All about choices

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I have not written in a long long time. Yes, I have been busy. But then, aren’t we all. And the trick about this whole weight loss journey, that I realised at this point in my life, is that I have to stop making excuses. I am responsible for all my actions. So if I over-eat (or drink too many glasses of wine like last night), I do it knowing fully-well that there will be consequences. My life is my choice, everything that happens to me is my decision. If I want to be entertained, I am the one who gets to choose from movies, pubbing, hanging out with friends, shopping, etc, etc. Yes, everything I do is my own doing. And likewise if I want to lose weight or I want to blog regularly, I should make time for it. Because I can if I want to, no matter how busy I am.

On a good note, I am doing the May challenge with all seriousness. I didn’t get a star for a food yesterday. And I didn’t hit the gym today morning. But I’ll try and go for a walk today evening.

Weight: 165 lbs (crept right back… sigh!)

Exercise: Not as yet

It’s magic

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Magically today, like last month, the day after I finished my periods my weight dropped. Ladies (and gentlemen) today I weighed in at 163 pounds. *Bow*.

My God. This feels so good. Specially because I have been fairly lazy this month. Lazy about exercising and lazy about being careful about food (and lazy about blogging). Actually, if I look back at this month’s performance. I have exercised only 12 days out of 23 and cheated 11 days on food . And as a result, my weight this month has fluctuated like crazy. I even touched 169.5 lbs a couple of times. But all that is history. I am at 163 lbs today and if I am good the rest of the month I may just touch my target of 162.5. I can, I can!

Exercise: 35 mins cardio + 40 mins weights + stretches + 15 mins walk to gym

So much for trying to be good

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I ate a bowlful of ice-cream yesterday (vanilla flavour, which  means fewer calories, or so I try to convince myself) AND I didn’t manage to get to the gym. I have been feeling a little tired these last couple of days. Must be the change in weather. Bombay is HOT and these are early days of summer yet. It’s so hot, it’s an effort to go anywhere or do anything. I wish I could just sit in one place (Like Joey and Chandler in Friends) and not move for a couple of days. So anyways, I have just not been able to motivate myself to hit the gym this week. Only twice this week (Tuesday and today-Thursday).

Having said that, TODAY I am going to try harder to be good. I did go to the gym, didn’t I?! And I really enjoyed the exercise. And oh! My weight dropped to 167 lbs yesterday (and it continued to be the same today). I am keeping my fingers crossed. Am crossing my toes as well, just in case it helps. :)

Weight: 167 lbs

Exercise: 35 mins cardio + 40 mins strength training + stretching + 15 mins walk

Committing hara-kiri

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The last 10 days have been horrible (discipline-wise). Oh I’ve had fun. I’ve eaten foods that I’d not allowed myself for the last 8 months or so. And it seemed like a dam broke open. I knew it would be a difficult month. First I had the work trip and then my brother was in town for 5 days, which meant our favourite meals at home. And I’d told myself that this month I would be ok with not losing any, as I’d lost a lot last month. So this month would be a maintenance month. And I ate and ate (but exercised to make up for the food excesses).  Unfortunately for me, 1.5 hrs of exercise in a day does not make up for gluttony for the rest of the day. And so, here I am 4 lbs heavier than I was at the beginning of the month. This is so sickening. I can’t believe that I did this to myself. This is hara-kiri. I knowingly let myself go. Now, I’m taking charge of my life again. I am back to being careful about food. And no cheating AT ALL. I’ve realised that a little cheating here and there adds up to a lot of cheating, which in turn adds up to 4 lbs!

Anyways, I have set myself up with 3 challenges- with my Dad, my friend S and my Bro.

The first is with my Dad. We’re competing for who gets to 74 kgs first (162.8 lbs). This bet has been on for a while. And I am hoping that now with my newly resolved will-power I shall achieve it by first week of May.

The next challenge is with my friend S. Both of us have to lose weight. Though she has a lot less to lose. Our challenge is that we both lose around 10 pounds by June 26th (3 months from March 26th which was when we shook hands on the challenge). So I’m aiming for 154 lbs and she for 121 lbs. (She’s around 5 inches shorter than me)

The third and last challenge is with my brother. We both want to eventually lose around 20-25 lbs. So our challenge is who gets there first. My target is 143 lbs and his is 187 lbs. We’ve given ourselves till November. Which gives us enough time to realistically achieve our goals.

Phew! That’s three challenges I just have to win. And the ones with my Dad and my Bro are bets more than challenges. My father refused to bet anything. But with my Bro, we’ve agreed that whoever loses has to visit the other for a weekend/ holiday. With the increasing airfares, this is going to be one costly bet to lose!

