Monday, January 28, 2013
Thank you to everyone who sent me some get well soon vibes! I am finally back at work today. My ears are still hurting a little, but I am much better now. Work is very different now in this new position. I am still not used to all of it, but I am trying my best. We are working late nights and Saturdays now when there is work to do. I am not busy right now, but I know that will change soon. Every time I ask for something to do, there is plenty to do. I just have a break right now so I am taking it. I am still not used to doing so much after laying around for so long!
I finally got my paycheck, so I want to get some groceries to start making my batch meals since I will be working at night! I don't know when they will start ordering dinner for everyone, but I don't want take out every night. I could just get salad, but that isn't filling enough for me. I usually just eat salad as a side. Even getting chicken on it doesn't seem to fill me up!
When I was laying at home sick last week, there was so much I wanted to do. I even wanted to make a list, but I was too tired to do so! I tried to keep a mental list of everything I want to do now that I am better. Well, I am mostly better! Mentally I am MUCH better!
Attend 10 yoga classes
Re-start 5K training
Sign up for 5K races
Walk on the treadmill
Go back to Zumba once a week
Go to lunch/dinner with friends I have not seen in a long time
Have a game or movie night
Save more money & pay off more bills
As I am writing this, I am also thinking - Once I am healthier... well once I am over being sick 100% there is a lot I want to do physically. I also feel like I am already healthier with my eating. I have made so many changes since I started Spark. I do feel healthier even when I am sick. I still tried to eat healthy foods while I was trying to get better. I added more veggies & fruits to my diet, and I want to continue doing that! Even when I was feeling bleck, I made a homemade soup with beans and pasta and tons of veggies.
Hopefully everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. Keep pushing towards your January goals! I need to sit down and really figure out my Feb goals. I would like to be at 155 by the Feb! I am at 157 now. I know I can do it - I just really need to up my exercise!
Friday, January 11, 2013
****WARNING - FLUBBY COMPARISON PICTURES POSTED BELOW****
So I finally took some comparison pictures. I don't notice as much of a difference between 170 and 160. My back does seem a little different in the 160 though. I definitely should do more exercising. I don't feel skinny even though I am much skinnier.
I am very close to my healthy weight goal, but I still mentally feel so far from where I would like my body to be. I am trying not to be too selfish about my looks, but when I was at 155 at age 18 my body was much different. I guess all of the fat for so long really stretched me out. Maybe one day I will feel better about the stretch marks! For now, I just have to be happy with how much I have changed in my life! I am 27, and from now on I will continue to be more focused on me! My life is very important, and I am still pushing to stay healthy! I can't go back!
Besides losing the weight, I also lost a lot of negativity in my life! I also lost my high blood pressure! I gained new knowledge, a positive attitude, and a wonderful new lifestyle with Spark. Thank you so much for the continued support. Even though I hate looking at the pictures of myself, it helps me keep moving forward. I can't go back to how I used to be. Hopefully I get more motivation to keep working out. I am trying not to slack off, but my work is tough for me right now. My new position has me a little stressed.
Start Date: August 17, 2011
Current Date: January 11, 2013
Start Weight: 250
Current Weight: 158.8
Healthy Goal Weight: 155
Ultimate Goal Weight - if I can get lower, that would be great. (I won't stop at 155)
Start Pant Size: 22-24
Current Size: 10-12
Start Shirt Size: 2X-3X
Current Size: M-L
September Waist: 41
November Waist: 38
Current Waist: 36
September Hips: 44
November Hips: 43
Current Hips: 41
September Thigh: 24
November Thigh: 24
Current Thigh: 21.5
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Lately I haven't really been hungry - but I feel the need to eat. On the drive to work, I think about the yogurt I am going to eat. Then when I look the clock, I wonder if it is "snack time" yet. I normally have tea and some kind of snack between 1030 & 1130 to break up my day. I start at 8:30 & have lunch around 1:30.
During lunch and dinner, I feel like I need to eat MORE. I want a lot of food. Even though I want to eat, I haven't really been craving "bad" foods. I just want more servings of what I am eating! I went to Burger King on my lunch break yesterday because I didn't get the chance to bring anything for lunch. I got the veggie burger with no mayo & no cheese. It wasn't too bad & the calories weren't too awful.. I just felt like it wasn't enough. That's because it wasn't! I had some grapes and a banana. After eating the fruit, I felt a little better. I still feel a bit guilty for going to Burger King - BUT I used to eat so awful there. I would get a soda, large fries, whopper with cheese, AND a chicken sandwich! Yikes! I haven't been to BK in a long time because I don't eat red meat and I didn't want the chicken patties. At least they had the veggie burger. (Otherwise I would have probably ordered a salad)
Maybe the cold weather is making me feel like I need to eat more? I don't remember this happening other years when I was overweight.. maybe because I had enough fat to hold me over?! I don't know! I just think this is such a strange feeling.
