Still Going

 

FInish Line

It has been a little over 3 months and I have lost 26 pounds. While the number on the scale is a little disappointing (more on that later) the weight loss community also speaks to Non-Scale Victories (NSV) and I have a lot of those. In addition to feeling stronger, healthier and just plain better overall some of my big NSVs are:

  • I have gone from a 2X-3X to XL in shirt sizes and I am down a pant size or two.
  • I can fit into all of my old work clothes that I was saving for “when I lost some weight”.
  • I am going to have to have my wedding ring re-sized very soon because it is about to fall off of my finger.
  • I can run longer before I run out of breath. Still not too far but further than before.

While I am eating WAYYY better than I was 3 months ago this is still the area that I need to make my focus in the coming weeks and months. This, in my opinion, is the reason why I have only lost 26 pounds and not 36 or 46 pounds. Yes, I said ONLY. I know, I know… don’t lecture me about my choice of the word only. I know it is better than nothing and is a great accomplishment. I am not discounting losing 26 pounds but I would be lying if I said that I was not disappointed by this number. Mostly because I feel like my effort and hard work in the gym should be reflected more in my weight loss.

My friend tagged my in an Instagram post the other day that said the following:

eating right

 

She tagged me in this post and I had not shared my struggles with her about my eating habits. I saw it as a sign, as well as, a good reminder of what I need to add to my priorities in order to maximize my success.

With that being said, I am still VERY motivated and much enjoy a good gym session and workouts with my trainers, Juan and Ashly. When I started my journey I told myself that I was not going to set a number of days that I had to go to the gym each week because I didn’t and don’t want it to feel like a chore. I want it to be something that I want to do. I really think this is working well for me because I find myself working out 5-6 days a week and it isn’t getting boring.

There are still some days that I don’t want to go and sometimes I don’t but most often, I find, those are the days I need it most so I push myself and make myself go and I never regret it! :)

Thank you to everyone who provides me the support, motivation and encouragement to push forward in my journey. I am off to a great start but still have a long way to go. Until next time!

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The Scale Says What??

prepare to die!

GOOD NEWS!!

I stepped on the scale this morning and I was sooooo happy!! Down 3.4 lbs since Wednesday and 7.2 lbs down since the 31st. Next goal is out of the 40’s.

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This is the last weekend I will spend being 30. I have so much to do. First thing in the morning, 10 am, I have a workout with my trainer. I need to get an oil change, do some touch up painting, going shopping and for pedis with Sherri and we will see what else is in store. I didn’t work out last night because I had a lot to do around the house but I was able to get some cardio in tonight. I did feel bad for not doing anything Thursday but sometimes rest is necessary. My workout results for tonight are …

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I am going to have to step up my cardio game. Me and the elliptical are going to be best friends!! Here is the beginning of our budding friendship….

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I had a yummy dinner and have decided that I will have to make it more often. Turkey (100 cal because I had 2 servings), cheese (35 cal) and spinach (20 cal) sandwich with Miracle Whip (50 cal) and Mustard (0 Cal) with chips (120 cal), egg (60 cal) and pickles (10 cal). Had a hard time meeting the water goal today but I am finishing that up right now.

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Had a hard time meeting the water goal today but I am finishing that up right now. Some days are harder than others but time got away from me today.

Last night I made spaghetti squash with chicken, mushrooms, garlic and kale. It was not my favorite dish and in the future I will use spinach instead of kale because I didn’t like the texture. The mushrooms were so juicy and tasty. I took the leftovers to lunch today but didn’t totally finish it.

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I did yard work on Wednesday which I counted as my workout. Here are the results from that workout…

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Still motivated

I have been on the go since last Tuesday and it has never felt better to sit my butt on the couch and watch my piled up recorded TV. The only difference between sitting on the couch a few weeks ago and sitting on the couch tonight is that I don’t feel as guilty for doing it.

I hit and exceeded my water goal both yesterday and today so I am excited about that. I have found that I want to get the goal out of the way as soon as possible so that anything that I do after is just extra! It also keeps me full so I am not always hungry.

Yesterday I was up super early (I couldn’t sleep) so I actually cooked breakfast. 100 calorie english muffin, cheese, Canadian bacon, and a little bit of grape jelly. I also had coffee.

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I came home for lunch and made this yummy sandwich, pickles and tomato and cucumbers with balsamic. It was delicious! I love balsamic vinegar and today Tristy gave me a good idea to use it when cooking as “sauce”. I cannot wait to try it.

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I had a snack a little after lunch cottage cheese and strawberries. I like the combo with peaches more. I also tried a different cottage cheese and I didn’t like it as much as the one I used previously. I will be changing back to the old one Breakstone or something like that.

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I had my first workout with my personal trainer yesterday. The workout is about 20-25 minutes and my results are ….

