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Patty, sometimes we need to catch up on sleep to get our bodies and lives back on track!  Don't feel too bad about missing your study time.  

 

Have you considered moving or adding to your sticky notes?  Our brains often get used to our surroundings, meaning you need new stimuli to evoke the same reaction--so adding more notes or moving them around may help keep your motivation fresh in your mind.

 

Sorry about the dairy!  Had you cut it from your diet very long?

 

Good luck this week!  

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Definitely dont' feel bad about taking a day to catch up on sleep.  I had to do that this week and miss a day of work to catch up on sleep to help fight the whatever sickness I just had.  Keep up the good work!

 

Oh and as for your mantra, I'm working on an almost identical goal over in my challenge

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Keep on being awesome, pattycake.  I hope you'll feel better when you cut out dairy again.  Maybe that was throwing you off a bit and you'll be able to get back on track now that you're cutting it out again.

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Finally starting to feel better! I'm planning out my day's end to incorporate some wind-down time (including a bath to warm my limbs) and make sure I get to bed at a decent hour. Bonus, this lets me see how much time I have in my day to get things done.

 

Your back won't feel as bad when you tighten your core, at least in my experience.

While I'm sure my core could benefit from more work, it's not weak. Sadly, it's more a bone thing (almost like grinding). Back exercises do help the muscles around it though!

 

 

Patty, sometimes we need to catch up on sleep to get our bodies and lives back on track!  Don't feel too bad about missing your study time.  

 

Have you considered moving or adding to your sticky notes?  Our brains often get used to our surroundings, meaning you need new stimuli to evoke the same reaction--so adding more notes or moving them around may help keep your motivation fresh in your mind.

 

Sorry about the dairy!  Had you cut it from your diet very long?

 

Good luck this week!  

I'm feeling much better with rest now! I think I may not need to nap today :)

I may have to change up the stickies - thanks for the suggestion!

I think I cut diary for at least a month - I just decided to make nut milk, not bake with butter, etc. Not planned, but just happened. Then I started drinking milk and I think there's a correlation. I think it's finally out of my system as of last night. I have the pleasure of testing this out on Saturday with pizza and ice cream cake for the husband's birthday...

 

 

Oh and as for your mantra, I'm working on an almost identical goal over in my challenge

Is it a poster you're making then? Where do you plan on putting it? I like this idea....

 

 

Keep on being awesome, pattycake.

Thanks for making me smile!

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I find the thing that I am struggling with most right now is the afternoon snack attack. Starting at 2 or 3 pm I go nuts looking for sugar! It's not even that I want anything specific. And then I go and ruin my appetite for dinner.

 

I made some (fabulously delicious) almond milk last night so I'm going to try making a cappuccino when it hits, so I can try to keep studying. My next line of action is that I'm going to go for a run. I don't want these to be a regular 3pm thing, but I need to get over the sugar addiction!

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I've had the same issue with sugar cravings.  I've noticed that my cravings are much less when I stay away from sugar altogether.  But if I start, even with something small, that's when it gets hard.  I'll share some things that have worked for me:

 

* Keep some gum around and pop a piece when a craving hits

* Pack low calorie veggies to snack on.  Every day I take a ziplock back stuffed with celery, radishes and carrots.  Not the most satisfying food, but especially the first two items have almost no calories.  I just start eating the veggies and keep eating until the craving goes away.

* Sugar free popsicles (trying to do this less since these do have artificial sweeteners)

* Drink a cup of tea (with some of your almond milk?)

* An interesting article on this site recommends switching your outlook from "I can't have sugar" to "I don't have sugar".  Apparently there have been studies that show the power of thinking like this.  This article talks about it (search for the phrase, "I don't eat"): http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2013/04/08/the-paleo-diet-debunked/

 

You can do it!  :)

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I know your goal is to conquer "mindless snacking," so you might consider having a very purposeful snack every afternoon.  Sit down, drink some tea, and eat something healthy with proteins and complex carbs.  Depending on what your diet allows, this could be veggies, an egg, almonds and raisons, fruit, a PB&J, etc.  This could help calm your need for sugar and give you a little extra energy to tide you over to dinner.  Maybe that would help with the cravings/snacking.  

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I know your goal is to conquer "mindless snacking," so you might consider having a very purposeful snack every afternoon.  Sit down, drink some tea, and eat something healthy with proteins and complex carbs.  Depending on what your diet allows, this could be veggies, an egg, almonds and raisons, fruit, a PB&J, etc.  This could help calm your need for sugar and give you a little extra energy to tide you over to dinner.  Maybe that would help with the cravings/snacking.  

