Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Weigh-in and Turkey Day!

I weighed in on Wednesday, conveniently before the food festivities that are Thanksgiving Day! I lost 2.4 pounds last week! Which I am thankful for because I gained the week before last! Thankfully this loss was more than I had gained before, so I am back to making progress.

The week I gained I was going over my food journal with my counselor, and she informed me that I was slipping back into my old habits, and I realized that she was right!!! It was a MAJOR wake-up call for me! I have done this before, I become successful in weight loss and I start letting my guard down and the next thing you know I have gained it all back. Well I can't let that happen this time!

 I realized that if it weren't for my counseling I'd be in real danger of gaining all my weight back.

 I remembered that this is going to be a lifelong battle and I can NEVER let me guard down.  

 I realized that I will always have to have someone to hold myself accountable too, not always the counselor that I see now, but someone, my hubby, a trusted friend, or someone in my family!

This week,  energized by my return to losing I made a game plan for Turkey Day, and I am proud to say that fore the most part, I stuck to it! The plan:

  1. USE MY PLATE, even if I got seconds in the plate that was OK, just use it. Even seconds in the plate, is not as big as filling up a regular plate
  2. Tiny desserts, and little-to-no between dinner snacking

I did really well, at my in-laws house i did not use the plate, but I eyeballed it really well, and I only got TINY seconds of one thing. I had a very small piece of the pumpkin pie. At my mother's house I did so-so, I used my plate, and I did not get seconds but I was not successful in the no snacking department (cheese and crackers, carrots, a cookie and two pieces of fudge BEFORE Dinner) and then for dessert I had two pieces of fudge after dinner)  The really good news though is that my whole family played kickball together! IT WAS AWESOME!!! It was really good exercise, there were several times I was pretty out of breath and I broke into a sweat as well, so I know I burned at least a few hundred calories! I think my family really enjoyed it and I hope they are down for doing it again next year!

The part I didn't plan for was the eating of the leftovers! But I have been using my plate to do so and NO seconds! SO hopefully that will be OK! I plan to get as many workouts as possible in over this weekend and Monday, because my weigh-in is on Tuesday- BEFORE I go to Zumba! Anyway, that is my Turkey-Day update! I plan to step up my exercise and strictness in regards to eating for the next several weeks, as I want to lose as much as I can between now and the New Year!

As always, I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


It has come to my attention that I have not posted on the blog in ages. That does not mean that I have not been working hard on my weight loss goals! As of this morning, I have lost 57 lbs. my weight loss numbers are approaching two important milestones:  When I lose 3 more pounds I'll have lost 60 pounds....SIXTY!!! I can't believe I have lost this much weight. Of course I desperately wanted to, that is what this blog and journey are all about; and it has taken me longer than I had hoped. I had always hoped that by the year anniversary of this blog I would have lost the 100 pounds I am aiming for! However, as I approach 60 lbs, I am not feeling so bad about that! I am feeling like, I'm still going to make it there, and it doesn't matter how long it takes me!

The other milestone I am about to reach is a big one. Now I have hesitated to put in references to my actually weight on this blog. For fear that some industrious person might starting adding things up and figure out what my starting weight was, even though its clearly obvious that I weighed a lot, you don't need to lose 100 pounds if you aren't that heavy to begin with. This milestone is so exciting though, that I no longer care if anyone figures out my starting weight. In 8.1 lbs... I'll be UNDER 200!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! granted that will give me 199.9, but it will be under 200! I haven't been under 200 in at least 5 years. I am so excited!

I am not doing anything different as of late. I am sticking to the plan my nutritionist gives me and trying not to cheat too much. I am also still doing Zumba twice a week and plan on becoming an instructor as an accomplishment to mark that I have become "fit" and not just thin!  Although, this week has been a little hectic and I only did Zumba last Sunday and that was it! 

In other news I have a recipe to review! My friend, Queen Bee, as she is known on this blog gave me this awesome low-fat, low sugar ice cream recipe, that she got from her sister in law. 

