What to do when you gained

So you stepped on the scale. You don’t like what you see, you step off remove any article of clothing you may have on, you step on the scale again, you still like what you see. Stepping off again you remove your underwear and any jewelry, maybe even your hair tie in hopes that will somehow change the number on the scale. You step on again completely buck naked and that number does not change.

Sound familiar?

If anyone has seen This Is Us in that first episode we see Kate (played by the fabulous Chrissy Metz)  as she does the dreaded weigh in and she does the exact same things (minus the hair tie) I mentioned above and you can’t help but feel her pain then totally cringe when she falls off the scale and you don’t know whether you should laugh or cry. Because the struggle is indeed real. (I did neither but I did gasp because I am a klutz but I have yet to fall off the scale).

Let me set the scene for you:

I woke up at 1am Sunday thinking about the weighing in, thinking how hungry I am so I get up, pee, then I step on the scale: 215.00 well, that can’t be right. I step off and step on again (fully dressed well in my pajamas) 215.5 seriously? I go back to bed thinking maybe a few more hours of sleep thinking that I can magically lose those extra pounds fasting.

5am wake up pee yet again and step on the scale: 215.5 pounds. There you have it. The scale does not lie. At this rate I go make myself breakfast and do the math. I gained 1.5 pounds. Which is not bad. However in my mind’s eye I am thinking how it’s 1.5 steps backwards in my direction not forward. Then I think I shouldn’t have all the carbs for breakfast on Saturday, or the two cookies at the Swap and Sell I went to.

Needless to say that has nothing to do with it. Weight gain is common in weight loss. Just as plateauing.  I know this. However, it doesn’t soften the blow any.

This is has inspired me to write this post. So here’s some advice for you if this is your first time or this is my 2nd go round how to handle the weight gain.

*Stay on task.

Just because you gain, doesn’t mean you should dive head first into the treats. Or chug down a soda. You will really reverse your progress and you feel crappy after.

*Try not obsess over it.

Okay so yeah I obsessed as you can see but it really doesn’t help any. And don’t think of fasting for another day, or going to the gym to try and lose that pesky pound then weighing in the same day or the next.

*Keep yourself busy

Or anything to take your mind off things. Which I did, I made breakfast then I meal prepped for the week.

*It could be muscle gain

A no brainier here and that could well be the possibility I gained since I started lifting again. Even though I have not been fully been lifting solidly for a month yet.

*It’s no the end of the world

Really.

*You’re allowed to be upset

But don’t drag it out.

*Take a deep breath and let it go

Enough said

*You’ll have a better weigh in next time

Truth.

 

I hope these tips help you out. If forgot anything please let me know!

Until next time,

~Mags

 

 

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Weigh In update!

Happy Friday!

Starting Weight 217.00

Current weight 212.5

Total lost 4.5

Needless to say I am happy that I have lost another two pounds this week despite as I mentioned on Monday the week has been rough as I had another funeral to attend, we had another really cold nasty day (no school again) and I didn’t make it to the gym at all. Plus I was having still having major effects from Seasonal Affect Disorder so I just listened to my body and stayed home to recuperate.  Which is sometimes more than taking a hot bath, drinking tea and wearing a face mask (although those are on my list) it’s just to better yourself and take care your needs. I am big advocate of self care.

I plan to stay on this weigh in when I don’t work routine because weighing in first thing when I wake up in the morning makes a difference in my opinion so I won’t be weighing in again until next Sunday which will be January 28th even though I am off Sunday night/into Monday morning since I just weighed in Friday, I don’t think there is a point to do another weigh in two days after my weekly weigh in, so I will weigh in next Sunday January 28. Since I am off Friday and Saturday night.

Although I did set up my “home gym” finally this morning and I did about a 30 minute workout routine with my equipment. I worked up a sweat! I decided that on my “don’t break the chain” tally sheet that I would count home works along with going to the gym.

No pop at all since Sunday again and I have been getting the headaches (which is to be expected) but I haven’t been tempted at all which is really good. That’s usually is my downfall once I get over the hump, then it will  get better.

Nutrition wise this, I have been doing okay despite going to a funeral (carbs and sweets) I had one cheat meal so far. I decided not to track which is what I was doing in the past, since my schedule is different then the average person since I work overnights, and I don’t want to obsessed with counting calories. But again that’s my opinion if tracking works for you then more power to you.

One big thing I did Friday morning was clean out my freezer, and my upper cupboard. I HAD a lot of expired products!

