Day 4 – The Weekend is Here!

I am so happy the weekend is here! I stayed in tonight and got some stuff done around the house (laundry, cleaning, etc.). I also got a workout in, but it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. I think with the weight gain, it has really slowed me down as far as my running pace, endurance and so forth. I am still extremely sore from my leg workout on Wednesday so I’m sure that isn’t helping either. 🙂 But, I just keep telling myself that a workout is better than no workout, and it will only be a matter of time until I’m back to where I was fitness wise!

The other thing is that I have been extremeeeeely tired and sleeping like a rock this week! I feel like I have no energy, when I should be full of it! Can anyone comment on this? Do you think it’s because my body is adjusting back to a healthier lifestyle?

Anyways, I’m off to bed here shortly because I am exhausted! Going to run for as long as I can tomorrow since it’s my “long run” training day. Good night, and talk to you tomorrow!

Workout

  1. Ran 10-15 minutes to the gym
  2. 10 minutes on the elliptical
  3. 5 minutes on the bike
  4. Chest – Press on the Freemotion machine – 3 sets of 12 at 20 lbs
  5. Chest – Butterfly on machine – 3 sets of 12 at 40 lbs
  6. Triceps – Free weight above head – 3 sets of 12 at 7.5 lbs
  7. Triceps – Free weight “back rows” – 3 sets of 12 at 7.5 lbs
  8. 10-15 minutes walk/run home

Food Log

146 calories – Spinach, Egg White and Cheddar Cheese Bake
72 calories – 1 Medium Pink Lady Apple
33 calories – 1 TBSP Cream Cheese
33 calories – Coffee w/ 1/4 cup milk
160 calories – Chocolate Peanut Butter Quest Bar
35 calories – Laughing Cow White Cheddar Cheese Wedge
22 calories – 1 Ak Mak Cracker
23 calories – 1 Large Carrot
90 calories – 3 oz. Trader Joe’s Chicken
30 calories – Starbucks Iced Coffee w/ Soy Milk
192 calories – 1 small Trader Joe’s Organic Avocado
190 calories – Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar
20 calories – Celery Sticks
33 calories – 1 TBSP Cream Cheese
215 calories – Shredded Buffalo Chicken
44 calories – 2 Ak Mak Crackers
35 calories – Laughing Cow White Cheddar Cheese Wedge
65 calories – 14 g Air Popped White Cheddar Popcorn
80 calories – Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt – Chocolate Cherry

Total calories burned – 460
Total calories consumed – 1,518 calories (1,660 allowed)
142 calories under

82 days to reach my goal!

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Day 3

Today was a good day! My legs were super sore from doing legs yesterday, but that good type of sore. Know what I mean? 🙂 I am part of a Women’s Group at work called WIN@S, and I serve as the Education Chair for the Chicagoland Area. I host different educational events each month for our members, and this month’s series was held tonight. It was a workshop on Yoga and Meditation taught by one of my colleagues Vidya. She did an awesome job teaching us the motions and techniques, but boy oh boy did my legs HURT! The stretch was good, but I’m fearful of how they will feel tomorrow! LOL! I was also able to get a quick run in between work and the yoga session so while I was unable to burn as many calories as I would have liked, I am glad I got a 30 minute walk/run in and a one hour yoga session. 🙂 I’m pooped though so good night, and talk to you tomorrow!

Workout

  1. 30 minute run/walk
  2. One hour yoga session

Food Log

146 calories – Spinach, Egg White and Cheddar Cheese Bake
72 calories – 1 Medium Pink Lady Apple
33 calories – 1 TBSP Cream Cheese
33 calories – Coffee w/ 1/4 cup milk
80 calories – Dannon Light and Fit Banana Cream Greek Yogurt
100 calories – Emerald Natural Almonds (100 cal pack)
215 calories – Shredded Buffalo Chicken
100 calories – 1/2 cup Brown Rice
35 calories – Laughing Cow White Cheddar Cheese Wedge
90 calories – 1 Small Banana
33 calories – Coffee w/ 1/4 cup milk
130 calories – Trader Joes 96/4 Burger Patty
25 calories – Steamed Broccoli
40 calories – Sauteed Mushrooms in 1/2 tsp Olive Oil
95 calories – 1/2 Chocolate Chip Quest Bar
44 calories – 2 Ak Mak Crackers
15 calories – 1 TBSP Trader Joe’s Spinach and Kale Dip

Calories Burned – 400 (maybe more, but I turned my HRM watch off half way through the yoga session because my HR was not up)
Calories Consumed – 1,286 (1,600 allowed)
314 calories under

83 days to reach my goal!

