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liza36 - Monday Jun 15, 2015

Weight: 176.8

I did pretty well over the weekend managing my cravings.  TOM hit so I'm naturally up in weight today.  I'm going to lay off the scale for a few days. 

Not much to report.  Just super tired from weekend cleaning and running around. 

Meals for today:

B: 2 eggs scrambled, a little cheese

L: homemade chicken and vegetable soup, few cherry tomatoes, 2 tablespoons almond butter (supposed to go on celery, but I ate the almond butter by the spoon, never ate the celery)

D: not sure yet.  I didn't take anything out of the freezer, and did not meal prep this weekend as planned.  Tilapia is easy to thaw, so it may be that with green beans.

I have a work conference call tonight, so I won't make it to the gym.  I plan a light yoga DVD followed by some arm exercises with hand held weights. 

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/15/2015:
Good job on the weekend they are always difficult. Have a great evening.

horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2015:
It's like after age 30, Tom becomes the devil! Mine has gotten worse with age.

Umpqua on 06/16/2015:
Good work staying on point over the weekend, Liza. I hope it's a good week for you!

biscottibody59 on 06/16/2015:
Hope you get some rest!

liza36 - Thursday Jun 11, 2015

Weight: 176.8

Last night I got in my house painting and jazzercise - win/win!  The painting was really just touch up and it went faster that I expected, so I was able to rush off to jazzercise.  The air conditioning was not working, and we are at the start of a little heat wave, so I could definitely notice the difference in my endurance.  I made it through and stayed for the extra strength training session.

I am slowly getting my house in order for my family's visit in 2 weeks.  I moved the treadmill into the closet last week, after going through clothes,etc., and yesterday I took the spare mattresses out of the garage and set up the guest bedroom.  Ok...so I typically think I can do anything and everything myself, but the minute I started hauling mattresses up stairs just to get into the house, I doubted my ability to move these heavy and awkward things.  A guy who was walking his dog and pushing a baby in a stroller walked by and helped me at least get them in the house.  I was SO thankful for this kind stranger.  Then I had to get them up another flight of stairs by myself.  I wish I had pictures - it was pretty funny how I got stuck at one point between the box spring and the wall trying to go around a bend in the stairwell.  I abandoned it perched precariously on the stairs after I wiggled myself out.  I went to jazzercise.  When I got back, I tackled it again, and finished the job.  I don't know how I did it, it took a lot of strength to get those things up the stairs and placed in the bed frame.  I was channeling Umpqua, who I see as superwoman with all of her home improvement projects that I would never attempt!

The scale rewarded me today with a loss of 2 of the 4 pounds I gained recently.  I'm always in such a hurry to lose weight, and what I really need to do is exercise patience.  That is something that is so hard for me to do.

Meals for today:

B: the last of the egg/spinach muffins

L: Tuna with mayo and pickles, cherry tomatoes

D: low carb tortilla with taco meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese

snacks: string cheese, mix of almonds/pumpkin seeds/dried cranberries

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/11/2015:
Congrats. Have a great day.

ohioraven on 06/11/2015:
I've wiggled my way past many a mattresses stuck in stairwells. But that was my younger days. Congratulations on the loss.

Umpqua on 06/11/2015:
I'm not sure I would have attempted to move those mattresses on my own - well done! Umpqua with the home improvement projects she never finishes LOL. Congrats on the loss!

Maria7 on 06/12/2015:
Congrats on your new lower number! Hope you have a nice day...looks like you've been real busy getting ready for your family to come visit. :-D

biscottibody59 on 06/12/2015:
That's a ton of activity--good to know that you can keep up with yourself:-) Especially with the routine chores--like mattress moving--not routine!

Cheers and good job!

liza36 - Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

Weight: 176.8

My back has really been killing me since the weekend, so the trainer last night went a little earier on me in that we skipped some of the core stuff she had.  Worked my arms though, she sure knows how to kill me!

Today I have an unexpected lunch out with a friend at a mexican restaurant.  I swore none of the chips would reach my lips....I have to confess, they did.  Oh well!  I ordered a salad, and did better there.

Tonight I'm debating on going to jazzercise, or painting my outside railing.  Both need to happen, but not sure which will win out.  I much prefer the exercise to house painting!

Meals for today:

B: 1 egg scrambled, bacon

L: chips, salad with chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, ranch dressing

D: I have to keep it light.  Probably a protein shake or if I cook it will be tilapia.

