have very little self control during "Shark Week" (so called because there's blood in the water, I bite heads off, and nothing is safe from my insatiable appetite). Today I did remember my stuff, and lessee if I can remember everything I did.... 10 minutes on the treadmill at 3.5mph 25 leg presses at 100lbs 25 rows at 50lbs 5 assisted pull-ups with half bodyweight counterweight 5 assisted dips with half bodyweight counterweight 20 chest presses with 20lb weights And some other stuff. I feel like I can actually see a difference in the mirror now, even though there's all the extra water weight I gain during Shark Week hanging on too. Every day when I get done I feel like I accomplished something good and it makes me excited to do it again, even if it is a giant pain in the ass to take a shower every day during my lunch break.
  9. Today was a "rest" day, whether I wanted it to be or not. I just could NOT get the energy to work out at lunch. BUT!! I did get my new resistance bands in the mail today, so there is yet time. Today's meals... eh. Lots of veggies, but the chicken I had was fried the first time and breaded the second. I'm still doing good on avoiding the greasy work breakfast, and that has me very happy.
  10. My days off are weekend days where I usually end up doing yard work, so I know the feels. I have the added pressure of two work buddies that also go to the gym at lunch. We keep each other accountable. It helps. AAAAAND I stopped getting an egg, bacon, and cheese english muffin every morning. Even when I eat breakfast at home, I always go to work and grab one. Haven't done it in DAYS. Feeling good!
  11. For me, it's the worst when I'm watching anything on TV. I have to have my hands busy but also pay attention to the screen, so stuffing my mouth is the easiest. My solution for now is to play tug-of-war with my dog, or catch. I can keep watching and to top it off, I get dog slobber on my hands, so I have to wash them before I touch any food. If my dog isn't into it, that's when it gets tricky. I've done all sorts of things, like beading necklaces, shuffling my tarot cards for 20 minutes straight, I attempted to start knitting, I might doodle on a notepad, or play a game on my phone. It takes a conscious effort to PDTF (put down the fork), but if you realize that you're walking into the kitchen simply because you're about to sit in front of the TV, you can stop yourself.
  12. Looks to me like you're already hitting one of your goals. You're pretty awesome. Hell, just by holding yourself accountable, you're keeping yourself on track. The kitchen scale is a good idea. I would love to do parkour, but I actually find myself too damn clumsy to get very far. At this point, I call it "wanting to survive the zombie apocalypse". If I can run AT ALL without my asthma killing me, and if I can lift myself up on body strength alone, I will have accomplished what I set out to do. But then after accomplishing those goals, I can set new ones and keep getting better every single day. My boss always says "Always tell yourself to WIN. What's Important Now. What do I do RIGHT NOW to get toward my goal?" And he's the 33-year-old CEO and President of a multi-billion dollar company, so I think he has some good advice.
  13. Watermelon is a pretty good substitute for a sweet snack. It's mostly water and very few calories, so you feel full (from all the water) without having consumed all that much. My eating habits aren't quite up to par yet. I'm still working through all the processed foods in my cupboards, but since I try to eat veggies with every processed thing, I'm more in control. I feel good now that I can better distinguish bored hungry and actually hungry. I can head off the bored hungry at the pass with some better ideas.
  14. All righty. Friday was arms day. 10-minute treadmill at 3.5mph 10 pull ups with 175lb counterweight 10 dips with the same 10 wall push-ups at roughly 45 degree angle 15 second plank 10 chest presses with 15lbs in each hand 5 knee push-ups Not necessarily in that order. Friday's diet was... eh. I'm getting better at cutting back my portions, which is probably my biggest problem. I did go out with some friends on the weekend and had some Marine City Fish Company mac n cheese. Was tasty. Didn't finish it. Proud! Saturday and Sunday weren't anything really worth talking about. Saturday I went out with friends and harvested the lavender in my front yard. Sunday I spent most of the day working on a website for a local spa. Although on Saturday I did have sore arms. Good sore. Right in the front armpit area. Morning snack: dark-cocoa almonds. Healthy and extremely tasty.
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