13 February 2013

Mid Week Check In

So my weigh-in days are now Sunday.
But I check in on Wednesdays to see if I'm on track. I know they say to only weigh in once a week and it can be too neurotic etc to weigh in more than once a week and the scale isn't everything and yadda yadda yadda.  I know all that, but I'm still weighing in on Wednesdays and Sundays.  Sunday is my official weigh in, though.

The main reason I'm doing it is to see how my weight fluctuates during the week. Am I typically higher on the weekends and lower mid week? What about shark week (AKA that time of the month)? So rest assured I'm not going crazy and I wont be weighing myself in twice a week for the rest of my life.

But on the weigh in front, good news!  Down 1 pound! Woo!  I was at 211.9, then for 2 weigh ins I was up to 212.4 (which is only a .5 difference), and now I'm down to 211.1!! Yeah!

I'm hoping that by Sunday I'll be down to 210.  How exciting would that be?! I've already lost my 5 pounds for February, and the month is only half over! Now, I don't expect that I'll loose another 5 pounds this month (even though that would be awesome!), but I don't think it's crazy to hope for 3 more.  Rounding it out to an even 8 pounds for the month of February would be a great start to my new, healthy lifestyle!  Besides, it's always good to be ahead of the game!

I'm also pleased to say that I worked out last night.  I'm not doing too great on consistency with workouts, so that's something to work on, but my eating has been spot on (most days).  I did 45 minutes of cardio last night and I'm planning on hitting the gym again tonight.

One thing I do need to focus on is getting more strength training in my routine.  I know I'm not great at it because it takes extra time and I'm not great at building those routines.  But I can easily add squats, push ups, lunges and a few other arm & ab work outs to my routine easily enough.  It doesn't have to be a complicated set of movements or a hard to remember exercise.  It can and should be simple and I can and should start slow.

My boyfriend is doing great on the eating front, too. He talked me out of pizza and keeping candy around the house for "after dinner treats" - I was so proud of him!  It's great having him on board with it, he really helps motivate me.  I just need to try to get him to work out more.  But it's the same with me, really. Eating on point, but not working out as much as we should.  We'll get there!  We're only 2 weeks in!

So this weekend he has 3 days off in a row, so I'm taking Monday off (President's day).  It'll be pretty great for us to both have a 3 day weekend together!  Pretty rare, too, since usually he only has 1 weekend day off with me.  I'm going to kidnap him one morning to go hiking, I think.  We haven't done that in a while and we could both use the exercise.  Plus it's supposed to be gorgeous this weekend! Mid 70's and sunny!  Can't beat that!

So the plan is to keep doing what I'm doing nutritionally, and add in more exercise.  I'm thinking I'd like to get a membership to a real gym again, since our apartment complex gym is small  We have quite a few machines: 3 treadmills, 2 bikes, 2 ellipticals, a ski machine, a 4-station weight bench, a ball and a full set of free weights... but it's all crammed into a tiny, tiny room.  Last night there were 7 people in there (including myself)... it's the most packed I've ever seen it.  

It could be the time of year (a lot of people setting New Years resolutions) or the time of day that I went... but man!  Normally it's me and maybe one or 2 other people.  So I'm going to give it a month or so and see if it get's any better.  If not, I'll consider finding a gym nearby.  The problem is that there AREN'T any gym's nearby.  The only gym between me and the office is ridiculously expensive, and the one my boyfriend goes to is a little bit of a drive, too.  But a lot of gym's have really good deals right now, so I don't want to wait too long to decide.

Anyway, that's that. More strength training, good eating, more working out.
Peace love & sunshine to you all, and happy Valentines day!

Stay Shiny!

06 February 2013

Weigh In...

So my "official" weigh in day is today.
That would be Wednesday.

Officially, my weight is 212.4 ... as of Sunday it was 211.9  which is only a 0.5 pound difference. PRETTY AWESOME!!

I did a happy dance.  Especially considering that I hadn't used the loo prior to my weigh in and I was running late this morning. It happens.

I'm going to stick with my Sunday weigh in (since weight fluctuates a little bit every day) and change my official weekly weigh in day to Sunday. This is pretty exciting stuff because it means since my first weigh in on Jan 30th I've lost 4.1 pounds!  Which is pretty damn impressive for me!

I'm also proud to report that today my coworkers tried to pressure me into going to Wendy's with them and I resolutely told them no.  They threw the Frosty at me, and the fries with sea salt, and the baked potato and the chili.... but no matter what they said I kept saying no, I'm good, I have my salad.

