Snail’s pace – Weigh In Wednesday

I obviously missed last weeks weigh in. Busy weeks kind of have that effect on blogging schedule. But, good news, I didn’t disappear for 4 months, no did I?

Honestly, these last two weeks were a bit of a toss up. For a good part of the week, I felt like I had to have gained weight. Just felt bloated and icky. All around not good. That could have been a complete and utter lack of sleep I’ve got going on, or it could have been all the extra snack food we’ve had sitting around the house. Or it might even be my complete and utter lack of control.

But I’ve managed to compensate by walking more. I know, I know, walking more sounds like such a cop out. Especially to those of you who think the only things that count as exercise are anything that involves running, sit ups, squats, or some form of cross fit. But seriously, people walking counts towards a lot. I’ll get into that later.

My water intake definitely hasn’t been the best. My eating hasn’t been the best. Stress definitely makes it infinitely harder for me to lose weight, and the last two weeks have been super stressful for me lately.

But I still kept on keeping on.

Last weigh-in: 214.6
This weigh-in: 211.8
Lost: 2.8
Total lost from highest: 51.3

I’ll definitely take it.

It boils down to, just under, a pound and a half per week. Which I’m a-ok with.

I’ve lost a solid 4 pounds in the last 3 weeks.

It’s super slow, and doesn’t seem like much, but it’s progress that I’m happy with for now.

Cheers for 4 pounds down!

Sure, I probably could have done better. But that’s not the point, is it? Right now I’m just trying to get out of that yo-yo thing I’ve had going on the last few months. And I’m happy to say, that I did not yo-yo. I could have, easily. But I didn’t. For however short it has been, I’m happy!

Weeks of consecutive weight loss = THREE

Baby Steps – Weigh-in Wednesday

My last weigh-in I’d gone on about the woes of yo-yoing for the last four months. Hitting 206 and 218, and every number in between. Several times.

So, it obviously wasn’t the post that I’d wanted to do. Come on, I’d gained 4.6 pounds since my last weigh in back in January. Who in their right mind would be excited about yo-yoing. Uhh, no one, that’s who. Regardless if your goal is to lose weight or gain weight or even maintain. Yo-yoing is definitely not the goal.

So, this past week I’ve just kept up with the small changes. Using a FitBit and tracking my water (which, to be totally honest, has been crap levels), and of course being more mindful of what I’m eating.

I haven’t really done much more past that. Too many things at once is is surefire way to set myself up for failure. Something I know about myself, I get overwhelmed and confused, which eventually turns into throwing my hands up.

Slow and steady is the goal.

Doesn’t really seem like much, but it did help something.

Last weigh-in: 215.8
This weigh-in: 214.6
Lost: 1.2
Total lost from highest: 54.1

A pound, I’ll take it.

It’s not much, and of course a week of weigh loss does not show a trend. But it’s a baby step. An itty bitty one pound baby step. Considering I’m still motivated after that, I’ll take that as a win.

It’s the small things, right?

Even if I only continue to lose a pound a week, I’m still making progress.

At this point, it’s something I have to focus on. The small things. The baby steps. Those little moments that make me want to continue, and not slapping so much on my plate that I just ignore all my plans.

At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.

Weeks of consecutive weight loss = ONE

Running a 5k? Still?

Do you all remember back in December when I’d said something about running a 5k in September?

Well, here we are in April, and that is still the goal. Who’da thought, four months later and that’s still a thing? Considering, when I showed up training last month and our Superwoman Training Head Honcho Superwoman was still 100% gung-ho all abouts it (which of course, made me all gung=ho about it)? Yep, still happening. Do you see what I mean about The WonderWoman of Commitment???

Anyways, still hoping to do the Color Run!

Unfortunately the only ones in our state happened on Monday and it’ll come again in July. I keep obsessively checking the website to see if they’ve updated through to November (we’d heard that they generally have on in November), but they haven’t. #boo

Granted, November pushes our date well past the original September, but still. I’m still pretty optimistic that they’ll have on closer to our date, there is still a city in my state that hasn’t been listed as far as dates go, and I even went and signed up for a notification for when that time comes.

We’re in uncharted territory, people! I don’t believe I’ve actually ever signed up to receive updates. It’s not the same as signing up to actually run it, but still. Baby steps.

So, aside from that preparation… I’m getting ready to start the c25k program all over again.

It’s early, but it takes 9 weeks. And I have no clue when the day is going to be posted. Earlier I start the earlier I can finish. Silver Lining.

Biggest problem right now is the snow. In case you didn’t know, Michigan has no understanding of how seasons work. We have a good 4-8 inches in my area. Definitely not jogging/walking weather for someone who hates running, and also hates being cold. I’m really hoping all this snow is gone by May (how sad is it that us Michiganders can’t be sure if we’ll still have snow in MAY?!) so I can get a good head start in the whole business of running a 5k in general.

I figure if I get going on this devil’s errand as early as possible, I might be in good shape for when I ACTUALLY RUN A 5K.

We shall see!

Steps in the Right Direction

Like I said in last post, I’ve been making little steps in the right direction. Which includes making some better choices.

Those little changes have helped me lose some weight in the last week and a half. Granted, it’s probably all water weight. But I’m determined to keep making some changes.

