Monday, December 28, 2009

No tracking= No loss

I gained .5 lb this week. It's disappointing, but I know exactly what caused it. Whenever I am home and out of my normal work routine, I stop tracking my calories. This was the case from Friday-Sunday. I pretty much ate how I wished, and didn't log a single thing. Oops. ;o)

Back on the wagon again...I have 1 more week left in the first 60 days of the fitness challenge I am participating in. I have lost 14 lbs in 2 months and I feel really good so far. I am ready to make this week a great one. I have a plan of attack and I am going to hit it hard!

Goals this week:
1) Count ALL calories/points! No slacking!

2) Workout 4 times

3) Hit up the pool at least once for a swim

4) Drink at least 65 oz of water per day

5) Take my multivitamin daily

Have a great week and a blessed New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

WID: 215.5 lbs

Last week, I had a loss of 3.5 lbs. I was ecstatic and overjoyed. I lost 5% of my total body weight, and I was cruising along nicely. I admittedly forgot to update here. Maybe it was my over confidence in myself and my large loss. All I know is that I forgot to write it down here.

Today when I stepped on the scale, it was evident that the week had gotten the best of me. I think my cockiness came through, because I actually gained .4 lbs. I didn't log all of my points in my tracker, I worked out 3 days instead of 4, and I over did it this weekend. This is proof that I have to stay on top of my game or it will come back and haunt me!!

The holidays are tough which is why I started this trek on November 1. I knew that if I let it go any longer, that the pounds would just continue to pack on. I have another week ahead of me, and although it is probably one of the toughest all year, I know that I can come out with another loss next Monday. My will and determination is still present, and I truly think that I needed this reminder 6 weeks into this journey.

I do want to talk about a few non-scale victories that I have had. I think that these are just as important to the weight loss process as seeing the pounds on the scale. Firstly, I fit into 2 pairs of pre-maternity pants that I haven't worn since December of 2007! They are one size smaller and there is even extra room in them. I have also been able to move my belt loop over one notch. It's these small things that keep my determination level up even in the midst of a gain like I had this week. If you are on your own weight loss journey, remember to pay attention to those victories off of the scale!

So, here we are. 215.5 lbs and counting down. That is 14.5 lbs gone off of this body forever!

Happy Holidays everyone!! And thank you again for your continued support while I try and lose this weight for good!

Monday, December 7, 2009

WID: Week 5

I lost 9/10ths of a pound today. Not much, but little by little I am getting there. I felt bad about it at first. Upset, actually. And then I remembered Fat Talk and my introduction to it earlier this week....

One of my internet friends shared this link with me and I just think it's so awesome. Read all of it. Especially if you are one of my female friends. I often struggle with GUILT when it comes to losing weight. I did this week for sure. I felt guilty because I hadn't worked out as many times as I wanted to. I felt guilty because I splurged on pizza. THIS IS FAT TALK. I often dislike the way that I look. "Should I wear this? Or not? Does it make me look fat?" THIS IS FAT TALK. When I am with my thinner friends, I tend to instantly compare myself to them. I hear all of us doing it. We are all a part of the Fat Talk in our society and it has to end. With this post, I am choosing to end it. I will stop speaking in a negative tone about my body or about myself. I will not compare myself to others. I will not feel guilty about my food choices. Instead I will push ahead and keep on feeling positive about this entire experience. I have to remain positive! This is about getting healthy, and part of this journey is ending the fat talk.

End Fat Talk Week has already come and gone, but that doesn't mean I can't have my own End Fat Talk Week. It starts now. Read the article in the link above, and then watch the video, either here or in the link. This is life changing!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Flying South

I was driving home from work yesterday. The snow was falling and the sky was gray. It was that first point of bitter cold, winter-feeling weather. I didn't have my coat on (denial???), but I warmed up quickly in the car. About 15 minutes into my 25 minute drive, I noticed 4 large flocks of geese. Each one of them had fallen in line with the "V" formation. 4 flocks. 2 of them flying South, 2 of them flying North. I thought to myself, "Fly SOUTH, not NORTH!" to the flocks that were clearly headed in the wrong direction.

I have often wondered about the geese and their internal 'clocks.' Some of them are clearly smarter than others. :o)

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It's cold here. The snow has covered the green grass, and the birds are no longer chirping. It's almost as if the hibernation of Winter has overtaken us on Day 1! We awoke to a Winter wonderland and I am embracing it. Charlie had an adorable reaction to this 'foreign white stuff.' We went outside today and had a great time! He was very cautious with each step and he kept looking up at the flakes falling from the sky. At one point we even touched and tasted the snow. He was absolutely transfixed by this amazing Winter weather. I often complain about this time of year, but something in me really appreciated it today. My son discovered snow for the very first time and it was almost as if I did too. There is no need for me to fly South right now. I have everything that I need and want right here.

Charlie's Meets The Snow: