Alrighty, Day 3 Update!

So first, let’s talk about my exercise last night!

I decided to skip the treadmill and just walk outside because of the perfect weather. I didn’t take a watch or phone with me outside, I just went and walked until I decided it was time to stop. I checked the clock before I left and right when I got home. I walked exactly 20 minutes. I’ll take it!

I stopped right around the time my side was starting to hurt. I’m sure it started hurting because I had just eaten Chinese food for dinner and stuffed myself. At one point while walking, I felt myself want to throw up and I had to suppress it. It’s not a good feeling while you’re trying to exercise which is why I always work out on an empty or pretty empty stomach. But hey, it’s the first time I’ve exercised in months so I’m not going to complain! 🙂

As far as my eating, today was pretty good. I ate healthy at every meal and I didn’t overindulge at snack time. I DID go to a movie and have some buttered popcorn, but I also had 400 calories left in my day so I think I didn’t go over my calorie goal too much. Oh wait, I had a pop at the movie theater… Eh, so I went over a lot more than I thought. I just have to keep the mindset that it’s not the end of the world and to look a ahead to making the next meal better and healthy.

Tomorrow’s a new day!

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Just Checking In

I was waiting to give a weight update because I was really hoping I’d be under 300 pounds this week. But…..I’m not………yet.

Before I tell you my latest weight, first I wanna tell you about the exercise I’ve been doing. As you know, I joined jazzercise a couple weeks ago. I didn’t think I’d go to class more than once a week, but I love it so much that I made time to go. I went to jazzercise class Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Tuesday morning the past 2 weeks.

I’m really proud of myself for getting up early and going to workout on Tuesdays, which is the only day that I could sleep in because I don’t have to work until 10:15. But, I enjoy the exercise so I make myself get up early anyways.

Ok now back to my weight. My latest weight is 300.4. A half of a freaking pound is all I need to lose to hit my goal of being under 300! I have been stuck on 300.4 since Saturday (5 days). So when Tuesday came around, I was pumped to go to jazzercise because I thought it would for sure get me under 300. Unfortunately we had a substitute instructor who needed to be somewhere so we had a short class. But she also changed it up and we did toning and sculpting. NO cardio. I was totally bummed!

Needless to say, the next morning I weighed myself and I was at 303.6. Muscles may be nice and all, but I’ve got a goal to hit, so that toning and sculpting class annoyed me a little.

Today, I weighed in at 301.6. I guess the muscle mass is going down so we’ll see if I can get under 300 pounds this week.

One thing I learned about myself this week in relation to exercise is that if I don’t get up early and exercise in the morning, I’m probably not going to do it. Also I learned that I really need that push of going to a class and having someone show me or tell me what to do. If left alone to exercise, I never burn nearly as many calories as I do when I’m being instructed. The final thing I learned about myself in relation to exercise is that I enjoy it. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I LOVE jazzercise.

Well, I better go ahead and get to bed. I didn’t make the best choices today food-wise so I’m attempting to get up and go to the 5:30 AM jazzercise class tomorrow morning. Goodnight!

My Weight + Some New Food Rules

My last weigh in was on April 23rd where I weighed in at 310.6 pounds. It feels like I’ve been around that same weight forever.

I weighed in today at 306 pounds. At first I thought, “Well bummer, I’m stuck.” Then I realized, that’s 4.6 pounds lost in 13 days. I’ll take it!

It is definitely an adjustment getting used to losing the weight slower than I did in the beginning. But I’m so close to my short term goal of hitting 299 pounds that I am going to do whatever it takes to get there.

I’ve recently been reading this book by Bob Harper (one of The Biggest Loser trainers) called The Skinny Rules. He has 20 basic rules that he says you should follow if you want to lose weight and keep it off. I’m going to try my best to follow as many rules as I can. In my current diet plan, I’m actually following many of his rules already.

Here are some of the rules I wasn’t doing, but I am now going to attempt to follow.

First rule is drink a full glass of water before every meal. This one should be pretty easy. I bought some bottled water for my car so I’ll always have water handy.

Second rule is eat apples and berries every single day. I’m really not a huge fan of fruit so I haven’t been eating any. So to get my berries in, I’m going to eat plain Cheerios for breakfast with 1/2 a cup of sliced strawberries in my cereal. For the apples, I bought pre sliced individual apple packets and I’ll have those for my snack everyday.

Third rule is no more added sweeteners, including artificial ones. I’m already on day 6 of no diet pop or artificially flavored beverages, and I’m surviving just fine. I’ve been drinking unsweetened tea, water, and milk. With my food choices, I’m trying to choose fresh meats and vegetables, and cut out any processed foods so that it will be easier cutting out artificial sweeteners.

