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08-01-2013, 11:57 AM
Well Namaste was the last to post and as she said its AUGUST. SO here is the new chat!

Namaste- I thought I remembered correctly!

Well, had church yesterday evening so Im doomed to 2 Insanity workouts, thankfully on is just stretching. Going to go to the grocery store on lunch to pick up a few things. Today's weight was not as I expected but I know why and not my fault! Lets just say i wish i could upgrade my digestive system.

08-01-2013, 07:37 PM
Lol my 15 minutes of fame! :D

Lisa- Yup, you did. :) I love my crazy fiancÚ, or is that my fiancÚ loves to drive me crazy? Lol either way. 2 Insanity workouts? You're braver than me!

Well, I have decided to bite the bullet and go to vet tech school. I just can't imagine spending my whole life working where I work. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad job but not something I want to do for the rest of my life. I have always loved working with animals, especially birds, and want to work with exotic birds. I fell in love with my mother-in-law's happy-go-lucky coc-katiel named Noisybird (I named him that, he didn't have a name before and because he tended to squawk at random moments, I named him Noisybird and it stuck.) Anyhoo, after knowing the crazy little birdy I knew I wanted to work with birds.

I am also considering finding a different job to work while I'm in college, one with more flexible hours and one where I wouldn't stick out so bad. :) I mean, not a soul is like me in that place. :) I just want to make some positive changes to myself cause I know I'm so much better than what I allow myself to be! :)

Well, that about wraps it up for me. Take care all! :)

08-01-2013, 11:50 PM
Namaste984, congratulations on making that decision to follow your passions! Hopefully you can find a way to balance work and school, I know a few people who have done so successfully and they are always an inspiration.

As for me, I just finished up a round of work about half an hour ago, and I have work again tomorrow. Tonight there was a graduation on my campus of an alternative medicine school. Their graduations are very tiny (it is a school of graduate studies), but the people are also very nice. They decorate with a lot of cut flowers and tonight they gave us some for working the event! I am now the proud owner of four peach and pink colored roses and one sunflower. Tomorrow morning I plan on walking to the garden store and buying some materials to try to root them and make them into bushes! :) My mom doesn't like roses and so we don't have any at home, however I also received good news this evening.

I have been working on my campus all summer long, and summer housing closes on the 7th. I am scheduled to work until the start of classes. I turned in a form and am now allowed to move into my fall housing on the 7th!!!! I am super excited to check out my new place, and I feel that having live plants will really help me get over being in such a big place alone. That and I intend on having the BF over for cookie making (he can't cook and is a picky eater, I do nothing but cook delicious food he either can't or won't eat haha :P).
Tomorrow's trip to the garden store will be lovely!!! <3

08-03-2013, 09:32 AM
August is here everyone! This will probably be my last post before I disappear for a week. I'm going to Kyoto with my lovely boyfriend on Monday. It's funny, this weekend is the first weekend in a LONG time that I've been on my own (usually spend it with the boyfriend but he's visiting a friend) and I realise that I become a hermit when left to my own company. Seriously have just been watching TV all day -_-. BUT I have been planning my vacation and figuring out what outfits to wear (whilst dancing to the music I had playing at the time...is that a workout?!). I've got a pair of genie pants and I love them and they look great on me...but it's SO HOT in Kyoto so I'm worried they might make me become more of a sweat monster. Probably going to risk it anyway, all for looking good. Oh the vanity.

I also didn't nap today, which is what I always do when I'm alone all day. I'm seriously like a cat, aren't I? Tomorrow I'm going to pack, maybe go to Ueno and do some shopping for hair accessories (going to be having my hair up so want it to look purdy), Skype with a friend I haven't spoken to in ages and then get really nervous about the travelling the next day! I don't fear travel I just get all jittery about going somewhere that I haven't been before even though it's usually fine.

