Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In Wednesday

So last week I weighed 169. This morning I weighed......169.5!! UGH!! I actually gained half a pound. I didn't do as well as I should've with my eating (hello stress!) but I don't feel like I did badly enough to actually gain half a pound! Especially since I still worked my butt off at the gym! GEEZ! I am disappointed to say the least.

Maybe my body is getting used to my cardio workouts...maybe I need to switch things up a bit by adding more. Maybe I'll start going for a few long walks/hikes with the kids during the week. Maybe I'll do 20 minutes on my recumbent bike at home before I go to bed.

I definitely need to recommit to my healthy eating. Even though I don't eat nearly as much as I did before I started loosing weight, I have really slacked off this week. I also need to get back on the veggie train....I have not done a very good job of eating my fruits and especially veggies this past month, which probably equates to me eating more carbs. So that has to change.

I was really hoping to see 167 this week. :( Maybe next week I'll see that number!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In Wednesday!

Last week I weighed 174.5 and this morning I weighed 169!!! :) A loss of 5.5 pounds!! Deep cleaning your house really burns a LOT of calories, apparently!

I am so excited! I haven't been in the 160's since I was pregnant with my first baby 12 years ago! So sad, I know, that a "low" weight for me was during a pregnancy! :( But that is the pregancy that I gained over 60 pounds and never lost any of that is the bulk of the weight tha I have held onto for all these years.

I am getting really excited now....just 30 more pounds to loose!!!! :) Half-way there!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In Wednesday

Last week I weighed 176.5. This morning I weighed 174.5. A loss of 2 pounds. :) I'll take it!

This was a much harder week for me...I struggled a lot. I asked my hubby if I was happier back when I used to eat junk food.....sometimes I wonder! Now that my emotional critch (junk food) is gone, I am having to develop new coping tools and this week I did not do that very well...thus extreme grumpiness and self-pity ensued!

Getting a more normal amount of sleep this week should help. :)

And I need to stop giving myself permission to feel sorry for myself. Yes...I am loosing weight and getting healthier everyday but feel sorry for myself that I can't eat junk! Weird, I know. I'm working on it! :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In Wednesday!

This morning I weighed 176.5!! Last week I weighed 181.5....5 whole pounds! I guess landscaping the backyard burns a whole lotta calories!! :) Just a few more weeks and I will be to my next goal of 172 and will have lost 30 pounds! :)

Woohoo for yard work and hauling pea gravel! :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Super Secret Weight-Loss Plan!

The super secret way to loose all the weight you want is....not a secret at all! The only way to loose weight, no matter what "diet" or exercise plan you subscribe to, is really very simple; burn more calories than you consume. That's it. No special formula, no super secret tips...simply burn more calories on a regular basis than you consume.

You need to burn about 3500 extra calories to loose one pound of fat. On the flip side, you ate about 3500 extra calories to gain each extra pound of fat you carry.

A healthy goal is to aim for loosing 1-2 pounds a week. That works out to burning an extra 500-1000 calories a day and/or cutting out 500-1000 calories from your regular diet. It's really that simple.

Here is a great list of 20 activities and how many calories they burn. Here is a list of a whole ton more!

Here is an awesome article from the CDC about how to make simple substitutions to cut calories in your every day diet.

Check out this great website about calories for more great information about how to lose weight...without any secrets!

It is really for reals and everything!

For the past 12 years, I have been fat. During those 12 years, I have always planned on loosing weight. Always. There have been a few times where I have lost weight, and even then, I always planned to loose loose all the extra weight.

My planning has included doing things like buying clothes in smaller sizes (since I planned on fitting into them soon, it would be ridiculous to buy clothes in my actual size!) and having plenty of "eat-all-you-want" weekends since I was planning on starting my new, healthy lifestyle soon!

Planning to loose weight for all these years has gotten me a few tubs full of now outdated clothes that I have really never worn in sizes I have never really been since BTF (Before The Fat,) and plenty of extra pounds enjoying those "last" binge weekends!

After years and years of planning but never really doing, I find myself sort of assuming that this time is just more "planning." I have to actually pinch myself and remember that, "Hey! You are REALLY making this happen! This time is different!"

It feels so good to have quit planning and to actually be on the road to loosing weight and becoming super healthy!! It feels really good to know I have continued to work hard and stick to my plan! It's awesome to think I have already lost 20 pounds....and now only have about 40 to go! It also feels a little scary.

This journey of changing my life for the better is not what comes easy to me. It is not my natural state to think about the food I put in my mouth. It takes dedication and effort to get to the gym every day and work out my hardest.

This process and journey is scary because it requires trust: I have to trust myself to stick with it...I have to have faith that I will. That may sound silly since I am the one in charge of my choices, but I am not really the most consistent person on the planet!! I make lots of totally awesome, rock'n plans....and then let those plans fall through after short periods of time.

Don't get me wrong, I am SUPER committed to loosing ALL the extra weight and being SUPER healthy and strong!!!!!!! I am NOT going to give up!! I am going to be on this journey until I reach my goals...then continue on in the land of Healthtopia for the rest of my life and never allow myself to become unhealthy again!!

I can trust myself.

And, I'm really doing it! I'm really, actually loosing weight and sticking to it! :) I wonder how much longer I will have to remind myself of this fact!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Weigh-In Wednesday

So last week I weighed I weigh 181.5. I lost a whole half of a pound. Woo.

It was an "off" week. I had to cut a few workouts a bit short due to time constraints. It was also one of my kids' birthdays and we made 3 different treats for him and ordered pizza. Although I did better with eating than I would've before I started my health journey, I still over-indulged more than I should've. A half of a pound lost is still a I need to feel happy about that! I need to step it up a bit this week and make more happen! :)