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What Now? Now What?

Ever since I finished my degree a month ago I have been struggling with what to do next. Three or four years ago I evaluated my life and made a list of goals. I was always complaining about my weight and a guy I was dating at the time (August 2007) told me if I didn’t like something about myself, change it. I didn’t like the comment. But it stuck with me and after a year or so I took the two things about myself I liked the least (my weight and my undergraduate degree) and decided to make goals to change them. It has taken some time but I finished my Nutrition Degree and my weight is pretty close to where it needs to be, SO NOW WHAT? I don’t know. I honestly do not know.

There are things I need to do like get my finances in order and pay off my school bills. There are things I would like to do but have no control over like getting married. But what to I want in life that is under my control? I don’t even know what I like to do anymore. I like teaching fitness classes but I don’t love it like I used to. I enjoy helping people at the store but something is missing. I don’t know if all of the turmoil in my personal life has just taken a toll (fighting back tears as I type) or if I have just reached a crossroads in my life. There’s no hurry to make new goals but life needs direction and I’m just not sure where I’m headed.

Should I apply for a dietetic internship? Should I resume or discontinue being a biofeedback technician? Should I take the exam to become a dietetic technician? Should I pursue another fitness certification like R.I.P.P.E.D. or Yoga? Can we build a bigger store one day? Should I stick around to see or should I leave and spread my wings? Should I date or does it make me too much of a basketcase? Am I losing my mind?

I. Just. Don’t. Know.

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My Diet Journey in pictures

Before ChaLEAN Extreme

Feb 2012 – Before ChaLEAN Extreme – 173 lbs

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Aug 2012 – After Insanity – 164 lbs

152.5 lbs

July 2013 – 152.5 lbs

Finally after two years of blogging I am actually posting pictures. My weight topped at 213 lbs in 2008 before I started this journey. I started 2009 at 209 lbs and lost over 20 pounds on multiple Master Cleanse fasts in January and February of 2009. My weight plateaued at 188 lbs until I did the HCG diet in August/September of 2010. I lost 15 lbs and weighed in at 173 lbs. I never gained any weight after the HCG diet but subsequent attempts at following the diet again were unsuccessful. I weighed 173 lbs at Zumba instructor training in June 2011 and 173 lbs at Turbo Kick training in February 2012. My weight had been the same for going on 17 months when I started ChaLEAN extreme and started weight training and the scale finally started to move. Since then, I have lost 20 lbs. I actually have not done a lot of weight training the past eight months because teaching PiYo twice a week gets me enough strength training and I teach Body Pump occasionally. My weight loss the last four months has really been attributed to myfitnesspal. I been averaging around 1300-1600 calories/day. Usually once or twice a week I will eat 1800-2000 calories and once or twice a week I will have a day or two under 1000 calories. I think there is some truth to the intermittent fasting ideas I have read on Dr. Mercola’s website: The 5:2 Fast Diet I mentioned in last month’s post is one approach although I think its a bit extreme. There are lots of different books on the topic and I certainly have not had a chance to check them all out and give it an all-out endorsement. But it might be something to consider for those at a plateau as a way to wake up the metabolism.

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The Magic Bullet pt.2 and Tough Choices

So, I have determined motivation is key. Motivation comes from many sources. A speech, a picture, a goal…but motivation is simply a beginning, it provides no sustainability. How do you sustain motivation? Desire. How bad do you want the goal? Enough to do whatever it takes or only enough to start but not to finish. Willpower. Discipline is a must. And here is another key word: Belief. So what is belief?

The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust or confidence in another (thefreedictionary); a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing (merriam webster); confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof (dictionary.com)

I think it is safe to say for belief, one must have confidence. And confidence is always sorely lacking because it takes into account previous failure. So we have ingredients for success: motivation, desire, willpower, and belief. The next question is how can we put it all together. More to marinate on, stay tuned.

