Wednesday, July 28, 2010

3 Week Challenge

Like I mentioned in my last post, I'm away from home for  3 weeks.

I decided that by the time I return, I want to lose 15lbs. That will bring me down to 202 (well I guess I want to lose 15.2 lbs). I'm aware that's a big number but I find that when I'm away and forced into a routine, I can stay focused. So I'm looking at this like a jump start.

I'm already on a roll. I found this aerobic boot camp class and it's kicking my ass! I'm serious. Today was the 2nd day and I had to peel myself off the floor. It's basically high impact cardio and resistance but without any weights.  Lots of squats, planks and basically it's an hour of the 30 day shred! I hope to see awesome results even if it's just in inches lost.

I've been pretty good about eating too. Sticking to around 1500-1700 calories a day. I could do with a little more fruit in my diet but I'm finding it easier to stick to my calorie goals.

I'm not sure why but I'm suddenly overcome with a feeling of wanting to be the best me I can. Maybe it's because I'm single and it's really hitting me that I'm generally not attracted to unfit men and then I think to myself, well people probably think the same about you.

I like that i don't have a scale here so I won't weigh myself every day. The plan is to go to boot camp everyday except Sunday.

Wish me luck!

Monday Weigh-In

I'll try not to make it a habit to do Monday weigh-in's on other days.

Without further ado, I'm down 3.8lbs to 217.2. Factoring the 2 lbs gain from last week, that's a total of 8.6lbs gone.  So close to 10 (and a new picture).

I'm away from home for the next three weeks so I'm not going to post a weigh in till the 16th or so. Didn't pack my scale so hopefully it will be a big drop!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Monday Weigh-In

On Saturday.

I was up 2 lbs on Monday (221). I wasn't too upset because I expected it. My period did indeed come and I went to a weekend long cookout.  I learnt how much more you eat when you don't have an actual meal and just eat as things come along.

Ooh, someone brought potato salad? Let me try that. Chicken fresh of the grill? I'll have a piece. Your girlfriend just baked some brownies? and she's serving it with ice cream? Okay, just give me a little.

I am proud of myself for still tracking it all. Usually, that's the point I go into denial and pretend like if I don't track it, it didn't happen.

Foodwise, I haven't been too bad this week but if not for the 20 min walk each day to work I'd have had no exercise!

Some big goals coming up for the next 3 weeks but I'll post about them later on this weekend.

Monday, July 12, 2010

No, it is NOT brave/courageous, it's STUPID and Dangerous!

Warning: Major Rant ahead.

I was watching dance your ass off on Bravotv. It's basically a show that's a mixture of dancing with the stars and biggest loser. Fat people trying to lose weight through dancing.

I watch every reality show related to weight loss.

Anyway, one of the biggest contestants, Briana tore her ACL (it might have been some other one not positive) during dress rehearsal. Backing up a minute, even though she's the biggest girl, Briana is usually the most energetic and she has consistently amazed me with what she is able to do with her body (effectively killing my idea that I'm to big to do some dance moves).

They basically ask her if she still wants to perform (otherwise she gets eliminated) and she says YES!! What?? I'm still reeling from the decision and then the performance starts. The choreographers had modified the dance to place less stress on her leg but she's still trying to go full out and FALLS! You can see the pain in her face and she almost gave up but she kept going till the end (she definitely toned down the energy).

My point is that I don't think that's something to envy or admire. I think it's stupid. Yes, olympic perfomers have performed on a broken leg. Those people have trained for that event most their lives and maybe they feel more invested. Even then, I don't think I would do that. This is not the olympics at any rate and WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO PROVE? That you can hurt yourself further by dancing on an injured foot? I think it's one thing if you were dancing with a sprained foot or something not so serious.

People, we need to take care of our bodies. This includes not pushing it past healthy limits! I don't know why this bothered me so much but I think it's because I see that message being spread in the media so often. Even the biggest loser where they have made totally unfit/too heavy people do things i don't think they are ready for. To me, it's not admirable and it's not about courage, it's Dangerous!

Okay, rant over. No more exclamation marks.

I can't believe it!

I lost .4lbs!

A loss. Even after going 4845 calories OVER my weekly allowance and doing no exercise except for walking 20 mins to and from the train station! Color me tickled!

The scale said 219, which is 6.8lbs into my journey and 10lbs down from my highest weight! I'm excited. Some of my clothes are beginning to feel loose and I can't wait to start wearing the clothes I have in "hibernation".

This just shows me that if i had put in the effort to at least exercise, I would have kicked some serious butt! On a side note, I just noticed I have cellulite :(. Never had it before. I hope it goes away as the weight comes off!

This weeks goal is to step it up in the gym arena. I've only been once this month and I want to meet my monthly goal of going 15 times since I don't have a food goal this month.

I hope you all are doing fabulous!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'm probably going to gain this week

I don't know what it is but I can't stop eating. I think maybe my period is coming. It's not an excuse but it's probably why I polished off about 800 cals in cookies yesterday. Ah well. At least I'm still tracking! I haven't thrown it all to the wind and buried my head in the sand. It does pain me to log all those cals and sometimes I wait till the next day to do it. Apparently, it doesn't hurt enough for me to not have two breakfasts!

I also haven't been going to the gym. This one I blame on the horrendous heat wave going on in the east coast. 102 degree weather and the elliptical? No thank you. Thankfully, I have to walk about 1.7 miles everyday to get to work so there's SOME activity.

In an ideal world, I'll stay exactly the same but I'm pretty sure I'll be up a pound or two.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday Weigh-In


Yes! I'm down 2.6lbs from last week! So I'm 6.4 lbs lighter than when I started tracking! 93.6lbs to go. The plan is to lose about 2lbs a week but since I slacked in the first month and actually gained I'm trying to step it up now to catch up a little.

I fully expect to lose something every week. calories in vs calories out really works. I find that i end up choosing healthier food items because I want to get more "bang for my calories". So while i have not banned any specific foods, I find that setting a calorie limit encourages me to avoid some high calorie items because they are not filling.

I can already see a difference physically and with how my clothes fit. Another 5lbs or so and I think I should go down a size! Yes!!  That means I'll have a whole new set of clothes available to me. I have avoided buying larger clothes unless it was a necessity and so my wardrobe choices have been limited for the past year or so.

I'm revising my goal for July. I'm not mentally ready to give up carbs. I think I'll save this for September. So I'm thinking up a new Food goal for July. If you have any ideas, let me know.

A couple more pounds and it will be time for a picture! I can't wait to see what that looks like.