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Hi all!

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday. I sure did…perhaps too good of one! I had five days off from work, which in some ways was what I was most thankful for! But I also had a good visit with my parents and puppies and yes…some really good food.  How much damage did I do? Read on!

On Thanksgiving Day (Thursday), I had the big successful weight loss (4.8lbs!!) so I was on cloud nine. But then it was time to eat and celebrate! My mom made 3 desserts (Chocolate Pie, Chocolate Cake, and 7-up Cake) as well as the usual Turkey, Dressing, Beans, and Crescent Rolls. There was other stuff like cranberry sauce and potato salad, but those are gross to me…lol.  Anyway, that day I brought a wrap from home to have for lunch to resist some temptation which worked…but then I ate a normal sized dinner and one piece of cake. Not disastrous, especially for the holiday.

Friday was a little worse, as all we did was sit around and visit and…well, eat! Mom made us a delicious breakfast and I had some dressing for lunch. For supper I had some turkey and two crescent rolls. Sadly, I also had banana pudding during the day and a piece of chocolate pie a few hours after the “smaller” supper.  Friday was a failure, me thinks. I wasn’t counting calories either day, instead trying to just sort of watch what I eat to an extent…and I didn’t do well Friday.

Saturday, we had another delicious home cooked breakfast before I headed back home.  I had a leftover piece of cake that day as well.  That night I had Chik Fila and also DRANK (!!!) so Saturday is another failure, overall. 

Sunday (today) has been much better. Was back on my water and had a turkey wrap for lunch and turkey again for dinner, no bread this time. It took me a day or two to get back, but I think I’ve found my spot on the wagon again 🙂

Tomorrow is back to regular life….water, water, water…and back to the exercise regimen! I enjoyed the break, in so many ways, but I definitely think I felt better when I was keeping up with what I was eating and exercising daily…if only for the proud feeling I had after a good progress day. I think my biggest regret in looking back over the holiday isn’t what I ate, but the fact that I didn’t exercise. I had planned on doing some at least Saturday and Sunday, but I CHOSE not to…and that’s what I feel so guilty about.

So in closing, Thanksgiving 2009 was fun while it lasted. I just hope I didn’t undo the good results I had this past week. But if so, I’ll just make up for it next week. The most important thing I’m trying to learn is that a bad day (or three) won’t undo all the progress I’ve made. Everyday starts fresh and is another chance to “get it right” and stay on track!    Hope everyone has a good week! Christmas is almost here!!

Start (9/1/09): 234.8

 

Week 1 (9/8/09): 226 (-8.8)
Week 2 (9/15/09): 225.3 (-0.7)
Week 3 (9/22/09): 222.4 (-2.9)
Week 4 (9/29/09): 221.1 (-1.3)
Week 5 (10/6/09): 219.1 (-2)
Week 6 (10/13/09): 219.1 (No Loss)
Week 7 (10/20/09): 216.7 (-2.4)
Week 8 (10/27/09): 215.6 (-1.1)
Week 9 (11/3/09): 216.1 (+0.5)–Birthday week!!
Week 10 (11/10/09): 214.1 (-2.0)
Week 11 (11/19/09) 212.7 (-1.4)
Week 12 (11/26/09) 207.9 (-4.8!!!!!)

Total Loss: 26.9 pounds in twelve weeks

I was SO thrilled with this result. It’s the most I’ve lost in weeks and weeks and makes all of this worth it. Nothing could have made this a happier thanksgiving. I am only about 8 pounds away from my first goal, to be 200 by January 1, 2010.

Week 12 Calorie/Exercise Review:

Thu: 1640cals; Ex: 45min (3mi); Water: 96oz
Fri: 1578cals; Ex: 0; Water: 100oz
Sat: 1333cals; Ex: 47min (3mi); Water: 48oz
Sun: 1705cals (est-movies!); Ex: 0; Water: 40oz
Mon: 1423cals; Ex: 33min (2mi); Water: 96oz
Tue: 1600cals est (mexican); Ex: 30min; Water: 128oz
Wed: 1093cals; Ex: 45min (3mi) Water: 64oz (very light today due to last night’s mexican….and nervous about weigh-in!)

First, I definitely do a ton better on water on days I work, because there is the best tasting ice machine there and that inspires me to drink more water! Thoughts on the week: Tuesday night was the first time I had Mexican food in 3 months. It was heaven. I tried to estimate the calories, but I’m sure I was off. So therefore I ate VERY light breakfast, lunch, and snacks to allow for that!

