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Hi guys!

 

When I was in my first year in grad school 2013, I started challenges and lost a good 20 pounds. However, between the stresses of school, family, back injuries and dealing with anxiety, I got thrown off track. Boo.

 

But now I'm back! And I'm trying to let it stick for real this time. So let's go!

 

Diet

Log my food intake every day using My Fitness Pal (I'm jazzyrags if you want to follow me there :) )http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/jazzyrag

Eat dinner before 6pm 5 times a week

 

Fitness

Walk 30 minutes a day   30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week

 

Level Up My Life

5 minutes of meditation/prayer daily.

 

Thing is, when I start, I'm all in. But when I get stressed, depressed, or my anxiety sets in all my momentum comes to a screeching halt. Hoping that meditation will help that, if you have any suggestions please let me know! 

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I hear ya on the school and anxiety front!  Meditation can be so helpful with that, I've also found yoga to be really helpful with staying on track in the midst of those struggles. 

I really like guided meditations (just from YouTube) because it's easier to stay focused. 

Definitely following, good luck! :) 

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Thanks! Do you have any meditations that you recommend, and if so can you post hem here? I'd love to try it!

 

Yea, the struggle is real. I'm out of school now, but I'm doing a full time gig with a 3 hour roundtrip commute while studying for the MCAT. Stuff's cray. But I decided that making my sanity and my physical health a priority over it all is more than worth giving a try.

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Heya, Buddy!  I'm gonna be checking in on you frequently and making sure you are doing well!  If you get stressed, depressed, or anxiety ridden - you just give me a holler and I will lend an ear and offer help.  I'm not gonna let you quit. :) 

 

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7 minutes ago, minx34 said:

Thanks! Do you have any meditations that you recommend, and if so can you post hem here? I'd love to try it!

This one is a nice one specifically for anxiety.  His voice is super calming which is really nice. (17 minutes long)

This one is my absolute favourite!  Really good for remembering to look at things in perspective.  I had an aha moment the first time I listened to it. ;)  (10 minutes)

You can search specifically for different things too like meditations for concentration/depression/relaxation/motivation and things like that or shorter/longer ones depending on what you want.  There are 5 minute ones out there too that would match up with your goal. :) 

 

7 minutes ago, minx34 said:

Yea, the struggle is real. I'm out of school now, but I'm doing a full time gig with a 3 hour roundtrip commute while studying for the MCAT. Stuff's cray. But I decided that making my sanity and my physical health a priority over it all is more than worth giving a try.

That sounds brutal!  Is your gig related to your field of study?  I'm in my last year of nursing school and will be starting my final preceptorship and intense studying for the NCLEX next semester and what I've finally learned is that prioritizing mental/physical health actually does make it easier to cope with all of life's other demands.  Now it's just about retraining myself to actually do the healthy things!  :P 

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13 hours ago, Laidir said:

This one is a nice one specifically for anxiety.  His voice is super calming which is really nice. (17 minutes long)

This one is my absolute favourite!  Really good for remembering to look at things in perspective.  I had an aha moment the first time I listened to it. ;)  (10 minutes)

 

Thanks for the share! Looking forward to trying them this week :)

 

13 hours ago, Laidir said:

That sounds brutal!  Is your gig related to your field of study? 

Kind of! It's case management, but it's all on the phone talking with clinic staff with no patient interaction -.-

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So, got home and walked around my apartment for 30 minutes yesterday! (woot!) I'll start meditation today. I was going to do it this morning, but I had a hard time escaping the cuddle monster that is my hubby hubs. So I'll probably try it during a work break :)

 

Also logging food, and I'm on day 2 packing my dinner to eat at work.. My doctor told me to shoot for 1400 calories a day. I read on a blog somewhere that for weight loss, 1200 calories will get more visible results. What do y'all think?

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2 hours ago, minx34 said:

Thanks for the share! Looking forward to trying them this week :)

 

No problem, I hope they work for you! :) 

 

2 hours ago, minx34 said:

Kind of! It's case management, but it's all on the phone talking with clinic staff with no patient interaction -.-

 

Oh thatust be frustrating! 

Good luck with the MCAT studies!

