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The Gut Stops Here.

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by Boxer-in-training, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Boxer-in-training

    Boxer-in-training Well-Known Member

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    Crazy...

    On a whim and totally out of need for some inspiration and out of desperation, I hopped on over here to John Stone Fitness to get some motivation. It helped me a few years back when I was doing amateur boxing, so I decided that I needed some accountability again.

    So in the past three years since I have logged on here:

    1. I haven't boxed in 2 years due to some bad hand injuries with nerve damage that needed to be rested... after that, well I just hit burnout, and advanced to the Master's division with boxing which means that any chance of a fight in my neck of the woods would be very, very, very slim. The passion I felt just hasn't been there.

    2. Hubby had a major career change.

    3. Bought and remodeled a house two years ago.

    4. Youngest daughter ( age 8) was diagnosed with some different developmental disabilities which have required constant tweaking and adjusting and cause a bit of worry on my part, from time to time.

    5. Oldest daughter (age 10) is a competetive swimmere - year round - club swimming. It eats up a lot of time, driving her to practice and meets all over the state. But she loves it, and I enjoy watching her swim.

    In the meantime, I neglected myself, did some emotional eating, got lazy with the gym and packed on 50lbs.

    Yep, I am fat and out of shape...

    So I am ready to dial it back in, and I remember that this was the best place for accountability and to look for inspiration.

    I am going to think through my goals and what I want to accomplish and post those tomorrow.

    I think I need to change my user name also... :)
     
  2. livedog

    livedog Well-Known Member

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    Welcome back! I remember following your fantastic journal a few years ago. I'm looking forward to hearing how this leg of the journey goes. :gl:
     
  3. Gance

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    It sounds like you've been though a hell of a lot... Glad to see you are headed back and going to get back to your old self. You've done it before, you'll do it again and probably even faster due to having experience and the know how.

    Good luck :tucool:
     
  4. Boxer-in-training

    Boxer-in-training Well-Known Member

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    The Truth Hurts

    Reality sucks...

    It's worse than I thought. It always happens that way. I needed to get honest with myself and have some accountability. That is why I am here. So in order to be honest with myself, I have to be honest with you. Yep, no secrets. I am posting my NASTY before pictures, the weight, the stats - everything. I am going to log my workouts, my eating and post weekly measurement updates. Photos I will update monthly.

    My diet has been atrocious for the past couple of years. Last year for about 3-4 months, I did MediFast because a friend of mine was a "health coach" and talked me into it. I lost 33lbs. in just 3 months, spent $1,000 on food for the program and guess what?

    Drum Roll

    I gained it all back. :bang:

    Big surprise? Uh no.

    So no gimmicks. I am going to go with the tried and true. Working my a$$ off and counting calories. And it doesn't cost anything.

    I am so disgusted with myself. I saw myself in the mirror every day, but never thought it was "that bad." It really is THAT BAD. I should have taken pictures month, years ago. And to keep from scarring your retinas, I opted to wear long workout pants in the before pictures. The back fat is what kills me. Yuck.

    So here are my beginning stats:

    Weight: 213lbs.... no bueno
    Height: 6"0 - that will not change :D
    Chest: 36.5"
    Bicep: 14"..... of fat, not muscle
    Top of leg: 28.5"
    Calf: 15.5"
    Waist: 41"
    Hips: 48"

    Blech.

    I would like to get my weight down to 150lbs. I feel good at that weight. I would like to wear a size 10 in women's pants, an 8 would be really nice!

    My goal date is to reach 150lbs. by August 12,2010 - a big family reunion with all of my siblings, their kids and spouses and my parents. I am in charge of it this year. I think I can reach that goal before then, if I really buckle down. That is 63lbs. and I have around 20 weeks. That is about 3lbs. a week. I know I can do it. Feel good and look good again.

    1. Food Goals: 5-6 small meals a day, evenly spaced out, somewhere between 1500-1600 calories. Each containing a protein and carb and fat. I plan on having on indulgence once a week, no more than 500 calories above my calorie intake for that day. I don't plan on letting myself have an indulgence for a couple of weeks because I really just need to purge myself of all of the crap I have been consuming.

    2. Drink 100oz. of water each day. I am a big Diet Pepsi drinker and have a goal to wean myself off of that crap over the next week.

    3. Exercise Goals: 6 days a week, taking Sunday off. Two of those days will include weight training, full body, compound movements. I will do cardio 6 days a week. Three of those days will include HIIT - heartrate in the 170-180 range and the other days I will do 60 minutes of cardio - with heartrate in the 150-160 range. I always wear a heart rate monitor when I work out.

