Mid-Week Check-In!!!

Week 1 of my 18-Week Challenge through year end is officially halfway over! 

My goal each week is to lose 3 lbs/week until year-end, for a total of 54 lbs down. I’m happy to report that week 1 is off to a great start, and I’m already down those 3 lbs! Aiming to get a couple extra lbs down out of this week!!!


I’ve been doing really well so far this week- already hitting my “real” nutrition goals. I tend to be lax starting back, and slowly lower cals and carbs to get to where I really need to be. Not this time! 

I am all in and eating completely on target! Carbs have not been over 20 (yesterday I was at 10 for the day!) and calories have actually been a little low, but, I’m completely good with that! 

Macros yesterday were excellent: 


I focus on low carb/high protein, as a personal choice. Mainly on lean protein, though I’ve eased up a bit on this, and focus on overall daily goals instead of each individual food being perfect. 

I’m finally learning you have to have a degree of happiness with what you eat, to make it stick. So while I like to keep to a 10:1 overall calorie to protein ratio, I’ve let myself have individual foods that don’t fit this ratio. 

For instance, this week I meal prepped egg casserole muffins. I used sausage, instead of lean ground beef- that’s how my mom always made her version, and honestly it makes me happier. I also have been snacking on hard salami- zero carbs! I only have 3-5 pieces max at a time, usually with one piece of cheese. 

I can’t be miserable with what I choose to eat, otherwise i won’t be able to stick with it!!! So, I’m giving myself a little breathing room, and so far it’s working out well! 

Can’t wait til Sunday, for my official Week 1 weigh-day!!! 

Week 1 (18 Weeks Until Year End Challenge!) 


Officially refocused and 100% back on track! Low carb/high protein lifestyle. 

There are 18 weeks left in the year, as of today, and at a goal loss of 3lbs/wk that’s still 54 lbs I can lose by year end! 

If I hit that goal, I’ll also hit about 100 lbs down!!! Will be a huge success, HUGE! 

Next year my friend and I are going to Europe- that means a long flight, in a tiny seat. I will NOT be this weight for that flight. Im capable of hitting my goals, I just have to want it and stay focused. 


Yesterday I broke it down into 3 phases. Very attainable goals, and I can definitely hit goal weight by next November, when we leave for Europe. 

First up is getting through and making the most of the rest of this year. Started off on a good note yesterday, and hit my daily goals I set for myself: 


I’m also using my affirmations again, and have one written down each day. 

Super excited for the rest of this year now- 2016 is not a waste! I can still hit my goals and live a healthier, happier life! #MindBodySpirit 

Weigh-DayWednesday

Day 4 being back on track, and I had my mid-week check-in this morning

<Drumroll please>

I am down 8.2 lbs since Sunday!!! 

Please note this loss is due to the first week back on low carb along with suspected water weight. 

Nonetheless I am super excited with the progress I’ve made!!! When I jumped on the scale last weekend and saw 269 I was quite literally a bit shocked. It was extremely jarring. Being back down to 260.8 feels much better, and gives me a lot of motivation to keep going! 

Little upset that I overslept this morning, and did not have a chance to take my morning walk or do my morning meditation. Now it’s evening, but so far I haven’t talked myself into walking yet. 

Despite being a little discouraged about my motivation, I’m really trying to continue focusing on the positive. So far cals/carbs are better than yesterday, protein is good, and oh, yah– I lost 8.2lbs in 4 Days!!! 

Now I just have to be consistent and get back to walking, and also finally start adding my videos and weights in. Also within the next week, I believe I start adding my elliptical in too. Very short intervals at first, as it kills me and I’m super out of shape. But I’ll build up. 

Consistency is key!!!! 

Day 1- it got real

Stayed up until 3a last night writing down my daily goals for the next few weeks. 


Getting progressively harder day by day, building up a little more each day. 

Plan is very realistic– first week, goal is to lose 1 lb. I am reducing carbs daily, until I get back down to 20. Reducing cals slowly, until I get back down to 1200. I’m slowly increasing activity and doing a video and walk daily. 

A new facet of my plan is meditation, both in the morning and evening. My life coach gave me customized affirmations, 2 pages of them, and I have picked one per day to focus on. I’m starting slow, meditating for 2 min in the am and pm, and focusing on that day’s affirmation. I will increase to meditation for 10-15 min. 

I’m really refocusing whole heartedly, mind and body. 

I also started adding positive sayings to start each day– fitness motivation, inspiration, etc. Missed the first couple days, but I’m really trying to start each day off on the right foot and continue to be positive and mindful throughout the day. 

This is not going to be easy. I really struggle with food and consistency. But, I absolutely have to do this. I’m determined to stay focused and consistent and I know I’ll see results. 

I’m trying to be very realistic in my goals, and accept that it’s going to take time. I’m not going to lose massive amounts of weight overnight. I’m going to lose slowly, but that’s ok. I need to lose and keep the weight off, instead of this dramatic yo-yo. 

Weighed this morning, for a baseline of Day 1 being back on track: 269.0. 