In the meantime, life happens…

I made the difficult decision today that I will not be applying for a dietetic internship this year. I had to heart to heart with my mom and while we would both like for me to finish all my requirements to become an RD, my hands are just too full. Or as I learned from one of my professors this week, I am juggling elephants. I have 19 hours of classes. I am teaching 7 fitness classes a week. And I am trying to run a business in the meantime. I can’t really make a good decision about where to apply let alone put together competitive applications. And frankly, after the summer semester, I know I will need a break and goodness knows my checkbook is pooped. Internships aren’t free. I am at peace with the decision, it sure does take a weight off. Maybe I will apply to be DTR (Dietetic Technician Registered) or maybe I will apply for internships in October instead but for now my focus is on this semester and my AEA certification in March. Turns out I only have to register for my personal trainer exam by my voucher expiration date, I don’t actually have to TAKE the exam by that date. Whew! Now I can take that exam in the summer either before or after my practicum.

My workouts are okay, could be better. My diet is okay, could be better. Guess I could use a little more motivation and willpower 🙂 But for now, homework.

 

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The Magic Bullet

I believe I have come to the realization that the magic bullet is motivation. When people are truly motivated, there is very little one cannot accomplish. Without motivation, tasks take great effort and often fail. New Year’s is just around the corner and my exercise classes will be full with newly motivated individuals to get in shape. Our health food stores will be filled with newly motivated people who want to get healthy. But most of them will gone by February and most certainly by March, casualties of the cursed “New Year’s resolutions”. No real motivation behind their goals, a loose commitment at best, doomed to fail. I know it all too well. Not necessarily New Year’s resolutions, I don’t usually bother with such. But I am very well versed in lacking the motivation it takes to make true change.

So how does one obtain this magic bullet? Where does true motivation came from? And if we find it, how can we sustain it?

Today, I do not have the answer; BUT for the rest of this month I will be finding answers. Stay tuned…

In other news, I see I haven’t posted in three months. Yikes! The most exciting news is I am getting trained for Body Pump. This Saturday in Memphis is my training. I filed my Intent to Graduate form so barring a disaster, I will complete my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science in August. I have about two months to figure out what dietetic internships I am applying to. I have about a  50:50 shot of getting matched. I have been teaching PiYo in place of a regular Yoga class for three weeks at Parks & Rec (same place I teach Zumba & Aqua Zumba). I am really enjoying it; surprisingly, considering I didn’t love my training. Speaking of trainings I didn’t love, I went to All-Star Presenter Camp in October. I really didn’t know what I had signed up for but I had NO IDEA it was a two day training on verbal cueing. Whoops! I met some nice people but it was basically two hundred dollars down the drain.

My workout regimen has been kind of nonexistent outside of my seven group ex classes. I finished PUMP and attempted a Rev Abs/Insanity hybrid. That lasted all of two days. I don’t really care for RevAbs and School + learning PiYo really detailed me the last month, too. Les Mills Combat should ship in a couple of weeks. I look forward to getting started on something new. Right now I am working on Body Pump 84 for my training and my CPT cert that I need to knock out before next semester. I’m signed up for AEA certification in March and I need at least 6-8 weeks to study for that. It never ends.

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Fatter by the Minute

The scale is moving the wrong way. After some positive steps with the Insanity program, I have gained several pounds since being on Les Mills PUMP. NO, it is not muscle. I have been doing 25-30 minutes HIIT workouts in addition to teaching my six Zumba classes a week. Obviously, this is not enough. So….the only option at this point is to go back on Insanity, still keeping my PUMP workouts and it’s time to try HCG again. I have a modified HCG plan called Slender Plus where you do 1,000 calories a day. I guess I will try that first, instead of the regular HCG. I know HCG works but someone needs to try Slender Plus and see if it works. The protocol is low carb, it calls for 2 5-oz servings of meat and a protein shake, low carb veggies, and 1 or 2 fruits. Fun days ahead…(not!)

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The Trouble with Carbs

CarbEaters Anonymous

Me: My name is Kim and I am a CarbEater

Members: “Hi Kim”

Yesterday at 4:30 pm, I opened a package of Glutino Vanilla Sandwich Cookies. I ate half the package yesterday and today I ate the other half minus 3 cookies. I was saving the last three cookies for after Zumba. After class, disgusted with myself, I threw the last three cookies out of my car window. It was symbolic.

