Thursday, November 21, 2013
Well, I've decided that I need to come back to spark again. Spark helped me so much my first two years of weight loss that I realized its a great tool to utilize to keep you accountable. Honestly, I got a little discouraged with it because as much as I tried reached out to people, and blog while receiving feedback, I just wasn't getting very much from it. But I suppose, I'm here to lose weight, and that is whats important to me. I hadn't gone away from Spark completely, but I really wasn't commenting on blogs or getting into the articles as much anymore.
Man, November is almost over and I swear it just started. My weekends are normally packed with hanging out with friends or seeing family and this month was no exception. The weekend of November 9th I had a baking weekend with my mom and Aunt. Bad idea. A lot of my favorite goodies were made and I'm still eating them way more than I should. I froze over half of them, but I'm still seeing a 4+ gain on the scale from having one or two treats a day. When I saw 188 on the scale yesterday, I knew I had to stop. Hopefully by Saturday my weight will be at 185 or less. I need to get back on track. I have my wedding in less than 10 months and I can't be any more than 185 for it! I've maintained this weight for over a year now... what's 10 more months?
So goals for the rest of the holiday season? EAT IN MODERATION. I did it well for the past two years, I just need to do it again. Limit the sweets. One or two a day is not limiting. That starts me in a downward spiral that I may not be able to come back from. At least I know it and I'm stopping it before it starts.
I have a few treats I have to make this weekend and next weekend for Thanksgiving and for a friend who just had a baby on Monday, but otherwise, I think my baking days are over for this year. Its just too hard to sneak a bite here or there. Those bites add up.
I'm DYING to see the 170's. I don't know if I'm just not eating and working out well enough to see them, or if my body is happy in the 180's. Heck... I am happy that I've been able to maintain here for this long, but its just a little discouraging when I saw a loss almost every week for over a year and now for a year I'm just STUCK. Up and down.... 180.2 is the lowest I ever saw. I don't know why I can do well for weeks at a time (when I was losing I did well for over a year!) but now, its a few days of being good and then two days of being bad. This weekend will be my real test. I normally splurge a bit more on weekends and that needs to stop, too. I know I can do it, since I have done it... I just need to DO IT!!!
Otherwise, not too much going on. Stressing about work since our company is being sold and I'm not sure if I'll have a job come the first of the year. Also, stressing about the wedding... our ceremony site fell through so this weekend we have to go hunting for a church to get married in. Neither my fiance or I are religious, but there is nothing else left in the small down we're getting married in, unfortunately. We could have it outside, but in September... its so iffy.
Back on track. That's the plan. Just have to stick to it.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Another month come and gone SO fast. Amazing how fast time flies by these days. It doesn't help that I have a wedding to plan for! Eek! We finally found our DJ and I think I found our photographer last night. I also found my dress and it wasn't one of the two that I posted on here! I just wasn't really feeling either of those like I wanted to. I wanted to feel some sort of pull towards one of them and they were both just kind of "blah" for me. This one I tried on and I didn't want to take it off! That's a load off!
Well, goals for September partially worked and partially didn't. My goals were:
2000 fitness minutes for the month of September - I got about 1900 - only 100 minutes off, not too shabby!
1300-1400 calories a day, including weekends. - This one was pretty close as well. Mostly closer to the 1400 calorie range.
Limit the alcohol intake - The beginning of the month wasn't so much alcohol free, but happy to say that the end was!
Limit the sweets... NO BAKING!! - This is the one that I stuck to the most! IT didn't help me lose any weight, but it DID help me to not gain any! It was HARD too... I love baking and making sweets. I doubt I can do No Bake October, with family trips coming up, but I'm gonna try!!
Goal for 9/30/12 - 179. - Nope. 183.8 as of Saturday, 9/28.
So goals for October:
Pretty much the same ones as for September...
2000 fitness minutes for the month of October
1300-1400 calories a day, including weekends.
Limit the alcohol intake
Limit the sweets
Goal for 10/31/13 - 179
Gotta stay on track, I can do it.
Work is messing up my schedule again. I used to work a straight shift, 7:00-3:30, then they changed it to M,Th,F 6:30-3 and T, W 7-11 then 2-6. Which was fine, I got my work out done in the middle of the day instead of after. But now... They are changing those two T and W to 10-4 then 6-8. I'm a creature of habit and routine, so this is thoroughly messing with my eating and workout schedule. I hope it doesn't throw me off.
