Weight Loss

Weight Loss – Month 4

With the beginning of April I have officially crossed over into month 5 of my quest to loose weight. So far, I have persevered through the holidays, a ski vacation, my brother’s wedding and several very nice dinners. I won’t say that it’s been easy but truthfully it hasn’t been as hard as I first thought.

I took my monthly measurements this morning and last month I lost a total of four inches and six pounds. My current weight is 145. That’s a cumulative weight loss total of 23 pounds.

Sometimes I can’t believe I’ve come this far. Last night, when we went to the gym and I entered my weight into the elliptical I actually had to press the down arrow. Things like that don’t seem like a big deal to most people but for me it was a mini-milestone complete with a little ceremony.

“Look Honey! Watch this!” **face beaming**

The sign of real progress is this: in 10 days Jason and I will be running the Big D Half Marathon. 13.1 miles of pure excruciating pain. I am very confident in our ability to finish and almost as confident in our ability to do so without walking.

A week ago we did a “test” run around White Rock Lake (10 miles) and did it in an hour and a half – no walking. Though there wasn’t much walking to be had the next day either. Ouch!

I think with enough carbo-loading, power bars, Gatorade and the all so important ibuprofen we will be just fine. The real question is: who is going to drive home? I guess we’ll find out later.

I’m sure we will have some pictures to share!

3 Months Down, 4 Months To Go

I am officially three months into my diet and I can finally see progress beyond the tape measure. I have lost a total of 16 inches, 17 pounds and two dress sizes!

My current weight is 151 and dress size is 8 (down from 168 lbs and size 12).

I have mixed feelings about my new body. On one hand, I look much better than I did three months ago. On the other hand, I look much better than I did three months ago and it’s very easy for me to slack off. That scares me. I need to be very careful that I do not lead myself astray.

I’m two weeks from the halfway point! It’s all downhill from there!

Weight Loss & New Year’s Resolution Updates

Here I am, a full two months into my December resolution and even though I’m not actually loosing weight I do have progress to share!

I did my monthly measurement this morning and I lost a total of 4.5 inches in January! AND…my pants are falling down! Woohoo!

Also, I went to Target yesterday to buy my semi-annual supply of cheap t-shirts and I’ve gone down a full t-shirt size! Yippee!

On top of that, I feel like a completely different person, which is always a plus!

Today, being the first of February, would also be an appropriate time to give you an update on my New Year’s resolutions.

Here they are in case you’ve forgotten:

1. Keep the house clean.
Clearly, this was an unrealistic goal. Broke this one in the first week.

2. Keep a workout journal (which would actually involve working out).
This has been the most important resolution for me. I bought a 2010 calendar and have written down every workout since the beginning of the year. I’ll even show you pictures to prove it! I am already enjoying looking back at the workouts I have completed!

3. Manage my time better.
I’m not exactly sure what I meant by this. It is most certainly not being done. Case in point: it is 11:00 am and I am still wearing my pajamas and I haven’t done a single thing all day…except blog.

4. Drink more water.
Drinking less water would have been very difficult considering that I was drinking practically no water at all prior to January 1st..This resolution has been remarkably easy to keep thanks to an awesome Christmas present from my parents, the coolest water bottle ever! (They also come in green, blue, gray and purple and are available at Target and Academy…probably other places too. It is possible that I will write a blog post about my water bottle, that’s how much I love it!)

5. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.
This one didn’t stand a chance. I broke this one sometime around January 2nd and is currently being broken in spectacular fashion.

Now that it’s 11:30 I need start managing my time better, do all the dirty dishes and clean up the house!

For the first time in a long time…

…I look like a person who MIGHT spend part of their day working out. This being a huge change from looking like a lazy fat bum. Weight loss or in my case, fat loss, is a journey. Some days I feel like the same person I was the day before and then on others, like today, I look in the mirror and think, “Where did she come from?”

The truth is, when your body is changing, as mine is, you are never the same person you were the day before. Its very exciting, not knowing what you will look like when you wake up. I’m always excited to go look at myself in the mirror first thing in the morning.

I still am not loosing actual weight. I weighed myself this morning and I’m at 158.8 but I put on my swimsuit (just for a comparison) and I can tell a significant difference. I also realized that that swimsuit looks terrible on me, at any size, and it should be tossed in the trash – or burned. I plan on doing that later today after I go to Target and buy a new one. I’ll post pictures later.

I will be measuring myself on Monday. I’m excited to finally put a number to the progress I’ve seen over the past month.

That’s it. It is time to stop procrastinating and get the day started.

New Year’s & Weight Loss

Our New Year’s Day was wonderful. Jason and I spent a much needed day at home, relaxing and enjoying each others company. I couldn’t resist the temptation to spend most of the day cooking (duck, black eyed peas, cabbage, spinach and broccoli & rice casserole). If you want to know more about the food you can check out this post – I’m not going to elaborate on it here. It was yummy though.

After dinner Jason and I went to the gym where my workout proceeded to kick my butt. After the gym we met some friends at Flying Saucer in Garland, by midnight we were at home and in bed. I was exhausted.

I realize that it is Saturday and I have not make a weight loss post this week. Yesterday, was the official one month marker for my diet, I have six months to go and as promised I took my measurements to check my progress. As of yesterday, my weight is still holding at around 161 (give or take a pound depending on how much water I drink). Just as I suspected, though my weight hasn’t changed my body has. I have lost a total of 7.75″! Sweet!

This revelation has made me think differently about my weight goals and my diet. I am realizing that weight isn’t an accurate measure of someone’s health. My 125 pound goal may never be achievable as long as I am lifting weights. Therefore I am going to revise my goals. My main goal is going to be size not weight. Though I will (obviously) continue to measure my weight it will not be the sole determinate of success or failure.

The good news in all of this is that I have some concrete feedback from my body, I know that what I am doing is working and working well! All I have to do now I keep it up for six more months.

Week 3.

I weighed myself this morning – 159.6 lbs I am holding steady at 8.4 lbs lost.

Am I discouraged? No. I know that I am sticking to my plan and I am encouraged that I didn’t gain any weight while we were in Lubbock (there was an all you can eat buffet involved, that’s all you need to know!)

This is week 3 of 29 – that means I am 10% finished with my timeline and I am 20% of the way to my goal!

Jason and I are going skiing on January 8 (a blog post to come) and I would like to be at 155 by the time we leave so I am setting that as a short term goal to help me get through the holidays unscathed!

Tonight will be a real test. We’re going to the Ritz for dinner at Fearing’s. I’m will make sure I watch what I eat all day so I don’t have a complete meltdown!

Two Weeks In…

It has been two weeks since I made my December resolution to loose weight and progress is being made. Today, for the first time I looked in the mirror and noticed a difference in the way I look.

Monday, I weighed in at 159.8 and this morning, I weighed in at 161.2. So, no drastic progress was made in the weight department last week but I know I’m not overeating so I’m not really worried about it. With a timeline of 7 months I think a little patience is in order.

I finally started the workout portion of this plan on Monday. I did 30 minutes of hill intervals on the elliptical and day 1 of Strong Lifts 5×5. Today I did 15 minutes on the treadmill and day two of Strong Lifts.

I plan on taking my measurements next week to get a better idea of how my progress is going.