Friday, November 14, 2014
I had to make some adjustments to my fitness routine this winter because I'm using the UP24 and the wristband doesn't read movement on the treadmill so I can't rely on that piece of equipment to get in my walking this winter. I can't walk on the road in the winter because it's too icy and dangerous, so my plan this year ended up being to forge a little trail around our yard and getting in my steps by walking the dog multiple times a day. I had to lower my step goal, but today was a little bit warmer and I took Deuce out as often as I could all day for as long as I could and I managed to get in over 10,000 steps so far today so I'm still staying active. I also got back on the elliptical this afternoon. Since I can't walk as much in the winter weather, I decided to start trying to use the elliptical as much as I can and I can always watch episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia while I use it to entertain myself since my machine is positioned right in front of my TV anyway. Getting in the extra activity nets me some extra calories, too, which is a nice cushion if I'm feeling hungrier on certain days. But I feel like this activity today has given me a nice boost in the right direction and I feel back on track.
I've stayed in my calorie range and gotten a food score of 9/10 so far today as well so I'm keeping it healthy. I've also been pushing a lot of water, about 12 glasses a day, which has been helpful, too. I don't always get the food totally right, but I've been consistent about logging it which has helped me to keep things better under control in the long run and I'm getting better at making healthier decisions. With the holidays coming up, I know I want to be fully on track so that I'm prepared and can at least maintain my weight like I did last year. I think with the UP to help me this year, I should be successful. I had the Bodymedia band last year, which was helpful, but the UP is more interactive and supportive and ultimately I think it's a better tool as far as keeping you on track and motivating you.
But, slowly, a little bit at a time, I'm getting more on track and back to where I want to be. I've been getting more active with Spark again and I've been journaling again, which I've found always helps me reach my goals. I've definitely been feeling better now that I've been getting more active and I've been trying to challenge myself wherever I can to do better and more whenever I can.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Right now I am relying heavily on my UP24, using it to track my steps so I can focus on meeting my step goal right now to get myself more active again and also using the food tracker to keep track of my calories and keep myself in the right range. I haven't been as active on Spark, but I am working to change that because I know I am the most successful when I combine the UP with Sparkpeople. I am at a comfortable weight right now which is part of the problem, it was too comfortable of a weight and I ended up slacking off for a couple of months because I didn't feel enough motivation to lose more weight and so I just bounced around in a five pound range and didn't count calories and didn't exercise for a while, instead watched a lot of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and then all of the sudden it was acting like winter and I realized that if I wanted to get back on track and get back to 80 pounds lost and indeed get all the way down to 121 (if that's what I really wanted) then it was time to start getting in fitness minutes and counting my calories again. So I've slowly been working on adding more steps to my days and I've been tracking my food although today is the first day that I've finally gotten the calories in the right range, but it seems like I'm finally back on the right track again.
I think the most important thing for me is to stay connected with the UP and with Sparkpeople because when I stop logging things is when I start to falter a little bit with motivation. I'm feeling motivated again to lose weight and decided that I do want to keep going so I'm putting in my best effort despite the fact that I found out my UP doesn't read my steps if I use the treadmill so this winter I'm stuck trekking through the snow so I can get credit for my steps. It will be a lot colder and wetter, but it will be worth it. I had to lower my step goal from 10,000 to 5,500 because three miles is doable in the deep snow and freezing cold every day but six really isn't. And three miles is still a lot better than nothing. Plus 5,500 steps allows me to eat 1500 calories a day which is reasonable.
