Friday, September 30, 2016

September Results

Well this month has been a combination of good and not so good.  I've lost 3.8 pounds and 3.25 inches.  It's not where I was hoping to be at all, but it is progress.  I had about a week and a half where I was really sick and I've just come out on the other side of it.

My boyfriend just bought a house (yay!!!) and he closes today.  The house needs to be totally renovated, so I'm not sure how much of my time will be taken from that.  I plan to continue to track food and make good choices, but I'm not sure as of yet what my plan will be for exercise the next couple weeks because it all depends on how much time will be taken with renovations.  I have a lot to figure out, but this has been quite the process buying this house so I'll have a better idea of what the plan is over the next few days.

I'm very much in this and will be focused on food until I can put a better plan in place for the rest of the month.  I'm excited to get going on the house and see what I can accomplish this month!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back At It

Well I'm back!!!  Unfortunately I have put 24.4 pounds back on since my low in June '12.  It's not fun to admit that I was less than 15 pounds from my goal and now I'm 39 pounds away...not fun at all.  What's important, though, is that I'm not going to let this go any further.  Last night I just decided enough is enough.

I knew I needed to give myself a kick in the pants, so I brought out my blog started at the beginning and began to read.  It was definitely enlightening going back through the process, remembering how my life was at that point and seeing myself work through the challenges, some of which I still face today.  I read through about a year of it and definitely see how far I've come, how healthy I am compared to where I began and how I can take some of my old tools and apply them today to tackle this challenge.

One big positive I have going is I have a new man in my life!  Jim and I have been dating for nearly 6 months (September 17th will be our 6 month anniversary).  Over the past 6 years of being single I've done my fair share of dating, but nothing ever seemed to fit.  I had a lot of short lived romances, but nothing ever got serious.

Enter Jim, and it's just right.  We look at life the same way, we're both positive, we both care about health, we have similar goals in life, etc.  Jim has lost 100 pounds over the past year or so.  I couldn't be more proud of what he's accomplished and I'm very happy to have someone by my side who has been there and who is motivated to make good choices and live a healthy life.  He's very different in that regard from my ex and that makes it so much easier for me to make better choices and not have a partner who's making it challenging for me to meet my goals and constantly testing my willpower.  Jim actually makes it easier for me, which I'm incredibly grateful for.  On top of that he's just fun to be around and we always have a great time together.  No complaints from me, here he is!  :-)

Ok, back to my personal health goals.  I've set the following goals for September:

  1. Track my food daily 
  2. Eat less than 1,500 calories
  3. Workout 5 times per week
  4. Burn 12,000 calories from exercise in September
  5. Burn 3,000 calories from exercise each week
Setting specific food and exercise goals each month is what worked before, so that's what I'm doing now.  I'm going to try to get back into planning tasty meals.  Over the past few months I've tried cooking chicken in bulk, with no real plan as to what I'd eat with it, and I never wanted to eat it because it was so boring.  Tonight I'm going to the store to get what I need to make chicken curry (one of my old recipes) and I'll be making that up tonight.  It'll be baking in the oven while I get a run in.

Oh yeah, I'm a runner now!  Even though I've put on weight, I've also become a half marathoner!  I've run two so far.  One last summer and another one this June with Jim!  He actually picked up running to impress me, which is incredibly sweet.  Like I said, he's a great influence in my life.  But yeah, I enjoy running and that's definitely a frequent part of my exercise routine.

I'll be back to weekly weigh-ins and monthly measurements to track my progress.  I feel like my head is finally in the right place and I definitely have the support system to help make it happen.  I'm excited to see what I can accomplish this month!

Friday, January 2, 2015

It's a New Year!!!

Happy 2015!!!  I'm so excited and ready for this new year.  I'm not making resolutions, I'm not going to say how this is the year I will finally accomplish xyz.  I'm just going to continue to work my ass off and work toward the goals I've had set for myself for a number of months now.

