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Weekly Weigh in: STELLAR !!!!

Posted by Susan on February 28, 2009

Today was my weekly weigh in. I am so happy ! I worked out all week, I ate well, and I feel excellent ! Here are my results for this week.
Wgt. : 164.4 = 4.4 lbs.
Fat % : 38.0 = .6
BMI: 24.5= 1.5
That makes a 9 pound loss for the month of February !!!!!!!
Yes ! A great week ! After the 3 lb. loss of last week I was not expecting anything this big this week. I realize that realisticly, the less you have to lose, the less you lose each week…….but it looks like I am still on a roll……and I am grateful, extremely grateful !!!!! I kept track of all of my food and even had a cheat meal last Sunday. ( I made sure to calculate the meal and still kept the portions in controll).
Needless to say the loss of this week will definately motivate me to keep myself in check this weekend (another challenge for me is weekend eating). Today will be a full day of house cleaning, laundry, and cooking for the week.
It feels so good to finally be making some progress. I have been stuck for so long……my own fault of course. I am so glad I woke up and decided to get serious. The summer will NOT sneek up on me this year ! I may even make it to the beach this year !!!! I have been here for 3 summers and have not been to the beach in my community once in a swim suit. Will this year be the year?????? Looks like there is a good chance !!!!

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Do I love working out?

Posted by Susan on February 26, 2009

I just got finished reading my favorite blog (Prior Fatgirl), and she posed an interesting question today………will there ever be a day when I love working out? I have already accepted the fact that this is a lifestyle and in order to keep what I have worked so hard to attain, I need to workout FOREVER ! I try to keep it in perspective, I try to look at it as a day at a time. Get through todays workout, and think about tomorrows, tomorrow.

I workout in the AM because I know myself, putting it off only makes me think of too many excuses why NOT to do it. I get up every morning at 3am, and change into my gear and hit the basement. (I have a little gym I set up down there) I do it all on autopilot….I don’t think about it, just do it. I get it done and I give it all I’ve got and I am done !

Do I love doing it ? No. Will I be consumed with guilt if I don’t do it…..absolutely ! I would rather do it than deal with knowing all day long that I let myself down. And of course, when it is all over with, I am soooooo glad that I did it. I feel good, I have more energy, my mood is better and I feel accomplished.

Working out is tough, even people who love it have times where their motivation is lacking. But the most important thing is that you work through it…this is, as they say, a jouney not a destination. It is a fact of life in order to keep the body you want the working out aspect is crucial. There are certain pieces of the diet puzzle you just can not skip if you want to reach the ultimate goal.

I personally love routine. I find comfort in it. I have my routine right now exactly where I want it. It works for me, and my AM workouts have become a habit for me now. So I would feel off if I just blew it off. So I guess in my way I do love it . It is a part of my life at this point……..I don’t start the day without brushing my teeth, taking a shower, doing my hair…..and I don’t start my day without a work out……..except on Sunday, that is my day off, and I find myself missing it on that day as well.

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Night Time Muncher

Posted by Susan on February 25, 2009

I am a night time snacker, always have been and always probably will be. I can eat flawlessly all day long. Say no to all the at work birthday cakes and all the ordering out that everyone does there. I can do so well………..that is until about 8pm. Then I am a total mess. I am suddenly starving and eat so crappy that it pretty much negates an entire day of good eating. I am positively sure that nightime eating was insturmental to my (HUGE) weight gain pre- wedding.
But I found a solution to this problem. I changed my schedual completely. I usually leave my house for work at 6am. I like working out before work because I like to get it over with, I find if I wait until after work I am more apt to skip it. So because of my early workout time, I go to bed early. REALLY early ! I go to bed at 7-7:30pm every night. My husband thinks I am looney, but it is an effective defense against my night time eating problem ! I eat dinner and 2 hour or so later I go to bed and read, and I am out ! Sleeping 8 hours a night has canceled out the munchies !

They say that 7-8 hours of sleep is a very large part of the weight loss puzzle. So I use that as a great excuse. DVR is important too! I tape all my TV shows during the week, and watch them on Sunday afternoons when I get down time.
The reason I am mentioning my strange habit of early night and early mornings is to prove a point. If you think hard enough, and are really serious about the weight loss game, you can figure out ways around obstacles. You can find solutions to all your to all the problems that present themselves along the way no matter how long you’ve struggled with them. If you want it badly enough, if you are committed to it, nothing will stop you….and no matter how crazy your solution may sound to anyone else……as long as it works for you….who cares ?

