Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I looked into the past at my official first attempt with Sparkpeople, October of 2011. I was new to the game and probably halfa**ed it, and that's why I quickly regained the weight I lost then, but I came out knowing that it was possible to achieve my goals.
After falling off the wagon sometime in November 2011, I hit reset in February 2012, I did everything from scratch, went back to the basics. I learnt that I had to drink at least 8 cups of water, but I also learnt why, I learnt that by fueling your body properly , you'd have more energy, and feel better. I followed the simple rules, and built a workout plan, and it all worked.
When Summer came around, I stuck to my workout plan, but was not as steadfast with Nutrition, I would be great on some weeks and let the next I wouldn't be. That led to a gain and lose cycle that I can only describe as shocking, but I refused to give up.
After my Summer vacation was over, I realized things had to change, for most of September and October I fought a battle of wills with myself, I would cave in during work weekends, after I'd put in so much work throughout the week.
Enough was Enough and I decided to place some checks at work that reminded me of all my hard work, I paid close attention to what I ate and worked, and the results quickly showed.
At the beginning of December, I started Insanity, it has improved my fitness level, but after the first week of losing weight and the next couple of weeks of nothing, I knew something was fishy, upon further investigation, I have come to realize that Insanity puts one through 5 days of HIIT workouts and 1 day of recovery and another day of rest, so eating 1300-1500 calories wouldn't cut it. Based on the Insanity calculations I should be eating 1900, and after updating my nutrition tracker appropriately, I am in the 1650 to 2000 calorie range.
I've been fighting it though, sometimes I hit my range and other times am way below, but I will strive to get to that range.
Looking back on the past 15 months, I see that I putting in all my effort helps me stay on track, getting involved in Challenges (BLC), especially keeps me motivated. Sticking to the basics: 8+ glasses of water (am at 20 on some days), 5+ freggie servings, staying within my caloric range and eating healthy whole foods, working out 3-6 days a week, and "Sticking to The Plan" at work and parties are the golden keys to achieving all my weight loss goals. I might be fighting it, but I know it's time to up those calories, like it or not. Paying the utmost attention to these characteristics, will place and keep me on the path to success.
Keeping all of them in mind, I have decided to set some goals for this month and year:
1. We try but the number on the scale still rules our minds most of the time, so in 2012 my weight goal is to go from 262 to 199.9, that's 62.1 lbs, approximately 5.2 lbs a month, it might not seem like much, but seeing the trends for the past 15 months, tell me this is what I should be aiming for. If more comes off then more comes off, but am aiming for 5.2 lbs every month.
2. With the weight release, there will also be some inch loss, I want to look a lot better in the dresses I uploaded on my last blog, but I also want to be wearing size 12/14 pants.
3. Track like my life depends on it, cause it does, portion control!!! and eat properly.
4. Exercise, no excuses, if I want my body to be at it's best, then I must exercise, Cardio and ST, ST 2 to 3 times a week.
5. Stay involved in the Spark community, give support, cause I know I would not be hear today if I didn't get any support from you all. .
Parting words: look back and learn.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
This was taken on the 23rd of December 2011, had on the most incredible pair of Spanx, but I can't imagine how I let myself get this far, I used to think I was okay like this, and looking back I'm horrified.
Just look at that, I don't even have a neck, had to add an extra hole to the belt on the dress, so i could wear the belt.
A year later and am still working on myself and learning new things, but thankfully there has been progress:
No spanx here, just underwear, and you can't see the stomach I had to work hard to get into those spanx that unsuccessfully covered my bulge. This year, you can actually see the belt, it was too big this time around and I had to add another hole to make it tighter.
It took me hours to get ready in 2011, but in 2012, I just threw this dress on with my morning makeup on, and no extra meddling with the hair. My self image is definitely improving.
The next dress is a figure hugging XL from Forever 21. I decided to brave it without the Spanx, although it's not as forgiving of my Spanxless attitude, but that gives me a goal for next year, to look better in this dress (get rid of as much bulge as is humanly possible) and the gold one by my birthday.
Now to find out my starting point after the Birthday/Christmas weekend, for once am hoping the cold I had worked in my favor (but the spirits....)
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The week was great until Friday, packed my meals to work and was on track with everything. Then Friday rolls in the door, I did the usual, packed my meals and ate well at work, but I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning at a friends place and ended up eating 3 slices of pizza, because I was hungry and it was available, talk about excuses. Come Saturday morning, I pay the price of my early morning snacking, had to work out as a bloated ball, believe me, doing something like Insanity while bloated is not fun, but I did it. 2 weeks down and still going strong. I hit the reset button on Saturday, had tons of fruits and vegetables, and cereal, just had to have some Fiber One.
This experience really was an eye opener, I know these situations might occur, but I've always had a hard time dealing with them, but this time I gave myself the much needed pep talk, a kick in the behind and jumped back in the saddle. Before I'd have spent a whole week eating badly before hitting reset, but why waste a week and undo all my hard work? Working out while bloated was really a good eye opener, I never want to go through that again. I know I will stumble, but I will and must stand up immediately.
The workouts with Shaun T are going great, it is Insanity, and it's hard, but I'm developing a fondness for it. One of my 2013 goals will be to make sure I get to day 64, the final fit test.
Off to making this week better than the last, and trying to get as close to my goal as is humanly possible.
Have a great week everyone.
Sunday, December 09, 2012
I remember feeling scared and overwhelmed before starting Insanity, was I going to keep up, would I let my roommate down, would I quit after the first day? I took the plunge because I knew you all would back me up, that the support would be overwhelming, and as far as I had a partner on here, "Cassie" and at home, the roommate, there was no room for excuses. I can happily say I completed the first week of Insanity, and said bye bye to 1.6 lbs.
I have to say I expected more with the pounds. I was within range everyday but Saturday (140 calories over) and I ate well. Mid week the scale hadn't even budged, so the next evening after doing my Insanity class in the morning, I went to the gym for some extra work, Zumba, Spin and a full Body ST class. In the previous weeks before Insanity, I could keep up at Zumba, could barely get up on the Spin bike in class and last through all the intervals without feeling like my thighs were on fire, and I probably only fully completed 3 or 4 reps of the different exercises in the Full Body class. This week, it was as if I was a new person, I stood up on that spin bike without a screaming thigh, and kept up, the instructor was shocked, considering it's only my third or so class. At the full body class, I saw similar improvements.
So will I be unsatisfied with 1.6 lbs, no way, after what I experienced on Thursday evening, no way. Besides I hear the shock of such an intense workout might be the reason, the muscles retain water for a week or so to protect themselves, and "the lady that visits once a month" is in town. So no way am I complaining.
I am rejoicing at my 1.6 lbs and my increased endurance, forging on to week 2, and hoping for the best.
You all have a great week.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
In the craziness that is Shaun T's Insanity class, I did 8 full push ups without even realizing that I was doing them. My roommate made a comment about it when we finished working out and I was blown away. Note I still do Knee push ups, just need to and I will be at a point where I can do the whole program with full push ups.
Have a great day everyone.
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