2014 ended on a high note!  I lost 5.6 pounds and 7 inches in the month of December.  Nothing earth shattering, but losing weight at all in a month filled with parties and treats is definitely a win!  I have 2 more weeks left in the first month of my DietBet.  I have 1.5 pounds left to go to reach my goal and I have a feeling I'm going to crush it!  Wait and see!

Today I started a new workout.  It's a mixed martial arts program called Combat and I LOVED it!!!!  I was sweating up a storm and grinning like a fool.  :-)  I'm seriously in love with this already.  I cannot wait to workout tomorrow.  Who'd have thought I'd be this excited to workout!  It's a 60 day program and I intend to do my best to stick to it to a T.  If I'm able to go without missing a day, then I will finish up on March 2nd!

I also started officially following IIFYM (if it fits your macros) yesterday, January 1st.  I've been following it loosely for a while now, but wasn't doing a great job of sticking to it.  That's not going to be the case anymore!  I am intent on accomplishing my fitness goals this year!  I paid to get my macros calculated by a professional and my goal macros are: 1810 calories, 63g Fat, 168g Carbs and 144g Protein.  I will shoot for these same numbers every single day.  I feel the calorie and carb levels are high enough for me to enjoy some "fun" foods, in addition to the clean food I'll eat the majority of the time.  That's what I need, something I can stick to long term.  Plus, I've seen some INCREDIBLE results from people in the Facebook group I'm in, so it's not just stock photos but their actual personal results.  So I'm excited to see where this takes me!

 Last, but not least, I just wanted to share my FitBit end of day numbers.  Green across the board!!!  I'm going to do my best to hit these numbers each day as well.  I have a HIGH tendency to be sedentary outside of workouts and I need to improve that.

That's all for now!!  I'm enjoying having time off and look forward to another great workout tomorrow and yummy, healthy food!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Happy Holidays!

It's been a few weeks since my last post. This month has flown by!!! The holidays will do that to you, I suppose. Things have been going really well! I managed to lose nearly 5 pounds, leading up to Christmas, which is a HUGE win in December! I did splurge over the holiday, so it is time to buckle down. I'll be weighing myself tomorrow, just to see where I'm at after the last few days. I'll record my weight on the 31st to get my final weigh in for 2014!!!

I decided to join a 6 month DietBet. I needed a little extra push to keep me focused! My starting weight was 177.2. My goal for the entire game will be to get down to 159.5 by June 16th. My first month's goal will be 171.9 by January 16th. In case you can't tell, I'm a wee bit into numbers. Sorry I'm not sorry. 😜

One thing I'm struggling with right now is low back pain. MAJOR low back pain. It sucks. I've been stretching like nobody's business and broke out the foam roller today. Fingers crossed it makes a difference! Gotta take care of my back!

Time for sleep! Tomorrow brings yoga and more foam rolling!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Day 1 Done!!

Day 1 back on track is done!  I tracked all of my food and came in exactly where I planned.  My workout was finished before I even went to work this morning, which is an awesome feeling!  I will be getting up early and working out before work again tomorrow.  Let's do this!

I went to the grocery store after work and got some goodies.  Nothing too exciting.  I got a rotisserie chicken (I know, it's high in sodium but I still need to meal plan and needed an easy way to get in my protein until I have the opportunity to food prep).  I also got broccoli, mushrooms and onion to make a recipe from my own recipe page!  How funny it is revisiting old recipes that I wrote about years ago.

It's time for me to wind down, so I can stay on track and get up bright and early for my workout tomorrow morning.  I'm feeling positive, happy and energized.  Gotta keep the momentum going.

I'm back!!!

It has been 2 and a half years since I’ve blogged, wow how time flies!  It’s crazy to think how much my life has changed and where I’m at now compared to where I was when I started this journey 5 years ago (almost to the day!).  I’m living in another state, my home state of WI.  This is nothing new for me, I’ve been here for 4 years now, but when I started the blog I lived in a house in Indianapolis, that I owned, with a boyfriend I had been with for just over 4 years. 