 

It sounds like you're off to a good start!  I'd recommend trying the suggested 1400 and then adjust if that doesn't work for you.  I'd imagine it will be a smoother transition if you don't cut calories drastically all at once. 

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1 hour ago, Laidir said:

Good luck with the MCAT studies!

 

It sounds like you're off to a good start!  I'd recommend trying the suggested 1400 and then adjust if that doesn't work for you.  I'd imagine it will be a smoother transition if you don't cut calories drastically all at once. 

 

Thanks!! I'll go with 1400 then :) Thanks for the advice!

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12 hours ago, Akdavis1814 said:

Hard to turn down cuddle time I think! 

 

You are off to a great start! I think it is a huge success when we can zero in on whatever our biggest hurdles might be. Knowing what throws you off track and actively finding solutions to mitigate it.  Using this space as accountability is going to be one of your weapons! 

Thank you! And you make such a great point. Often times I get derailed because my melancholy takes over, and there is no one to really keep me accountable. My hubs tries, but instead of nudging me to continue, he'll let me go. I think writing about it to you guys will definitely help.

 

Diet

So, logged in My fitness pal today! Found that staying under 1400 calories (not including calories) can be a bit difficult under my current diet, so thinking of ways to change. I think dinner earlier definitely helps, its just keeping myself from unconsciously snacking at home or going to the coffee bean for cookies that I need to work on. 

 

I think I'm going to try to make a habit loop to get used to eating dinner early. I have to take my acid reflux meds 30 minutes before I eat. So I'll take the meds at 4:30, microwave my food at 4:55, and take the time between 5:00 and 5:30 to leasurely eat before I study. It's currently a challenge because my stomach isn't used to eating dinner at this time, but hopefully by making it a habit, it'll adjust :)

 

Also, I find myself missing the gym because I have to go home and make dinner/lunch for the next day. Need to start meal prepping on the weekends, but I noticed when I did that in the past my hubs and I would get bored with the meals by mid week and would either cook or eat out. Any advice to try meal prepping again and sticking with it? Maybe I should make meals on Sundays and Wednesdays to switch meals up?

 

Exercise

Got my 30 minutes in on Monday, but missed it yesterday -.- I went to the apartment first and not the gym, and I think the sloth monster took over. Maybe if I go straight to the gym after work...?

 

Level Up

So far I've been doing a quick prayer in my car before work since I tend to get to the parking lot about 20 minutes early instead of the usual nap before work. I still don't feel anything from it, but maybe because I've just started? I'll keep giving it a shot and see if the reflection is helpful :)

 

Side Note

Started rereading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg for inspiration on changing my habits. Hoping it helps  

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Congrats on your work! Eating well and getting physical activity and other self care stuff like meditation can really give your brain a boost for studying, so smart move!

Also, I don't know if it's ever an issue for you, but don't forget to try to get good sleep too. It's so important for brain and body health, and one of the easiest things to fall behind in when test stress is looming. (I've been there, it's nearly impossible to keep studying MCAT material when you're half asleep)

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15 minutes ago, oakjedi said:

Congrats on your work! Eating well and getting physical activity and other self care stuff like meditation can really give your brain a boost for studying, so smart move!

Also, I don't know if it's ever an issue for you, but don't forget to try to get good sleep too. It's so important for brain and body health, and one of the easiest things to fall behind in when test stress is looming. (I've been there, it's nearly impossible to keep studying MCAT material when you're half asleep)

Yeah. It's tough because there are only so many hours in the day. I feel guilty because by the time I go to the gym and come home, I only have an hour to cook dinner AND spend time with my husband.

 

I end up going to bed around 10:30pm/11pm and struggling to get up in the morning at 5, end up getting up at 5:45 repeatedly attacking the snooze button. Ideally I would go to bed at 10:30pm and get up at 5am so I can get to work early and study, but that's only 6.5 hours of sleep *sigh*

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4 minutes ago, minx34 said:

Yeah. It's tough because there are only so many hours in the day. I feel guilty because by the time I go to the gym and come home, I only have an hour to cook dinner AND spend time with my husband.