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Dieting can be a lonely place…………

Posted by Susan on February 22, 2009

Sometimes I am just sick of being on a diet. I have been on one for almost 3 years now. Always worried about what I am eating, how much I am working out, what am I doing workout-wise, how many calories are in this and that, what are they serving at this party we are going to, or what will I be able to order at this restraunt we are going to. My mind is always trying to think a head, always trying to plan a head. I wish I didn’t think it was so important…..but I just do.

But it can be a very lonely place sometimes. There are times when I feel out of place. I am not surrounded with like-minded people. I know a lot of people who complain about their weight, TALK about doing something about it, but I don’t know anyone who actually DOES anything about it. People also feel the need to comment about your passing on goodies. They call you obsessed. They sometimes even look you over as if to say….”.well your always on a diet, but I never see you look any different”. I often wish that I could find someone who understood why it is important, who didn’t keep saying …”oh your fine, just enjoy yourself”. I would love to have someone to talk food with, to swap calorie saving ideas and workout programs with. I wish someone would just get me, and understand my goals.

Alas…..it is what it is. I am in this, committed to it. Even if nobody understands the importance of this journey, I need to make that all the more reason to suceed. My husband trys to support me, he actually does a pretty good job at it, but he still doesn’t get it. He tells me all the time that he wishes that I could be as happy with me as he is….but it all goes deeper than that. It is more about how I feel about myself, how awful I feel when I see pictures of myself, or when I have to go some place special and I am going nuts looking for something that looks halfway decent to wear. It is about feeling good in my own skin.

So yes, it is lonely right now. But I can’t help believe that in the end, when all the pieces finally fall into place, I will be glad I did it, and I will show all the people who refuse to understand and support me, and I will feel that it was all worth the trouble. I will just keep trudging along, doing all the things I know work. I believe in what I am doing, and I see all the time through blogs that it can be done….and I will do it too !

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Weight Loss on a Budget

Posted by Susan on February 22, 2009

I have come to an important realization. I am not in this weight loss game to be a triathelete, or to compete in a figure competion, I want to get off this 20 lbs., I want to look good and feel good , and I want to be in good shape, at the same time………I want to live my life. That being said , I want to all this without going broke in the process.

My husband and I are trying to stay on a budget, to spend as little as possible during the week, not buying stuff we don’t need, all that good stuff (NOT). So food is definately a must, but can I save money and still lose weight? Yes I can ! I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with ideas to save on my grocery bill. I bought some 100 calorie brownie bites this week. Some people do not beleive in 100 calorie snacks but I need dessert after a day of eating well and this is my treat. This week I got a good deal on them but I was trying to think of something that was less money, they are not always on sale. I once made a Diet Coke Cake. It is just a cake mix, and 1 can of Diet Coke. I can bake an entire cake, cut it into serving sizes, and bag them individually, and eat a piece for for dessert. I also began doing a Dollar Store run each week ,before regular food shopping. This week I got full sized boxes of Fiber One Bars for $1.00 !!!!! Score !!!! I also got some 100 calorie wraps, spices, and some personal products. I spent all of $12.00 and came home with lots of stuff , and that whittled down my grocery list big time.

Does anyone has any other ideas how to stay on track as well and eat healthy , but save money at the same time? I would love to hear any suggestions or ideas anyone may have. From here on I plan to get this weight off, enjoy my life (and life definatelty means food). I am in this for the long haul. I am trying to carve out a lifestyle that isn’t too painful and difficult to sustain. I plan to never , ever, go back to the way I was and once the wieght comes off .I have no intention of stopping once the goal weight is reached. Just readjusting my calorie intake and not getting lazy about tracking…if I am not aware of what I am eating, I over eat………..that is just a fact. and I will never be able to eat mindlessly again……….another fact.

I am determined to prove to myself that I can do this, even on a strict budget ! My husband and I are sort of having fun with this budget thing, by the way. It is like a game everytime we are at the checkout counter, watching the numbers add up and seeing how much we shaved off the bill this week……we are geeks, what can I say !

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Looking Ahead To A New Week

Posted by Susan on February 22, 2009


I am so excited about the coming week. The weight loss of the past week has really motivated me and I am ready to face a new week with confidence and determination. I have no early work days this week so I am right back into my normal routine and for me that is good. I plan on doing my usual 2 IF days, and doing a 6 day workout week, Saturdays being my rest day…..but it is never really resting completely because I always have things around the house to do.

