Weigh In Wednesday: When Life Hands You Lemons

So I’ve been absent from my blog again for a while. I thought I’d try to give an explanation of where I have been, but you know I’m not good at being concise! I kind of need to get some things off my chest, in a cathartic way, so I can move on. (Read: thank you, if you read the whole thing!)

The last time I posted, over three months ago, I was thrilled to have pulled out a 10K. It appeared things were on the up and up for me. But right after that, I was hit with more bad news. This year has already been hard enough, and I wasn’t sure I could take any more.

And while there were actually some good times during the last few months, it was mostly difficult. The majority of the time I was not focused on my health or weight loss at all. Mostly I ate and drank whatever I wanted in absurdly large quantities, and I sat on my couch. All I wanted was comfort and to zone out. I took on that mentality of “I’m already suffering enough, so I don’t want to have to suffer through work outs and not eating what I want.”

And at some point over the last few months, I even stopped weighing in on a weekly basis. I had done this religiously, even when I was “bad,” since June 2011. I didn’t want to face what I was doing to myself. And since I rarely tracked any food as well, I was once again paying Weight Watchers money to gain weight.

There were a few times I tried to get back on that wagon, but it never lasted. I said so many times the typical, “I’ll start tomorrow.” I think because I had already started gaining weight back beginning last August, I stopped believing that I could do this anymore. And as of last week’s weigh in, I had officially gained back half of the weight I originally lost.

What was I doing? What happened to healthy me? This wasn’t supposed to happen. I am ashamed. I am mortified. I feel like a failure.

I had stopped caring. I stopped trying. I was sticking my head in the sand and pretending it wasn’t happening. I had turned back into the “fat girl” I used to be. Not at the same weight, but the same mindset. The “who cares, my life sucks, I might as well do what I want, and be fat so I can hide behind it and use that as an excuse for everything” mindset. Avoiding mirrors and social events and dating. Hating clothes shopping again. Not putting on a bathing suit and going to the beach or the pool anymore again. I hate all this about myself, yet I’m the one doing it to myself.

But here’s another revelation. I still don’t love to work out or eat healthy most the time! There, I said it! See, I thought I had changed into this girl who loves to cook fresh foods and run 5Ks, but I easily lost interest. If I never had to cook or run again, I’d be A-Okay! I wish with all my heart that I turned into that girl who fell in love with running or crossfit or Zumba or whatever and can’t live without it, like I see in all these success stories and blogs. I wish I was that girl who became so excited about healthy foods that they now cook all their own meals with only fresh foods all the time. I wish I were those people that poo-pooed the Doritos Loaded when it came out because it is so unhealthy, but the first thing I thought was, get me to a 7-Eleven!

And add to all this being sick of tracking and measuring and constantly thinking about what I am putting in my mouth, and how much is a normal portion, and what is the nutrition value, and when can I fit in my next work out, and how many activity points have I earned, and… yada, yada, yada! I just wanted to spend some time not thinking about any of that… I just wanted to live. Just do what I do and eat what I eat. And I know there are people out there who believe that I don’t have to think about those things… I wish I was that person who grasped the idea of intuitive eating and was able to stop tracking everything and maintain their weight. My emotional eating did not just go away! I still don’t have a “stop, you’re full” button. And I can still eat trans fat filled french fries like it’s my job.

Clearly, my cravings and old habits aren’t just going to disappear, and that is something I have to accept and fight against. And I’ve reached goal before, so I know I am capable, and I know what works for me. Unfortunately, it’s all those things I just said I don’t want to do. But was I absolutely miserable when I was doing those things before? No. Was it super easy? No, but the benefits outweighed that, and it certainly wasn’t torture. Hey, I actually do like some vegetables, remember!?! I just used to be mentally “there,” but the past few months, I have not been.

