Monday, August 30, 2010

Weekly Update - Week 11

(end of week 10/beginning week 11)

On the Scale
Lost this week: 2.8

Total loss: 32.4

At the Gym
Pretty good week. My husband hurt his calf running this week so we had a slightly modified schedule. We still made it to the gym 3x but one of our cardio workouts was cut short. I made up for it at home. With life getting busy getting ready for the new school year the days off from the gym have been mostly rest days. It won't always be that way but the next few weeks it will have to be enough.

1/2 of a yoga workout :( No extra activity because of the hurt husband and the busy schedule.

In the Kitchen
Food rut continues... I'm enjoying the food we are eating but there is not much variety. Basically I rotate between the same 3 breakfasts, salad with some kind of protein for lunch and a rotation of the same 5 or so things for dinner. I think we are all getting sick of chicken. My creativity is limited until payday and then I can have some fun in the kitchen. For now we will wallow in our rut.

The Closet
I found two bras! LOL, they were in my drawer but were way too tight to be comfortable. Now they fit just fine. I also had to discard one in a bigger size that is just to big. My wedding ring fits again. I haven't worn it in years. My ring is a diamond band - which is costly to resize because the whole thing would have to be reset (or so they tell me) so we had bought me a simple gold band - probably after my youngest was born. Now I'm wearing both but the little gold band is getting really loose so I may have to retire it. My engagement ring is another story. About 10 years ago I had lost about 60 lbs (pre-children). At that time we had my engagement ring sized and I wore it above my wedding band so it would keep that one from slipping off. Well it's still way too small but it's one of the things I am most looking forward to when I get closer to my goal weight - not because of the ring itself, although a diamond ring is a nice reward, but because it will be a big milestone for me.

Challenges and Goals
I really want to drink my water this week. I've slacked off a little and yesterday I just felt so dry and thirsty all day.

I want all of my cardio workouts this week to be 60 minutes.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Weekly Update - Week 10

(end of week 9/beginning week 10)

On the Scale
Lost this week: 4.4 POUNDS!

Total loss: 29.6

At the Gym
We made it to the gym 3x this week. I actually think it helped to rest on our normal "light" days. 40-45 minutes of cardio plus weights. We've stuck to upper body mainly because my legs are exhausted by the end of my cardio workout. Every week I say, "ok, let's go back to lower body this week" but I always wimp out. It doesn't help that we workout at night and it's usually well after 10 when I have to make the decision. I know my legs are getting a workout anyway so I'm not too worried about it. I see and feel the results even without the weights so that is a battle for another day.

We did get a nice family walk in this week and I did just a little bit of yoga.

In the Kitchen
Food rut maybe? I made hummus this week.It was too garlic-y but otherwise good. I also made whole wheat pita chips. They came out pretty good but still, not something to make a meal out of. I'm enjoying all the fresh produce and salad every day but I didn't make anything new for dinner this week.

I am totally in love with a few of my new "staples"

Bagel Thins
Ezekiel Bread
Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Granola

I'm also happy to say that my husband has been eating baby spinach in his salad and LIKING IT! Me too, but I always have.

With my weight going down my calorie allowance is too. But this is actually a good thing for me because I was often under my calories and that stressed me out.

The Closet
I got to wear my smaller sized jeans yesterday and they fit great - a little loose even. I can't wait for the day when everything is just too big but my budget is happy with everything just fitting much much better for a little while.

Challenges and Goals
This week was a nice boost. Coming off vacation with no gym and getting a 4.4 on the scale is sweet. It also puts me well within range of my next goal which is to be under 200 by New Years. My husband and I are doing a 5K in October. I'm toying with the idea of trying to run part of it. C25K is looking pretty doable.

Main goals for this week:
3+ gym workouts
2+ yoga workouts
Find a few new recipes and break my food rut
Drink my water

I also hope burn hundreds of calories cleaning my house and getting ready for the first day of school - we homeschool and this is like spring cleaning for me because we are so stinkin lazy over the summer. The school room is mostly done but in the process I basically demolished the family room and the toy room. There are toys and books simply everywhere - I have my work cut out for me.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Why did I wait?

I blew past my first real goal this morning - to lose 10% of my body weight. I'm part of the way into week 9 and things have been difficult but smooth for the most part.

So I've lost 27+ lbs and it's been pretty "easy". I know it hasn't actually been easy - it's been alot of hard work. Meal planning, keeping the kitchen stocked, preparing 99% of meals at home, going to the gym after 9 p.m. 3-5 times a week... none of that is easy. There have been a few moments of temptation but for the most part I've just been doing "what is needful" and I have done it without kicking and screaming. So the question I'm asking myself is "why did I wait?" Why did I wait until I was seriously concerned about my health and my quality of life? Why did I wait until my kids were old enough to notice that I am fat? Why did I wait until I had 100+ lbs to lose?? If it was this easy why didn't I do this sooner?