I did really well foodwise yesterday. I tracked all of my eats. I even made room for a special snack…….I had my sister and my niece over last night for a slumber party. We had popcorn (140 cal. lite popcorn), and a movie. It was fun. I also had a small family get together to attend , with the usual fatty snacks served…..it was hard but I resisted. Only one thing….my mother in law was serving some cheesey thing…it was only a tiny square of it, I have no idea what was in it, all I know is it was cheesey and bready, and greasey. Well, witout even thinking I accepted a piece when she was passing it around. It was so automatic, I wasn’t thinking……once I had it I felt rude saying no, it was small , bite sized, so I just ate it. But I was so pissed at myself. It is so easy to not pay attention and , totally on auto-pilot, revert to old habits. Oh well, I tried very hard to just isolate it and forget it.

This morning my husband was making breakfast for us, the slumber party crew, and I told him that I wanted to make my own breakfast, my usual, oatmeal and egg whites. I love it and I don’t mind passing up the eggs, sausage and homefries. He kind of gave me a hard time, and I was surprised. He is always very supportive of my weight loss efforts. He said that it wouldn’t kill me to eat a special breakfast…….but to me , that is where it starts….the one indulgence that ends up throwing my entire weekend in the trash can. I stuck to my guns and ate my regualr meal, and he didn’t mention it again. Sometimes people don’t understand. It doesn’t mean they don’t love you, or that they are trying to sabotage your efforts, they just don’t get it. That is when being clear in your intentions and focused on your goals comes in. It is all about what is important to you. There are always choices.

Next week I plan to push it, and work as hard as I can to get at least a 2 lb. loss by my next weigh in. I am really happy that I have broken out of the 170’s. I have been stuck there for soooooo long. Since before Dec. I plan to reach my goal of 166lbs. by this time next week…wish me luck !

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Saturday Morning Weigh In !

Posted by Susan on February 21, 2009

Today was my first weigh in since February 1st. I could tell by how my clothes fit and how I felt in general that I had made progress. I got up early, peed of course, stripped and hopped on the scale. This is what I found :

Feb. 1st: Weight: 171.4

Fat %: 39.0%

BMI: 25.5

Feb 21: (this morning) Weight: 168.2

Fat %: 38.6

BMI : 25

Needless to say I am extremely happy ! I owe this week’s progress to COUNTING MY CALORIES ! Yes I know, time consuming, sometimes just a pain the the butt ………but at the end of the day….(week actually) it makes a huge difference! I was telling a friend about my new (not so new, but I just got too lazy to do it) weight loss tool and before I even finished my sentence she shot me down. she told me that with 2 kids, and working , and just life in general she has no time for that nonsense ! I felt like saying , then stop complaining ! Because if you don’t write down everything that passes through your lips, and look up the calories for the actual amount your eating, you are decieving yourself. But I didn’t bother with the whole rant……..people who believe they don’t have time for exercise, for reading food lables, for tracking food and calories, are just not ready to lose the weight. It takes time, it takes work, it takes sacrifice, and it is at times frustrating. But on mornings like this morning it is SOOOOOO worth it !

Now , it is the weekend……the hardest part of the week for me. At work there are distractions that keep me from eating, at home…..not so much. The trick will be to keep busy, and to track….because when I have to write it all down and look at what I am consuming it makes me think twice. I have some plans today, a family social thing to attend…there isn’t supposed to be a meal served but I am sure snacks will be around, I need to make sure I eat lunch before we go and bring a bottle of water with me. I am determined to get through this weekend unscathed !!!!!

Another thing I find helpful when trying to stick to a weight loss program, it to tell people you are dieting. I find I monitor what I am eating more….because I feel like …ok I just told them I was dieting, and now I am shoveling cake in my mouth like it’s my job……………..it makes me feel more accountable for my food choices and it also makes me feel like others, being aware of my goals ,are watching what I am eating (but in most cases no one really cares, they forget about it right after you say it). It is just a little mind trick I play with myself that helps me stay on track. It may be nutty but it works for me !

Anyway, I am really happy about the weeks progress, I wasn’t even able to exercise as much as I wanted to due to a change in my work schedual , so I can’t wait to see what happens next week when I am back in my regular routine ! Wish me luck for this weekend ! Keep on tracking!!

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Another day closer…………..

Posted by Susan on February 19, 2009

Another good day on the diet front. I tracked all my food, counted all of my calories, and kept within my calorie range. I also did a HIIT session on the treadmill this morning before work. I am determined to keep up all this tracking, when I slack off I end up waaayyyy over foodwise and end up scratching my head at the end of the week wondering why there has been no weight loss…….I refuse to fall into that trap again.

