Sunday, August 21, 2011
So my goal of being at 30 lbs down by the end of August will obviously not be met. So instead, I am changing my goal to 50lbs by the end of my competition with my friends. That gives me more time. If I keep losing at 1.8lbs a week, I will be 6 pounds short of my goal but what is the likelihood of remaining at 1.8lbs each week. I feel I am bound to lose more then that a few weeks out of the 13 I have left.
I can't believe I only have 13 weeks left of this competition. When I look at it in terms of right now we are in August and the competition ends in November, it feels like much longer, but when broken down in weeks, it feels so short. It amazes me though. Just 8 weeks ago, I was 20 lbs heavier. And in 13 weeks, I could possibly be 45-50 lbs lighter then I was 8 weeks ago. I am determined to lose this weight. I don't know how well I will do after the competition is over. I am hoping my friends or at least one of them will want to start another competition to keep us going. I am afraid that is the only way I will continue to lose weight.
I know I should compare this time around to the last time I was on here and lost roughly 50 lbs in 5 months, but when that is all I really have to compare against, I keep looking back on it. Granted, I fell off the wagon because I got really sick, but who knows if I get sick again. I hope if I do get sick again, that it will be while I am in this competition. I know it will help me hold on and not give up.
I need to stop worrying about the future and what it has in store and focus more on what is going on today or this week. I keep an excel spreadsheet of my progress broken up in weeks. That way, it keeps me on track for this week.
Anyway, I lost 1.8 lbs this week bringing me to a total of 21.4 lbs. That is great! I would have liked more but at least it's not a gain and I didn't stay the same. I am still experimenting with my exercise and calorie intake, though I don't think I will see the outcome of that until next weigh in or maybe the one after that. So I am going to continue experimenting and seeing what it leads to.
I am going shopping today and stocking up on low calorie foods and lots of fruits for snacking. My mom may be diagnosed as diabetic and while I hope that isn't the case, if it is, we are going to have to change all the food we bring into this house and start eating healthy foods for diabetics. That will definitely help me out. Plus it will help cut down on the temptation of snacking on unhealthy foods because they will no longer be in the house. We will have a complete food makeover. Just looking at the positives.
Anyway, as to my competition with friends...neither of them weighed in this week. While I did, I lied to them and said I didn't so that they wouldn't know where I am at just as I don't know where they are at. I am hoping they are having a difficult time staying on track. I was so close last week to taking the lead. I was only off by .10%. It is going to bug the crap out of me that I don't know where they are at, but hopefully I will find out next week and hopefully I will take the lead by a good percentage.
Shayna: Skipped weigh in (last week 6.25%)
Vivien: Skipped weigh in(last weigh in 4.11%)
On another note, my gym is closing for renovations beginning Thursday. I like my gym and can't imagine going somewhere else. They are going to be closed for 3 weeks. I can choose to go to one of two other gyms while they are closed, but one of those two I have been to and didn't like. I haven't tried the other but will when they close. If I decide to skip on the gym for the next 3 weeks, I will have to lessen the amount of calories I eat during that time and focus on strength training or walking to get my exercise. We'll see what I decide when the time comes. Until then, I am going to get as much gym time before they close as I can.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Seriously, that is how it has felt all day today. My metabolism felt completely overactive today. I ate a waffle as part one of my breakfast and within an hour, I was hungry again. I knew I wouldn't last until lunch if I ate part 2 too early so I waited even though I was hungry. I then ate part two of my breakfast which was a peanut butter sandwich and within an hour I was hungry again. By this point, I was glad I was going to chipotle for lunch because a burrito bowl always keeps me full and I usually don't have to eat dinner. Well, after a about 2 and 1/2 hours of being hungry, lunch finally came around. I ate all my food and was satisfied and full thinking I will likely be full for the rest of the night.
Nope. It lasted longer then everything else, but not as long as usual. Within 3 hours, I was hungry again...which I know should be usual, but if you've eaten at chipotle, you know they serve you A LOT of food. Anyway, I came home from work and ate a 6 inch subway sandwich. That was an hour ago and I am already beginning to feel hungry. I refuse to eat though. I will go to bed instead.
While I am happy my metabolism is more active, when you don't have any healthy snacks to snack on(due to no shopping), it blows. I just wasn't prepared for this. What is really interesting is that I started my experiment because I noticed my metabolism had slowed down. It appears my experiment may actually be working. But it's still too soon to know. I have to wait until Sunday to weigh in and even if there isn't much of a loss, I will continue my experiment to see what happens. I will also go shopping this weekend and fill the house with healthy snacks.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Well, as my last blog said, I decided to experiment with a couple of things. I was going to experiment with my foods constantly changing so my body doesn't get use to a certain number of calories and with my exercise as well.
