Sunday, May 18, 2014
Yesterday's Healthy Thought of the Day was "It doesn't matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop!"
So I lost 4 pounds the first week....the changes immediately jump started my metabolism I guess. But then last week, I was not quite down 2 pounds, so I guess it evened out. This week, I've been holding pretty steady though, but at least I'm not stopping. I've been trying to track daily and I have been trying to work out regularly. Today, I tried the elliptical for the first time in my life . I managed 15 mins on there and then 30 on the treadmill!!!
Monday, May 05, 2014
Yaay! So I've made it through an entire week of tracking and I'm on a 9-day log-in streak as well. I weighed in this morning at 185.2...down from my 189 last week. Tere were a few days when I was just swamped with school work. I had two 10 page papers due last Thursday and an 8 pager due today at noon. I managed to go to church, work three shifts at my part time job, go on a job interview for a summer job, and cook a couple of times in the past week, too... Despite all of that, I managed to track my calories everyday and walked on the treadmill a couple of times, too. I've also been doing a few toning exercises...so hopefully I can keep this going!
Monday, April 28, 2014
So, the last time I wrote a blog was in April 29, 2012...almost exactly 2 years ago...and my life has done a total 180 since then. At the time, I was teaching 7th and 8th grade science, but had become really dissatisfied with the administrative changes at the school. I had also earned my Master's in Education in Middle Grades Science in December 2011. So, at the urging of my advisor and one of my professors, I decided to apply to doctoral programs and was accepted back at my alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill for the Fall 2012 semester. My last blog entry was around this time and I had reached my lowest weight in my adult life of 163.8!
Summer 2012 was the greatest time of my life. I celebrated this change in my life, as well as the last year of being in my 20s! The weekend prior to my 29th birthday, I went to see New Edition in concert; for my birthday weekend, I celebrated with my two best friends and went to the Fresh Fest to see SWV, Guy, and Keith Sweat in concert; the following weekend, I went to Saint Simon's Island, Georgia and did a mini photo shoot; the following weekend, I went to the local high school graduation to see the 3rd group of students that I had taught graduate; the following weekend, I got on a plane with my best friend and traveled over 5000 miles to Maui. We spent 4 days in Maui and 4 days in Honolulu before I returned home on July 4, just to turn around and go to Wrightsville Beach with my family for my mom's birthday on July 7 (from the Pacific to the Atlantic in 72 hours)!!!
These trips were followed by a trip to Washington DC in early August and moving 120 miles from home on August 15. So needless to say, I was very busy during this time. However, I was still maintaining my weight. I had been walking when I was at home, but this all changed with grad school.
Suddenly, there I was...without the routine schedule that I had had as a teacher. The Freshman 15 found me again at age 29....With classes that lasted 3 hours and countless hours spent reading and studying...and snacking as I read and studied....my weight started to increase.
I tried to join a couple of group exercise classes on campus, but as a much older graduate student, I felt somewhat out of place exercising with 18 year olds...plus I had trouble finding parking and getting to the classes on time. The other classes that I was interested in didnt fit my schedule, so I just quit going.
In October 2012, I started having minor menstrual issues...but both my doctor and I attributed it both to my stress from readjusting to college life and from my small weight gain. However, a few days after I turned 30 in May of 2013, I started having major problems. I was still gaining weight and was working two jobs to make ends meet for the summer. I was often grabbing a bite to eat and changing clothes at fast food restaurants to get from one job to the next on time. My health issues escalated and then my grandmother passed away. Two weeks later, I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. I've been anemic for years, as well as low B-12...with hemoglobin levels on the low end of the normal range, but my levels dropped significantly and I had very little energy. When I finally met with the specialist in November, they couldn't schedule me for surgery until February....so even though I managed to maintain from day to day, the thought of attempting exercise was out of the question.
I had also signed up with a weight loss research study...and had to be obese to qualify...so as I teetered at the edge of my 170s, I wanted to actually be as close to 180 as possible. I figured once I got in, I'd have incentive to lose weight...both monetary, group support, and tools for success. Unfortunately, I was wrong. We were assigned a certain type of diet...but no caloric values. I was used to tracking based on SparkPeople and having caloric ranges and certain aims for carbs, fats, etc... I found myself floundering and the nutritionist provided didn't seem to help. I just felt that she was rubbing me the wrong way and instead of trying to adhere to it, I did all I could to avoid her and say that I could do it my way...getting back on SparkPeople...but I never did.
