Sunday, December 04, 2011
I wasn't going to weigh in today. I want to wean myself off the scale by cutting down to every other week, but I stood in the bathroom arguing with myself this morning and decided to weigh after all. I think I am going to continue weighing in every week since I decided to participate in the second weight loss competition and because I just like knowing how good I am doing. It is easier to see what works and what doesn't when you can see the weight loss for each week. Ok, at least that is going to be part of my excuse to weigh in.
Well I got on the scale this morning and found I weigh 270.4lbs. I wish I could have lost that extra 0.6lbs so I could be under 270 but that's ok. I have 4 more weeks to lose 10.4 lbs in order to meet my goal of being at 260 by New Years. I need to lose pretty much the same amount of weight for the next 4 weeks to meet my goal. My PT knows my goal so he is going to push me to help me reach it. If I can end the year under 260, I will be ecstatic. But 260 is my reasonable, attainable goal. 259 is my next weight loss reward weight, that would be awesome to reach too!
Some good news! I have surpassed the amount of time I spent on SP the first time around. The first time around, I only managed to make it to week 22 before "falling off the wagon." I am now in new territory with nothing to compare myself to. I am happy about that. It feels like I made a break through of some sort. Now I am heading into the unknown. I was a little disappointed to see that by week 22 the first time, I was at 49.8lbs lost where at week 22 this time around, I was only at 45.6lbs down. But I am actually ok with it when I think in terms of the long run. Last time, I didn't really change my eating habits, I just cut down on the portions. This time I am trying to increase my veggie and fruit intake as well as lower my carbs and fat and increase my protein in order to have more balanced meals. It's a slow process, but slow and steady wins the race.
I totally blew November, but I am determined to make December much better. I am still quite heavy and should be losing more then 10 lbs a month. So having only lost 4.4 lbs in the month of November is inexcusable. Time to get back on the ball. In 7 months, I will be going on a cruise to Mexico and want to be comfortable enough with myself to wear a bathing suit to the pool. I want to be comfortable enough with myself to just have fun and be carefree without thinking people are looking at me and judging. I need to put up reminders. I am going to look for travel brochures and pictures of cruises and put them up on my bedroom wall as a constant reminder. Maybe that will help me make the most out of the next 7 months.
As for my competition, since we had originally chosen to weigh in only every other week (well I did, I didn't know they were going to follow), I don't have their percentages. I will have them next week.
Cindy: 0.95% (wish it was at least a full percent but oh well)
Saturday, December 03, 2011
I started personal training about 3 weeks ago. My trainer Cory seriously kicks my butt even though the exercises aren't that hard. They are exercises I can do at home on my own. I was a little worried about paying for the extra sessions after my introduction sessions, but the more I learn, the better.
Each session he targets a different area, even though he has me working all areas every session. For instance, on the first session, we targeted my arms, even though I was working my legs and abs as well. My arms were sore the next day. The second session he targeted my legs and the third session he targeted my abs. My session last night he targeted my abs and back. I am not hurting yet but I expect to feel it tonight.
At the end of the session, I asked him to use those caliper things to measure my body fat. I am at 44.2 percent. Honestly I was surprised. I thought the percentage would be much higher. He said to be "perfect" I would need to be at 25%. That is less than 20% away. That doesn't seem to daunting, even though I know it is a long ways away. I will probably wait 6 months before asking for it to be done again.
I cannot afford to continue session after these 11 are done. So I was thinking I could probably afford to do 11 session increments twice a year, about 6 months apart. That way I can learn new exercises and during my time off from PT, I can practice doing the exercises at home. Then 6 months later, resume my sessions for 5-6 weeks, show him where I am and learn new exercises. Maybe I will do them in the summer and in the winter. I think it is doable. At least that is the plan. How it works out is to be seen.
I have until January 16th, which will be my last session unless one gets cancelled and rescheduled between now and then, it's going to at least be that week. Then I can probably start my next group of sessions in June, which would conclude just before my cruise in July.
I told my trainer last night that my goal for December is to lose 13 lbs so I could start the New Year at 260lbs. It's going to be stretch but since he knows my goal he said he is going to do everything in his power to help me reach it. I like that. I was scared to start personal training but I love having someone other then myself to be accountable to. Not to mention that I am paying a lot of money for him to get me into shape so I better do what he tells me to do. He asks me about my week and exercises; he questions my calories intake for the week and each day. I try to eat well just because I don't want to have to try to explain why I ate so poorly and why I didn't make better choices. I love having someone who pushes me.
