Friday, December 05, 2014
I've been making progress, but it's been slow progress. My biggest focus is on establishing a good routine and sticking with it. I've continued to track my food on a regular basis and I've been loosely following a meal plan, allowing for an AM, afternoon, and late snack if I need them. I've been having success with this and sticking with the plan and it seems to be working well for me. I have also been working to at least meet my step goal every day, but I try to get around 10,000 or more steps whenever I can and I continue to challenge myself whenever possible. I am also working to add in some additional fitness including the elliptical, yoga, Turbo Jam, some ab work, and Yoga Booty Ballet for variety and more of a challenge. I want winter to be as active as possible instead of being a source of inactivity and weight gain. I did a lot of work with the treadmill last winter but I actually am finding the outside walking more motivating this year and the little trail that I've blazed through the yard is rather admirable so I'm having fun with the dog every day. Right now I'm just excited about trying some new things and so I ordered a few sets of Wai Lana yoga dvds as I used to follow the Wai Lana yoga program on television years ago when I first started doing yoga and it was actually how I first learned how to do yoga so I wanted to start following the program again. I thought having some fresh programs would help motivate me, too.
My biggest goals for December are to continue to stay consistent with my food tracking and exercise, keep drinking my water, and give it my best effort to work these new exercises into my routine. I have also been working on eating more fiber to help keep my hunger in check and I've been working on getting more servings of fruits and vegetables. A big goal is to keep my weight going down the scale and not toss the same couple of pounds back and forth anymore which is what I was doing for the past couple of months when I was off track. But, I'm feeling good right now and making good choices and slowly making forward progress and reaching goals so eventually I will get to where I'm going.
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?
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