Thursday, October 04, 2007
I thought I did horrible this week. I skipped walking 3 nights, although I made up for 2 of those nights by doing strength training and I ate over my calorie range 3 nights.
Last night, I weighed myself for fun, I guess you can say, I the scale said I weighed 287.8. Since I knew that at night you weight more because of muscle use, food and water intake, so I knew I was going to show a weight loss, but I thought I might only show a small weight loss of maybe 1-2 pounds.
I started telling myself that 1-2 pounds a week is healthy and still a very good amount to lose. I told myself that I don't have to lose 3-4 pounds this week. Even if I don't, I will still be on track and losing weight. I was sort of freaking out, because I have gotten use to losing 3-5 pounds a week so I guess part of me expects that amount every week.
Needless to say, I was a bit surprised and relieved to get on the scale this morning and show a weight loss of 3.8 pounds. This morning I weighed 283.2. I am officially back down to my post pregnancy weight. I have lost all the weight I have gained this year, since having my son last year when I lost all my pregnancy weight and an additional 10 lbs.
To be honest with you, I didn't really count this weight I have lost so far as actual weight loss. I kind of looked at it as weight I should never have gained and weight I had to drop before I could actually count my weight loss as weight loss. I haven't seen 270 something pounds in I don't even know how long. In the next week or so, when I see 279, I think I might actually cry. I don't believe I have weighed that amount in years, even though I don't remember. I do know it's been a really long time.
2 pounds from now, I will have lost 20 pounds total. I have never thought I could possibly do that. All my life, I thought I could only gain weight and never lose it, except on accident. I never took accountability for my actions or thought that by simply changing the amount of food I eat and increased my activity, that I could lose weight. I thought it was only something certain people could do and that you had to make drastic changes in your life like cutting out bread and soda and ice cream, in order to make them. But now I know, that I can eat anything I want, whenver I want and still lose weight.
I do not feel deprived and I am actually happy. Granted, I wish I could erase all my bad habits and not have to worry about going back to them, but I can still create new and healthy habits and continue on this new journey and path I have created for myself.
I can actually see a size 10 pants in my future. Maybe not tomorrow, but one day. As long as I keep my determination and committment. I owe this to myself.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
I am going to be honest. I always, and I mean always, knew what I had to do to lose weight and to keep it off. It wasn't lack of knowledge that prevented me from doing so, it was lack of motivation and committment.
So before I even started this journey, I have always been irritated by people who are just looking for a quick fix to weight loss. Like there is some magic pill out there that will zap the weight away and keep it away. When talking to someone who is trying to find this magical pill, I always become irritated and try to explain to them that there isn't one and even if they lose the weight on a diet pill or fad diet, they will just gain it back and then some.
Some people, even those who are still looking for the magic pill, have been there and done that. They have lost weight on fad diets and then gained it back with an additional 20-30 pounds and can't seem to understand why. And when I try to explain to them why, it's always, "But this diet really works."
I was at work talking to a co-worker about some natural drink made of marine plants called Detoxykall. I tried to explain to her, before even reading anything about the diet drink that you will only lose water weight. The first 5 letters of the name say it all. Detox! She found it in a magazine, which to me screams "SCAM!" Seriously, we have all seen those ads in the back of magazines that take up the full page with pictures of people saying, "I lost 25 lbs in 3 weeks and have kept it off for 2 years." I read the article and it did talk about eating low calories and exercising and talking about how you can try it risk-free, which of course means, you buy it and if it doesn't work, maybe we will give you your money back.
I went to their website and it doesn't say jack about why the pill works. When you go to the first page, it has a link saying something like, "Order here." When you try to read the facts, it doesn't say anything. Would you really trust something that doesn't tell you anything on their website?
I kept trying to tell her that it isn't real and that she should try Sparkpeople for just a month, but she just kept saying, "I want to lose the weight fast." I'd ask her does she want to lose the weight fast and gain it all back and then some, or lose the weight slowly and keep it off. She agreed with the latter, but still refused to even consider looking at sparkpeople.
I gave up of course. I told her about the site, she knows she can look at it at anytime and that it is free. What I don't understand is why people will jump at the chance to pay for something that "claims" to be the best thing since sliced bread than to try something that is free and real, especially when they have someone in their face, that is doing it and has been doing it and showing progress and is in-your-face proof that it works?
This site works. If you work it, it will work you. Plain and simple.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Ok. So I skipped weigh in last week so there is a chance I gained weight, but who cares. This week I am showing a 4 lbs weight loss.
I did really well and stayed within my calorie range every day except one and even the one day I went over, I didn't go extremely over, I don't think. But I walked every night and if I didn't walk, I put on my Ipod and danced around like a crazy lunatic with no dancing skills as exercise. I did that one day this past week. I danced around like I had a swarm of bees buzzing around me for 45 minutes and burned some serious calories. I think my body has been getting use to my walking, so it felt good to work up a great sweat. My body felt exhausted afterwards and I loved it!
