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Liza36 - Friday May 22, 2015

Weight: 179.7

I am super excited to post yet another new low weight!  I have been trying for a long time to get in the 170's, and while just barely there today, I can say goodbye to the 180's.  It seems that my pattern of losing over the past few years has been a yo-yo of about 20 pounds, between 200-180, and I always get to 180-181 and never get lower, but backslide.  I was just not able to break that barrier.  So this loss is significant to me.  In the past week, I've lost 5.8 pounds. 

Thank you all for commenting and answering my questions - this is truly an amazing community, and I appreciate you!

This long weekend will be filled with exercise every day, house projects like sanding and painting the outside railing, steam cleaning the carpet, and meal prep for the week ahead.

Progress as of today: 43.1 lbs lost so far, only 44.7 lbs to go!

puddles on 05/22/2015:
Congrats on your achievement. Now you know you can do it. Keep it up. Have a great day.

liza36 on 05/22/2015:
Thank you!


OhioRaven on 05/22/2015:
Wow ! You really sound determined. Congratulations.

liza36 on 05/22/2015:
Thanks - now if I can just keep up the determination and not peter out!


collegegirl22 on 05/22/2015:
Congrats!!


collegegirl22 on 05/22/2015:
Congrats!!


biscottibody59 on 05/22/2015:
Very nice progress--enjoy your weekend!


Umpqua on 05/26/2015:
This is fantastic Liza, congratulations and you earned it!


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Liza36 - Wednesday May 20, 2015

Weight: 181.4

Posted my new low weight.  I've lost a few pounds, and I'm estatic that the scale is moving again.  I feel like I've been in a better groove in the last few weeks with exercise and making better eating choices.  I've done more cooking at home, which makes a big difference. I'm just doing very simple things like a hamburger patty (no bun) with vegetables, typically spinach or broccoli or green beans.  I do have a significant sweet tooth, and I am allowing myself 1 Atkins sweet - my favorite is their peanut butter cup.  I realize its processed food, but it's helping me get through the day with a treat at the end of a long day.  It's not like I have it every day, but a few times a week. 

I've taken the yoga class 3 times now, and I really am enjoying it.  I see small improvements in my balance, and I'm constantly pushing myself to master the moves.  The instructor has said I'm doing really well - which always makes me feel good.  I also joined a new gym in town (how many times have I joined a gym in my life, I say to myself?), and I've been working with a trainer for 30 minutes, twice a week.  I'll do twice a week for 6 weeks, then go to 1 time a week.  It has really pushed me, which is what I want and need.  I am using 15-20 pound hand weights, which is a gigantic differernce from my 3 pound weights I use at jazzercise.  I was at jazzercise the other day, and those 3 pounders seemed so light and effortless.  I'm using leg machines with 70-90 pounds.  Ugh - it's hard!  But I'm loving how I feel afterwards. 

Tonight I'm trying a zumba class for the first time.  I have a feeling I'm going to love it, so it will be another option for my cardio. 

All of this exercise and meal planning takes SO much time...do any of you feel like that?  I realize it's necessary for my health. I'm so tired of being overweight and having these issues plague me for so long.  I feel super committed at the moment.and the key will be consistency...my biggest hurdle every time!

How do you all stay committed and consistent?

Progress as of today: 41.4 lbs lost so far, only 46.4 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/20/2015:
Wow, Liz. You're doing great. To answer a couple of your questions, I stay commuted by jumping on this website Every Day. I know I need the support. I just don't have that at home or around me in my daily life. This is the place I need to be. As to the meal planning, well the time I spend on my calorie counting app or searching websites for calorie content just seems like a hobby for me. All or most of my meals are a planned routine. I always know what to buy at the grocery and what to order at what restaurant. Hope this helps.

liza36 on 05/20/2015:
Thanks OhioRaven! I agree - this site is critical for support and accountability. Meal planning is definitely time well spent too.


puddles on 05/20/2015:
Hi Liz congrats on the loss. You are doing great. I agree with Raven that doing my prep work for food or groceries list has just become the norm in my life and also agree that in the beginning I use to over think it which made it more of a job but I realized that it was creating more stress then anything else so I gave it up. Yes I screwed up more but I learned to forgive myself real fast and move on to the next meal. It is a process reestablishing a new and healthy way of doing things. Also this site is a blessing for me also I know that I can confess my screw ups and not feel that I will be judged or ridiculed or put down for it. The support is important to me.

Wishing you all the best on your journey one day at a time.