 

I end up going to bed around 10:30pm/11pm and struggling to get up in the morning at 5, end up getting up at 5:45 repeatedly attacking the snooze button. Ideally I would go to bed at 10:30pm and get up at 5am so I can get to work early and study, but that's only 6.5 hours of sleep *sigh*

 

I hear you. Reminds me of my schedule when I had to take my boards. I personally started to do advance dinner prep that would cover us at least a few days, sometimes making two different things in a week. Because it was all too easy otherwise for me to say "I have no energy, want to get food out" ...especially once that sleep deficit started to add up. Rice is a really easy option for advance prep with the potential to change things up... ex: rice w/Indian food, rice with stir fry, rice & beans, etc. I've also done a bunch of chicken breasts, served grilled, then maybe shredded in tacos or on sandwiches, etc. Frozen bags of veggies can be your friend here too. I never really succeeded with a meal prep calendar, but those work for some.

 

As far as sleep time goes, you might try to practice the date night thing - pick 1-2 days a week to try to spend a longer amount of time together, and catch up on sleep on the other days. (Hey, it's practice for the clinical years of med school..)

 

Another way to get things done - you might be able to some multitask gym & study time (books on stationary bikes, study lecture/podcasts, etc).

 

 

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48 minutes ago, minx34 said:

I end up going to bed around 10:30pm/11pm and struggling to get up in the morning at 5, end up getting up at 5:45 repeatedly attacking the snooze button. Ideally I would go to bed at 10:30pm and get up at 5am so I can get to work early and study, but that's only 6.5 hours of sleep *sigh*

Exactly this for me!  I have TWO alarms clocks with TWO snoozes going off and I peel myself out of bed around 6:00am (even though the alarm has been going off since 5:30).  And then the evening comes and I am so wired that I'm not ready for bed until around 11:00pm.  I'd have to go to bed at 9:30 to get a full 8 hours and I don't see that happening anytime soon.

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So far, I've hit my stride with logging my food, meditating before work, and even eating dinner early. I haven't quite gotten to the walking part yet, mainly because of the meal prep think I mentioned. But I have been walking about 5 minutes around the apartment to compensate.

 

I've been bummed out about it, but I think maybe I should focus on what I should accomplish, and give it another go next week. At least I got 3/4 habits down most of this week ^_^

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Hi peeps! Here are my updates:

 

So, ever since I started logging in my meals and eating dinner earlier, I've notice that I've been much closer to my calorie goal! My goal is 1400 calories a day. I started off really close to 2000, but over the course of the week, I was able to get closer to my goal, clocking in at 1500 calories. And even during the weekend, when I ate out, my portions were much smaller, so I was able to stay the course of 1400 or less. Crazy!

 

Also, for meditation, I really have not felt the impact until I did a guided meditation today. I was short on time before work, so I picked the first positive energy one I found on youtube and meditated in my car. In the first few minutes I had to fight back the initial feelings I have, like "this is so cheesy" etc. But as I focused on my breathing and stopped judging the words, I was able to get out of my own head. I felt so relaxed and confident afterward. Maybe the fact that it was guided helped me ignore the self talk and random thoughts that pop up in my head when I try to meditate. Here's hoping that it wasn't a fluke, and that I have similar results tomorrow morning! **fingers crossed** 

 

And finally, I'm going to the gym today, finally. Got all the clothes. Scheduled the time. Didn't forget my YMCA card. There are no excuses. This week I'm going to for sure tackle my other goal: walking 30 minutes a day. I'm going to do some circuit training as well ^_^

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Also, I saw a therapist for the first time on Friday. Used 20 seconds of courage to call them Friday, and got scheduled the same day! She seemed nice, but not sure if we have clicked just yet (it was only for an hour). She wants me to meet with her once a week, but I'm not sure if I want to do that since I'd have to pay the co pay.

 

Any thoughts? Does going once a week in the beginning helps, or would going biweekly/monthly be just as sufficient?

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Respawning! Had my 13 yo niece over for my 3 day weekend and went to Universals, so I took a bit of a break. But I'm back! Didn't get to meal prep yesterday so I'll be having a late dinner (boo). But I'm going to cook something for tomorrow so that I'll be able to eat early :)

 

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