Day 2

Day 2 went pretty well! I had a customer meeting downtown this morning, in which I had to meet one of my colleagues at  Panera. I went for a healthier option to where I could still eat and get to know him before going into the customer. Once I got home, it was easy to stay on track and not slip up. Then again, it’s Day 2. I’m confident that I’ll be good through Friday, but Saturday is certainly going to tempt me, as I am going to the Taste of Joliet with Ryan. Brett Eldredge, Thompson Square, Dan and Shay and Eric Paslay are all performing. It’s going to be a country/booze/food fest, and I am hoping to stick to my guns and not get tooooo tempted. Well, I should be able to stick to it since I saw myself after taking these pictures today. Not happy! LOL! Take a look!

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Front View – June 25, 2014

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Back View – June 25, 2014

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Side View – June 25, 2014

Don’t be scared off, but I did promise them! I also stumbled upon a picture that I took of myself right before I started dating Ryan. See a difference?

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Hahaha sooo yeah, the relationship has definitely gotten the best of me, in many ways, as you can see! But, that’s alright because I am able, willing and determined to get this weight off! I can’t wait to post progress photos/stats on July 24th!

Anyways, not much new other than that so below is my workout log and food log for the day! Talk to you tomorrow!

Workout

  1. 11 minutes running to the gym
  2. 10 minutes on the stairmaster
  3. Legs – Squat Machine – 100 lbs – 3 sets of 20
  4. Legs – Forward Lunges – 10 lbs in each hand – 3 sets of 10
  5. Legs – Leg Curl (Hamstring) Machine – Level 5 – 3 sets of 12
  6. Legs – Leg Extension (Quads) Machine – Level 3  – 3 sets of 12
  7. 15 minute walk/run home

Food Log

290 calories – Panera Power Breakfast Sandwich (with egg white)
60 calories – Half/Half in Hazelnut Coffee
130 calories – 4 oz. 96/4 Trader Joe’s Lean Ground Beef
35 calories – Laughing Cow White Cheddar Cheese Wedge
44 calories – 2 Ak Mak Crackers
95 calories – 1/2 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar
72 calories – 1 Medium Pink Lady Apple
33 calories – 1 TBSP Trader Joe’s Cream Cheese
33 calories – 1/4 cup Milk in Coffee
215 calories – Shredded Buffalo Chicken
80 calories – 94 g Sauteed Kale in Olive Oil
95 calories – 1/2 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar

Total Calories Burned – 475
Total Calories Consumed – 1,182  (1,675 allowed)
493 calories under

84 days, exactly 12 weeks from today, to reach my goal!!!!

Day 1 – The Beginning of a New Journey

I almost cried when I stepped on the scale this morning. I was prepared to be up a few pounds from this past weekend’s activities (float trip, drinking like a fish, eating HORRIBLY, etc.), but I was shocked when the scale read 166.0 pounds. Wow, that is the heaviest I have been in…………I can’t even remember?!?! I am so upset with myself! Some of it is water weight from all of the bad food I ate and will come right off, but Dear Lord Almighty save me. Lol. This is just unacceptable!

Ok – I’m done with the pity party. I am not going to let this bring me down. I am using it as fuel for motivation, and I now have a challenge to lose 26 pound in 85 days! I am certain that I can lose 10-15 pounds in the first month with hard work, dedication and consistency. Once my body gets back into the routine of consistent healthy eating and working out,  it will adjust and the weight will come off quickly (at least I hope!!!! LOL). The other 10 – 15 pounds will be a little harder to shed, but I am fully confident and determined that I will meet my goal by September 17th.

