- Friday Apr 12, 2013
Happy Spring everyone,
I am feeling pretty good this week as I have lost 2 lbs and that is without hitting the gym all week due to school testing. I even ate a good lunch each day and a light dinner. I am learning that starving yourself is not the way to go. Eating healthy is the way to go. Fresh fruit for breakfast and a med cheesy chicken tortilla is ok.
April 27 we will have our celebration meeting at the gym to see who the winners are for the biggest loser. I know I did not win, but I am excited to go and find out. At the time of the weigh in I lost 6.6 % of my body weight which was 13 lbs over the 12 weeks of the program.
As of today I lost 10% of my body weight based on when I started here on Dec 29.
At school we are having a biggest loser contest with everyone - not just age groups - so the chances of winning are slimmer. I weighed in at 191 and BMI was 36. UGG that sounds so aweful - but as my daughter would say - "when you go to the gym - you don't have to go hard, just go!!" Slow and steady. I may not win the race, but I will always be making progress. I have to remember this is a lifestyle change not just a gimmick.
My cholesterol went up since last year and now I have to go on meds - I was shocked b/c of all the exercise and healthy eating, but guess i'll follow dr orders.
Has anyone ever heard of Advocare weight management? One of my student's gave me some literature and a free sample. Seems like a scheme to me but there are lots of testimonals out there so not sure. Not sure if you can get the same quality at GNC or Puritan's Pride - need to do more research. Any feedback welcome including recommendations for energy powders that you mix with water.
Thank you :)
Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 39.2 lbs to go!
- Wednesday Apr 10, 2013
Well, I am out for work and will not get to the gym, but I had my final weigh in this past saturday. Lost a total of 13 lbs in 12 weeks. May not be the contest winner, but I sure did make good progress and for that I am glad. Especially the last week before the weigh in I had bronchitis and did not get to the gym.
The gym contest results will be in April 27 - we are having a luncheon at the gym and they will be announcing the winners. It will be fun as there were many shapes and sizes there so I look forward to attending.
Next - my school is having a biggest loser contest that ends June 6. tons of people are participating so beginning this friday - I think I will have my motivation back and be back at the gym for a good rebuild workout. With the weather changing and spring sunshine out - it will be nice to be in our gym. The ladies room has a full wall of glazed windows and it is very bright and cheery! Just gotta get back into the swing.
Fruits and veggies and protein!!
I'm feeling eager all over again.
Progress as of today: 19 lbs lost so far, only 41 lbs to go!
- Friday Mar 29, 2013
Well, I am in the home stretch of the gym biggest loser contest and I have come down with bronchitis. This is bad because I cannot work out hard and really burn calories, but on the other hand, I have no appetite at all so I am not taking in too many calories. I am still doing ab exercises and I'm going to try to go to the gym today to walk on the treadmill. I'll just have to take it very easy so as to not start 'hacking' and 'coughing'. I do think that moving is the best thing for an illness, it's just that I know I really just want to sleep.
Well, I'm off to have breakfast with a friend - I am ordering coffee, a fruit cup, and one egg over easy with unbuttered wheat toast - that should be good to start the day.
Happy Spring to Everyone!!
Progress as of today: 17.2 lbs lost so far, only 42.8 lbs to go!
- Wednesday Mar 20, 2013
Hello DD friends,
I am so excited because I have actually made a major shift in my attitude. You see I have always been competitive and I have been approaching my weight loss goals with an edge of 'work hard and harder. Then I took a look at my pattern over time:
In January I worked out a total of 25 days at the gym,
In Feb I worked out 19 and now
in March I worked out 7.
The decline is astonishing to me. There was something wrong with my thinking. I was in a hurry to 'get fixed' and 'get thin'. I never really gave my mind a chance to even think about the healthy way to approach exercise and hot to keep it in my life.
Last night, I was dreading the 4:30 am alarm and then I said to myself - "when you alarm goes off, just get up - go to the gym and walk. That's it - walk on the treadmill and stop thinking you have to be on a marathon. Think of the tortis and the hare. A steady habit of walking even 30 min every day will yield results far better than skipping 3 or 4 days - feeling guilty - then hustling for 30 minutes on the elliptical getting pooped and leaving the gym early all depressed because I lost my momentum from January.
I finally gave myself permission to not be 18 years old and competitive - but to be 50 and healthy - even if it means a slower pace.
I am proud to say I walked 2 miles today in 40 minutes - stretched - did abs and was completely relaxed. I was even surprised that my heart rate went up to 180 after about 18 minutes on the treadmill - so I am sitll getting a good aerobic workout but with peace of mind. (don't panic about the 180 as that is quite normal in my family)
In summary - I have a positive attitude about tomorrow and the next day and the next. Yes I have lowered my expectations, but I now my goals are within a reasonable reach.
