Progress Update – as of January 19, 2015

So, I did something really dumb. I weighed myself on Monday and I forgot to write it down, like a ninny. So I’ll just do what I normally do and list what I did well etc.

What I Did Well This Week:
1) I have started creating a bedtime routine for myself: turning off electronics, washing my face and brushing my teeth, then sitting with a cup of chamomile tea and reading a book until it’s time for bed. I am getting more sleep, and better sleep at that, which is great.

What I Can Improve On:
1) It was my birthday last week (huzzah) and I have to say that I…enjoyed myself, to say the least. You all know what that means…birthday dinner with family, drinks with friends, drinks and dinner with other friends, and plenty of cake. I did try to make good choices when possible, but there are few healthy options at pubs, I have observed.
2) I need to exercise more. I did a little bit with a friend, but I still have been unsuccessful at establishing a routine for myself.

How I Feel:
Well, I enjoyed my birthday anyway, that was nice! But I need to get my stuff together if I want to get serious about weight loss, I know that. Hopefully I will fare better in the future…

Statistics – as of January 4, 2015

I am starting over. I lost weight and then gained it back (and thensome) over the last couple of months. So, I am just restarting my progress for 2015. Forget about last year, it’s a new year and it’s time to go!

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 310.0 lbs
Current BMI: 48.5
Hips: 55 inches
Waist: 58 inches
Bust: 51 inches

Words cannot express how disheartening it is to see the scale go up when you so badly want it to go down. I mean, it’s not like I was actively working towards losing weight (as I addressed in my last post, life took over) but it’s still depressing.

BUT it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life, as the song goes. So here we are, once again, a fresh start.

I have recently gotten into yoga. I have been interested in doing it forever, but of course, never made time for it in my schedule. Over the Christmas break, my cousin (an avid yogi) insisted that I tag along with her to a class: it was low-key, done in her friend’s basement (the friend is a certified instructor) and I felt so good afterwards, physically and mentally that I wanted to do it. So, I dusted off my yoga dvds (despite never using them, I have half a dozen) and have started doing it. I’m really not very flexible right now, so half the time I can’t even do the moves, but I do the best that I can and it makes me feel good, so that’s all that matters, I figure.

I have also started the “Buzzfeed Get Fit Challenge”. There has been a lot of research done which suggests that shorter, intense workouts do better in the long run than longer, less intense workouts. I mean, obviously, any exercise is better than nothing, but I figured that I would try this challenge and see if doing intense stuff makes a difference. I still plan on doing my longer workouts, like walking or swimming or skating, but those will be on the mandated “rest” days, just a bit of light exercise because I enjoy doing those things.

Anyway, I am feeling pretty positive about things. Here’s to a great January! Cheers and happy losing!

Progress Update – as of July 17, 2014 and July 24, 2014

Height: 5’7″

July 17:
Current Weight: 287.8 lbs
Loss: 1.4 lbs
Current BMI: 45.1
Loss: 0.2

July 24:
Current Weight: 290.3 lbs
Gain: 2.5 lbs
Current BMI: 45.5
Gain: 0.4

Ugh. So. Another gain. Not going to lie, I am feeling frustrated. I’m not really that surprised though, I have been having a really difficult time juggling work and exercise, as I’m always exhausted when I get home from work and I haven’t yet been able to get up early enough in the morning to fit in a workout before I have to leave. When my exercise routine goes kaput, I sometimes find that my eating follows suit. I am trying very hard to keep going and not just throw in the towel like I have done in the past, but it’s hard. Anyway…

What I Did Well This Week:
1) Uh, not a lot. Everything kind of went cuckoo – not enough sleep, eating less fruits and veggies, not exercising. Just an all around bad week.

What I Can Improve On:
1) Everything. Getting more sleep, eating better, exercising more. All of it. That’s the plan this week.

How I Feel:
Discouraged, but not ready to quit. I know that I just need to keep putting one foot forward. I think that I need to just start thinking of things in shorter terms, just taking it for one day at a time. The idea of exercising everyday and eating really well forever can be really daunting, but I am going to try to think of it in shorter terms. Just for today, I can.

Also, I have started swimming with one of my best friends, Moog (check out her blog mamamoogie.wordpress.com) and I sincerely hope that this can be a weekly occurence. We have done it 3 times now and we’re really hoping to make it a weekly habit. I usually workout by myself, but I am finding that I really enjoy having company, it’s been really nice.

Cheers and happy losing!

Progress Update – as of June 26, 2014 and July 3, 2014

Height: 5’7″

June 26:
Current Weight: 289.2 lbs
Gain: 2.2 lbs
Current BMI: 45.3
Gain: 0.4

July 3:
Current Weight: 289.2 lbs
Loss: 0 lbs
Current BMI: 45.3
Loss: 0

Uh, so I’m a ding dong. I definitely thought that I posted this, but I only saved it in drafts. Oops! Anyway…

So over the last couple of weeks I have gained a couple of pounds. The first weight gain was honestly kind of a shocker, I thought I had done really well that week and so when I got on the scale and had gained 2 lbs I was really quite thrown. But oh well, what are you going to do? All I could do was keep going.

