Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday Weigh In

Starting Weight - 235 on January 1st, 2012
Current Goal - 205 by May 31st, 2012
Current Weight - 210.7

Weight lost this week -  gained 0.4 lbs
Weight lost so far- 24.3.1lbs

Ever since reading the Hunger Games, I have embraced the saying “I’m having a hollow day”. You know those days that you wake up hungry and no matter what you eat, you are still hungry? The last 2 days have been like that for me. I finished my lunch by 10:30 yesterday, including the fruit that I usually save for an afternoon snack. Today I caved and bought myself a bag of chips, and then ate that AND all my lunch by 11:00.

I feel that I have fallen off the healthy eating/weight loss wagon and I’m having trouble finding the motivation to get back on. I hit a low of 210.1 this week, but could not maintain it.  I'm still not exercising on non-TaeKwon Do days, and it shows.

So I need to kick myself in the butt, get moving and just. stop. eating!  My mom will be here for a visit in 2 weeks, so I'm going to focus on being under 210 (and maintaining it) by the time she gets here.  She is a great inspiration, having lost a lot of weight and kept it off as well as struggling with diabetes.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Week 20 - Find your purpose

How did I do with last week's change?

Week 18: Raise your heart rate
Doing okay with this one thanks to TaeKwon-Do

Week 19: Eat fruit
2 fruit every day?  No problem!

The Change: Find your purpose in life and live it everyday.

This week is a very deep, introspective challenge.  To help us delve into things, here are some suggested questions we can ask ourselves:

1)What do you want? When I look back on my life when I am 70 or 80, what do I want to see? What do I want that children to think of me? What do I want my grandchildren to think of me? If I did, what would my eulogy say, what would people say about me? What in my life would bring me the most pleasure, fulfillment and make me most content and satisfied?

2)What are your passions? Thing that bring me joy and happiness, things I do out of love and not guilt and with no need for recognition.

3)What are your strengths? What do I do best? What are my talents? What do I do really well?

4)What matters to you? If I had to attach myself to a cause, what would it be? Is there something that creates a fire in my belly?

Wow.... the good thing is that our host is away next week so we have 2 weeks to work on this change.  I've been reading the questions over and tossing some answers around in my head, but I'm going to need some more time before I can put anything together in real words.  Stay tuned.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Week 18 and 19

How did I do with last week's change?

Week 17: Get five squares
Since this challenge involves snacking I would have to say that I'm doing great!

Not only am I behind on blogging, The 'Hood  fell behind by a week too.  So let's catch up with 2 changes this week.

Week 18 The Change: Get in aerobic exercise by raising your heart rate to 60-80 percent of your maximum heart rate for thirty minutes, three days a week.
TaeKwon-Do anyone?  My heart sure is racing 3 times a week.  My favorite (and most hated!) part of the warm up takes only 5 minutes and makes me feel like my heart is going to explode.  We do 30 seconds of marching/punches, 30 seconds of jumping jacks, 30 seconds of double punches while jumping and then another 30 seconds of marching/punches.  Rest for 1 minute and do it again.  I have yet to be able to fully complete it without pausing at least once.  The double punches while jumping is the hardest!  One of our instructors also likes to randomly toss in jumping jacks throughout the hour just to make sure your heart is still pumping.
Week 19 The Change: Consume 2-4 servings of whole fruit per day. (One serving = 1 cup of berries or other fruit; 1 medium sized fruit or 1/2 banana or grapefruit.)
I love fruit almost as much as I love vegetables. I take at least 2 fruit in my lunch every day - usually an apple and whatever else we have on hand.  Living in Nova Scotia, fresh fruit (other than apples) can be hard to come by in the winter.  I really don't like canned fruit, and frozen is okay to bake with, but not to eat.  But winter is over and soon we will have a huge variety of fruits to choose from. I can't wait for fresh peaches, apricots, raspberries and strawberries.  I'm hoping we can get out to some U-Pick farms again this year and enjoy our fruit straight from the vine.

Weigh In

Starting Weight - 235 on January 1st, 2012
Current Goal - 205 by May 31st, 2012
Current Weight - 210.3

Weight lost this week -  0.4 lbs
Weight lost so far- 24.7.1lbs

I have been a bad blogger of late.  But that doesn't mean that I haven't still been focusing on getting healthy.  The scale has started to move in the right direction again, even if only by small increments.

When I started this journey in January I was very gung-ho to exercise everyday, even if it was just 30 minutes on the Wii after work.  Now I can't remember the last time I used the Wii.  I'm still doing TaeKwon-Do 3 days a week, but can't seem to get motivated to do anything else.  Yesterday it was beautiful out, so I decided to get out walking.  I love to walk and need to find make the time to do it more often.

My goal this week is to exercise 30 minutes on non TaeKwon-Do days.  This weight isn't going to melt itself off without some work on my part, so I need to put on my not-so big girl panties (and new great workout bra) and get moving!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday Weigh In

Starting Weight - 235 on January 1st, 2012
Current Goal - 205 by May 31st, 2012
Current Weight - 210.7

Weight lost this week -  2 lbs
Weight lost so far- 24.3.1lbs

The scale FINALLY says 210! (I'm ignoring the point 7 part)  It feels good to be moving towards my goal and being in sight of setting the next goal.

It has really been a matter of keeping my calories at my target level each day.  Even with 1 day out of the week going over, I find that my weight stays where it is, even with exercise.  I love that I can eat whatever I want, I just really have to watch my portion control and not consume more calories then I should.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday Weigh In

Starting Weight - 235 on January 1st, 2012
Current Goal - 210 by April 28th, 2012
Current Weight - 212.7

Weight lost this week -  2.2 lbs
Weight lost so far- 22.3.1lbs

A much better week!  Things are getting back on track.  I'm feeling energized and finding I'm less hungry during the day.   That really helps the cause!   I'm not as tired this week either, so hopefully things are leveling out.  I have not been doing any workouts other then TaeKwon-Do 3 times a week.  I really want to get back to doing more, and maybe now that I'm not so tired I will.

It's another month of not hitting my goal, but since I'm still going in the right direction, I'm okay with that.  Instead of setting monthly goals, I'm going to stick with aiming to lose 5 pounds at at time.  So I'm still aiming for 210!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Week 17- Get Five Squares

How did I do with last week's change?

Week 16: Laugh Out Loud
I've been kinda grumpy in the evenings, possibly from being tired lately, so I haven't been laughing as much as I could.

The Change: Develop a regular eating schedule that keeps you satisfied throughout the day.

This is a timely change for me.  I track my food in MyFitnessPal and had always put it in as 3 meals and 1 snack every day.  But just this week I changed it to 3 meals and 3 snacks.  It hasn't changed the way I eat, but it lets me see how my food is being divided up throughout the day.  The one thing that is important to me on this weight loss journey is that I always have lots to eat and don't feel that I'm deprived or wanting.  Of course, I try to make healthy food choices.  I love having small snacky things throughout the day instead of big meals.  I think this will be another change that quickly becomes a part of my day to day life.