But overall I've got a good start going and I can work on building momentum from here.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Last month I reached the milestone of losing 80 pounds, right before we left at the end of the month for our trip to Florida. On the trip we ate out a lot and always really high-calorie food, food that I wasn't paying for and I was expected not to waste the food, so I had to eat as much of it as I could, rather than trying to stay as low-calorie as I could, and we didn't do as much walking as I had expected we would, so ultimately it all added up to me gaining nine pounds while on vacation. I wasn't shocked about it; I could tell I'd gained about nine or ten pounds by the way my clothes were fitting. On the morning we left for the trip, my jeans were big enough on me that they were almost falling off; on the flight back my jeans were feeling tight. So I knew without weighing myself how much I'd gained. And then half the month has passed without me really seriously trying to lose the weight. At one point I had lost all of it save two pounds and then I just kind of lost enthusiasm for everything because of other stressors in my life and regained a little of the weight and right now I've settled at 75 pounds lost or 176. So, my one-year mark since I started losing weight is coming up on Sunday and while I won't be able to make it back to 80 pounds, I'll be at 75 and I'm happy with having lost that amount in one year. And I feel ready now to start back to work again, get back to 171 and then beyond it and keep working towards my ultimate goal of 121.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
It's been awhile since I did a blog entry, so I wanted to do something quick before I leave for my vacation to Disney World today. A lot has happened this month, but mostly I spent the month being depressed and overwhelmed by a lot of things. I got in less activity than usual and expected to really pay for it, but in the last couple weeks just really started noticing all my brand new size 12 jeans getting looser and looser on me. Well, I've lost 80 pounds now in time for the trip, which makes me feel conflicted because I've been trying really hard for a long time to make it to 80 pounds. I had to lose 70 pounds twice just to get to 80 since I regained those 12 pounds and had to spend all of August regaining ground that I had crossed before, so hitting 80 pounds was really important to me. And now we're off to Florida and I know I'll be eating a lot of good food and likely gaining a bunch of weight so I only got to see 80 pounds for a brief moment! It's not something I should stress about because I know it won't take me long to relose the weight, but I feel like I shouldn't have to. Eating is the part about trips that I hate.
I just recently went from a size 14 to a size 12. I had only had two pairs of pants in size 14 even though I was a 14 for a long time due to regaining those 12 pounds. So, when I went down to a 12, I got kind of excited and went out and got like 9 pairs of jeans or something like that. I figured I'd probably be a 12 for a while, long enough to enjoy wearing these pants at least and I even bought two pairs from Maurice's and they fit perfectly. Well, for a week or so. Now that the month is winding up they look terrible on me. Even my smallest pair of 12's is too loose. So, even though I haven't officially tried on any pairs of size 10's yet, it's my guess that I'm a size 10 now. So again there's some kind of mixed feelings about that. Being a 10 is nice, but some of those 12s were pretty cute so I'll miss them. And wearing pants that are too big on you is almost as annoying as wearing pants that are too tight on you.
I'm also back to fitting into my size Medium winter coat that I wore back in 2011. Last winter I was wearing a size 2XL winter coat. It's just kind of crazy how much progress you can make in a year. It's a little hard to believe I've lost 80 pounds now but I've still got about 50 pounds to go. I actually revised my goal weight, though. I originally chose 107 as my goal weight and I've now settled on 121 instead because I considered it and think maybe 107 might be just a little too thin considering I'm 5'7", but if I get to 121 and I'm not happy with my weight, I can always lose more. But, at any rate, I'm only 18 pounds away from a healthy BMI now so I'm getting excited to reach that point and not be overweight anymore, but nothing was a greater relief than when I wasn't obese anymore. But, definitely being a healthy weight will be the greatest relief, right?
Monday, September 01, 2014
I'm officially halfway done losing the weight I want to lose. I'm also out of the 180s and back in the 170s again, which is very nice. Well, beyond very nice. There's really no words for it. It's a huge relief. I feel like I'm making progress again. Momentarily last month I was afraid that I was doomed to gain back all 73 pounds that I'd lost when I gained those 12 pounds. For a second I thought, "Ok, here it is, I'm not going to be able to stop gaining weight now." And then it felt like I was in the 180's FOREVER and maybe I always would be (I even had the conversation with myself at one point that I might have to consider 189 my stopping point and quit trying to lose any more weight, but that thought was momentary), even though it was only June-August that I was in the 180's. But, in August I lost 11 of the 12 pounds that I'd gained in July. With a little more work I should be able to shave off that extra pound and be all caught up. And being 179 puts me at the halfway point in my weight loss journey. But, the best part is that now I don't feel doomed anymore. I don't feel like I am fated to gain back all the weight that I lost--in fact I feel capable again of reaching all my goals and have all the energy and drive to keep losing more weight. And it's going to be a LOT more fun losing weight again now that I'm going to be losing pounds in the 170 range rather than losing weight I've already lost before.
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