Saturday, October 9, 2010

Weight Loss Progress

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I've been journaling my weight loss progress since the beginning of the year. I needed to learn some healthy habits and make fitness a part of my life. The journaling helped keep me accountable. I'm really hoping this is the only time I will ever "struggle" with my weight. I want to stick to a "fitness lifestyle" that keeps me in a healthy range and make it just part of who I am to exercise and make healthy food choices.

My journaling notes:

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I am excited to say that I've lost some more weight and I'm getting all toned up! I haven't been the best at exercising consistently, but I do exercise a lot more (and a lot better quality exercising) than I have in a long time, and it shows. A friend even commented that I looked like I was losing weight, which always feels good. I even feel lighter when I get on the scale!

Beginning of 2010
157.6 lbs - after gaining 2 lbs of holiday weight
26.26% BMI

Today
151.0 lbs
25.16% BMI

That means I lost 6.6 lbs and 1.10% body mass in a month! Whoo-hoo! And I think I'm even more excited that I'm doing this well while I'm still slacking half the time and munching on chocolate every other day. Ha ha. Who knows what kind of progress I can make if I just step it up a tiny bit! :)

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The past month included the Superbowl and both Zay and Josh's birthday parties... so, food was abundant! Shame on you, ice cream cake... for being so delicious. I was afraid I was going to gain weight, but I improved on my exercising. I lost a teeny tiny bit and I'm happy with that!

Beginning of February
151.0 lbs
25.16% BMI

Today
150.4 lbs
25.05% BMI

That means I lost 0.6 lbs and 0.11% body mass. Whoo-hoo! As long as it keeps going down, I'm happy. And healthier! I've been eating all kinds of fruits and veggies. They're not so bad! Ha ha.

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I found a good workout partner who's kicking my butt. We started working together a couple weeks ago and every.single.muscle.HURTS right now. I pigged out a little on Easter, but other than that day I've been really good with my diet too. I'm making progress!

Beginning of March
150.4 lbs
25.05% BMI

Today
144.2 lbs
24.02% BMI

That means I lost 6.2 lbs and 1.03% body mass. I took my exercising really seriously this month. I'm super excited to see that much weight come off! Yay! I'm trying to get into a routine that I'll be able to keep up for a long time and make it a part of my regular daily schedule. And I think I'm getting closer to that... developing good habits and whatnot. My general goal has been to lose a pound a week. I think that's very doable. I'm excited to see what I can accomplish in the next month!

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I didn't make any progress this month! Grrrr... I'm finding my relationship with food isn't that great. I'm kind of self-destructive actually. I have some issues with letting any food go to waste, so if there's food available or food offered to me, I feel like I have to consume it. Maybe it comes from growing up in poverty and having little to eat that was any good? Hmmmm, I don't know.

Getting in shape is supposed to be a journey, though. I'm glad I'm learning about my issues with food so that I'll know what I'm up against.

Beginning of April
144.2 lbs
24.02% BMI

Today
145.5 lbs
24.24% BMI

That's a gain of 1.3lbs!!! Ahhhhh! That's not bad, though. That's actually basically the same. I'm staying consistent. This month I've got to start forming some good eating habits that'll stick with me after I get to my ideal weight. I'm doing well with exercising and I'll just have to keep that up. I've started the habit where everytime I have free time to do whatever I want, instead of choosing activities that have me sitting down (staring at the computer, watching TV, playing video games), I try to think of activities that actually have me up and moving around. That's helped a lot and I've been getting outside and throwing the frisbee and hiking and all sorts of stuff! It's been great. :)

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I stopped weighing myself so much and just concentrated on how I feel everyday. Focusing on the numbers and how they fluctuated from day-to-day wasn't working for me. But I didn't stop trying to lose weight! I've gotten a whole lot better with P90X and I can actually get through an entire workout every now and then. I had been breaking it up into tiny sections for awhile, but I did more and more over time until I could do an entire workout. I've set the goal to do something everyday, and if I do something then I've succeeded. If I do more than something, then that's just icing on the cake. :) That way I never get disappointed or feel guilty. Lofty goals are not my friend. I'm not even using any weights higher than 2 1/2 lbs for any of the exercises (they're using 35 lbs on some of them!) and I can't do a pull-up to save my life. But I am making lots of progress!

I've also done a lot of work at recognizing what triggers emotional eating for me and learning how to avoid those triggers. It's helped a lot. And if I do feel like indulging in something and I can't get around it, I've been making much healthier choices because I'm so conscious of what I'm eating now. I just think to myself, What am I craving exactly? (something sweet, salty, etc.) Why am I craving that? (bored, reacting to some sort of emotion, actually hungry, etc.) and What are my choices? (candy bar vs. piece of fruit, etc.). The other thing that bothers me about food is thinking that I have to eat everything that's offered me or everything that's on my plate. So, I've started practicing saying, "No thanks!" and putting a lot less food on my plate. 

Beginning of May
145.5 lbs
24.24% BMI

Today
140.4 lbs
23.4% BMI

I lost 4.1 lbs! If I take into consideration that I gained 1.3 lbs in April, then that takes it down to 2.8 lbs lost. Very, very slow progress. But that's okay. I think the things I'm learning about myself in the process are more important than the weight loss. But to make myself feel better, I like to look at the numbers from a couple years ago when I reached my highest weight and compare them to now. I weighed 168.7 lbs and had a BMI of 28.1. Eek! What a difference. I will not let my weight sneak up on me like that again. Holy cow. I'm proud of my progress! :)

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I'm starting to develop much better habits with my eating. Even if I feel like I just cannot exercise today, the major impact on my weight has been better food choices. I try to make it easier to make those choices. It starts with the grocery store. If you don't have good choices in the house because all you buy at the store is processed garbage food...lol...then it's going to be much harder to make a better food choice! It's such common sense, but seriously - humans are morons, myself included. Even the smallest changes in your thought process about food...the smallest caution before grabbing something to shove into your face... can make a world of difference. Someone gave us the most A*M*A*Z*I*N*G chocolate chip cookies yesterday. Seriously, if I was my former self... I would have eaten them all in one sitting. But just the smallest change in my thinking made me eat one cookie and enjoy the heck out of it. Then I gave the rest away to people with better metabolisms. :)

Beginning of August
140.4 lbs
23.4% BMI

Today
137.8 lbs
22.96% BMI

I lost 2.6 lbs! Only 2.8 lbs to go!

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I haven't been doing much differently. I've just settled into some good habits that I think will stick with me for a long time. That's the healthiest way to lose weight - just making small changes and losing the weight slowly but surely. It's much less stressful that way too. I didn't weigh myself for over a month because I wasn't focused on the numbers! :)

Beginning of September
137.8 lbs
22.96% BMI

Today
135.6 lbs
22.59% BMI

I lost 2.2 lbs! Only 0.6 lbs to go! Easy peasy!

I'm debating whether I should put a before and after picture on here. I have a pretty horrible "before" picture that's embarrassing as all get out! Ha ha ha. I'll think about it...





2 comments:

  1. I want to see a before and after picture!!! LOL

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  2. @Emma - I'd be too embarrassed! Maybe if the after picture was SMOKING HOT, lol.

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