    4. I will plan out my meals the night before instead of winging it the next day.

    5. Gradually work on getting a better sleep schedule. I stay up too late and go back to bed sometimes after I drop the kids off at school.... so lazy I know. But NO MORE!!!

    O.K. that's it for now. Come with me on my journey. I could use some motivation and perhaps find some inspiration from others as well!

    Hopefully the before photos won't scare you off, after viewing them! Just another example when life gets very difficult at times and you let yourself go.
     

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  5. livedog

    livedog Well-Known Member

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    You're going to do great! You've got a plan and the determination to see it through. Anyone that can get punched in the face and go back for more can surely whip this :tu:
     
  6. Boxer-in-training

    Boxer-in-training Well-Known Member

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    Sexy Back... uh yeah.

    Thank you for the vote of confidence.:)

    Day 1 went well. I stayed within my calories etc. Hit the gym, armed with my positive attitude, my iPod shuffle playing "Sexy Back" by Justin Timberlake, and I got to work. I did 50 minutes on the stationary bike. Thirty five minutes of that, my heart rate stayed between 165 and 170... so that was good. Then I did some upper body weights and did some lunges with weights. I am going to feel it tomorrow.

    I have an entire drawer filled with cute workout clothes that are way too small. I am not the type of gal to throw them on anyway and have muffin top spilling over the top and sides. That's just a bit too hoochie for my taste. It will be nice, eventually to be able to retire the sad, pathetic gray t-shirt with The words "Old Navy" spelled out in red. It's big and comfy and covers the excess fat, and I wear it quite frequently to the gym, but not without washing it in between workouts. :tu:

    I am suspecting I have another sinus infection... One of the unpleasant perks from the boxing days is that the sinuses just don't drain and I suffer from chronic sinusitus. I just had a sinus infection the end of January. My Dr. keeps pushing me to have surgery done, so perhaps sometime this year I will get it done.

    Onto tomorrow...
     
  7. Boxer-in-training

    Boxer-in-training Well-Known Member

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    I am convinced that the definition of torturing one's self while trying to clean up their diet, is to sit and watch FoodNetwork for an hour or so.

    Tonight I got sucked into an episode of "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" - chilled foods.

    Ah, the pure torture. After seeing pistachio gelato, and Eskimo Bars, I had to flip it to something else, go drink some water and pop in a stick of gum.

    The grumpies are settling in with me, and I have been struggling with the attitude today. I had to force my butt out of the door this afternoon to go to the gym and get in some good cardio. If I hadn't written down my goals and posted such unflattering pictures, I probably would have stayed home and later, sent hubby out to get me some Chocolate covered Bismarks, or something like that.

    I did some elliptical and some bike at the gym for about 40 minutes. It was hard to get in the zone. When I get a little more weight off, I will do some running.

    In the meantime, I will just keep telling myself that I am unhappy with how I am now, and wish to improve on it. Then look at my before pictures several times. That always helps. :D
     
  8. Maya

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    We call it "food porn" LOL

    Oh, and I wanted to say "hi". I remember you when you were posting few years ago :)
     
  9. kree-kree

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    I too remember you as well! Welcome back! I look forward to following your new journey!
     
  10. Boxer-in-training

    Boxer-in-training Well-Known Member

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    Food Porn...:lol::lol::lol::lol:

    That was classic. Thanks for the laugh! And thanks for the welcome back from you both. Hope I haven't disappointed too many people with my fitness backslide.:o I appreciate you just jumping in here and saying "hi."

    Today my daughter, the competetive swimmer wanted to get to the gym and do some laps. Right now she is on a two week break. Short course season (yards) just ended about a week ago, and Long Course Season (meters), starts up on the 5th. After swimming 5 days a week and competing on the weekends, she was ready for the break. Well, she has been out of the pool for about 10 days and was itching to get back in. So I took her with me to the gym and she did a super easy workout, with maybe 500 yards... just enough to satisfy her and then she was off and playing. The break those kids have is good for them mentally, particularly when they are swimming and competing year round.

    So back to the pool...

    I opted to throw on an aqua jogger, go to the deep end of the pool and aqua jog for 30 minutes. For about 20 minutes of that, I used aqua dumbbells for part of that and pumped those and my legs up and down, and various other exercises, simulating chest flies, etc.
    Sometimes it is hard to gauge how hard you are working in a pool of water. I was sweating, but knew that I had gotten a hard workout in, once I stepped out of the pool and my legs felt like Jell-O.

    I was a bit wiped out for a couple of hours afterwards.

    Getting the water drinking in, and staying away from the Diet Pepsi is QUITE challenging. Yes, I know how bad it is for my body, and that water is superior... It is just difficult to shake the desire of having that cold fizzy drink running down my throat. :p

    I don't know how close my calories have been on, but I have been eating a TON of vegetables, and that is good!