As for weight stuff, well I'm heading up towards the 160s again which is entirely my fault since I've been acting like a sloth. BUT I recently got introduced to Blogilates.com (posted by another member on the forum) and checked out what she's all about. It's run by Cassey Ho who's a fitness instructor and she makes these really cool monthly calendars that link to her variety of fitness videos. When I signed up for her newsletter (to get the password to see the calendar) I was emailed a beginners calendar so I'm going to give it a go when summer vacation is done. That's going to be on the 19th August. I did a little meal plan today, combining her healthy recipes, my own recipes and the Insanity nutrition guides recipes. So it's pretty much a sheet of things I should be making for myself and not succumbing to EVIL READY MADE MEALS. The calendars are really appealing to the eye too and I'm a sucker for that so I'm super excited to get it started. It's staring me right in the face as I type this.

But first things first, summer vacation. 4 days in Kyoto and then a week of my friend visiting me in Tokyo. I have jammed all of what Tokyo has to offer in a week so I intend on not restricting my eating so I figured eff trying to stay on plan and healthy and just enjoy it. I am going to be doing A LOT of walking, so I hope the none stop exploring/being a tour guide will shed some weight on its own. I can hope right?! The summer heat/humidity has kicked in so I'll be drinking a lot more water so that should help too.

Really looking forward to my adventures, I'm almost wishing this weekend away so I can get started. Ooh, on a random boring note I had the best nights sleep I've had last night. Since my boyfriend wasn't here to wake me up with his annoying snoring/weird sleeping noises (he clicks his tongue in his sleep, seriously wtf) I got uninterrupted z's. I woke up feeling like it was midday but it was only like 9am. Wow, I'm so lame right now aren't I?!

Anywho, if I don't post tomorrow have an awesome week!


lisa - 2 Insanity workouts?! Even the stretching ones wear me out. Those squat pulses set fires off throughout my body. BEAST!

namaste - Congrats on your new life direction! Sounds like you're on the right track to happiness :)

Davi - Your Mum doesn't like roses? How can one dislike a flower?! Good luck gardening! What job do you have?

08-05-2013, 06:28 PM
So I am stressed right now, and it has a lot to do with the fact that my room is a mess, I have papers to write, and I am moving to my fall housing assignment in two days time. I am putting off everything that NEEDS to be done for things which ease my stress (such as looking at houses on Zillow), which is both easing my stress while I do said things, but adding to the stress as those things which NEED to be done, are not being done. I've made a list of things to do, and am currently on the second item, cleaning off my desk. Which of course means turn on Pandora, check facebook, and post here. >.< I wish I knew how to change this behavior.

08-05-2013, 07:01 PM
Woohoo! August!! I'm really looking forward to October though, when it *finally* starts cooling down around here. But for now, I get 100+ degrees until further notice. Yuck!

Because of that disgusting heat, I'm looking for ways to keep myself working out while indoors. I wish I could just go to the gym on post like everyone else, but sharing a car with DH is proving difficult for me to get anywhere. On the other hand, I could always just do P90X again...or not lol

This past weekend has been awful in the way of keeping the calories low, but all the "weight" I put on is purely water weight, so I'm back to watching what I eat today and chug-a-lugging that water.

Davikat I wish I knew how to stop procrastination as well. When you find that magic pill, sell me a few!! ;)

lisa I sincerely bow to your greatness for doing 2 Insanity workouts in a day. I've only done two of those workouts ever and I started crying like a frustrated little kid halfway through both of them. Never again. I'll stick with p90x thank you!

