Thursday, September 13, 2012
Today marks the 20th straight week of daily workouts for me.
I toggle between feelings of pride and accomplishment, and the desire to do better. I traveled last week for a family funeral, so I just stuck to 10-minute body-weight strength training exercises. I've been toggling between that and jogging this week. It's a great feeling to know that life changes, travel and upended schedules can't deter me from keeping my word to myself.
I'm still following a Paleo plan during the week, and giving myself some indulgences over the weekend (usually pancakes). I like the Paleo way of eating. It's simple, and it minimizes my allergies. Now I just need to work on eliminating my coffees/hot chocolates in the mornings. I'm also discovering that dairy in general is problematic for me. I need to get my brain around the way that I really should be eating. I do so much out of habit, and I end up paying for it.
Of course, I wish I were further along, as usual, but I can't complain. I feel energized, inspired and motivated to move forward. This probably has something to do with the fact that I listen to health and nutrition podcasts nonstop. I'm constantly learning new things, and being challenged to think of my overall health picture differently. They've helped me to make good health my long-term focus -- not just weight loss. I'll include links to some of my favorites below.
It's hard to believe I only have 4 more weeks to go until I hit 180 days, and complete the first phase of my weight loss plan. WOW. Here's to higher heights!
Starting weight to lose: 91.6 lbs.
Weight lost thus far: 25.8 lbs.
Weight left to lose: 65.8 lbs.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Tomorrow makes month 4 of my current weight loss effort. Despite moments of sheer joy immediately yielding to moments of sheer panic, I'd say things are going pretty well.
Week 3 of Paleo went well. I lost 3 lbs. Had my 16-week marker at Weight Watcher's today. I didn't quite hit my 10% goal, which is loosely where they want you to be by this point. I'm 2 lbs. shy of that. Not bad, but I could have done better. Slow and steady wins the race, though. This is my 3rd time joining Weight Watcher's, but my first time actually getting my 16-week chain.
I guess 25 lbs. in 4 months is decent. If I did the same thing in the next 4 months, I'd be 50 lbs. lighter than I was in April by the end of the year. Wow. When you look at it that way, it's pretty exciting. Paleo is treating me well. The key is to not get out of hand on the weekends when I'm giving myself a few indulgences. I'm' really working on getting that under control. I've gone a little lighter in the exercise department in the last week. I'm still exercising daily, but my workouts aren't as long. I hit day 121 of nonstop exercise today. I think. Maybe 122. I committed to doing 180 days straight back in April. I'll finish up this phase of things in October, and reevaluate exactly how excerise fits into my weight loss plan.
I bought my first set of weights, and have started doing weightlifting on my own. I can definitely feel the soreness. I bought a pullup bar as well. I'm really looking forward to seeing some definition in my arms, and being able to do pushups! Haven't done a real one in years. Looking forward to the milestones the next few months will bring. I'm now down to the lowest I've been in about 7 years. Looking forward to 'Onderland'....
Beginning Weight to Lose: 91.6 lbs.
Weight Lost Thus Far: 24.5 lbs.
Weight Left to Lose: 67.1 lbs.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
This will be a bit of a 'stream of consciousness' post, so you'll forgive me.
I haven't blogged in the last few days, because I haven't had much positive to say. I did another Paleo week, and came out 1 lb. heavier -- partly because I've been drinking hot chocolate in the mornings, and probably due to eating too much beef, which always seems to interfere with weight loss. It's also been 'that time' for me, which usually doesn't have a major affect on my weight loss, but may have this time.
I guess I've been feeling a little sorry for myself over the last few days. Why do a couple of cups of hot chocolate in the morning affect my weight so drastically when you hear stories of other women who simply stop drinking sodas, and drop 'an incredible 15 lbs in one month!'? Why is it so difficult for me to lose weight? I workout everyday. I try to keep hydrated. I watch what I eat (for the most part). I've been at this for 4 months, and I'm down 20 lbs. I've been lingering at the 20 lb. mark for a month, and I have to admit, I get a little frustrated from time to time.
This too shall pass, I know.
I'm starting to think I may need to get my thyroid checked. I get cold easily, and my metabolism seems to be so much more sluggish than it used to be. I don't want thyroid problems. I want to lose weight at a steady pace, in direct relation to the amount of hard work I'm putting in each morning. Something feels unfair.
Okay, whining done.
I'm posting today to put my fears on notice. To you, fear, I say -- I will not relent. I will not back down. You can make this journey as difficult as humanly possible, and that will not deter me. I am absolutely determined to gain health, strength, confidence, and a great figure. I may come out of this battle bloodied, bruised, shaken, scarred and panting, but I will defeat this giant.
I will gather strength from all the previous battles I've fought and relinquished, and I'll fashion those remnants into new tools -- new weapons to bring me the victory I'm after.
You, fear, are a defeated foe. You probably already know that, but this is just a friendly reminder that you are not welcome inside of me any longer. I will be the person I was meant to be. I am a fighter. I am a winner. I am an overcomer, and I will overcome. Clear? Good.
So, onto another week of 'Paleo' living. I believe this is a good plan for me. It's getting me away from most processed foods, and helping me to avoid lots of snacking. It's teaching me to obey hunger signals, and avoid overeating. My husband likes it as well. So, we'll continue on with a little less beef, a little less hot chocolate and a little more self-love.
This giant will fall, as it was meant to. And oh, what a sound it will make.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Paleo week went great! We had a variety of food, didn't get bored, and my husband didn't complain everyday like he did with raw vegan week. I also broke a 2-Week long plateau, and lost 2.3 lbs. So I think it's a keeper.
This week, we're doing theme days. Japanese (I'm experimenting with making sushi for the first time), Chinese, Greek, Mexican and Pacifica. I'm working on a meal plan right now. It should be fun.
I did a different workout everyday last week! Big jump from doing TaeBo 100 days straight. I'm really loving the variety and the new challenges. I've sweat everyday, which is my only requirement. I'll be getting back to jogging this week as well. I stopped last week because Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred messed with my right knee a bit. It was hard to take time off, but I'm glad I did. Ready to get back to it!!
So look at your girl... trying new things... experimenting with different workouts, mealplans... and having fun? Wow. Didn't think it was possible.
My desire is to lose at least 20 lbs. by the end of the year. If I can come down 30, that would be great, but I'm trying to give myself an allowance for the holiday season. If I can continue to make the journey fun, that shouldn't be a problem, right?
Monday, August 06, 2012
If you read my blogs, you know I get bored easily (except with my TaeBo workout). I like to keep things interesting -- from juicing to a raw vegan week, to intermittent fasting. I like to keep different flavors flowing, and test out different eating lifestyles. I don't think I could settle into any one of them for too long. I like to give myself variety to keep things interesting, and continue to tweak my weight loss efforts.
So, in that spirit, I'll be doing a Paleo week this week. If you're not sure what that is, you may want to do some googling. It's a pretty big movement in the health and nutrition world. I've had friends recommending it for months, and I've dismissed it thus far, but I think I'm ready to give it a shot. Why not? So today, I had a lovely steak salad for lunch, and I'll be doing a shrimp stir-fry for dinner. Not bad so far... I'll keep you posted...
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