My husband and I discussed this last night after a really, really large woman was behind us in line buying Depends at the grocery store at 10:30 p.m. I'm making a few assumptions here but stick with me for the sake of my point. She was probably in her late 50s. Judging by her appearance she probably has high blood pressure and diabetes. She waddled, kind of hunched over, instead of walking with strength with her head held high. She was buying incontinence products - so she likely has bladder control problems. She looked very sad. Of course you can't judge a book by it's cover but even if I'm dead wrong about all of these things there are many many people out there who have let preventable health problems ruin their quality of life - I was on track to be that lady. My husband's co-worker's dad is about to lose his foot and his eyesight to diabetes, I know a few single 20 something young ladies who would love to be married but in reality have hindered their potential to meet prince charming because of their weight. Why does it ever get to that point? Why don't more of us have the wake-up call when our jeans are a little too tight - long before we ever have to go over to the plus size section.

I'm not going to try to analyze the reasons for getting fat but the clearest reason I can see for staying fat is that it really takes 100% focus and commitment to lose weight in a healthy way. Of all the times I tried to lose weight in the past that is what I lacked - not the tools or the know-how, just the focus and the commitment. Life gets in the way of weight loss. Stress or celebration or change - any of those things could potentially cause me to lose focus. I think deep down I knew that just one healthy choice or one healthy day/week/month wouldn't solve my weight problem - it would take a total life change. Total commitment. I wasn't ready to give my whole life to solve this problem. I am now.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Weekly Update

(end of week 8/beginning week 9)

On the Scale
Lost this week: 2.6

Total loss: 25.2

At the Gym
NONE! We were away on vacation.

I did Yoga Meltdown 3-4 times and it kicked my butt but I really like it. I think I will stick with it. We also hiked and biked and walked so I got plenty of activity. It wasn't the same time of sustained heart rate cardio that I get at the gym but it helped keep me burning calories.

I bought a pedometer and wore it everywhere. I averaged about 12000 steps. I remind myself that some of those steps were straight up a mountain and it doesn't register that. I worked really hard this week - just not at the gym. We go back tonight and I can't wait to see what a week off did to me or for me.

In the Kitchen
We cooked or prepared most of our meals this week. I had access to a fully equipped kitchen and we shopped before we left so we have all the same foods we have at home. We did eat out a few times but we didn't make any food choices that we regret. Thankfully lobster is very low in calories and fat :) I did skip the butter and it was just fine.

My favorite breakfast place makes egg white omelets so while I couldn't have their awesome eggs Benedict - I did get an excellent goat cheese, basil, tomato, parmesan omelet that kept me within my calories. I enjoyed it. Along with Turkey Bacon and a couple of bites of home fries.

We had lunch at a restaurant that we had always wanted to try because they look really charming and fun on the outside. I got a grilled chicken salad and it was really bad. Really, really bad. Not worth it at all.

The other restaurant meal was dinner at a Lobster Pound right on the water. I had a raw bar sampler and that was all cold shellfish. I passed up the dipping sauces they served with it and just used lemon and cocktail sauce. I was starving afterward.

We also cooked lobster at the house one night.

We got the boys ice cream a couple of times. We had some lowfat frozen yogurt and it was ok - not great and not something I'd do every day but it kept us from feeling deprived.

Yesterday was my husband's birthday as well as a wedding celebration cookout for some good friends. The food at the cookout was excellent and could have been tempting but they had grilled chicken and salad and lots of fruit so it was fine. I love cookouts for that reason. There is almost always a healthy choice as long as you can walk by the potato salad and they're grilling something besides burgers and hot dogs. I think I will have to remember to always offer chicken when I have a bbq.

My husband's birthday dinner was excellent. We cooked at home. Grilled Shrimp and Steak (really small, nice tenderloin) salad, steamed broccoli and citrus fried brown rice (fried in a nonstick pan with a tiny bit of sesame oil- inspired by Roni's scallop and rice recipe). We bought a tiny cake - probably 6 inches in diameter- and split it between 5 of us. We also picked up some of The Skinny Cow single serving cups of lowfat ice cream. These things are brilliant! If you are going to have ice cream I recommend these things. The perfect serving size and only about 150 calories/2g fat. Again, they're not exactly "healthy" - they contain corn syrup and won't do anything to help break a sweets craving but they are yummy and definitely have a place.

So all things considered I think it was a good week. I know I didn't drink enough water because we were out and about so much and it wasn't always convenient to carry my bottle. In the past we would have used vacation and birthday dinner to excuse food choices that aren't in line with our goals. I'm so glad we didn't - that kind of behavior always derailed me in the past. Not this time.

The Closet
I'm frustrated here. My clothes are a lot looser, but I really want to be moving down in sizes and I'm not. I feel like 25 pounds should equal 1 or 2 sizes. But where the weight is coming off doesn't necessarily translate perfectly. I also realize that my size 24 clothes must have been tighter on me than I thought. We did our 8 week pictures last night and there is a clear difference so I have to just not worry about it and give it time. Right??

