Progress Update – as of June 19, 2014

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 287 lbs
Gain: 3 lbs
Current BMI: 44.9
Gain: 0.4

Alright, so I’m up again. BUT I am actually down from earlier in the week when I previously weighed myself, so it’s okay. I’m not sweating it. I am all about the positive attitude these days, about remembering that this is a journey and NOT a race and that I need to look forward and keep pushing and stay positive. I firmly believe that hard work and a good attitude can get you anywhere you want in life and this is no different. 

Also, I am OBSESSED with avocado these days. It’s funny because I used to HATE it when I was a kid, the sight of it practically made me vomit. Now? I can’t get enough of that delicious creaminess?! Funny how things can change like that. 

What I Did Well This Week:

1) I did very well with tracking. As I mentioned previously, I am now on Weight Watchers and I am positively in love with their new app, it makes keeping track of what I’m eating SO easy. 
2) I ate a lot of fruits and veggies, way more than I normally do. I had a fruit smoothie very morning (made with frozen berries, frozen banana and milk – YUM) and had a salad with lunch every day and I loaded my plate with vegetables every night. I really want to keep it up because honestly, it makes me feel awesome, I have so much energy. 

What I Can Improve On:

1) While I did eat lots of fruits and veggies, I also went a little overboard on the ice cream this week. (Ice cream is the one vice that I will never, ever be able to give up.) The grocery store had a sale on ice cream this week (so bad!) so I bought a couple of tubs and promptly dug in to maple walnut (my favourite, along with strawberry). Oops.
2) I didn’t do so well with the exercise this week, or with my Little Black Dress challenge. Most days, I found that suddenly it was 10 pm and I had run out of time to work out and then other days, I was so exhausted by 9 pm that I just called it a night and didn’t exercise. I only did the challenge one day this week, so I am resolved to start it again (and stick with it!) this week, as well as get my walking in. 

How I Feel:

I’m feeling awesome, to be honest. And maybe it’s because I have more energy or maybe it’s because I’ve been eating better, but I feel so HAPPY. I am just feeling confident and happy and pretty much like I can kick any challenge’s butt right about now. I think it’s more about just being healthier, I think it’s also just a mental change from the self-reflection that I did on my time away. Regardless, no matter how it came about, I’m thrilled. 

Cheers friends, happy losing! 

 

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Weight Watchers/A Change in Schedule

Hello friends!

Today is Monday but I am not going to do my weigh-in. Why, you might ask? 

Well, I signed up for Weight Watchers! Weight Watchers is most definitely not for everybody, but I personally really like it. I have signed up a few times before and never stuck with it, but for the few months before I went away on my trip, I was using Weight Watchers’ system to track my food and exercise, via a spreadsheet. I could have kept up that way, but a) I like the meetings because it’s a support system and you can speak with leaders about problems, plus other people sometimes have suggestions when you are having difficulty and b) they’ve redone their system, so now your monthly membership includes access to the Weight Watchers app, which it didn’t before (you had to pay extra). I really like the app, it makes it super quick and easy to calculate and keep track. Yay technology! (I am not being paid to promote Weight Watchers, I swear, I just really like the program.)

Anyway, the reason that I switched my weigh-in day is because I attend WW meetings on Thursdays now and I figured that since I’m being weighed in there and that I’m using WW to track my weight loss, I might as well just do my weigh-in posts on Thursdays. 

I will continue to update about other stuff throughout the week, of course (like the 30 day fitness challenge I have embarked on!) but progress updates will now be Thursday, for the forseeable future. I know that I’ve already changed that day about 3 times, so it’s quite possible that it will change again, but it’s Thursday for now! 

Happy Losing!

30 Day Fitness Challenge – Little Black Dress

A few months ago, many of the people on my Facebook feed seemed to be engaging in 30 day fitness challenges: arms, butts, squats, planks etc. The trend seems to have died down, at least on Facebook, but it really caught my attention and I’ve decided to embark on one! There are many different challenges to choose from – the website is http://30dayfitnesschallenges.com/ – and I hope to do them all eventually, but one at a time! They are divided up by abs, core and leg challenges. I have chosen to do the “Little Black Dress” challenge because it’s a whole body one and I think it’ll be a good way for me to increase strength in my whole body before embarking on challenges that only focus on one muscle group. 

