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March Health Challenge (2019)

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PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
Happy March! February was OK, goals-wise, but I lost a whole week from this cold, which is stubborn and still raging. I don't hold out much hope for any real exercise until next week, and that's a maybe. :(
 

KLS52

“SnarkMaster”
Very pleased with the weight loss. Hit a plateau for two weeks but now dropped a little more. I’m happy here so I can ease up on the point counting a bit and use the extra points more than I was. Maintaining at this stage will be perfectly ok. Tomorrow I’m having cake!
 

silva

Addicted Poster
Location
Ohio, U.S.A
Couple weeks ago I had the flu, didn't eat for like 4 days, little after, thought I'd have lost a couple pounds, but nooooo. Today I get on the scale after eating recklessly and was down three. :confused: Okay then, that's motivation I'll take anyway I can get it!
Do need to put this seitan 'hobby' aside a while...
 

Katrina

Deity
Location
Canada
This is the hardest time of year for me. Even with anti-depressants, my mood still drops around mid-February and doesn't get better until spring. Spring has gotten here as late as May in the past few years....

So my goal for March is to get my ass to the gym at least once a week. I think that's all I can manage right now. And I'll keep trying to eat greens each day.
 

Katrina

Deity
Location
Canada
I got to the gym yesterday and did a yin/yang yoga class. It wasn't the most difficult workout ever, but it was better than nothing.

Also made a green smoothie two days ago, and yesterday I made stirfried green beans with cashews. My appetite is total crap right now. I'm probably not eating enough. A sweet potato smoothie should help with that problem.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
March has been awful so far. Not one lick of exercise. Still coughing from the cold, which is mostly gone, but the cough keeps me from any real exercise. Everyone who has had this cold says the cough hangs on for several weeks. Blah. I am doing well with eating, though. I haven't snacked at night, and I'm watching the portions and white carbs. :)
 

KLS52

“SnarkMaster”
Not doing much in the exercise department thanks to Winter deciding to get her second wind (not complaining). The Eating is still going well. Not in weight loss mode much, more of maintenance.

Observation...I’m down from three teaspoons of sugar in my coffee to 1/2. It’s been two months and I feel the need to point out, that you don’t necessarily get used to it. Well, maybe you get used to it but it’s not the same as enjoying. You just do it. The sugar cravings have not subsided, I’m just winning the battle for now. And that’s why trying to change your eating habits doesn’t work long term for some people. You want what you want. But at least for now, I’m doing pretty good. :)
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
Not doing much in the exercise department thanks to Winter deciding to get her second wind (not complaining). The Eating is still going well. Not in weight loss mode much, more of maintenance.

Observation...I’m down from three teaspoons of sugar in my coffee to 1/2. It’s been two months and I feel the need to point out, that you don’t necessarily get used to it. Well, maybe you get used to it but it’s not the same as enjoying. You just do it. The sugar cravings have not subsided, I’m just winning the battle for now. And that’s why trying to change your eating habits doesn’t work long term for some people. You want what you want. But at least for now, I’m doing pretty good. :)
I so hear you on "you want what you want." I will always want bread and pasta...lots of it, haha, but for now I'm trying to cut back a bit. But you are right, you just get used to it and you always want it. I've had to get used to the idea that I just can't have what I want all the time, so I go in spurts of trying to cut back and enjoying the fact that I'm trying to be healthier. I do feel better when I cut back on bread and pasta, but sometimes desire wins out.

The things I have changed long term are my snacking and portion habits. I eat much less than I used to at meals, which is a huge thing for me. It has helped me keep (most of, haha) the weight off. If I save the bulk of my calories for dinner, I have enough to keep me from the nighttime munchies. I've also learned to really stop when I'm full. It has taken most of my adult life to reach this point, but I'm much happier with this approach than most of the diets I've tried over the years. When I'm in maintenance mode, I watch it during the week and splurge on the weekends. I then flip the switch (well, when I'm diligent) on Monday and get back into healthy-eating mode. Right now, I'm trying to ditch about 8 pounds. I have finally gotten back to the gym after that wretched cold/cough disaster of the past three weeks. I did 35 minutes on the treadmill this morning. My approach to/attitude toward healthy eating is much better when I'm exercising regularly. I'm looking forward to a full week of cardio! Now, if only the weather would warm up a bit. :D
 

Katrina

Deity
Location
Canada
I went to yoga yesterday. It was supposed to focus on strengthening the core, but I didn't feel anything. Maybe that means my core is in good shape?