08-05-2013, 09:15 PM
Ahhhh I'm really hoping I can do some good this month! I am back to where I started at 260. I started the week off pretty good! I'm going to exercise tonight as well. I hope you ladies had a good Monday. c:

08-05-2013, 11:07 PM
Well I managed to put away my laundry and clear off my bed...but then I also added in talking to EVERYONE on my friends list and deciding to apply to the Peace Corps...which involved informing my boyfriend what that would entail. So in about a year I may be breaking up with him.I sure as **** do not expect him to wait 27 months for me, and I don't really know where life is going to lead me during my time, but I know that this is something I want to do. I still have papers and projects to do. I figure if I do one of the papers and head to bed I will be able to rise early and get the other one done. :)

08-09-2013, 11:19 AM
ladies! just popping in to say I am still here and working hard.Life is crazy and i am running consitently as well as working out with friends 6 days a week. scale is slow but the inches are coming off fast. I am my old ten jeans! what an amazing feeling. I couldn't even pull them up last month! haha


08-09-2013, 11:42 AM
Congratulations Sun!
I am in a stressful situation today. I am attempting to finance my last year of m undergraduate degree, and not having any luck. I have no credit history, and all the people I know with a credit history have bad credit. I am really down in the dumps today.

08-12-2013, 10:23 AM
WTG Sun! You look great!
I finally quit my horrible gas station job to focus more on school and myself. Ever since I quit, the weight has fallen off. I went from 222.5 to 217.0, which is my lowest weight so far. I would love to see the elusive 216, which has been the weight I have been aiming for. That would mean exactly 15 pounds lost. Also, my GI problems stopped when I quit. I have been having horrible GI issues and I thought it was from my supplements since stuff like Valerian can cause GI issues, but I guess it was from severe stress and lots of bad food.

And yes, I'm going to vet tech school! I am doing it online through a for-profit school (yes I know, but my fiancÚ went to a for-profit college and has had no problems finding work) and so far I have all A's and am studying hard. Because of the nature of the job and needing some hands-on experience, I am going to volunteer at the animal shelter I used to volunteer at. :)

That's about it for me. I hope you guys have a fantastic day and I will chat with you guys later!

08-12-2013, 10:57 AM
Hi ladies!! I'm new around here but hoping to hop in on the discussions :)

08-12-2013, 12:08 PM
Congrats Namaste! and Welcome Joy! :D
Well the finance part of school is still kind of hanging in limbo right now, but I am not going to worry about it. I spent the weekend on a Church vacation where we went camping and visited A TON of church history sites! It was just the thing to recenter me on the important things of life (faith, family, friends). I feel like a lot of stress has just been removed from my shoulders.

So essentially if we are unable to find a financing option, I will be putting my education on hold, filling out an "intention to return" form at the register's office, and joining the Americorps NCCC for the winter term. I'd work on paying off one of my loans in the process and hopefully by the end of my service I'd be able to finance the last three classes I need to graduate.

My mother is unhappy about this plan as she believes that any pause in attending school will mean I will not go back. We had long arguments about it which were emotionally draining. I ended up binging on food afterwards, and then going camping. If I hadn't gone camping this weekend, I think my mindset would be a lot worse now.

08-12-2013, 12:31 PM
Davi- I feel ya girl! I'm worried about how quitting my job will affect my education too, but thankfully the remaining paychecks will cover the program and keep me from having to quit going to school. Normally my parents would pay for it, but my parents are a little weird and refuse to cover me for college unless its something they approve of. My parents wanted me to go into a certain field even though I had a lot of options I wanted which did not include that field. So trust me, I understand the family strife. Church history visits sound fun! I'm a Buddhist myself but my fiancÚ is a Christian so I like churches and things like that. :) I got to see the Vatican when I was in college and I thought that was super cool, beautiful paintings and all that. :)

Joy- :welcome: Hope you have a great time here! :)

I have been sticking to my diet thus far. I went to Whole Foods this morning (AKA Whole Paycheck, lol) and ate a really good breakfast. I am hoping to go to the Farmer's Market this week and get some good veggies to make salads and such. I'm also going to try to do the Glow Run 5K again this September and add to my medal collection (of one medal, lol). I don't know if I will run it with only a few weeks to train, but I will definitely be running it next year! :)

08-12-2013, 06:46 PM
Hi, I'm going to hop in here too. I'm about to go back to school for a masters program in special education and also earn a certificate in applied behavior analysis. I'm going to be paying this off for a while when I get out and I'm freaked out about finding a job because my husband is leaving the Army about a month after I graduate so I'm going to be like eeek pressure is on! But we have no children so that's a load of stress off our backs, and that's in 2015 so we're going to start putting away what we can to live off of that for a little while when that happens.