1 container of fat free cool whip, completely thawed out
1 package fat free/sugar free jello pudding mix–I used chocolate fudge!
1) Mix together slowly, ensuring all of the mix is incorporated into the cool whip.
2) Freeze.
3) Eat.
So it is pretty awesome!! I used the lite cool whip instead of fat free, because I am more concerned about my sugar intake than my fat.  Next time I make it I will dissolve the pudding in a splash of milk and then fold it in to the whip topping. I think it will just make it a little creamier and help the pudding get integrated into the whip topping better.  I am also going to experiment with other pudding flavors and maybe even jello. My mom had the idea that mixing in jello might make it taste like a creamier sherbet. Orange jello would probably taste like a creamsicle and I love those. I am going to do some experimenting and report back what is good.  Anyway, I just used plan chocolate, It was delicious and the perfect light dessert 4 nights this past week!  
That is all i have for now! I'll try to post more often! You'll definitely be hearing from me when I break below that 200 mark! And I promise to post a picture again soon! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


This week's lose 4.8 lbs! 


50.4 lbs lost!!!!!!

I am so excited!  Thanks to everyone for the support in helping me get this far!    49.6  pounds to go!!! 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lots of Catching Up to do!

I have been a bad blogger! I haven't updated this in such a long time! Lots has happened since I last posted. I  went to Milwaukee where I totally fell off the program and gained 3lbs! :(

Then the next week I got back on track and lost 2.4 pounds of what I had gained! Not everything, but pretty good.

This week I have been very sick and I haven't been eating like i should, I was worried though that it might have really slowed down my metabolism. But I am happy to say i lost 5.8 lbs this week!  My nutritional counselor warned me however that i will gain 2 or 3 of these pounds back once I start eating normally again.

I am cruising right along, I have now lost a total of 45.6 lbs! I am almost half way to reaching my goal. Being at the halfway point is so exciting. I have made it through the first half of the challenge, I know I can make it the rest of the way.

Hopefully I don't backtrack too much next week when my appetite comes back!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Last week's update

Last Week:LOST = 3.4 lbs!!!!!!!

This week: LOST= 1.4lbs!!!!!!! 

This brings my total weight loss from October 2010 to 41.8 lbs!!!  and my weight loss since beginning my nutritional counseling program (just 6 weeks ago) is 17.6 lbs!!! 

I am really excited about my success, and I don't want to get ahead of myself, I still have a lot to lose!

But I am starting to worry about the sustainability factor. This is not the first time I have lost 40 lbs. .... it is actually the third time. Twice before I lost 40 lbs... and then..... gained it back..... PLUS some more weight on top.... THAT CAN NOT HAPPEN AGAIN!

I won't let it. So I have been thinking about some of the rules/lessons I have learned from my past failures, and from my current counseling.

1. The idea that if you don't weigh yourself the weight isn't there is NOT GOOD! I can't hide in a hole and pretend it is not happening, not if i have any hope of keeping this off. I am going to continue to weigh in each week and MAINTAIN my weight. This will be a lifelong change!

2. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for MY CALORIES! Because this IS a lifelong change I realize that I am not going to go the rest of my life without a brownie, or a milkshake or whatever. But I have to take responsibility for that, something has to give when i do that, so that means an extra zumba class, or whatever it takes to make up the difference.

3. PORTIONS and MODERATION: the new portion sizing that I am learning has to be a lifelong change! I can't go back to the portions i used to it, mostly because they were totally out of whack and no one should be eating the portions i used to eat. AND my treats have to be in moderation, "cheating" should be occasional, not a couple times a week or even once a week!

I think if I stick to these 3 rules then I should have no trouble keeping this weight off. But of course I have to take it off first... and I still have 63 lbs to go!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Weekly Weigh In and update

LOST: 5.6 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I am sooo excited! I am really getting closer and closer to my goal!

My counseling is really helping. I am learning to change my behaviors and because I have to be accountable to my counselor, i take responsibility for everything I eat! My counselor totally agreed with my idea from last week, its OK to have a funnel cake once a year especially if i take ownership over the calories and burning them off! I was at 712 calories by Saturday, i took a forty minute bike ride with Alistair last night, and while I'm didn't look it up, i bet it was pretty close to the last 188 that I needed to make up for my fair food!