    My main priority right now, is getting in the habit of hitting the gym everyday, and making it a habit. Once I hit three weeks of doing that consistently, I know that it will be a lot easier and I won't have to think twice about it.
     
  11. Maya

    Maya Well-Known Member

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    Ah please, girl! We've been there. On the wagon and off the wagon.
    I myself just got back from almost 2 year break (looking skinnyfat).
     
  12. misterjingo

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    Have you tried any sodas with Splenda in them? They are supposed to be better for you than the Aspartame based ones. When I started I was drinking probably a six pack a day. I noticed that they were making me very hungry so I switched to the Splenda drinks. Eventually I stopped drinking them and focused on water. Now I can drink them when I want something different and not drink them all the time. I know if I can do it you can too!! :tucool:
     
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    Of all the changes I made to my own nutrition, I think this was the one that made the biggest difference.

    You've got a great plan ready to go. :gl:
     
  14. livedog

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    Life happens.

    Sounds like a great workout!

    I'm the same way. There is something about the feeling of soda on the palette. I'm with you on working on it!

    Are you, or will you be, mixing in any of your previous boxing training?
     
  15. Boxer-in-training

    Boxer-in-training Well-Known Member

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    I am thinking about it. I have a heavy bag still hanging in the garage, a speedbag, a double end bag. I pass them every time I have to do laundry, which is daily, and yet I have only used them maybe a handful of times in the past 2 years. I feel guilty. I truly hit burnout 2 years ago, and my focus became on other things. I was a bit disgruntled with my coach as well... long story.

    So thanks for asking. I intend on adding in one or two days of bag work this week. Just need to figure out what I will do to get inspired again.
     
  16. Boxer-in-training

    Boxer-in-training Well-Known Member

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    Hadn't thought about the Splenda substitution instead. I may try that. I am going to try and go cold turkey tomorrow with the soda.
     
  17. Boxer-in-training

    Boxer-in-training Well-Known Member

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    What a difference a day makes. Had a CRAPPY, CRAPPY day yesterday... eating cookies, no workout, youngest daughter was having an "off day" and let everyone know it, and the weather was yucky.

    Today, I am back on track. Hit the gym this morning and did 55 minutes of cardio, heart rate peaked at 172 for a portion of it. It was a mixture of stationary bike and the precor Ellipticals for the last 15 minutes of it. Then I did full body weights/ strength training. Boy, what a difference working out makes for the mind.

    Still struggling with the Diet Pepsi, but my water consumption is way up and I can feel a positive difference.

    In the past few days, I have seen two documentaries, Killer at Large: Why obesity is America's greatest Threat and Foodinc.

    Both were really good and had me thinking even more about my food choices. I will say that I am happy that for the most part, my girls are good eaters. My 8 year old will eat anything and doesn't turn up her nose at any food. She loves to watch FoodNetwork with her dad and dreams of being a chef when she grows up. My 10 year old is just a tad picky, but not too bad. She likes most vegetables, with the exception of green peas. Onions are her favorite vegetables. As for fruit, the only fruit she doesn't care for is grapes and bananas. Other than those items, she likes all other fruit and vegetables.

    However, it has me thinking even more about organic choices in produce, but PARTICULARLY meat. I am not a huge meat eater. I was a vegetarian for about 6 years at one point in my life. I just don't crave it like other things ( sugar anyone? ;) ). After watching Foodinc. , I am more determined to buy free range organic meats for the family, when we do have meat. I am going to have to research cheese a little more. We are a big cheese eating family... all kinds. My girls especially love the expensive specialty cheeses as well.

    Fortunately, I live in an area that embraces organics and it is readily available. I am looking forward to this summer when all of the produce is in season.

    Looking forward to this Friday when I will do measurements and weigh myself to see what kind of results I may have had in the past week. :)
     
  18. livedog

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    Congrats on a good workout!

    I'm with you. I have upped my intake, which isn't saying much as a little is better than none in my case.

    Thanks for the recommendations. I've heard about Food Inc, but not the other. Have you seen "Food Revolution" with Jamie Oliver?

    My wife and I have been discussing this topic a lot as our son is one and really just getting into a lot of table food, so we want to be conscious that he is getting, at least at our house, healthy stuff for him.

    This is where we struggle. The closet place that has organic meat for us, that I know of, is about 40 minutes away. We are still looking into it though.

    I am positive your hard work will show up!
     
  19. misterjingo

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    Here is a link to a company that certifies various meats:

    Animal Welfare Approved
     
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