Friday, August 3, 2012

Week 5: Struggling

I am still at a 10 pound more....maybe less, but I won't know for sure for another week.   I am so frustrated.   I am working HARD!!!   2-3 hours each day I workout.  Not some light workout....hard work!   I am running bleachers, walk/running on treadmill, increasing the intesity when walking on treadmill by moving the incline up every 3 minutes.   I am lifting weights, doing crunches, push ups and a whole bunch of other things.   I use the workout listed in the Biggest Loser book.   I am biking 9 miles in 30 minutes on my indoor bike, I am taking my kids (weight totals 200 pounds) for wagon rides where I tie a belt around my waist and attatch it to the wagon and I pull them for 2 miles.   I am sweating like crazy...dripping sweat!   I am watching what I eat.   I am FRUSTRATED!!!!   I am not losing and today when I got on the scale I was 2 pounds up.  

So these are the changes I am making....
1.   Way more water.  My goal is to drink four 62 ounces cups a day.
2.   Watch the calories in even more carefully.
3.   More sleep....I know I need more.
4.   Stick with my other goals.

If this doesn't work I am not sure what is left to try.  I know the weight loss hasn't stopped because of lack of exercise....I know I am doing enough and a high intensity.   I want to break out of the 220's so bad!!!!  

I am trying to hang on and not give up....but today I feel like I am waivering a little.   I have changed my weigh-in day to Friday's.    Hoping this will give me better motivation for the weekend.   Weekend is the hardest for me.

I know this blog is hardly read by anyone....but if you happen across it and have been through this please send me words of encouragement!   I feel like I am on the verge of giving up.

I an under some stress right now...not sure if that is what has made this difficult or not.   I have a friend who has been having some mental health issues and so I have been helping her with her daughter while she gets better.  I have had a few other things going on causing some stress and irritation.  I feel like I need a great big cry and I will feel better.  lol  :)   I am going to see the new batman movie this weekend...that should help.  ;)  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Week 3: Results.

It seems strange that it has only been a little over 3 weeks since I started getting back into my workout and smart eating routine.   I feel like I am going on 3 months rather than 3 weeks.   I do feel that I am establishing great habits and I am happy about my progress.

I had my weekly weigh in yesterday and I decided to measure myself again to see if there is progress.
 Here are my results:
Weight - -4 pounds
Waist - 1&1/2 inches
Hips - 1/2 inch
Lower Abdomen - 3 inches
Chest - 4 inches
This week I am sticking to my 4 goals:
1. Exercise everyday for at least 1 hour. Every other day doing weight circuit along with cardio and then on off days at least 1 hour of cardio.
2. Drink lots of water.
3. Try to eat around 1500 calories but not counting them all exactly.
4. Drop 5 pounds.

If I can lose 5 pounds this week it will bring me down to a number I haven't seen in almost 3 years.   I hope I will start to see the difference in my face soon....I keep hoping it will show somehow but so far I can't tell a difference.   But I will keep on keeping on!!!
 I am NOT quitting and I know God is helping me each day!!!!

Total lost since my journey began:  19 pounds. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Passed Week 2 and I am still at it!

I am in the middle of my 3rd week of my latest attempt at my journey to health.
I have been extremely faithful to my 4 goals I posted last time.   Last week I ended up dropping a big fat ZERO.   This was extremely frustrating but it did teach me a couple of things.  1.   My body has to have a workout in the morning and then later in the day in order to drop weight.   2.   I have to be so much better about how much I eat when attending events.   I went to a Polo Match  last Saturday and the food was incredibly yummy (If you need a caterer go to Culinary Crafts....seriously the food was heavenly.  They made trout taste like protein candy!) so I just kept eating.   BIG MISTAKE!   I was so sick the rest of the day and into the next morning.   No wonder when I stepped on the scale a few days later, for my weekly weigh-in, I hadn't lost anything.   

