Progress Update – as of March 19 and 26, 2014

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight (March 19): 296.3 lbs
Gain: 0.3 lbs
Current BMI (March 19): 46.4
Gain: 0

Current Weight (March 26): 294.3 lbs
Loss: 2.0 lbs
Current BMI (March 26): 46.1
Loss: 0.3

Sorry for the delay this week folks, my life has been a bit of a whirlwind for the last couple of weeks. As you may know by now, I am in New Zealand! I wanted to take time to write on here, but the sun was shining and there were lovely beaches calling me, so I found myself putting the computer down and going outside. Ah well. I will try to keep up this week, but I am no longer staying with relatives, as I’m bouncing around the countryside and the wi-fi is a bit spotty.

What I Did Really Well This Week:

1) I have been eating really well. I am staying in hostels at the moment, so it’s not like I’m cooking up sumptuous meals (and I’m a germaphobe, but that’s another story) but I’ve got apples and carrots and yogurt and milk and good bread and PB&J (all natural, no added salt or sugar or other crap) so I’m doing okay. However, before I started travelling around, I was staying with relatives. Relatives who happen to grow a whole bunch of produce in their garden and who have their own chickens and who are very health-conscious and only buy the best (meaning organic) of everything, so meals with them were lovely, always really healthy, high-quality ingredients with tons and tons of vegetables and fruit.

2) I have been exercising like crazy. Not like what I normally do, which is weights and rowing and treadmill, but just walking everywhere and being an active tourist, as opposed to sitting inside and watching television all day. New Zealand is also very hilly, which has meant some hiking with STEEP climbs (which either means hundreds of built-in stairs or steep stretches of path), which of course makes my legs burn and makes me sweat like crazy. By the time I go back home (for Christmas), I am going to have a butt that you can bounce quarters off. I also find that I am really enjoying the exercise. (Well, mostly, let’s not get carried away here.) For example, just today I went on a 3 km hike around Wai O Tapu, which is a “geothermal wonderland” (their words, not mine). Basically, New Zealand is a volcanic country with lots of geothermal activity and so there are lots of places where you can hike around huge pieces of land and see geysers, boiling mud pools, sulphur caves, mineral lakes etc. etc. That is what I did today and, because I wanted to see everything, I did the longest hike. I was swearing a blue streak under my (heaving) breath at one point, as I was confronted with what seemed like a thousand stairs, but for the most part it was really enjoyable. I like being outside and hiking through nature, so I’m hoping to do a lot more of that in the future.

3) I have been getting a lot of sleep. The time difference has really helped me, to be honest. At home, I would often stay up late at night a) talking to friends (thanks Facebook!) or b) watching Netflix. Here, I am five hours behind, so if I’m talking to people at night, they have usually gone to bed by 8:00 here.¬†And you can’t get Netflix here and I have yet to find something to bypass that hurdle that doesn’t make my computer slow to a crawl. So I’ve been going to bed at a decent time and then getting up early in the morning to SEIZE THE DAY and see and do as many things as possible. This going to bed at a good time and doing a lot during the day has changed my schedule so that I’m actually tired by 10:00 pm and I go to bed. It’s a good system.

What I Can Improve On:

1) There is always room for improvement, of course, but I have been doing so well that I think my goals for the upcoming weeks are just going to be to keep doing what I’m doing.

How I Feel:

Great! And my stress level is back to normal, since now I don’t have to worry about packing or cleaning or all that stuff. I am normally one of those people who has trips planned to the last second, but this time around I am just kind of going with the flow. I have so much time here, I’m just allowing myself to relax and not feel like I have to cram absolutely everything in, it is lovely.

As of right now, I no longer have access to a scale. I suspect that this will be the case for the next couple of weeks, so I will just continue to post as normal, without the weight. I am hoping to buy a measuring tape though (something I forgot to bring!) so that I can do measurements, but we’ll see how it goes.

Bye for now!

Progress Update – as of March 12, 2014

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 296.0 lbs
Gain: 1.0 lbs
Current BMI: 46.4
Gain: 0.2

This week was even more stressful than the last two weeks and it apparently got the better of me. But no matter, because I am now on my way to New Zealand!! I am sitting in the Vancouver airport as we speak, waiting for my flight out. It is very exciting.

What I Did Really Well This Week:

1) I got a lot of sleep, so that’s something. But that’s about it, I didn’t track or eat well really, nor did I exercise.

What I Can Improve On:

1) Everything, in a nutshell.