I had some other good stats yesterday too. in the past 4 weeks, I've take 2.5 inches from my waist,1.5 inches from my right thigh, and .25 inches each from my bust and hip....slam slam does not approve of the loss in the bust category! LOL!!!

I really feel like I am going to make it this time!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Weekly Update

GAINED 2 LBS!!!!  :(

So this update is a little behind, I weighed in on last Tuesday (the 16th) and I had gained two pounds! We were visiting my mamaw in Kentucky and I had a totally meltdown. I'd love to blame her good southern cooking, but I can't. I actually started out really well, using the right portions and everything. but then, I had forgotten my plate, and my "eyeing" of portions got a little out of whack. I ate a piece of cheesecake for my uncle's bday, which I thought would be ok because we played a rousing game of kickball afterwards for about an hour!

Sunday is when I really fell apart, pizza, ice cream, and goulash. it was bad news. We didn't do enough exercise to burn off all that bad. so.... there you go!

My counselor told me that if I had just splurged once over the weekend it would have been fine, but since I am still trying to lose, it was just too much!  I hope I can do better this week.

So far I have been to Zumba twice, done my stretching routine twice, and gone to water aerobics. Now before I seem all saintly, you should now, the main factor in my decision to go to water aerobics, was the fact that I ate 2/3s of a funnel cake  and a corn dog at the fair! IT WAS DELICIOUS.

This was not a moment of weakness. I looked up what the average funnel cake is in calories (none of you want to know this but I am telling you anyway, 760 calories, not sure how to estimate the corndog, as it had a TON of breading on yummy.  Anyway, I only get state fair style corn dogs once a year at the fair, same for the funnel cake so I decided to plan for it. I figure if I can stick to the plan the rest of the time, and exercise EXTRA this weekend, I can make up for it.

I really want this to be a lifestyle change, I do not intend to go the rest of my life and never have another funnel cake! But I do intend to be mindful of what the calories are and take responsibility for burning them off.   My goal for the weekend is to burn 900 calories in order to make up for the Funnel Cake and Corn Dog! I'm doing ok so far.

I walked about 4,000 steps at the fair = approx 240 calories
Water Aerobics =472

That equals 712, only 188 calories to go!!!  I totally think I can accomplish this goal! I plan to do an aerobic video at home tonight, and perhaps tomorrow too.

I weigh in on Tuesday at 7pm, so I'll probably take a "last chance" bike ride with the Dude Monkey on the back on Monday evening, just to seal the deal!

I don't want to start believing its ok to eat whatever I want, but I also don't want to feel like I can never have certain things again. I really believe if you plan for it and take responsibility for making it up, then you can do it! I guess we will see if I am right on Tuesday! I'll let you all know what happens!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Weekly Update

Don't have time for a full post right now..... but the program I am on is AMAZING! and it is really getting results!

Weekly Weight Loss: 4.2 POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!! 


Goals for next week:
1. One strength training work out
2. Two ZUMBAs!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday Weigh-In and Weekly Wrap-Up


It feels so good to be posting again after just a week! I hope I'll be back in the blogging swing of things!  That may not seem like much weight loss, but the scale hasn't really gone down since February, and any time since then that it did go down was because it had gone UP the week before, so no net weight loss there. The sure sign of the negative effect all this yo-yoing has had on me is that my body fat percentage is up nearly 2 percentage point. BUT, Seeing the scale move in the right direction feels really good! so i know i can gain that ground back.

Tonight I go back to my nutritional counselor for a check-in/weigh-in. For the purposes of the blog I am going to use the same weigh-in procedure that I have been doing, on my scale, first thing on Wednesday mornings. Here's why, last week I weighed in the morning on my scale in the am, and weighed X lbs, at 7 pm that night I weighed in on their scale and weighed X+5 lbs. I know that weight can fluctuate dramatically throughout the day, and every scale is different. So for the purposes of this blog and being consistent with it I am going to do what I have always been doing.  I haven't decided how I am going to track what the weigh-ins from my nutritional counseling are, or how i should report them here. wouldn't it be weird if my AM weight says I lost just one pound tonight, and when I go to them tonight it says I have lost more?!?!?

Anyway, this is all i have time for today. I'll go into how my eating is going another time, but SOON!