This has worked out for me. I always bring a snack pack with me to work in order to resist the temptation of the candy and cookies I'm always surrounded by. 

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I agree with thegingerdances that a good first step is mindful snacking. Be aware of your need to have something to eat, and if possible, reserve 15 minutes for a cup of tea with a snack you brought from home around 3 PM. I think that fruit (either fresh or dried) is a healthy snack to start with, since it contains some sugar, but is still healthy. If you manage that for several weeks, you can start changing your snack to something with less or no sugar.

 

I think that if you can do this, you are really building a good habit you can sustain long-term. Many small steps will most often have better results than a few huge leaps, so be proud of yourself for every small step you make :).

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I've had the same issue with sugar cravings.  I've noticed that my cravings are much less when I stay away from sugar altogether.  But if I start, even with something small, that's when it gets hard. 

Yes, I definitely needed to remove the overly-processed junk that I snacked on. Generally my diet is pretty good (read: I buy only what I cannot make, and love fresh produce), but any time chocolate candies are introduced, it goes south. I think we're the same on this one. Thanks for the tips! I totally agree that how things are worded in our minds makes a big difference.

 

 

I know your goal is to conquer "mindless snacking," so you might consider having a very purposeful snack every afternoon.

I think it is a need for an energy boost. I always have some fruit or veggies with me, but I think I may need to add some nuts to that. What else do you think would go well with a fruit/veg assortment? Today I have packed sliced carrots, radishes, broccoli, and black berries into a sandwich-sized tupperware.

 

 

Be aware of your need to have something to eat, and if possible, reserve 15 minutes for a cup of tea with a snack you brought from home around 3 PM. I

Thing is that I don't know that I'm actually hungry then. It's more the feeling of the agitated "must have chocolate and fatty and sugary foods!!!" monster that shows up. I don't feel the rumbly tummy, or other hunger signals that I feel earlier in the day or for dinner. I'm working on getting to bed a bit earlier, because a hit of caffeine helps. Or if I distract my mind I'm fine for two hours or so until I start to feel hungry.

 

I definitely have noticed a decline in my evening snacking, which is nice. Peanut M&M's are a no-go for me for now because they're the perfect storm that started up the sugar addiction again. And the birthday ice cream cake.... as delicious as it is (yes, it's still calling from the freezer), I have my verification that dairy and I are ok on occasion, but two days in a row isn't so great. (and I think I have to drop milk chocolate because of this. Oh well, dark is good too)

 

And now for the week's review! I did things differently and kept a sticky on my desktop, filling it in throughout the week. I think it paints a good picture as to how things went. Drum roll!............

 

 

::Week 3 in review::

-Move- 7/7

M- difficult swim; must make appointment with chiropractor once the office reopens (vacation).

T- Shaun T's Insanity (Have learned over the weekend that the police in my city like to do this work out together!)

W- swam. Definitely have a lucky fin. (As per Finding Nemo)

R- JM Ripped in 30- week 1 (felt easier than I remembered from last time!)

F- JM kickboxing dvd

S- DDR (chiropractor appointment in the AM)

N- Yin yoga - stretching is nice!

-Mindful- 4/7

M- had husband hide chocolate.

T- Napped. Tried to find chocolate. Unsuccessful. Looked through recipes online for vegan desserts. Finally understand why it's called food porn. Accepted that I am currently a sugar junkie.

W- desire for chocolate not as strong. Urge for afternoon sugar still present. Sugar 1: Patty 0

R- cappuccino and 2.5 hours on the phone with a friend helped avoid the afternoon snack attack.

F- good!

S- A bit too much pizza and cake

N- leftovers - do not want more pizza or cake. (Pizza Hut sucks now, hadn't had it in a year. Somehow hubby still loves it.)

 

(still don't know where chocolate is)

-Limit TV- 6/7

M- watched while sewing.

T- more sewing

W- none :)

R- walked away after 1 ep!

F- Went out

S- TV was paired with birthday dinner...

N- good

 

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Oh, and we're now Level 1's! That's so exciting!