Goals for the upcoming week:

*Go to the gym (or a home workout) Four days this week (though we’re supposed to get another snow storm Sunday so I am hoping to get there Monday)

*Meal prep for the week

*Try a new recipe

*Clean out the rest of my cupboards

*Make smoothies for a different breakfast option

I think that’s it for me! I rambled a bit too much I know but I will see you in a week with my results!

~Mags

 

 

2017 Recap

Hello! It’s been a while. But now I can finally write this….

I AM A COLLEGE GRADUATE!

I officially graduated (got my diploma) December 20, 2017. A 100 pound burden has been lifted off my shoulders. Let me tell you the last 8 weeks prior to that were rough.  I lost a lot of sleep, was stressed to the max and it a toll on my body. Although I wasn’t sick sick (you know cold or flu *knocks wood*) but I had a lot anxiety which caused my stomach to hurt or gave me diarrhea (TMI)  plus endless headaches. I often felt light headed too which scared me so I tried to sit as much as I could since I have a history of fainting. Luckily I managed to get through all my very hard trails and came out the other side.

My instructor tried to get to balance my life out with a schedule on an excel spread sheet which I am not a fan of digital media for something like that. She was trying to get me to plan my life down to a T which really bothered me.  I like to plan but I felt I was over planning you know?

I haven’t been to the gym only to work on my internship but not on my own. I tried to during that time but I just couldn’t force myself to do it. I chose sleep more often than going because I needed it more. I am all about self care. My instructor again wanted to know details of EVERYTHING about me going to the gym which again bothered me. I know there are some obstacles to overcome but I feel my progress is for me and me only.

So I am ending 2017 probably at my heaviest that I have been since I originally lost all my weight I haven’t weighed in since October but I am okay with that.

2018 is going to be my year (more on that later) I am excited! I will be back to blogging a bit more soon too. Doing my weekly check ins and weigh ins.

Stay tuned and have a Happy New Year!

~Mags

Big News!!

Hello all!

I haven’t felt like updating because really there hasn’t been anything exciting to share until as of yesterday.  Let me back track first:

As some of you know, I am studying to be a personal trainer which has not been an easy feat for me let me tell you a 34 year old that is a 2nd time college student, while juggling a full time job overnights I might add. I have experienced so many hiccups, that I have almost wanted to throw in the towel several times. The last few semesters have been straight up rough too especially  with the last summer semester.

Anyways one of the set backs was my completion date originally it was slotted for December 2017, then it was pushed back to next April 2018, well I found out yesterday that I will be indeed done by December 2017 as per my original plans.  My school sadly will be closing it’s doors at the end of 2017. Which means the personal training program will be no longer be around either (the school itself Herzing University will be just non existent in Omaha). My plan was to get my associates degree in Exercise Science but now it has been reduced down to a diploma. Which I am 100% okay with but that means all students who are supposed to finish in December graduate NEXT Friday (September 15th)!! So yes yours truly will walk at graduation!

At first when my graduation date had changed I was told I would not be allowed to walk at all (with the school closing and all) so I filed it in the back of my mind and just continued to move forward. But it did bother me that I wouldn’t get the chance to walk across the stage, wear the ridiculous cap and gown, and get my diploma. Corny I know but even this is my 3rd graduation and my 2nd as a college student to me it’s a big deal!!! Some people don’t think so and not even show up to the ceremony but hello you paid for that!! So to be able to walk next week is a huge deal for me in fact, I wasn’t planning on even going at all but this changes everything!!

Just goes to show you that you must never ever give up!!

Have a great weekend!

~Mags

 

I can’t do a push-up

Real talk here peeps.

I am currently taking a “group exercise class” for my requirements for my personal training certificate. It requires me to go to various group exercise classes at the Y or the local gym in Omaha. I have to observe the class while participating, along with attending “lab” or actual class room time once a week for discussion, then after we take an hour to go to the gym and we take turns “training” a group exercise class consisting of ourselves, some outside people, and a few teachers from school.

We did this workout which was as many reps that we can do in an certain amount  of time all with a kettle bell:

We did sqauts

Upright rows

Push Ups

Squats into an overhead extension

Then run 1 lap around the track (I so don’t run I walk it)

And repeat.

Fun right? (Total ass kicker by the way and I plan to do it on my own)

But I can’t do push ups.

My form is all wrong etc, etc. It was embarrassing that I, a 34-year old personal training student can’t do a damn push-up. I never could do them, even on my knees apparently I don’t do them right. Worse that two older women in my group can actually do them on their knees and I can’t. I wound up using a bar that held mats to do them standing. Don’t get me started with planks I am lucky I do those right (sometimes).

