Gainingorlosing's Blog

Back at it
July 2, 2013, 3:41 am
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Well today was my final day in Ottawa. In the morning we checked out of our hotel, and then headed down to the market for some breakfast. Kurt wanted to go to a music store, so I took a walk around the market while he looked at guitars.

Afterwards we made the three hour drive back home. We stopped in Kingston on our way home to have lunch at Golden Rooster Deli. I had half a bratwurst and some potato salad.
Now that we are at home I want to get back to eating healthy. I tracked my food on myfitnesspal over the weekend, but it wasn’t perfect, and I realized that even when I try to make better choices while I’m traveling, restaurant food has a ton of sodium.

I feel fine about my level of activity while I was away. We walked for hours exploring the city every day, and I did some lunges, squats and push-ups in our hotel suite. That said as soon as I am done writing this post I plan on killing it at the gym.



Long Weekend
June 30, 2013, 3:48 am
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I’m heading to Ottawa tomorrow to enjoy the Canada Day long weekend, and I am super excited for all the Canada Day festivities!

Back to today. It started off by continuing research about potential northern communities where I might want to go teach. There is so much to think about. I went to teachers college in Thunder Bay, ON and I like to think of that experience as my intro to the north. I now, I now, that’s a bit naive, but Thunder Bay really was a different world for me compared to Vancouver Island or Southern Ontario. I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to go to teachers college in Thunder Bay, it was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for amything.
Around mid- day the bf and I headed to the gym. I did NROLFW workout 5B, followed by some time on the dreaded rowing machine. I find my left hip always hurts after doing dead lifts, and I don’t think it helps that I do lunges on the same day. I tried doing the rest of the routine before without the dead lifts, and I had no pain. I do have a pre-existing hip flexor injury on the left side, so it’s not something that is completely new. I definitely need to invest more time stretching in general. The next time I do dead lifts I’m going to have my boyfriend come and watch my form, to see if there is anything I can correct. My bf is currently injured, so he spends all of his gym time in the pool right now and doesn’t see me lift. I’ve watched a lot of videos on dead lift form, so I think I know what I’m doing, but who knows maybe there is something I can correct.

Sugar Addict
June 24, 2013, 11:19 pm
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Hello Friends,

Yesterday I wrote about some of the negative health effects I experienced prior to turning 30 due to my poor diet. So I know what I have done wrong, and I am taking steps to change it, but something stands in my way. That something is my addiction to sugar. I love the sweet stuff, cakes, chocolate, ice cream, if it has sugar in it odds are I want to eat it. So what do I plan on doing to combat my sugar demons?

1. Start the day with a filling high protein breakfast.
By starting my day with a filling high protein breakfast, I am more likely to stay satisfied throughout the morning, and able to stay away from the treat stash in the staff room during first break.

2. Make natural sugars accessible.
My body is better equiped to digest the natural sugars found in whole fruits versus the sugars found in an Oh Henry bar. By rinsing my fruit when I first come home from the grocery store, it makes it easier to grab a handful of grapes or some raspberries when I want a sugar fix. Also I have recently started to put a hard boiled egg, and a piece of fruit in my purse. every time I leave the house. It makes life a little easier to have some prepared snacks on the go.

3. Plan indulgences.
Am I never going to have that Oh Henry bar ever again? It’s pretty doubtful, but by planning small sugar indulgences into my life it will make me less likely to binge on an entire tub. I plan on making my indulgences high quality ones instead of chocolate bars from the dollar store. For example last night I had a cup of strawberries and two squares of 90% cocoa, dark chocolate. It certainly hit the spot even though it wasn’t my normal sticky sweet carmel chocolate bar. I also need to be more aware of my portions when I have something sweet, a little treat is fine, a meal sized slice of cake is not.

4. If I mess up, I can start over immediately
If I cave in and eat a meal sized slab of chocolate cake one lonely afternoon, it doesn’t mean I can continue with poor eating habits for the rest of the day. I need to brush myself off, and get on with healthy eating.

5. Think of the benefits of a lower sugar diet
I am aware that my mood is often effected by my sugar intake as is my skin. Of course my waistline is negatively impacted by eating mounds of high sugar high fat creations. I plan on focusing on my goals and reminding myself why I feel better emotionally and physically without refined sugar.


April 14, 2013, 1:24 am
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So Wednesday night I got sick, it could have been food poisoning or a noro virus I don’t know but it was bad. Today was the first day I could eat somewhat normal, though the food was bland and reduced portions. I also got my period Friday morning, just so I could have all the unpleasantness at once. This evening I am feeling a lot better, and I think I will actually be able to leave the house tomorrow.
My days have all blended together, but I now I have completed the first three days of the 30 day squat challenge:

Day 1 50 squats
Day 2 55 squats
Day 3 60 squats

So far the squat challenge hasn’t felt challenging, but it is a way to squeeze in a little more resistance training. Plus I am fully aware once I am doing 200 squats a day there will be a burn.
Tomorrow I plan on going to the gym in the morning, with the intention of being kind to my body after my recent bought of illness.

What do you do to recover from an illness?
Personally I drink all the fluids I can handle, water, ginger ale, Gatorade, tea, and hot water with honey and lemon when I have a cold.

Thankfully I have kitties to keep me company when I’m not feeling well.

I love myself, however I think of myself as a “big girl”
March 29, 2013, 1:10 pm
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I want you all to know that I did not wake up one day and realize I was fat, and suddenly gained 50 pounds. I’ve been fully aware of my size for as long as I can remember. I also have avoided the camera for as long as I can remember.
When I was 20 years old I lost 50 pounds, but kept all of the emotional baggage, including the baggage that only allowed myself to see a “big girl” in the mirror. When twenty pounds crept back on, when I transitioned to a desk job, I thought, “No big deal, I’m just a big girl anyways”.
Then I started college when I was 24, and I managed to gain 43 pounds in eight months! I can hardly believe it myself, my eating was completely out of control. During the past five years my weight has yo-yoed, in a 30 pound range. Whenever I say I’m going to change my life and take control, I bring out the scale, a tap measure, and a notebook. Thus making myself fully aware of just how big I have gotten.
Why is it different now you ask? If my life has been full of weight loss failure, what makes this time different?
First of all, I’m sharing it with all of you, so public humiliation can be one extrinsic motivator. Secondly, I have a different standard of success. Success will not mean losing 50 pounds. What I want is to: accept my size, be healthy, fit, energetic. I will not allow my success to be defined by a number on the scale, but by the food on my plate, the amount of weight I can dead lift, the time it takes me to run a mile, and the amount of time I spend on my yoga practice.