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Week 5, BLC 17 WUB, Fitness Plan - All rolled into one!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

So I have this confession. I lost another 2.6 lbs this week, but I didn't really do anything to accomplish this. I know I really shouldn't be questioning this too hard. I should just celebrate, but it is frustrating when in the past I have worked so hard and seen such miniscule results. Then I put in very little effort and 'poof.' I'm confused, bewildered even, but I'm going to accept this gift from the weight loss gods, and move on. Imagine what I am going to do now that I am really trying!

I was somewhat cognizant of what I was eating, and making better choices than I have in the past. I did not have any fast food this week, which is kind of a big deal. I usually justify one meal from Wendy's for being so "good" the rest of the week. Bad reward, I know. It's funny though how we develop these little justifications. There almost like weight loss 'tics,' unique to each individual, and something we barely notice in ourselves because we've been doing it for so long. I think if we can just identify these tics we can consciously try to curb them in the future.

Time to start working on my fitness. Did anyone else just get Fergalicious stuck in their head? "I be up in the gym just working on my fitness He's my witness (oooh, wee)" Oh lord...

Fitness Plan: For the BLC#17 challenge I want to start small and work my way up, so I am going to update my fitness plan each week. For the first week (well, technically 2nd week, but I joined late), I am going to start with 10 minutes each day, Monday-Saturday. I do want to make sure I am doing Jillian's 30 DS on some days, which is about 30 minutes, so if I do more than 10 minutes "Yay!" If not, no big deal - at least 10 minutes a day though.

As for any other updates, as I am sure you already know from my previous comments above, I joined the BLC#17 challenge this week. I'm pretty excited at this point. I think I have better consistency when I have direction each week, am on a team, and know that there is the possibility of disappointing people on said team if I slack - so accountability I guess is my key.

There you have it, my weekly update and a fitness plan. Now I am hungry, so off to the kitchen I go. And, yes, I will look for something healthy.

  
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CLARKA6 1/27/2013 12:20AM

    Starting slow's the way to go! Best of luck. Also, I can totally relate to justifying bad foods by counting good behavior. I am the QUEEN of justification lol!

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HALINHALF 1/26/2013 10:16PM

    My reward is sometimes Moes. That's a bad choice too. I'm glad you're starting light with the workouts, the 10 minutes a day challenge coincides with the week 2 challenges so that's a great step! Good luck :-)

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LINDSAYB2013 1/26/2013 10:00PM

    Your plan sounds great! I am also a late add to BLC#17 on your team :) I have never done a BLC so i'm pretty excited! I probably should have started at the 10 minute a day mark with you but i'm all pumped so i'm attempting 30 a day and its been working so far. Good luck!!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/26/2013 10:18AM

    That's great that you had a big week. I enjoy Wendy's occasionally and was glad that I could still fit it into my day by having the Spicy Chicken Wrap (no cheese or ranch dressing, I mean who changes the toppings just because it's in a different wrapper?) and a potato. I could still have my spicy chicken without all the calories!

10 minutes a day is doable! Keep on Sparkin'!

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Weeks 2,3, and uh...4--aka "The weeks when nothing happened"

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Week 2: virus

Week 3: wisdom tooth pulled

Week 4: first week of the semester at a new school, and an out of town wedding

Needless to say, I haven't been paying attention to food or exercising. I would say the virus is probably the most responsible for my 4 lb weight loss, but I'll take it.

And just for posterity, and fun, let's go on to the updated measurements:

Starting weight: 281 lbs
Current weight: 277 lbs
Weight +/-: -4 lbs

Waist: 50 inches, -1 inches
Hips: 55.5 inches, same
Bust: 53 inches, same
Arm: 21 inches, same
Thigh: 28 inches, -.5 inches

Inches lost: 1.5

Overall, some progress. Now it is time to take some action, and not hope to continue to passively lose weight. Tomorrow, Jillian...yikes

  
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PUNKY100 1/25/2013 11:18PM

    Yay for lost inches and weight!!!! I'm sure you'll get back into it soon, just don't let it get you down! :-)

I don't know how you can do Jillian workouts, from what I heard, they are KILLER! I much prefer my Walk Away the Pounds haha!