I had my surgery in February...and everyone told me to take it easy..no exercise or strenuous work for 6 weeks, etc....Even when I was trying to get up and go, people would tell me I was doing too much. Plus, I thought the operation would cause me to lose weight....the weight of the fibroids, plus I assumed the excess estrogen production was causing weight gain. Instead, by the first of April, I hit 191.1. I was appalled at myself. As winter edged back into spring slowly, I found myself struggling to wear the clothes that I had worn just last spring and summer. My dress pants that I had worn regularly as a classroom teacher in 2012 no longer fit....I squeezed into shirts and blouses.....and I was just so dissatisfied. My friends and I decided we would work together and created a group chat on fb called Fit Kick. Still, despite the encouragement, I haven't really gotten on the healthy living wagon the way I should have.
The semester ended on Friday...and I don't know what the summer holds for me...but I do know that on this first day without classes, I have worked to eat healthy and plan to exercise this evening. I weighed in at 188.8 today. My goal is to get back to my original starting weight by the end of summer....163.8 (25 pounds) and from there, lose about 15 -20 more pounds in the next year.
I'm holding myself accountable with the restart of this blog....and hope to check in at least biweekly with good news!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Last night, as motivation to continue my weight loss, as well as in preparation for an upcoming vacation, I bought a two-piece bikini. I haven't worn a two piece bathing suit since I was like 6 lol. Then, today, I weighed in at my lowest in my adult life (163.8). I wore a size 18-20 from about 6th grade until 11th grade. In high school, I was always around 200-210 lbs. At the end of my 11th grade year, I lost about 20 pounds during a summer program and kept it off during senior year (I wore XL's (16-18s) during that time, even though I wore a size 14 dress to the prom). Then I gained like 40 pounds during college. I weighed between 215 and 225 from then on out and was 222 when I started Spark. When I did my first major weight lost change through SparkPeople, my goal was 165...and I fluctuated between 164-165 for a long time. Last year, I let some old habits come back and had gotten all the way up to 174 as recently as January 2012. I've been slowly getting on track...and cut out sodas for Lent in February. Since Easter, I've been working very diligently to track my food and to exercise. I'm soooo pleased with the results.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Back in August, I blogged about how I was going to get back on track, but did it happen? Nahhh....I stayed in my rut, and not only did I stay in my rut, but I let it turn into a ditch. Back in July 2010, I started working on my Master's Degree, in addition to working full time. My free time went out the window and SparkPeople got pushed to the side. Somewhere along the way, my DVD player broke and since I couldn't do my FIRM workouts or my Pilates or yoga....I let exercise slide. Walking was my main exercise anyway, but then my neighbors with the track got baby chicks last April for Easter and I was scared that my dog might try to attack....so another excuse not to exercise. Summer rolled around and all of a sudden, it was too hot to be out walking. Then I started traveling...and spent a week in Atlanta and one in Boston, in addition to continuing to work on my Master's.
August rolled around and I thought I was rededicating myself. Instead, as the new school year started, I found myself full of stress. The school year was soooo different from the past. New principal, new schedule, classes with up to 43 students, and I was just overwhelmed. I was just not prepared for the changes and found myself at odds with my job in a way that I had not in the past. Further my personal life was falling apart. I had been dating a guy for 4 and a half years, but suddenly our relationship was crumbling. I continued to work on my Master's, stress out about my job, my relationship and my family. As a result...I ate...and ate....and ate. At my lowest, I was down to 164 and generally fluctuated between 164 and 168. Good, I thought....just as long as I don't reach 170. And then one day, there it was...170...and then 171....and 172....and 173...and 174... I was just determined I was not going to reach 175. But still, I ate. I would stop by the store and get a bag of Uncle Ray's Hot flavored potato chips...and though I knew it had 6 servings in the bag...at 140 calories a serving, it didn't matter. I would eat half the bag before I stopped. Or I would go to Dollar General and buy a bag of gummy worms...and though I knew that there were 4 gummy worms to a serving and 14 servings in the bag...I would demolish half the bag before I got out of the parking lot good. I would eat dinner and then my mom would cook and I would eat some more......OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!!!!! I decided I would get right for the New Year..I had graduated from the Master's program and I had broken up with the bf, so I was headed in a positive direction, right? Right...until my mom brought home a pecan pie. Not only did I eat my way through that one, but I decided to bake two myself...smh . i wanted to lose weight for CIAA tournament...didn't happen. I got sick with bronchitis and a sinus infection...maybe this would cause me to lose weight...didn't happen. It was too cold to walk...my puppies would follow me when I left the yard and I didn't want them to get hit by a car...I didn't want the groceries that I had bought to go to waste....I made excuse after excuse after excuse until finally this week, I decided to do it.....I've tracked my calories every day!!!!! I've walked for 30 minutes each day and as of this morning, I weighed in at 170.....I hope to be at 160 by my birthday at the end of May...i actually would like to be at 155, but I'm going to be realistic. Keep your fingers crossed...I'm lighting it back up
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