By next Sunday, my goal is to have lost 1 lb. More importantly, my goals are to hit every daily goal, and get back to being consistent. Log my food, workout, and keep moving! 

Oh– I also listed a place to mark a success every single day– what is something I did right that day? Really trying to change my way of thinking, and learn to be kind to myself. Wish me luck!!! 

Emotional 

Feeling super emotional and not in a good place. Doesn’t help that it’s nearly 3a and I haven’t slept a wink yet. 

Started as a sleepless night, has turned into stomach troubles and obsessing. 

Obsessing over every little thing. 

I’ve gorged on plastic surgery before and after’s for hours now. Convinced I’m going to need far more plastic surgery to look halfway decent than I’ll ever be able to afford. 

Feeling wholly inadequate at the moment. 

My goal has always been to better myself and beat myself and go further than I thought I was capable of. I’m working so hard, meeting and exceeding goals, but still not feeling satisfied. 

I’ve always been afraid of “contentment” because I never want to settle. I feel like never being content is what pushes me to do more. But, I guess sometimes there’s a downside to never being satisfied or content in life. 

Im sure this will pass, but in the moment it’s feeling rather heavy on my soul. 

Crushed it 

  
Red= active calories

Green= exercise goal 

Blue= stand goal (1 min per hour)

Please note: I did not put on my watch until 10-11a today

For the first time, I completely killed my active cals goal and exercise goal. 

Recap (it’s only 830p) so far today:

Walked actively ~3.5 miles (total 4.43 miles) 

Exercised 55 min (goal 30/day) 

+9200 steps so far today 

Struggling with my eating (still) but I threw out all the leftovers from the party we had this weekend. But, at least I’m partly back on my game. 

Tomorrow I hit all fitness goals, AND I eat on-point. 

May not be perfect, but I’m taking this as a win for the day. 

Paper and pen 

Been struggling to get and STAY under 250. Currently I’m back up to 254. So, tryig something new– or, old? Going back to basics!!!

I’ve started tracking weight, cals, exercise on my planner, like in olden days. I think weighing daily and recording it, manually recording my cals and macros and exercise and being able to see it in one place, in one shot will help. 

I’m also going back to basics in my diet. Started today on clear liquids, and will progress back to (healthy) solids over the next 10 days. 

I have already committed to taking the puppy walking this Sunday (about a 3-mile hike) and I’m trying to get my focus back. 

I’m not quitting, and I will be successful in losing the rest of this weight! I’ve come too far to quit now! 

Lovers Key

Sunday Funday alert! Today the hubs, the bubs (puppy), and I went to Lovers Key state park and walked the black island trail, which is about 2.75 miles long. 

  
We certainly didn’t set any records, but we had to stop along the way for puppy breaks and of course photo ops! 

The last 2 Sunday’s we’ve gonna to the Naples Botanical Gardens, but this weekend I thought It would be nice to do something different. 

I love that I’m becoming more active again! I *want* to be active and get up and get moving, instead of spending a lazy Sunday on the couch, accomplishing nothing. 

Such a change in thinking, and I’m absolutely loving it! 

So far today I’ve hit 2 of my activity goals thru my Apple Watch so I’m pretty excited about that. 

We’re also going to try and get in another walk around the neighborhood this evening, which my goal is to start walking 3 times a day (before work, on lunch, and in the evening before bed). 

This, plus continuing to work on my elliptical should really help the weight loss. My struggle will be limiting my eating like I should be. I haven’t eaten off plan, but I have eaten too much. I def struggle with getting munchy in the evenings. 

But, I refuse to give up and I’m going to keep fighting the good fight! 

2 minutes… 

Two minutes… Doesn’t sound like a lot, does it? But, that’s about how long my fat ass can stay on my new elliptical right now. Isn’t she a beauty:

  
I bought it because we moved and there’s no gym nearby now. And I choose an elliptical specifically to challenge myself. 

I had no grand visions, but I had hoped to be able to last 5 minutes at a time… Not so much. Two minutes and I’m dying. Legs are dying, heart rate is up. *sigh* 

But, I’m jumping on it several times a day, and all start trying to push for 3 min next week. It may not be much, but it’s something. It’s better than sitting around on my behind all day. 

I’ve also decided to start walking the neighborhood. I think during lunch I’m going to shoot for a 20-min walk. That will help too… Every little bit counts.

BMI

Happy to report my BMI is down ~10 pts since my highest weight earlier this year. 

  
It feels great to see progress in other ways. Next up is getting into the 30s, which should occur around 225lbs. That will be a huge victory for me, not only for the lower BMI and weight, but that’s around the weight I was when I last rode my *favorite* roller coaster, which was circa 2008-2009. (The Hulk at islands of adventure, in Orlando, in case anyone is wondering!) 

Once I can fit in that roller coaster again, I’m buying annual passes. It won’t be long now!!!! 

Losing weight is about so much more than how you look- for me, it’s really about taking my life back. Getting to do the things I enjoy doing and not avoiding activities for fear of not fitting in seats, getting stares, etc. it’s about freedom. 

I can’t wait to report back that I’ve rose the roller coaster again– and u can bet they’ll be a pic! Keep working toward your goals!!!!