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Update for a Hiatus

Well, I saw 150.0 on the scale Sunday morning which is AMAZING. That means 50 pounds down and actually maintaining for some time. Huzzah!!! But I will be taking a break as I am pregnant! 12 weeks along officially. I wasn’t trying to drop any more weight once I found out 2 months ago, but food aversion and apparently just being pregnant has done that. Although I have still been tracking my foods and eating as healthy as I can I just have been a bit more lax with the calorie restrictions. I believe I am eating between 1700 and 1900 calories a day and somehow was still losing! Although I seem to maintain now around 151 – it was just nice to see the scale read 150.2 on Saturday and 150.0 on Sunday. 🙂

So I may still update with now my weight GAIN over the next few months in the hope to have a healthy gain of 25-30 pounds. We shall see, but hoping to cap at 180 is still pretty nice. Weird to think even at the end of pregnancy my goal is still to be 20 pounds less than my highest!

Right now I’m happy that my weight has maintained as I am in my sister’s wedding in a week and a half and I really wanted the dress to still fit and look good! I am still not really showing which will help for that dress, after that I am less concerned. Although I still plan to be in my friend’s wedding September 23rd where I’ll be 35 weeks. Yikes! The dress was already ordered, just 2 sizes up so fingers crossed I can make that work and as I hope my weight gain will be in a healthy normal range.

Well until next time!

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Updates

Just a very quick update – the last number I saw on the scale was 151.0, so I’m now 49 pounds lost!!! EAP!!! Still can’t believe it and I am just so happy to be where I am. I am firmly wearing a size 8 pair of pants, and almost think I could get away with wearing a 6 as my 8’s are still a bit loose. I have NEVER worn a 6, so that would be pretty awesome. That’s about it for now. Just wanted to share the updates – I am the lowest I have been since I was 23 so it feels pretty good at 30 😉

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Back to the Grind

Alright, been a while, but it has been a busy few weeks! I did see the scale dip down to 155 and was quite happy to officially see 45 pounds gone! But then life happened a bit and I enjoyed myself enough that weight loss wasn’t the focus, but maintenance was. I had a friend’s birthday beer party at Revolution on the 4th which I drank a fair amount of beer, but didn’t snack or anything. Then Sunday was the Superbowl where I snacked some, but didn’t really drink since we went at it pretty hard on beer the night before and my body was none too happy about that.

Then last Tuesday was Vegas! My friend and I had a blast, and I had hoped it was water weight that pushed the scale up for me from the weekend going into the trip. We did a LOT of walking out there, not a ton of eating and a LOT of drinking. But the drinks were all vodka soda, so any bit helps! I came home, saw 158.6 on the scale on Friday and was a bit worried, but knew it had been a crazy week so I would let it slide and focus on the stuff I wanted to focus on. Last Saturday was my husband’s cousin’s wedding at the Revolution brewpub and it was a blast. Another night of more beer and not a ton of food, but I went into the night prepped with plenty of carbs and calories left. Otherwise I have been pretty good about having lower days when I can and higher days when I want to enjoy it, and just plan accordingly. Well today the scale said 155.4 so that to me seems like a win given the past 2 weeks!

Throughout all of this I still made sure to log everything, even on the higher days. Logging can still help to contain those “bad” days.

However, I am back and focused now! With all the big celebrations over I am back on the weight loss bandwagon. I am hoping to see 150 on that scale and celebrate 50 pounds down. How great would that be? And if I can get there, maybe I could even see that 147 that was my lowest adult weight. I am ready to rededicate myself to see that weight go down and tone up a bit as well. My eating is still good with logging and weighing, but the gym hasn’t been the best.

Today I plan to go to the gym for a run since it’s still a bit chilly outside. Tomorrow I will do pilates in the morning and then I have volleyball at night. We have nothing planned for this weekend as my husband has some overtime work scheduled so eating right and drinking little should be fairly easy.

Here is to seeing something less than 155.4 on that scale for next Friday!

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Another Regular Day

Yesterday I did pretty good at my friend’s bowling birthday party. I went into the night with plenty of carbs and calories left for the day so having a rum punch and a few light beers didn’t put me over at all. Today I went for my first outdoor run of 2017. It was sunny and 40 in Chicago today after many many days of it being 30’s and grey so I thought it was the perfect time to test my cold air lungs. I did pretty good and having the extra exercise calories was pretty nice. I am enjoying a nice beer as we speak – cheers to lower carb days with some beer calories at night!

That was about the only update. I saw 154.2 on the scale this morning so I’m hopeful for Friday that I will be closer to 154 than 155 or 156 and can officially celebrate my 45 pound loss. Crazy to think I’ve lost that much weight.

My husband and I are starting to try for kids this month. It more is like, just not stopping for kids more than actively attempting, but it’s a big step for us. We aren’t 100% ready, but I guess who is? I’m hoping to keep losing until that happens (if it happens, given my hormonal issues). I will need to focus a lot on weight as weight loss has been my primary goal and this would be switching to maintenance and then gaining which is scary, but hopefully my current dedication will help me. Although I suppose I also shouldn’t put my chickens before the egg. Anyways… until that may or may not happen I’m hoping to keep losing, have fun in Vegas and go from there.

