11/11/2012 – Mini Goal #1 Achieved!

I did it! I finally did it! I reached my first mini goal of 132lbs! This mini goal is the first 10lbs lost. I’m extremely happy now. And it just gives me more motivation to keep on going! I was lying in bed a little worried about weigh in today as it’s my first one since my new plan began two weeks ago. But I had nothing to be worried about really. I have been exercising often and keeping my eating on plan for the last couple of weeks. And now, I finally did it by reaching Mini Goal #1. My next mini goal is to be 127lbs which is a normal weight for my height. Let’s get working on it! 🙂

The past two weeks have been hectic! Last week was incredibly busy – two projects due, an in class test and graduation on Thursday! Things will begin to calm down now, I’ve an in class test every week for the next couple of weeks but no weeks as hectic as last week planned. This will give me some time to wind down now. I am proud to say that I did exercise 11 out of the last 13 days! I took last Thursday off due to my graduation and had a lazy day yesterday. I will make up for it and make sure I get my exercise in today. My plan is to get 30 minutes on weekends and an hour on weekends. I will allow myself to take a day off if I want but I’m not setting a specific day. It will just be a day where I don’t feel like doing anything. This day will only be allowed to be a weekday.

I did a new set of measurements on the 1st are they are as follows:
Current Measurements: 01/11
Weight: 133lbs
Measurements:
Thigh: 16.5“(-0.325“)
Calf: 11.825”
Upper Arm: 9.25“
Wrist: 5.625”
Hips: 36” (-1“)
Stomach: 35.5” (-0.5“)
Waist: 30.25” (-0.75“)
Bust: 35”
Underbust: 30” (-0.5“)
Total inches lost since 01/10/2012: 3.075 inches

Once again, not great numbers but it is something. I said in my last entry I wanted to get back into the swing of things as I had been struggling and so far this month I have really been trying and I feel like I’m getting back on track now. My plan was to lose when I lose but I really was just being lazy and giving up. I needed some motivation to actually try and get off my bum which I did. I’m going slow and still on the plan that I will lose when I lose so with that I’ve no short term goals I want to achieve. This semester has proven to be too stressful to stick to any plan strictly. I hope in my next set I have lost a better number of inches now that I’m back weight lifting and exercising more. Only time will tell.

I never knew a journey like this could have as many ups and downs it has had! I’ve had about five or six different plans that I tried out but eventually struggled with. It’s all a learning process really, isn’t it? And sometimes you need to re-adjust. This time for me I needed too as I’m now in college again. I’m hoping this new plan of exercise will be doable for me and I’ll be able to stick to it. The best motivator for me is that I’m involved in a couple of challenges for November and I don’t want to fail. It gives me encouragement to keep on going.

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Statistics:
Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: 132lbs
Goal weight: 112lbs

29/10/2012 – Day 150

In the past two weeks I’ve been extremely busy. Having decided last time to just lose when I lose has been working better for me. When I can exercise, I will and when I can’t, I don’t feel bad about it because I know it’s only for a while that I will stick to this plan. I do have a short walk everyday which is walking to the train station and then to college. It is about a 25 minute walk in total so I try to do it at a fast pace to make it count for something, even though I don’t count it as actual structured planned exercise. November is a couple of days away and I do want to try get back in the swing of things and do more than I have been. I know I can do some exercise and I’ve just been getting lazy! So November is going to be a month where I try and do more than I have been but without setting goals and doing things like having a plan of 6 days a week. Once I’m doing something I’ll be happy that I’m still trying even if it’s not as strict as I was back in the summer.

Today marks Day 150 of this journey! While my weight loss has been very slow, I know I am making progress and I finally got away from that stinking 134lbs last week and now I’m 133lbs! I guess it is down to my eating since my exercise is very limited. I would have my lunch during college and dinner when I get home. I guess I do eat less when I’m in college whereas I always felt it was the other way around – I would eat less while at home and more in college because of the temptations. But it doesn’t seem to be that case.

I gave myself a little challenge for October and that was to bring my own prepared lunch to college which I have stuck too every day I was in college. There were two days that I wasn’t in but while I was at home I prepared my own lunch instead of going to the store and getting something. I think I’m only lasting because of the lack of money I have though and when I can actually afford to buy lunch it will be so much harder for me. But, in saying that, I’ve had money various days during the month and didn’t get a lunch and stuck to my own. Once the challenge is over, I’m going to try in November to get back to drinking more water.

That is all for now! Happy Halloween everyone!

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Statistics:
Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: 133lbs
Goal weight: 112lbs

14/10/2012

Hey everyone!