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CUPCAKEHARLOT 1/22/2013 10:58PM

    I have been horribly inconsistent with exercise lately. When I was seeing results I was doing cardio consistently. Usually 20-45 minutes on the elliptical (I started lower and worked my way up), 5-6 days a week. I have also tried swimming, which was awesome, for about an hour, 4-5 days a week. I would love to be a runner, but honestly I feel way too big to be comfortable running right now. I'm going to try Jillian Michaels 30 day shred, starting tomorrow. I'll keep you posted!

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JENNA5678 1/22/2013 10:46PM

    Wow that's awesome you're seeing so much progress! Sounds like we are on quite similar paths. I am also getting over being sick and a new semester beginning. Keep your chin up you got this!! What types of workouts do you generally like to do? I've been looking to switch things up a bit in my routine and would love some advice! emoticon

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LANAHAUTH21 1/22/2013 10:39PM

  Yea, for four pounds.

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Week 1...duhn, duhn DUHN!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

It is the end of week 1 for me. And what an interesting week it has been. I started off strong, tracking all of my food and completing the January Jumpstart videos for days 1, 2 and 3. My calories were going down each day, and I was making pretty good food choices.

The week was quite busy as well. My two dogs had their teeth cleaned, and one had two tumors removed from his chest at the same time. I am now making him wear a T-shirt that says "Ruff Stuff" to keep him from licking his wounds. He kind of hates me for it, and I may or not randomly bust out laughing when I see him. Hey, it's better than the cone of shame isn't it?



I suppose now would be the time when I tell you my measurements, and how many minutes I exercised and what not. Well, also during the course of this week I have been caring for my sick fiance. And I mean SICK. It was sad and sometimes gross, but I love him. And what does he do to show his appreciation. He shares his virus with me.


Aww, honey, you shouldn't have....really

So now here it is, the 1st day of the new year and the end of my first week, and I am sick. The doctor at urgent care told me: Diagnosis - virus, Treatment - sleep, Prognosis - you're screwed for the next few days. She may or may not have actually said those words, but that is pretty much what I heard. I was hoping to be able to curb this from reaching the full potential I saw in my fiance, but nope, I'm in for a real treat I guess.

This also means that I am not weighing myself, or exercising for the next few days, or tracking my daily calorie intake of four graham crackers and a glass of juice. I'm also not going to continue the January Jumpstart challenge right now. I'm going to re-join the challenge after I am healthy again, so I can really give it my full effort.

Until then...I will look forward to better days and wish you all a happy and HEALTHY New Year!

  
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DUMBBELLE84 1/1/2013 12:35PM

  Feel better soon! Looking forward to hearing more from you this year!

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TOGEMON 1/1/2013 10:17AM

    Hope you feel better soon! I love your sense of humor, even though you're sick... the blog title and photo of poor doggie cracked me up emoticon

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/1/2013 9:46AM

    So the year can only get better from here! Keep up the liquids and you'll feel better soon!

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/1/2013 8:50AM

    Sorry you're starting 2013 sick... hoping you feel better soon!

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Starting Measurements

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I think we have all heard time and again that it is not all about what the scale says. Therefore, I am going to measure my success in as many different ways as I can think of:

Starting Weight: 281 lbs

Waist: 51 inches
Hips: 55.5 inches
Bust: 53 inches
Arm: 21 inches
Thigh: 28.5 inches

Exercise: not in months
Diet: careless

Current Pics:




It may not be a pretty place to start, but it's my starting place. So moving forward...

My weight loss goal is to lose 2 lbs a week, so 10 lbs by the end of January

My measurement goal is to lose 1 inch in each of those areas by the end of January(I really have no idea how inches will coincide with my personal weight loss, but we shall see, won't we?)

My exercise goal is to complete the January Jumpstart Challenge, and 30 Day Shred - which is to say I will be consistent in both

My food goal is to track all food that goes into my mouth

I will write weekly blogs to keep myself updated on my goals and watch my progress. I am excited to see how the end of January turns out.

  
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KRISTEN_SAYS 12/26/2012 9:35PM

    Good for you for taking measurements! I wish I did when I started out.