The stats today:-

Weight: 169 lbs

Exercise: 50 mins cardio + abs + stretches + 15 mins walk to gym

Things are looking up, or should I say down :)

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Yay! I am back on track. I’ve dropped 2.5 lbs since yesterday. Must be all the water-retention weight that’s dropped off. But it does feel good. I was feeling pretty low to see my weight so high yesterday. Went to the gym today morning after 5 days and managed to put in 1.5 hrs altogether. I’ve completed my Level 2 salsa and my next level is starting only in May. So I’ll have to figure out what I’ll be doing for exercise over the weekends. Maybe I can go to the gym on Saturday and just go for a walk on Sunday. Let’s see. I certainly can’t rest on weekends. I’m far behind in the April challenge as it is. So here’s to pushing the limits and over achieving this month’s targets as well.

Weight: 167 lbs

Exercise: 32 mins cardio + 40 mins weights + 5 mins stretching + 15 mins brisk walk to gym

Back to the ‘ol springboard

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I indulged (and how!) the last three days. I ate (everything possible) and drank (a lot, including the dreaded super-fattening beer). And unsurprisingly, I weighed in at 169.5 lbs. My God! That’s like 3.5 lbs in 3 days. That’s crazy. I am hoping that some of it is water weight. Otherwise I have 7 lbs to lose this month, as per the target I have laid out for myself. And that’s a scary thought. I really did want to go the gym today but I returned from my trip yesterday late afternoon and I was super exhausted. I am back to my regular eating pattern. So that’s some good news. Tomorrow, I get back to exercising. I am also way behind in the April challenge. So I have to pull up my socks, literally!

Weight: 169.5 lbs

Exercise: Nada

March challenge- Third Place

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        Yay! Unbelievable but yay!

(Didn’t just march but) Sailed through March

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March has been a fabulous month.

We all completed the Eileen’s March challenge FINALLY. I have earned a total of 59 stars. I had four cheat days and 5 days of absolutely no exercise. BUT I have lost more than 6.5 lbs in this month. That’s amazing for me as that’s the highest I have lost in a month where I didn’t crash diet.

My target was 168 lbs for April 1st. I am at 166 (I’d gone down to 165 but the scale has been showing 166 for the last couple of days)

 

Anyways, since I have been going faster than the targets I’d set for myself, I am re-looking at my weight loss targets for the next three months. Here goes:

May 1- 162.5

June 1- 158.5

July 1 - 154

Again, as always, I have not kept very ambitious targets. I am off for a three-day work related awards-fest where I will eat, drink, be merry (and come back a few pounds heavier I’m sure). Also, am planning a 2-week holiday in May-June, which will again mean no exercise and not much control/choice on food. So I really hope I can achieve my targets. Like I said my targets are very doable. And maybe if I have another good month like March, I’ll reach 154 lbs even before July 1.

:) I’m a happy girl today

Weight: 166 lbs

Exercise: 65 mins cardio  (arc + treadmill + cycle ) + 10 mins abs & stretches + 15 mins walk

Strange, but true

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Something is seriously wrong. I weighed in at 165 lbs. How on earth is it even possible?! There must be some trick somewhere. My scales are teasing me, playing a game. Tomorrow I’ll go back to 168 lbs or something and then I will be seriously depressed. It’ll be like letting the dog lick the biscuit and then taking it away. Arrrrgghhh!

But my God! 165! That’s 1 pound away from my May 1st target. And because I have been exercising I know the weight loss can’t be water loss or bone density loss (somebody told me that dieting causes bone density loss, don’t know if it’s correct). Anyways, which means that the weight I am seeing on the scales may actually be my weight. But even if it were my actually weight, it’ll be up next week. Sigh!

I am going for an advertising three-day awards fest next weekend (have I ever mentioned that I work in advertising?). Which means- three days of sun, sea, sand, lots of fattening food and lots of alcohol. It won’t just be difficult to maintain my diet, I won’t get any exercise either. Besides, I have been really looking forward to these three days. So I know I will indulge myself. I know it. I will have two nights of crazy partying. I sure deserve it. The last one year has been tough, personally and work-load wise. So yes, I do deserve to let my hair down for three days. But the only thing that’ll be down will be my hair. Am sure my weight will spiral right back to the late 160s. I am so torn between keeping up the weight-loss momentum and giving myself 3 days off. God help me!

Weight today: 165 lbs!!

Exercise: 30 mins cardio + 45 mins weights + stretches + 30 mins walks (to and fro from the gym)

Light at the end of the tunnel

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I am in shock. I weighed in at 167.5 lbs today morning. That’s lower than my April 1st target. I don’t know whether it is just weight fluctuation, but I don’t care. I am seeing numbers that I haven’t seen in a long time. Not to say that I truly don’t care. I do care. I hope I am not back to 170 tomorrow. But even if I am fluctuating and touching 167.5 it means that that has become range. And that’s simply wonderful. And to think that I was cribbing just the other day that the scales weren’t moving. There really is light at the end of the tunnel.

Weight: 167.5 lbs

Exercise: 30 mins cardio + 40 mins weights + stretches + 15 mins walk


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