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Weekly Weigh In : 137.6 lbs.

Posted by Susan on June 13, 2009

My weigh in today has me confused. I never thought I would say this but I am still losing and that has me a little concerned. This morning I weighed in at 137.6. Not that I don’t like this number, because I do ! I just need to stop losing now.

I am 5’9″ tall . I had no intention of going into the 130’s at all. I must say I am liking the fact that I am begining to see some muscle definition due to the fact that there is a lot less fat covering the mucle now. But I do beleive there is such a thing as too skinny!

Wow ! I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be worried about a weigh in that is too low ! All these years of worrying about how high the number on the scale was………now I am stressing over how low it is ???

I had a long talk the other day with the dietitian at work. (you remember, the one I never listened to?) I wanted to thank her for the great advice she gave me last year. We got to talking about how to maintain. She told me she beleives I should be eating at least 2000 calories a day ! What ???? I almost fell off my chair ! That seems like such a high number !!! As it is , it has been really hard this week trying to eat 1700-1800. She explained that with the circuit training /HIIT that I do plus my very active job, I need to eat more. She said that if I cut back on the exercise I would need less.

Well, I love my workouts. They are quick, easy , and for me , the workouts have become a mental thing. They help me keep my head at work, they help keep my mood steady and they help tremendously in the management of stress. I do not want to cut them back.

This week I will experiment with the 2000 calorie thing, because I don’t want to lose anymore weight , I just want to stay right where I am. I just need to get over that paranoid feeling as I see the total number of calories climb higher !

The most difficult thing about maintaining is switching my mind out of diet mode ! I have been on some kind of diet for what seems like my entire life on and off. Turning it off , I am finding, is is extrememly hard ! I worry that I will slip back into bad habits, I worry that if I get out of the “zone” I will end up right back where I began.

I will make an effort to get myself up to 2000 calories this week. I need to experiment with it and see what happens at the end of the week next week.

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Happy Easter! (The start of yet another new week)

Posted by Susan on April 12, 2009

Happy Easter ! My Easter will be spent doing what I love doing on a Sunday…………Nothing ! We not nothing really, I will be cooking for the week, and organizing my life so that my Monday runs smoothly. I love Sundays so much. Especially the ones where there are no plans, and I can just do what I need to do, on my own time.

I’ve spent way too much time this weekend thinking about the work situation of Friday. I am usually able to leave work behind, and enjoy the weekend. This weekend it was not the case. After a lot (too much) thinking , I’ve come up with a resolution I think I can live with. I hate the fact that I allowed work to seep into my home life, but I just couldn’t help it.

This coming week will be much of the same as far as diet and workouts go. If there is anything I’ve learned in my life up to this point it is, ” if it aint broke , don’t fix it “. I will be doing my Turbulence Training / HIIT 3x this week, and my SS cardio 2x. I will be logging all of my food and calories, staying within my calorie ranges, and I will be drinking 1 gallon of water a day.

As of this week’s weigh in, I am 2 lbs. away from my first goal of 150 lbs. I am 7 lbs. away from my second goal weight of 145 lbs. After that I will see how I look and how I feel, and decided if I want to go lower or if I am ready to maintain. I think that maintaining will be a huge challenge. I have no idea how to do it to be honest because I’ve never had to before. I feel like I’ve lived my entire life on a diet ! I am thinking I will figure out how many calories I need to maintain the weight I am at and then keep tracking until I am used to it. Also I figure I will have to keep up my weekly weigh ins to make sure that I am staying at my goal weight. It is kind of a scarey thought, upping calories. I will get used to it I guess. I need to make a plan so that I am prepared.

Well, I hope everyone has a peaceful Easter Sunday and a not too painful Monday !

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One Party Down, One To Go !

Posted by Susan on March 15, 2009

Yesterday was fun ! I threw a birthday party for my niece Katelynn. She turned 8 yesterday. I made the cake, it came out really cute I was very proud of it ! We had pizza and cake and ice cream. I figured the cake and pizza into my calories for the day, I skipped the ice cream with my cake. I didn’t go over the higher end of my calorie range, but i felt so bloated and over full at the end of the night ! Yuck ! But at least I got to eat like everyone else and didn’t feel deprived. I am in this for life and parties and things that include food are inevitable. I need to learn how to participate without blowing up my diet. It is way easier to plan ahead when you are the one throwing the party or get together, because it makes it a lot easier to plan out the food you eat.

Today another party. This one is for my husband. We are having pasta and meatballs , and ice cream cake. I’ve planned out all my calories for the day, and I am ready. I know exactly what I will have, how much, and I feel good about it. I will be happy to get back to the food I am comfortable with, but this weekend is a good lesson for me. I need to learn to manage my calories.

The week ahead will be nothing different. I will be doing my circuit training 3x this week, HIIT 20 min. afterward. Two days this week I will be doing SS cardio for 45 min. I will be IF 2 days this week, Tues. and Fri. I will be tracking all food and calories as usual. I am ready to get back into my routine.

This week is the last week for me before I am on vacation for a week. I am not sure how that week will go. I will be off routine, and my husband will be working, so I have to fight “boredom eating”. Another one of my many eating issues. It will be good for me to figure out ways to keep busy and NOT eat out of boredom. I have PLENTY to do around the house and in the yard. It should not be too hard to find things to do. Plus it will give me a chance to do some extra workouts, take a yoga class or a spin class and add it to my regular workouts. We’ll see how it goes. I think I will be ok……I just need to think before I eat something.
Anyway, I am off to straighten out the house and get myself ready for another party day ! Have a great week !

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Saturday Morning Weigh-in !

Posted by Susan on March 7, 2009

Relief !!!!! I wanted to sleep a bit later this morning, but in my head, the scale was nagging me. So I got up, made sure my bladder was an empty as possible, and stepped on the scale. SURPRISE !!!!!! I am down 2.6 lbs !!!! I am sooooooo relieved !!!!!! Although this week did not turn out as planned……it was definately NOT a typical week for me. The only thing I did do was to eat well…the rest of it was out of my hands. I had a swollen knee, TOM, and a birthday dinner planned with my husband……and inspite of all the challenges the week held…I lost anyway ! I am extremely happy !
Here are my stats. for this week:
Weight : 162.6 : (2.6 lb. loss)
Fat % : 24.2 : (.2 % loss)
BMI : 37.0 : (1 loss)
The bad thing about early Saturday morning weigh-ins, is that is is too early to tell anyone ! Everyone is asleep !!!!!! Oh well….I am still happy… I must conquer breakfast out at the diner.
The most important thing this week has taught me is that no matter what happens, I can always keep my calories under control, and I am so grateful for finally listening to advice I’d gotten a year ago. I had a free consultation with a dietician, and she told me to keep a food journal and track calories…I did it for a while, but got tired of it, got tired of weighing and measuring, I got sick of it all. I thought I could just eye it and be fine. Funny but the eye seems to warp measurements after a while………. I am sooooo glad I went back and took advice from an expert. The way I see it now, the advice was priceless, I have gotten excellent results since going back to basics !!! I will have to let her know what a great gift she gave me next time I see her !

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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…………… 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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