Sunday was another iffy day. As I wrote about earlier, ate lunch at Zaxby’s and had movie popcorn…but again, I tried to allow for that by going low on breakfast and dinner (very low!) I’m really trying to learn the balance in having fun/eating with friends and keeping in line with the lifestyle change too. Oh, by the way, no alcohol again this week. Had planned on it Saturday night but I didn’t. I’m glad I didn’t now even though I missed it that night.

On the exercise front, I had five days of exercise this go round. I had company so it was hard to get in the impact I aim for a few days (I hate exercising in front of anyone!) but on Wednesday I set a new treadmill personal best for me (3 miles in 43:38)…I was WORKIN’ IT! All I kept thinking was “last chance workout!” (Biggest Loser reference)…as it was the day before Thanksgiving. Even on the days I didn’t kill myself exercising, I was glad I got a few miles in!

In closing, I just want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all. I’m thankful that I’ve changed my life for the better, but I’m even more thankful for each one of you that reads this and leaves me comments…it really helps keep me going on days that eating better is hard. And I really enjoy reading all about your journeys as well. I hope yall have a wonderful meal with your familes and friends!

 

The weekend just flew by this time. I mean really. Is it already almost Monday AGAIN? At least it’s a short week!

Just wanted to recap the weekend as it was full of hurdles. We went to see two movies. Friday night we saw “New Moon” (it was awesome)…and I resisted the popcorn urge. I packed a fiber bar to munch on, but never got it out because the theater was SO packed of teens that I felt weird pulling out my smuggled in snack so I just had two mints.

Saturday I woke up and for some odd reason went totally nuts on the wheat thins first thing. After I realized what I had done, I used that as my breakfast. I also ate a very light lunch in anticipation for what I hoped would be a drinking/karaoke night later on, so I was saving calories…unsure of what fast food we’d have for supper. Long story short, I ended up eating a cup of Cambell’s light soup and some crackers for soup and NOT drinking….so double disappointment and a way low calorie day, just over 1300 total. I was sad it ended up being a boring night. Good thing I saved those calories because…

…Sunday was the big trip to Memphis to do a little shopping. I knew we’d be eating at Zaxby’s (tradition!) so I had a very light breakfast (a few crackers….) and I also knew I was getting popcorn this time as a treat. So at Zaxby’s I ate the strips and the toast (mmmm) and only had a few fries. So I could have done a lot worse. I lost my mind at the movies and got a medium buttered popcorn (and immediately felt guilty)…but then I went EXTRA crazy and poured some M AND M’s in it!  WHAT?  Luckily, I could only eat half of it (from guilt and from worrying about how many calories were in each bite…) before I put it down on the floor for good.  When I got home I had a deli chicken sandwich on wheat and like 5 chips for a really low cal supper. After adding everything up as best as I can, my calories were around 1705. Of course,  alot of this was estimated even though I looked EVERYTHING up. It’s hard to tell exactly how much popcorn I had or exactly how many fries I ate….but it’s a close estimate. I was expecting much worse, and am still obsessing over if this number is too low…it sure sounds that way.

I didn’t exercise Friday or today (Sunday), but I had a great, great workout on the treadmill yesterday. I was SO not into it but was able to get in 3 miles in a little under 47 mins. I was feeling it too.

One thing I have noticed is I really need new shoes. The ones I have are rubbing me the wrong way and making normal walking a chore now. Maybe Santa will bring me some!

Before I go, quick question to everyone: When you go out (or even if you don’t…when you eat something off your normal plan…) do you obsess constantly over the number of calories in it? Months ago I wouldn’t have thought twice about today. In fact, I would have had breakfast, the entire Zaxby’s meal, lots more popcorn, and we woulda stopped at another fast food place on the way home for a “real” supper.  I’m so glad I have a new outlook on life, but wonder if I’m the only one that obsesses about calories even when I”m having an awesome time.

By the way…the second movie I saw this weekend was “Precious”…and it was just amazing. Two thumbs way up. Now, if I can just see 2012 before it leaves theaters, I’ll be all caught up…for now!

Everyone who knows me knows two things: a) I love to eat and b) I hate to exercise.

Which is why what happened tonight was so incredible in my little world!

