Thursday, June 27, 2013

The last two days, I've managed to hit 10,000 steps without doing any cardio. I'm excited. I'm hoping to be able to keep this up PLUS adding in the cardio, which will of course give me more steps towards my step count. I've completely rocked the diet all week. Monday and Wednesday I had an appointment with my personal trainer, and she killed my arms. Monday after my workout, I could hardly wash my hair, they were so tired! It was pretty ridiculous. But it's a good thing. They're still sore today, and part of that is from working them yesterday, as well, but yesterday was more of a full body workout. I'm pretty happy about it all - it's going pretty well and I really like my trainer. She's really good to me and she keeps my injuries in mind. Saturday morning, I'm taking another yoga class. It's a lot harder than I imagined, but I also found it very relaxing and it helped me get rid of some stress. As for meals, I've been doing really well. Every morning I've been eating cottage cheese. For lunches this week, Monday I had terryaki chicken, Tuesday was a bag of salad w/ chicken, Wednesday was tuna fish w/ old bay, relish, and fat free ranch, fat free cheddar cheese, and fat free ranch, and today was the new grilled chicken salad from Chick Fila with Fat Free Honey Mustard. For dinner's, Monday was the chicken salad that I ate Tuesday for lunch, Tuesday I went out to dinner with the hubby and got a grilled chicken breast w/ sauteed mushrooms and terryaki broccoli, Wednesday I made Greek Chicken Patties, and tonight I made chicken stir fry, with low sodium soy sauce cut with water. For the guys, I made brown rice, as well, so it was a little more filling!! I bought some protein powder today, as well, as I figure I could use more protein in my diet, and with working out like I am, it would be beneficial. I have decided that I'm going to be making protein shakes in the morning for breakfast for now, to see how they do me. I made one when I got home from work today (as before dinner, I had only consumed about 325 calories - NOT GOOD!), and I have to say, it was quite filling! I still ate dinner, obviously, but I didn't eat nearly as much as I would have normally. So I'm hoping that's a good sign for the morning - and I can make it with my cottage cheese and still get in my 2 probiotics a day. So we'll see where this takes me. I'm excited, and I can tell that I've lost a little weight. Obviously not much since it's only been 4 days, but hey, it's a start, right? I'm going to rock this diet, and I'm going to lose the weight!

Monday, June 24, 2013

When things go poorly, I have a tendency to shut down. This is why I have not updated in… several weeks. I had one week where I suffered a bout of depression-like symptoms. I’m self diagnosed with SADD – seasonal affective depression disorder. I have no reason for it, but I do. We had a solid week of rain which kicked off these symptoms, and I fell off the band wagon. And then I stayed off the band wagon. However, today is a new day, and I’m back to it. I am starting the diet back up. I haven’t been back on the scale, but I’m guesstimating I’m around 195 right now. I don’t dare touch the scale for a few weeks. I am restarting the 17 day diet – but after I finish up the cottage cheese I have in the fridge, I plan on switching my breakfasts to green smoothies. Once I start the green smoothies up, I will share my recipes and thoughts on the smoothies. I’ve been seeing a new personal trainer – that’s another reason why I fell off the band wagon. Both my old personal trainer and my favorite zumba instructor seemingly got fired. I started with a new trainer, and I really like her. The new zumba instructor is lackluster. I plan on trying a different zumba instructor, but I don’t know how the schedule will work out for me. I also started taking a yoga class, and it was quite good! My core is really sore from it, but all in all, I enjoyed it. Today my breakfast and lunch menu is Cottage Cheese for breakfast, teriyaki chicken and tomato slices for lunch. I had a homemade lemonade to drink on my way to work (made with truvia, not sugar) and have water for the rest of the day. I may have to get a soda, if I start dragging too bad, but my goal is also to cut out diet sodas with the exception of maybe one a week. I can do this – my goal? Lose the weight before Halloween. I want to be able to show my stomach by Halloween and not be embarrassed by it. I got this!

Monday, May 20, 2013

This morning at my weigh in, I am down 1 pound from my post on Wednesday. Which is great, except on Saturday, I was down 2.4 pounds, so between Saturday and Sunday, I managed to put on 1.4 pounds. Granted, Saturday I wasn’t the best and I knew I wasn’t going to eat the best since we were going to the baseball game, but in the end, I wasn’t that bad. I had 1 hotdog and 1 beer while we were at the game, then afterwards we went to a pizza joint and I did get a personal deep dish pizza. We also split a bucket drink at the table, so the extra alcohol wasn’t good for me. Yesterday, though… I’m disappointed with myself. I hadn’t eaten much yesterday, and my dinner was rather lackluster. I got a salad and it was super watery, and most of the lettuce was the white stems of the iceberg lettuce. Not something I tend to make a habit of eating. In the end, I had only eaten about half my salad. On top of only having cottage cheese, 3 mini cucumbers, and 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter, I knew I was nowhere near where I should be for consuming calories for the day. Instead of making a good choice and picking out a healthy snack, what do I do? Blow it all and get a Whopper from Burger King. I wish I would have done my research before I went. I forgot the Whoppers have 760 calories, which ended up putting me over my calorie limit by 150 calories. So between Saturday, when I didn’t eat that great, and yesterday… I blew my weekend out of the water calorie wise. I’m trying to focus on the bigger picture, though. I am still down 3.6 pounds from when I started the diet last week. And I am on track this week, as well. (With the exception of my lunch. I have tuna fish in vegetable oil instead of in water. Also, tuna fish in oil looks incredibly gross and I’m not 100% certain I will be eating it. I may be buying a salad for lunch today.) And this week will be good. My homework for my class doesn’t look too disastrous, either, so I won’t have that excuse as to why I “can’t” go to the gym. I put it in quotes because I can always go to the gym. I just make excuses as to why I can’t make it to make myself feel better. There, I said it. Now I will hopefully start fixing that behavior! My step count is continuously getting better, though I did learn that weekends are a huge downfall for me. My step counts from the last week are: Sunday: 2234 (dismal) Saturday: 11166 Friday: 11545 Thursday: 10029 Wednesday: 9456 They have been increasing, which is great! Here’s to hoping that my weight will continue to go down and I will get closer to that goal weight. :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Surprising Success!

