Progress Update – as of August 16, 2014 and August 23, 2014

Height: 5’7″

August 16:
Current Weight: 297.2 lbs
Gain: 5.3 lbs
Current BMI: 46.5
Gain: 0.8

August 23:
Current Weight: 294.2 lbs
Loss: 3.0 lbs
Current BMI: 46.1
Loss: 0.4

So, an interesting couple of weeks. A big gain and a big (but smaller) loss. I should say that I don’t know why this happening, but I am sure I do. When I look back on my week, I remember making healthy choices and trying to exercise. However, I have not been tracking my food or exercise religiously like I used to and I think, like most people, when I’m not keeping track I vastly underestimate the amount of food that I’m eating and overestimate the amount of exercise, as well as my exertion level. Hence, the pounds sneak back on. 

What I Did Well This Week:
1) I thought I was making healthy choices. Maybe I wasn’t, but I’m trying, that’s the key. 

What I Can Improve On:
1) Same old, same old. Better eating, more sleep, more exercise. My main thing is sugar. I love sugar. (Who doesn’t?) I love to bake, it’s my Achilles’ heel. So, for the next week, I am trying to do NO sugar. It’s going to be hard. I don’t want to never have sugar ever again, but I really need to reduce my intake. So, let’s see, let’s see if I can do no sugar for awhile and then gradually put it back into my life. 

How I Feel:
More mad at myself than discouraged. I know what I need to do to lose weight, but I am finding it increasingly difficult to do so. I think the reason that I did so well when I was travelling was because a) I didn’t have a car, so I had to either walk or bus (which required planning) everywhere I went and b) I wasn’t working, I spent my days walking around tourist sites. I am finding it difficult to balance my work with my life responsibilities and trying to squeeze in exercise on top of that is proving to be even harder. Truthfully, I could make time for exercise, but I’m so exhausted when I get home from work that it’s extremely difficult to motivate myself to do anything besides just relaxing on the couch. The silver lining in this is that, even though I bus to work, I walk to and from the bus station almost every day, so I usually get at least a 20 minute walk in every day. Not much, but it’s something. 

Cheers, happy losing! 

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Progress Update – as of February 19, 2014 – The Uphill Battle…

Height: 5’7″
Current Weight: 294.6 lbs
Gain: 2.0 lbs
Current BMI: 46.1
Gain: 0.3

So this week, I gained. Again. And to be honest, I am getting really frustrated. I am trying hard to think positive, but it’s really annoying to see the scale go up and down so much. (Although I’m not going to quit, don’t worry about that!)

I am mostly frustrated because there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about it. I got sick again this week, so doing exercise is really difficult for me because it hurts to breathe very soon after I start. I have read in multiple places that 90% of weight loss is eating well and that you can lose weight without exercise if you adjust your diet, but apparently my body needs both exercise and eating well in order to lose weight.

I want to exercise. I do. It feels weird to not have done a true workout routine for so long, but my lungs can’t handle it yet. It’s infuriating. Any suggestions about alternative workouts that I can do that won’t aggravate them? I walk with my dogs for 20 minutes every day, at least twice a day, so that’s something I guess. But anything more strenuous than that leaves me gasping for air and in pain, so I’m hoping to find something to replace running until I can fully recover. Swimming, maybe? Anyway…

What I Did Really Well This Week:

1) I think I did a great job with eating well and I’m irritated that the scale doesn’t appear to reflect that. I know that you cannot map your progress exclusively by the scale, but it’s discouraging to see it go up and down and up again.

2) I did very well at tracking again this week, which is great so me. Tracking is the best thing for me to ensure I monitor my portions and don’t overindulge.

3) I also did pretty well at eating Power Foods this week. Power Foods, on Weight Watchers, are low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Basically, the healthiest foods you can eat are Power Foods and I did really well eating a lot of those this week.

What I Can Improve On:

1) Exercising. I hope that I can find an alternative to running until I fully recover, so that I can at least get back into some sort of routine.

How I Feel:

Frustrated. I pretty much covered it earlier, I’m just frustrated that I’m going up and down and frustrated that I can’t exercise to try to offset it. Maybe this week will be better.