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Sep. 25th, 2007

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It begins again . . .

Long time no post!  I don't have any good excuses for falling off the weight-loss wagon so to speak.  It happened right when I met someone I sort of attempted to pursue a relationship with. I am still involved in this pursuit (It's a looooong story.) but I have had an awakening and can see the big picture now.  Regardless of what happens with this person it's me I need to take care of and worry about in the end.

I take comfort in the fact that I didn't gain any weight.  I lost a tiny bit and I didn't gain. I do know that I gained fat and lost muscle, though.  My legs have lost the firmness that was starting to show and I feel generally less in-shape than before.

I'm going to ease my way back into the exercising.  Perhaps just start with a mile-a-day walk for a week, then up it to two miles, etc. etc.  Cut all the fast food I've gone back to out of my diet.  Quit with the midnight runs to the gas station for Mountain Dew and gummy worms . . .

My interests and life-goals present themselves in cycles.  I've lost sight of my Navy-goal, though I'm sure it will come back to me in a few months.  Right now I'm more into certain types of music and art and fashion.  I don't know what I want to do with my life but I know what I want to look like while doing it and that requires me to lose AT LEAST 20 more pounds.  So I'm going to set my goal for 160. So here goes!

Highest Weight: 207.5
Current Weight: 184.5
Goal Weight: 160
Difference: 24.5
+/- Since Last Weigh-In: -2.5
 

Aug. 10th, 2007

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Well that's interesting right there, that is!

So the first few days this week I had absolutely no problems sticking to the diet/exercise.  It seems that my grandmother hasn't even caused an issue.  She likes to ask things like "Let's go to the store and get some Oreos, you want some Oreos?" and I have to remind her I'm on a diet but otherwise she doesn't create any diet-related problems.

But yeah, about four days ago now I was sitting around bored out of my mind and was posting something to that effect on my myspace.  So this girl I've only talked to online but who lives here in Tucson sent me a message and was like "Well, let's hang out!  Wanna go for coffee?"

So we ended up at Denny's.  I got only a diet Coke. The service was kinda crap and my refill was obviously not diet but I only drank about 1/4 of it.  She and I then went walking 'round downtown and also did some climbing (We may or may not have been needlessly trying to get into a closed off underpass.) and I, like, climbed a fourteen foot wall and had to do some shimmying 'round and stuff.  I was pretty impressed with myself that I could do it all.  But yeah, so I think I worked off the normal soda. =)

The only problem is that after staying up all night I had pretty much no motivation to get up and walk several miles.  Instead I went shopping and for some Red Robin.  Indeed, since hanging out I haven't done anything exercise-like and have in fact had some pretty calorific fast food and non-diet soda while munching on chocolate chips in between.

And I've lost more than twice my usual weight-loss. :o

Haha, I posted about it in a community, apparently since I didn't up my calories when I started my extra walking and stuff my body started trying to conserve and hold on to whatever calories it could.  So now that it's got a great amount of calories it's letting go of some of the extra.  I know I've gotta get back to exercising or this will all come back but still . . . lol

Highest Weight: 207.5
Current Weight: 187
Maximum Allowable: 149
Difference: 38
+/- Since Last Weigh-In: -5

Aug. 5th, 2007

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It begins . . .

So, my dad left to get my grandma yesterday morning. I went to Curves first thing after getting up and took a short walk when I got back. But then I pretty much died off there. lol I had already had breakfast and had Subway for lunch but beyond that I had a large bowl of soup, two slices of bread, two marshmallows, and some pickles. :S

Then my dad got back with my grandma. And the plate of brownies she'd baked. =( Disastrous! I had half a brownie but limited myself to that. We went to Jason's Deli for dinner and I decided instead of getting my super-favorite sandwich I'd get one of their "slimwiches" which is supposedly under 350 calories. So that's okay I suppose.

Had a whole brownie for breakfast today but now the brownies are gone so yay for that bit. For penance I walked 4 miles this morning. lol I guess Grandma wants to come walking with me tomorrow when I go out. I love my Grandma and I think that's awesome she wants to come with me but my walking is kind of my private time to think and such. So we'll see how that goes.

The other day I was out walking and I looked down at my shoes and I have no idea why I did it but I got the strangest idea to write something motivational on my walking shoes. I don't know why, I still don't, but I decided to do so. I was thinking something like "Go Navy!" or whatever but I ended up writing my highest/starting weight on the left shoe and my goal weight on the right.



So, yeah . . . that's weird. lol

Aug. 3rd, 2007

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I'm twenty!

Tuesday was my birthday. I'm officially not a teenager anymore!

But fear not, there was no cake and ice cream to be found in my home, even though it was also my father's birthday on Monday!  I stuck to the healthier eating and exercising and have been doing good.  I worked on Monday and Tuesday and it really cut into my walking time and also kind of threw off the Curves schedule.  I worked around it, though, but I worry about what will happen once I'm working every day and getting overtime and whatnot. :S


. . . holy crap it just occurred to me I've lost fifteen pounds.  Sweet!  Once I'm into the lower 180s, which will likely be the end of August, I'll officially be what I weighed when I started college and that will get me psyched! :D

Highest Weight: 207.5
Current Weight: 192.5
Maximum Allowable: 149
Difference: 43.5
+/- Since Last Weigh-In: -2

Aug. 1st, 2007

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Mid-week Update Time

I was thinking while I was taking a bath last night about the weeks coming up and how they will affect my weight-loss efforts.  The first thing that came to my mind was that it's kind of like walking down a street and I've been going good so far.  Had to step around some minor obstacles like munching and stuff but it's been pretty easy going considering.  But now I can look down the street and see huge obstacles on the horizon.  I'm about to start my job which will become more and more time-consuming as I do it more, to the point it will really cut into my exercise schedule.  My grandmother will be here next week (At the same time I'm training for my job.) which will tempt me to eat a lot of fast food just for convenience since my grandma's very picky but swears by Taco Bell.  In the upcoming month I also plan on throwing a night class or two onto my busying schedule.