 

I've updated my signature to reflect it, and I was hoping for some opinions as to how I spread out my 10 pts. I feel like my strength is greatest out of those right now, so it got the most points. I don't get sick often now (diet-based, I think) and have a good idea as to how hard I can push myself, so 2pts to constitution and wisdom. I can't run as long as I used to, I'm clumsy as hell, and don't feel as attractive (but will in time, as the excess slowly comes off) so gave 1 pt to each stamina, dexterity, and charisma - but I'm glad I don't feel I'm a 0 in any of those.

 

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Go, patty!  Your week three looks awesome, especially the movement goal--I think your strength points are well earned!  As for the snacking goal, I think you have a gift for writing and entertainment!  Good job on getting your husband to hide the chocolate.  He must be really good at it if you haven't found it yet :)

 

It looks like your stats are well proportioned based on your self-image.  I would like to note, however, that you are ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, honey.  A little excess does not make you more or less so!  (Of course, you can always grade charisma based on your self-image.  Lots of people choose to earn charisma points based on socializing or self-image goals.  I gave myself some starting CHA points this week because I've gotten better at meeting new people in the past year.)

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Awesome that your husband hid the chocolate, the easiest way to not snack is to have no snacks close by. I love the diversity of your exercise, it keeps you motivated for a longer time. Personally I can't do that without stressing about what to choose today, but I'm going to therapy for that kind of problem ^^.

 

Your stats look great, and you definitely don't deserve a 0 anywhere. They correspond to the way I perceive you in this thread, and I'm sure you'll keep growing if you'll keep this up :).

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Go, patty!  Your week three looks awesome, especially the movement goal--I think your strength points are well earned!  As for the snacking goal, I think you have a gift for writing and entertainment!  Good job on getting your husband to hide the chocolate.  He must be really good at it if you haven't found it yet :)

 

It looks like your stats are well proportioned based on your self-image.  I would like to note, however, that you are ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, honey.  A little excess does not make you more or less so!  (Of course, you can always grade charisma based on your self-image.  Lots of people choose to earn charisma points based on socializing or self-image goals.  I gave myself some starting CHA points this week because I've gotten better at meeting new people in the past year.)

Glad you enjoyed the recap. The husband is quite proud of having discovered a great hiding spot. Every so often he gives a sly "Have you found them yet? You're never going to find them!"

Thanks for the compliment too! It's more that I don't feel it as much as I should, I think. But, that's one of the reasons I'm working on myself, right? To make the outside and inside match. (and as I work to love myself I'm bringing down the emotional wall).

 

 

Awesome that your husband hid the chocolate, the easiest way to not snack is to have no snacks close by. I love the diversity of your exercise, it keeps you motivated for a longer time. Personally I can't do that without stressing about what to choose today, but I'm going to therapy for that kind of problem ^^.

 

Your stats look great, and you definitely don't deserve a 0 anywhere. They correspond to the way I perceive you in this thread, and I'm sure you'll keep growing if you'll keep this up :).

I find that I get bored if I don't change up the workouts. I think I've done only one exercise dvd program start to finish, but I usually just jump around based on how I'm feeling that day or a pre-made schedule/order. And I'm doing the Insanity workout with my husband because it's got some crazy cardio - it's great at leveling the playing field since we both work as hard as possible for each of us and end up dripping in sweat and proud of getting through it.

 

 

I know that we're only half way through the challenge, but I can't help but think ahead to what my next challenge should be! I'm considering finding a naturopath to discuss some digestion/circulation/etc issues I have (since I never get anywhere with my GP and it's covered by my insurance). Maybe doing the 100 Burpee challenge - I think that you add one more every day to make it to 100 Burpees. I'm also toying with the idea of tackling the ridiculously long stairways that are throughout Edmonton - they're long wooden things that go on forever. Or at least conquer the one closest to my home. Edmonton is somewhat close to mountains, so there's lots of steep hillsides. Photo I found on Google (that's the top half of it):

Stairs+of+agony.JPG photo credit : Adventures of a Saskatchewan Girl

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Your back won't feel as bad when you tighten your core, at least in my experience.

My workouts have more strength-building again for my back (like donkey kicks) and I'm feeling much better now! Not perfect yet, but much improved.

 

 

 

I went to my GP yesterday for a new massage prescription and got to talking about some of the symptoms I've been concerned about. I'm aware that they indicate I may have mild hypothyroidism. He added on that they could also be diabetes, or depression. Yup, could be any of those. Seems like we finally had a good discussion. (I brought in a checklist of symptoms I printed off the internet - so much easier than trying to remember points, and apparently more effective.)

