Sunday, October 23, 2011
So I stepped on the scale this morning to find that I have lost 2.4 lbs this week. Finally, I broke the 2 lbs loss in a week. It was bugging me a little that for the past 3 weeks I had been losing 2lbs exactly each week. I loved it, don't get me wrong, but my personal goal is to lose a total of 50 lbs bu November 20, 2011 when my competition ends. If I am below that, it is ok. Every time I have set a goal throughout this, I always ended up a week behind my goal, so I wouldn't be surprised if I ended the competition that way too. So because of the extra .4 lbs I lost, I just gotta try to lose 2.35lbs each week for the next 4 weeks to end up with 50 lbs lost. If I only lose 2 lbs even, that will just leave me 1.4lbs behind my goal and would be made up the following week. But I would love to start our second competition at 268.6. We will see what happens.
Anyway, I noticed something a little weird about my weight loss. On average, this past week, I have eaten 1700 calories a day. The week before, I ate an average of 1500 calories. The week before that, 1600. And yet, I still lose 2 lbs a week. Yes, I have been more active then previously, but not a whole lot more then before. I changed my activity a bit to going to the gym 3 times a week, strength train 3 times a week at home and on the days I do not go to the gym, I walk a couple laps around my apartments. When I walk about my apartments, I maybe burn 150-325 calories. I mostly do it because I need more steps for the day. I wear a pedometer every day and my goal is to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps. Throughout the day, when I go to work and all that, I maybe make 3500-4000 steps. Definitely not enough to count on for weight loss. So I added extra walking into my daily routine. By doing this and eating more calories, I am losing weight.
Why I call this weird is because not too long ago, I tried to force myself to eat around 1200 calories a day. Of course all that lead to was a decrease in my metabolism so I quit it immediately. My personal goal is set at eating below 1600 calories a day. Granted, my calorie range set by SP is much higher. 1560-1910 because of my increased activity. And I am sure I could eat between that with no problem, but why does seeing I am still losing weight by eating more still leave me wanting to eat less? I've always fought against SP's range unless it was the lowest at 1240-1550 or whatever it has been in the past. Then I would try to stay within that range, but when they increase it due to my activity level, I want to fight against it. Obviously it works. I really need to work on changing my thinking.
I am so close to losing 15% of my beginning weight which would be 47.8lbs total. I will be happy if I lose that amount in the next 4 weeks, but as I said before, my goal is 50lbs even which is 15.7% of my beginning weight. My friends have given up. One didn't weigh in claiming she had to work this morning so she didn't have time. Blah blah blah. The other weighed in but is the same weight supposedly. I have a feeling she is just trying to trick me. But we will see in 4 weeks. Anyway, here are the stats:
Vivien: Last weigh in was at 3.88%
Vivien and I and a few more people will be beginning a second competition on the day this competition ends. It will last for 24 weeks and instead of money being the reward, we are looking at house cleaning being the reward. The losers have to clean the winners house. And when I say clean, I mean like a spring cleaning. Washing walls, drapes, scrubbing floors, moving furniture, cleaning out closets. The whole nine yards. My sister is going to be part of this competition and she isn't happy about the reward being cleaning. She wants money. Trust me, I want money too especially since it looks like I am going to win $500 from this first competition. I love the idea of money being the reward but some of the people participating can't afford it. We still have a few weeks to set the rules in place along with the reward so we'll see what happens.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I have decided to update my rewards because every 10 lbs seems too close at this point. I could very well get a reward every 4-5 weeks. So I am spreading them out based on weight loss percentage. For every 5% I lose, I get a reward.
5%(302.6): Pedometer - Met! 08/07/11
10%(287.4): Workout shoes - Met! 09/25/11
15%(273): Heart Rate Monitor
20%(259.4): Digital food scale
25%(246.4): Comforter set
30%(234): Weekend at the Beach
35%(222.4): New Stereo for my car
45%(201):Hair dye and cut professionally
55%(181.6): Boxing Lessons
60%(172.6): Massage/Spa Day
This of course is a work in progress. It could change at anytime.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I lost another 2 lbs this week. I don't have much to say other then I did ok on my eating. I have been averaging about 1500-1600 calories a day. More then I'd like, but obviously it's still working. I am suppose to go to the gym 3 days a week and strength train three days a week with added walking around my apartment to keep my number of steps up, but I haven't done that this week. I was able to log cardio activity every day with the exceptions of Friday and Saturday. I went to the gym on Monday, I strength trained on Tuesday and I walked around my apartments Sunday-Thursday. Not too bad, but would have been much better if I could get consistent about my gym time goals and my strength training goals. I am going to try really hard this week to do so.