I have let my eating get out of hand since Zumba convention. I haven’t been logging my food on myfitnesspal, which hasn’t helped. I haven’t been getting enough protein and I have been eating sandwiches again, which makes me crave carbs like crazy. And last week, I had two full packages of Against the Grain bagels. [sigh] The neverending cycle.

Every time I get like this, I bear in my mind my metabolic types: parasympathetic dominant, Thyroid body type, Kapha Dosha, Type O Blood. Sugar is the worst thing for parasympathetic dominance, thyroid type, and kapha dosha. Low carb diets are recommended for parasympathetic, thyroid type, and Type O. Fats and sugar causes Kapha imbalance (I overeat two things, nuts or sweets). WHY IS THIS SO DAMN HARD?! Clearly, I need to follow some combination of the diets, so here goes (YES, again – this is a diet blog, if at first, I don’t succeed…).

Most authors I have read in the past  several years (and I have read a lot) find some validity in the blood type theories, but specifically with the “avoid” foods. They haven’t found much validity to the “beneficial” foods. When I was thin, I religiously avoided my avoid foods. Perhaps my body likes beef more than chicken or walnuts more than almonds, but it definitely I could tell my body didn’t like avoids like sunflower seeds or wheat (which I later found out I was severely gluten intolerant). A few years ago, D’adamo came out with the Genotype Diet, supposedly an improvement on the blood type diet, but I just found it distracting and inconsistent with his earlier books. I prefer Live Right for Your Type or Allergies: Fight Them With the Blood Type Diet.

Following a Kapha Dosha inspired plan alone would cut out nuts and all sweeteners.  It would also cut out sweet, heavy fruits like dates, bananas, avocadoes, oranges, pineapple, grapes, grapefruit, and melons. Both the Kapha Diet and Type O Diet are pretty restrictive of dairy. I have done a lot more dairy lately because it hasn’t bothered me for the first time in about 7 years, but it’s also very easy to cut out. Grains are very controversial, they are not helpful for any of my body types. The Kapha diet specifically discourages oats, rice, and wheat but recommends millet, corn, buckwheat, and rye. My parasympathetic dominance plan from metabolictypingonline.com recommends avoiding corn, millet, and buckwheat. Go figure. So I consult other sources. Protein Power Lifeplan recommends avoiding, wheat, corn, millet, and rye because they are inflammatory and have connections to autoimmune disorders. The Blood Type Diet pretty much recommends cutting out all grains save for Ezekial bread, which of course is always out. This is exactly why a person should follow one plan, so to simplify things I am just going to focus on the Kapha recommendations, I can always fine tune it later. As far as my overall intake, as “protein type”, I should eat 40-50% of my calories from protein, 20-30% from carbs, and the rest from fat. That basically breaks down to a max of 50 grams of fat and 112 grams of carbs. Not hard, just need to execute.

Dear carbs,

We must stop this on-and-off again relationship, we clearly cannot be friends. I will need you to leave me alone. I will do my best to ignore you, but if you keep insist on stalking me, I will be forced to take more drastic measures. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Yours Truly, Kim

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Low Carb Friendly Foods that Taste Good

I am developing quite an affection for Artic Zero “ice cream

“. It isn’t real ice cream; it is largely frozen whey protein. I wasn’t crazy about it when I first tried it a couple of years ago or even a few months ago when I tried the bars. But I am now on my third box of bars (chocolate/vailla) and I tried the cappucino pint today and I liked it pretty well. I ate less than a serving and a half cup serving is only 37 calories! The bars are only 85 calories. You can find low calories fudge bars in several brands (most have horrible ingredients) but not a chocolate coated ice cream bar. They either have good ingredients but a lot of fat, hence a lot of calories, or they are artificially sweetened with Splenda or Nutrasweet. Yuck! No thanks. This is exactly why I will NOT try Skinny Cow. Sucralose gets nowhere close to my mouth, nor do any of its cousins.