Umpqua on 05/20/2015:
Congratulations on the loss and this is all fantastic news! My struggle is with consistent exercise and yes, it takes time and can feel like a burden to me. Every time I stray from it I end up gaining, even if my eating is fairly consistent. So we all have our challenges. I agree with the others that meal planning and prep is key and maybe, eventually, that will become more of a habit and way of life for you? I was fortunate to grow up with an Italian Mom who was also extremely health conscious and she cooked all of our meals. It was rare that we went to a restaurant and even rarer to order take out or get processed or convenience foods. So that has always been a way of life for me, even when I worked crazy hours (although I DID eat out more then and the scale rewarded me with massive gains).

Now I've made meal prep a part of our regular routine and it's actually a stress reducer for me and a way to ease into evening relaxation time. I also multi-task and help my boys with their homework while chopping/prepping/doing whatever to get things going on the evening meal. Maybe you can find a way to make it more of a routine for you?

And I agree with the advice above - stay here to keep accountable and on track!


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Liza36 - Tuesday May 12, 2015

Weight: 186.9

Thank you for the good suggestions on the weight training.  Much appreciated!

Yesterday I took a yoga class and absolutely loved it!  It was challenging for me, and so I see that there is much improvement I can make in flexibility, strength and balance.  I took a yoga class about 3 years ago, and I have a DVD that I've done a few times over the years, but it wasn't something that I really "got".  The whole breathing thing takes practice I guess.  And my flexibility needs some serious work.  I plan to take another class on Thursday, and see how that goes.  I'm trying to diversify my exersice, and so far I like what I've tried (kickboxing - my new love! and now yoga).  Jazzercise will always be my primary go-to form of exercise.

Diet - that's a whole other story.  I've heard many times that to lose weight it's 80% what you eat and 20% exercise.  I wish it was the other way around!  Food temptations are all too real for me, and I find it just plain difficult to stick to a plan for any length of time. 

I just finished reading a book called "Master your Metabolism" by Jillian Michaels, and she has some very good information about hormone imbalance and what to do to get them back in balance and get your metabolism humming as it should.  I do feel like I have an out-of-whack metabolism and I need to take real action.  Eating the right whole foods and cutting out the junk will be the first thing to do.

Have a good, healthy day, my friends! 

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 51.9 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 05/12/2015:
That's great that you're trying out yoga again. I love it, especially when I'm doing other workouts regularly, it's just a nice way to stretch and relax. It can also be very challenging! Too true about the eating/exercise ratio. We can exercise all the time but bad eating habits will always catch up with us. I've tried so many different plans over the years and the only thing that works for me in the long term is logging my foods and enjoying everything in moderation. I also try to avoid too much processed stuff. I hope you find something that will work for you and keep you satisfied!


puddles on 05/12/2015:
I think it is important just to be mindful of everything we do and not concentrate on one thing because in life (normal life) it comes down to being well rounded. Good luck in finding your own way of doing this.


biscottibody59 on 05/12/2015:
Cool about the yoga. I haven't take a class for years--I should look into it again.



Liza36 - Friday May 01, 2015

Weight: 186.9

I've been off track for a few days now, and I find that when I'm tired, that's it - no exercise, no cooking, it's harder to make better decisions.  I'm hoping for a somewhat restful weekend that involves some yard work and dinner out with a friend tomorrow night.  I plan to get to jazzercise tomorrow morning.  I haven't been all week and I do miss it.

Question for you all - do you do strength training without a gym membership?  I'd like to incorporate weights but without the need for a gym - is that possible to get a good workout?  I already pay a monthly fee for jazzercise, and I'm not sure I want to add to the expense.  Thoughts?

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 51.9 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/01/2015:
Buy some free weights...wait... Is that an oxymoron ?

liza36 on 05/01/2015:
LOL!

liza36 on 05/01/2015:
Good suggestion, thank you!


Umpqua on 05/01/2015:
I've been loving FitnessBlender.com. Husband and wife duo with tons of free workouts available. You can search their site for exactly what you're looking for and also put in difficulty level if you want to start off slow. I don't do a gym, not my thing, and have always had success working out at home. And yes - free weights are relatively cheap and you can start low there too!


grannyannie on 05/01/2015:
I do my dumbbell work at home as I bought a full set years ago. Also use ankle weights. I do resistance machines at the gym as well, but much prefer doing the rest of my muscle work at home.


thinnside40 on 05/02/2015:
Hope you get some rest.


biscottibody59 on 05/02/2015:
I value the two wt trng classes I took years ago--several years apart. It was invaluable to learn that there's a right way to lift and a wrong way to lift. If you can find videos to help you with form--it's a great thing to do wt trng at home.

I generally do all my wt trng at home with a set of adjustable wts.

Enjoy your weekend!



Liza36 - Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Weight: 186.9

April has been an extremely busy month at work.  It the beginning of the month I was saying all I wanted was the month to be over.  Well, it's over and I survived a heavy work load!