When life handed me lemons (lots of them!),  I did not make lemonade. I made them into cakes and pasta and cocktails and ate them all! Maybe that was the only way I could cope. Maybe I wasn’t ready every time I tried to start again. Frankly, I’m scared that I’m still not. However, I know that I need to be able to face life’s challenges without it affecting my weight so much, and ultimately my health. Eating well and working out helps stress and depression, yet I turned away from it.

So looking back on all this, I know logically that I cannot continue to do this. I am sabotaging myself. I hate the way I look and feel, and I am only hurting myself both physically and emotionally. I will be over 200 pounds again soon if I continue on this path, and I’m sure my health is already suffering.

And then this past week, I was mentally “there” again. Gaining half my weight back may have scared me into it, but if I can stay mentally “there,” I won’t gain any more! Of course, I hate that I’ve gained weight and lost my way for a while, but something can always be learned from a set back. Maybe it will make me really work harder down the road to avoid this happening again. And I learned that I’m still not perfect. And I never was. I know that I was harder on myself when reached goal, which was unrealistic, and that backfired on me. I know that I am not any of those people I wish I could be, and it’s ok. I cannot compare myself to anyone. I am me. I am unique. I know what works for me.

Alexis {Diva on a Diet}'s Official Weigh In July 23, 2014And I had a pretty damn good week! And you know I wasn’t perfect! Think big ol’ burger, drinks, and dessert! But I tracked everything. I got activity in 6 days any way I could. I ate more vegetables and fruits than I have eaten in months. And I lost weight.

Now, I know I keep talking about this “goal weight.” I’ll always weigh myself because it gives me direction. My goal is set only to try to get close to it. But if I never reach it, I don’t care. Just aiming for it keeps me doing what I need to do to be healthier. I’m really trying to be more focused on doing what I can. Eating right as much as I can, and getting activity in as much as I can, while still having a life and without guilt or shame for not being what I think I or anyone else thinks I should be doing! My goal is to get back to the healthier, more in control girl that I had become. Not perfect. Persistent. I need to remember my mantras, rely on my support system (that means you guys too!), and believe in myself again. :)

(And speaking of guilt…  Work and life is actually keeping me pretty busy, so I don’t know how often I’ll be around. I used to guilt myself about that too. So let’s just say, I’ll be around when I can, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love ya and appreciate the heck outta ya! P.S. If you read all the way to the end, you are a trooper!)

~Weigh In Status: 35.4 lbs up from “goal” (you can see my entire weight loss log here.)~

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It Doesn’t Matter How Fast You Run

6.2 Miles - Just Keep Going. Eventually you'll get there.

I know, I haven’t even done my “Weekly Weigh In” post from last Wednesday. And I’m trying to be better about it, but I’m sure I’ll re-cap it in my next update. I just feel that the number on my scale pales in compared to what happened today.

I have my first 8K race this coming Saturday. My training plan, as usual, got derailed. During what I thought would be an 8-week trek to maybe increasing my pace and getting to 5 miles again, in usual high-expectation-fashion, left me scared.

I got strep throat and a sinus infection for a large part of this plan. And when I don’t run every day, I get scared. Scared that I can’t live up to what I was before. I start hating running. It’s so weird.

But today, I faced that fear. I told myself that “I can do it.” That it doesn’t matter how fast I go. I believed. I was brave. Not the sun, the heat, the hills, my pace, my size, my sweat, or my pain was going to stop me today. Not even as every other runner passed me.

As the birds, butterflies, and squirrels crossed my path, I imagined that they were cheering me on. I ran at a comfortable pace, and for the first time, the first two miles were not horrible, but enjoyable. But the hills and the heat did provide moments I would have most likely given up.

But I didn’t. These mantras are always going on in my head:

Just keep going. Eventually you’ll get there.”
“If you need to slow down, it’s ok, just keep going.”
“No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone else on the couch.”

I haven’t run in 2 weeks. I’ve barely completed a few 5K races in the last 6 months without hating it. I’m slower than I was two years ago. My training plan was not even a plan. But I made myself go out there. And although there was some pain, and some moments I wanted to give up, I just kept going.