At the moment, I am really struggling to get back on track. We are two weeks into the month and out of my goal of 25 hours, I’ve only managed to get 5 hours and 30 minutes. I’ve just been so tired to do a good hour worth of exercise each evening. It’s awful, I feel like I’m failing but I am still not eating terribly so that is a start, I guess?

The best times for doing exercise are on the weekends. Last weekend I was up around 8am/9am and went for a walk both mornings. Yesterday I did the same thing. It was great knowing I had it out of the way and had the rest of the day left to do college assignments and studying.

I worry about my goal and targets and if I’ll be able to reach them. I’ve been stuck on 134lbs since the start of September. And since my cousin left at the end, I was trying to get that number down but I think with not having enough workouts being done, it is just not happening! I’d love to be in the 120lbs before Christmas but I don’t see it happening with how things are going.

I’ve been thinking maybe stopping for this semester as I’ve so much going on and starting again after Christmas but I don’t actually want to do that. Then I’ve thought about getting rid of all goals I have between now and January and just doing what I can and if I lose, I lose. This one seems like a better idea to me. It’s too much having an exercise plan that I’d like to work out an hour a day and having job applications, mock interviews, real interviews, projects, presentations, class work and study for tests coming up. I’m exhausted by the time I get home to have any real motivation to do something. I’m asleep by 9pm/10pm most nights – even on weekends! So, from now on, I will do what I can and if I lose, I lose.

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Statistics:
Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: 134lbs
Goal weight: 112lbs

27/09/2012

Well, summer is well and truly over and my cousin has left! I’ve been back at college just a little over a week and I’m already stressed! Between projects, society sign ups, early starts and job application forms my mind has been going ninety!

From Monday onwards I’m ready to get back on track after having a bit of a break during the past couple of weeks. My plan is to add in exercise each of the days according to the time I’ll be home at. I’m also ready to get back on track with my eating and cutting back down the junk food (although I’ve been pretty good), fast/fried foods and cutting down the amount of orange juice I was drinking! Back to strictly water from now on. I’ve 6 weeks until graduation and by then I would love to be 130lbs for that! It would be a great day if I could reach that weight by then.

From now on, I think I’ll also update my blog on Sundays. The challenge which I was a part of to have my weigh in on Thursdays is over today and Sundays will give me a better chance to spend some time updating as Thursdays I will not be home until 8pm for the next semester.

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Statistics:
Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: 134lbs
Goal weight: 112lbs

14/09/2012

I wasn’t sure if I would find the time to update this while my cousin is here but I have found a spare couple of minutes today. She is having a great time here seeing all my friends which she also made friends with while she was here last time. And I’ve enjoyed having her the past week. I’m back at college next week so we are going to arrange a couple of shopping trips after college since I really can’t afford to miss any lectures – especially in the first week!

We were on a tour of the city on Wednesday and spend hours and hours walking around the different places. Afterwards, we went and did a bit of shopping as she wanted to get some gifts for her family back home. All the walking I did during the day, I clocked up 5 hours! It will be great as my workouts have been a bare minimum since she arrived. We went to a pub quiz last night and the prize is a €100 drinks voucher and we won! My group of friends have won it so many times! She has gone to another relative for the night so I can get a more structured exercise plan done today.

I have been able to watch my foods all week. We have tended to be at home during lunch so we can have lunch and then go out so that has been easy enough. We ate out during the day of the tour but once again, I don’t mind not sticking to plan for a couple of weeks while she is here. The time is going to go by so fast. I already can’t believe it has been a week. And since I’m in college next week, it will fly by to the following week when she leaves. So I’m going to enjoy my time with her because I don’t know when I will see her next.

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Statistics:
Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: ???
Goal weight: 112lbs

08/09/2012 – Day 100

I chose to update my blog because today marks another milestone – 100 days! 100 days of a cleaner lifestyle is a pretty big achievement. Most people give up on these lifestyles and diets well before now. But here at 3FC, I can see how determined we all are. I think at this stage now, 100 days, I won’t give up. There may be days where I go off plan and have a binge like I did two weeks or have a week off exercise but I don’t see myself giving up entirely. I guess that is really good, right?

I had my new goal of 134lbs for August which I did reach and am very happy about. It was a positive start to this month. Now I have a goal of 131 – 132lbs keeping up with my 2lbs to 3lbs loss per month that I decided on two weeks ago. In August I also achieved 26 days and 31 hours of excerise!