My Magic Plate- Filled with Healthy Stuff! 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Getting Back on Track!

I have been a terrible blogger and have not been so great at losing weight lately. I have been having a terrible time getting and staying motivated. I also haven't been able to think of anything to write. and to be honest I really couldn't fess up to the fact that I wasn't losing weight and what's worse, that I didn't really feel like doing anything about losing weight.

Over the last couple weeks I have been feeling more motivated. I've been getting up a couple days a week to work out in the morning, and have been tracking what i eat (a little more at least). and I am decently pleased that after all this time and lack of effort, I have only gained back .8 lbs. BUT I also have made NO REAL PROGRESS.... really since like March!

Well Friday, totally by chance something happened that I hope will get my back on track. I got my daily deal from living social deals... and it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up! More than 80% off of 12 weeks of one-on-one Nutritional counseling and customized nutrition program. The average weight loss after the 12 weeks is 30 lbs. I know I have a lot more weight than that to lose, but 30 lbs is better than ZERO pounds and hopefully this experience will give me the tools I need to lose all the weight that I want to lose!

I really want to lose 35 more lbs before I see my endocrinologist in Mid-November. I think that is do able. It is about 2 lbs a week, starting next week.  I hope I can reach that goal!

I am also going to continue with my at-home morning workouts. I am going to aim for 3 times a week. Then I also want go to at least ONE class per week at the gym and twice to the gym for NON-class workouts.  I know that sounds like a lot, but I can't expect to lose 78 lbs by sitting around.

My first appointment with the nutritional counselor is this WEDNESDAY! I really hope this will be what I need to kick-start my weight loss.

I plan to post again later this week to report on my first counseling session.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Weekly Update

This first week of June did not quite go as planned. But I did make progress from the weeks before, when I was not working out, and was not tracking.

I only tracked 2 days this week. Not great, but better than zero. I am still trying to figure out why my google calendar is not reminding me when i have it set too! not sure whats wrong there.

I did ONE "2-a-day".... and that was the only day I did really workouts....

I was active on some of the other days... but did not do an actually workout. So far, June is not going well!
I don't know what I need to do to get my motivation back.... but I need to do something!

Thanks to Kim for the canoe-trip idea... it is a great idea, but i have to admit, I am a little nervous about doing that, I have never done it! But I'm going to take it under advisement!

No one else has given me any ideas..... COME ON PEOPLE!! I need more ideas!!! I have a long time and a LOT of pounds to go and I need your help!!!

Next week I am hoping to meet my "2-a-day" goal! and track more!!!

I am also going to do some "office" exercises... i'll let you know how those go!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Long Overdue Update

I have been a completely delinquent blogger. Not only that, I have been pretty delinquent on my weight loss journey.

I have not been working out as much as I should have been and I have not been doing daily challenges. I have done a few things that are adventure worthy, a three mile charity walk for suicide prevention, the "Mutt Strutt" which is a 2.5 mile walk for the local Humane Society,  and just this weekend I went on a walk at Fort Harrison and did some geocaching with Cloud Dancing's Heartsong, her sister, and the Dude Monkey! It was great fun!

I also have not been keeping track of food very well. I have to get back on track with that. I had set up reminders on my phone for each meal... but for some reason I turned them off. Maybe turning them back on will help. Although half of the time, I just ignored them. Any ideas for keeping me on track with my food tracking... PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!!!

I have still have not weighed in, but i did check my measurements. Since the last time I measured, I lost a half inch on my thighs, and gained .25 of an inch on my arm (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) and my waist and bust stayed the same.  So overall, I think things are going ok in the weight department. My clothes are still fitting the same.

I am probably not gaining weight, but I don't think I am really losing any weight. I am going to weigh in this week, and take note of how I am doing.  Hopefully I haven't slid backward too much. I think this "no scale" plan backfired a little, because I took a little more license to cheat than I would have without it.

I feel I need to energize my work out a little. My "daily" challenge for June is going to be to workout BEFORE work FOUR days a week and on two of those days, I do a "2 a day" where I work out in the evening as well as in the morning.

I have not decided on a monthly adventure for June. I am thinking about making it water aerobics... but I am open to suggestions.