Now I am single, have been for the past 4 ½ years (excluding a few short term things here and there).  I live with 2 roommates that I work with.  It’s a double edged sword.  I get help with my dogs, which is huge, since I didn’t intend to have 2 dogs and be solely responsible for making sure they get let out often enough, get exercise, etc.  So that’s a fairly large amount of work that is lessened by having roommates who also have dogs.  Plus, it is significantly cheaper than it was living alone (I’m talking $500 cheaper per month - that's $6,000 a year!!).  The flip side is that I’m a 32 year old woman and I like my independence.  I like my alone time.  You don’t get a whole lot of that with roommates.  I also wonder what men think when they find out I have roommates.  Does it make me seem like perhaps I don't have my life together and make me less appealing?  Who knows.  But for now the help with dogs and the money savings make it worth it.

So what brings me back to blogging you ask?  Coming here every day and writing about my successes and failures was a huge part of the reason why I did succeed.  I firmly believe that by setting and writing down goals for myself I was infinitely more successful than if I hadn’t done that.  I am still in the process of working on my health and my journey is ongoing, as it always will be.  I don’t think this will ever be something that comes easy to me, but health is an important part of my life.

Let’s get to my current state of affairs.  I’m weighing in at 179.0 lbs as of this morning…eesh.  A lot of that is from eating WAAAAAAYYY too much over Thanksgiving weekend (yes I said weekend, because that’s what it ended up being for me, oy vey!).  I suspect that a few pounds will fall off fairly easily this week.  I’ve been hovering more in the 170-173 range, so hopefully I’ll see a quick drop this week.  I could use a win in this department!

Time for some goals!  I’m currently doing the 21 Day Fix and I intend to complete this program.  I’m on Day 4, so I’ll weigh myself on December 19th to see where I end up!  By the end of the program my goal is to be 169 or less.  Hopefully I’ll blow that out of the water, but I want to stay realistic and set some goals I can be successful at reaching!  My goal for the end of this month will be 167 lbs.  Let’s do this!

In order to reach my goal I will complete the 21 Day Fix.  After I finish it I will either repeat it or pick a different program to work on.  I will also track my food  This is the only way to ensure success.  It’s just too damn easy to eat too much when you don’t track it!  Tracking is key.  So that’s it; workout and track my food.  Should be easy right??  Right…lol!

I have some other goals I intend to share with you, but for now I’ll end this with a quote.  Failure is not a tattoo, it’s a bruise.  Just because you’ve failed in the past doesn’t mean you’re a failure and that you can never succeed!  Put in the work toward whatever goals you may have and prove to yourself that you’re not a failure.  Don’t let your past define your future.  Let’s do this!

Picture is from 11/6/14.  Loose fitting top to the rescue!  Let's drop some pounds, so I can be comfortable in my skin again!  

Friday, June 29, 2012

Month 3 Results

Month 3 is coming to a conclusion and I am happy to say I FINALLY broke into the 150's. I may just barely be there, but I'm there. I'll take what I can get. :-) Here are my results for Month 3.

Weight - 159.8 lbs = 1.2 lbs lost

Measurements (last done on 5/25/12):
Neck: 12.5 (no change)
Bicep: 11.5 (-0.5 inches)
Forearm: 9.25 (no change)
Chest: 38.25 (-0.25 inches)
Waist: 31.0 (-0.5 inches)
Hips: 39.0 (-1.0 inches)
Thigh: 21.75 (-0.25 inches)
Calf: 13.75 (-0.25 inches)
Total: 233.25 (3.75 inches lost)

April - 6.8 lbs lost/3.75 inches lost
May - 6.2 lbs lost/2.5 inches lost
June - 1.2 lbs lost/3.75 inches lost

As you can see, this month I lost far less poundage but I lost the same number of inches as I did in April when I lost nearly 6 times as much weight as I did this month. What that tells me is that this was a month where I built muscle and lost fat and that is never a bad thing. One more month till my 30th birthday!! Can't wait to see what I accomplish over the next month.