When I weighed myself today, I was honestly surprised that I didn’t gain any weight. I was away at a family reunion for the weekend. Naturally, reunions mean food and, given how big my family is, LOTS of it. I did as well as could in terms of choosing healthy foods over the weekend (I was also at a rodeo) but it was rather difficult, so I was really surprised that I didn’t see a gain. I also didn’t really exercise at all, I came down with a terrible head cold and was just feeling pretty horrific.

What I Did Well This Week:

1) I worked really hard at making good choices, food wise. I am honest to goodness addicted to sugar. I really am. So this week, I tried very, very hard to limit my sugar intake and to focus instead of eating more fruits and vegetables.

What I Can Improve On:

1) Exercise, mainly. There is definitely room for improvement in my diet, but at this point in time I think that I really need to focus on fitting exercise in. Some people can lose weight just by changing their diet, but I personally find that exercise is vital for me to lose. Plus it means that I can get away with eating more food 😉

How I Feel:

Pretty good, to be honest. I am finding it easier to make good choices with food these days. I still most definitely get cravings and sometimes I find it difficult to not have ALL the ice cream, but the deafening roar that used to demand that I stuff my face is slowly being silenced. And the good angel on my shoulder encouraging me to eat good food is definitely making a great case. I am looking forward to my next weigh-in! (Who even says that? I’m such a weirdo.)

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. 

Progress Update – as of May 26, 2014

Once again, I have no scale. What is irritating is that I am staying in yet another house that has a scale, BUT it is broken, ugh! Oh well, what can you do? I will be home in 8 days, so I can weigh myself then. 

What I Did Well This Week:
1) I have been doing well at saying “no” to certain foods, I think. I am not saying no permanently, but rather I am trying to pay attention to what I eat during the day and make good choices. For example, if I have ice cream after lunch, then I really don’t need to have pie after supper. I think that my problem in the past has been “moderation is key!” but then not actually moderating myself. So right now I am trying to restrict myself to one “treat” a day, so that I don’t overindulge. Sometimes I feel like “oh yes, I need some cake now” but realistically, that cake (or ice cream or bag of chips or whatever) will be there tomorrow too. 

What I Can Improve On:
1) Exercise! I haven’t been exercising as much as I would like, so obviously that’s something that I should work on. I have been walking on this trip, but I haven’t been doing any weight training or anything, so that is something I really want to get back to when I get home. 
2) Eating right, as always. Always room for improvement there! 

How I Feel:
I feel pretty good, but I am anxious to get back home. I am hoping that I kept the weight off that I lost initially. I think I did pretty well, but I don’t know for sure. I haven’t been able to weigh myself much, so I’m going off how my clothes fit me and they haven’t been getting tighter (if anything, they’re getting looser) so I think that’s a great sign. We’ll see! 

Progress Update – as of May 19, 2014

Once again, I did not have access to a scale this week, nor will I next week. I am staying at someone’s house at the moment, actually, but their scale is broken, so oh well. 

What I Did Well This Week:

1) Well, I have been eating fairly well. Lots of fish and veggies and chicken and the like, not junk food. (For the main meal at least, but we’ll touch on that later…)
2) I have been drinking a lot of tea, simply because the people that I’m staying with drink a lot of tea. We’re talking like 5 cups a day, easy. Which is good, because I definitely do not drink enough water. Tea has caffeine, yes, but I have been having it without sugar and milk, so essentially it is like drinking water. 

What I Can Improve On:

1) I went a little chocolate-crazy this week. I think it’s because I stayed at a cabin for 4 days with no internet and I was bored. Isn’t that pathetic? It made me realize how much I use the internet and how short my attention span is. So I’m thinking that I should rein that in. Not only is sitting on my computer a lot bad for me, but apparently, when I don’t have access to it, I replace that bad habit with eating sugar, another dreadful habit. So I think cutting down on screen time and going for a walk instead would benefit me in a lot of ways. 

How I Feel:

Pretty good, for the most part. I have no idea where I am on the scale, but when I measured myself last week, I had last several inches (although, to be honest, I don’t know if my measuring is very accurate). I am going by pants size more. I think I might be down to a size 16 by now. I brought two pairs of jeans with me: a 20 and an 18. The 20 is way too big, even with a belt and the 18 is getting to that point now. So yay?

I am coming HOME in a couple of weeks, at least for the summer, and then I am planning to embark on a “clean eating” challenge meaning no refined sugar, no processed foods, lots of lean protein and whole grains etc. etc. It will be hard, because I am a sugar addict and I know it, but I really want to do it. 

Until next time, au revoir! 

Progress Update – May 5 and 12, 2014

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

Sorry for the delay in posts, but I have been travelling around again and so once again, I have not had consistent access to wifi or a scale. But I’m doing what I can!! 

What I Did Really Well This Week:

1) Well I have been walking around more, so that’s a plus. Still not as much as before though, especially since a lot of the things that I was travelling around seeing were too far to walk. But doing what I could!