I am going to really try to update more. It is hard now that the weather is nice I am spending a lot of time outside with the Dude Monkey!

I look forward to your advice on the food tracking and the monthly adventure!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Not so good at giving up the scale

So I totally failed at giving up on the scale... I couldn't take it.. I had to know.

So I lost almost 2 pounds. Which is great... but I still want to try this scale free living for a while. So I am trying again. I am going a month without a weigh -in but I am going to take Kim's advice and keep track of more of my body measurements, mainly my arms, bust and thighs (in addition to the waist measurement)

Also I realized this morning that I haven't posted a pic of my progress in a long time. I have a long way to go still obviously. But when I look back at that very first picture, I can tell a difference.

April 2011

August 2010

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Progress Report

I know I haven't blogged in a bit. I have been a little discouraged lately. The numbers on the scale just aren't going down the way i'd like them to.  I continue to feel better, look thinner and lose a little bit in my waist measurements. And even though those things are great, and better than my starting point it is disheartening. Two weeks ago I gained a half of a pound.. which is not that much of a gain, I know.. but it was still upsetting.

I have not let that disappointment stop me though. Slam-Slam has joined the gym and now we go to the gym together at least twice a week. I need to get back to classes, because I burn more calories in those.

I have decided to banish the scale for a little bit. I have been reading about other ways to measure success on SparkPeople!  Mainy the articles talk about how to stay motivated by things other than the number on the scale.

They mention waist measurements and wellness measurements as possible alternatives.  I have already been keeping track of my waist measurements, so I'll keep doing that.  I am not sure about the wellness measurements, they may be a little too subjective for me...I need something that I can ensure has some consistency.

My new updates are going to be about my calories in and out, the differences in my waistline and (i'll make note of any size changes), once a month a scale update. I'll also give updates on my challenge and adventure updates.

I have not been doing my April daily challenges, the evenings have just been too busy to get out on the bike, I think I need to save that challenge for a month with more sunlight later in the evening.  The new daily challenge is going to have to do with sit ups! EEK!

Also, my adventure is getting moved to another month. I think April is going to be adventure free :(
But I am thinking about focusing my May adventures will be the 2 charity walks that I am doing, and June can be disc golf month. I do plan to try to go geocaching at least once before April is over.

This is all I have to report for the last 2 weeks or so. Next week I'll report on challenges, adventures, average daily calorie intake, my waist measurement and weekly calories burnt total! Then about Mid may we will get on the scale again and see how I did!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March Adventure: Geocaching!

I officially love geocaching! My friend Knitia suggested geocaching for my March adventure and I decided to take her suggestion. I am so glad that I did. It is like treasure hunting! I love it! Saturday I embarked on finding my first cache! I went to Sahm park where there was a cache "just off the trail." I found out that the compass app I installed on my phone was not accurate. I found a radar app that worked, unfortunately I didn't not figure this out before I took the LONG way around to get to the cache.  However, I suppose that going the long way around gave me a better work out.

 Here is a demonstration of my path:

The Red Mark is the location of the Cache, where the blue dash line starts on the far right is
where I started, moving from right to left. You can see how I went the LONG way around!

I got a little cut up by thorns, and broke two nails trying to open the cache, but I still had so much fun. 
After I got home I couldn't wait to find more caches. So I got online to see what other caches were around and found there was one in Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, one of my very favorite places to hike. So I loaded Dude Monkey and we went to find the cache. We found this one very easily. It wasn't very far down the trail, which was not great for getting a good work out, but was ok, because it was FREEZING!  Here are some pictures of the caching! I really like this hobby and I think I am going to keep doing it in addition to my other challenges and adventures! Cloud Dancings Heartsong likes it too, so I think we are going to do it together. 

To learn more about geocaching visit:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Weekly Weigh In

I am very happy to report that I have lost another 1.2 pounds! That puts my total at 27lbs!! HOORAY!

I haven't checked my other stats recently, but I will next week!

So, I have been eating pretty well. I hadn't been tracking but i am getting back in the habit with that, and I am gearing up to increase my exercise. Slam-Slam is going to join the gym with me so that should increase the amount of time that i go! I am still planning to continue my Total body conditioning class and my zumba class each week!

