Sunday, September 02, 2012
Six months ago I was slowly losing weight but hating and definitely struggling with working out. I was also struggling with food choices, even avoiding tracking my food as I didn’t want to face the fact of just how bad what I was eating was. I had also stopped seeing positive changes in my body. I began working out more consistently (cardio at least) when I got zumba , maybe 3-4 times a week. However, I still could and would find any excuse in the book there was to avoid working out after I’d get home from lab. About 4 months ago I switched when I worked out from after lab to before heading into lab. I found that after a few weeks, this worked much much better for me. My consistency in getting in cardio definitely improved. I was slowly starting to see the scale move again, along with changes in my body. In the beginning of July I finally hit 170.0 (hit 167.4) before leaving on vacation. However, when I weighed myself after a nice week long vacation, to my parents’ and then to Chicago for a few days, I had jumped to 173.6 on July 8th. I suspect that this was no water weight due to the fact it took me a few weeks to get it back off. Since then I have steadily lost weight. I joined SP Live! the last week of July. SP Live! has managed to flip a large portion of my life on end (a good thing :) ). I love the personal interaction aspect! I’ve met several amazing people, including some who have become pretty close friends. I also took on a Coach (Aug 6th), the day after my birthday (my birthday present to myself). After taking on my coach, I have noticed a definite increase in results (Krystie is persistent enough to deal with my stubbornness :D ). I am also now thankful for unlimited text messages on my cell phone, as two of these amazing people, Krystie and Richard, love to blow up my phone and kill my cell phone battery. :D (Krystie apparently also runs a match-making service, but that’s a story for another time ;) ).
Currently, I’m down 37 pounds, 7.5 inches off my waist, 8.25 inches off my hips, 4.5 inches off my thigh, and 2.5 inches off of my arm since the beginning of March. I also no longer struggle with making myself work out, as I have come to love doing cardio. I began strength training the day I took on Krystie as my coach and am slowly coming to love strength training too (shh… don’t tell Krystie :P ). I have noticed large changes in the shape of my body and also have noticed increased muscle tone. My pants I was wearing in March (a comfortable size 18) now are super huge on me! :D My shirts are the same way. I currently can fit into a size 8 now (if the correct cut for my height). I have also begun focusing a lot more on the nutrition aspect as well, since taking on my coach. I now track everything I eat and began a 90 day challenge a little over a week ago (absolutely love the Body by Vi shakes!!). As of two days ago, I can also now officially say I am out of the obese weight range!!!!
6 months from now I will be at goal weight, and still probably running around squealing, in shock. :D I will have a toned body be shopping for a cute lil bikini for the coming swim suit season (style to be determined yet ;) ). I have absolutely no idea what size I will be wearing, as I have always been overweight (even as a child). I will also have finally recovered from taking Omaha by storm with Krystie and Richard New Year’s Eve (with both me and Krystie being at goal weight by then). Poor, poor Omaha… doesn’t know what’s coming. :D
Me about 7 1/2 months ago (about the same weight I was at about 6 months ago).
Me holding those same pants in the first picture, about a week ago. (Me in my size 8 jeans holding the size 18 jeans).
A current picture of me, in my size 8 jeans, as of a week ago. :)
Thursday, August 30, 2012
I am working on focusing more on non-weight related goals for the next few weeks since I have been blowing through my weight loss goals like crazy. I will probably expand these into my goals for the month of sept, along with adding in a weight loss goal as well (after weighing in tomorrow morning and seeing where I am at).
Goal 1) Balance my calories for the day better so that not quite as many remain at the end of the day. A few people know that I have been struggling with not being hungry the last week or so, and thus having a lot of calories left at the end of the day (250-450+ a lot of the time) to meet even the 1200 minimum. One might ask how it is possible to struggle to meet the minimum… lol… good question. I am proof it does happen, and I like food… just not hungry for some reason. To help do this, I am now currently eating 3 snacks and 3 meals a day. Over the last couple of days it has seemed to work out really well.
Goal 2) Drink my Vi shakes. I love the shakes so far. As a person with severe lactose intolerance, it is really hard to find shakes that are not gritty or do not taste like chalk but yet have no lactose in them. I absolutely love the taste of the Vi shakes. They also help with goal #1, as I struggle sometimes to get out the door in the morning to head to lab at a decent time (as I work out early in the morning).
Goal 3) Drink a minimum of 14 glasses of water per day. I feel a lot better when I drink more water I’ve noticed, especially since working out a lot more. Drinking more water has also helped curb the mindless munching.
Goal 4) Get more sleep. I am a definite morning person, so much so that my body typically wakes me up about 30 min before my alarm is set to go off (set for 4:30 am) to work out. It is as if my body expects me to work out daily now. :D Getting up this early does cause lack of sleep problems sometimes. I will get at least 6-7 hours of sleep per night at least 5 nights per week as a starting point (this is more than I currently typically get). I will work on gradually increasing the amount of sleep I get.
Goal 5) Blog more frequently. I love to write but seldom get around to it outside of scientific writing (research manuscripts, grant proposals, ect.) My goal for the next few weeks is to blog more, starting with 3 times per week.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
If you would have asked me 6 months ago if I liked working out, I would have probably sugar coated it and told you umm… not my favorite thing (when I reality I dreaded it and viewed it as an evil necessary chore). After consistently working out (for the most part) for the last 6 months, I can honestly say that I look forward to working out. I love the way working out makes me feel, and also love challenging my body to see just what it can do! I stopped struggling to get my workouts in around the middle of May, when I switched to setting that alarm clock for an hour and a half or so earlier to get my workout in before heading into lab. I recently have set it for even a tad earlier (even though it means having to go to bed a bit earlier) to fit in strength training too. Even though I knew better, I used to avoid strength training like it was the plague. I found that getting up early (not super hard as I’m a natural morning person) helped me build much greater consistency in my workouts as I am famous for finding any possible excuse for myself to put off working out (or even not do it at all) if I wait until after I get home.
I actually look forward to working out each morning (6 of 7 days of the week). My body has changed an incredible amount in the past 6 months. I’ve become more cardiovascularly fit, developed more muscle, and learned that yes… I can do multiple kinds of squats, lunges, and jumping jacks without it feeling like I’m going to die.
At a point, one just realizes that this is real and that you will reach your goals. All doubt is removed and you are left with the knowing, confident feeling that this time is different.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
I’ve given myself the best birthday present I know of… the gift of a healthier lifestyle. Am I at my goal weight? Nope, and got a ways to go… but in the past year I’ve definitely made some progress:
Weight lost: 34.8 pounds
Inches lost (since Oct 6 2011… first time I bothered to take measurements):
Upper Arm: 2”
Would I say I’m proud of how much I’ve lost this past year? Yes. I was about to put the famous “but”…. however CoachKrystie’s voice popped into my head telling me to stop beating myself up. Considering I took a SP “vacation” from July until just before January… I am proud of myself and my progress, but most of all I’m proud of myself for coming back and not just throwing in the towel. I have given myself more energy, smaller clothes, better physical condition and the knowledge that I will reach my goal weight. When that will exactly happen, I’m not sure… but I am now 100% confident that it will happen.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
~ Get into the 150's
~ Lose 2" total.
Game plan: I know this won't just magically happen all on it's own (but oh how sometimes I wish it would), but will take a conscious effort and commitment.
~ work out @ least 24 of 31 days of August
~ increase how often I actually do strength training (as I often avoid it like the plague, even though I know I shouldn't)
~ cook in large batches more often (at least 1 batch cooked item per week) as this makes it much easier to make quick meals.
~ get my kitchen cleaned and reorganized (will also make cooking easier/more enjoyable)
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