I have also become a fan of Greek yogurt. I prefer flavors over plain even though they have more carbs, but most brands aren’t too bad. I LOVE the Noosa brand, I think it has the best flavor; it’s some Aussie recipe with milk from local farmers. Taste like dessert so of course I like it. On the more low carb friendly front, both Oikos and Chobani have vanilla flavors with more protein than carbs.

PB2 is still awesome, especially the chocolate. I actually prefer Betty Lou’s Powdered Peanut Butter over regular PB2 because it is organic and sweetened with coconut sugar instead of the plain, white drug. Rabbit trail: I actually made some pretty good cookies with almond flour and coconut sugar a few weeks ago. It was my first time cooking with coconut sugar. I like it but I need to do some research on it to see it is really a better alternative or agave 2.0

For salty snacks, seaweed snacks are great. Seasnax and Annie Chun’sare my favorite. They are gluten-free and not all seaweed snacks are, many have soy sauce in them. My favorite flavors are the Annie Chun’s Wasabi and Seasnax Toasty Onion. They are not meant to be filling but at 16-50 calories they are a much better option than chips or nuts when I get the munchies (and I’m not really hungry) or I need a salt fix.

And finally my new favorite milk for all my protein shakes (the current favorite is Bluebonnet Whey Protein-grassfed and very tasty) is Good Karma Unsweetened Flax Milk. It has a great texture and the flavor goes well with any protein. It actually has some Omega 3 and at only 25 calories a cup, it’s a near perfect food.

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The Making of an Insaniac

Insanity Day 9 – so far so good
Haven’t missed a workout, in fact, I did Pure Cardio and the Fast & Furious DVD back-to-back tonight. And they was after a pretty grueling Aqua Zumba class before. Aqua is kicking my butt! All of the jumping, one leg work, plus the 90+ degree heat, it’s pretty brutal. Turnout had been great though and I couldn’t be happier. I have most of the routines down.

June challenge group is going pretty good. I am keeping track of my calories. I could be doing better with the carbs but I am keeping my total calories near my goal of 1,900.

Turnout for my Turbokick class was great last week! I hope it continues to be sucesssful, I really love teaching it. Things continue to suck at “the Palace˝. Subbing for one of the morning instructors didn’t help, the turnout was not good.  Every week I am on the verge of giving up completely but I keep trucking, keep hoping.

People keep complimenting me on my “weight loss”; unfortunately, the scale isn’t moving. In fact, last week my weigh-in was 2 lbs up. Poo! No worries, many Insanity workouts left. And they are tough; but I gotta say, Zumba has gotten me in pretty darn good shape. I am quite proud of my performance thus far.

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Here we go AGAIN

On HCG again. I am determined to get this 10-15 lbs off that keeping from single digit clothes. I am starving but I don’t care. I give people advice on HCG all the time and it’s about time I follow it myself. Day 1 down, 20 more to go.

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The ongoing cycle

Yesterday’s Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs.

I should have been disappointed, but honestly I was elated. After all of the food I have been eating the past three weeks, I am lucky I haven’t crept back to the 170s, frankly I was expecting it. Unfortunately, I cannot blame the 4 lbs on water weight. I weighed in at Curves today and my body fat % has increased 1.2%. YIKES! All of my measurements have increased. All of my clothes have been snugger, I knew things haven’t been going well. Guess this was a good kick in the pants. If anyone ever asks what my talent is, I will answer “gaining weight”.

I went to Publix tonight and bought some frozen vegetables and some fish. I bought a huge bag of frozen chicken breasts Tuesday night in anticipation of a bad weigh in this week. Back to chicken, fish, and vegetables. I am currently shopping for some discipline on Ebay and Craigslist, because I clearly need some. In the event I don’t find any for sale, I’ll just have to weigh myself every morning as motivation. I would like to see the 150s before Thanksgiving. That’s my goal. Maybe I could wear my size 8 Old Navy Jeans that won’t zip now…that would be nice.

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