Fourth rule is eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day. I haven’t been adding up how much fiber I’ve been eating, but I’m going to start this week just so I can see how much fiber I am eating and adjust it from there.

Fifth rule is no carbs after lunch. I’m instead going to go with no carbs after afternoon snack. I like my skinny pop popcorn for a snack because it keeps me full until dinner. For dinner, I will load up on veggies, protein, and a little healthy fat.

The Skinny Rules is a great read with a lot of good information. For the most part, I’m going to be following all 20 of Bob Harper’s rules. I’ve learned quite a few things so far from the book. After reading the section about artificial sweeteners, I instantly decided to stop drinking diet pop. Maybe the book will help you out as well, so I highly recommend everyone read it!

My 27 Goals (An Updated List)

So if you remember, I made a list of 27 goals I’d like to accomplish from when I turned 27, up until when I turn 28. I’ve got until November 13th 2013 to complete my list. I’ve completed quite a few of my goals, so I’ve got an updated list.

My 27 Goals

1. Start a blog.
2. Compete in the Color Run-5k.
3. Lose 60 pounds.
4. Go to New York for a short weekend with my mom.
5. Go to church more often.
6. Try a new restaurant.
7. Make new friends.
8. Clean my apartment.
9. Have people over to my clean apartment.
10. Meet my nephew.
11. Make another super healthy dessert.
12. Whiten my teeth.
13. Make a killer playlist to workout to.
14. Go to a museum.
15. Take my mom out for a day of fun.
16. Read 3 books.
17. Go to Trader Joes.
18. Light my candles more often.
19. Watch the sun set.
20. Exercise with my sister.
21. Change the lightbulbs in my apartment.
22. Buy a lunch box.
23. Paint something at Pinot’s Palette.
24. Go to the farmers market on a Saturday morning.
25. Give up diet pop for a week.
26. Cook together with my dad.
27. Make homemade doggy treats for my dog.

I’m currently in the process of completing goal #25 (give up diet pop for a week). I’m on day 2. Day 1 was hard because I had a really bad headache. Day 2 isn’t so bad so far. I’m sure day 3 will be easy breezy. I’m actually trying to give up artificial sweeteners in my drinks altogether. So far I’ve just been drinking water, tea, and milk and I’ve been doing ok so far. 🙂

I hope to accomplish a few more of these goals in the next month. I’ll keep you updated!

So Close To The 200’s…I Can Smell It!

I haven’t given a weight update in a while I’m sure, so I thought I better do that today.

My weight loss hasn’t been the best the past couple of weeks due to my traveling and bad food choices. I weighed 311.9 pounds a few weekends ago before I left for Dallas the first time. When I got back, I gained a little weight. I think I got back up to 318.

My weight today is 310.6 pounds.

I realized I’ve been getting lazy. I’m not putting myself down, I just generally have been lazy with my healthy eating. I find that on weekends, I tend to be a little more lax on eating healthy. I’m not going out and eating fried foods and burgers, but I’ll have sauces on my foods or I’ll eat out at restaurants where I’m not sure how many calories are in my food, or I’ll eat less vegetables on the weekends, stuff like that.

I’ve also found that I’m not measuring foods out. I guesstimate. Guesstimating doesn’t always work, so to solve this, I went out and got some new measuring cups and spoons (mine slowly disappeared over time, I think the dishwasher ate them!).

I can’t get too too confident with my eating, because even though I’ve lost 61 pounds, I’ve still got a lot more to lose. I really want to get out of the 300’s, so it’s back to being strict with my eating!

Here’s my plan:

1. No more sushi on Friday nights. Sushi doesn’t have enough any vegetables.

2. When I eat out, I’m going to actually calculate the calories of the meal and not assume.

3. Drink less diet pop. This one’s going to be hard.

4. Measure out my foods so I know exactly how much I’m eating.

5. Keep up the exercising.

I think if I follow these steps, I’ll quickly reach my goal to be out of the 300’s.

Wish me luck!

Weigh In Update

It feels like its been forever since I last updated my weight! But after looking back at my previous posts, I realize it’s only been 9 days. I guess it feels like a long time since I’ve been purposely trying not to weigh myself every day. Either way, it’s been 9 days and today feels like the perfect day to update my weight! 🙂

I always like to recap my weight:

Beginning Weight
372 pounds-Dec. 18th

Last Weigh In
331.8 pounds-Feb. 16th

Current Weight
327.3 pounds-Feb. 25th

That’s 4.5 pounds lost in 9 days and a total weight loss of 44.7 pounds. 🙂