It may have been the article I read from Competitor Magazine: If You Run Slow, Who Cares? It may have been that I wanted to contribute to the #118forBoston project on RunKeeper supporting the upcoming Boston Marathon and those that suffered last year. It may have been my new Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Bravelet bracelet that told me to “Be Brave” that I kept looking at. It may have been my draw to Meg and Cameron‘s running inspiration… both stories from Virginia, the state that formed the later part of my childhood and where I call home.

Most of all, it was just an abandonment of what I “should” be… at a certain pace or a certain size… and just enjoy the ride and the achievement without comparing myself to anyone else. I quit “shoulding” on myself, and I did it.

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Awesome Deals on Healthy Lifestyle Stuff!

You guys, you guys!!! I just got overly excited about some deals I found just like a little kid! Well, really, I think the sale excitement is the woman in me! And I’m home sick so far this weekend, so of course I’m all over online shopping! So, I found some cool health related things at pretty decent prices that I just had to share!

So first, have you seen Groupon Goods? You can buy all kinds of things at what looks like pretty low prices. If you purchase more than $19.99 worth of goods, shipping is free, and you get free returns in the US.

Here’s where it gets better! If you become a member of Ebates.com, you’ll get 4.6% cash back on all Groupon purchases. And TODAY ONLY (sorry,  I didn’t see this sooner!) it’s 8% cash back! So go sign up for Ebates first, then look up Groupon and head on over!

Now I, of course, compared them to prices I found on Amazon. And I’ll be honest, most of these items are on the Marketplace (both new and used) for much cheaper, but you take your changes with those independent sellers and you usually pay shipping. But if you have an Amazon Prime membership and the item qualifies, you’ll get your goods in 2 days! Shipping on Groupon Goods appears to take longer.

Speaking of Amazon Prime, it’s pretty cool. So many things are Prime eligible giving you 2-day shipping for no extra cost, and you get free streaming video. And if you don’t have a smart TV, all you need is Google Chrome to play it on your TV! PS You can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime!

Jillian Michaels DVDs

So first, there are Jillian Michaels DVD’s for $5.99 on Groupon Goods! No, sorry, not all of them! 30 Day Shred is already sold out. :( You can still get 6 Week Six-Pack ($8.86 on Amazon, $6.49-$6.97 on the Marketplace), Shred-It with Weights ($7.75 on Amazon, $5.00-$6.16 on the Marketplace), No More Trouble Zones ($8.64 on Amazon, $1.77-$4.45 on the Marketplace), and Yoga Meltdown ($8.93 on Amazon, $4.62-$8.43 on the Marketplace). And hey, if you have Amazon Prime, they are all free unlimited streaming right now, so you can get a preview! But if you want the actual DVD’s, you gotta hurry! This deal ends in 1 day!

Dance with Julianne DVDs

You know Julianne Hough from Dancing with the Stars? Dance with Julianne DVD’s are $5.99 on Groupon Goods! I love my dance classes, but sometimes I’ve gotta get in a workout at home! Get Cardio Ballroom ($6.49 on Amazon, $0.50-$3.01 on the Marketplace) or Just Dance! ($6.90 on Amazon, $1.26-$3.00 on the Marketplace), or get both for $9.99!

Fitness Magazine

And then, you can get a 2 year subscription to Fitness magazine for $7 on Groupon Goods! This is an even better deal than $10 on Amazon and $11.98 on the Fitness mag website! But hurry, the Groupon deal ends in 5 days!

Hip Hop Abs and Rockin' Body DVDs

And then I saw some commercials on TV (because you know I’m watching some TV while I’m sick too!) that the Hip Hop Abs (usually $79.85) and Rockin’ Body (usually $59.85) DVD systems are only $19.95 (+$7.99 s&h) each, while supplies last! These look like fun dance workouts brought to you by the creator of Insanity, Shaun T! And by the way, you get 4% cash back through Ebates!

Happy Healthy Shopping! :)

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