Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Ok, so I missed the past couple weigh in blogs, and I wanted to get back on track with that, so here I am.
I have been actively using Spark People again for approximately 5 weeks now, and I have lost a total of 12.75 pounds, which is just about 2.55 pounds per week.
I am SO pumped and SO motivated, and most importantly, SO proud of myself!!!
To enhance my motivation, I actually ordered a SPARK Activity Tracker (I think they're calling it a SPAT for short?) last week, and I am SOOOOOO excited to get it and start using it!!!! I really think it will give me a daily visual that will remind me of my goals and encourage me not to give up, which might help me stay on track. Plus, I'm anxious to start working toward daily goals and getting those Glow Getter awards! :)
I have to admit, I was kind of surprised that I lost weight this week, especially since I had gained half a pound at the last weigh in, and I "slipped" a little over the weekend. The weekends seem to be harder for me... I kick total ass on meeting my goals and staying within my ranges during the week, but once the weekend hits, I end up having a couple beers with my husband and don't track them, I'll have a snack and not track it, etc. In all honestly, I had actually considered changing my weigh in days to Friday mornings instead of Wednesday mornings, that way if I "slipped" on weekends, I had all week to make up for it.... but you know what? I'm gonna keep these Weigh-in Wednesdays. I can do it. I'm up for the challenge. ;)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I am SO proud of myself! Another 3.25 pounds gone!
So that means in my first 2 weeks of re-starting SparkPeople, I've lost 9.25 pounds!
Now, don't get me wrong - I am SUPER happy about the weight loss. But it makes me wonder why so much is coming off these first 2 weeks when I know the healthy weight loss goal per week is 2 pounds. I mean, I'm not starving myself or anything like that - I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day and I snack a few times in between. And I don't come in below my nutrition goals at the end of the day or anything - sometimes I actually go over a little.
So it makes me wonder - before I re-started SP, was I eating SO many calories per day that now my body's in, like, shock-mode and burning the heck outta my stored fat or something? I mean, before my re-start, I didn't do any kind of portion control whatsoever. And I didn't watch what I ate. And I snacked whenever I wanted to on whatever I felt like. So I imagine my caloric intake each day was probably double (or almost double) what it is now. Maybe even more than that, for all I know.
So is it possible that my body is still adjusting to my new daily nutrition intake, and therefore I'm dropping the pounds like a boss until my body fully adjusts? Because it's not like I'm working out everyday now or anything like that.... ?
Well, regardless of the reason, I'll absolutely celebrate saying goodbye to those 9.25 pounds! And I won't let my mind get stuck on the results from the last two weeks and create a false expectation for future weigh-ins. I know a healthy (and reasonable) expectation when I step on that scale on Weigh-in Wednesdays is to hope for, like, 2 pounds gone. I'm just going to try my hardest and hope for the best!!!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Oh. My. Gosh.
So this is my second go at the Spark People program. I did SP last year for a few months and it went awesome, but then I fell off the wagon and gained much of the weight back. So here I am again. Ready for the challenge, and ready to make some changes!
So last Wednesday was my first official weigh in, and I came in at a whopping 230 pounds. (That's only 6 pounds less than my starting weight for my first go at SP, by the way.)
Over the past week, I've tracked just about everything I ate or drank (well, over the weekend I didn't track EVERYTHING, but I tracked ALMOST everything), I started a Pilates class on Thursdays, AND I snuck a couple of workouts in over the past few days.
And now it's the first Wednesday since my official weigh in. (I've decided Wednesday will be my weigh-in day, using the scale down in the fitness center at work.) I know the healthful goal is to lose 2 pounds per week. So to be honest, my expectation when I got on the scale this morning was that I'd have lost maybe 2 - 4 pounds, tops. I mean, I still ate pizza over the weekend (and cupcakes), I'm munching on healthy snacks all day and not starving myself, I've gone over my 1550 calorie daily limit once or twice.... I really was expecting just a couple pound weight loss.
So I got on the scale this morning and......
I'M DOWN SIX POUNDS ALREADY!!!!
I was absolutely SHOCKED! I kept thinking maybe it was a fluke or something. I mean, I actually snuck on the scale two days ago to take an early peek and I was down about 3 or 4 pounds, I think - but not 6!!!
I am SO pumped, SO inspired, SO motivated, and SO proud of myself for really putting my best foot forward this past week and sticking to it! I can't wait to see next week's results! (Although I am by NO means expecting another 6 pound loss again. Don't get me wrong - I love it, I'll take it, I'm super excited about it! But I also know that's not a realistic expectation to have for my weekly weigh-ins.)
Friday, April 20, 2012
Ok, so you may be wondering where the 14th weigh in went.... Well, when I weighed in last week and recorded it on my Start page, I was at work and got swamped, so I didn't have the chance to blog about it. I weighed in at 206.8 (or something like that) and I kind of shrugged it off - the previous Sunday was a holiday where I ate a wee bit heavily (but still tried to be conscious about it), then I traveled for work for three days and went to team dinners, etc. So anyway, I forgave myself and moved on. So I had gone up a couple pounds - its not the end of the world, right? It happens. But I told myself I'd try my best to get back on track.
This week, I actually DID try really hard to get back on track. And when I stepped on that scale this morning and it said 201.4, I was like HOLY CRAP!!! WOO HOOOOO!!!!!
I couldn't believe it! What progress in just one single week!!!
And then I started wondering.... did I, like, "re-set" my body and kick it into high gear by having that week where I slummed it a little, then got back on track? Is it possible that if you take a couple days and divert from your routine, it gives your weight loss a boost when you get back to your plan? Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
Friday, April 06, 2012
Ok, so I'm down another pound - but hey, a pound is a pound and I'm happy with that! Especially since I haven't been as strict to my plan a I have been in the past.... :(
Here are my "obstacles":
Ever since that darn cold I had a couple weeks ago, I haven't been heading to the fitness center every day like I used to for my lunch breaks at work. I only made it to the fitness center two times so far this week (although I plan on going again today - hopefully).
Also, I have only been measuring/weighing about 95% of the things I consume lately, which is still pretty good, but I used to measure EVERYTHING. I really think that measuring portions is a VERY helpful practice to stay on track!!!
Lastly, although I've been tracking my food most of the time, I tend to slip on the weekends - and I think that's when I probably consume more. BUT I still try to be aware of what I'm eating or drinking and *kind of* keep a running tally of nutrition measurements in my mind (well, calories at least).
So, all things considered, I'm pretty darn happy and proud that I still ended up losing a pound this week. But I think I already know what I have to do if I want to see that scale move in leaps and bounds (or ounces and pounds!) Ha ha ha!
I can do it - I am STILL doing it and never stopped - I just need more focus, I think!
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