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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!

Liza36 - Thursday Feb 05, 2015

Weight: 180.3

The scale is holding steady for a few days now.  Dip lower dear scale...please!

I've got some eating challenges in the next few days.  I resisted an invitation today to my favorite Thai place for lunch with co-workers.  This one takes incredible willpower and I actually went back and forth in my head about it.  Over the weekend I've got book club - there is always home baked yumminess there, and my mothers birthday dinner - which I am hosting and cooking so I do have some control over the menu.  The scale just has to move, so I have to be smart about my choices in the next few days.

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

puddles on 02/05/2015:
holding steady is better then going up. Have a great day.

thinnside40 on 02/05/2015:
Best wishes w/challenges... Makes it better when hosting a special occasion no doubt.

museumgirl on 02/06/2015:
Challenges will always be there...but you know what to do. Hosting does make it easier, I find. Especially when I am cooking from scratch and know exactly what's going in there! Sending positive thoughts your way, and for your scale to behave itself.

Liza36 - Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

Weight: 180.3

I did not see my goal of 179 by Saturday.  I spent the weekend up a pound, and today that was off.  I ate way too much Superbowl Sunday, although it was all low carb.  I made a low carb cupcake, which sounded good - Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie Cupcake - but it was an epic fail.  I spent a lot of money on the ingredients, finding 3 kinds of sugar substitutes that were needed.  But it just didn't turn out, and so I won't be making those again. 

I've continued with my exercise.  I should probably work in a rest day (because I'm exhausted!) but I want to lose another 10 pounds this month.  I have a wedding the first week of March that drives me to lose a few more pounds. Is there any benefit to weight loss by taking rest days? I'm not sure. 

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

museumgirl on 02/03/2015:
I for one believe in rest days. I seem to lose more when I take an easy day. Although I haven't done much exercise at all lately, even those days when I rest and eat a bit more seem to have a good effect, as long as it is only rarely.

liza36 on 02/05/2015:
Thanks for the thoughts on rest days. I think it may do me some good.

thinnside40 on 02/03/2015:
Keep thinking positive! :)

liza36 on 02/05/2015:
Thanks! Definitely trying to!

Umpqua on 02/04/2015:
Too bad on the cupcake, it sounds SO good. I hate when complicated recipes don't work out. I've probably suggested it before, but have you tried http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com? Her recipes are clean, vegan, incredibly easy to make and always spot on for taste. My boys will eat her stuff, that's the ultimate taste test haha.

liza36 on 02/05/2015:
I'll definitely check out the website. It has the good endorsement from your boys!

biscottibody59 on 02/04/2015:
Glad to see you posting again!

Looks like your exercise plan is going well. Yes--do take some rest days and please resist the urge to do too much running too quickly. It can set you up for injury. Just a reminder:-)

liza36 on 02/05/2015:
Thanks for the reminder! I definitely need it. I've been going at it pretty hard in the exercise department.

Liza36 - Friday Jan 30, 2015

Weight: 180.4

I saw another dip in the scale today.  My goal was to be 179 by 1/31, which happens to be tomorrow- can I do it?  Not so sure. 

Last night I achieved a new personal best for me - I ran for 30 minutes straight on the treadmill.  My longest stretch of running was 7 minutes, so I'm pretty pleased with this accomplishment.  I am about to start week 5 of the Couch to 5K running program, which still alternates walking and running in smaller segments of time, but at least I know that I'm capable of doing it for 30 minutes.  It's exciting to me to notice small improvements in my endurance.

I must admit however that I am exhausted!  I've exercised every day for a month doing at least 1 hour, sometimes 1.5 hours with a combination of jazzercise and treadmill.  I was going to have a rest day today, but then I want so much to reach my weight goal tomorrow, which would mean exercise today.  I'll see how I feel later.  No time really today to exercise except for late tonight.  Not sure I'll have the energy, but I'll see.

Have a good weekend, my friends!

Progress as of today: 42.4 lbs lost so far, only 45.4 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 01/30/2015:
WhoopWhoop! Good job.

liza36 on 01/30/2015:
Thanks Thinnside!

Umpqua on 01/30/2015:
So glad to see you back, Liza! It sounds like you've been working hard and it's paying off with major losses. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

liza36 on 01/30/2015:
Thanks Umpqua. I was glad to see you back too!!

puddles on 01/30/2015:
Great exercise schedule I would be more then exhausted I would be dead if I followed that schedule. Great job I am impressed. You are doing real good. Have a great weekend.

Liza36 - Thursday Jan 29, 2015

Weight: 181.8

I have been working in earnest to lose this weight.  I started on 12/16/14 with a low carb diet and exercise every day.  Between Christmas and New Years I was up a few pounds, but those eventually came off.  Since 12/16 I have lost 17 pounds, which I am really happy about.  I have minimized eating out, I'm cooking more at home, I've drastically reduced my portions, incorporated a protein shake/meal replacement shake at breakfast (Shakeology), and exercise most every day.  I feel pretty good, and I am determined to keep it up. 

I really want this year to be the year that I get to my goal weight.  I have yo-yo'd for so long, and I want to finally realize my goal.  Consistency has always been the hardest for me, and I recognize I will have to remain vigilant throughout this year.

My first real goal is to be down to 170 by March 1st.  That is very ambitious I realize.  I have a family wedding to go to that first week in March, and I will be seeing a ton of people I haven't seen in a while.  Events are always a good motivator, so I have to continue on my plan. I just need to remain confident that I will reach it.

My other goal is to run a 5K.  Not walk, but run.  And I am NOT a runner!  I started the Couch to 5K plan four weeks ago, and so far so good.  It's a 9 week running plan that works you up to running 5K.  I'm not worried about speed at this point, I'm working on endurance and just jogging a little faster than speed walking.  I do the running program 3x a week.  I haven't picked out the race yet, but my plan is to do it sometime the end of March-beginning of April.

Since December, I have gone to Jazzercise 5-6 days a week.  It's my exercise of choice.  It feels like dancing while working aerobically.  In the last 6 weeks, with the combination of jazzercise and the treadmill Couch to 5K, I have noticed that I can increase my intensity at jazzercise.  I mostly do low impact, but have been able to do more jumping, skipping, higher impact moves.  It's nice to suddenly notice some positive changes.

I feel like I am off to a good start this year, and I now just need to hone in on my focus and stay the course!


Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 46.8 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 01/29/2015:
Yay! Your back......

liza36 on 01/30/2015:

museumgirl on 01/30/2015:
you sound very motiviated - you can do this!!

liza36 on 01/30/2015:
Thanks for the encouragement!

Liza36 - Friday Nov 21, 2014

Weight: 197.6

Still struggling to stay on track.  I haven't weighed myself because I know I'm up.  I've been to jazzercise only once this week.  I need to get it in gear!

Progress as of today: 25.2 lbs lost so far, only 62.6 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 11/21/2014:
Good luck getting a plan in place.

Maria7 on 11/22/2014:
You've lost a lot. You KNOW you can do it! :-)

biscottibody59 on 11/22/2014:
Well struggling is not giving up--so I hope you'll keep on posting bad or good!

You can do this!

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