Progress Update – as of July 6, 2015

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 302.6 lbs
Gain: 0.8 lbs
Current BMI: 47.4
Gain: 0.1
Bust: 51 inches
Waist: 57 inches
Hips: 56 inches

So I gained a little this week. Oh well. I kind of expected it, simply because I have been losing consistently for the past 3 or so weeks. I’m not concerned, 0.8 is nothing in the grand scheme of things. And, because I weighed myself on Monday evening, not morning like I usually do, it could honestly be as simple as water weight.

I feel like I look slimmer. I know that losing 14 or whatever lbs I have lost in the past 3 weeks won’t make a difference in how I look like it would if I weighed 120 lbs BUT I feel slimmer. It seems to me like my pants are a little looser. I haven’t seen a huge difference on the scale this week, it’s true, but I’ve been working out consistently (at least 30 minutes a day) and really trying hard to eat well and I feel like it’s making a difference, even if the scale doesn’t necessarily reflect that.

What I Did Well This Week:
1) Workouts! I have been working out every single day for at least 30 minutes (sometimes more) and I find that I’m almost addicted. There have definitely been days when I think “No, I’m too tired, I don’t want to” but I put my clothes on and my shoes on anyway, because I know that after I do, I will feel better. I used to walk on the treadmill all the time, but mine is getting really old and the belt needs replacing so I figured, heck, it’s summer, I’ll walk outside. It’s too hot here to walk during the day normally (I personally overheat very easily and I get terrible headaches) but in the evenings it’s absolutely gorgeous, so I have really been enjoying getting outside and walking.

I’ve also noticed that I’m getting a lot fitter and stronger. It’s only been three weeks, so I’m not ready to run a marathon anytime soon, but I have noticed that things like squats and lunges and pushups are getting a lot easier. They still do burn, but I can do a lot more of them (and with better form) because I start to really feel the burn. I’ve been doing some of those 30 Day Challenges (find them online here). I combined the crunches, lunges, squats and pushups ones, because I feel like those exercises are easy to do anywhere and then I have no excuses. I’m about halfway through the 30 days and let me tell you, I am getting better. Today, I did 150 squats. The first day, it killed me to do just 25. I can’t do all 150 at once, I have to break them up, but it still feels pretty awesome that I can do 50 squats with good form in a row without heaving like a winded rhinoceros.

What I Can Improve On:
1) I have been eating pretty well BUT there is definitely room for improvement. I find that I am often starving when I get home from work, so sometimes I find myself snacking absentmindedly on whatever is in the cupboard while I get supper ready. I really need to either have a snack at work before I leave or on the drive home, or I need to have some snacks (like veggies) ready to go while I am cooking so that I’m not chowing down on whatever. I don’t have a lot of that stuff in the house anyway for that reason, but it’s still a bit of a problem so I’ll have to work harder.

2) Sleep! I never get enough sleep. It seems like I leave my workouts until late in the evening, so by the time I’ve finished and showered and am in bed, it’s midnight. I get up at 6:00 am to get ready for work. When I was a young university student, I could get by on 4 hours sleep but now I am finding that I really, really drag during the afternoons. I need to make sleep more of a priority. This, of course, is the reason for my horrible espresso addiction. I have since broken that, but BOY some days it is damn hard not to trek down to Starbucks and get a triple-shot latte, let me tell you. I think exercising has given me a bit more energy, but I am still severely sleep-deprived so I’m working on that.

How I Feel: 
Pretty freaking great, to be honest. It’s still somewhat discouraging to look in the mirror and think “HOW am I still fat?!” because I feel like I’ve been working out enough to shed about 50 lbs by now. But, every time I think that, I have to remember that I am literally changing my life. I am taking small steps and making positive changes so that I never go down this path again, so that I can “retrain” my brain to adapt to a new way of life. As much as we want to see results immediately, dropping weight at a rapid pace is a) unhealthy and b) unrealistic to maintain, so I’m grateful that at a place where I am going slowly enough that I know that I can maintain this healthier lifestyle forever.