I am thinking about buying an elliptical from Sharper Image that I beleive costs about 150 bucks and giving that a try for a while. See how it works. I used to love using the elliptical at 24 hour fitness when I had a membership there so I think it would really help keep me motivated. Plus, like I said, I think my body is getting used to my walking and I need to switch it up a bit. Although I was planning on waiting until I hit my first plateau to change it up, but I am just to eager, you know?
Anyway, I am in route to 50 lbs lost by christmas. I keep thinking about how wonderful it will be to lose that much. It'll be a shocker to most people who know me and to myself. Hell, I am going to be shocked 7-8-9 pounds from now because I haven't weighed less than 280 in I don't know how long.
When I got pregnant with my son, I weighed 292 and after having my son, I dropped down to 282, but then slowly gained it all back at my lazy, sit down job. So I don't really consider my weight loss up til now as much or as actual weight loss until I get under 280. Right now, I am shedding the extra weight I should never have gained. But regardless, it still feels good and it's a good way to start when I actually start counting my weight loss as weight loss.
I am amazed that I have lost 14 pounds in 5 weeks and to be honest, it was quite easy. I keep asking myself, "Why I didn't I start and keep to it back in March when I found this site?" Imagine where I could be today if I had? But I'm not going to look at the past anymore. So now, instead, I am telling myself, "If I keep to it this time, imagine where I will be in March of next year."
My 23rd birthday is March 6th. I want to weigh 230 or less by then. It's going to take a lot of hard work and exercise, but I know I can do it, if I just stick to it and believe I can do it. But to be honest with you, I will be happy if I weigh 250 by my birthday. At least I will have still lost 50 lbs. That is still a lot of weight.
Bad news for this week, my energy is decreasing. When I first started, my energy increased so much but it is decreasing again. I want to take a nap in the evening with my son and I don't want to wake up in the morning. I just feel soo tired. I don't know why. Even if I get more sleep than usual, I am tired. Less sleep, still tired. Exercise, eat right, etc, still tired. I don't know what the problem is. But I am not going to let it stop me. It is just another obstacle in my way and soon enough I will get my energy back....hopefully.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
So, this week I did pretty horrible. 4 days this week I ate over my calorie range and 3 days this week I skipped walking, for one reason or another. I also didn't do any strength training this week. :(
BUT tomorrow is another day and the beginning of another week...at least for me. My weeks start on Wednesdays because that is my weigh in day.
I started my period today, a day early, due to stress and have heard that you can show a weight gain due to having your period. I don't know how true that is because I have never really paid attention, but I have decided with taking how horrible of a week I had and starting my period, that I will just skip this weeks weigh in.
Whether or not that is a good idea, I don't know, but it is a decision I have made.
Oh yeah, plus I loaned out my scale yesterday and didn't get it back tonight as planned, so I don't even have a scale to weigh myself on tomorrow morning. Yes, that is just an excuse, but I think it is a pretty good excuse. Better than the rest, I would assume. :)
So, here's to another week! I am hopeful that when I weigh in next week, I will still be down by 10 lbs and than some, but we shall see!
Catch cha later!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Well, I weighed myself today and I weigh a 291 pounds even. Go me! I am so happy.
Although at the same time, I am a little worried because I haven't been doing strength training, so I am worried that I may have just burned muscle mass instead of all fat. But I have started strength training and will continue to do it 3 times a week so hopefully that will help.
I've also added to my exercise plan. Normally I would just walk for however long my son would let me, but starting last night I decided to add dancing to my routine. I will aim for at least 15 minutes of dancing(which includes running in place) but the more the merrier. So after walking, and strength training if it is on the schedule, I will take some time to myself and turn on some hip-hop and dance away. I just hope my son will allow it. Last night, he was determined to be held the entire time, so I had to have my mom feed him yogurt so I could be in my room alone.
I didn't want to add dancing into my routine just yet because I wanted to wait until my body got use to the walking, but I didn't want to wait any longer. Maybe I will just do the dancing twice a week. I don't want my body to become use to walking and dancing at the same time.
It was quite hilarious though. I tried jumping jacks, and boy let me tell you. Jumping jacks are not for women who are almost 300 pounds. First I tried it without a bra(because I wasn't wearing one) and my poor boobie hurt like crazy. Then I put a bra on and tried it and every time my boobs pounded downwards, they would pull my bra straps down really hard on my shoulders and after just 5 jumping jacks, my shoulders looked like they were going to bleed. It was horrible. So I will be waiting until I am down quite a bit in weight before adding jumping jacks to my routine. The same goes for jumping rope. Which kind of sucks because that is a great way to burn calories. Oh well.
I also joined a sort of spark team to lose 25 pounds by Christmas. Since I have only been here for 3 weeks, I decided to start from the very beginning, so in that case, I only have 15 more pounds to go. Although I would love to lose double that, but that spark team wouldn't accept any new people at the time because we were a week late and they claim we wouldn't be able to make it. THAT'S CRAP! In 3 weeks I lost 15 pounds. That would mean by now I would only have 35 pounds to lose. I have seen where some of the people on that team are at and they have way more then that to lose between now and Christmas and yet I can't join now because I would have too far to go. Whatever!
See ya next week for an update!
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