As for my competition, I haven't received any messages about their weigh in's so I am thinking they skipped again. They are so inconsistent, but I guess I would be too if I gave up and stopped trying. I am still going to keep pushing forward as though there is a chance I might lose this competition. We have 5 weeks left, 35 days. I added a countdown the first screen on my phone to see the countdown until the end. 35 days. Sounds like a lot but I am sure the time is going to fly by. 5 weeks to lose 11.8 lbs to meet my goal of 50 lbs for this competition. I can do it.
On a side note, I woke up this morning at 8am because I had to use the restroom. I weighed myself and was at 281.6. I then went back to bed and when I woke up at noon(yes, on weekends I try to sleep in until noon because I get up so early during the week) I weighed in at 280.4. I of course used the latter weigh in because that is my usual time to weigh in each Sunday. But now I know not to weigh in if I get up just to use the restroom. Only weigh in once. I kind of feel like I am cheating by using the second weight but it is align with my other weigh ins which have been done at or around noon on Sunday. I never get up at 8am on the weekends unless I have somewhere to go that early.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
I often compare this round of weight loss to my first attempt on SP. I did really good last time. I lost 50lbs in about 5 months and walked all the time. I fell off the wagon because I got really sick and couldn't eat, couldn't exercise...hell, I could barely get out of bed. After a few weeks, it was just so hard to try to get back to tracking and do what needed to be done. So I quit and gained back all the weight plus an additional 15lbs. The good news about that is it took me over a year to gain it all back. If only I had started back up when I saw the weight coming back on. But I didn't. So oh well. Here I am again.
But that isn't the point of this blog. The point of this blog is that I am glad I failed last time. I am glad I didn't delete my page and create a new one when I started back up. I am glad I can look back on how I did the first time around and see what I am doing different this time to stay motivated, to make this a life style change and not a diet, to stick with it. I know at the beginning of this blog I said I did really good the first time around and I did when it came to losing weight. I lost weight just as I probably would have on ANY diet. But it wasn't a diet. Or at least, it wasn't suppose to be and I didn't view it as a diet. I actually thought I was doing a lifestyle change. But I wasn't. I was still eating crap, just less of it. I wasn't trying to bring healthier lower calorie foods into my diet. I wasn't trying to eat more veggies and fruits. Yes, I would walk around my apartments, and that was good, but I don't remember being more active all together.
This time around, I am trying to change my taste buds. I want to WANT to eat veggies(I wish I could use italics on here). I want veggies to be a normal part of my daily meals. I don't want to have to consciously find a veggie to add to make my meals healthier. I want to like more veggies thus I've got to try more veggies. I like some already uncooked. I am not a big fan of a lot of cooked veggies because the flavor is too potent and the texture is very unappealing, but I am going to slow try to increase my veggie intake.
Last time around, I remember clearly eating dry cheerios and a yogurt for breakfast almost everyday. I thought that was healthy because come on, cheerios are good to lower cholesterol and yogurt is good for you, right? And also because I worked for a call center and they were easy to eat between calls. But I wonder why I didn't stick with that? Duh! It was the same thing every day and anyone would get bored of it.
I am going to stop comparing this time around to last time because last time was not as good as I thought it was. Once I actually looked at it, I thought, "Are you kidding me? You thought that was good?" It wasn't. I am actually making healthy changes. They are slow and slow is good. I keep telling myself "Progress, not perfection." That is my mantra. I say it to myself daily. I am bound to make this time stick.
