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  1. Thanks for the words of support everybody. And you're absolutely right about how I see myself CraftingFish. After 10 years of living an unhealthy lifestyle and being unhappy with what I see in the mirror, it's going to take a lot of time to turn around that image of myself. I think that a few of the people making comments are ones that I can cut out of my life and be just as happy without while the other few I will sit down and talk with. I've just always been so sensitive about my weight that I refuse to refer to other people's weight in an insulting way like saying they're too fat or too skinny, so I just wish that friends would offer me the same courtesy. I guess it's just too much to expect for others to feel the same, but I'm very glad for my supportive friends and for the help I've gotten here.
  2. Since last November I've lost 60 pounds with most of that weight loss coming over this past summer. I was living out of state this summer so when I came home it was a big surprise to everyone how much weight I had lost. Most people were very supportive, but I've noticed a lot of underhanded comments coming from my overweight friends. I've always been overweight/obese and have had low self-esteem because of it. While I had hoped that the weight loss would be a magic self-esteem booster, I've realized that's not the case. Now I'm working on two fronts to continue to improve myself physically (with another 40-50 lbs being my goal) and beginning to improve my mental image of myself. So it really hurts when people still make comments about me being chubby or "you've lost weight, but not THAT much weight." I understand that I'm not skinny so I don't need people pointing it out all the time. Weight loss is not some magic button. I'm only half way through this process and I'm guessing it will take me at least another year to get to my final goals. None of these comments have come from my friends that work-out so I'm guessing it's a way for people to make themselves feel better that they're not losing weight, but that doesn't make it hurt any less. I'm just wondering how many others have noticed this sort of trend and how to you deal with this behavior from loved ones? I'm not looking for constant compliments on my weight loss, I would just like for the people I care about to stop trying to make me feel bad for wanting to improve myself.
  3. Don't underestimate female related reasons. Earlier this week I gained about 5 pounds overnight and now just a couple of days later I'm back where I was. I was freaking out over the sudden upswing but I just had to calm down and stay off the scale for a few days. Water retention can do some crazy things to the scale. Don't sweat it too much and just focus more on the long-term.
  4. I'm in central IL if that's where you're heading through. We're kind of a drive past on the way to Chicago or St. Louis area so it wouldn't surprise me if you pass through my town.
  5. I'm trying to get more into running. I run/walk 3 or 4 miles a few times a week and I would like to be able to run a solid 5K by September. I used to hate it, but since moving to a city with a decent trail system nearby and plenty of parks around I find myself enjoying it more. I have also jumped on the Vibrams train and won't be going back, though I do get annoyed by the advice from complete strangers that I did not ask for. All I know is that I haven't gotten shin splints from Vibrams and that's good enough for me.
  6. So, a few minutes ago I had a sudden light headed spell that I have never experienced before. I freaked out for a second (which of course made it worse) and then quickly ate an apple. After eating the apple it went away and I feel much better. I usually have an apple or two a day, but haven't for the past few days. I also haven't eaten a lot in the past few days (not for diet reasons, just lack of food in my house). Fortunately I went shopping today so the lack of food isn't an issue anymore and I'm also chowing down on some yogurt right now. I'm guessing (hoping) that low sugar and calorie intake were the causes, and I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced anything like this. Again, this is the only time anything like this has ever happened and it quickly went away. And to be clear, if it happens again I will make an appointment with a doctor immediately. There's a history of brain aneurysms in my family (include a scare of my own when I was 12) so I do not mess around with things involving my beautiful brain.
  7. I definitely recommend looking into The Name of the Wind by Pat Rothfuss, but I might be biased cause he goes to the same comic shop as me and is a pretty cool dude. He also wrote for my college paper before he hit it big, and his column was the best part of it each week. How was it joining after college? I really want to join the Army (medic), but am a bit concerned with being in boot at 23 or 24 with a bunch of 18-year-olds. Stay safe and I'm glad to hear that there are some nerds in the military.
  8. but I'm chasing it and trying to jump back on. So, around the beginning of the year I got very busy and stopped posting here. I kept exercising and was sticking to a sort of Paleo diet, but I wasn't staying strict and hit a weight loss wall. Spring is coming and the lack of weight loss has gotten frustrating so I'm kicking my ass back into gear and returning to Nerd Fitness, the site that started it all. I'm back on the Paleo wagon and have started to closely track my food to make sure I'm sticking to it. I'm glad to be back and I hope I'll have the time to post more in the coming months.