I've done ok with exercise, getting in jazzercise classes when I can.  I've averaged about 3 times a week, which I've been pleased with.  Trouble is my knees have been giving me some real pain, so much so that to go up and down the stairs with that slight bend in my knee kills me.  I've continued with jazzercise, but it hurts!  I may start with buying new shoes and see where that gets me.  I've had to modify some moves like lunges and squats at jazzercise, and do more low impact moves.

Diet has been a constant struggle.  I've been doing low carb and really trying hard to eliminate sweets, etc.  My work meetings that included meals made it tough - I would choose an entree without a starch, but then I'd have dessert.  So I've been doing it about 1/2 the time.

Last week I decided to start writing down my foods with the calories, carb, protein, and fat grams.  I've never really counted calories before, or carbs for that matter.  It was eye opening for me.  Calories ranged from 880 to 1300 over the few days I tracked.  Net Carbs were around 16-22 grams, protein around 75 grams, and fat between 50-60 grams. I'm going to keep tracking (been very off track for about 3 days now!) and see if it helps keep me more accountable.

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 51.9 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 04/30/2015:
Good to see an update from you! I absolutely have to log foods to stay on track, I haven't been able to figure out how to do it without logging at least some of the time. It can definitely be an eye opener and show us where we may need to tweak things to get the numbers right. Your calories are really low for that range, so just make sure you're taking in enough fuel!

liza36 on 04/30/2015:
I think the calorie range was the biggest eye opener. I realized it was too low. I plan to continue to log my food, I think it will really help just as it helps you stay on track!


OhioRaven on 04/30/2015:
Good post, LizaJane.


puddles on 05/01/2015:
Good to get some of your news. Keeping ourselves on an even healthy eating habit is definitely a task. Keep it up and have a great weekend.



Liza36 - Monday Mar 23, 2015

Weight: 186.9

I was out of town for 2 weeks, back last week but was still not on track.  I finally furnished by fridge with healthy food over the weekend, and went back to jazzercise on Saturday.  It felt so good to exercise again.  The class was a kickboxing-inspired class, and I absolutely loved it!  I was pretty sore on Sunday, but the good kind of soreness. 

I now need to work on getting the sweets out of my diet again.  There was a lot of that kind of stuff around on my trip (wedding and then a work trip).  I find I can so easily slip back into eating M&Ms on a daily basis!  I've actually had my lot for today, so no more!

This week it's back to planning, exercising, eating right, drinking water...have I left anything out?  I hope to see some kind, any kind of loss on Saturday for my official weigh in day.

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 51.9 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 03/23/2015:
Good to see you jump back in!

Thanks for the BD greetings!


puddles on 03/23/2015:
I have eliminated sweets all together and I feel much better because of that. Have a great day.


thinnside40 on 03/23/2015:
Best wishes on sticking to the plan(s)....


grannyannie on 03/24/2015:
Getting back on track! Well done!


Umpqua on 03/24/2015:
Welcome back from your travels and I hope you had a nice time at the wedding. I know you'll get right back on track now that you're home and can keep a better routine!


Maria7 on 03/24/2015:
After I've had a certain amount of sweets for the day, sometimes I pray and ask the Lord to help me not have anymore for the rest of the day and He helps me and this has been helping me a lot. :-)



Liza36 - Thursday Feb 26, 2015

Weight: 180.3

I'm still not fully back on track yet.  Better, but not great.  I have to work this weekend which means meals at the meetings (hotel or restaurant food), and then next week I travel and am out of town for 2 weeks.  I am resigning myself to just make better choices that I would normally make, and get back to business when I return from my trip.  It's hard not to be disappointed in myself, but I'm also trying to tell myself that it is wasted effort to be disappointed and I just need to move on.

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 45.3 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/26/2015:
That is a good message to give yourself. Have a great day.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/27/2015:
yes, instead of dwelling on the negative, make better choices now and move on! Puddles is RIGHT! and so are you!


Umpqua on 02/27/2015:
You are so right, Liza. Happy and safe travels to you!


thinnside40 on 02/27/2015:
Do the best you can! It will pay off.....


biscottibody59 on 03/01/2015:
Thanks for your kind comment--I don't know where I'd be with my weight/health without a site like this. And there's really not another one out there like it.

Hope you have a great week!


Maria7 on 03/02/2015:
Amen...today is a NEW DAY! :-)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/06/2015:
getting back on track can be difficult, but after a few days, it'll be like you never were off!



