Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Well, it looks like this is the last week of the Fall Biggest Loser Challenge I was participating in. My goal for the challenge was to lose about 8.4 lbs, which is modest for ten weeks. Alas, I may have only lost about half of that, which doesn't feel like a ton of progress to me.
But then, I thought about the last two years, in the last two years I did nothing but gain weight. I ate Wendy's almost daily, cried almost daily, gained weight. My grandma died, my cousin died, I was depressed about that, I was tired of school, hated my job, felt trapped in my marriage and a million other things, so in that two year period, I packed on at least 60 pounds. If you do the math, that's .57 pounds a week (Haha, thanks PrincessSofi). Yikes! These last several months, I've actually lost a small amount of weight, and during this challenge, I mostly maintained my weight, and maintaining my weight as opposed to gaining I think is a big deal. So, now that I know that I have successfully maintained my weight and finally halted the upward progression on the scale, perhaps now I can encourage myself to make a bit more progress and watch the numbers go down instead of stay the same.
The last couple weeks of this challenge, I haven't been doing much, I started a new job in June, working midnights an hour away from my home, that took so much energy, I didn't care about exercise, didn't feel like I had time either, then I focused on finding an apartment and moving. I finally found a decent apartment in an okay neighborhood and I've spent the last two or three weeks moving, unpacking and getting settled . My goal is to be finished unpacking by Thanksgiving. That way when I return from visiting my family, everything will be nice and organized, then I can finally focus on managing my time and actually getting healthier.
The good things that happened during the past couple of months: I maintained my weight/lost a bit, and more importantly didn't gain.
2. I can actually walk for a long time again, without feeling like I'm dying and without having to sit down (it was scary bad for awhile, and a new experience for me).
3. I can wear my smaller size uniform pants again.
4. I've started walking my dog more consistently.
5. Started drinking my raw meal again.
6. I can stand for the whole 8 hours of my shift again without feeling like I'm being tortured.
Short term goals-
After Thanksgiving, go to the gym at least one time per week to get some strength training in. After a month, I can work on increasing the frequency.
Track my food on a daily basis.
Walk Chewie daily.
Find a counselor.
Longer term goals, going on a cruise at the end of March, it would be nice to have lost 18 lbs, that's a little over one pound a week.
In October, I want to run in a race with my best friend. One of those color vibe runs.
My final goal to be height weight proportionate. Which involves losing about 150 more pounds.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
So, I finally did the measurements that we were supposed to do for week four measurements, I apparently lost 66.25 inches in the first 5 weeks (or is it 6). Either way, that sounds like a lot to me. Doesn't necessarily feel like a lot to me because I guess it is coming off from various places so I don't feel or look smaller.
Done a good job this past week of getting all my steps in. Haven't made 10000 steps every single day, but most days I got close or over.
Can't really think of anything else signficant to add. Haven't done any of the challenges for challenge number 19. Been working on the pledges I made for this week for my Pink Panthers team.
Mostly, I've been enjoying this fall weather, which is my absolute favorite season so been spending extra time outdoors in it. Looking forward to my day off tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
So, I am filling this out because I'm not sure if I claimed my points for it or not, so in case I did, here it is.
Basically, the last two weeks, I've been very not active in this BLC. The first week that I was inactive, was basically because I think everything caught up to me and I was just exhausted. I spend 52 hours a week in work related activities. Meaning on the days I work, I have only three or 4 hours too myself and am often so tired and just don't feel like being active. I know that makes me sound lazy, but it's the honest truth.
The second week of activity, was a continuation of week number 1's non desire and then it was just a crappy week on top of it. It was the first year anniversary of a cousin's death, and my sister had a health scare and was in the hospital (thankfully she is okay), and everything was so overwhelming.
I wish being overweight wasn't unhealthy, because I sure would stay overweight. Today is Tuesday, but it's still my Monday. I ate healthy since midnight, after I'm done with this blog and doing a little bit of catching up on SparkPeople, I think I'll actually take my poor attention and exercise starved doggie on a walk.
My goals this week, eat within my calorie range. Walk the dog and spend some time writing in my journal and doing some visualization stuff. Ideally, non health related, it would be a good idea to try to search for an apartment again.
On a positive note, because apparently I realized this was a bit depressing/not very encouraging/pessimistic, I have been climbing the stairs at work instead of using the elevator and that adds up to 4 or 6 flights of stairs each day I'm at work. So that's pretty awesome.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
This week was mostly a blur. Mostly I remember being tired. Monday through Wednesday I think I walked the dog, and such. Thursday and Friday were raining and stormy, so I didn't walk the dog or do much else either.
The goals I had this week, I did mostly okay on. I'm going to use the same goals this upcoming week.
I signed up for a virtual 5k walk as part of the BLC and signed up for one of the training plans.
That is all.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Overall this week was fantastic. I didn't feel like I did much of anything but I lost about 5 lbs. Thursday I was physically and mentally exhausted, so I ate pizza, took a bath, and slept all day. I woke up still a bit tired due to some really crazy dreams. That day, I woke up and it was like I was paralyzed, I couldn't even move (apparently this happens sometimes if you wake up before your body snaps you out of REM sleep). I also heard creepy voices and felt like I was zapped. I fell back to sleep and in my dream all the lights were out and I couldn't turn them on. Then when my husband came home, I told him about the dream and he said that none of the lights were working in the living room at all. I thought he was just joking. But sure enough, there was no power in the living room. It was a very weird coincidence.
Besides that tangent, I used Thursday and a lot of Friday for a me day, just to relax and unwind because I needed it, and I was afraid if I didn't take a break, that I would crack and not meet any goals at all. Oh, best of all I successfully avoided fast food for a whole week. That was so hard, especially those couple days I was exhausted.
My base step goal was 5500. I got between 8000 and 11000 each day. So that was great. Well, Thursday I forgot my fitbit, so I'm not sure how many steps I got that day. So I'm proud of that. Since it was easier to get that many steps than I expected, instead of increasing the total by 500, this week I'm going to aim for 6500.
This week my goals aren't going to be any different than last week so much. I'm going to try to meet the goals and challenges set out for BLC. I'm going to increase my step goal to 6500, and going to work on some visualization techniques. Haven't decided which ones yet.
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