Here's to finishing out the month of March with a good attitude and a steady pace!!
PS - another quote from my daughter : You don't have to go fast, you just have to go!!
Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 43 lbs to go!
- Saturday Feb 23, 2013
(3 meals per day)
I woke up so nervous today thinking it was our contest's mid way weigh in. I failed to work out two days this week and I was feeling very very bad. I hopped on my scale which said I dropped almost another pound this week YIPPEE - then I went to the kitchen and saw the calendar - the mid way weigh in is NEXT week!! another Yippee. I have one mroe week to get my work outs in and not be slothful.
I have even stopped keeping my electronic food journal from everydayhealth.com - I keep track of the exercise portion for the day and breakfast - but the rest goes by the wayside.
I am renewing my vows so to speak - back to the beginning - keep my journal - hit the gym and keep at it. No body else cares what you do. (except my youngest daughter - she gave me a note this morning that said "the difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline" - hint hint - she knew I missed two workouts)
Anyway - the point being - the decisions I make are for me to be healthy and grow stronger. To the degree I can do that is totally up to me, no one can do this for me. I am all ready for this weekend - we are celebrating my older daughter's birthday tonight and my plan is to order a nice salad and water and I don't even feel bad about it. In fact it is almost a challenge that i can do this - resist the restaurant's temptations.
Well, I know I don't post often but I am so grateful for this fourum - it really helps to have a place to go just for 'a diet diary' Especially when you are having a ""YIppee'' moment.
Have a great day!.
Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 45.6 lbs to go!
- Monday Feb 18, 2013
(3 meals per day)
I had hit a wall for about 7 days - no weight loss, lots of wrorking out and sweating but not signs of progress. Suddenly - just in the past few days I dropped almost 4 lbs. Yippee. My daughter said that is normal and when she said 'don't give up - keep going" I did. The contest mid point weigh in is in 12 days not counting today. I think I have made good progress. Ha ha - I wasn't so 'happy' a week ago. Funny how the scale can trigger your emotions and feelings. I know I should not weigh myself but once a week, but if I don't get on the scale daily - I feel like I have no place to begin my day. If I hop on the scale and I am up two lbs - I know that I need to work harder at the gym - so it is kind of like my guide.
My girls bought me a gift card to a massage salon which I used on Friday - it was awesome. My back had so many knots in it. The only problem is the massage therapist wants me back in 15 days for more treatment - I'd LOVE to go - but I honestly cannot afford it. I might be able to afford one more with my tax refund, but a steady routine of massage therapy - dont think so. She was really good too. If it werent for the new washer and dryer, the broken dishwasher, car inspections etc... I guess you all know that story.
I can be thankful that I am doing well health wise. Amen? Amen!!
Well, I'm so excited for this drop in weight and getting through this 'wall' I leave you with a little note my daughter wrote me:
Even if you can't see the differnece, every single effort is changing your body inside. Don't be discouraged!!
Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 46.4 lbs to go!
- Friday Feb 01, 2013
(3 meals per day)
My weight jumped from 191 - 194.6
I did weigh myself after working out but I also took a day off the gym and had pizza and chicken strips for a late night snack and lunch. I never dreamed that this would ruin my progress.
I am beginning to realize that if I want to make progress this has to be a LIFE CHANGE. I can't give in to indulgences. I guess I am humbled by the scale today. I am 3 weeks into the 12 week program and I have almost returned to where I started. I feel like I have lost all hope of being a loser (weight loss loser that is). I know I should not be looking at the scale daily, but I have to - it keeps me focused on my goals - but a jump like this was totally unexpected.
My daughter keeps reminding me that I was at 202 and to not be discouraged. There are still 9 weeks left.
I told her I think I have come to a crossroad - If any change is going to happen - I must eat right and exercise properly every single day. It must be part of my life. It must be the norm. I cannot be googling over pizza and chicken strips and thinking it is not going to have an effect on my progress. I must be thinking that fresh foods are my choice and processed fats and greasy foods will NOT enhance my health.
Retraining my thinking has really hit home today and I believe that is a good thing. Remember the saying "today is the first day of the rest of your life". So I will not give up - I had a minor set back with eating pizza, chicken strips and hot sauce (full of sodium) - I have had a bad day - and even though it shocks me in thinking that one day of splurging can make such a big difference - it is a reality check for me.
My husband and I have plans to go to dinner and a show and stay at a B & B this weekend. I will not let this outing dictate that it is okay to not watch what I eat. I cannot and will not let my careless attitude cause a 3.6 lb weight gain in one day. I don't care that the tickets include the cost of food and justify eating all I want - I can't let the idea of 'getting the most for our money' lead me to eating like a crazy person. Instead, I will look over the food choices, eat a moderate amount of healthy choices and know that I am doing the best thing for my body.
