Better Choices – Weigh in Wednesday

Listen up. This last week has been complete and utter shit show a challenge, and I’m working towards making some better choices. (LOOK AT THAT BETTER POSITIVE SPEECH RIGHT THERE!) But for real, didn’t make the best choices… but I have to say, I did pretty darned good at moving on and not obsessing about it. Granted, I’m a whopping two days out of that epiphany so the motivation is still strong… but still… I’m gonna take it.

All-in-all I definitely could have made some better choices. But the silver lining, I still make some pretty awesome choices in this past week.

Biggest bummer moment was that I did a ton of walking several days in a row, but I’d forgotten to charge my FitBit… dundundunnnnnnnn… Leave it to me to ignore the 99 million notifications that my battery was low. Oh well.

While it might have seemed like quite the shit show, I have to say it wasn’t the worst it could have gone.

So my last weigh in was the result of trying to fix some broken things I’d done to myself over the last several months. I’d gained back some weight I hadn’t lost in the best way, and then re-lost some weight. Phew. It was like the biggest drama fueled yo-yo moment of weight loss.

Of course, I’m not expecting things to magically get better over night. But I did have several opportunities that I could have completely messed up, and continued to mess up. Miraculously, I didn’t. Not sure where that came from (read: temporary motivation?).

So this week, I’m really practicing the whole moving on from “poor” decisions. I’m that kind of person that when I “mess up” I just overhaul and pretty much give up. It’s a “well, Monday is already screwed, might as well throw my hands up” kind of situation I’ve got going on.

But I didn’t. I ended my days strongly, even if they didn’t start out that way. Sure, there were days that I went way over my calorie intake, but I didn’t blow dinner…because I MADE BETTER CHOICES (did ya guess that??). Which all goes along the lines of that whole #progressnotperfection that I’m really falling in love with.

So anyways,

Last weigh-in: 198.8
This weigh-in: 198.2
Lost: .6
Total lost from highest: 65.8

So, .6 pound loss. Silver lining (again, there’s that phrase again) that’s over a half a pound down! Not what I was secretly hoping for, but I still made steps in the right direction. Might not have been on the scale… but there were definitely some non-scale victories in there!

I’ll take it!

Progress – weigh in Wednesday

So after my blog setback last week I’m super thrilled that I didn’t lose everything. Especially all of my weigh ins. There’s something super nostalgic about reading through my old weigh ins and blog posts, and I’m so happy I didn’t lose them.

So, aside from that drama. We’re onwards and upwards, right? This week is all about progress, because that’s what I’ve been making!

So my last weigh in was a good one! Down 4 pounds in 5 weeks. I’m not complaining. And there is exactly zero things for me to complain about this week!

Last weigh-in: 203
This weigh-in: 201.6
Lost: 1.4
Total lost from highest: 69.1

A pound and a half people! Look at that!

Ok, ok, so a teeny tiny part of me was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t sitting under 200 for the first time in 4 years, but I’m keeping my chin up. Because a pound and a half in a week is totally ok, and it’s a good pace!

And who am I kidding? IT’S A LOSS! And it’s progress. The first real progress I feel like I’ve seen in a long time.

I’m over the moon.

Do you have any idea how long it’s been since I weighed 201 pounds? I’ve been bouncing around between 205 and 215 for well over a year. So it’s so freaking nice to see the scale actually move down again.

Now all I have to do is keep that downward trend. I can’t get cocky and be all “eh, I lost weight…I can go crazy with the muffins this week.” You know how it goes.

But hey, look at me go! Another pound and a half off the books!

Yes!

Total weeks of consecutive weight loss: TWO

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 their 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

My body – Wednesday Weigh-in

I’ve always been hyper-critical of my body. That goes without saying. I can point out my flaws immediately. I have lovehandles that will probably always be present, I have cellulite and stretchmarks (though, I don’t hate on the stretchmarks much these days), I have back fat and armpit fat, so on and so forth.

I know plenty of women who do this, regardless of size. Hell, I’m willing to bet every woman (and man) does this. And even though I’m losing weight because I’m not happy with my health and my body, I have recently (as in within this last week) started to remind myself of the things that I love about my body-despite my flaws.

I’ve decided if I don’t remind myself of these things, I can easily see myself getting even more critical about my body. Because I’ve been there..and that leaves me with what? Tons of negativity.

Whereas if I remind myself of the things I love, I think it’ll be easier for me to get to that point where there are more things that I love than I don’t like. Opposed to getting to what I think is my “ideal” weight, and still picking out every little thing about myself I don’t like.

So… here we go… I’ll start off small, three things about my body that I love.

My legs – They may be big, but they’re strong and I have pretty killer calves
My broad shoulders – I may not be able to wear a halter top, but I can rock a strapless dress/shirt like nobody’s business!
My height – hide and seek sucks, but I’ll always stand out in a crowd

Sure, the list might not be long…but it’s a start.

Anyways, since it’s Wednesday, I’ll cut to the chase.

My third weigh-in since being back!

Last weigh in: 210.0
This weigh in: 208.3
Lost lost: 1.7 pounds
Total lost from highest: 61.7 pounds

Wooohooo!

Another loss, and I’ll very happily take it!

So, until next time,