What I Can Improve On:

1) Eating. I did okay this week, I think, but there is certainly a lot of room for improvement. I bought fruit and yogurt and good bread and milk, so I was doing that, and then I stayed at my cousin’s place for a couple of days and had lots of veggies and such, but on the road trips that I took I think I indulged in a few too many cookies. Oops. Better luck next time!

How I Feel:

I am feeling pretty good, but I am getting very, very sick of surviving on toast, sandwiches, fruit and yogurt. Thankfully, after Thursday, I will be staying with friends and relatives until I return home (which will be in early June, change of plans) and so I will finally be able to COOK, really cook. I haven’t done that in a hostel thus far because I can’t shake the distrust I have towards other people’s dishwashing skills. It just skeeves me out. So I am looking forward to making healthy meals when I have access to a kitchen (3 days and counting!), huzzah.

Until then, adieu.  

Progress Update – as of April 28, 2014

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 273.3 lbs
Loss: 1.7 lbs
Current BMI: 42.8
Loss: 0.3

As I thought it would, my loss has definitely slowed down. However, a loss is a loss is a loss, so hallelujah for that! Let’s hope that I continue on this downward slope.

What I Did Really Well This Week:

1) I have been eating very well, for the most part. As I mentioned last week, I am currently staying with my aunt and uncle and my uncle is a health nut. He has all kinds of um…interesting beliefs about nutrition and health, some of which I agree with and some of which make it very difficult for me to keep my mouth shut. But that’s another story.

Anyway, I have been eating well. Lots of salad and fresh, organic food (and he makes amazing smoothies, which he has been sharing with me every morning, yum!). And NO sugar. Sugar is persona non grata in their household. I will confess that I went to the grocery store and bought myself some sugary treats, but I only bought the “snack size” variety of some amazing cookies called Toffee Pops (and the snack size is mini cookies) and then another little snack packet of orange and chocolate cookies. So I didn’t go bananas, good job self. It made it quite obvious that I’m addicted to sugar though. Sad…

What I Can Improve On:

1) My walking routine has come to a bit of a halt this week. I have done some, but not nearly as much as I did previously. And then yesterday I was going to go outside but it was kind of grey and dreary so I didn’t, and then today I wished I had because it poured rain all day long. But oh well. I will try to make more of an effort to do more exercise this week because I don’t have a car and frankly, being cooped up inside all day today drove me a bit loopy.

2) I should get more sleep. I have been staying up later than I normally would, mostly because I have been engrossed in reading some good books lately and so often I’ll read into the late hours of the night (or sometimes the wee hours of the morning) and thus, my sleep is being compromised.

How I Feel:

Pretty good, in general. I am super happy about the loss so far (although I need to buy more pants now, because mine are practically falling off even with a belt) but I am conscious that it could easily creep back up again, so I can’t slack off just because I’ve had a great couple of weeks. Onwards and upwards!

Progress Update – as of April 21, 2014

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 275.0 lbs
Loss: 9.4 lbs
Current BMI: 43.1
Loss: 3.0

Holy guacamole!!! I figured that I would see another loss this week, but to lose almost 10 lbs in a week is crazy! I don’t anticipate that this trend will continue for long (and I don’t want it to, as it’s not healthy) but hey, a loss is a loss!! And it’s possible that this isn’t totally accurate anyway, the scale that I weighed myself on last week is a different one from this week, so it’s highly unlikely that they are exactly the same, I find that most scales tend not to be.

What I Did Really Well This Week:

1) Getting lots of sleep, once again. I did a lot this week, sight-seeing and such, and I prefer to get up early and start my day so that I make sure that I take advantage of being in a foreign city. Plus, I didn’t know anybody in Wellington (where I was) so it wasn’t as though I was out and about socializing into the wee hours.

2) I did a fair amount of walking this week as well, sightseeing and the like. I have never had trouble just walking around on flat surfaces, but hills and stairs (not to mention running) are the death of me! I think it’s getting easier though. There is less cursing under my breath when I have to climb a big hill or walk long distances, so yay me!

What I Can Improve On:

1) I didn’t really eat that well this week. I tried to make healthier choices, like choosing a sandwich and milk for lunch instead of a burger, but I was still rather lacking in fruits and vegetables intake. However, I am now at my uncle’s house for the next week or two. He is a health maniac and so I think that I will be eating very well for the time that I stay with his family. He bikes 15 km every morning, for example, and then has a fruit smoothie for breakfast, chock full of healthy stuff. So I think I will do well this week…

How I Feel:

I feel really good! I am feeling a lot better mentally (although travelling is fun, being by yourself in a strange city can be very lonely) and so I think that just being with family and kind of feeling more at home here, as opposed to living out of a suitcase, will be good for me. I don’t anticipate losing 10 lbs again next week – and I wouldn’t be surprised if I gained some soon, as it’s possible that some of this weight is water weight – but I’m on the right track and that’s all that matters.

Cheers, happy losing!