And he does push me. I was doing some exercises to work the back of my arms and I don't count the reps. I let him count. So I was getting to the end of them and my arm was really shaking and he said I had three more. I finished the three and he then told me that those last three were actually three extra. That instead of doing 15 reps, I did 18. He wanted to see what I was really capable of doing and he wanted to show me what I was capable of doing. Of course when he told me that I did three extra, I told him he sucked, but really I enjoy it. I am paying to be pushed. I want to be pushed. I know I am capable doing a lot more then I do, but when it starts getting hard, when it starts hurting, I stop. But with him standing there in front of me cheering me on, counting them down for me, I just focus and do it!
I know personal training is expensive, but if you could just put together enough funds for 3 session, or 5 session or even 10, you would be amazed at how much you can learn in those few sessions. Exercises you can learn to do at home when you no longer have a PT. You can learn just how strong and capable you are. You will learn proper positions and form. You will learn how to burn more calories in less time. And if you are like me and dislike strength training, once you learn the proper forms and how to make strength training more effective, you will learn to enjoy it. I mean, your muscles remain tight and strong for a good day afterwards and you will enjoy showing people just how much muscle you have.
Do what you gotta do, but I definitely recommend doing at least 3 sessions with a PT.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
So after calculating how well I did or didn't do for November, I realized I really didn't do very well in November. Overall, I only lost 4.2 lbs for the entire month. That is not pretty and I am unhappy with myself but a loss is a loss. I am still less at the end of the month then I was at the beginning so that is progress. Overall, I got a 55% for the month of November which puts me back to where I was in August. I dropped from 77% in October to 55%. Ouch!
My first goal was 10,000 steps every day. I reached that goal 56% of the time. Not too bad, but I know I can do better. Second goal was whether or not I exercised each day whether it was for 10 minutes or an hour didn't, just exercise in any form and I reached that goal 53% of the month. Third goal was to eat less then 1600 calories a day even though my calorie range per SP begins at like 1605. Anyway, I met that goal only 20%. And my fourth goal was to be in bed with enough time to get 6.5 hours of sleep. So pretty much if I had to work the next day, I had to be in bed by 1am. I met that goal 83% for the month. Granted, that is not exactly right because I took 4 days off of work this month and also on weekends, I don't have to get up early, so it's kind of cheating.
I have tweaked my goals a little bit for the month of December. My goals for steps is the same. My goal for exercise is the same. Even my sleep goal is the same However my calorie goal is different. I couldn't decide if I wanted to make the goal less then 1800 calories or less then 1700 calories. Mind you, my calorie range is 1600-1950. After thinking about it a little bit, I figured I should give myself a good range considering I am now working with a personal trainer and he wants me to go to the gym a total of 4 times a week and I still plan to walk on the nights I do not go to the gym and also do the strength training exercises I am taught in my training sessions on days I am not seeing my PT. Because of all the exercises I am suppose to be doing and I plan to do, I do need more calories to sustain it all. So my goal is to eat below 1800 calories.
I end November at 273lbs. My goal, which I know it pushing it, is to be under 260 by the new year. If I don't make it, that is ok, but I am going to try. As long as I have a goal to work towards.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I really didn't want to join the second competition but my friend assured me there wouldn't be a competition without me and I kind of got sucked into it. But I was able to get it lowered to only being 15 weeks long, so just over 3 months and it will end the Sunday before my birthday. I am going to tell them that I don't want there to be a reward and just bragging rights. I mean, c'mon, if the reward isn't money, they it's just not worth it. I am going to continue doing this for myself anyway and I am not going to really push myself to the extreme.
So I weighed in today and lost 1.6 lbs. So overall I am down 45.6 lbs since my beginning weight. I can't believe it has taken me almost a month to lose just 5 lbs. That is crazy. But that is what happens when you have a gain. But the best news is I reached my 3rd 5% weight loss. Overall, I am not at 15% lost because I do 5% and then once I reach that 5% weight, I do %5 from that weight, not from my beginning weight. I just have about 3 more pounds to lose to be at 15% but I reached my next weight loss reward.
I did good on Thanksgiving until my sister brought home rice crispy treats. Then I did bad. So this week, I only really did bad 2 days out of the week. The rest was good. Plus I went to the gym three times. Overall, this week was a success in my opinion.
Now for the competition, it begins today and will end on March 4th 2012. Supposedly the reward is suppose to be the losers clean the winners house from top to bottom but I am going to try to talk the other two into no reward. The reward should be the weight loss...or money. :) So here are our starting weights:
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