I honestly think if I'm conscious of my efforts I can get past this though.  I may fall behind on my ~3 miles a day walking but I think that I will always be able to find time in my day for a quick exercise video (I just Netflixed this one, I love it!  Probably because I like the show though. :D) and if I can keep my goals in mind every time it comes to mealtime while Grandma is here I think I can make healthy choices.  I just need to keep in mind that I may be tired and stressed when I get home from work but I'll be even more stressed and down on myself if I go to Taco Bell and sit on the couch all night!  There hasn't been a single time I've regretted exercising after I'm finished doing it.  I just need to keep that in mind.

That said, things are going well so far. The weather (Monsoon season and all.) has cut into my walking time since I walk around the neighborhood outdoors.  So I'm a few miles behind on my miles per day goal but if I walk an extra bit each day for every day I wasn't able to walk I'll eventually make up the difference.

Jul. 27th, 2007

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Doing well!

So as part of 1000miles_to_go I've really stepped up my walking (pun fully intended) and it's paying off.  In the past week I've walked about 25 miles.  At one point I hopped on the scale out of curiosity and was down to 193. I was elated.  I weighed myself today though, as scheduled, and was back up a bit.  But I mustn't get discouraged.  Regardless, I'm still down 3 pounds from last week and that's just great.  I've started taking my diet a bit more seriously again and though I've cheated and munched a few times I'm doing generally okay and I'm sure if I keep up my exercise I'll do okay.

The Biggest Loser is casting for Season 5.  I think I may send in an audition tape.  I don't think I'll make it; I'm not expecting to.  But I'm gonna try just cause that'd be so awesome if I actually got it. :D  Granted, by the time they made a decision, if I actually did get chosen I'd probably have lost so much weight by that point I'd no longer be eligible! :D

Highest Weight: 207.5
Current Weight: 194.5
Maximum Allowable: 149
Difference: 45.5
+/- Since Last Weigh-In: -3

Jul. 20th, 2007

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Friday: The Return of the Weigh-In

Yep, actually got it on the right day today! Too bad that's where the good news stops. :( lol Yeah, went up a bit. But not too badly and it's got me in a "Snap out of it, woman, you can DO this if you try." sort of a mentality.

I joined Curves a month ago today and had my first weigh-in there today. The report:

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I had a different person do the measurements today so the inches are a bit off from being measured in different places and such but all in all it does show progress and that is good. :)

Starting Weight: 204
Current Weight: 197.5
Maximum Allowable: 149
Difference: 48.5
+/- Since Last Weigh-In: +1.5

Jul. 14th, 2007

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I keep forgetting to weigh-in on Fridays . . .

But at least I was only a day late this week! :D  I didn't do too many horrible things from a diet standpoint this week. I went to Taco Bell once and had three soft tacos and a large Baja Blast which was definitely my biggest mess-up.  I got kind of stuck on having a few marshmallows each night before bed, too.  So I need to not do either of those things in the future. :D

I've been going to Curves every week but this past week, instead of going three times, every other day I went Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday due to some scheduling issues so this latter part of the week I've just been sitting around comparatively.  I've also not been going on walks as often as I did when I first got here.  I probably go on four walks a week or so.  But I'm going to get back into going at least once a day.  I probably won't be able to get my morning walk in anymore due to the fact that . . . I start my new job on Monday! FINALLY!  That'll also keep me from sitting around the house munching all day.

Since I'm about to start work I needed some nice clothes so I went shopping today.  I like that I'm wearing smaller sizes than I was when I got here and I can't wait to be wearing all the really nice clothes, which of course, are made for the smaller girls.  I'm really looking forward to it! :D

Starting Weight: 204
Current Weight: 196.0
Maximum Allowable: 149
Difference: 47.0
+/- Since Last Weigh-In: -1.5

Jul. 9th, 2007

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Blah, delayed weigh-in!

Kept forgetting to step on the scale before I showered or ate breakfast and then when I finally did I forgot to post! :D  So yesterday was when I weighed myself and now is when I'm posting.  I'm really impressed that I didn't gain any weight last week and that I stayed right at the same number.  That's great!  You see, my grandmother was visiting so I had a few normal Pepsi's, two trips to Taco Bell, some generally unhealthy food, some candy, and we went out to a Mexican food restaurant once.  So yeah, you can see why I'm just happy I didn't gain! :D

Starting Weight: 204
Current Weight: 197.5
Maximum Allowable: 149
Difference: 48.5
+/- Since Last Weigh-In: None
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Jun. 29th, 2007

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Things are going well!

This past week I missed a few walks and opted for a rather unhealthy sandwich at Subway once or twice but the overall success of my diet/exercise is showing!  I fear once again that a significant amount of the weight I've lost is likely water weight but I know that some of the progress is indeed body fat and that makes me happy. :)

The town I used to live in is now serviced by a new recruiter who called me. I've moved so I'm no longer technically in his area but he talked to me a bit.  It was pretty cool that he still seemed interested in helping me with my goals even though he really wouldn't gain anything for getting me in.

Starting Weight: 204
Current Weight: 197.5
Maximum Allowable: 149
Difference: 48.5
+/- Since Last Weigh-In: -3
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