Doe

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  1. At the beginning of this year I set these goals: Get under 250lbs Be more productive, develop a new routine. Understand money better Define my CalExit plan* Including California/West Coast bucketlist * To be clear, that's me exiting California by 2020. Not planning a sucession for the State. I'm Southern but I'm not that Southern. All things considered, there is steady progress overall. Not as fast as desired, but when is it ever? Productivity is an is a difficult metric for me. I've got a to-do list about a thousand miles long and never enough hours in the day. (Me, and everybody else right?) That reduced schedule wasn't so bad even with the paycut. Alas, there are very few engineering jobs that allow for 30 hour work weeks. Sometimes, I find myself at the end of the day thinking "did I even accomplish anything of value?" or "How did I eat so much" or "I've only walked x steps?" Scheduling things can be helpful but most days my schedule goes off track fast. Journaling only captures the more qualitative aspects of my day. This challenge I'm going to try a different approach: logging my day. Log the Day Keep track of the day in my notebook. The key details to capture are: Wake up time, commute, work tasks, bedtime, etc. Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal Not a huge fan of calorie counting but darn if it doesn't work. My obstacle is when I find myself off track, I'll stop midday and either a)eat way more than I should b) not enough and then do (a) in the following days. Giving myself a large range will hopefully keep things from getting weird. Long term, I'm aiming to track for 90 days straight so I'll develop consistent healthy eating habits. Hit step goal as many days as possible. My step goal is 8000 steps, I average about 5000 steps. Going to Croatia in June and there's going to be a lot of walking. Night Routine Includes laying out clothes, making/planning lunch, journaling, nighttime meds. This was a routine that my mother instilled me as a child, that I carried through college, and got a bit lax once I hit my 30s. Sometimes when I'm lounging, playing Stardew Valley or fiddling with my phone, I can feel her looking down at me saying "You really should set your clothes out, you think you have clean cardigan/leggings that fit but you don't." Then again I've also been having dreams of us cleaning and running errands. Some people get visions of greatness when their loved ones reach out from the beyond, I get chores. I've reached the point where I can joke about little things about my mother. Not sure what stage of the grief process that is but I think it's progress. Mother's Day is going to happen during this challenge and I need to come up with a plan.
  2. I have the oddest period weight pattern. Everybody always says weight gain before and during is normal. For me, the day before my period and the day after the last day of my period will be 5-10lbs. Now I'm a big girl so percentagewise that's not crazy. But it is frustrating. I'm up 6lbs from a week ago and my period ended a day ago. During my period I was up only 3lbs and I thought "hey that's not so bad" Happens every single time, feel like I've been losing the same 10lbs all year.
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    Shello Attempts a Comeback

    The ymca I go to used put a line on our statements that said something like "you carded in x visits this month. Each visit cost $x". That was some perspective. Here's to an amazing comeback!
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    Tova is feasting on life

    Love the theme of this challenge. Bona Fortuna!
  5. Scaling back my aspirations to establish a new normalcy. Hard to get a running jump without a sound foundation, right? After working at a reduced schedule for almost 4 months, I started back full time in February. Work eased me into my first two weeks of full time. Now I'm back at full force, 45-50 hours a week over 5-6 days a week. My job is very flexible, not forced to work 6 days a week but it makes things more manageable. A reduced schedule, I was dealing with time management and insomnia but could muddle through. Back at full time, it's started to affect my health. Went to the doctor a few weeks ago, blood pressure is up, electrolytes and protein way too low. Not enough fluids or protein. I attributed my blood pressure to grief gain from after mom passed but my doctor wasn't gonna let me off that easy. She correctly pointed out I was 280-ish 4 years ago and had 119/70 blood pressure not 135/95. So it's back to basics. No drinking fluids 10 minutes before or 30 minutes after eating meals This is a weight loss surgery thing. (tldr, had it in 2002, HW 415 talk about it more in my Battle Log) Not drinking gives the pouch more time to absorb nutrients and stay full longer. It's like a funnel thing. But I also need to... Drink at least 6 cups of water a day Need all the luck on this one. This is sooo tough! No cell phone/tablet after 11pm. Bedtime 11:30-1:00 am. All week long. My goal is no electronics period but my Kindle with earplugs, sometimes necessary when you sleep with a snorer. The thing that keeps me up is the rabbit hole of the internet/youtube. Exercise 300 minutes a week. This is a repeat from the first quest of 2019 where I managed a B effort and want to keep this a part of my routine. Let's go!
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    RES: Here I go again

    Following along. You time is always a good goal. Sending good vibes
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    Doe's Battle Log