  9. So, I suck and didn't update this like I wanted to. I'm going to do a final weigh in tomorrow and an overview of my challenge, but I can already say that I didn't do nearly as well as I would've liked. Since around Thanksgiving, everything has just been piling on so my life goals got thrown out the window. I didn't make it to the gym at all this week to work on weights, but I did do pilates and body weight work and finished week 3 of the hundred push-ups program so I did stay active. I didn't think the push-up program would work, but I really am noticing a positive change . I also don't believe that I lost any weight, but I also didn't gain any weight and considering Thanksgiving and some of the stress eating that happened I'm happy for that. In other news, I have TKD testing this afternoon and will be testing for my red belt. This is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from black belt so I'm pretty excited and I'll post tomorrow with the results.
  10. Sorry for the lack of updates from me, it's been pretty hectic with all the end of semester crap going on and this just keeps slipping my mind. I've been keeping up with the Paleo diet and exercise, but had plenty of beer on Saturday and a fall from my bike (totally not my fault though!) lead to taking a break from exercise on Sunday. I'm back to it though and tried out Pilates this afternoon. I'll try and keep better records of what I'm doing until the end of this challenge, but school is only going to get worse from here on out so no promises on updates. I am keeping mostly on track though despite of this, except for a large increase in coffee consumption. :/ And just to clarify on the bike fall, the beer came after the fall. I was riding my bike on a snowy sidewalk when a car shot out of a driveway and I had to lay the bike down to avoid getting hit since it was too icy to break. I'm okay, just ended up a little bruised and pretty sore the next day.
  11. I'm not sure how much fun I'll be able to have this upcoming week with last minute school work before finals, but one of my favorite bands is coming to my school tomorrow so I'm going with my roommate and a few friends and we're also going on a couple of local brewery tours before hand. I've been looking forward to this all semester and it'll be a nice break from the end of semester grind.
  12. Day 18 Breakfast: 2 pancakes with a little honey and coffee. The pancakes were a little dry so next time I make them I think I'll add a little coconut milk. Lunch: Spinach salad with tuna and tomato Dinner: Mushrooms and chicken Fitness: Squats up to 155, bench press up to 90, assisted pull-ups, assisted dips, 10 minute rowing machine cool-down Life: More research project work. Classes all morning, workout, and then in the lab from 2-6 Day 19 Breakfast: same as above Lunch: Didn't eat Dinner: #9 unwich with extra peppers from Jimmy John's Fitness: Day 3 of the 100 push-ups program Life: Got caught up in the lab again and completely forgot to eat. I went over at 1 and just got home at 7. Now I'm going to kick back and watch the Twin Peaks episode of Psych and hope to not pass out from lab chemicals. I just can't get the smell of methyl salicylate out of my nose.
  13. I did one today. Myself and three other people created a lesson plan and taught fellow students for 45 minutes.
  14. Day 16 Breakfast: Coffee and an apple Lunch: Spinach salad with steak and tomato Dinner: Chicken and mushrooms with feta Fitness: An hour of TKD and some body weight exercises Life: Worked all afternoon on a research project Day 17 Breakfast: Same Lunch: 2 eggs and turkey Dinner: Turkey unwich from Jimmy John's Fitness: Off day Life: Made almond flour pancakes for breakfast for the next couple of days and continued on my research project
  15. Well, I went home for Thanksgiving and didn't have access to a computer so yay lack of updates. Also didn't eat as well as I could have, but I did get a couple of workouts in so there's that. Day 15 Breakfast: Apple and coffee Lunch: Spinach salad with tomato and cucumber Dinner: Steak with mushrooms and a little feta cheese and a glass of almond milk Fitness: Jogged/walked for 20 minutes and then worked on the rowing machine for 10 minutes Life: Group project work and read for 20 minutes. Gonna try and read more later tonight.