Yesterday morning, I got on the scale and weighed in at a disturbing 196.6. I didn't think I had managed to gain near 10 pounds in a few short weeks! I think a large part of that was water weight though, which explains the huge success I had this morning when I got on the scale.

This morning, I weighed in at 194! 2.6 pounds lost overnight. Again, I'm sure that was largely water weight, but weight is weight, and the number went down!

So far I've been doing well on my diet. I haven't cheated, and I'm (mostly) feeling fulfilled. Today I am hungry, but I'm contributing that to the fact I'm bored this afternoon and have a bad tendency to snack when I'm bored. I have, however, been failing on my walking 10,000 steps a day. Monday, I walked 8,250 steps and Tuesday, I walked 8,770 steps. So far today, I am at 5,760 steps. I will be going to the gym later, so hopefully that'll help me get those extra 4,200 steps in for the day. I'm disappointed, but at the same time, I have been increasing the number of steps I've taken, so that's a success as well!!

The third day of the diet is typically the hardest for me. By this point, I start craving carbs, and more importantly, peanut butter. I have a HUGE weakness for peanut butter. I have managed to show a lot of restraint though. Someone brought in home made cookies and I've managed to avoid them every time I've walked past. I'm proud of myself! And I know my weight will have something to show for it tomorrow. I do think it helps that I have Saturday to look forward to. Saturday, we're going to the Orioles game, and I am going to allow myself to eat smartly, but freely. I will allow myself the hot dog, the beer, and the lemonade, as long as I keep it within reason. It's not worth stressing myself over what I can and cannot have in a stadium. I won't allow myself to gourge, but I will have a good time. One meal will not undo all of the hard work I've done. But, I have to keep myself focused to allow myself to have that stadium meal!

Today will be my first day to the gym since I re-started my diet. I'm nervous about it because I do have an appointment with my trainer today, and I haven't consumed enough calories. When I get home, I plan on snacking on a few carrots before I go to the gym, unless if I run out of time. Then I'll just grab some grilled nuggets from Chick Fil-A, and that'll be my pre-workout food. I'm proud of myself, though. I'm pushing myself, and I will get the rest of this weight off! 34 more pounds to go.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I have always struggled with weightloss. About a year and a half ago, I decided that I was done and that I HAD to lose the excess weight. I knew I was up there, weight wise, but I thought I was only about 215, 220. Imagine my surprise when I went out, bought a scale, and saw that I was a staggering 235. I was disgusted with myself. I was disgusted I let my weight get that out of hand. I never thought that I looked THAT overweight. I carried my weight well. But, still, it was bad enough.

I joined a gym, got a personal trainer, and I started trying to diet. I lost 15 pounds or so, but found myself getting stuck. I couldn't find the motivation and I couldn't find the magic combination of food that would allow me to lose weight. I wasn't gaining any more weight, but I couldn't lose any weight.

A friend of mine told me about the 17-day diet. I tried it, and it worked like a charm. I only had 17 days to devote to it (it's 3 cycles of 17 days) and managed to lose about 15 more pounds! I've re-done the 1st cycle again a few times, and managed to get down to 186!! I was so excited. I was ALMOST to the 50 pound mark!

Then I was 3 weeks out from my wedding, and instead of trying HARDER to lose weight, I decided to let the stress overtake me. I only gained 4 or 5 pounds, which wasn't terrible. It could have been a lot worse. But still, it's a downslide and it shouldn't have happened.

Tomorrow, I am re-starting the 17 day diet. And I am going to blog about it, blog about my weight loss, blog about my experiences, and hopefully it'll help me stay focused. And hopefully I will be motivation to someone else out there. I may post my starting weight as of tomorrow. We will see. I will also post an original starting picture (back from when I was 235) and I will take a new picture in a day or two. I also have a pedometer and plan on posting my step count each day, in hopes of reaching 10,000 steps each day.

My goal is to hit 160. My trainer would like me down to 140 and then build back up to 150 as I build muscle. For now, I am going to focus on getting down to 160, and figure out how I look from there. Hopefully documenting my steps along the way will help!