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CARAFAE37 12/26/2012 9:30PM

    You will be SO glad you did this so that you can see where you have come from. Some days the scale won't move but the tape measure will!

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PATTOMMC3 12/26/2012 6:30PM

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BARBANNA 12/26/2012 6:30PM

    Good luck and keep up your motivation! emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 12/26/2012 5:22PM

    May God help You reach all your goals. God Bless! Vic.

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NIKKICOLE83 12/26/2012 5:21PM

    It may not feel good to look at those pictures now, but you will be so happy you did it 6 months from now. I think you will find that you will lose as many inches as pounds you lose, at least that has been my experience and often times I lose more inches than pounds. It all comes down to what types of exercise you do. I would incorporate some strength training into your routine though right now your routine should be pretty cardio heavy in the beginning. Good lucK!

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TXTOAD9970 12/26/2012 5:16PM

    Good to see you are getting a jump start on your January goals.
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MKRETIRED 12/26/2012 5:16PM

  Good luck. I know you can be successful.

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The Familiar End-of-the-Year Post

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It seems like this is the time of year when everyone starts getting geared up for the new year, the new beginning, the new "me!" As I sit here, reading over my past blogs I find that I am feeling wistful in a way. I like what I am reading, but I don't really feel connected to the girl that wrote those cheery, upbeat blogs.

Not that I am an un-cheery person. I am quite happy with a lot of things going on in my life right now. I have been accepted for transfer at TWO of the highly-regarded private colleges in the area, the boyfriend has officially become the fiancé, and I have a had some wonderful opportunities come my way. The past year has been pretty terrific.

As I look ahead though, feeling quite stuffed from the past two days of overindulgence in delicious foods and wine, I know that there is still one area that I am not satisfied with...my weight, appearance, and the confidence I feel for my inward self to be equal to my outward self. There is a lot of work to do. I am feeling like it is possible though. Possibilities are really what the new year is about right?

We look at the beginning of a new year like an unopened gift. We shut our eyes tight against the outside world, fists clenched tightly and imagine what could be contained within. Our wildest dreams and deepest of wishes dance around in our minds. That is what I think the new year is like.

The wishes I hold inside, close to my heart, are not hard to guess. I wish to feel comfortable in my surroundings and to enjoy sitting and visiting without tugging at my shirt, or hiking up my pants. I wish to stand in front of my closet and think "What do I feel like wearing today?" not "What could I wear today to make me look as least fat as possible?"

Fat is such an ugly word isn't it? I never utter it out loud, but I know I say it almost constantly in my brain whenever it is not already occupied with some other task or idea. It is an appalling, gruesome, frightening, repulsive word. But it is just a word, like any other. It is not until I give it a sword and lay my neck before it that it has any power.

As an English major I know other "F" words, like fabulous, or fantastic, or even fit. The first two I can claim as a proper descriptors of myself, it is the last that needs some work. But what is all this time on this big, blue planet for if not to test ourselves, stretch our limits and to grow into the people we would like to be.

As Lewis Carroll wrote in "Alice in Wonderland,"

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
"I don't much care where –"
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”

I really should know where I want to go, so I know how to get there. When I arrive at (we'll call it my first stop because it really is a never-ending journey, isn't it?) my first stop I want to no longer be obese according to the BMI scale. I would be considered overweight at 190 lbs, so that will be my goal weight. I'm not sure what size clothes I would fit into, I guess so long as I feel better in clothes than I do now I should consider that a success. Goals should be specific though, so I would like to shop in a non-plus size store. That is probably as specific as I can get right now. I would also like to have run a 5K by then.

Three goals are good for now: 190 lbs, non-plus size clothing, run one 5K.

I started this blog reminiscing and it seems I have stumbled into creating goals for myself. Funny how meandering can do that. I'm sure it is all for the best though. I am getting rather sleepy now, so I think I will leave the next step--the actual path I will take to reach those goals--for the next blog.

Until then...

  
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BETHIEBOOPS 12/26/2012 2:28AM

    What a great post! Awesome Lewis Carroll reference too ;)

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