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 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 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!