I’ve been extremely unhappy with myself lately, as I took a hiatus from running and gained back every single pound I fought so hard to lose, as well as picking up a few more on the side. Awesome. I’m trying very hard to get back in the rhythm of things, but my acquisition of a second part-time job often means I’m working 11-13 hours a day and am not in the mood to go for a run or even do a pilates/workout DVD when I get home. The simple answer would be to wake up earlier, but I do have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and thus “reward” myself with sleeping in a little bit when I can. Plus it’s bitterly cold outside and I absolutely loathe and detest the cold, especially when it’s a choice between being outside sucking at running in the frigid air, or being inside sucking at running on the warm couch with my warm dog.

Excuses, excuses.

I also have fallen into the age-old trap of being both too broke and too busy to really eat healthy. Many days I forget to eat at job 1, or snack on whatever’s available on the free-for-all table. Then I’m stuck at job 2 for the remainder of the day, and a half hour break only frees up enough time to run to the cafe for a sweet, sugary, diabetic-coma-causing treat, or one of the nearby fast food joints for a carb-laden, fatty, heart-attack-inducing ‘meal.’ Oh, plus I’m usually putting all my last silver coinage into my gas tank (filtered first through the gas station attendant, of course – I know better than to put non-liquids and non-gasoline-things in my car) so my choices are further limited to what I’ve got in my pocket at any given time (mostly lint, pens, hair ties, random scraps of paper with impertinent information). When I do get a chance to eat, usually around 11 at night, I’m exhausted and just graze – and graze and graze and graze. My mom has been kind enough to drop off food she’s made (pork chops, roasted potatoes, macaroni & cheese, sweet potatoes, barbecue chicken) but I tend to blindly shove as much of it in my face as I can, as soon as possible.

How do I get back into eating healthily, and normally? Or will that have to wait till I am in better financial arrears at the beginning of the year? Should I just throw myself, heart and soul, back into running and know that every little bit I do in that regard will help my health?

I would really like an indoor bike trainer to lock my bike onto so that I can ride indoors in my warm, warm house to my heart’s content while I read a book or watch TV, or a new gym membership, or clothes warm enough to run around outside in; I would also like enough money to buy fresh fruits and veggies and proteins every week and enough time in which to cook them properly and healthily.

In lieu of those things, since I’m sure no one wants to buy them for me or arrange so that they are readily available for me, can you help me out by either encouraging me and pledging to ‘get healthy’ with me, or offering tips/tricks/advice to get me through this and on to losing weight/being healthy again? How do you find or make the time? Can you hold me accountable for runs/workouts if I post about them on Facebook or Twitter?

I would absolutely super-love it, and you!

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  • BY Deborah rybicki on December 9th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    These things work for me:

    -If I eat only one meal it’s in the AM rather than the PM. After doing it for so long I am now always hungry in the morning-not so much at night.

    -I know you said you have two jobs, but even in my down time I try to keep super productive/busy (it sucks, but it helps)

    -I get sleep. When you’re too tired you crave bad food & eat more. Try eliminating distractions when you want to sleep (tv/laptop)

    -I always have ab exercises printed out(I could email them if you want) & I do them every other night even if I don’t do anything else. When I do go to the gym it’s always at random times- I have trouble making time too.

    -I also log my weight every day on a sheet & when I’m higher than I’m happy with (even if a lot of times your weight fluctuating like that is water weight) it helps me to eat better that day.

    -I don’t go blow a wad of cash on fresh food all the time. I eat a lot of egg whites with veggies in them (I do buy 2% sliced cheese to eat with it-1/2 the calories of regular) & I lay off the bread. I have a sweet tooth so when I’m craving candy I drink a glass of diet pop- I don’t drink it regularly so it’s sweet to me.

    I’m a diet-obsessive (who lets it go once in a while), so I can definitely offer support- I’m constantly pushing myself. And if you post it on twitter you’ll find a TON of support there from everyone else too : )

  • BY oh, rebecca on December 14th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    My problem with eating in the AM rather than in the PM is that I often wake up with about twenty minutes to get ready/shower/let the dog out before I have to leave for one of the jobs. I’m NOTORIOUSLY bad about waking up in a timely fashion. Then I usually don’t eat till about 1-2pm.