I didn’t exercise Wed night (a mix of lazyness and depression over our hospital where I work possibly closing soon…ugh), so tonight I knew I needed to walk. After work, I sat on the couch for about ten minutes playing online and knew I had to get it over with before the good Thu night TV shows started.

I started up walking at 3.5 for a minute then bumped it up to 3.7-3.8ish…a little bit into it I jogged for a bit at 4.5 (nothing major or long, just my usual spurts). I was still not in the mood. I thought about quitting at the 1.5 mile mark and saying “at least I exercised some” but I didn’t…in fact, somewhere in here  I bumped the treadmill up to 5.0, then down, then 5.5, then down, then 6.0 (!!!) then back down….at the 2 mile mark I was feeling somewhat better and knew I COULD do 3 miles, so I stayed with it, venturing back to the 6.0 area a few times (and back again of course!)  I ended my 3 miles at 45:47 seconds! A new record for me! I was SO happy and I don’t think I could have done it without my Ipod tonight. I wish I could bottle that happy feeling you get AFTER the workout and spray some in the air when you’re stepping on the treadmill!  On a sidenote, some good old school Michael Jackson music helped me move it faster tonight…I couldn’t believe it when I stayed at 6.0 for at least 30 seconds. I have never ran that fast. This is huuuuge for me!

I’m a little sore and I think I have a blister on my right foot…but I’m very happy about tonight’s workout!

Start (9/1/09): 234.8

Week 1 (9/8/09): 226  (-8.8)
Week 2 (9/15/09): 225.3 (-0.7)
Week 3 (9/22/09): 222.4 (-2.9)
Week 4 (9/29/09): 221.1  (-1.3)
Week 5 (10/6/09): 219.1 (-2)
Week 6 (10/13/09): 219.1 (No Loss) 
Week 7 (10/20/09): 216.7 (-2.4)
Week 8 (10/27/09):  215.6 (-1.1)
Week 9 (11/3/09):  216.1 (+0.5)–Birthday week!!
Week 10 (11/10/09): 214.1 (-2.0)
Week 11 (11/19/09) 212.7  (-1.4)

Total Loss:  22.1 pounds in eleven weeks

Note: I changed my weigh-in day to Thursdays, so there’s an extra 2 days in this week’s weigh-in. I was hoping for at least 2 pounds, esp with the extra couple of days, but no such luck. I dunno why, because I stayed well under my calories, exercised 5 days, drank my water, and didn’t have any alcohol, but that’s the way life goes I guess.

Week 11 Calorie Intake Review:
Tuesday (11/10) 1560 (Ex: 0)
Wednesday (11/11) 1715 (Ex: 45min)
Thursday (11/12) 1685 (Ex: 32min)
Friday (11/13) 1775 (Ex: 0)
Saturday (11/14) 1560 (Ex: 30min)
Sunday (11/15) 1693 (Ex: 32min)
Monday (11/16) 1365 (Ex: 32min)
Tuesday (11/17) 1748 (Ex: 50min)
Wednesday (11/18) 1225 (Ex: 0)

Thoughts: Ate out twice this weekend (Fri & Sat night) but I budgeted it in my calories by looking up info before going to the restaurant. I had a good food week overall. I’m hoping the change to Thursday weigh ins will make the holiday toughness easier to work off, but we’ll see. I have never really liked weighing on Tuesdays and only did so because that’s what they picked as the weigh in day for the “Biggest Loser” contest at work. It ends Tuesday and I don’t see any shot of me winning unless I go into the hospital on a liquid diet or something 🙂        Hmmm, there’s an idea, haha. I’ve been in second place almost the whole time but just never could take over the top spot!

One more thing: I’m changing my exercise thought process for a few weeks to see how it changes things. Lately, I’ve been focused on getting my 2 miles in at 30mins or less, requiring lots of jogging. It’s exhausting for me and makes exercise a hated effort. I’m going to concentrate on walking for a longer amount of time at a slower pace. (Not slow, just slowER, lol…)  Tuesday I did 3 miles at an average pace of 3.8mph. For me, that’s movin’ it. I still want to work on increasing my speed, but all I can think is my exercise sessions just aren’t long enough to see good results. As much as I want to be a jogger, it’s just going to take me a little bit longer to work up to that than most people I think  =)
I’m also going to walk at the track at the park some this weekend for a change of scenery. The treadmill everyday in my living room is getting very boring.

Thanks for reading!!