08-12-2013, 09:40 PM
Amy- That sounds awesome, best of luck to you in your studies!

So yeah, back home and dealing with my mom lying to me some more. I don't know if she's lying more or I just didn't notice it before, but she owes me A LOT of money and told me she would pay me at a certain time today and then this afternoon told me she never said anything about that and said she would pay me in 4 days. And this is not the first time she has done something like this. The past few months since I moved back home (or rather, was forced out of my apartment after my mom promised to pay my rent and then told me out of the blue one day she wasn't paying it, wrecking my credit history and causing me to have to move back home... great parents right?) has been constant manipulation, lies, and insults daily.

I know I could let it get to me, binge eat like crazy and then conk out. Which is what I did initially, partially from stress and partially from relief of different stress. I didn't feel very good about that, and after my mom lied to me yet again, I decided I was going to fight back in my own way. I decided to go to the gym. I worked out for thirty minutes on the treadmill while engrossed in Dean Koontz's latest novel, and then 120 calories later, I felt better.

One of the ways I deal with things is just to be the better person. My mom is overweight, bitter, and just not a very nice person. My dad is nice if you don't talk to him much about anything important. But I have gone my own way, becoming a Buddhist in 2008, losing weight, and going to school for what I wanted, against my parents' wishes. And naturally they hate me for it. But I have decided that my wishes and dreams are important too. I have decided I am also going to go for my personal trainer certification as well, which has always been a dream of mine. I am going to knock em dead! :)

Well, sorry about my long rant. I keep hoping for positive changes and I know I will get them soon. Have a wonderful night all. :)

08-13-2013, 03:05 PM
Lol I notice when I post, the chat goes quiet. I hope I haven't done anything wrong. :)

I finally got my lazy bum to yoga class this morning. I have to admit, I was cursing the yoga instructor silently in my head for making me work this hard, but I got over it towards the end of the session and ended up feeling really good. Tonight I'm going to try Zumba for the first time in a looooooong time and I think I will yet again get my butt handed to me on a platter. :D

I went up 0.6 lbs this morning but I think it was due in part to eating some salty food. I think it will go back down as I get some more water in me. I have also taken to eating protein bars before my workout (and sometimes after depending on what kind of things I did) but I have found a few I like. I intend to go back to my super cute nutrition counselor to check out some boxes of protein bars that I can keep at home pre- and post-workout. :)

Welp, gotta get back to studying. Hope everyone has a great day.

Iconised Ghost
08-19-2013, 03:54 PM
namaste- congrats on going to vet school! what's a for-profit school? Sounds like things are going well in lots of different areas of your life now :) Sorry to hear about your mum :( Will you live with her for long? Sometimes distance does make the heart grow fonder. Dont worry about killing the chat! We've all been there ;)

davikat- congrats on the housing! Is it hard to get? Hope your roses grow! I am envious of people who can grow things, I tend to kill plants just by looking at them wrong. Maybe you can do set a timer for the procrastination stuff? Like, 15 mins doing what you need to do, then 15 mins of procrastination/break?

sun- well done on the jeans! awesome!

Joy- welcome!

amy- welcome too!

Well, things have been busy for me! I finally got my head around "hey if I eat like a crazy person, I will gain weight!" and decided to stop and actually change that. So yesterday was my first day back on the wagon and hopefully the first of many. It's been hard, I've just started a new job as a psychologist, my first job in clinical work since I became registered about a year and a half ago, so its very scary and stressful, but also very exciting and I feel like it will be good for me. But it means I'll be working 6 days a week until september, and then alternating 5 and 6 day weeks, which I dont think will be sustainable. But we will see how it goes!

08-21-2013, 12:55 PM
I'm jumping in on this convo too since it seems there are others with educational goals!

I am planning on completing a double bachelors by next spring so I am going to be bombed with extra classes this semester. I am signing up for 5-6 classes for fall semester alone, all online so I can work 2 jobs. As I hadn't planned on the second BA, so to afford it, I'm testing out of some of the intro required courses - I have a CLEP scheduled already for Sept. 23 and I'm going to be signing up for another test for October. I will have to 2 more tests by the end of semester before my degrees are audited for Spring and I can sign up for whatever remains. :book2:

I just realized I will be doing something like 30 credits in one semester so I believe this forum will be my social life aside from my daily sales calls. :dizzy:

My long term goal is to be in an MBA program next July. To think that I was my families wild child, dropping out of school and moving to Hollywood, then New Orleans and now to come full circle and end up right where I started. There is a little voice inside saying "screw this, lets move to the beach!" however that same little voice used to go silent when its crazy ideas didn't account for paying the electric bill on time.

I already work in the industry I want to be in and getting into it can be the hardest part. This time next year, I hope to be in the marketing department and/or working on location for live events. I really want to be traveling at least 25% of the time and I won't be killing myself for the MBA. I might be a tad loopy for doing this much so fast but I just want to get these 2 BA's done and over with so I can get promoted. :dancer:

08-21-2013, 03:50 PM
Hey everyone!!! I'm going to jump in on this post too!
Hope everyone is having a great week!!:)

08-21-2013, 08:37 PM
Katz- Wow that's pretty cool! I want to get a doctorate in Microbiology eventually... I'm literally starting from scratch after some craziness in my life. I had a job but I was literally put down and harassed every day and I was sick from stress so I quit, and lost 7 lbs immediately, lol. Right now I'm looking for a job to help pay for my schooling so I'm going through Career Services at school. I have a Bachelor's in English (Technical Writing) but it is a useless piece of paper unless you have a specialization (usually engineering or an MD) to go with it. I hope everything turns out great for you in your studies.

MHill- Hi there! *waves* Are you anywhere near Nashville? I lived in Nashville for 3 years and Memphis for 18.

I am in full beastmode now. I ran for 10 consecutive minutes today for the first time since, well, ever. I am training for a 5K at the end of September and so is my fiancÚ so we are both running fools, lol. I also shattered my plateau by running, going even lower than I was before the brief gain. I am now at 213.6 and ~18 pounds down. I have also started experimenting with more gothic style makeup and looks, though my tastes are kind of an eclectic mix of bright colors and dark hair and makeup with occasional black pieces in there too. I love my style and I hope to continue experimenting with makeup and such.

I have also noticed my muscles getting more defined. My calves look h3lla stunning and my butt is getting smaller. I also looked down once while I was driving and realized that most of my belly fat is gone. I have never had much belly fat just because of the way I am shaped but now I have even less of it. And also, I fit into a size L in women's clothes (I am a hiker and love North Face, but it runs just a touch big) and around an 18 in jeans. I feel so great about myself now and I hope to keep it up.

How has everyone else's day gone? :)

