Friday, January 29, 2010

There it is....

....that loss that has eluded me. 1.9 lbs. I am now down an even 20 lbs after 90 days of hard work! That averages out to about 1.5 lbs per week, which is a healthy rate of weight loss. Yay me!

Today is the final day of the 90 Day Fitness Challenge that I signed up for on November 1. I am proud of my accomplishments so far, and I look forward to what the next 90 days is going to bring!

Now, let's talk about my goals:

I have 30 lbs to go to get to my initial goal of 180 lbs. I am well on my way, I am feeling great and I am motivated to push forward. My very short term goal is to get to 207, which brings me to my 10% Weight Watchers goal (10% of 230=23 lbs). My goal beyond that, is to lose the 7 lbs to get me below 200. I am desperate to become a onederlander and get this weight off!

I am going to continue to workout at least 3-4x a week. I am getting into a real groove with my workouts, and the days where I don't workout, I actually miss it. What?? How did that happen?? :) I am going to keep on walking and running, and I have a goal to really kick it up a notch with my strength routine.

I am tossing around the idea of trying out a 5k. It freaks me out to even consider it, but I am getting the hang of running now, and it seems like it could fit into this journey quite well. Stay tuned for more on that later!!

I have been reading quite a bit about weight loss 'strategies' and other tips to keep me motivated. I came across this post about the scale. One thing that I am focusing way too much on is the scale and those darn numbers. I constantly battle the urge to step on it before I jump in the shower. Every single day! I want the instant satisfaction that the scale will bring me, but what I really need is to focus on why I am doing this in the first place. That Phit-n-Phat post says this:

"HARD WORK isn't always in the gym or in the kitchen. Often it's in the mind. It's ignoring the scale and looking at what you do to find results. That's not nearly as satisfying but it's more important."

Read it again, Emily. ^^^^ This is the way in which my thinking needs to be transformed. I have to look at the small things to really understand how I can make this a LIFESTYLE. Forever! Otherwise, I will just repeat another cycle of this "get skinny, get fat" business.

For the past 90 days, I have been basing my weight loss success off of the scale and inches lost. In this next section of my journey, I am going to make a valiant effort to use the scale LESS and to use my brain MORE. It sounds ridiculous, but it's really not! Continue to journal, but eat if you are hungry. Maybe you have a day where you just aren't that hungry; so eat less! If the scale doesn't give you what you want that week, make adjustments, but don't fall into a pit because of it. See? My thinking is changing already! While I mentioned my goals above, I also need to remind myself that these are just benchmarks. The real satisfaction will come from gaining a healthy lifestyle that I can live with forever!

Thank you again for your support as I make this journey. It's been so helpful to have this place to help me along, and I am looking forward to the next several months as well :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bump In The Road

We've had a rough couple of weeks around our house. Charlie got a stomach bug last Thursday which was then passed onto Curtis and I by Saturday. There have been many nights of little sleep, and this is quickly transcending into a lack of exercise. One thing I have been keeping up with is my eating. I haven't splurged due to my lack of an appetite! I weighed in last week, and I had only lost .2 lbs.

While I was eager to know what happened this week, I was hesitant to get on the scale, because of my lack of sleep and exercise. Historically, if I am lacking in those two departments, the scale results aren't pretty. To top it all off, I am mid-cycle and bloated up like a hot air balloon. I got on the scale this morning, and sure enough, I had gained a pound. Grrr. Let's pray it's a lot of water :)

So, I need some encouragement today. For one, I need to get back to my exercise. It's been exactly 1 week since I have done any sort of anything in that department. I have a goal to get 4 workouts in by Sunday evening. It is also the last week of that 90 Day fitness challenge I signed up for which is one more motivator for me. I really need to push it into high gear again!!!

Can you help motivate me?? I need it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Food SCORE!

I used to post my favorite food items here. You know, the things that you find at the grocery store that you never thought you would love, but you actually realized that you do love them? In my case, they also happen to be items that are Weight Watchers friendly, or high in fiber, or low in fat or *insert diet appropriate term here*

I call them Food 'Scores' because I feel like I have accomplished something in the process of discovering them. When you have committed to eating better you have to seek out new ways of consuming. That means planning meals, making healthy dinners, bringing a lunch to work... For me, that also means trying new things. So, here we have it. My recent food scores! "She shoots she scores!" *snicker*

Arnold Sandwich Thins:
(1 WW point)
I love these things. I use them for burgers, sandwiches, toast...you name it. If bread is required, these things are definitely better :)

Jell-O Mousse Temptations:
(1 WW point)
At 60 calories per serving, I am in love with these. Do you need a daily chocolate fix? Try these. Delicious!

Pop Secret 100 Calorie Bags: (2 WW points)
I bring these to work for an afternoon snack. Just the right size for me!

Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Pasta:

As a family, we love this stuff. Charlie goes nuts for it, and Curtis doesn't complain. I think it's just as good as the 'white' stuff. One thing I know is that it's a whole lot better for me. :)

Try them if you haven't already. You may be surprised by how delicious high fiber, sugar free and low-fat can taste!

PS: Do I sound like an ad yet? :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

18.9 lbs and 13 inches!

Yep, you read it right!

I wondered if this week would be an exceptional loss on the scale. I have been really pushing myself this week. I started Couch 2 5k, and for those of you that know me, running is really not my thing. I knew that I needed to start kicking it into high gear, and this seemed like a good way to do that.

I am now just 4 lbs away from my 10% Weight Watchers goal. (10% of your total body weight at the beginning. For me, that number is 207 lbs) It was one of my main goals during these first 90 days to get down to that 10% number and then eventually become a Onederlander. (read that link if you are feeling dumpy and down about your weight) I cannot wait to cross the line to 199. My eye is on the ultimate prize, though. Getting healthy and maintaining that healthy lifestyle for many years to come.

On to next week! I have 3 more weeks left in the 90 Day Fitness Challenge and I am ready to rock it out!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

It's a New Year and a chance for a New Beginning!!

On December 31, I had to weigh in to round out the second month of the weight loss challenge I am participating in. 213.4!! In 2 months, I lost a total of 16.6 lbs and 11 inches!! That is right on target for 2 lbs a week which was my initial goal when I started back on November 1.

Since I had to weigh in last week Thursday, I decided not to weigh in today. I also decided that I will be weighing in on Thursdays from now on. Right now, I am focusing too much on my eating during the weekend, because I am so worried about Monday's outcome. While it's good to be vigilant, I think at this point it's a detriment. When I lost weight before my wedding, Friday was always our weigh in day. On Weight Watchers, it was ideal as we would use most of our Flex points early in the week ie; THE WEEKEND!, and then be able to focus on eating on track during the work week. So, I have decided to go back to that as it always worked out so well.

That is that!! It's another week, and another set of goals.

1. I just started Couch 2 5k yesterday. I want to get my other 2 runs in this week as well as a strength session.

2. Keep on drinking that water!

3. Eat on plan!! I have started meal prepping again after the holidays.

Have a great week and a Happy New Year!