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My trainer said that sometimes the calories for circuit training are not correctly calculated so it was likely more that I burned but I will just use this number since it is something I can see. For dinner I had a smart one, carrots, kiwi and a almond snack bar.

Today when I weighed myself it showed I was down 1.8 lbs. Some progress is still progress and I am good with that. I am going to start taking pictures of my weigh-ins for even more motivation.

Linda and Tristy were over my way today so we went to lunch together. It was a little reunion. We went to Olive Garden and I must admit it wouldn’t normally be my first choice when I am trying to shake off the pounds but I was able to find some healthier choices that fit into my calories. I had the rosemary garlic chicken with garlic mashed potatoes (400 cal), minestrone soup (110 cal), and some salad (140 cal). I drank water and I didn’t eat not one bread stick!

lunch 4-7

 

I went to the Lunch Crunch PM tonight with Dulce. It was a good workout and gosh that trainer is crazy good. She makes everything look so easy. Here are my results.

workout 4-7

 

I had a nice protein packed salad with chicken, eggs, carrots, cucumbers, grape tomato and light balsamic vinaigrette.

 

 

 

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The Weekend

This weekend including Friday was a tad crazy. I got to meet my dear friend Linda for lunch. She picked Lubys. Normally when I go to Lubys I order the chicken fried chicken, salad, corn, mashed potatoes, a roll and sweet tea. Not anymore.

This time I was planning on ordering the baked chicken but something else caught my eye, blackened tilapia. For those of you that know me, this is a big deal. I used to tell people that I didn’t eat anything that came out of water. I have been testing the waters (pun intended) and while I still very much prefer chicken, turkey, pork and beef this is another healthier option.

I skipped the roll, got balsamic instead of ranch, chose green beans and cabbage over corn and mashed potatoes and drank water instead of sweet tea.

Lubys

On Friday evening I met Sheri, the bestest, most wonderful interior designer I know, for a little shopping in preparation for revamping the guest room… more to come about this venture.  I ate when I got home which was a little late and while better than stopping for fast food I could have made some better choices.  I did meet my water goal for the day!!

Saturday wasn’t a great day foodwise. I had a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats with 2% Milk so that was terrible but I didn’t eat again until 5pm. After work we had a kickball tourney which was over for us at about 4:45. I was kid sitting (they aren’t babies) and they chose Sonic. I was really bad at Sonic. I had a Chicken Strip Dinner and Mozzarella Sticks ( I can eat). I did drink water but I did not reach my water goal on Saturday.

Kickball Workout…

kickball

I came home Sunday morning from kid sitting and stopped at Wal-Mart to get stuff to make Ryan and I breakfast. I had coffee, egg whites, canadian bacon, 100 calorie english muffin with jelly (low fat), and a slice of cheese. All in all it was about 400 calories.

smart choices

 

breakfast

Ryan and I went to Home Depot and back to Wal-Mart to do a little grocery shopping. When we got home I started working on the guest bedroom and before I knew it, it was 6:30 pm. I had a Green Goddess smoothie for about 280 calories and that was all that I had all day. I know this is bad and believe me, will not be the norm. While painting the guest room I wore my heart rate monitor. After I started it something happened and my totals were lost so I started it again.

This is the result…

painting

I have been up since 4 am and tossed and turned all night. I am sore and tired but have a great week ahead of me. I meet with a personal trainer tonight for my first session. Wish me luck…

April 2nd- Gosh am I sore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I first want to start off by saying thank you to everyone for the support and encouragement. I means a lot and it is very helpful in keeping me motivated.

This morning when I stepped on the scale it said I was down 1.8 lbs from Tuesday. Something is more than nothing so that was nice to see. I am so sore today from the Tuesday and Wednesday work outs but I must continue.

I worked out at home for a little bit. I danced watching Dance Fitness with Jessica on You Tube. She makes it look so easy but it is super hard. It goes by fast because I like to dance. Each song is about 4-5 minutes and I rest while I look for a new one. She has a lot. I didn’t burn a lot today but it is 258 more calories then I would have burned sitting on my couch so I will celebrate that.

Another celebration, I hit my water goal of 64 ounces today!!

I forgot to take a picture of my dinner but I had a salad with cucumbers, eggs, apples, croutons, chicken breast and some lite balsamic vinaigrette. My neighbor brought over some Filipino food and I did have a few bites of that. I didn’t have any of the homemade flour tortillas that she brought over later 😉
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April 1st- Results and Dinner

Today I burned 522 calories during my workout. I did 15 minutes on the stair master (which was harder today because of the workout I did yesterday) and did some work with weights. I am excited to work with a personal trainer and learn some new things that I can implement when I am working out alone.

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I mentioned in my first post that I made spaghetti squash for the first time. I made spaghetti using ground chicken and added fresh bell pepper and mushrooms to the sauce. I have leftovers that I will be eating for lunch tomorrow. This meal is not husband approved.

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