Week 5 Weigh In

May 13, 2011

I weighed myself Thursday and meant to have this posted but life has gotten a little hectic

Starting Weight: 153.6

Weight as of 5/12: 155

Ultimate Goal: 130

Progress: +1.4

Pounds left to lose: 25

I down one pound this week and I am happy with that. I had a rough weekend but have been doing good this week and am confidant the number on the scale will continue going down.

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Week 4 Weigh In

May 6, 2011

Weight as of 5/5: 156

Well the scale is going in the opposite direction that I want it to :/ But given the fact that I have been on vacation pretty much all month I am not surprised. I unrealistically thought I could go out of town and not drink and eat myself silly. This did not happen, case in point:

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First night in Seattle

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Second night in Seattle – Best $5 wine ever

And there was a lot more where that came from but that was all I documented.

I have had a rough month but am ready to get back into it and have been doing well this week. Food wise, Monica shared a great acronym the other day: HALT – Hungry Angry Lonely Tired. I am an emotional eater and thinking about this acronym (and maybe even writing it out on the fridge) will help stop my urge to over eat when I am feeling angry, lonely, or tired. Lately I have been lonely after getting home from work and this is when I end up over eating the most often.

Also helpful, having a small – re: less than 100 calorie – treat after dinner. Tonight I had a VitaTop, so good and only 100 calories.

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Source

And last night I had 4 yogurt covered almonds. Having something sweet after dinner gives a cue to my body that it is time to stop eating.

Workout

Biking ~1 hr.

I rode to work for the first time today and it was not as bad as I envisioned. It required a little more planning and preparing Wednesday night and moving my alarm clock across the room so that I wouldn’t press the snooze button ten times. But I did it and it was trying and cold but like I said not that bad. I then rode the bike shop to get my card stamped for the Commuters Challenge.

Conveniently, the gym I go to is only about a mile up the street from my house and the bike trail across the street leads right to it. So when I was on my way to the bike shop I stopped by the gym really quickly to sign up for 2 things: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and a Masters Swim Team. I am really excited for both. My first swim with the masters team is at 5 am tomorrow morning, I hope I don’t sleep in!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Week 3 Weigh In

April 26, 2011

Weight as of 4/26: 155.2

I’m not happy with this number but given the circumstances of the last couple of weeks things could have been a lot worse.

Food

I have been eating without care or regard for calories and nutrition. Every morning after breakfast I have written down a menu plan for the day. I think this is a good practice that I will continue to do,I just need to follow through with the menu. I did this all week but around lunch time the stress of everything going on would come to the forefront of my mind and I would give up and give in to all the food temptations at my office and home.

Workout

Working out has been almost non-existent. While in California I went on a few walks. I packed work out clothes and my running shoes with good intentions but the weekend ended up being a lot more emotionally exhausting then I expected. This past Easter weekend I went golfing on a 9 hole course. We walked the course and I actually woke up the next day with a sore mid section! I do not foresee golfing becoming a serious hobby for me but it is a good way to enjoy the sunshine and be active. I think I will be going several times this summer.

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Ponderosa Springs Golf Course

The Next Week

Today starts my 4 day vacation. I will be hanging out at home for the day then tomorrow, after a dreaded dentist appointment, I will be heading to Seattle! I have had a layover at SeaTac almost every time I’ve flown for the past 3 years and have even ventured out to a hotel next to the airport once but have never had a chance to explore the city. Now that I only live 5 hrs. away I hope this will be the first of many trips to the city.

So what does this mean for the diet? I am hoping to break even next weigh in. To save money and calories I will bring food for breakfast, lunch and snacks from home. We have not booked a hotel yet but I hope to find one with a workout facility and that is within walking distance to many of the major attractions.

Weekly Weigh Ins

April 13, 2011

I plan to keep track of my weight loss by weighing myself once a week. In the past I would weigh myself almost everyday and then beat myself up if I went up a fraction of a pound or if I didn’t go down a fraction of a pound. In short it was not healthy and now I’m trying to do the healthier thing.

Starting Weight

This is me at my starting weight of 153.6

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My cat, Sonny, sneaked his way into the picture

The Goals

Right now my goal weight is 130. If I lose 2 pounds a week which is ideal then I should be able to achieve this by the end of June.

In addition to a weight goal I other goals that have nothing to with the number on the dreaded scale. First would be to not throw away an entire day just because I eat one bad thing. I have the ultimate all or nothing attitude. If I know I’m going out to drinks with friends that evening, then I automatically eat everything and anything in front of me the entire day. I need to learn not to ruin my whole day over one meal or one candy bar, etc.

I also want to workout at least 5 days a week. I have a problem with consistency. This is a habit I need to break. My biggest downfall as of late has been another all or nothing fail. I want to run. I run 3 times a week for a few weeks, my feet starting having pain that disable me from walking and I cease working out altogether. This is no good. 

The Plan

I plan to stay between 1200 and 1400 calories a day. Closer to 1200 on days when I do not exercise and  vice versa. Of course there will be occasions where healthy eating will be difficult to maintain. Take this month for example. The first week I had to travel for work to Southern California (where all my family and friends are) This week I have to make a last minute trip to So Cal and the last week of April I have a planned trip to Seattle to use up the last of my vacation before it expires! I absolutely cannot waste vacation! So obviously there will be ups and downs but I will try my best to eat in moderation when I cannot resist all the good food and going out!

So that’s it. I will be back next week to check in with good news, hopefully  Smile