Like actually choosing some healthy options, who knew that was an option??? Drinking more water. The little things. I even have a new set of measuring cups to keep an eye on portion control, which let me tell you… I forgot just how much a serving size of something was.

I haven’t gone all level 10 weight loss mode, but more like a solid level 4.

But the biggest change is that I’ve started using a FitBit (yeah, yeah, I’m a little late to the party)… and I’m really in-love with it! I might actually have to buy one, this one is borrowed… testing the waters.

The little thing that reminds me to get off my butt and walk. I’m a pretty sedentary person, remember? But, it’s a nice reminder that I’ve been doing paperwork too long and I need to move. It’s also fun to see how many steps I get throughout the day. Which, aren’t as much as I would like. But that’s kind of the point, right?

I’ve also added a water reminder to my phone, because apparently, I’ve become one of those people who have to be prompted to drink some water. This thing sends me a notification to remind me to actually drink some water. Which is sad because I used to drink tons of water without any issue, but here we are.

There were half a million to choose from, but seriously. That little guy is super cute.

So right now, my main focus have been to keep a better track of what I have been eating, making myself get up and move more (even if it is just walking around or climbing some stairs), and upping my water intake.

Baby steps again, that’s kind of the catch 22 of yo-yo weight loss. At some point you have o go back to basics, because jumping right back into where you left off doesn’t work. Easiest way to fail, that method hasn’t been working, have to do something different.

Kudos for progress?

Like a Yo Yo – Weigh in Monday?

Let’s just get right down into the nitty gritty. I’ve lost weight. Like a yo-yo. (Please sing that to the tune of Madonna’s Like A Virgin, I am.) Back and forth. Whatever. To top it off, it’s been a long time since my last post way back in the beginning of February. That’s rough.

Worse yet, it’s been even longer since my last weigh in.

My first weigh in of the New Year landed on the 3rd of January. We’re in April.

Can you guess what happened?

Yo-yo weight loss/gain.

Which is why I’m posting this on a Monday, not a Wednesday. Jump right in with both feet before I have two whole days to chicken out and fall back into not posting.

Now, this whole yo-yo thing sucks because there was a solid time frame there that I hadn’t done the whole yo-yo thing.

I get into these modes of motivation where nothing can stop me. And generally those pop up when I’ve stepped on the scale and noticed that I’ve gained a few pounds (try 10?). So I’d go through and fix everything, change everything, lose a ton of weight and be proud and happy. Then hit a wall and gain it back.

I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. That little revolving door of weight loss.

So, here we go. A million weigh ins later.

Last weigh-in: 211.2
This weigh-in: 215.8
Gained: 4.6
Total lost from highest: 55.3

Gaining 4.6 pounds in 4 months might not seem like that big of deal. But the issue is that I kept gaining and losing. At one point I was ecstatic because I was sitting at 206. I was only 10 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. Then I stepped on the scale a few weeks later and saw I was at 218. And so on and so forth, and higher.

And that’s where I lost it.

Little bit will be turning 3 here in a few months. I’ve spent 3 years fighting/not fighting/fighting/not fighting the weight I gained. 3 years ago.

I got so close, and then blew it. Again

Awesome.

The other thing that hit me, April 6th put me at 6 months before my birthday. 6 months before I turn 29.

I’ve spent all of my 20s fighting my weight. Granted, I spent all of my teens worried about my weight. But I’d never thought in a million years that I would spent my ENTIRE twenties worried about my weight. I don’t want to be sitting at 35 like “Oh hey, 15 years later and I’ve FINALLY done it!” That might sound ridiculous, but I’m already so torn about being so close to thirty. I don’t want to be torn about being thirty and fat.

Make sense?

Anyways, I wish I could blame ignorance and say things like “I don’t know what happened? I have been doing so good!” or “It must be that I’m bloated, or [fill in the blanks]”

But I know why.

Laziness. Over eating. Poor eating habits. Practically nothing as far as water intake goes. Not pre-planning meals. Sedentary life style.

Sure, I can blame it on being winter (still). Something about (still) having snow in April makes me want to eat carbs and junkie stuff all day every day.

But that’s kind of a cop out.

Winter or not, there is no reason for me not to be doing more. Doing what I know I need to do.

And a good part of it is making excuses for myself.

Silver lining, I’ve actually lost those 4.6 pounds in the last 10 days. I’m pretty set in thinking that is probably just water weight, but hey. At least it’s something? EDIT So, I’ve realized that the 4.6 pounds was most definitely lost since my last weigh in. The 4.6 (which certainly wasn’t 4.6, more like 3.2) pounds was within that last time I weighed myself at home, not for a blog post. So for the sake of clarity, and my sanity…I’m making that edit. I’d gained 4.6 pounds since my last official blog weigh-in… my 6am coffee brain was confused with all the numbers.

Anyways, moving on…

Got that motivation bug again, and I’m not going to naively sit here and insist that this time will be different. That I’m going to keep on keeping on until the weight is off. If I’ve learned anything from this SIX year journey (gag) it’s that making promises adds some unneeded pressure. Amirite?

But I know I’m slacking in some things, I always know that I’m slacking in some things. But I’ve been trying incredibly hard to get back on track and stop the yo-yo cycle. I’ve been really trying some new things, and we’ll see if they work!

And for sake of getting off the Yo-yo routine…

Weeks of consecutive weight loss = ONE ZERO