 

So he sent me off with a requisition for some blood work, a suggestion to start seeing a psychologist, and the name of an antidepressant to research (Wellbutrin). He's asked me to return next week (appointment booked) so that we can look at what the blood work indicates and see if I want/ought to go on the antidepressant. I haven't finished my internet researching, as I've only glanced through a few pages like WebMD. I've thought about seeing a therapist of some sort in the past, but never made any movement on that. My husband says I should try the happy pills if they'll help me. I'm undecided, but I think I might. Behaviour-modifying medication scares me..... and I feel like somehow this affects my self worth. It's a little hard to explain, but I think easy enough to understand. 

 

Thanks for listening/reading.

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I used Wellbutrin (known here in England as Zyban) to quit smoking.  That stuff is awesome!

 

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I am drooling over that staircase.  What a challenge!  I want one!!!  :)

 

Nice job on your workouts!  Awesome about your insanity workouts with your hubby.  I found that if I do those sorts of workouts by myself I slack off.  Glad you have a buddy to do it with!

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Good job on your workouts, the donkey kicks look like a nice exercise :).

 

About the meds: since I started my meds I think that they can really help, but that the side-effects are horrible. If your life is un-livable at the moment and you won't be able to therapy (or leave your chair, or get out of bed, or eat, etc.) without meds, then it is a no-brainer and take meds. However, I think you're not that far down, so meds might not be the best solution for you. I think it is very good you talked to your doctor about it, since will have a better idea about your health than random people on the internet.

 

Good luck with your therapy and everything else!

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End of week 4, and what a week I've had!

 

::Week 4 in review::

-Move- 5/7
M- Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 wk1 AND JM Kickboxing Fast Fix workout 2. Had cabin fever after being trapped home sick all day (egg and dairy hangover)
T- chiropractor follow-up adjustment, so taking it easy. Did a lot of walking.
W- just not feeling it today; skipped swim. Felt guilty. Did JM Ripped 1, Kickbox 3 before bed.
R- Kickbox 1
F- short swim, JM Ripped 1, Kickbox 1. Was craving my evening workout - that's a nice feeling. (And I had forgotten about the afternoon swim - I can now swim in a straight line again, hurray for chiropractors!)
S- worked today, so on my feet all day. Also needed a rest day.
N- Quiz tomorrow. Minimal activity today. Had to nap too.

-Mindful- 3/7
M- Some uncalled for snacks, but don't think I went overboard.
T- Discovered carob chips. The first few were good. Not addictive like chocolate, but still too much sugar so I haven't wanted those since.
W- Not too bad - I think I kept things within reason.
R & F- snacked when I got home and ended up skipping dinner.
S- Really liking dark chocolate and peanut butter lately.
N- Not so great. Noticing that things went downhill starting mid-week. I guess I reset tomorrow and will try not to repeat this pattern.

-Limit TV- 6/7
M- none.
T- 1
W- 1
R- 1, and so hard to walk away after that one.
F- 2
S- 3 :( so close.
N- none

After 2 before-bed baths, I've switched to doing most workouts right before bed. Still heats me up but I don't have to take as many showers in one day (my time is precious!).

 

I'm noticing that when I work on the weekend I'm drained of my energy. I had a 2 hour nap today after class and I don't feel that was enough. It's not even that work was intense - there was a low sample volume and even though instruments failed I did what I could and it didn't bother me (sometimes failing instruments are taken personally if they're finicky).

 

I'm still having trouble with my snacking. I think there's a few things at play here - I need to sleep more; I need more protein and fat; my body wants an earlier dinner, since I'll snack in the late afternoon and then be satisfied until around bed time. There may be other factors, but this is what is most noticeable to me right now. I paid attention to my water intake yesterday - it was at least 3 litres water, so I think I'm ok that way. I've dropped most sugary stuff (ok, except the cookies I made yesterday, which were taken to hubby's office today) for 85% dark chocolate, which is so nice! I'm letting myself have as much of it as I want, and I am noticing a slight decline every day with respect to how much I need to satisfy the craving. I definitely enjoy this chocolate more since it has a much lower sugar content.

 

Thank you to everyone for the insight on their opinions/experiences regarding the antidepressant. My doctor appointment is at the end of the week, so I'm in limbo right now. I am taking the first step in contacting a psychologist today (nervous, but she looks friendly enough on her website).

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