I have bought and read The Spark. I bought the cookbook and have already gone through it to mark which recipes I want to try. I am going to try a new recipe each week. Slowly but surely I will change my meal plans to integrate healthier lower calorie foods into my diet. I will increase my activity and find new ways to be active. I will teach these healthy habits to my son who will hopefully grow up to be healthy and thin and not have to worry about weight problems. What I do today, reflects not only on myself but on my son as well. It is my responsibility to teach him healthy habits so can flourish in life without having something hold him back.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I intend to make the best of it! No more comparing today to yesterday because if yesterday was so great, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
I weighed in today and was down another 2 pounds making my total weight loss 36.4 lbs. I am on target for making my goal of 50 lbs by the end of my competition with friends, which ends in 6 weeks. I just gotta lose about 2.5 lbs a week on average. If I only lose 2 lbs on average, I will be just below my goal at 48 lbs. I am so excited.
I really didn't do great this week, but I did do good. I only made it to the gym twice and only did strength training once, but I ate decently in calories with the exception of Friday. I allowed myself to indulge on Friday because I had done so well and wanted to keep my body guessing. I usually go out to the same few places for lunch when I go out to lunch which is usually twice a week. I either go to subway, Chipotle or jack in the box because they are closest to my work and I can count the calories. Sometimes we will go to In & Out if I am allowing myself higher calories for lunch, but usually it's the same 3 places. So I decided on Friday that it was time to allow myself to go to Amapola which is a mexican place. They don't have the nutrition information available that I know of so it's hard to eat there because I have to guesstimate my calories. I absolutely hate having to do that but I love to eat there. It's just so damn good.
Another place I like to eat is Pat and Oscar's but high in calories even if I can track them. That will be my next splurge in a couple of weeks. I love their breadsticks. Total weakness of mine. And at least there, I can count my calories and know exactly what I ate.
I bought a pedometer as a reward for losing 30 pounds. It came in the mail last Tuesday so I have been wearing it everyday. It was definitely a shock to me. I barely clear 4000 calories on a normal day. Because I wanted to know where I was, I haven't been wearing the pedometer when I go to the gym or doing anything extra. Now that it is a new week, I will be wearing it for all the time, whether it be to the gym, doing extra walking, anytime.
Now that I know that I can barely clear 4000 on a normal day, I have decided to implement additional walking into my daily routine. I have been doing a lot of thinking and realized that here I am, 15 weeks in and my body doesn't crave activity like it use to do last time around. I realized that is because I am inconsistent. I have absolutely no intention on going to the gym 6-7 days a week...ever. I only want 3-4 days at most with 3 days of strength training at home, even if those days overlap. So I figured what I can do consistently is walking around my apartments. So I will begin walking a lap or two around my apartments in the morning and 1-2 laps at night. That way my body gets use to the activity and hopefully will crave it so that I can keep it up.
I bought the Sparkpeople cookbook. It came in the mail on Friday, however nobody picked it up from the office so I have to wait until tomorrow or Tuesday to get it. So because I didn't have it and was anxious to start trying new recipes, I looked on sparkrecipes and found a couple of recipes. I made two new recipes for dinner last night. One that I know is in the cookbook because it was listed as a sneak peek which is Three Cheese Macaroni and a Peppercorn Steak. It was supposed to have herbed blue cheese with it but I couldn't find any blue cheese when I went shopping for ingredients. So I had to get creative and added A1 sauce. Yeah, I know. Not very creative but it tasted great and ended up being about the same calories as Chef Meg's recipe with blue cheese.
This is getting long so getting on to the competition. Both of my friends actually weighed in today. Here are their stats:
With 6 weeks left, I think I can say the win is in the bag. But I am not getting too excited yet. I know a lot can happen in the 6 weeks, such as me plateauing and my friends busting their butt and losing a lot of weight. So I am still going to work hard as though this is still a competition. Especially since I want to lose 50 lbs total by the end.
My friend Shayna is a bit discouraged. She wanted to know how many calories she would have to lose in order to win. I did two scenarios for her: 1) If I keep losing at 2.41lbs a week on average, she would need to lose 24lbs in the next 6 weeks to beat me. 2) If I only lose an average of 2lbs a week, she would need to lose 22lbs in the next 6 weeks. Seeing as how she only weighs 225lbs now and isn't on the show The Biggest Loser, I really doubt that will be possible. But I am going to pretend that it is and bust my butt.
Imagine this...my goal is a total of 50 lbs and at 2lbs a week average, that will put me at 48 lbs. What if I kick butt and lose close to 60lbs by the end of the competition? I will try!
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