Friday, March 12, 2010

The Half Way

I have broken through this plateau like a runner through the finish tape. 1 week of doing everything right did the trick. I was actually excited to get on the scale this morning to see the number. There was no hesitation or fist clenching. I just wanted to see the reward for my accomplishments this week. I got that reward in the form of 1.7 pounds. I have lost 25.5 total lbs! I am halfway to my goal weight with this weigh in and I feel great! I am currently averaging 1.3 lbs per week since November 1. Steady and healthy!

So what exactly did I do to break through this plateau?

Well, first, we overhauled our diet as I explained in my last post. I stopped eating the same things over and over again and really spiced up our meal plan this week. I stocked the fridge with hard boiled eggs, Power Chicken, chicken salad, grilled chicken breasts, soup and fresh fruits and veggies. When I wanted a snack, I ate some veggies with some Bolthouse Yogurt Ranch (YUM!) and a handful of almonds. I ate string cheese and brown bread, instead of a pudding cup and a 1oo calorie pack. We just completely overhauled the way we eat over the last 7 days and it has showed!

Secondly, I finished week 5 of Couch 2 5k, which required me to run a straight 20 minutes without stopping. Those of you that know me, know I am not a runner. I have wonky legs and no form when I run. I often get shin splints because I simply don't know what I am doing out there!! Well, no more, people. I am slowly (read: turtles pace) converting to being a decent jogger. I won't even say runner yet, because that is a total stretch at this point. I am just extremely giddy that I completed a 20 minute run! WOO HOO!

And last but certainly not least, I tracked EVERYTHING and I didn't use my WW application either. I found out last week that Sparkpeople has an app for the iPhone and I took advantage of it. I have been able to balance out my calories, fat, protein, fiber and sugars to see exactly how much I am getting of each. I quickly realized where I needed to make adjustments. I drank all of my water, and even tracked it all. I really think that this is a key component to this process for me. I have to track it ALL!

I am amazed at how 1 week has completely shifted my thinking about this process. I am eager to continue working on eating a balanced diet, exercising and doing all of those things that I know will get me the results I am after!

Only 4.5 pounds to go before I am under 200 lbs. I can do this!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Weight Loss Update

Although my weight loss journey never ceased, it did decide to take a huge pit stop. I am caught somewhere between a plateau and a turning point. Over the last week, I have made a very strong effort to completely overhaul my eating habits. Weight Watchers has always been really great for me and it has taught me so much about the tools that I need to be successful. The problem with Weight Watchers has always been my lack of focus on eating wholesome, nutritionally good food. I never hesitated to turn to a 100-calorie pack, or eat pudding out of a cup. I became used to fat free bread and low fat cheese. What I realized, was that I was trading calories in one spot, to be able to binge in another. That doesn't make sense in my long term weight loss plan so I knew I had to do something drastic.

So, here we are. I have ferociously jumped on the eating clean bandwagon. Only a few days in and I am actually enjoying the food. I ditched the 100 calorie packs and the fat free bread in favor of lots of veggies and Ezekiel bread. I prepped a ton of food on Sunday. It's Wednesday and we still have a fully stocked fridge with chicken salad, small pre-made spinach salads, Weight Watchers Zero Point Soup, hard boiled eggs, natural peanut butter and tons of fruits and veggies. I know this is going to take some getting used to, but so far I am feeling VERY satisfied with the food choices.

As far as exercise goes, I am still cranking out the Couch 2 5 k program. I am at the end of week 5 and steam rolling through it. I couldn't believe that I was actually able to run for 8 straight minutes!! I CAN run! Who knew?? I also bought some 12 lb free weights, because my 10's are starting to feel a little light.

Weigh in is Friday, and I am hoping for a nice loss to go along with my newly overhauled plan of action. Logic tells me it's going to happen, because at this point, I am doing everything correctly.

Does anyone else "eat clean?" If so, do you have any resources you can share with me??

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

31 and Feelin' Young....ish

It's my birthday today. I am 31 years old.

It's been a typical Wednesday so far. I got up without the alarm (haaaa!), took a shower and got ready for work. I cuddled my baby, ate some breakfast and kissed the boys goodbye. I am now sitting at work, hardly working and reflecting on the past 31 years.

For whatever reason, this birthday is an emotional one for me. As a child, I remember thinking that if you were 30+ you were OLD. Flying through my 20's, I never really felt these emotions. Maybe it's the lack of coolness that this birthday brings, or maybe it's the realization that 10 years has passed since my legendary 21st birthday. Maybe it's just because I don't feel OLD, but since my 12 year old self considered 30 to be well-aged, then I must be, right? Either way, I feel just a smidgen older, a little bit wiser and a whole lot more satisfied with life.

The past 10 years have been a huge learning experience for me. I graduated from college, got my first job at a CPA firm, bought a house, married my love, and had my first baby. I like to think that with age, comes some level of maturity and understanding of the way this world works. Still, I feel lost sometimes. I don't have all the answers, and I really don't feel OLD. Why do I keep thinking that I am?? I still laugh at silly jokes, and giggle when I hear a loud belch. I like to pull pranks on my co-workers and sing freakishly loud in my car while I am driving. These are surely not actions of a regular 31 year old, right?? :)

Today, I am going to celebrate being 31 years young. I feel great, I have minimal wrinkles, I don't wear glasses (yet) and my knees are still intact. I haven't even broken a major bone in 31 years! These are things to celebrate! hahaa!! The sun is shining and I have only a few hours left at work before I head out to spend the day with my favorite little boy. LIFE IS GOOD.