  16. I love how my thread has become the tattoo/book thread. I feel like I'm doing something right. Day 7 B: Apple and coffee L: Turkey burger and tomato D: Grilled chicken Fitness: Play basketball for an hour Life: Practiced mandolin and worked on a group project Day 8 Lost 3 pounds this week. Down to 232 as of this morning. B: Quiche, sausage, coffee L: 2 eggs and come sliced turkey D: Grilled chicken and carrots Fitness: 30 minutes of elliptical Life: Did some reading
  17. You should look up some other stuff by Mumford and Sons, they're quite good.Day 6 Breakfast: 2 eggs, turkey sausage, coffee Lunch: Turkey burger with tomato and ketchup Snack: Sweet potato with walnut oil Dinner: Grilled chicken with broccoli and an apple for dessert Fitness: Rode my bike for an hour and a half and went somewhere between 11 and 12 miles. It wasn't the 15 that I was shooting for, but I wanted to turn around and start heading back before I got too far from home and too hopelessly lost. Life: Practiced mandolin and lazed about for most of the day.
  18. I change the fillers with different veggies and occasionally bacon. I make 6 on Sundays so that I have an easy breakfast during that week that I can just microwave. The ratio comes out to about 1 egg per quiche and then each quiche is 25-40% veggies depending on how badly I misjudge the amounts of veggies to chop up. On weekends I'll cook up eggs or something else when I have more time to make a fresh breakfast. I haven't gotten sick of them yet, so I just figure why fix what isn't broken. I also used to just have an apple, but I would be hungry within an hour and with these I stay full until lunch. Though I did just look up a recipe for almond meal pancakes that I might try if I can find almond meal. I haven't done anything specific with that in mind yet. Just sparring more and working on losing weight and strengthening my legs.Day 5 Breakfast: Coffee and an apple cause I overslept Lunch: Tuna, spinach and tomato Dinner: Venison taco with tomato Fitness: Two hours of TKD club which included about an hour of sparring. Life: Practiced mandolin and learned .
  19. Racquetball! Racquetball! It's a blast and it really gets you moving. It's especially fun when you have to dive to get the ball or to get out of the other person's way. I love it, but my racquetball partner moved and I haven't found anyone new to play with yet.
  20. Since the gym will be closed tomorrow for renovations, I'm thinking that I'm going to try biking the 30 mile nature trail that runs through my town. I doubt I can do the whole thing with my crappy 1970's bike, but I'll do the best that I can.
  21. ooo ive thought about goodbye blue monday as a tattoo - i currently have "so it goes" on my wrist. need more though! Haha, I've also thought about getting "so it goes" on my wrist but I'm waiting until I get another tattoo first. A wrist tattoo just seems a bit too painful for a first tattoo.
  22. Goooooooooo MONKS! Yay! So, a quick intro. 22-year-old college student trying to lose weight and get faster. I really want to improve my speed in tae kwon do sparring. I'm not an extremely aggressive person so my sparring suffers, but if I increase my speed than that will definitely improve the sparring and will hopefully increase my confidence as well. I also hope to start learning another martial art after I get my black belt in TKD, which I am hoping to get in May.
  23. Day 3 Breakfast: Quiche, sausage, coffee Lunch: Tuna with spinach and tomato Dinner: 2 pieces of pizza Fitness: Day off Life: Lots of studying Day 4 Breakfast: Same as above Lunch: 2 eggs Dinner: Steak and mushrooms with a spinach salad and an apple for dessert Fitness: An hour of TKD followed by about 45 minutes of weight training. Bench presses up to 90 pounds, squats up to 145, assisted pull-ups, incline sit-ups. I might also get another 45 minutes of TKD in tonight, but it doesn't start until 8:45 so it really depends on how I'm feeling. Life: Had an exam and ran some errands. I then spent the rest of the day doing a whole lot of nothing.
  24. Day 2 Breakfast: Quiche, 2 turkey sausages, cup of coffee Lunch: Turkey brat with ketchup\ Dinner: Steak salad with spinach, tomato, and mushrooms and mashed sweet potato for dessert Fitness: 1 hour of TKD followed by weight training. Squats up to 145, bench press up to 85, assisted chin ups, incline sit ups. Life: Read a little more and got a bunch of work done on a research project for school.
  25. I do loves me some Vonnegut. I'm actually planning to get "Goodbye Blue Monday" tattooed eventually. I also have "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" sitting unread and lonely on my book shelf so I'll try and get to that one this month as well.
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