I haven't had much time to blog, look at other blogs & comment on my Sparkfriends pages. I apologize! I miss reading other blogs! They finally hired someone new at my work to take my position, so I have been training her. They also had me move to another desk. It is strange being in a small room with another person. I was used to being out in the open common area by the front door & kitchenette where everyone would just walk by.
I have been doing pretty good so far this month. I am at 158.8lbs right now. My weight goal is to be 158 by the end of this month & 155 at the end of February! I really need to re-start my 5K training. The treadmill is set up at home, but I haven't given myself time to use it yet! I just NEED To do it. I just have so much going on with work & my personal life outside of my healthy lifestyle journey. I have been doing a lot of crafts in my free time, so I haven't been on the computer & haven't been working out as much. Once my late nights start, I really need to have a better daily routine. The other day, I looked up some meal ideas that freeze well so I can start making batch meals. I need to purchase some good storage containers. Any suggestions on which are good for batch meals/individual containers?
I want to get some progress pictures taken this week or this weekend. I am at 90 pounds lost so far, and I want to see if anything has changed since I took my 80 pounds lost pictures!
Hopefully everyone is doing well with their 2013 & January goals. Keep pushing forward!!!
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Happy New Year! Although the way we write the date changed to 2013, not much else changed for me. Well, the weather did get A LOT colder! My goals are mostly the same though. Well, I am tweaking them slightly for January, but I am still on the same path!
I want to keep saving money, sign up for a few 5K in the spring, and I want to be at 155 lbs by March 1st. However, I feel a little different about my goals. Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to browse other pages & blogs lately. Work has been pretty busy. We didn't start working late nights yet, but I know it is coming! I didn't add too many different goals to my 2013 list. I am pretty happy with how long the list has grown over the past year! Instead of adding a ton of new goals, I just want to adjust the list I already have!
****2012 Month vs Pounds Lost****
Total Pounds Lost in 2012: 44!!!!!
****Accomplished December Goals****
- Did every weighin & team challenge the best I could!
- Used the measuring tape once
- Tracked my protein & stayed in range most days.
- Did a 5K Jingle Bell run and got 36:04!
- Did not eat any tortilla chips!!
- Tried new recipes
- Lost 3.5 Pounds & reached my goal to be 161 by Jan 1st
- Spent time relaxing every day by myself
- Saved some money
- Stood up for myself & continued to stay positive
****My January Goals****
- Weigh 158 by January 31st
- Restart my 5K training
- Continue using the measuring tape at least twice a month
- Keep not eating tortilla chips
- If I eat french fries, try to only eat them once a week
- Sign up for another 5K
- Use the treadmill more!!
- Try 10 new healthier Recipes
- Figure out how to eat healthy when I start eating lunch AND dinner at work
- Stay committed to the Challenges even during busy season
- Aim for 1,000 fitness minute trophy for January!
- Continue to do non-workout activities I enjoy even if I go alone(craft & pet fairs)
- Try to stay patient with my parents even when they are on the fritz!
- Don't get discouraged if I don't reach all of my goals!
- Be at healthy weight (155) by March 1, 2013!
- Be at 100 pounds lost & weigh 150pounds - no deadline
- Complete any 5K in 30 minutes - no deadline
Something odd happened last night. I showed my Mom all of the projects I have been working on. She liked them, but then she asked me something that shocked me. She asked if I was taking pills or any drugs to give me energy. I asked why.. She said I have had so much energy the past few months, and it seems like I can't sit still. The other day she asked if I was Underweight - I thought she was nuts for thinking that. I am 160.4 and I am 5'6 and a half. Apparently she thinks I look around 145 or less and she wanted to make sure I am not starving myself. I understand she is looking out for me, but I don't think I look 145 or less. I tried explaining many people use a healthy weight range for each height - and for 5'6 the weight range is 127-155. I am not trying to be 127! I just want to keep eating healthy & keep exercising!
I haven't been taking any medication except for stool softeners a few times a week because of the missing gall bladder. I really didn't know what to do after she said that. I tried explaining that I have a lot more energy & ambition since I lost a lot of weight. Its true - I feel so much better now. Instead of just sitting and watching a show on the couch, I will watch a show and also work on a craft project. I just multi-task instead of lounging and only watching tv. This past year I HAVE changed so much - I guess it made her think it isn't natural for me to be this active when I used to barely do anything? I don't know! I am trying not to get discouraged, but at the same time I don't want her telling people she thinks I am on drugs. She is a gossip queen who tells my family & her friends everything sometimes. Hopefully she doesn't keep thinking that because I don't want false rumors travelling around my family!
Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. Happy January! and best of luck to everyone in 2013! We all can reach our goals if we really push hard! Even if we don't reach our goals, every step is super important! Keep moving forward & don't give up!
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