    2019 Challenge 3 Recap Assesment Fluids after meals: No drinking fluids during meals. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating to drink fluids Though only about 65% successful with this, I did notice a huge difference. I got full much faster and ate much less. My WLS was successful 17 years ago so I already can't eat a ton even when I drink liquids. It was kinda weird. Also, the kinds of foods I ate changed. Couldn't eat much salty or spicy, which was probably good for my blood pressure. It made me more thoughtful about my eating times too. C effort. Water intake: Drink at least 48 oz a day. Y'all, at the end of this challenge I started to like plain water! I never thought that would happen to me. I got to the point where I craved water! Also made me more conscious of my eating times. I thought "well are you going to want/need to drink water in the next hour or so? Yea? Better drink up first. A effort No electronics/bedtime I didn't do exactly what I planned but I did accomplish my goal. To start falling asleep more naturally, getting better sleep, and slow down my brain a night. It was weird to just naturally fall asleep by 1am. B effort ExerciseI'm averaging about 180-200 minutes a week of exercise. Which isn't bad but I think I could still do better. B effort Starting Weight 287.4 Ending Weight 281.9 Blood pressure March 1st 141/95 BP April 5th 135/93
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    Doe's Battle Log

    Updated: 12.12.18 My ever-evolving battle log. I change this summary up occasionally. As a nerd trying to get fit, what motivates me? What kind of character would I most like to emulate. I been thinking about this allot lately. I always mention my love for mahou shoujo (magic girl) anime that's an RPG I could get behind for my real life. But what does that mean exactly? To me: Giving it my all! Moderation - why do desserts look so good in anime? How did Usagi eat all of that cake and not weigh a ton? Unabashed girly-ness - I'm girly, for an engineer, in construction, who doesn't wear stripper heels or much makeup, and doesn't understand the new brow craze. Yet, I probably tote heavy duty pink gear and will throw on a dress on a office day. I feel super girly, till I get around other women. An awesome transformation sequence - all the twirling, flips, gracefulness, etc. Doing all these things in public like it's normal. I'm in a dance group, I love tap and jazz. What's the purpose of transformation sequence? "Through this power the main character transforms into a more adult, more beautiful, more skilled version of herself and she needs to be in that form to be capable of performing magic. " About Me I'm ~33, an engineer, in the SF Bay Area. No, not a software engineer. I'm an electrical engineer, my specialty is lighting. For 7 years I worked in construction for energy efficiency. Nowadays, I work in an office doing research for energy efficiency. Though occasionally I still have the opportunity to get out in the field. In my free time, I'm in a body positive dance group which PC for chubby girl dance group. We have practice once a week most of the year, except during performance season. Also volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxillary, mostly food services. I had gastric bypass surgery when I was 16 in 2002 . Because of the surgery don't absorb nutrients as well through food so I have to take vitamins. I tried most 2014-15 to get nutrients exclusively from food and ended up getting blood/iron IV treatment for almost 2 months. I know for many people vitamin supplements seem like a waste of time but for some of us, it is a necessary addition to eating well, rather temporary or lifelong like me. To me it's like how some people drink protein shakes while others get all their protein from food. So please, no judgment. My highest weight was 415, when I was 15 and a few inches shorter(I'm 5'3" now). Until recently I was bouncing between 250-265, keeping 150+lbs for over 15 years was such an accomplishment for me. After my mom died in September 2018, I've gained 20+lbs and clocked in at 288 on 12/03/18. The highest I have ever been since my surgery. My first weightloss goal is to get the grief weight off and get back to 250.
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    Get back to basics. Doe needs a routine.

    Last day of the Challenge. Fluids yes 18/ Water Intake: already at 40 oz and it's not even 9pm No electronics/Bed: we'll see Okay, I promise do math for a living but I lost track of my days here. lol. Assesment Fluids after meals I was about 65% successful with this. Honestly I did notice a huge difference. I got full much faster and ate much less. My WLS was successful 17 years ago so I already can't eat a ton even when I drink liquids. It was kinda weird. Also, the kinds of foods I ate changed. Couldn't eat much salty or spicy, which was probably good for my blood pressure. It made me more thoughtful about my eating times too. Water intake Y'all, at the end of this challenge I started to like plain water! I never thought that would happen to me. I got to the point where I craved water! Also made me more conscious of my eating times. I thought "well are you going to want/need to drink water in the next hour or so? Yea? Better drink up first. No electronics/bedtime I didn't do exactly what I planned but I did accomplish my goal. To start falling asleep more naturally, getting better sleep, and slow down my brain a night. It was weird to just naturally fall asleep by 1am. Exercise I'm averaging about 180-200 minutes a week of exercise. Which isn't bad but I think I could still do better. Starting Weight 287.4 Ending Weight 281.9 Blood pressure March 1st 141/95 BP April 5th 135/93
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    Get back to basics. Doe needs a routine.

    Day22 Wednesday Fluids after Meals: yes 15/22 Water Intake: +48/48 oz Goal exceeded No electronics/Bed: no electronics after 12. Bed by 1 Exercise: gym 45 minutes strength (65/300) Day23 thursday Fluids after Meals: yes 16/23 Water Intake: +48/48 oz Goal exceeded No electronics/Bed: no electronics after 12. Bed by 1 Exercise: gym 15 minutes body weight (80/300) Day24 Friday Fluids after Meals: no 16/24 Water Intake: +48/48 oz Goal exceeded No electronics/Bed: no Exercise: none (80/300) Day25 Saturday Fluids after Meals: yes17/25 Water Intake: +48/48 oz Goal exceeded. Probably doubled No electronics/Bed: still hope for bed by 1 Exercise: dance practice then line dancing probably 2.5 hours of actual movement (250/300)