Cheers folks, happy losing!

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Progress Update – as of February 2, 2015

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 307.9 lbs
Gain: 1.5 lbs
Current BMI: 48.2
Gain: 0.2

So, once again, I’m behind on my blogging. This time, it was because I got sick last week. I lost 7 lbs in about 4 days, just because I couldn’t keep anything down. Wasn’t the most pleasant, let me tell you! Then, I went on a trip to Chicago in order to do an interview with a graduate school that I am applying to and my internet access was spotty at best. Plus, I didn’t really feel like writing an entire blog post on my phone…

Side note – Chicago is awesome. I was only there for 3 days so I didn’t see a huge amount of the city, but what I did see was pretty great. I had no idea what a huge city it is; it is 45 times the population of my hometown and it is 75% of the population of my entire home province (a province is a Canadian state, if you didn’t know). In ONE city. Crazy. Needless to say, I was definitely an awestruck tourist. It was winter there, obviously, so it was kind of wet and grey, but I would love to go back again in the summer and do some more exploring, maybe catch a baseball game or something. Highly recommend, if you’re considering going there! Plus, on St. Paddy’s Day, they dye the river green!

Anyway, the point is, I am sorry for the delay! I am really going to try to keep my posting consistent, not only so that you have something to read, but also because it keeps me accountable.

What I Did Well This Week:
1) Well, I got a lot of sleep, partially because I was sick and partially because I was on vacation and I didn’t have all of the distractions at home to keep me up at night.
2) I didn’t exercise while I was sick, but I walked everywhere in Chicago, so even though I wasn’t doing a set workout, I was still getting fresh air and exercise.

What I Can Improve On:
1) Well, I did try to eat well while I was away, but I found my choices to be limited sometimes. Plus, I won’t lie, I indulged myself a little bit. There are things in the United States that we don’t have in Canada that, of course, I wanted to try (Chicago deep-dish, anyone?) so I did stray off the beaten-track a little bit, but I tried! Of course, this week, I can do better.

How I Feel:
Pretty content, but I really need to get into an exercise routine. I feel like that is my next major task.

Cheers!

Progress Update – as of September 6, 2014

Height: 5’7″
Weight: 294.3 lbs
Gain: 0.1 lbs
Current BMI: 46.1
Gain: 0

So, I skipped August 30, as you may have noticed. The past couple of weeks have been SUPER busy for many reasons: my brother’s birthday, acquiring a new kitten (he is the cutest little fluffball you ever did see!!!), picking apples and plums off the trees before they all fall AND, most importantly, preparations for my very best and oldest (we’ve been friends for 24 years!) friend’s wedding, which happened on September 6th in the mountains of Alberta. Normally when I don’t do a blog post for two weeks, I like to update with both days, but I honestly cannot remember August 30. I weighed myself, but I didn’t record the number (wedding prep drove pretty much everything else out of my mind) and so I have no idea. Oh well. 

What I Did Well This Week:
1) Well, not a lot. I’m frankly surprised that I only gained 0.1 lbs, given how little sleep and exercise I’ve gotten in the last two weeks. Not to mention that I haven’t been eating very well (the whole “no sugar” thing was a total bust) and then of course weddings mean FOOD (including the most delicious red velvet cupcake I’ve ever had in my life) and drinks. I have never had a rum and coke before the wedding and I have to say, I’m hooked! 

What I Can Improve On:
1) Now that the wedding is over, I really want to get back on track with my exercise and my eating and my sleep patterns. Cutting out sugar completely was a total mistake, as I went overboard later, but I am still hoping to reduce my sugar intake. 

How I Feel:
Pretty darn good, actually. The wedding was so wonderful, I had such a great time, and I am really hoping to use the positive energy from the weekend to help me with my goals. 

Cheers, 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!