Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I know I posted a blog in August saying I was coming back. Obviously that didn't happen. But I have been back now for 4 weeks and have lost 13 pounds in that time.
I am doing some things differently this time around. Instead of weekly weigh-ins, I am only weighing myself every 4 weeks. I don't want to worry too much about the number as to logging my food, eating right, and exercising. I've been doing pretty good, except for the past couple of days. I weighed in on Sunday and showed my loss and kind of gave myself a couple of days to skip the gym and eat like a pig. There are a couple of reasons I decided that would be ok.
1. A few bad days at the very beginning of my four weeks won't hurt my weight loss in 4 weeks. If I am going to screw up, I might as well do it now....as long as I don't go too far off the cliff and can't find my way back.
2. I can burn 4500 calories in just a few days at the gym to "make up" for how horribly I ate the past couple of days, and can make sure to eat low into my calorie range to help out.
3. Since I am only weighing in every 4 weeks, I won't see the damage and therefore won't become depressed or disappointed and want to give up.
4. I need a break every once in a while to not feel deprived.
What got me to finally start over again? 24 hour fitness has a deal going on where you didn't have to pay an initiation fee to join, so I jumped on the opportunity. Last time I was working on losing weight, I didn't have a membership at the gym(you don't need one to lose weight). I just walked around my apartments. While that was great, and obviously worked(I lost 50 lbs in 5 months), the hardest part was going walking. I actually had to "force" myself to go outside and walk. Now, the hardest part is just getting myself to the gym, which really isn't that hard. Once I am there, I will work out. Plus I have more exercises available to me. If I don't feel like doing the elliptical, I don't have to. I can do the stairmaster, or treadmill, or bike. I can split my exercises up in 15 minutes increments on difference equipment to make the time go by faster and not get bored. I can watch tv or listen to music while I exercise.
Also, strength training was very difficult for me last time because I hate it. I don't have any equipment at home or weights, so I have to do all the strength training exercises without any of that. I hated it. But at the gym, I have all this equipment that can be fun. Plus I can really measure how much stronger and better I am getting. It's great. That actually is the same for the cardio equipment too. When I first started on the elliptical, I could only last 15 minutes without feeling like I was going to die. Now, I can go 45 minutes(if I don't get bored) and still feel up to going longer. On the stairmaster, I was holding on for dear life and had to force myself to do even 5 minutes. Now I can still only do 5 minutes at a time, but I am not longer holding on for dear life. I love having those machines as a way of showing what kind of progress I am making.
I plan to keep it up. I am only focusing on 4 weeks at a time. In the next 4 weeks, my goal is to lose only 8 pounds. Definitely doable.
I'll try to post a blog every week, but if don't, I'll be back in 4 weeks with an update on my weight loss.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
I am back, yet again. I don't know my exact weight because I forgot to weigh in this morning, but will weigh in tomorrow and be back to log it. I am hoping I didn't gain back every single pound that I lost, and especially no extras on top of those, but if I did, I deserve it. I guess we will find out tomorrow.
I was on here for 5 months, starting August 22nd, 2007 and had lost 50 pounds by January 31st. I became really sick in December, just before Christmas, that lasted for 2 months. I was unable to exercise and either didn't eat for days or ate a bunch for days to make up for not eating. I missed my son's second Christmas because I simply could not get out of bed. After a couple of weeks, I was able to get up and get moving, but I still could not exercise because I would end up hacking up a lung if I exerted myself. I still tried to track my food most days, and continued to lose weight, even though I couldn't exercise, but getting out of the habit I was in during those weeks of being sick, just blew it for me. I lost all motivation, all my committment, everything and kept trying desperately to get back on the wagon, but couldn't.
Then I lost my job, and didn't have a set schedule everyday, made it very difficult to get back on. I just couldn't re-commit myself. I let it all go until now.
Now, I am back and slightly motivated. The one thing I learned last time around was that I can not rely on motivation to lose weight because motivation will come and go. I have to commit myself and that is what I am doing.
I want to lose weight for myself, for my son, but most of all, I want to be healthy. I want to be around for a long time. I want to be active. I want to go to amusement parks, water parks, the beach, bike riding, hiking, mountain climbing, etc. I want to do all these things, and while I can do most, I can't make the most out of it all with this weight.
So here is to a second chance!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I missed last weeks blog, so this is two blogs in one.
Last week, I lost only 0.2 pounds and this week I lost 2.8 pounds bringing me to a total of 49.8 pounds lost total. In just 22 weeks. Next week I will be at 50 pounds lost total! I can't wait.
I really don't even know how I lost that much weight. I did absolutely horrible this week. I allowed myself to eat anything and everything and however much I wanted, most of the time without even logging my food. I usually paid the price of eating too much with a stomach ache, but I was still very aware of what I was eating and how much. I didn't exercise. I guess in a way, I needed a small break from tracking and worrying about losing weight. I expected a gain and even welcomed one. I accepted it. I was still happy.
Today I am starting a bet with my best friend. It will cost the loser( or the person who isn't the biggest loser) 50 bucks. It's sort of like the show biggest loser. Whoever loses the biggest body weight percentage wins. I am counting calories and she is counting carbs. She wants to see which one works, but overall, we both just want to lose weight and be healthy. This is really good for me. I always work better when I am competing against someone. I am very competitive. When I first joined SP, I was competing with my friends husband until Christmas day to see who could lose the most weight. It turned out he gave up and I won, but we never officially set down the rules or what the winner gets, so I didn't win anything except having lost the most weight. My best friend actually made me write up a contract. Today is the beginning date and it ends 20 weeks from today on June 18th. I really don't want to have to pay her 50 bucks but at the same time, I can't stand the idea of her paying me either because neither of us can afford it. But it's a great motivator. Her starting weight is 203 and mine is 251.2.
Keep checking back to see how I am doing. I'll post both our weight loss stats on here. Wish me luck!
Friday, January 11, 2008
I did horrible this week apparently. I gained 1.6 pounds. No worries. I am starting all over again and next week I will definitely have a loss. Luckily it's warming up here so I am going to start taking my son for walks again. Hopefully I will be able to go walking every night again. I feel like I have to start all over from scratch with the exercise portion, seeing as how I haven't exercised in 4 weeks. Hopefully this time around, the walking will be enough just like last time.
Friday, January 04, 2008
I weighed myself this week, after only logging my food and no exercise to find that I had lost 3.4 pounds bringing me to a total of 45.6 pounds lost since August 22nd, 2007. This has been such a wonderful way to start off the new year. I plan to keep at it, even when the weight loss slows because I know I deserve it.
I was talking to an associat at work today and had stated that even though I do not notice the weight loss myself, it is still great to see the scale say a much lower number than when I started. 301 was such a high number to see on the scale, that seeing the scale say 255.4 this week was absolutely great.
My manager use to be over weight. She use to weigh 225 pounds, but over the course of 1-2 years, she lost 75 pounds and now weighs between 150 and 155. Now, to be perfectly honest, I am not very fond of her body, but at the same time it may be because she chooses to wear clothes that aren't very flattering. However, I don't know what weight I would be happy at because I have never weighed a normal amount, and seeing her (she is thin) at 150 makes me believe that I might be happy at 150. She also stated that she can not seem to get lower than 150 (probably because she doesn't eat very healthy most of the time). Even so, I now believe that I may even be happy a little heavier than 150. I know all of our bodies work differently, but I look forward to see how my body will look as I begin to lose more weight.
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