I have also selected my upcoming challenges and adventures:


March Challenge: Only sit on my stability ball at home

March Adventure: TBD Geocaching!!

April Challenge: Take a bike ride with dude monkey everyday (except bad weather)

April Adventures: Learn to play Disc Golf

In addition to these things I am doing the 2011 Mutt Strut with Queen Bee and Cloud Dancings Heartsong, along with our pooches!

that is all that is happening right now. I am also terribly behind in watching the joy fit club members getting inducted. that was my inspiration for this whole thing, along with my friend Punchy Brewser! So I'll get caught up on that and tell you what i learn! 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Delinquent Blogger

I have been an incredible blog slacker! I have not been tracking my food, and I have not been blogging! I have still been exercising (I even exercised on my vacation!!) and I am happy to report that during this little blog hiatus I have NOT GAINED! I only lost .4 pounds... but that is better than gaining, especially given i spent a week in Hawaii, and while I exercised a few times I ate pretty much whatever i wanted!

I have a lot of updating to do, and I pormise to do it this weekend! In the mean time I desperately need ideas for daily challenges and adventures!

I have some ideas (dodgeball league for example) but there are timing issues with doing them right away! I'd love to squeeze in some adventure this month!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Weigh In Update

I know I have been a terrible blogger this month. But I have lost weight. I lost the two pounds that I gained plus one more. so i have finally reached my 25 pound goal!!!! HOORAY!  Now I get my prize, a date night of my choosing. My husband and I are about to go on a special vacation, and I think that will be a perfect opportunity to have that date. 

I also have some other important number updates:

I lost 0.4% body fat ! 
I also lost ONE inch of my waist! 

and since the beginning of this journey I have decreased my BMI by 3.9 points! 

I am so happy that I am still making progress. I am really committed to making more.  It has taken me longer than I expected to get this far and I am really hoping I can start to make more consistent  progress! 

While on our trip I hope to be able to incorporate some really fun and different kinds of exercise! 

I'll post more on that next time! 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Weekly Weigh In and update

I know I am a really bad blogger. I should have weighed in last week but I was too depressed. Last week I GAINED TWO POUNDS! I so thought I was over that yo-yo hump. but apparently NOT. There is a little good news, I lost 1 pound this week. So I am only one pound up from two weeks ago.

I would love to say that I don't know how this happened... but I do. Last week the weather was terrible and everything was closed. I didn't work out as much as i normally do. To my credit I did work out ONCE, i burnt 246 calories. But i should have worked out more to make up for the good cardio workouts that i usually get. ALSO, instead of eating really healthy. I ate like TOTAL crap! I was like on calorie holiday or something.

I got back on track last weekend and I lost one of those pounds that I gained. I am doing the stair challenge again this month since i didn't do it at all, not sure what my adventure is going to be yet.

I hope I can buckle down and start getting this weight OFF!!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Weekly Weigh-in and update

Pounds Lost: FOUR!!!!! (HOORAY, one pound away from my 25 lb prize)

Inches on my waist and % Body Fat- - i've decided to only check these measurements once a month....

100% Food Tracking- I'm a big slacker on this this week. I was at 100%, this week I am probably only at like 20% to be honest. I have no idea how I was able to lose without tracking only to say that I did calculate each meal before i ate, so i did have a rough idea of where I was. I don't want this to set a bad precedent though. I am recommitting to 100% food tracking.

January Daily Challenge- EPIC FAIL!!!! I haven't even done it ONE TIME! so this challenge will be repeated in february and this time i actually need to do it! I am going to make a real effort to start doing it now through the end of the month and then maybe increase the amount  each week in February.

January Monthly Adventure- Cross Country Skiing is a no go this month as i can't find a place to ski that rents equipment. Maybe if we get another good snow, i'll go up to Ft. Wayne, there is a place up there.  Ice Skating, hasn't happened yet, but I am going this weekend.

That's all I got for now!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Quick Weekly Weigh In and Update

Lost 1 pound.... Hopefully i'll be off this roller coaster i have been on for the last two months.

I also measured my waist a couple days ago, I lost ONE WHOLE INCH off my waist since the last time a checked, about a month ago! YAY!

