Step it up Saturday! 

It’s a little hard to get in a bunch of steps during the work week, so I set higher goals for myself on the weekends. 

I’m very happy to report that I crushed my (aggressive for me!) step goal today! 


I also was super low on cals, but not on propose. I only ate 718 cals and burned off 648 walking! 


Def got a little overheated and lightheaded on my “big” walk for the day. But, with the heat index believe it was around 100 degrees, and walking accidentally on an empty stomach didn’t help. 

Tomorrow is my “official” weigh day, to start off week 2 of my 18 week challenge but I have already hit my weight loss goal for the week, which is great. Hoping to be down another lb or two by tomorrow am tho. 

I also killed it on carbs today, only having 8!!! But, that’s partly because I was out running all around and forgot to eat. But, still happy with it!!! 

Next week I need to focus more on my water intake, but, overall I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made this first week being back on track. 

SundayFunday: Valentine’s Edition

Super proud of my day yesterday– the best day in recent history. Hit 13,980 steps, all 3 Apple Watch goals, and I stayed perfectly on track eating– all on Valentine’s Day!!! 
Not only did I hit my goals, I obliterated my “move” goal (active cals). Literally more than doubled my goal, with 778 cals burned (smart goal of 340). Got a new badge for the first time: 

  
I also maneuvered the day quite well, food wise. When planning our family (hubs, me, and puppy) day, I neglected to plan for food. 

So for lunch, we had the puppy with us and couldn’t be choosy. Came across a BK, and pulled to the side and looked up calories for grilled chicken sandwich- no bun. I ate half of it, so only 110 cals, with 12g protein. I even stayed in my 10:1 cals to protein ratio!!! Was super proud. 

Then, we were killing time before our dinner reservations and since it was Sunday, everything was closed early. So we went to Starbucks. I did NOT even think about getting a venti frapuccino, my old go-to drink. I was trying to be good, so I got an iced green tea without looking it up. My mistake. Halfway thru my drink I looked it up to log it and there were +20 carbs in one drink– that’s my entire day!!! So, I asked my hubs if he would mind if I didn’t drink the rest and showed him the carbs. I threw it away. I still consumed 10 carbs (half my day) but lesson learned and better than it could have been. 

Even with the unplanned and slight screw up with the green tea, I stayed at exactly 20 carbs yest and 109g protein. I am *super* proud of myself!!!! 

So yesterday was perhaps my first successful Valentine’s ever!!! I am so determined to stay on track and lose the rest of this weight! 

Oh!!! I almost forgot– I also weighed yesterday morning. I am already a lb lower than my Friday weight goal!!! Totally killing it!!!! 

BOOM! 💣

Met *every* goal today, for the first time EVER!!! 

Met all 3 Apple Watch goals:

Active cals burned: 615 (smart goal: 340)

Exercise minutes: 33 (goal 30)

Stand goal: 15hrs (goal 1 min/hr for 12 hrs)

Total steps: 10,374

Cals consumed: 807 (burned approx 600)

Walked 2.5-3miles outside, for 71 min broken between 3 walks 

Carbs: 26 (goal </= 30) 

Protein: 78 (goal 70-90) 

Water: 80oz (goal 70oz)

So I completely killed it today and I feel incredibly motivated!!!! Cannot wait to continue this momentum!!! 

I think writing down very attainable goals and then recapping my day on paper is really helping me. 

Blue are my personal goals I set for the day. Much laxer than my watch, etc, but I was trying to build my way back up to exercise and work my way back down calorie wise. But, again, I killed it!!! 

The pink is my actual stats for the day. I am loving having this at a glance, and using paper and pen again. I think I may have found what works for me. 

Now I have to just remain consistent and keep up the momentum. I’m determined to do this. 

 

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. 

3.5lbs down this week

Stats recap time! 

Starting/high weight: 316lbs January 2015

Current weight: 249 lbs January 2016

Goal weight: 130-150lbs by December 2016

67 lbs down total, 119 yet to go. 

After being off track the second half of last year (after the wedding) I’m happy to have survived the holidays, lost the holiday weight gain, and be back on track! 

This week I have lost 3.5 lbs and last week I lost 3.8 lbs. I’m on track to hit my goal of 10lbs/mo, as I’m trying to lose the remaining 119lbs by year-end. Time to be done. 

  
Feeling pretty good about my progress this week. I wasn’t “perfect” but I still lost. I ate carbs (from veg, not starches) and still lost. 

I’m also learning it doesn’t have to be all or nothing- either “perfect” or a disaster. I don’t have to be under 20 carbs each day, I can stay under 50 with eating veg and be ok. 

This is a challenging process and not easy by any stretch of the imagination. Hopefully I’ll continue to learn and stay on track and make progress. 

  

Week One Back on Track

First week back on track after the holiday struggle and I’m already down 3.8lbs this week.   

Pretty proud that I’m back to losing and thankful there’s no more temptations in the near future. No reason to get off track. 

This year my goal is to lose 120 lbs which will get me to goal (130’s). 

I thought it would take me longer than it has to get my carbs back down under 20/day, but the last two days I’ve hit that. 

Next step is to get portions back down and I have actually been eating a bit too much protein. Goal is 90/day and today I’ve already surpassed that and still have dinner and a snack ahead of me. 

Today I’ve mostly drank my cals and protein, but I’m going to start limiting that. Only one protein drink per day, or bar. The rest I want to come from “real” food. 

I also need to cut my portions down some I think. I know I could probably eat half a burger and be fine, but I’ve been eating whole ones. Plus two slices of cheese, when clearly one is plenty. That’s my goal for next week: portion control. 

All in all I’m feeling pretty optimistic about 2016 and the rest of my journey. 

Can’t wait to see where I am by month-end!!! Come on, 10lbs down!!!! 

2016 – goals and progress pics

I may not have met my goals on the timetable I originally envisioned, but I’m sure as hell never giving up. 

I’m not where I want to be, but I’m certainly not where I was, either. 

  

I lost 59 lbs last year. While most of that was truly lost in about the first 6 months, it’s still something to be proud of. I need to remember that. Remember how far I’ve already come. 

This year I’ve decided to set my goal again to lose 120lbs. That’s 10lbs/mo, which is again doable. I’ve done it before, so no doubt I’m capable. 

I figure you might as well aim high, it makes no sense to make mediocre goals. 120lbs down is also just about the total weight I still need to lose to hit goal. 

This year is full of potential. It’s up to me to put in the hard work and make the most of it. 

The most important thing is to never give up. I’m committing early to making this my year. 

This year my focus is all about health: physical, financial, and mental. 

I can’t wait to see where this year takes me. 

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!!!!