So, one of the goals I have been working on since I started back on 9-1-09 was to get my two miles on the treadmill down to 30 minutes. My average time was 32 minutes, walking between 3.5 and 3.8 (with some spurts of 4.5 included when I felt brave)….last week I got into the 31 minute range…but today I thought I’d just bust my ass and see what I could do.  And, I did it! In exactly 30 minutes.

No, literally. EXACTLY 30 minutes. I had to go up to 5.0 at times, and, while my lungs were about to bleed, I still did it. And true, it literally came down to one second. The timer was at 29:58 and at the same time the mileage was at 1.99.6 or something weird like that…I just knew I’d be a second or two over, and that would bother me because I’m a little OCD.  So now that I know I *can* do 2 miles in 30 minutes, it’s gonna take some adjustment to get to where I can do it somewhat comfortably. Wait, I know exercise isn’t supposed to be comfortable, but you know what I mean…just to the point where I’m not seeing the light from heaven as I’m about to faint.  I realize this probably isn’t a great time, and I’m sure most people can run 2 miles without adjusting the speed and probably 3 miles in 30 mintues, but this is a big deal in my exercise-hating world!

Thanks for reading…and don’t forget, if you do the Tweet what you Eat thing, you can follow me! I update meals, snacks, and exercise @mylifetake8 on Twitter!

Time for a nap 🙂

Since I’m new to this blog I’m playing catch up. Here’s my weekly weigh in results since I started on 9/1/09.

Start (9/1/09): 234.8

Week 1 (9/8/09): 226  (-8.8)
Week 2 (9/15/09): 225.3 (-0.7)-the dreaded “week 2 syndrome” I guess!
Week 3 (9/22/09): 222.4 (-2.9)
Week 4 (9/29/09): 221.1  (-1.3)
Week 5 (10/6/09): 219.1 (-2)
Week 6 (10/13/09): 219.1 (No Loss)  😦
Week 7 (10/20/09): 216.7 (-2.4)
Week 8 (10/27/09):  215.6 (-1.1)
Week 9 (11/3/09):  216.1 (+0.5)–Birthday week!!
Week 10 (11/10/09): 214.1 (-2.0)

Total Loss:  20.7 pounds in ten weeks

           

The first pic was 9/1/09, the start of the change, and the second was 10/31/09, about week 8, around 18 pounds lost. Putting the pics side by side, I am not sure if I can see a huge difference size wise, but I definitely know that my pants fit better and I FEEL better. I feel more in control of my life and lots happier. All summer I avoided the camera, disgusted by my weight gain, but I’m starting to get over that as I approach the old me! The shorts I’m wearing in pic2 had gotten to wear they wouldn’t fit. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t falling off me, but I can wear them comfortably…and that’s progress. Slow and steady…I’m fine with that, as long as I’m progressing somehow. I guess the reason I’m okay with slow progress is that I’m making slow changes. I still drink sometimes, I still eat out sometimes, I just do it less and am more aware of what I take in…LOTS more aware in fact…and I exercise.

I also wanted to include one more pic. This was from my birthday party night:

I included this because it was my first mini-goal met. I bought that T-shirt back in August. It’s nothing fancy, not a designer brand, in fact I think it came from TJ Maxx or some place like that…I just really liked the shirt. Anyway when I bought it, it would go over me, but was SKIN TIGHT. I mean, tigher than the actual flesh on my body. My goal was to wear it to my birhtdy party. I did! It wasn’t roomy, but it fit, so I was happy. I’m hoping in another month, it’ll be really comfortable! I think the thing I’m most excited about in all of this is getting back into the clothes I enjoyed so much last year. Again, they are nothing fancy, they are just a reminder of how good I felt at that size and motivation to be that way once again.

Hey all.

I’m new to the world of blogging, well besides the MySpace or random LiveJournal post back in the day. I’m looking to use this site as a way to track my weight loss goals and accomplishments, as well as random fun facts and happenings about me in my daily life.