I have been utterly failing on my daily stairs challenge, i'll have to do it again next month if i don't get better about it.  I have missed the last two zumba days, but i am going to turbo kick tonight and of course will be going to the class from you know where on saturday. So I am staying pretty on track.

Food tracking is up and down, i'll be great a couple days and then bad a couple days. Going to spend sometime catching up on that tonight I think. Other than that.. I am chugging slowly along.

I think the biggest lesson for me over the past month has been, the number on the scale is not the ONLY measure of success. I am so happy that my % of body fat is dropping and my waist measurement. those are victories too...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lesson Learned

Exercising is going so well. But I have to start being smarter about what I eat before I work out... .the lesson of the day....

burritos and turbo kickboxing DO NOT MIX!

It was AWFUL!!! I was a mess. I thought I was going to BARF! I couldn't do very much of the jumping or anything.  It was bad news.

I did some googling and found a really helpful article on the subject:

I like it because it has different recommendations depending on how much time you have before your workout. I'll definitely be taking the advice in this article.

 In other news, I can't find a place to do cross country skiing in Indianapolis where I can rent the ski gear. I know of a place in Ft. Wayne, so I could go there, but I am not sure when.....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Weekly Weigh in

Pounds Lost- 0
BUT.... I lost 1 % of body fat....

I am not sure what is up with this. Knitia and I waxed philosophical about this for like 20 minutes yesterday. Overall, I am pleased with last week. I burnt over 2500 calories in my various workouts.  I also achieved nearly 100% food tracking... id say I was about at 98% and I didn't go over my calories. I have no explanation for this weeks lack of weight loss. But the only thing to do is push on. I am starting to get discouraged, I was hoping to have hit 25 pounds by now. but I am doing everything I can do.

I did not go to Zumba yesterday as we had some weather. but i have a Wii game called "My Fitness Coach" and I did that. I need to pump up the difficulty level though. I definitely didn't get the calorie burn that I get from Zumba of Total Body Conditioning.

So the vote is in and the monthly challenge is stairs 5 extra times a day. Tomorrow cloud dancing's heartsong and I are going to the gym, we maybe going to this Turbo Kick class that we went to last week. I like it a lot. I really think if you have a lot of weight to lose I really recommend a group fitness class. You stay motivated, accountable and they work you way harder than you would work yourself.

Also, I have not forgotton my adventures. We have some snow so I am going to look into cross country skiing ASAP.

Hopefully next week has some more measurable progress.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Weekly Weigh In

Pounds Lost: ONE

Still need to lose the other pound I gained to get back to where I was. 

I think this week will be much better. I have been doing really well with my food tracking and have already done Zumba and a Turbo Kick class this week. 

I am really looking forward to this weeks weigh in.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Food Tracking and Goals for the Future!

So food tracking is still not up to par. I know that food tracking and calorie watching are ABSOLUTELY key to this weight loss thing. The latest addition of the joy fit club was an AVID calorie counter and lost 122 pounds. . but i still can't seem to remember to do it consistently. I have set a timer on my phone to remind me. We will see how that goes....

I realized i never wrapped up my December Push-up Challenge. I made it to 23 push-ups.  When the holidays came around it kind of fell a part. I am going to keep push-ups as part of my regular exercise routine. 23 is MUCH better than the 3 i started out with.

I need to choose a challenge for this month, I was thinking about sit-ups, but I think i'd like to save that one for a while. I just can't handle the idea of doing a bunch of sit-ups every night. So i have to come up with something better. I am playing with the idea of stretches. My adventures for the month are 1 ice-skating adventure and assuming we get some decent snow, 1 attempt at cross country skiing.

Today, I set a long term goal. It might seem far-fetched, especially since I am horrible right now. But when I hit my goal weight I am going to become a certified Zumba Instructor. I am not sure if I'll actually ever find a part time job to teach it, but i want the certification anyway and I am sure I could find something. I have noticed that a LOT of the joy fit club people either do marathons/triathlons or become fitness trainers of some sort.  I am sure these accomplishments help them maintain their weight.

So tomorrow is weigh in. I don't know how i'll do... but we shall see.