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March 24, 2015


 


Exercise


  • Walked to practice from work.

Food


  • Breakfast: Toast with peanut butter and honey. Also tea.
  • Lunch: Cottage cheese and pineapple - tasty!
  • Dinner: I was really proud of myself because I went to my usual cafe, which makes the best cinnamon buns in town... and I had a mixed greens salad with walnuts and cranberries instead.
  • Late: But then I went out with my Conservatory group to the pub and had a cider and a piece of spinach pizza. Two steps forward, one step back.

Notes


  • I've been having trouble sleeping. Gotta bring snacks to work and practice for the next few weeks, you're right Shadow.
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Yeah. I may try a formal 'diet' at some point, but right now I think it would be counterproductive. Even recording my food like I have is difficult for me.

 

Re: MFP, it's actually a technology problem! I don't have a smartphone or one that connects to the internet, so the two apps I'd really like to use for health (MFP and Zombies, Run!) are not available to me.

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March 25, 2015


 


Exercise


  • About a half hour walk, but no pilates. Was up between 12 and 4 again and I couldn't get up.

Food


  • Breakfast: Had a fuck it moment. Hot chocolate and a croissant.
  • Lunch: The rest of the cottage cheese and pineapple.
  • Snack: Tortilla chips. But I brought in a bag of baby carrots for next week!
  • Dinner: Wonderful carrot and apple soup. I feel pretty good about that.

Notes


  • Singing lesson tonight. Hooray!

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March 26, 2015


 


Exercise


  • Good walk, no gym time.

Food


  • Breakfast: Oatmeal.
  • Lunch: Minestrone soup (proper stuff with real veggies) and pesto and a roll. Tasty.
  • Dinner: Fast food... but not terrible fast food? A chicken/lettuce sandwich with no mayo.

Notes


  • I love singing so much. I know it sounds repetitive, but I thought I would start to get frustrated after a while and I just... haven't. It makes me so happy.

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March 27, 2015

What a weird day!


Exercise

  • Walked downtown to visit a friend I haven't seen in years, chilled out on the fire escape with him.

Food

  • Breakfast: Late breakfast, corn soup.
  • Lunch: ...I had ice cream for lunch. Sort of. At like three o' clock.
  • Dinner: Chicken kebab, rice and a green salad.

Notes

  • Pretty good show and I hate the dentist. That said, no cavities! Huzzah!
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March 28, 2015


 


Exercise


  • Nope. Nope. Nope.

Food


  • Breakfast: Went out for breakfast, French toast and tea.
  • Lunch: Cleaned out the freezer and ate what wasn't fitting in there anymore... so a big thing of green beans (cooked them with almonds) and some perogies.
  • Dinner: Did I haven dinner? I don't think so. But I did have 'lunch' at like 4pm, so.

Notes


  • Ahhh I wanted pizza so bad last night kill me. I did not have it though, no I did not.

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March 29, 2015


 


Exercise


  • Did pilates (by myself) and stretched and walked. Finally.

Food


  • Breakfast: Peanut butter and honey on toast. For some reason I feel like honey is healthier than jam... but my smart-brain is telling me that is not true?
  • Lunch: Leftover piazza and a nectarine.
  • Dinner: I was not hungry, so I didn't eat dinner. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing.

Notes


  • Back to work tomorrow, eugh.

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Trying out a new thing where I record as I go along, so I don't have to wrack my brains at the end of the day to remember what I ate.


 


March 30, 2015


 


Exercise


  • Walked 30 minutes.

Food


  • Breakfast: Pineapple and a small amount of cottage cheese. Tea.
  • Lunch: Green beans with almonds, and a knish from Solly's.
  • Snack: Cinnamon bun.
  • Dinner: Leftover spaghetti.

Notes


  • I gave notice at my job today! Terrified, but excited at the same time.
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Sort of. The work I am looking for now is contract-based, so I'm not jumping from one full-time job to another. I just couldn't handle staring at a screen all day. Excited to get back on set. Nervous about not having... benefits. Or a regular salary. I knew I had to quit when I started crying at work a lot. But it is scary to leave something secure, even if you are unhappy there.

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March 31, 2015


 


Exercise


  • Pilates with Katherine! We were both very proud that we did our workout even though Lisa is away on vacation.