    I just want to be so lazy (and warm) on my downtime, I need to work around it. I’m having a hard time balancing good lazy downtime with productive downtime though.

    Sleep is also a difficulty for me; I have trouble falling asleep, and then when I finally get to sleep I have trouble waking up. I make it a point not to have the TV or laptop on when I’m in bed. There’s not even a TV bedroom.

    I do need to get back to doing ab/arm/leg exercises at the very least. Send yours my way, lady!

    Rejoining a gym is becoming more of a priority now, and when classes start again in January, I think I’ll have a chunk of time between my Tuesday or Thursday classes to hit the campus gym. No excuse not to (other than to avoid running into an ex).

    As for logging my weight, I get too OCD and hateful about myself if I do that. When I was much more committed, I logged it once a week. I would seriously beat myself up about a day where I was a quarter of a pound more than the day before. I’m too fragile for that :-/

    I think I need to start cooking once or twice a week again, so that I have enough leftovers to tide me through. If I make my regular stir fry, I can eat for a few days from it.

    All good tips, thanks Deb!

  • BY Bethany on December 9th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I will get healthy with you. I’ve heard really good things about both http://www.dailymile.com/ and http://www.logyourrun.com/. It’s important to me that when I start running, there is some kind of public place to post my mileage, times, and most importantly the dates of my workouts, to help hold myself accountable. Want to pledge to shame each other publicly on twitter if we don’t work out? When are you starting? I ordered my first real running shoes in mid November and the lady on the phone swears up and down that they’re finally shipping out to me tomorrow.

  • BY oh, rebecca on December 14th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Bethany!!

    I use the runkeeper app on my phone to log everything, and yes, I agree with having things post publically to be held accountable. I’m definitely up for public shaming on twitter. When do you want to start? Did your shoes come yet? What kind did you get? I got some new ones earlier this year, as I think my knee problems from last year were basically entirely the fault of my old, not-made-for-running shoes. Yikes!

    Let me know how and when you want to do this!

  • BY stephanie on December 14th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I’m having a hard time making myself run lately, too. It’s cold, and I’m tired. And I LOVE running in the cold! We could team up and force each other to run! I use Nike+ to track my runs and I <3 it but it costs $$$ (a little, a lot if you dont have an ipod nano/touch).

    As for food, I'm trying to avoid sugars during the week (a la South Beach) so it's a lot of eggs, cheese, and beans lately. I am also rushing every morning so I need quick food. I can make breakfast at the office (have a microwave) so scrambled eggs are easy and cheap and quick. I also like thinks like Atkins shakes/SlimFast. the key to breakfast is PROTEIN! Keeps you going longer. And I try to drink water when I'm thirsty – and only one diet coke/day.

    Except I haven't given up the alcohol yet…oops!

    Baby steps are key! Keep up the efforts. I, for one, am going to get whiskey. But I ate refried beans for dinner (fat free!), so, that makes it cool, right?

  • BY oh, rebecca on December 16th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    It’s so cold! Way too cold! How do you successfully run outdoors in the cold? It hurts my lungs and I get too hot/too cold!

    We will absolutely force each other to run. I like using Runkeeper, as I don’t want to have to buy special shoes and a special chip to track my runs with Nike+ :-\ Plus I already paid for Runkeeper Pro!

    I should make breakfast at either of my jobs when I’m there, there is a microwave and since I’m not out on the floor, but upstairs in the office, I can eat at my desk. I should probably get back into my whey protein and casein shakes. I’m trying to seriously cut down on my coke/pepsi/chai habits (it’s hard, though).

    I haven’t had a drink in… a month? Wow! A record for me, haha.

    Let’s do this! Little ickle wee baby steps.

    What’s your recipe for lasagna? I used to make a horribly good, but probably horribly fatty one (I mixed in alfredo sauce with the tomato sauce, but also subbed beef for turkey).

  • BY stephanie on December 14th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Oh, I also make giant servings of things so it lasts forever. Lasagna is perfect for this. I love it, and it lasts about 2 weeks. I use a recipe that is about 300 calories/serving, so, it’s healthy, too.

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