Have a great October everyone! :-)
Monday, September 23, 2013
I've been looking at wedding dresses off an on for a year now. I've been to 5 different salons and maybe tried on a total of 20 dresses. Feels like a lot... I know people say that you won't feel like they do on TV, and actually, I've felt quite the opposite. I can't decide and its skewing my perception of these dresses. The first dress I tried on was an A-line, I liked it, but the bottom was too plain, finally, somebody put me in a fit and flare, and I loved the shape of it. I worked hard the past two years to get my waist and hips, so I wanted to show them off. That's where this dress comes in: Its soft, light weight, and hugs my hips. I actually like the bottom of it, but I feel like the top is too plain. Our colors are plum and silver, so that would be a plum sash (they only had black in the store)
Dress 1: Strapless, sweetheart top, Fit and Flare, Pickups and zippered back (the sash I tried on when we got a picture of the back was a jeweled one, but it didn't look good)
back: also, don't mind the bra... sorry
Dress two was back to an A-line, my mom, maid of honor and the consultant all said they loved it, but for some reason, I was stuck on that fit and flare. Its a beautiful dress, but again, just afraid of making the wrong decision... annoying.
Dress 2: Strapless, A line, Corset Back, Long Train
Back: Again, don't mind the bra or slip - this one was one size too small:
Also, need to work on major back fat issues going on here, haha.
So, what looks good on me, ladies?
Friday, August 30, 2013
Its time to set some goals again. September is right around the corner (ugh!) and I need to see the 170's. These 180's are swell, but they aren't where I want to be. I feel a bit greedy, knowing I've come so far and still want to keep going. Its not much though, just a little bit more. 8-10 pesky pounds!
My wedding is gonna be a year away on 9/20 and I wanna look fabulous for my wedding day! I can maintain 175 for one year, and more. I know I can. I just need to get there.
Goals to get where I want to be:
2000 fitness minutes for the month of September
1300-1400 calories a day, including weekends.
Limit the alcohol intake
Limit the sweets... NO BAKING!!
I've done this before, how can it be so hard to do again? I've become complacent and just plain comfortable. Gotta get out of my comfort zone and get to where I wanna be!
Goal for 9/30/12 - 179.
I have a bad habit of forgetting these things on the weekends. I need to remember them somehow... any tips?
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Well, first of all, I'd like to thank everyone who posted on my last blog. I wrote that blog and about two hours later was driving up to Madison to see my mom, who was having emergency brain surgery. It was so unexpected that I just tossed a bunch of clothes in a bag and left. I was terrified. Luckily, she's on the mend and is doing really well. So thanks to everyone who I wasn't able to get back to!
So the past three weeks have pretty much been a blur. I've been at my parents so much that I forgot what my fiance looked like. Its a two hour drive to my parents, so going home for a night isn't really something I can do easily. But last weekend and this weekend I'm home and spending some much needed time with him. Being away though, I was actually doing really well with my eating. I was going to the gym in the mornings before my mom would wake up and they don't have many sweets in the house, so it was easy to stay on track. Coming home... not quite the same story. I came home to my future in-laws bringing over a TON of zucchini and so of course I had to make bread out of it! :-/ I love zucchini bread, but am so bad about cleaning out the bowl when I'm done. The batter is so tasty and I went a little overboard. I was down to 181 last Wednesday and yesterday I was at 185. My weekends always make me have a little bit of water weight, but I'm sure some of it is real weight too. I just can't seem to break through this plateau. I don't even know if it is a plateau, its me stopping myself from going any further.
August 30th marks my two years on spark! This website helped so much in my first year and a half of weight loss. I've stalled since then, but spark is still a great tool.
Mid October will mark one year of maintenance. Its not maintenance by choice, as I am still trying to get to 175, but its maintenance in the 180's none the less.
Three weeks ago I had to work out at my parents when the gym wasn't open, so I decided to see if I could run a mile. Normally I don't run, I use the elliptical for an hour a day. Well, I ran the full mile. It wasn't fast and I wanted to stop so many times, but I kept it up and was happy that I did. Its nice knowing that I'm fit enough to randomly do that. However, I was SO sore the next day! It was worth it though.
A few pics to finish out my blog...
The color run back in May, super fun but VERY cold out...
Chillin' on a big tube, there were only two of us, so it was nice and relaxing! :-)
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