I wish I had found this site or thought of it when I started my lifestyle change back on September 1, but I’ll just have to play catch up.  I’ve had weight issues (that’s putting it mildly!) since I was a very young child. In my late teens and early twenties, I was very morbidly obese to the point I had gastric bypass surgery in 2001. I had amazing results and within two years I was down to the lowest weight I could ever remember being. I stayed at this weight for about 4 to 5 years, eating pretty much whatever I wanted without doing any exercise. It was wonderful! Unfortunately, my honeymoon phase ended when I discovered my new BFF, vodka. Drinking lots combined with my awful diet and lack of exercise (I have a desk job…) started slowly putting the pounds on. In 2006 and 2007, I noticed the tightness in my pants and would diet for a month or two and get back down to my comfy weight and everything was okay. (Note: My “comfy weight” is not what I want to be, by any means, it’s just what I had grown used to being for all those years.)  Then in 2008, the weight was back, plus a little more. After 3 months of “The Biggest Loser” game at work it was all gone plus an extra six pounds, making me at my NEW lowest weight. I was even wearing medium shirts and a lower pants size…I was in heaven.

That’s where I found myself in 2009. The weight I lost was back, this time with an extra 25 pounds. How did this happen? My new medium shirts were in the back of the closet, too tight to wear. My normal clothes were also too tight to wear. Jeans fitting? Not anymore. My work pants cut me in half. The culprit was me, along with my friends Little Debbie, Soft Batch, Krispie Kreme, and Cherry Vodka. It was August of 2009 and I was at my highest weight I’ve been since 2002, when I was shedding pounds so rapidly after my surgery. I was very much on the way to being my old weight. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but a year or two more of the way I was going and it could have happened. I refused to buy new clothes and give up. I knew I had to change, yet again. Take eight.

On September 1, 2009, I changed my outlook. The weekends of drinking Fridays (and Saturdays too, usually) had to end. The excess eating out had to stop. I had to take control and get off the couch. The first week I lost eight pounds. I know my routine. I always lose big on the first week. Then the second week happened and I lost ONE HALF of a pound. Keep in mind I was more dedicated than ever, keeping a food journal and working out everyday. I was crushed and wanted to quit. Then I discovered www.caloriecount.about.com and found a new outlook. For years, when I dieted, I was counting fat grams…allowing myself between 28-35 a day. I had success each time but this site had a different view: to count calories. I figured I would give it a try. I started using the calorie counting tool, going by what the site said I could have each day based on my activity level, and the weight started to come off: slowly but surely.

This past Tuesday was my tenth week on my lifestyle change and I finally hit the twenty pound loss mark! I’m very proud to see the pounds gone. I will do a different entry with my weekly losses. As far as how I feel: My clothes still don’t fit right, but I’m looking at it this way: It took almost a year to put on the weight, it’s gonna take some time to get it back off. I’ve had some rough weeks where I had little to no loss (I had to go through a birthday celebration week *and* a Halloween party, both of which were major stumbling blocks!) but I’ve kept going. Like I’ve said, I’m looking at this as a lifestyle change and not a diet. Yes, I exercise and yes, I am counting calories. I write down everything I eat. At the same time, I’m not eating salads each day (mostly because I don’t like salad!) so I’m trying to find alternative ways to cut calories and measure portions so that I’m eating foods that satisfy me, yet stay in my caloric range so that when I do get back down to my “comfy weight”, I can stay there.

I have already learned so much in the past ten weeks. I read labels at the store on everything. It’s amazing how many calories I was taking in before. I used the calorie counting tool and would input random sample days from earlier this year and was shocked at the totals. No wonder I put on the pounds so fast.

I’m hoping this site can find me some buddies to help motivate each other. Please feel free to leave a comment or message me. I have a twitter account at http://twitter.com/craigversion2  I would love you to follow me. I’m seeing a new trend of people posting their food choices and tracking calories that way and am wanting to try it. I’ll follow you if you follow me! 🙂

In closing, my weight this past Tuesday was 214.1 pounds. My goal is to be 200 by New Year’s Day. The old me would think this was easy, because I’m used to losing weight so quickly, but this time around things are going more slowly. I don’t know why, but I’m still trying to find the right number of calories to eat to keep the scale moving. Sometimes I think I undereat, or maybe I don’t exercise long enough or hard enough. Our Biggest Loser game ends in two weeks at work, but I plan on going for at least, well…the rest of my life.  That sounds like a long time because it is. Unfortunately, weight issues is something I’m always going to have to deal with because of genetics and the fact that, quite frankly, I love to eat! I would love to one day be 175 pounds. The lowest I’ve been is 189 pounds, after last year’s successful BL game at work. I felt so great then…I hope I can feel that way again very soon. I’ve learned that setting up small, reachable goals really works for me.  Thanks for reading!