Liza36 - Friday Feb 20, 2015

Weight: 180.3

I am still off track, and haven't weighed myself for fear of what the scale will say.  It's been 2 full weeks.  It frustrates me, yet I keep doing the same thing.  No exercise, fast food, simply no motivation.  I have a trip coming up in a week and a half and I had hoped to have lost a significant amount of weight.  Instead I'm up in pounds and feeling awful. 

The freezing weather does not help.  Jazzercise has been canceled the last few days, and with temps at 0 degrees, who wants to go outside.  I curl up in a blanket instead. I realize it's an excuse because I do have a treadmill at home and could easily get some exercise in.

So, I'm done with excuses after today.  Next week will be different. My goals for the next few days are to plan meals and cook at home, use treadmill or jazzercise if not canceled, and make peace with my 2-week slip up.

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 45.3 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/20/2015:
Good luck next week. You can do it. Have a great weekend.


Umpqua on 02/20/2015:
I have to say that the exercise does help in these freezing temps. I'd rather sweat than shiver :P Next week will be better for you, you can do it. Enjoy your weekend!


grannyannie on 02/20/2015:
You'll get back on track. We've all been there. Have a good weekend.


nenak on 02/20/2015:
I'm still there so know exactly how it feels good luck for next week and only look forward and never backwards x good luck x


Maria7 on 02/24/2015:
Hope you are having a good day today.



Liza36 - Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Weight: 180.3

I have not weighed myself since Monday.  I was up 3 pounds from the weekend, and so far this week I have continued to be off track.  I think it's a couple of things - the frustration of the stuck scale, my mother's birthday dinner where I indulged a little more, continued to indulge the next day, traveled on Tuesday and didn't have a lot of control of where I ate, no exercise for the last 4 days, and TOM arriving soon.  Phew!  That's quite a list.  Certainly not excuses, just reality of what's happened. I fear the mojo has gone, and being out of my routine for a few days has thrown me off.  Getting back on track starts now rather than tomorrow.  I will go to jazzercise tonight, and hopefully that one good decision will spur on other good choices.

This slowed weight loss has me anxious about not reaching my mini-goal by the end of this month.  I'm already anxious about being in wedding pictures next month, and seeing so many people I haven't seen in a long time, and looking the way I do is disappionting to me.  I am probably putting so much pressure on myself but that's typical.

Just keep going and don't look back - that's what I'm telling myself today.

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 45.3 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/13/2015:
Good for you for turning things around now, Liza. It's never too late to change your choices. I hope you have a nice weekend!


thinnside40 on 02/13/2015:
Just keep going......Is right. Best wishes!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/14/2015:
yes, it can be so frustrating when life really makes it difficult to stay on track!


Maria7 on 02/17/2015:
I believe you will get back on track.


biscottibody59 on 02/17/2015:
I hope your week is going well!



Liza36 - Friday Feb 06, 2015

Weight: 180.3

Eight days at the same weight.  I know that doesn't constitute a plateau, but I desperately want the scale to move downward.  What I don't want is to get so frustrated that I dive into a bowl of spaghetti and chocolate.  Not together of course...but those are some of my weaknesses and my go-to comfort foods.  I did eat chocolate yesterday.  Not a proud moment, but whatever. They were miniature, as if that makes it better.

I won't lose focus.  But being a short month, and having a large goal, doesn't make the odds very good.  Ok...positivity all the way. Just have to keep that mindset.

Have a good weekend, my friends.

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 45.3 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/06/2015:
Don't loose focus that is right. Just keep doing what you doing and the weight loss will follow. Plateau in my case have been good experiences in my motivation to stay on track. Have a great day.


Umpqua on 02/06/2015:
The scale isn't moving upward, so that's something. I think as long as you're consistently exercising and eating well (which I know you are) that you will see results. Don't get frustrated and hang in there!


grannyannie on 02/06/2015:
I know how frustrating it is when the scale won't budge! You are tough - no comfort foods!


liza36 on 02/06/2015:
Thanks all for the encouraging words. I so greatly appreciate it!


biscottibody59 on 02/06/2015:
I know (no) scale progress can be discouraging--but you're building a foundation for your future, so try to keep faith that it WILL move sooner or later!

Have a nice weekend!


museumgirl on 02/06/2015:
Hang in there...It is frustrating when the scale sticks. It will move, the body is just adjusting. And don't try the spaghetti and chocolate together... I agree, I set a goal for this month, but today is the 6th and I just made last months goal, so yeah, probably not going to happen. The important thing is to not give up. We'll get there eventually, and every day makes us healthier, too.


thinnside40 on 02/06/2015:
Have a good weekend. Eventually when keeping on keeping on, it'll have no other choice but to go down.


thinkpositive on 02/06/2015:
Keep at it & you'll see success.


Maria7 on 02/11/2015:
You have made a lot of progress since last October. Hang in there!



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