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DanaeArgos

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  • Birthday 08/11/1977

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    Vermont
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    druid
  1. I always liked the saying "this too shall pass". Do what you can when you can. Even if it is one small thing. That small thing might be to get one healthy meal or snack a day from the store for yourself. If the rest of the time you have to eat what's at home and it might not be that healthy, deal with it, do some cardio and know it won't last forever. You are young, there will be ample opportunity for you to be on your own to amp up your health efforts. Be patient. Ride this tough time through.
  2. It was a traveling weekend for hubby and I so as is the usual, keeping up with my plan didn't happen. Starting tonight I'll be able to get back to what I want to do. Thus far today Breakfast Ham, bacon and cheese water coffee Lunch Salad with minimal baby greens broccoli cheese eggs sunflower seeds mushrooms cherry tomatoes pinch of shredded carrot green peppers honey mustard dressing olive oil salt and pepper Exercise chasing after volleyballs tossing volleyballs hitting volleyballs 3 sets body weights 20 body weight squats 10 push ups 20 walking lunges 10 dumbbell rows 15 second plank 30 jumping jacks
  3. Thank you, Sabina. I'm looking forward to getting stronger and more flexible. There are days I can't help but feel it is too late for this 41 year old body to do it. I know I won't ever be in the shape of a 20-something year old, but I do know I can and will get stronger and more flexible.
  4. It has been a year and few weeks since last I visited. A lot has happened since then. One major move from the Rockies to New England and a massive change in career and lifestyle. What drove me here? What else but a job my husband took. It's been an interesting, albeit stressful, year, gaining 40 pounds along the way. I finally got back to some semblance of eating healthier in November. It's been going great and I have lost 21 pounds by eating a ketosis diet! Yaay me! I'm here again to take the next step as I have plateaued so I'm looking for motivation, success stories and an exercise plan to regularly follow as much as I can given my wacky work schedule as an assistant volleyball coach. Outside of tossing balls in the gym, I've been pretty sedentary. Time to get off my lazy butt and work out regularly and get to that next mile stone --- another 20 pounds. Eating is nailed down. Somehow, I managed to dig deep and work through most of the rough mental days that would have ordinarily led me to eating fast food, ice cream, and mindless snacking. I haven't been perfect. A snack here and there, a meal, a whole day, a whole week even, but always managing to reel in the mindless gnashing and getting back on track sooner, and for much longer than in the past. I'd say 80% of the time I've been right on target. I finally found that discipline I needed. It's not easy. It's a constant battle, and I know now it will never ever go away. It is a demon that lurks just beneath the surface and I have to fight it always. Part of this shift was a mental resignation to accept the process of what it takes to lose weight, to know my goal, but to focus on the present. One big motivation was looking at the scale everyday. On a ketosis diet, the weight melts off. It is amazing how much weight you see falling off your body in the first week, sometimes two weeks! 8-15 pounds sometimes! Once the initial 'cleansing' passes, the weight levels off to a more normal level 1-2 pounds a week what I think is actual fat loss. Those first two weeks are critical to keep the motivation going, at least for me. Instant gratification that I'm losing weight!! I ramble.... Time to start exercising. One of the perks of working for a university is free access to the weight room, and exercise classes. Time to take advantage of this benefit. I've signed up, I only need to show up. First week Complete at least 2 body weight sets four times a week Morning yoga daily complete one spinning class First 2 body weight sets completed tonight. woohoo! Next Yoga in the morning Tuesday morning spin class Check out my actual journal for progress should you be interested.
  5. Here I go again. Back to tracking my progress. While I have been eating healthier the last three months resulting in 21 pound weight lost thus far, I haven't been exercising nor tracking it. I've since plateaued so time to start incorporating more exercising. So I am back again for some motivation, support, and guidance. I have 17 more pounds to lose and I'd like to lose 10 of that in March bringing me down to 142. Tonight 2 body weight sets 20 body weight squats 10 push ups 20 walking lunges 10 dumbbell rows 15 second plank 30 jumping jacks Food Chicken Broccoli Cheese 2 Hamburger patties Almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds Peanut butter tea coffee
  6. Best of luck to you! I too am back on a keto diet along with my husband. For us it works the best and I love watching the pounds drop (I think it is mostly water weight, not actually fat, but all the same, it is motivation). One week in and we're both down 8 pounds! I'll be around cheering you on!
  7. This sucks and something I'm can completely relate to. As of today I've been bleeding straight for 35 days so this is all too familiar. My issues started in 2013 and back then I definitely considered hysterectomy (my mom had one for this very same reason, myoma related) and at the time I did not want kids, I was actually quite adamant about not having kids and at 35 I thought it was too late anyway, but then I met my husband, and was thunder struck about how instantly my mind changed. When I met him, I wanted to have kids with him. I will never forget how strong that feeling was, it humbled me. Never in a million years did I ever think that would happen to me. Now that I want kids, I can't get pregnant and tracking my fertility, ha! forget about it. Oh, we'll keep trying, but I'm not holding out hope. I have myoma/fibroids, two of them, and my doctor says they aren't necessarily the cause of the prolonged heavy bleeding, and they are more likely a hormonal imbalance, but it is really unknown. What is known is they go away after menopause, which suggests estrogen is involved. The only thing that I've found that has helped regulate my cycle is birth control pills. I took two months off of birth control to try to get pregnant, and my cycle went all wacky again, so after confirming I'm not pregnant again, I'm back on the pill again. Anecdotal perhaps, but when I'm taking them regularly it seems to be the ONLY thing I've tried that consistently works. I start my period on the day I start the sugar pill week. When I start the hormone pills the following week, my period ends. It is both a blessing, and bums me out greatly that if I want to lead some semblance of a normal life, I need to take them. Anyway, I wish you the best at your next doctor's visit and also to your health goals this next challenge! Have fun always.