Anyway, what isn't going to well is my eating. While I have eaten high in calories, I haven't eaten very low either. I ate today without tracking and when I finally sat down to track, I had eaten 1632 calories. That isn't too bad but I need low days so the next two days have to be 1200 calorie days. I am already planning my food for tomorrow and Saturday is a pool party and two of the people there do weight watchers and we are already planning our low calorie foods. Lots of fruit, Hebrew national 97% fat free hot dogs and 120 calories hot dog buns. So I am not worried about Saturday but I want to make it to the gym tonight and tomorrow because I know I will not go to the gym Saturday and plan to swim laps and tread lots of water for exercise that day.
Since I am still weighing myself daily to track my fluctuations, I am only down a pound, but at this point, it doesn't mean anything. We'll see how things look on Sunday.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I don't know if this is going to work, but I was recently reminded that our bodies get use to anything we do consistently. More specifically, eating 1200 calories a day. I started doing that a couple weeks ago but didn't have as big of a weight loss as I thought I would. When I posted about it, I was reminded that I could lose more weight if I keep my body confused. I remember doing this last time I was on here and it did work. So I am trying it again. I went a little overboard on sunday and ate 2300 calories and then yesterday I ate 1600 calories. Today was a 1200 calorie day and tomorrow will be 1400 calories. I hope this triggers more weight loss. We shall see. I am experimenting it for 2 weeks.
Another thing is I was reading on another website about the difference between working out extremely hard and working out so that is doesn't feel so difficult. I am not putting this exactly as it should be but the idea is that if your heart rate gets above a certain amount, you are burning carbohydrate calories and but if you stay below said amount, you are burning fat calories. You won't burn as many calories but you'll be burning fat calories and will teach your body to burn fat calories. So I am going to try that as well. When I get on the elliptical, it has a program for weight loss and it's pretty easy to do. I am going to stick with that and see what happens for a few weeks. If it works, that means I don't have to push myself as hard as I have been and will decrease the chance of burning myself out.
Now the only reason I am attempting these two things is because I did this last time and it did work. Last time, my calorie amounts changed day to day. I actually kept to my spark range. I didn't have a set amount like 1200 and stick to it. I also didn't have a gym membership at the time, so to exercise I simply walked. Not run, walked. Walking doesn't get my heart rate up very high and I didn't burn a ton of calories each week. But I still lost a lot of weight. 50 lbs in 5 months actually. So I think there may be something to it. So I am going to give it try and see what happens this time.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
So I did end up losing this week after all. I lost 1.8 lbs. I hit a milestone of being under 300lbs and weighed in at 299. Woo-freaking-hoo. I am so behind on my personal goal and wanted to be down 30 lbs by the end of august but now I have 2 weeks to lose 11lbs. Not going to happen. I did really well this week and should have lost more then 1.8lbs. I keep telling myself that really, I have lost 6.6lbs in 2 weeks. If I take the average, that is 3.3lbs each week. That is really good. But since I didn't lose anything a few weeks ago, it has really screwed up my goal.
I'm just venting. I need to express myself so that I don't do anything stupid like give up and pig out or fall off the wagon. So instead I am venting.
Now on to some good news that I am actually happy about and will not be complaining about. While I haven't pulled ahead in the competition, I have gotten much closer to the lead. Here are the percentages at this point:
Shayna didn't lose any weight this week and had skipped weigh in last week in which she may have gained and then lost this week, but we don't know. So she is exactly where she was 2 weeks ago. Vivien skips weigh in often and skipped this week so I am using last weeks percentage. But as you can see, I have gotten much closer to first place. I am determined to take the lead. If I had lost an extra pound this week, I would have taken the lead...or if I had lost 0.4 of a lb, I would have still taken the lead but only by a very slight amount. So now I know what I need to do to take the lead and damn it, I am going to do it.
This week I ate great until I started feeling discouraged. But even then, I never went above 1600 calories so it was still really good. But I had been putting myself on 1200 calories diet and when I posted my blog yesterday somebody responded saying that I may need to confuse my body by changing up the number of calories each day. I think I am going to try that this week and see what happens. Because of my new routine with having to get up early and take my son to school, it has really left me feeling exhausted in the evening and therefore I only made it to the gym once this past week. I am going to work extra hard this week to make it at least 3 times this week even if it is just for 30 minutes. I am going tonight no matter what. Then I can go on Wednesday and then either Friday or Saturday. Most likely Friday because I have a swimming party to go to on Saturday in which case, I will swim laps and tread a lot of water to burn more calories.
So here we go for a new week. I know I can do this and take the lead next weight in. I am determined, strong, capable and most of all, too damn stubborn to lose. To also give myself some more motivation, I changed my computer background and screen saver to motivational sayings and pictures so that way I have a constant reminder of why I am doing this.
So here is to a new week and good week. No giving up. No quitting. And most of all, no more feeling discouraged!
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