This week I have added an additional workout later in my day.   So I do Cardio (mostly interval cardio) walk/aerobics dvd for 1/2 hour then I interval bike for 1/2 hour (I am up to 9 miles in 30 minutes....this may not be much but it is tons to me!).   Then around 3pm (sometimes later in the evening if I have alot going on) I do "Just Dance" high intensity songs for 45 mins to an hour or I go on a brisk walk for an 1/2 hour to an 1 hour.  Every other morning I add weight circuit to my routine and that lasts around 1/2 or a little more.  My goal this week with weigh loss is to drop another 5 pounds.   My daughters birthday was yesterday so I had a little cake and then today I was so hungry after church I ate lunch but then gave in and ate cake again so I am worried about that but I didn't lose control so I believe I still stayed in my calories.   I wish I wouldn't have eaten it though.

I weigh in on Tuesdays so we will see what the scale says.  
Hoping it is at least 5 down!

I have noticed two funny things....
1.  Watching reruns of "The Biggest Loser" helps me stay focused on my goal and helps with my motivation.
2.  The more I sweat the more I sweat.   I am working hard enough now that my clothes are really wet when I am done working out.   But I am also noticing I start sweating much easier when I am doing house chores or other things around the house.   Not sure what that means....weird.  lol  :)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Week 1 - Accomplished!

I have had 4 things in my mind as my "goals" for the week.
1. Exercise everyday for at least 1 hour.   Every other day doing weight circuit along with cardio and then on off days at least 1 hour of cardio.
2.  Drink lots of water.
3.  Try to eat around 1500 calories but not counting them all exactly.
4.  Drop 5 pounds.

And I am happy to report that I met each goal this week....including the 5 pound drop!!!!   I am so happy about it all!   I felt like doing a happy dance as I saw the numbers on the scale and realized that my hard work and lots of prayers have paid off!   I know I could never do this alone.  I know God is helping me!

My 4 goals remain for this week.   Today has been a little crazy with taking one child to an ortho apointment in the morning and a bunch of life happening at home so I didn't get my workout until 11:00 tonight.   I just finished my cardio on my bike.   It is late and I am totally tired but I stuck to my goal and I feel really great about that!
I am off to bed so I can get up and workout all over again.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Begining Again.

It has been a crazy year.
I did finally drop 20 pounds but after going through surgery to remove a cyst from my ovary I started to fall back into old habits.   I have gained back almost 10 pounds.  Last week I picked myself up again and started over.   I am working out harder than ever before and I am feeling good about myself.   I am down about 3 pounds and praying the weight loss will continue.   My goal is 20 pounds by the end of July.   I know with the Lord's help I can do this!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Working it off.

It has been many months since I posted on this blog.   I kind of gave up my attempts to drop weight back in July.   It felt too hard and my motivation wasn't where it needed to be.    But things have changed big since then.   I have been working out regularly for 6 weeks now and I am down over 20 pounds.   I think I may have put a few back on during New Years week but even through Christmas I dropped weight.   I am so happy with the direction I am heading!    It is amazing what a little motivation will do for you.   My motivation came in two parts.   The first was came while sitting in the ER one evening back in November.   I had been dealing with a rapid heart rate and palpitations for weeks but that day it was worse and my blood pressure was up which even with my 100 pounds extra weight was unsual for me.    I was scared and I realized as I sat there just how out of wack I had let myself get!   The second part of my motivation came as I sat in my doctors office talking with her about the heart monitor results.   My heart rate problem was brought on because of stress and anxeity.   My body just can't handle much these days.    Those who know me know how much I love to serve and volunteer my time and talents in my church and in the adoption community.   I also love serving children and have a special place in my heart for children who need a family.   I have had to pretty much curtail most of my service because of my health.    My doctor said some words to me that was the final catalyst to get me off my dairy-air and  actually make myself work.  My doctor said if I take time now to take care of myself I can be better use to my family and serve in things I enjoy for years to come.   I know it sounds simple but the words and the meaning went deep into my heart.    I knew she was speaking truth and she was telling me exactly what I need to know right then.   I needed to see outside of myself and realize what I am doing to myself by not doing anything FOR myself.

The past 6+ weeks haven't been easy (especially trying to drop pounds during the holiday season) but I am doing it .   I have support from friends, from my incredible hubby and most importantly I know God is helping me.    I am moving forward and working it off!    It is nice to come into the New Year already working on the goal I would have isn't just a goal it is my new way of life!   So thankful!!!