This is not the first time I’ve been embarrassed by lack of knowledge and form. I am learning but it’s upsetting to me when I can’t do anything right. I snuck a peek at my instructors notebook after our workout and all over I saw (Maggie form) it felt like a kick in the stomach.

To be honest I have only worked out on my own under no guidance no trainer (I’m cheap ha) so I’ve learned as I go (which is how I roll) plus visually. That’s one of the disadvantages of an accelerated program like mine not everything is going to be included in our scope of practice. It means that I have to do more on my own.

As of late, I’ve had some struggles, stress and anxiety which has prevented me from going to the gym as regularly as I should or I would like. Since now it’s a requirement for me to do group classes once a week as part of my assignments plus weekly training sessions as a class has been helping me ease back into the habit.

Hopefully, as time goes on I can learn how to do push-ups correctly. I just have to practice, practice, practice. Even if I have to use a stability ball that I got from school. I will do it.

Is there any exercise you struggle with?
~Mags

 

Fork in the road

Wow.  I don’t even know where to begin. I really thought 2017 was going to be my year.  I was going to STRIVE for success. So far it has not we’re already four months in and I want a divorce from 2017.

I have tried to be optimistic

I have tried to be positive

I tried to STRIVE forward

BUT……

I’ve felt nothing but stagnant. School hasn’t gotten any easier since I started back in January. In fact it has not gotten any better. Last week I was slammed with news not once but twice. My instructor even came down on me pretty hard the week before that I cried the whole 45 minute drive on the way home.

My job has been stressful since the start of the New Year too, I’ve had to put in numerous days of OT when I’m not at school which has added to the stress load.

The gym has taken a backseat I haven’t been since maybe January? Meal planning has been a hit and a miss. I’ve cheated way more than I should have and I have put on 30 pounds. Clothes aren’t fitting again. I am not proud of that.

I think part of the problem is I don’t have any real goals set. I decided not to do Trek up the Tower this year because prior to that when I had planned to train, I had an rather painful injury where I had pulled my quad muscles severely so I took two weeks off in order to recover. I thought about 5K the Hardway again but I don’t know my schedule past May, so I can’t even schedule the Color Run either it’s been frustrating so I have been saying no to any commitments like them.

What’s a girl to do?

To be honest, I am not sure what the answer is. Usually I am so sure of myself but my confidence has taken a backseat as well.

Here’s the BUT again…..

Sunday morning, I cleaned out my cupboards and my fridge. I went grocery shopping Monday after work. I stuck to my list and only bought said items on there which I rarely do. I did add a few things that I had forgotten but I didn’t buy any sweets. I made myself a smoothie for breakfast then I drove out to Johnson Lake and walked around 1 time. I also did some upright push ups on the benches along the way (I need to figure out how many benches they are total so I could do the math on how many reps I do on each one) The wind was pretty strong (love Nebraska) is why I only made it around 1 time plus I can tell I am out of shape! I came home and cooked lunch:

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I got some pork chops but I cut it in half and bought some broccoli and cheese tater tots ( I had a coupon) they tasted really good! I did some meal prepping too this week. I have been back to drinking tons of water.

It’s a start. My birthday is this week. I may have a cheat day and I am going to try to make it to the gym this week as well since the weather looks ify the rest of the week so I may not be able to get out and walk.

I have my final today then I start back up with classes next week!

I’ll try to update when I can.

Mags

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly update

I wish I was writing a happier post but alas that’s not reality. I decided not to weigh in this month because it has been a horrible month.

Work has been very stressful we’re down to three original staff members the rest have retired or quit. I had to put in overtime last week so no gym at all. Which I didn’t go at all this entire month I am ashamed to admit I didn’t even make it to the Cross fit class like I mentioned. My eating has been poor I’ve stressed eaten way too much and drank pop pretty regularly.

Plus school on top of it which the last two weeks I’ve had a big assignment due that needed my attention more. Today is my last day of the 1st semester next semester (which starts next Monday) is nutrition!!! I am little anxious to start that because I know mine isn’t as great. *sighs*

But it can only get better from here! I am going to take charge again better my eating I even got some unflavored protein powder so I am going to try my first shake with some of it, I also got kale! (I found a great recipe for dressing that I will share after I try it). Plus back to no pop. It’s my downfall but I need to do better with it.

As for getting back into a workout routine, I just need to do it. Tomorrow I plan go back to the Y. I think I will start maybe with some walking at the track then maybe swim, I want to ease myself back into it. I am hoping by the end of the week I can go back to Jazzercise too. That is my goals for the week.

I will check back with you in a week!!

~Mags