It's been a long time since my last blog in August! And a lot has happened so I'll try to fill you in without boring you with the details
I was down to my lowest weight (145 lbs) in July
Then I gained, up to around 153 or so...I stopped tracking food once I hit 145, and indulged in ice cream a little too frequently...as a "reward" for hitting 145. Well, that backfired, didn't it?
Oh, well. Everything can be a learning experience. And I learned I can't just "let myself go" because then the scale goes up up up
So my weight has been around 150-153 for the entire fall semester. I've been busy with classes, studying, writing, and clinical rotations.
I spent a week at home with my parents (about 10 days, actually), brothers, sister, and a brother's fiance. I got to see my dog and a bunch of my friends from high school and church, which was a lot of fun. It's always good to go out and catch up with everyone. I hadn't been home since last Christmas, so it had been a year!! And despite my recent small weight gain from 145 to 150-153, I still was down from 163 the Christmas before, so to everyone else, I had lost weight!
After that, my family (minus my younger brother & his fiance) went to Hilton Head, South Carolina for 5 days. It was pretty cool, so no lounging on the the beach getting a tan. We did go on a bike ride for a few hours one day when the weather wasn't too bad (around 40-50 degrees).
Some sight-seeing, catching up with my parents' friends in the area, relaxing, and mini-golfing
(a personal favorite of mine!)
Then I had 3 days in another city visiting my boyfriend of almost a year. We had a lot of fun-- went to an amusement park, mini-golfed, shopped, saw The Hobbit in 3-D Imax, went to a science museum, walked through IKEA (he hadn't gone before), and had a lot of fun making new memories.
Soooo back to reality now. It's January. Rotations have begun again, I'm back in classes, and it's back to the books (or the laptop).
Also back to the exercising. My school is hosting another weight-loss/fitness contest at the student rec center, which I have entered. I get points for going to the rec 3+ days a week, weighing in on a specific scale, etc. I took my "before" shot and was 151.6 pounds. A week later, I am at 150.6 pounds. My goal is to lose 1 pound a week until I am at 140 pounds-- my ultimate goal weight!!
So the contest is 7 weeks in length, I hope to lose 7 pounds by then. Shouldn't be too hard!! Losing a pound a week really does give me a lot of wiggle room in the calorie arena, so I don't have to stress about eating within my calorie range 7 days a week. If I hit my calorie range 4 days in that week, and don't go too overboard the other 3 days, I'm golden.
Hope everyone is doing well. I feel pretty good with where I'm at right now, weight-wise. I know I am on the right track and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.