Food


  • Breakfast: Croissant and tea.
  • Lunch: Green beans and tomato soup with a roll.
  • Dinner: Thwarted by bacon! I went to the Portside for the show and ordered a kale salad, no bacon. Don't know where the mixup was, but lo there was bacon indeed. So I ate my friends potato skins instead. A poor substitute. I get frustrated when I make an effort to do something properly and it doesn't go, then I get discouraged and give up. Which is probably the real issue now that I type it out.

Notes


  • Geeks versus nerds tonight! It'll be nice to be an audience member instead of a player and get to relax.

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April 1, 2015


 


Exercise


  • None. Zero.

Food


  • Breakfast: Oatmeal and a hash brown.
  • Lunch: Caesar salad with chicken.
  • Snack: The most delicious and inappropriate brownie.
  • Dinner: Butter chicken with rice and naan. I feel good because the restaurant we were at served an enormous portion and I was able to stop eating at an appropriate time and take the rest home.

Notes


  • I have thoughts about where I am right now fitness-wise and I am going to write them down when I have time.

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Ugh. I could go back in my mind to record everything that happened this long weekend.

But I'm not going to.

 

I've had a really hard time this week, and if I'm being honest, for the past couple weeks as well.

 

Things that are good:

 

  • I've moved from long periods of fasting interspersed with bingeing to a new 'normal' of three meals a day plus a snack.
  • I still enjoy pilates and can see myself doing them long-term.
  • I've cut back on pastries and hot chocolate.
  • I have held to the pizza twice a month rule.

Things that are bad:

  • Now that I'm eating regularly, I spend way more money on food since my planning is still not good.
  • I need to go grocery shopping more often and make time to cook.
  • Working out has been intermittent at best.
  • I still eat pastries and hot chocolate.

I think it's time for a more structured eating plan. I simply can't afford, financially or physiologically, to continue as I have been. Too much eating out, not enough cooking at home. It may take some time to find a system that works, but it's time to start building. As for exercise... I know it is just a willpower thing. The time I have available is early in the morning before work, and I just cherish that sleep so much.

 

Hoping that posting these feelings and thoughts will help me alleviate my shame and refocus on what to do next.

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I totally blew off exercise and water drinking the last week of the challenge, so I feel you.

 

I'm having issues with exercise too, mainly because I haven't found anything that I really like enough to keep doing it long-term.  DDPYoga is fun, sort of, but not something I want to do every single day. 

The bodyweight exercises I was doing for the challenge were okay, but it felt too much like gym class, to be honest. 

I'm going to try either kettlebells or I'm going to buy a set of rings, I think, though I need to find a place to hang them.  Or maybe I just need to go to the park and try climbing all over the jungle gyms and monkey bars.

Is that an option for you?

 

Don't beat yourself up over bad choices already made, dollface.  There is no shame.  There is only getting up and going again.

SW (this time) -- 260 lbs
GW (June 1) -- 220 lbs

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I get knocked down... but I get up again! Y'never gonna keep me down!

(Did you know that Chumbawumba was an incredibly diverse anarcho-punk band that made fabulous music for over 35 years?)

 

May 11, 2015

 

Exercise

  • 6am walk/run, mo-fos. About forty-five minutes, around Trout Lake. 
  • And then straight to pilates. I feel like a goddamn virtuous person, then I remembered my roomie does this every day.

Food

  • Breakfast: Croissant and tea
  • Lunch: Homemade tomato soup and roasted cauliflower.
  • Dinner: Tried to find food on Granville - bought a beef smokie but it was gross, so I didn't eat it.
  • Late: Hot chocolate and a scone-thing.

Notes

  • I missed tracking my food and exercise, so I decided to start doing it again. Weird.
  • Someone told me gardening is actually pretty good exercise, if it's aggressive enough. I am a very aggressive gardener, so we will see what happens.

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August 7, 2015


 


A horse! Let us get back on it.


 


Exercise


  • None.

Food


  • Breakfast: A banana and granola bar.
  • Lunch: I made nice soup! Sweet potato and carrot with some apple and roast cauliflower. It was good, but I'm really hungry.
  • Dinner: Chicken sandwich and a donut.
  • Late: Pizza and carrots at Luke's birthday party.
  • Alcohol: A gin and tonic which turned out to be way stronger than I thought.

Notes


  • Things to try - yoga, swimming, that bodyweight workout. 
  • I didn't eat enough for breakfast and lunch, I think... and that made 'dinner' way out of whack.

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