Tomorrow is an IF day, as well and a TT training day. That means I only need to track my nightime meal, so I get a little break. The one thing I am committing to is to keep within my calorie range this weekend. It is fast approaching and I tend to undo all the good I do during the week, on the weekend. I will track my food and calories, and not use the weekend as an excuse to eat crazy things. I also want to get a few workouts in. I tend to allow myself freedom in that department. I do what ever I feel like doing; a outdoor walk with the dog, a hike, some SS cardio on whatever equipment I feel like using, or a quick HIIT session. I will see what I feel like doing and go from there….but whatever I choose I will commit to doing some sort of exercise both days this weekend, as well as keep my food in check.

Tomorrow is a pizza party at work, a reward from admin. for a rough, crazy 2 weeks we just endured. I will not be taking part though. For one thing is is my fasting day, and for another it is the day before my weigh in…the first weigh in 2 weeks I might add. I want to see some good scale movement from this week. I am actually more curious about next weeks weigh in….what will I see from a perfect week that includes a perfect weekend??? (perfect weekends haven’t happened in a very long time !)

I feel really good about this week. I feel like I have made progress and I feel like I made a good effort toward my long term goal. Boy that feels a whole lot better than my the usual regret I have experienced the past few months !

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The Joys of Calorie Counting

Posted by Susan on February 18, 2009


I made a commitment to myself to get serious with dieting. I began recording all of my food and calories……and it is eye opening ! I have definately been over doing things both in terms of portions and calories. Because I am counting calories I am forced to measure out my food and pay closer attention. there was a time when I did this all the time when I first started , but have since gotten lazy….but now I am back.

It is amazing how knowing that you have to write down the food and look up the actual calories of the food makes you think twice about putting something in your mouth. There were Twizzlers today in the breakroom. there was also some chocolate. I figured the Twizzlers were a better choice since it says “Fat Free Food” in huge letters in the package. I looked at the calories and it said 150 calories for 4 pieces…I did the math for what one piece would be…..38 calories…….that seemed a lot for something that I didn’t really love….so I skipped it.

I did really well today, I snuck a peek at the scale already, I know I shouldn’t have especially in the middle of the day but anyway…………I am down 1lb. so I am super happy! I am so glad that I’ve finally stopped messing around and made the choice to get serious. I do NOT want the summer creeping up on me yet again and asking myself what the hell have I been doing for the first half of the year ! I even carry my calorie notebook and calorie book with me in my lunch bag, just so I have no excuse not to record something.

Tomorrow I am getting up to do 20 min. HIIT on the treadmill. And I am going to bed very soon so I can get in at least 7-8 hours of sleep tonight. I find that going to bed early stops me from giving in to the night time munchies. I am so releived to be back on my normal schedual and to be back in the diet game for real !

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Busy Day

Posted by Susan on February 17, 2009

One word to sum up today……………………………..BUSY !!!!!! I never got up for 20 min. of cardio this morning. I ended up not getting to bed until 9:00 pm last night…..I am usually in bed by 7:00pm. I had to get up at 3am to be at work extra early today and opted for the extra few minutes of sleep. I am positive I got 30+++++++ min. of cardio in today regardless ! I literally ran for the first 3 hours I was there and on and off I ran around all day long.

I got home and got all my chores done; lunches made for tomorrow for me and Hubby, clean up after all the animals, striaghten out the house, shower and prepare for tomorrow. I just had my last meal of the day and I am off to bed at 7:00pm tonight ! I am exhausted ! I have a really rough time when my usual routine is interrupted, I makes me nuts and the past few days have been extra stressful due to my inflexability. Routine brings me comfort.

Tomorrow I will be back to my daily routine. Up and working out before work. Even though I get up at an ungodly hour during the week to workout, I miss it totally when I don’t do it. I like that time to do my thing and work up a good sweat. It sets the tone for the rest of the day and makes the work day easier to get thru.

Food today was good. It was a IF day , and I had a good , healthy dinner of turkey meatloaf, a sweet potato, and a spinach salad. I had 2 thin mint cookies for dessert. I am now finished eating for the night.I feel full and satisfied.

Today was one of those days where it was someone’s bitrthday so the department orders out for lunch, the b-day persons choice, and someone makes a cake……..I passed. I haven’t participated in the whole “Birthday” thing in a few years. I can’t justify eating that many calories for lunch for some reason. But the cake this time was amazing !!!!! Exactly what I love……..homemade devils food cake with tons , and I mean TONS of sugary frosting flowers!!!! I love sickeningly sweet cakes……yeah I know gross…….but I love them….especially homemade. But I am happy to report that I ate exactly NONE! Progress !

So tomorrow is a new day….tracking all of my food and counting my calories, doing my TT program and 20 min. of HIIT on the spin bike.

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