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/10/2015:
Chips and salsa are pretty hard to avoid, but good choice on the salad!

puddles on 06/10/2015:
You did good. Have a great day.

Maria7 on 06/10/2015:
Both sound like fun! :-D

liza36 - Tuesday Jun 09, 2015

Weight: 176.8

I'm not posting my weight even though I'm up another pound.  I slipped up again last night, and even after doing so well during the day.  While I blame no one but myself, I do blame PMS - it's tough to fight those cravings.  I need to find an herbal remedy to help fight this - does anyone have suggestions?

Today I am working from home, so it's much easier to control my meals while home.  I am meeting with the trainer tonight for 30 minutes, and I'll stay after to get in some cardio on the treadmill or bike.

Meals for today:

B: 2 egg and spinach muffins

L: curried turkey salad - turkey, celery, few raisins, mayo, curry powder

D: meatloaf and veggies

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/09/2015:
Have a great day.

Umpqua on 06/09/2015:
It sounds like you have a good plan in place for the day. I'm not sure about the PMS, but St. John's Wort is a staple in our house. I use it for stress and to help me get to sleep if I'm revved up at night. My older son has it every morning to help him calm down and focus so he can sit at a desk all day, something he struggles with. There may be more TOM specific remedies out there though so maybe someone else will chime in.

liza36 on 06/09/2015:
Thanks for the St. John's Wort suggestion. I'll have to check it out.

biscottibody59 on 06/09/2015:
Hope you have better days ahead. It can be hard to get back to your routine--be patient with yourself!

supercheeseme on 06/09/2015:
oh PMS. I have it too. I slipped up tonight too....not even gonna post about it. Tomorrow is a new day!

liza36 - Monday Jun 08, 2015

Weight: 176.8

I'm up three pounds.  I know why.  Even though I exercised like crazy this weekend, no amount of exercise can compensate for poor diet and food choices. 

Saturday morning I was up 1 pound from the chicken veggie stir fry I made the night before - sodium in the soy sauce/teriyaki sauce I used.  No big deal, I can handle that.  But the rest of Saturday I had a fast food burger and fries, and in the evening I had pizza.  What was I thinking?  I was so tired and craving those foods, that I just said to myself - forget it - I'm eating!  By Sunday morning I felt terrible and the scale was up another 2 pounds for a total of 3.  This morning the scale is holding on to those 3 pounds.

I need to not look back and move forward.  I've got my meals planned for today, yoga tonight, and I'm still in a smaller size pants and a blouse I last wore 3 years ago.  It's all good!

I always love to see what others are eating - it helps me get ideas and to know what's working for them. So I thought I'd share my meals with you.

B: 2 egg and spinach muffins (I love taking these to work - so easy to make and hits the spot in the morning), sugar free hot chocolate

L: chefs salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, turkey, cheese, olives, sunflower seeds

D: meatloaf, mixed vegetables

Snacks: string cheese, Quest protein bar if needed (recently discovered these - they are low carb and taste pretty good)

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 06/08/2015:
I understand the challenge. I don't think the cravings ever go away.

liza36 on 06/08/2015:
It's so nice that you understand! I don't think the cravings ever go away either, I just need to find other ways to deal with them.

Umpqua on 06/08/2015:
I struggle with cravings too, especially when I get overtired. Your menu for today looks wonderful!

liza36 on 06/08/2015:
I think that's what happened to me - I was just way too tired. It's so hard to fight anything when you're exhausted.

puddles on 06/08/2015:
I also know what you are talking about. I have notice that in eliminating all sugars from my eating and all salt except what is already in the foods purchased as make a big difference in my craving. You are doing good just keep it up and you will find your own way of cooping with it. Have a great day.

liza36 on 06/08/2015:
Thanks Puddles! In trying to eliminate sugars and some carbs I know in general it helps me, but this weekend I was way off in terms of my consumption of both. I'm back on track today.

Maria7 on 06/08/2015:
Sodium weight can linger 2 or 3 days...glad you are moving on from it.

liza36 on 06/09/2015:
I didn't realize that it can linger that long. So glad to know, because I've been discouraged these past few days.

liza36 - Thursday Jun 04, 2015

Weight: 176.8

I have been doing so well, and then this week my energy levels just haven't been there basically since last Saturday.  I spent Saturday and Sunday doing what I absolutely needed to do and took some long naps.  I've missed a few jazzercise classes, but made it to my training session on Tuesday.  Right before my appointment with the trainer, a kick boxing class was starting and so I did 30 minutes of that.  Wow, it kicked my butt.  I loved it, but it was pretty intense for my fitness level.  I've enjoyed trying new things, so I'll do it again.