GO ME!

I'm sad to report that I haven't worked out since Saturday.  I had full intentions of doing so last night, but I didn't get off work until 6:30, home by 7, then I finished dinner at 8 and I was in bed by 9.  I could have dedicated a 1/2 hour at 9 to work out, for sure, but I was just so sleepy!

I've actually been a lot sleepier lately.  I know that it's probably because my body is still adjusting to the reduced calorie diet and eventually I'll be fine.  For now it's an adjustment.

So: my goal is 190 by June 7th, which is 26 pounds, and I'm going strong, 4.1 pounds down,  which leaves only 21.9 pounds to lose in about 4 months. WHEE!

Stay Shiny!

04 February 2013

Mid-Week Update

I know it's not Wednesday yet. Surprise!
I wanted to post a mid-week update this week because I've got some things going on.

I decided to weigh in on Sunday, just to see where I'm at, and according to my scale I'm at 211.9 - down a whole 4.1 pounds!  Now, I don't want to get too excited about that.  I mean, when I weigh in my set up is the same - I'm as naked as a newborn, there's no food in my tummy and I've used the loo.  Am I skewing the results a little? Probably, but as long as all that remains the same every time I weigh in, I'm not going to worry about inconsistent weigh ins.

Moving on, that was really exciting news.  I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much because my "official" weigh in day isn't until Wednesday (in 2 days).  I'm hoping that this same weight (or more!) reflects in my Wednesday weigh in, but again, trying not to get too excited about it.

My goal for Feb. is to drop 5 pounds... if this is right I'm practically there already.  YAY. But not yay. Forget the yay. I'm trying not to get my hopes up haha.

The thing that has really helped me recently is a fun little app called "Lose It".  What I love about the app is that it gives me an overview of my day on the home screen and shows me a calorie budget.  This is probably the best way for me personally to look at my calories, because it tells me right up front how many I've consumed and how many more I can consume.  Here's a peek at last Saturday:



The pic on the left shows you the "home" screen - you can see I still have a LOT of calories left to eat (don't worry - I didn't starve myself!)  Then when you click on that segment of the home screen, it breaks it down. (see the pic on the right)  I burned 464 calories, so it subtracts that from my total eaten calories of 1,284.  I still ate almost my max of 1,465. 

The best part about this app? It's FREE. And it's totally sexy.  I love the food icons and how easy it is to add things in.  I do wish the food options had more selections for adding... for example, I can add almonds by the piece or the cup, but not by the ounce.  For some food items it can be challenging but it's actually been a lot easier for me.

And if I don't measure my food, I err on the side of more calories rather than less, that way I can ensure that I'm not over eating.  So if I put cheese on my salad but I don't measure it, I guess high on the measurement, using up more calories and making sure that I don't go over later.  Chances are good that the higher estimate is probably more accurate anyway.

I'm slowly getting back into working out again.  It's not as easy without my dedicated bootcamp, but I'm doing pretty OK going to the complex gym so far.  I'm trying to go every other day.

Another big bonus is that I got my boyfriend on board.  He downloaded the app and weighed in yesterday, and we're going to be each others support system.  I'm a little nervous because I think he'll loose weight a lot faster and easier than me, and that's always irritating (curse you, testosterone!) but I can't let it get me down.  I just have to focus on me and keep chugging along. 

So the big push is my HS reunion - 10 years.  So far it's going to be held the 2nd weekend in June, which gives me right about 4 months to get into great shape.  I know that I won't reach my goal weight by then, but I'm going to work hard and try to be in the best shape that I can be.  I've set my goal to be down 20 pounds by the reunion, which would put me at 195 pounds.  I've been there before, and as much as I'd like to be at 180 for my reunion, I have to be realistic.

Now, if I can drop 30 pounds and be at 185 for my reunion, that would be amazing.  It's only a few extra pounds a month, but we'll see. Again, I don't want to push too hard or set unrealistic goals, but I'm going to try as hard as I can.  It would truly be amazing if I could be in a size 14 for my HS reunion.  It's not the most important thing, and sure this is a selfish goal, but I think sometimes the selfish goals are the best ones and the ones we work the hardest for.

So that's that. I'll post my weigh in update on Wednesday and let ya'll know if I'm going to keep Wed as my weigh in or move it to Sunday. Stay Shiny!