Today I went for a short bike ride (about 20 minutes) and spent some time cleaning, which I like to think counts as exercise.
 

Katrina

Deity
Location
Canada
I just did a pool workout today. I basically just did a bunch of laps and then tried out some exercises like wall pushups, pool wall muscle ups, underwater squats, etc. I didn't feel much of anything :(. Hopefully it's one of those workouts that you don't really feel until the next day.

Also, I really wish the pool had a deep end. It's so damn shallow that I can't even tread water.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
I've been doing videos most of the week, because my workout buddy was at a conference for most of the week. I want to take a nice long walk. I have lunch with my sister and a friend on Saturday in my old town, and I'm hoping to talk them into walking around downtown. If not, I can do a walk after they leave to go home. :D
 

Poppy

Ankle Biter
Today I got the results from my physical last week. Based on what I’ve googled, I’m anemic. My RBC is only 3.6. I’m also a little high on two other blood measures and my doctors note says to come back in to get my B12 and Folate checked. So, yeah, that’s a shock.

But it’s also a relief. At least I know what is making me feel down and unmotivated, and why I’ve been so lazy lately. I really did not expect this and wonder if any if any of you have had experience with anemia...? It looks like there’s going to be lots of spinach salads in my future.
 

silva

Addicted Poster
Location
Ohio, U.S.A
I went to yoga yesterday. It was supposed to focus on strengthening the core, but I didn't feel anything. Maybe that means my core is in good shape?

Today I went for a short bike ride (about 20 minutes) and spent some time cleaning, which I like to think counts as exercise.
That would be my guess :rolleyes:. For someone who sounds like they don't do enough, you're always doing everything :eek: !
I feel I'm ready to do more WFPB. I've been eating better this week. Salt is what I crave more than most anything else. I started to eat some curry without any and broke down and added it. When I tried giving it up what helped was eating without it until the last couple bites, then adding it. Having it as the last thing I taste made a difference. Maybe that would work with sugar in coffee?o_O
 

KLS52

“SnarkMaster”
Today I got the results from my physical last week. Based on what I’ve googled, I’m anemic. My RBC is only 3.6. I’m also a little high on two other blood measures and my doctors note says to come back in to get my B12 and Folate checked. So, yeah, that’s a shock.

But it’s also a relief. At least I know what is making me feel down and unmotivated, and why I’ve been so lazy lately. I really did not expect this and wonder if any if any of you have had experience with anemia...? It looks like there’s going to be lots of spinach salads in my future.
That is disappointing. That’s a pretty low reading I think, too. I’ve never had a problem with anemia, thankfully. :hug:
 

Katrina

Deity
Location
Canada
That would be my guess :rolleyes:. For someone who sounds like they don't do enough, you're always doing everything :eek: !
I feel like I don't do enough, but maybe that's because I know people who work out 4-5 times a week, and I feel super lazy by comparison.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
Today I got the results from my physical last week. Based on what I’ve googled, I’m anemic. My RBC is only 3.6. I’m also a little high on two other blood measures and my doctors note says to come back in to get my B12 and Folate checked. So, yeah, that’s a shock.

But it’s also a relief. At least I know what is making me feel down and unmotivated, and why I’ve been so lazy lately. I really did not expect this and wonder if any if any of you have had experience with anemia...? It looks like there’s going to be lots of spinach salads in my future.
Ugh, I'm sorry to hear that, Poppy, but as you said, at least there is an explanation. My sister has bordered on being anemic all her life, and with her it's an absorption issue. She starts feeling icky if she doesn't eat healthy. She does up the green leafy veggies when her levels start dropping, and she said that helps. She sometimes has to take iron supplements as well.
 

silva

Addicted Poster
Location
Ohio, U.S.A
I've been doing pretty well keeping WFPB this week! I think I figured out that I have to put my inner child that keeps having tantrums and asking for junk food and candy in time out!
I found aquafaba is great for sauteing veggies, much better than broth or water, and helps seasonings stick.
Now to make myself exercise more
 
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