I did a new set of measurements on September 1st and they are as follows:
Current Measurements: 01/09
Weight: 134lbs
Measurements:
Thigh: 17″ (-1)
Calf: 12″ (-0.75)
Upper Arm: 9.5″ (-0.50)
Wrist: 5.625″ (-0.125)
Hips: 37″ (-1.5)
Stomach: 36.5″ (-2.5)
Waist: 31.5″ (-0.75)
Bust: 35.5″ (-1)
Underbust: 30.5″ (-1)
Total inches lost since 01/08/2012: 9.125 inches
Total inches lost to date: 22.875 inches

I’m continuing to be delighted over the inches I’m losing in my stomach and hips. When getting my new measurements, I could notice how much my hips have gone in. And even putting the tape at 41″ has shown me how big of a difference those 4″ have made. I’m very happy to see these new set of measurements as they always keep me motivated! Once again, I look forward to measuring again at the end of September and seeing what I lost.

At the moment have my cousin staying with me so I will continue to update my blog weekly. But I’m not sure how I will manage. So until next time, stay safe everyone.

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Statistics:
Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: 134lbs
Goal weight: 112lbs

30/08/2012

Another month in the year pretty much over now. Can you believe we are going into the 9th month of the year? This year has gone by so fast. It only feels like yesterday it was New Years. I had a great week this week with my food and exercise. I managed to stay on plan all week and reached my exercise goal of 25 hours on the 24th of August. Saturday is another month with new goals. My goals for September are:
– Exercise 20 hours. This is decreased due to my cousin arriving on the 7th and going on the 26th. I’m not sure how much exercise I will get in but I’ll get in what I can. I have until the 7th to really work hard and do as much as I can and then once she leaves on the 26th, I can work hard those last few days also. Luckily, she wants to do tourist things so that means I get a good bit of walking in for sure. I’m so excited to see her. I haven’t seen her since January 2011 when I went to visit her in New York.
– Target weight is 131 – 132lbs. 2lb/3lbs loss. It will be interesting to see if I can manage this due to going back to college and also having my cousin here which means going out more than I would be. But hopefully I will reach the goal. If I get to 132lbs it will be my first mini loss of 10lbs lost achieved!
– Continue to keep at this while back at college. I’m going back on the 17th. I don’t get my timetable until that day but I have thought about what my exercise routine will be like while I’m at college.

  • I’ve known to be home at 8pm and up at 6am so on days like that I will exercise by just doing a weights session for 30 – 40 minutes. Or simply have this day off – I do hope it is only one.
  • Days I’m home at 7pm maybe a weights session and step aerobics for 30 minutes each. Or until it gets into the deep winter evenings, I could get out walking and do a 30 minute weights session.
  • Any day I am home at 6pm or before, I’ll try going walking and a weight session or step aerobics.
  • Weekend days I was going to try a 40 minute step aerobics session and 20 minutes weight session both days. This is because I can then mainly focus on my college work and keeping up with it as well as studying for tests coming up.

My plans probably won’t come into place until late in September because my cousin will be here and I want her to enjoy her time here and not have her to be waiting around for me to finish a workout. While she is here, I do plan on doing some working out though when we are at home and not really doing anything. Coming into the winter it will start to get darker earlier but hopefully I won’t have to start worrying about this until late October/early November. Once it does, I might have to reorganise my plans for walking again making sure I’m walking in a well lit area – safety is everything after all. If anyone out there reading this would like to suggest a routine, please feel free to comment and let me know. Any advice is helpful and appreciated.

I had a goal of 132lbs by August 31st but having decided to aim for a loss of 2lbs or 3lbs per month, I probably will not see this weight until September. My goal for August is now 134lbs which I was this morning and hopefully tomorrow morning also making my goal. I guess rearranging my weight goals is just another time where I had to rethink my plans so they work for me. That is the most important thing here. That my plans and goals work for myself as everyone is different. I understand I could lose a lot more per month but I think I would be more comfortable to lose it slower. I know I’ll get to my goal eventually.

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Statistics:
Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: 134lbs
Goal weight: 112lbs

23/08/2012

This week was a pretty good week overall. This was bar a little incident that took place on Tuesday which is explained in detail further down this entry. I’ve introduced step aerobics into my exercise routine. It’s actually very enjoyable to do and you don’t even notice the time going by if you are doing it while watching something on the TV. It does give a good workout for me. The first day I did it, my butt and thighs were so sore. The following day I noticed my calves getting sore during the workout. I started off doing 30 minutes but I did up to 45 minutes a couple of days during the week also. I think it’s a good alternative for days where it’s miserable out and I can’t get out walking. It will come in very handy come the winter time when it will get more miserable than it has been in the past week. I’ve come across many articles that say that step aerobics is more intense than walking but less than running so I guess it is a good alternative for walking.

I’ve reached 22 hours and 35 minutes of exercise as of yesterday. My goal is 25 hours for August so I’m getting there! I’ve increased my hours from 15 hours to 25 hours since July so I must say I am pretty proud of myself for achieving this.