Challenges and Goals
With vacation behind me I'm excited to get back into my routine and back into the gym. I feel renewed motivation for my workouts and I'm hoping that week 9 will be a great week. I also signed us both up for a 5K in October as a birthday gift for my husband. I don't plan to run it but I am going to start working on my waking speed. Who knows, maybe I will get on the treadmill tonight and decide to train to run it :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Weekly Update

(end of week 7/beginning week 8)

On the Scale
Lost this week: 3

Total loss: 22.6

At the Gym
3 days at the gym

This week was rough because I had a cold. I did my normal routine for the most part but I skipped some of the weights that I normally do.

In the Kitchen
I don't think I made anything special this week. The days and weeks and meals are all blending together ...

The Closet
I have to get rid of a few things. I have a couple of pairs of pants that are a little bit silly to wear. This area is a little stressful for me. I don't know why I expected quicker results but I did. I just feel so much smaller IN my clothes that I tend to try things on fully expecting them to be too big and when they're not I get a little disappointed. I know I'm not being realistic.

Challenges and Goals
We're on vacation. Last week was a blur of being exhausted, which ended up being because I was getting sick, and the rest was all getting ready to go away. I managed to workout even though I wasn't feeling good. We also tried walking around our neighborhood after the boys were in bed (my mother lives with us). We live in a very hilly neighborhood and this was HARD. I was totally winded. Not planning to do that again any time soon.

I'll write something later about vacation specific challenges.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Weekly Update

(end of week 6/beginning week 7)

On the Scale
Lost this week: 2.4

Total loss: 19.6

At the Gym
5 days at the gym

Bike Ride
Family Walk/Hike
1 Yoga workout

I was feeling good during the week. I'm easily doing 40 minutes of Cardio 3-5 days. I am working on building this up to 60 minutes but I'm really trying not to do too much too soon. I have personality with a high potential for burn-out and I'm afraid of injury. I keep reminding myself that this is a lifetime habit I'm creating and it's not a race to the finish line. I upped my weights in my strength training this week. Just a little. I see some results in my biceps and that's fun.

I also ran a tiny bit! During a couple of my treadmill sessions I ran for 1 minute at a time. I have always hated/dreaded the idea of running. Now it's on my list of goals.

In the Kitchen
Yummy Shrimp Fajitas, great omelets, we grilled alot. Yeah, this part isn't hard. I'm really enjoying cooking healthy foods. There have been a few meals that the boys just didn't like. Our normal rule for eating is that they have to eat what I make unless it's something really odd. In that case Daddy will make the them PB&J. My 7yo took advantage of that option a few times this week. Next week we're on vacation. The great part is that we're staying at a well equipped house and we'll be able to grill and cook the same way we would at home.

The Closet
Some things are baggy, some are falling off a little. I thought the downward trend would be faster so trying stuff on is a little discouraging. Some of my tshirts and tank tops are alot longer - which means losing inches in my tummy. I'm ready for the day when I have to get rid of stuff because it just doesn't fit - that will be a very fun day!

Challenges and Goals
My mood was not good this week. I was really irritable and I'm wondering if that contributed to my small weight loss. I need to make sure I'm having my quiet time and working with the Lord on my attitude.

We had a few food challenges this week. We took the boys out for ice cream and shared a frozen yogurt. We also made frozen yogurt at home and I had less than 1/2 cup. We also went to a birthday party last night. Burgers, hot dogs, chips and dip, really fatty dressing already on the salad - it could have been a nightmare.

I made a nice turkey chili before we left home, we each had a small bowl of that and then just had some raw veggies and a few slices of turkey at the party - knowing we'd have more chili when we got home. There was a beautiful cake and we each took one bite - I'm totally ok with that. My husband threw our piece away after the bite so we wouldn't be tempted to eat the whole piece. I also had a tiny bite of my son's hot dog to rid my mouth of the taste of some wierd pepper from the veggie tray - and one piece of popcorn to get the hot dog taste out of my mouth - lol.

I'm dissapointed with my loss this week and I'm trying to decide if there's anything I can reasonably do about it.

I've been slacking off on my water drinking - that's an easy fix. Also I've been under my calories for a while - but to be sure I'm going to be careful to weigh and measure and log every bite. I tend to not measure the milk for my cereal, for example. I need to go through the exercise of logging everything before I do something crazy like eat more calories.

I had toyed with the idea of a 2nd cardio workout each day. I just don't know if I can do this mentally right now. I have the opportunity and the time (sort of) but I don't want to feel resentful. But, on the other hand, if I did that and it really increased my weight loss I'd be so glad I did... hmm.

We are on vacation next week - I'm not too worried. We can shop and cook and the restaurants there are not the huge plate of cheese fries kind that would be a big temptation. We've been going there for a few years but for some reason we don't have a lot of food associations with this place. It should be easy to make healthy choices. We won't be able to go to the gym but we'll be doing so much hiking, walking, biking that I think we'll be ok. We're going to bring my yoga stuff and maybe the adjustable kettle bell so we can do something strength training related. Sounds like a good plan to me... we shall see.