Yesterday was the first since recommitting to diet and exercise that I had a "binge".  I was making dinner to take to some people from church - pasta, bread, chocolate chip cookies - all things I currently don't have at home or eat - and I wouldn't say I went crazy, but I did "sample" it all several times!  With every bite I was thinking what it was doing to the scale, yet I made the conscious decision to eat it.  It all tasted so good, and I realized how much I miss some of those things.  Yet I know I can't go back to that way of eating.  This morning the scale said the same thing as yesterday, and I'm not sure if a gain will show tomorrow, but I'm telling myself that it's ok.  One meal will not undo the rest of my journey. 

I spent some time yesterday going through closets and cleaning/organizing them in preparation for my company at the end of this month.  I had to move the treadmill out of the guest bedroom and into a closet, so I could turn the room back into a guest bedroom.  I took the opportuntiy to really go through some clothes that have been there for so long that I will truly never wear again, and I have 2 bags full to donate. It feels good to get rid of larger clothes and be determined never to be that size again.  Some things I've held on to...maybe in time I will get rid of them too.


Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

cybermom4 on 06/04/2015:
You are doing terrific - your honesty is moving!! Congratulations on cleaning out your clothes!!

puddles on 06/04/2015:
Binging a scary word. I also have to clean my closet also to make room for my old clothes of smaller sizes. Your doing Ok just keep working it. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 06/04/2015:
Busy busy!

biscottibody59 on 06/04/2015:
Congrats on the loss--keep up the good work!

Maria7 on 06/05/2015:
Cleaning out closets is a BIG JOB! That is something I've been doing lately, too. :-)

Umpqua on 06/08/2015:
Cleaning out closets is always a big activity and I always feel like a weight has been lifted when I get rid of stuff I know I won't use. I hope this is a good week for you!

liza36 - Friday May 29, 2015

Weight: 178.8

What a busy week!  Work, doctor appointments, car repairs and house repairs have dominated this week.  I've managed to get in Jazzercise twice, yoga twice, and I've met with the trainer twice.  I'm exhausted! I have another busy weekend but I really hope for some down time.

I have stayed steady with my diet, and holding at 178.8 for about 3 days now.  I was surprised to see 178 the other day, was up to 180 the next day (I tried really hard not to let that get me down) and it seemed that was water retention from too much sodium I guess, I was back down the next day.  I was hoping 178 was not a flook - it's seemed to stick, which I'm really happy about.

Yesterday I had to run to the mall to return a few things, and a jacket and blouse caught my eye, which I had to stop and try on.  It was a regular size, not a women's plus size.  I thought there is no way this is going to fit...but it fit, and fit comfortably!  (I didn't buy it, by the way - just had a very expensive car repair.) I am also wearing a few clothes that I haven't worn in 2-3 years.  I usually dread summer because I never seem to have anything that fits me to wear.  But this year I have options, and from my own closet!

I am so amazed at this NSV (non-scale victory). I don't think I look different, or even feel that much different but my clothes are fitting so much better.  I am amazed, although I shouldn't be, that my body is responding so well to the changes I've been making.  I do feel good!

Progress as of today: 44 lbs lost so far, only 43.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 05/29/2015:
Awesome work, Liza! Your determination is really playing off and you should be very proud. Enjoy wearing your new-old clothes!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/30/2015:
A non-scale victory may be the best kind...you probably have more muscle, a lot more, which would def make you look thinner. Congrats!

Just like I told another DD member, I also also right alongside you...I don't plan to make many, if any, clothing purchases this summer...I hope to wear most items from last summer which would also be straight from my closet :) I just wanna enjoy summer, maybe stay mostly outta the mall, maybe start walking more once my ankle mends, and hopefully drop a few pounds...last item will be the most difficult for me :)

biscottibody59 on 05/30/2015:
Excellent work--enjoy your day!

Maria7 on 06/01/2015:
Reading your entry brought back memories from years ago when I went from wearing plus sizes to regular sizes. I was around the weight you are now. At the time, my fav store was Lane Bryant, I think it was, at the mall. It felt so strange to simply walk by that store where I'd bought clothes for so long and not go in when I began wearing regular sized clothing! I remember how happy I was! I am so happy for you! :-)

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:

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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!

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!

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.

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