How I Feel:

Hopeful!!! Very, very, very hopeful. Why, you might ask? Well, because I have a lot of bad eating habits. I have been working hard to conquer those, but like anyone, I am not perfect. In New Zealand, I will not have access to a vehicle, so I won’t be able to run out late at night to grab a burger or whatever. Additionally, eating out in New Zealand is expensive, so I plan to cook as much as possible to save money and that, of course, means that I can pick exactly what is going into my meals and thus ensure that I am eating lots of nutritious food. I also plan to do a lot of hiking and walking around NZ. It’s a gorgeous country and going hiking or walking is a great (and free!) way to see the country. I bought myself a new camera recently, so I’m looking forward to going on nice walks and getting some great snapshots.

Note: I do not know if I will have access to a scale from now on. I will be staying with family for a bit, then hosteling about, then hopefully getting an apartment, but I don’t know if there will be scales at any of my relative’s houses or if my potential roommates will have one. I doubt I will buy one myself, so it’s possible that I won’t be able to actually weigh in regularly. However, I will continue to update and measure every week (or more) so no worries!

Progress Update – as of March 5, 2014

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 295.0 lbs
Gain: 1.0 lbs
Current BMI: 46.2
Gain: 0.2
Bust: 50 in.
Waist: 56 in.
Hips: 51.5 in.
Pants/Dress Size: 18

So, this week, once again, stress got the better of me. I leave in 3 days (!!!!!) and so right now, much as it annoys me, my focus is on getting ready instead of exercise. I guess that means a gain this week, but oh well. I can concentrate on my weight loss efforts when I don’t have to worry about cleaning or packing anymore.

What I Did Really Well This Week:

1) To be honest, not a lot. My computer crashed, so I didn’t track this week and I didn’t really eat that well and I didn’t exercise or get a lot of sleep…

What I Can Improve On:

1) Basically everything: tracking, eating right, exercising, getting more sleep, drinking more liquids etc. I am looking forward to not being so stressed!

How I Feel:

Stressed!!! I am annoyed that my weight loss has basically been stagnant for a month but it’s not a top priority for me right now, so oh well!

Progress Update – as of February 26, 2014

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 293.7 lbs
Loss: 0.9 lbs
Current BMI: 46.0
Loss: 0.1

This week, we are back on the losing side again, albeit not much. To be honest, I have not been concentrating my efforts over the last two weeks. I am leaving for New Zealand in a week and a half (about which I say AHHHH!!!) and my stress level has been off the charts. Part of that stress is because of what I need to do before I go, but most of it is because I was frantically attempting to finish a correspondence course that I stupidly signed up for. (I did learn a lot, but it was a foreign language – Spanish – and it is VERY difficult to learn a foreign language on your own, just using a textbook and some videos.) It wouldn’t normally have been a big deal, but it is for credit at a university, so doing poorly or failing would mean that it reflects on my transcripts. As a result, MEGA STRESS.

I did try as hard as I could to make good choices this week in terms of eating well, but exercise once again fell by the wayside (not helped by the fact that I still have a cough). But it’s a new week and while I still have much to do before I leave, I am feeling much much better.

What I Did Really Well This Week:

1) Once again, I did a great job of tracking everything that I ate. I am glad that this is a habit now, as it keeps me aware of what I am eating and how much.

2) I am doing well at eating well and at making good choices and watching my portions, which is good.

What I Can Improve On:

1) Exercise, obviously. I need to get back into a routine otherwise I won’t be able to drop the weight, I know I won’t. Eating well is good and all, but I have discovered that for me I really need to have exercise in my routine for my weight loss. Not to mention that it’s good for cardiovascular health and fitness. So anyway, we need to get into that.

2) Sleep. Sleep is crucial. This week, due to my stress, I did not sleep very well at all (or much) and I feel the difference. When I am exhausted, I also find it much harder to make good choices. It is so easy to want to just gorge on mac and cheese and ice cream when you are tired and cranky, so adequate sleep is something I need to ensure I get in order to remain healthy.

How I Feel:

I am feeling pretty good, actually. The slow loss in February has been frustrating, but I know that it’s because I didn’t give it my best effort. However, I am optimistic now that my stress level is back to normal (well, relatively) and I am getting very excited for my upcoming trip (I will be gone until Christmas!). New Zealanders are a very active people and their country has relatively mild weather, so I am looking forward to spending a lot time outside biking and hiking. After all, what better way to experience a new country than to stroll in nature, right?

Cheers and happy March!