People do change and I am changing - I am changing my daily habits (going to the gym) my grocery shopping choices (fresh fruits and veggies and properly chosen meats and fish) and now I am changing my atttitude toward careless eating -
I have always resisted becoming a 'health nut' but now I am seeing the reason for being a health nut - and it is a good thing. I don't think I ever would have really realized this without having this jump in the scale today.
So - I will take my daughter's advice and her little quote for today - Ability is what you are capable of , Motivation determines what you do and attitude determines how well you do it.
I think now that I recogonize my error in my thinking - I can start fresh today and know that yes - I do have 9 weeks left and lots can happen in 9 weeks!!
Thanks for listening - I'm so glad to have this journal to turn to !
Progress as of today: 7.4 lbs lost so far, only 52.6 lbs to go!
- Monday Jan 28, 2013
(3 meals per day)
I'm really getting frustrated.
I have hit the gym at least 5 days / week and do 35 min cardio and 15 min weight training and I'm only 5 lbs lighter in two weeks. My body fat has dropped from 44% to 43%. I feel like my work is not equal to the results. I"m in week 3 of the 12 week program and I feel like I'm so far behind. I've been eating small meals every 4 hours and not eating any sweets. I never used to eat breakfast, and now I eat oatmeal every morning with a glass of skim milk and some protein. I have felt for the longest time my metabolism has been way off b/c my normal eating habits were coffee in the AM - a snack bar or candy bar for lunch and possibly meat and potatoes for dinner. I've made so many changes since beginning Dec 17 but I'm not seeing instant results.
I am on medications that retain weight but I would think the regular exercise and eating right would make an impact on that fact.
I guess I need to look at the whole picture - I began the 12 week program on Jan 12 weighing in at 196.6 and today Jan 28 I weigh 191.0 . That is a little over 5 lbs in 16 days. Is that good???? I guess you could divide it into 2.5lb per 8 days - I guess that doesn't look so bad.
I attended a seminar last week which broke down the time it takes to work out or fit a work out into your day.
One week has 168 hours - 56 for sleeping = 112-40 work = 72 - 10 for getting ready for work and travel = 62 -10 hours for meals = 52 /7 = @7 hours per day left to do anything you want. Surely you can spare 2 hours to get to the gym - work out and come home and shower. = 5 hours left for TV, movies, etc...
Well, I guess I'm rambling now - it sure feels good to vent a little!!
Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 49 lbs to go!
- Friday Jan 18, 2013
(3 meals per day)
Stamina, speed, strength, skill, spirit ~ the greatest of these is spirit!!
Didn't make it to the gym this morning - but - I have every intention of going after work -
Look out Lady Gold - I'm comin' in..... so far lost 4lbs in 6 days -
I was going to weigh in tomorrow - but I couldn't resist.
My goal is two lbs / week - so so far I am ahead in the game.
Meet with nutritionist at Giant tomorrow. I keep an electronic journal on everydayhealth.com so I have 2 week's worth of food journals. I know there is no magic - but I'm hoping she has some secret to help me.
I feel like I am beginning to develop a love for the gym. I went and bought two new shirts for working out and now I feel like I fit in a bit better. My gym has women of all shapes and sizes so it is not that I was awkward - but I guess everyone gets a little self conscience and nothing like new clothes for a girl in training.
I hit the gym at 5:15 am and work out on the elliptical 35 min. My goal is to reach one hour by the end of january. I use resistence in the beginning and then after 20 min or so I drop the resistance and keep up the speed. I have no idea what I am doing - but I cannot afford a trainer at this time (two kids in college and one entering next fall!!) Who knows, maybe I'll win this contest and then be entered in the national contest and see what happens then. 1 week down and 11 more to go until the final weigh in.
I must keep going - one day at a time - one day at a time!!
Progress as of today: 9.6 lbs lost so far, only 50.4 lbs to go!
- Saturday Jan 12, 2013
(3 meals per day)
Day one of the Biggest Loser!
Starting weight 196.6 and 44% body fat. The trainer took measurements but I didn't look - he also took photo but I didn't look at that either - I just have to build my core and abs - 12 weeks - I can do this!!
I began today with 40 min on treadmill at the following intervals:
10 min at incline 10 and speed 2.5
15 min at incline 5 and speed 2.5
5 min at incline 2.5 and speed 2.5
5 min cool down
Did 15 minutes arm weight lifting.
My daughter gave me a small box today with 90 daily inspirational notes she printed and cut out for me to read each day - she is really my cheerleader!! I put the box near my coffee maker so I open it every morning before I go to the gym
As long as I am careful with my knees and avoid any injuries - eat right and stay the course day by day!!
Progress as of today: 5.4 lbs lost so far, only 54.6 lbs to go!