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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Without meaning to, I gained some of my weight back. The stress of many months of unemployment has gotten the better of me. I gave into all temptations over the holidays.

Because of that, last month I couldn't wear a single pair of my zip/button pants. Not one. Yesterday I put on, zipped up and buttoned all 4 pairs that I tried on! It felt so good to put on pants that I bought last year and wear them out to dinner. No stretchy skirt needed to hide the spare tire that I put on over the past year.

I knew I was making big mistakes. I needed to make changes and I needed to take my weight gain seriously.

Over the last few weeks I've modified my daily diet by cutting calorie corners, making better choices, eating more greens, adding more protein and it's paying off! I sadly gained 10 holiday pounds and those pounds are finally starting to melt away. I lost 2.5 pounds last week alone!

I'm burning up the calories this month! Trying new workouts and changing it up. I started taking Zumba classes 2-3 times a week and loving every single class! I took three months off of my beloved Spin classes during the holidays due to illness and finally got my butt back on the bike two weeks ago. On Saturdays I take a resistance strength training class at the local Rec Center to change up my usual weekday Curves ST program.

I took a boxing class that kicked my butt last month. I did my best to keep up with the fit young men in the class and I held my own (except when it comes to doing a perfect pushup). Nonetheless, the teacher was impressed with my cardio fitness. I've been meaning to take the class again but at $15 a class, it doesn't fit into my current and very tight budget. But since taking the class, I've been working harder on pushups, wall sits, crunches, and modified planks. This morning I saw more definition in my shoulders and arms while brushing my teeth!

I am determined to stick with it. I will and can lose those holiday pounds and then some! I'm far from my lowest weight but that's okay. I got there once and this time I will get there with a stronger sense of self.
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    Janey - hugs!!!

    It sounds like all things considered you are doing really great.

    I have been taking a trip down memory lane this morning. While I've been on Spark my husband has been going through photos on our 55" TV. Why do I mention how big my TV is? So that you have an idea of how awful I look when he brings up a 2 year old photo of me looking awful. Its terrible, especially when I think that at that time, that was my highest weight, and what did I do? Lose 15, and then pack it all on and then another 15 or so. Ugh!!

    We all fall down, but it's the fact that we get back up that's important. I'm sad I'm so far away from you now, but I'm here to support you from far and we can motivate each other!!

    You can totally do this!! I have another 40+ lbs to lose and I know I'll have my good days and my bad ones. I think if I can have a positive attitude like yours depsite stress, etc. I'll do great.

    Good luck Janey!!

    p.s. I want to try Zumba - they have it at 24 hour fitness. I'm terrible with classes and coordinated moves though!
    3697 days ago
    I'm in the same boat!!! At first it was just a couple pounds, but after a few months, it has really added up!!! I'm revamping my training and eating so I can get race ready for San Deigo and then Seattle!!! Let me know if you want to start hiking in the afternoon!!! Jackie!!!
    3697 days ago
    I gained some weight back, of the 168 that I had lost (like 25 pounds), when my husband was unemployed for 7 months in 2010. I was working two jobs and not really getting enough rest and totally stressed out because my two jobs brought in half of what he makes. Stress throws things off, and I agree that you shouldn't beat yourself up about it.. I still have two jobs and I just decided that I think I need to quit one, so i can have more time for regular exercise and sleep. Good for you for pulling it back together. I hope to be doing that myself very soon.
    3697 days ago

    it's funny how when things are going well, we aren't on here as much but when we need to buckle down and find that motivation and focus again, we return, huh? it's like home.

    you'll work this extra weight off in no time if you keep at it, girl.)
    3697 days ago
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    Awww I am so proud of you Janey!

    Are you doing the Beaches series challange??? If you are let me know! I plan to start with the May 1st one! It's just what I needed to get my head back in the game!!! I cant hardly wait till may 1St!

    Keep working on your goals, Remember every choice you makes affects you. Think smart and think before you act!
    3697 days ago
    Yeah, I get it too. You're a winner no matter what. Miss you girl.
    3698 days ago
    Janey, being unemployed is extremely stressful, so don't beat yourself up over some weight gain.... sounds like you're back on track, and remember... vigorous exercise is a GREAT stress buster!

    3698 days ago
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