I started to rethink the amount of weight I wanted to lose per month. Usually it’s ranging between 4lbs and 6lbs (as set out in my New Years challenge) and since my weight loss has been very slow, I’m going to reduce it to a 2lbs or 3lbs per month. I think not achieving my goals could send me the wrong way. I understand it’s possible I could lose more than 2lbs or 3lbs a month but I think I’ll set the bar low and try to achieve high! This means my goal date no longer exists. I would have liked to get to my goal of 112lbs by the end of the year but I’m not going to force myself as I have a tough college year ahead of me.

For the first time in two months I binged… It was pretty bad! I felt so disgusting afterwards and felt so sick too because of the amount of junk I ate. That was on Tuesday. I’ve worked hard all day yesterday to stay not eat any junk food and exercise and it’s the plan from now on. It was a weak moment that had been building up for a while. But I feel like now I will know better because of how awful I felt. I’m even too ashamed to admit what I ate but it was an awful lot. Probably one of my worst binges ever! There is no point dwelling on the past so yesterday I just decided to get on with it. I had a slip up but sure we are all going to have slip ups along the way.

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Statistics:
Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: 135lbs
Goal weight: 112lbs

16/08/2012

Slow start to this week with no exercise on Thursday and a sort of lazy day on Friday followed by a planned rest day on Saturday and then another lazy day on Sunday. Then since Monday I have gotten up and exercised each of the days.

Started a new 21 day challenge on Monday just gone. This time my challenges are:
– Exercise as planned, 40 – 60 minutes a day. (Level 1, 1 pause remaining)
– No fried foods or fast food. (Level 2, 2 pauses remaining)

The exercise shouldn’t be a much of a problem. Unless I have an unintended lazy day during the way. Fried foods aren’t something I would eat a lot of either. I’ve had fast food a hand full of times in the past few months. But now that I’m challenging myself not to have fast food, I will want to do these things. So this way, it is a bit of a challenge for myself. I don’t restrict anything in my new lifestyle but it’s good to have a little challenge like this to see if I can go X amount of days without something.

We are half way through August now and I have one month left to get to my goal of 130lbs by the time I return to college. My weight loss has been slow so I don’t know if I will lose those 5lbs in the next 4 weeks. I’m not even sure if I’ll reach my goal of 112lbs by December 31st but I’ll sure as hell give it 200% now. During the past week and a half, it’s been a pretty bad time for myself with stressful things happening but now I’m back on track and back to my upbeat self. I’m ready to give it my all from now until I go back to college. Finally seeing the loss this week has something to do with just feeling great today. I’m off to make some lunch and then to do a weight lifting session. Motivation is a brilliant thing! Keep on going everyone. We can all do this!

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Statistics:
Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: 135lbs
Goal weight: 112lbs
Goal date: December 31st 2012

09/08/2012

Another week over and another week with no loss or gain! I did have a bit of a rough week to do with things in life but I held it together and I almost feel like getting out and walking each of the evenings helped me feel better and take my mind of things. Last week I set a challenge for myself to get out walking each day. I had a planned rest day on Sunday and on Saturday didn’t manage to get out walking due to getting caught talking to a friend but other than this, I did my walk and weights getting an average hour and a half exercise each of the days and due to this; I have now completed a total of 10 hours 10 minutes of exercise in the first week of August. My target is 25 hours this month so I’m well on my way of achieving my goal. I think I might try this small challenge again for the next week and see how I do with sticking to it. I’m trying to give it my all for August and lose as much as I can before going back to college in the middle of September. Given the amount of exercise I had done in the past week, it is a bit disappointing not to see a loss on the scales. But I’m going to keep on going and remain positive.

I will finish my 21 Day Challenge tomorrow and it has successful so far! My challenges were to drink between 2 and 2.5 lites of water daily, exercise as planned and the hardest challenge – no junk food! Drinking the water proved to be fine, exercise was alright (some days felt like a chore, but pushed myself to get going) and the junk food did prove to be difficult and I gave in two days. It was only a small hiccup along the way and I’m proud I only gave it twice in three weeks. It is definitely a challenge I will try do again. It helped me keep on the straight and narrow for three weeks. Little challenges like this that aren’t to do with a goal weight are great for you to keep on track and you almost feel you have to beat it and win. It feels great winning the challenges you set for yourself.

My aunties are coming down to stay for the weekend so I’m looking forward to seeing them. I can’t help but wonder if they will see any changes in me. It’s only been a couple of pounds and inches so far so I wouldn’t imagine they will notice a really big change in me. I think I’m going out on Saturday for a birthday. Not really wanting to drink but I might have one or two like I did at the last birthday I went out for a couple of weeks ago.

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Statistics:
Started: June 1st 2012
Start weight: 142lbs
Current weight: 136lbs
Goal weight: 112lbs
Goal date: December 31st 2012