What a little walking can do – Weigh in Wednesday

It’s been six weeks since my last weigh in. Ooops. And, Monday’s post was all about walking and just how much walking I’ve done.

The real question, is it doing any good?

I’m HUGE on the aspect that 90% of weight loss is what you eat. Granted, part of that is just because I’m not a fan of exercise in general. The other part, is that I’d lost a good portion of my weight (back when I’d lost 80 pounds) with doing very minimal exercise. It was more centered around testing out those exercises for a bit here and there to find ones that I didn’t completely hate. Which boiled down to probably three things.

It’s certainly possible to lose weight without exercising, you just have to be more careful about what/how much you’re eating. I get that, and I did that. And I lost 80 pounds.

I’m still 100% firm on that fact.

However, I’m not completely naive to the fact that your body needs movement and physical activity. But, come on, ya’ll… I hate getting sweaty and sore. Not a fan.

So, like I said Monday, I started walking again. I’ve been walking every.single.day. And sure, it’s not like I’m going out for hikes or whatever. I’m walking at work, but still. It counts! Pro-Tip: Get you a job where you’re on your feet all day.

Those first few days were BRUTAL. I was so sore and achy. One does not go from sitting 80% of 10 hours, to being on there feet and walking for 6+ hours. But it’s not like I could just decide I didn’t want to anymore, right?

So, before this becomes some long winded post about the benefits of walking at work, let’s get down to business. The real reason half of you are reading this post.

Drumrollplease

Last weigh-in: 215.6
This weigh-in: 207.4
Lost: 8.2
Total lost from highest: 63.3

Can I get a heck yes???

8 whole pounds! Boils down to just over a pound a week. Which I’m totally ok with! I’m only 2 pounds away from being back to my “lightest” since I’d started blogging again.

I’m only about 9.5 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight/pre-baby! Can it still be considered “pre-pregnancy weight” when said baby is now 3? Oh well

However, I’m super stoked. And I’ve even lost a total of 12 pounds since I started tracking it on my FitBit. I got a cool little notification too!

SO, it feels like real progress. And I’m not gonna lie, there were times in there that I didn’t lose a darned thing. But it’s forward motion!

Keep it coming (or going, as it were)!

Priority – Weigh in Wednesday

I have not done a damn thing in regards to this weight loss stuff.

Go figure.

I’ve spent more of my time dealing with other things. Other “pressing” things. Things, that in my mind, are more important than my health.

Which is ridiculous. I know it is. I should be my first priority. I should be more focused on my health. But, geez, when you’ve got 90 million things to remember and focus on, who’s going to remember to take some time to go for a walk, or drink more water, or the other dozen things a person should do to keep themselves healthy?

So between everything that has gone on in the last 4 weeks, my health in general was definitely put on the back burner. (Let’s discuss how many doctor’s appointments I should have made for myself in the last year vs how many I attended.)

And because of that, my weight was put on the back burner.

Story of my life.

Last weigh-in: 211.8
This weigh-in: 215.6
Gained: 3.8
Total lost from highest: 55.1

I’m actually shocked. I’d assumed I’d gained a whole lot more than that. I actually just told someone at work that I’ve must have gained 15 pounds. Which, sure, 15 pounds in a month isn’t super realistic… but I’m sure you know where I was going with that.

But it’s how the story goes.

It’s not like weight will just fall off without thinking about it. If I don’t think about it, I don’t make the necessary decisions to lose weight. If anything, obviously, I gain weight.

But how on Earth do I sit here and consciously remind myself daily to make better choices? I’ve got to-do lists that are minimally 25-30 items long (I wish I was exaggerating). Every.Single.Day. Work related, kid related, home related, future related…. just all of it. Every single day.

And that’s life for a majority of us.

But finding a way to remind myself that I need to do something, needs to be added to that to-do list.

How do I remember, between all the doctor’s appointments, school functions, meetings, phone calls, emails, snail mail, holidays, and so on…. to take care of myself?

Then let’s tack on the fact that my priorities are jacked. How do I remind myself to choose to my health and well being while I’m on the phone with a college, or grocery shopping, or drafting an email, making a schedule, or packing lunches while cleaning?

I’ve asked around and I generally get “well, you just have to do it.”

#nothelpful

I could set an alarm on my phone? Yeah, that was real helpful for my water intake. Har Har har.

So that is on my to-do list.

Numero Uno on the list.

A way to remind myself to be healthier.

As sad as it is, that’s where I’m sitting.

Weeks of consecutive weight loss: ZERO

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

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