Have you done any of these challenges or do you want to try one out? Let me know! 

Announcement – Edit!

So. After having tried out My Fitness Pal, I have decided that I will not be using it to track calories. Why? Because I find it way too tedious, to be honest. I can’t be bothered sitting at a computer and inputting things in, I would much rather follow the Weight Watchers program. I know it’s basically the same thing, but it just seems much easier to me to track points in a little notebook. (Not to mention that I will choose writing by hand over typing any day of the week.) 

BUT I will be using it to track exercise, mostly for the sake of curiosity, I just like knowing how many calories this activity vs. this activity burns. 

So feel free to follow me on that, I hope that I can get into the habit of updating it regularly. And of course, if you are on there, please feel free to add me as a friend and share your progress! 

Progress Update – as of June 9, 2014

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 284 lbs
Gain: 10.7 lbs
Current BMI: 44.5
Gain: 1.7

So. Obviously, since the last time I weighed myself, I have gained some. I knew that I did, but in truth I wasn’t expecting it to be that much. But oh well, live and learn. I’m still down, overall, and that’s what counts! 

What I Did Well This Week:
1) Uh, well I guess not much. The last time I was actually able to weigh myself was 6 weeks ago or so, so in that time I thought that I was doing fairly well, but I guess that I wasn’t getting as much exercise as I thought. And I know that my eating habits kind of tapered off in the past couple of weeks. Ah well. 

What I Can Improve On:
1) Getting more exercise! I have been exhausted lately (thanks jetlag!) so I haven’t really been exercising, except to walk with my dogs. I’d like to get into good habits, definitely. 
2) Eating better is the key. Food has always been my nemesis. For the next two weeks, I am going to try something new: eating “clean”. That means no processed food, no fast food, no refined sugar or flour. It is going to be HARD folks, hard. But I think that sugar and processed food are my major weaknesses, so if I can break my addiction, then hopefully I’ll have an easier time eating well. 

How I Feel:
A bit bummed about the gain, yes, but still hopeful for the future. I am stoked that I have still managed to maintain most of my loss and the only way to go from here is forward. 

Announcement!

I am now on Fitness Pal! Feel free to follow my progress on there and share your own, if you have an account. My user name is thatprettyfatgirl. 

I don’t necessarily believe in counting calories or that calories are the be all, end all of weight loss BUT it is nice to get a ballpark about how many calories I burn during exercise. Plus it tracks nutritional information too, so that I can ensure that I get enough protein, fiber, vitamins etc. in my daily diet. 

Cheers, happy weight loss! 

Progress Update – as of June 2, 2014

Height: 5’7″
Bust: 49 in.
Waist: 54 in.
Hips: 50 in.

No change in measurements from last month, but I am okay with that. I haven’t been able to weigh myself, but I suspect that I have put on a bit of weight (mostly due to overindulging in ice cream as of late) so no change is good news, as far as I’m concerned!

What I Did Really Well This Week:

1) I think I made good choices when it came to eating, most of the time. I did overindulge on ice cream BUT I made good choices for the rest of my meals: whole wheat toast and poached eggs for breakfast and then generally fish or chicken for lunch and dinner, usually with rice and vegetables. I also ate a lot of sushi because it’s cheap and it’s everywhere. (My favourite sushi is salmon and avocado rolls. One time this week, I ate a huge glob of wasabi paste because I thought it was a piece of avocado. My sinuses felt like they were on fire, my goodness! Good way to clear out your nasal passages if you’re stuffy though!)

What I Can Improve On:

1) Exercise! I did some walking, but I didn’t do it daily, so that’s something I need to change, for sure. I want to make it a habit for weight-loss purposes, yes, BUT also for fitness reasons. It is embarrassing to get winded so easily. 

2) Eating less sugar, drinking more water. I have been eating WAY too much sugar as of late (sugar is my ultimate weakness, I am addicted) and I haven’t been drinking nearly enough water, so both of those are things that I am hoping to improve on this week. 

How I Feel:

Pretty good, in general. I know that I might have slipped a little, but I am so happy with the progress I have made so far and I’m really positive about the future!