08-21-2013, 09:10 PM
So today I came back from spending a few days with my boy. First off, boys are gross. The sheer state of his kitchen T_T. I tricked him into cleaning by washing his dishes while he cooked dinner for the two of us. I was watching as he prepared things, and I realized that I have a duty to teach him to cook. His version of cooking was to throw frozen Chinese food into a pan and heat it till it was cooked. Preservatives are the enemy ladies.
Well I have this thing about me where once I start cleaning, I get into a craze of sorts. Then again, his kitchen needed it. THERE WAS MOLD IN THE STRAINER! I also cleaned the counter-tops, his microwave (another gross venture), and he and I scrubbed down his floors with bleach and hand scrubbies. I let him help with the floor because he felt bad just standing there as I got things done.
Even though his kitchen was in bad shape when I started, by the time we finished the floor it looked much better. I am saving cleaning his cabinets and fridge until I go over again. I really wish I could just swoop in and deep clean his entire place. It helps when spaces are clean for my mind to calm down haha.
To prevent this from sounding like a rant about how gross boys are when they live alone, let me clarify my point. I love my boyfriend, and he puts up with my cleaning urges, and it was super nice to act all domestic around him. This is a new feeling for me as 1) I have never been in a relationship this long (on the 30th it will be 4 months) and 2) I have never been domestic around past boyfriends before. Like I could see he and I moving into a place together and I would be totally content keeping up with the housework and such. It is so very odd.

08-22-2013, 09:04 PM
Davikat: Your guy and mine are opposite! Mine has OCD and freaks out when our apartment gets messy. He gets flustered and starts banging stuff around while cleaning (to show how annoyed he is, lol). When I clean, he acts like its Christmas - I can just load the dishwasher and he's ecstatic.

Namaste: Sorry to hear how much your job stunk! At least you're out of it and moving on. If you were interested in online classes/schools let me know - I've gone though a few types (for profit and state schools) as well as I have a friend who is doing her doctorate online (she's in IT so its most likely easier). I only mention it as I would hate to see someone loose what they've worked hard for with a first degree. Crazy people like me scare the pants off advisers who tend to be really behind on whats out there for online education.

Now, I wanted to comment on something weird that I found helps me stick to exercise:cold showers. I love Tim Ferris and while I can't always apply his methods, I tried the cold showers tip from 4 Hour Body. I tried it because he said based on results from his companion app, people were 29% more likely to stop his plan if they didn't take cold showers. For me, it feels good after Insanity and it makes my bf happy since I take less time bathing. I made it to month 2 of Insanity just by doing the showers and I have tried Insanity before and given up, even when I was in better shape. I'm now doing P90X 2 times a week for a hybrid month, mostly one day for arms and the yoga on my normal rest day. I also started eating eggs for breakfast which is helping me with my 3 pm munchies.

Anyone else have weird tricks that keep them going?

08-22-2013, 09:30 PM
Katz- Thanks! I actually like the community college environment, and I will be transferring to a 4-year college later on. I'm one of those weirdos who will probably still take classes even after I have a degree, whether it is continuing ed or just refresher courses. I heard my college is offering a personal trainer certification which makes me all excitable. :D I will probably do it next year when I have lost a bit more weight. :) Oh Lordy cold showers! I could never do that, what I do is bring my sundry of stuff to the gym and take a shower after I've done all my workouts. Having it right after feels so stinkin' amazing and works out the kinks in my muscles!

I had this great and wonderful post going and my spasmodic computer decided that it had had enough of being in this window and closed it before I got a chance to send it, lol! So I guess I will start again.

I ran for 12 consecutive minutes today, where before I was struggling just to run for a minute and a half. I have to say that breaking past 15 minutes will probably be the hardest, but I love to run and I am willing to put the extra work in. I have also been blogging along the way, and since I've become more successful my readership has almost doubled. You can check it out here (http://wloss365.blogspot.com) if you like.

I have applied for a job at Lululemon, which is a running shop around here. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and aiming more towards jobs in something I'm actually interested in or do as a hobby so that when people ask me questions I actually know the answer. Heck, I go to REI and educate my friends on proper stove burning techniques in the woods, and I know more than half the employees! Unfortunately, REI doesn't often have openings so that's probably not going to happen that I become an employee. But I am starting to get a more accurate picture of what a job for me should and should not look like. :)

Well, I'm going to do some chemistry homework, since it's not likely to become asexual and do itself. Have a great day all!