Tomorrow is volleyball so I want to do some type of toning work earlier in the day and get some minimal cardio at volleyball. Either way I need to focus on only a few drinks tomorrow night and just keep trucking.

Wish me luck – per usual!

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Fluctuations Are Killing Me!

Okay so I have been doing better about food and drinks especially since I have been a lot of mindful of my drinks and putting myself in positions where I won’t drink that much. My friend who is also on her weight loss journey is in the same boat and she and I are trying to be good together and so far it is working well. Of course all of that will go out the window when we go to Vegas in a few weeks, but oh well. 😉

I saw 154.4 this morning on the scale so that was pretty exciting. However, last “official” Friday was 155.8, Sunday was 154.0, “unofficial” Monday was 155.8 and today was 154.4. So at this point all of these fluctuations are teasing me with a 45 pound weight loss number. I know I am about there though, so it is what it is. I will continue to stay on track and see what this upcoming official Friday will bring. I still think I can make 155.0 by Vegas pretty clearly without the fluctuations, but that means staying focused.

Additionally, I am celebrating another NSV this weekend – I bought 2 pairs of *SIZE 8* pants! This weekend was bridesmaid dress shopping for my friend’s wedding in September and afterwards I went to the thrift shop across the street as my size 10’s are just about falling off me after one wear. I was able to buy a pair of jeans and a pair of black pants in size 8 and felt pretty excited to be in single digits! Oh, and another on Friday when I was looking for a black dress to wear and was able to buy a size SMALL at Target! It fit perfectly and that made me pretty excited. I think I only own 2 things in a size small so that also made me feel amazing.

That’s about all for updates – just reporting that I am staying on track with a few deviations, but nothing detrimental. Just enjoying my weight loss, trying for a few more pounds and attempting to start to find a balance in maintenance. As I have stated before the carb counting seem to make all the difference and I just will continue to focus on that.

Hopefully I’ll have a good check in on Friday!

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3 Week Goal

Today was 156.4! I saw 155.0 on Friday and even though I knew it was a fluke, I still recorded it for official Friday. It just means it will go back up for the next week or two. Oh well – when I am this close I suppose that will happen more.

This week was TOM so I ate and drank more than I should have, but I have decided that I am going to have a mini goal of eating 1,200 calories and my usual lower carbs each day for the next 3 weeks until Vegas. I want to see that 155.0 with no fluke and I believe with 3 weeks I could see that as long as I stay on track and continue to work out and do toning DVDs.

Either way, I am still pretty happy about beating my old weight from this blog so that makes me happy. And now my size 8 clothes are officially fitting perfect. I am looking forward to shopping for a new pair of jeans in a few weeks. I also went through my “someday” bins in the attic and really got rid of a LOT of clothes. A fair amount were donated and I did have to throw some out, but I feel pretty happy about the clothes I currently have. The last time I was this size I wore a lot of clothes for a younger person – shorter hem lines and younger prints. Because I went through everything I was able to have a summer and a winter bin that can easily take some extra clothes when the seasons change so that will be nice.

Well wish me luck hitting the 1,200 calorie goals. I feel confident in doing so – I just need to watch my drinking! Those social calories add up fast!

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Checking In (Again)

Not much to report I am still seeing 157.4 on the scale so that isn’t moving much, but I’ll take it as I get closer and closer to a lower weight. I am also getting close to TOM so I would imagine my weight will go up shortly or just hold fast for a while.

I didn’t work out over the weekend, but did get a Jillian Michaels in yesterday for some toning and will be doing cardio with a friend at the gym tonight before going to see a movie. We are holding ourselves accountable so I’m more than okay about that. She started her weight loss journey in mid December and has been working out with a trainer. She is having slow, but steady losses and I’m sure is already WAY stronger than I am! I’m happy that she and I can talk about it together though. I am a bit nervous for my run today though since it has been so long. Hoping I don’t do TOO bad, but either way I’ll have 45 minutes of cardio today.

Other than that I have been trucking. I find myself coming closer to my 1,200 calorie goal each day. My carbs have been pretty good, but just a drink or 2 seems to put me over which I need to be better about reigning that in. I had 3 drinks yesterday, but definitely a few more snacks than I should have. Nothing to put me over terribly maybe a serving of chips with salsa and some baby carrots, but if I am serious about wanting to keep going down in weight I need to ease up on the snacks. I’m hoping it is just because I am back into working out steady again as well as TOM. Or I’ll hope that’s the cause for this hunger!

That’s about all for now. 3 Weeks until Vegas and still 2.4 pounds to lose. Until then, keep fighting the good fight.