  8. Good luck on this next challenge! I echo the waking up early issue, while mine is more like 6, so kudos to you for rising at 5am! You inspired to rethink how I do this one in this next challenge. It's tough!
  9. Two weeks down -- seems longer, does it not? Had my successes and failures, mostly with the waking up early part. Summary thus far is as follows: 20 net carbs a day - 80% success - a few cheat meals this weekend threw my weight off but overall I feel I'm succeeding in this. no sugar coating now, I'm not really meeting the true nature of the challenge. I will strive for better in the next challenge. Water - Success, the extreme dryness of this winter has helped me succeed in this. daily morning yoga - hardest of the challenge for me. no wakey early, no yoga. Failed drawing - success, partly due to a film project I'm working on Morning weigh in: 164.6 (grrrrr) Today thus far: Coffee Today I have a meeting during the lunch hour where food will be provided. I do hope they have low-carb fare. Chicken for dinner with copious amounts of raw spinach.
  10. I hear you! Getting out of bed when the alarm goes off is definitely one of my more difficult challenges. This morning was one of those failed attempts. I ended up rolling out of bed at 7, so no yoga for me! Monday and Tuesday were good though Thank you and wish you success with your goals as well!
  11. Day number 8 Overall my challenge is going well...a few minor slips, but I'm proud of myself. With having President's Day off though, I found myself a little off the routine with sleeping in yesterday morning. I didn't allow myself enough time to do yoga though. Over the weekend..... 20 net carbs-mostly a success. I had one cheat meal yesterday Drink more water - success Daily morning yoga routine - Fail Drawing - Success Weigh-in this morning - 163.6 Hoping to break the 160 range this week! Happy Tuesday!
  12. Just a general little progress note for how my week has gone. Overall a great success. Waking up early has helped me maintain a positive attitude throughout the week despite a set back physically. I won't get into the gory details, but it hasn't been pleasant. In any case, I've stuck with my plan, and I'm very proud of myself for getting through it. Today, has also been a success. awake at 6:30, a little yoga, green tea, breakfast, and wonderful start to a beautiful morning. Happiness is the present moment. That brings to mind a mindful goal that I'm practicing. Remembering that the most important moment of the day is now and to give it my full attention no matter what I'm doing. It is hard. Observing how much the mind wanders into the past or the future, or a movie, conversation, planning, or video game, or a problem to solve that is not at all part of that exact moment, is really eye opening. The small glimpses of inner peace that I find when I'm truly present encourage me and bring a smile to my face. It is this life altering path, practicing yoga and mindful habits that brought me to the Druid's guild.
  13. Hello everyone, Officially I re-spawned in January, but haven't paid NF a visit until this week. I tried to get started back in August, but burn out, laziness, and a rather stressful unexpected event where my husband was forced to resign from his job set me back a bit. Despite the stress of losing 2/3 of our income, we still ended up going on our planned honeymoon in December. I consider myself very fortunate to be with someone that is financially savvy. With a decent monetary cushion, we have a little bit of breathing room while he is on the search for another job. Meanwhile, bills are being paid on my income, which is beyond tight. Anyway, upon our return from our honeymoon, we both decided to get back on the wagon in our attempts to lose weight. In all truth though, when we started on January 8th, I wasn't looking forward to the process, and went in with a depressed attitude grumbling the whole way. I know that is not that best way to go and certainly would set me up for failure, eventually. I still managed to stick to it for four weeks, and my Feb 3rd weigh-in saw a 13 pound weight loss without exercising. success! Then we gave ourselves a week long break the first week of February and I ended up gaining 9 pounds of it back. Crazy! Returning on the wagon this week, I prepared myself to go in with a more positive attitude and get excited about the process of developing life long habits and not the result that seemed so far far away. NF popped in my head over the weekend and I had planned to start logging my progress. I logged in on Monday and found a new challenge started that very day, so I jumped on it immediately! I've already seen a 6 pound weight loss this week but that will level off in a week or two. I have a lot of good habits I'm trying to develop, and it is seemingly overwhelming, but I'm confident I'll get there. I narrowed down my main list of challenges for the month, and hopefully this is okay, but I made up my mind to join the Druid's guild and started this challenge under there instead of returning to my first original challenge post in Rebels. Here's to a great start!
  14. That is indeed what we have to do! I've been doing the low carb thing off and on for a couple of years now and that seems to happen, rapid weight loss and then it levels out a bit. I love the thought of Tai Chi. I've never really practiced it before, but hope to put it on one of the next challenges. Good luck to you and stay strong! I am half telling myself that too. Had a little down day myself.
  15. Crazy how fast it melts off in the first couple of weeks! I've already lost almost 6 lbs in 2 days. I'm on a keto meal plan, 20 net carbs a day Moving, bleh. Done it too many times in my life and I don't think I'm done.
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