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The Next Mini Goal

Say 157.4 on the scale this morning! WHAT?! I’ll take it! I had a few drinks last night, but was careful to make sure they fit in my calories for the day and they were only vodka sodas so I ended the day pretty well. I did go to the gym Thursday and did No More Trouble Zones yesterday so I feel back into it. Calories and carbs have been good and I feel motivated again!

I also booked a VERY quick mini trip to Las Vegas with a friend of mine. Her sister’s birthday is the second week in February so we’ll be leaving on Tuesday night and coming back Thursday night. Tickets were so cheap and the hotels are essentially comping our rooms so it’s a pretty cheap weekend away. I now have a new mini goal to work for! I’m hoping to be at LEAST 155 by departure day – February 7th. That leaves me about 3.5 weeks to lose about 3 pounds (assuming today was more of a fluke and I am still around 158 as yesterday’s “official” was 158.4). But if I only need to lose 2.4 that makes that even easier.

I also want to hunt down a pair of size 8 white pants that I wore to Las Vegas went I first went in 2009. I think I still have them in the attic in a bin. It would be great to wear those again! So that will tag along my mini goal. To be 155 AND to fit into those white pants. All the more reason to make sure I make toning a focus in January and February. Also for my bridesmaid dress come April, but for now having a short mini goal will help!

Today I had turkey bacon and coffee for breakfast because I wasn’t feeling anything too heavy. This afternoon we will be watching the Seahawks game at Emerald Loop with our friends who are in from Seattle. I will probably have a bloody mary and a salad for dinner. Eh, either way I’ll make it work!

Well hope everyone (if anyone even posts or checks here anymore) is having a fun and accountable weekend!

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Back In It

Okay, so Friday through Tuesday I was a bit lax on the food game. I probably ate closer to maintenance (mostly due to wine) and did not go to the gym, but I’m back to it and feeling better. I think I was a bit sick and just felt very blah. Yesterday was a good food day, today is shaping up to be good as well and I will be going to the gym this afternoon.

I forgot to step on the scale this morning, but did step on after eating breakfast and drinking tea and saw 158.2 so that was pretty nice. I know I shouldn’t expect a loss with the way I ate this weekend, but hoping it re-set my body a bit from a constant loss from a bigger deficit. We’ll see next week as I continue to eat for weight loss again and hit the gym.

Anyways, just a quick check in. If I can dip below 157 I will be the lowest I have been since maybe 2009 which would be pretty awesome. Fingers crossed.

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Scale and Non Scale Victories

Alright, today’s official weigh in was 158.8 which isn’t too bad! I also took updated measurements. When I first started this process I took measurements as I never had before and figured, why not? My Fitness Pal only has spaces for 3 – neck, waist and hips. I decided to use the neck as bust instead, and have been tracking my measurements since February. As of today I have lost 5 inches off my bust, 9 inches off my waist and 9 inches off my hips! I am pretty excited to have kept some of my bust there, but lost so much over my waist and hips. Crazy to think how much extra 9 inches was.

And… I actually buttoned a size 8 pair of pants the other day! I had a pair of size 8 jeans from The Limited sitting in my closet that I tried to put on ages ago and they wouldn’t even come CLOSE to getting over my thighs! And I was so surprised to see them not only go over my thighs, but actually button! But, of course, styles have changed A LOT since 2008 and the flares did not really look good on me (which also makes me wonder if they really looked good at that time too.) I used to think I just didn’t have the legs for skinny pants, but as I start to wear those more and more through pixie pants from Old Navy and my friend’s old jeans that she donated my way I am seeing that they actually make me look skinnier and overall more shapely. So while I was pretty excited to fit into a pair of 8 jeans, I don’t even think I will be keeping them, but will donate.

I haven’t been as good with working out as I should be. I only did a workout this week on Tuesday and Thursday. I’m hoping to get to the gym for a run today at some point, but lately have had a weird thing happen when I do moderate to intense cardio. I seem to get very sick to my stomach and almost feel like I need to vomit. It happened last Friday during my run. I did my warm up for 5 minutes and then was able to job solidly for 25 minutes. I then had to walk, and during the 5 minute walk felt like I needed to throw up and had to stop. This didn’t happen on Tuesday with the elliptical, but I don’t push myself very hard when I do that workout. Then last night I did a Jillian Michaels workout which usually gets my blood pumping. It was right around the cool down that again I felt sick to my stomach. I’m a bit worried for today’s workout, but will continue to try my best and see what happens.

I am due again for a doctor’s visit to test my blood work as the last time I was told to take Vitamin D as my levels were low. I know, no red meat, no dairy and my pale butt doesn’t like the sun – how can I be low on Vitamin D? :p I am also a bit excited to see the nurse’s face for my weight since I went in January for the flu and their scale said 205 (I never saw it on my scale so I say it didn’t happen), then in September again around 185 and she looks amazed. I’m excited just thinking about what her face will look like at roughly 160. 🙂

Anyways, that is the check in for today. Hoping for a good well logged weekend as last week I for sure went over in calories, if not carbs. Now I am back to it and ready for 155!

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