Before I get into the measurements, I want to share one thing (see below). I received this text this morning after I explained to Ryan that I gained 3-4 pounds over the weekend and have started the blog back up. Having someone like him to help motivate and encourage me through this is going to make a world of difference. He even said that he would skip on apps and dessert when we go out to eat so I’m not tempted! That’s HUGE for me, since every meal together is always a production! I feel pretty darn special and lucky to have him as a boyfriend! 🙂

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Now, with that said, below are my measurements. I did not have the time to take pictures and upload them tonight, but I promise I will post them tomorrow! Measurements are:

Neck – 14 inches
Bust – 37 inches
Arm/Bicep – 12.5 inches
Waist – 34.5 inches
Hips – 42 inches
Thigh – 23 inches

Thursday, July 24th will be the next time I post measurements and pictures. My goal is to be 150-155 pounds by then, depending on how much of this weight I am currently carrying is water weight. Last week I was 160-162 so to have gained 4 pounds over a weekend seems crazy, but definitely possible. lol. Another thing I am going to do is take a face picture everyday and compile a time lapse at the end of these 85 days. With that said, my fridge is stocked with healthy food, and I’m feeling pretty good about today. Below is my food log and workout. Talk to you tomorrow! 🙂

Workout

  1. 15 minutes running to the gym
  2. 15 minutes on the elliptical
  3. Biceps (side) – free weights – 10 lbs – 3 sets of 12
  4. Biceps (front) – free weights – 10 lbs – 3 sets of 12
  5. Back – Cable Machine – 30 lbs – 3 sets of 12
  6. Back – Lat Pull Down – Level 3 (I think 30 pounds?) – 3 sets of 12
  7. 20 minute walk home

Food Log

72 calories – Medium Pink Lady Apple
66 calories – 3 Ak Mak Whole Wheat Crackers
67 calories – 2 TBSP Trader Joe’s Whipped Cream Cheese
40 calories – 2 TBSP Half/Half in Coffee
288 calories – Spring Mix Salad (3 oz. = 15 cals) with Trader Joe’s Balsamic (2 TBSP = 25 cals), Chicken (3 oz = 90 cals), Broccoli (85 g = 25 cals), Hearts of Palm (75 g = 22.5 cals) and Deans 4% Cottage Cheese (1/2 cup = 110 cals)
90 calories – Small Banana
105 calories – 1 TBSP Organic, Natural Peanut Butter
100 calories – Emerald Almonds (100 cal pack)
130 calories – 4 oz 96/4 Trader Joes Lean Ground Beef Patty
70 calories – Sauteed Swiss Chard with Garlic in 1 tsp Olive Oil
100 calories – Brown Rice (1/2 cup)
35 calories – Laughing Cow White Cheddar Cheese Wedge

Total Calories Burned – 353
Total Calories Consumed – 1,163  (1,553 allowed)
390 calories under 

Starting the Journey Over…

Why hello there friends. 🙂 It has been quite some time since I last blogged. You  may or may not remember that I dropped off, picked back up, dropped off again, started a new blog (when I attempted a sugar detox a few months ago) and so forth. I have had a lot of ups and downs with weight loss over the past year, and here I sit back at square one.

You may say, “Square one? But you look great! What do you mean??” This is a common reaction I get from friends and family when I tell them that I have put all the weight back on (and then some) that I lost last year. If you remember, I got down to 140.8 in my prime weight loss stage in March 2013. As of last week, I was up to 162.8 and am probably a few pounds heavier after this past weekend. This is the heaviest I have been in a long time. Hell, even in January I was still topping out at 148. What happened you ask? I got a boyfriend, that’s what happened! LOL.

My boyfriend Ryan is simply amazing. He is the most genuine, selfless, caring man that I have ever met or been with. We LOVE to go out to eat, have drinks,  and spend time together, but unfortunately, I don’t have a burn everything metabolism so whatever I eat and drink packs on! I have noticed my clothes getting tighter, but I avoided the scale like the plague because I did not want to face reality. Well, if I don’t face reality I am going to be three times the size I am now because I am going to take those “I’m getting bigger” emotions and emotionally binge/self sabotage.

That being said, I went back through and read my blog posts from start to finish from last year because I have been feeling down in the dumps about my self image.  Looking back on these posts, I saw that I was dedicated and bound to lose the weight. And I made it happen! The problem is that I made it happen for someone else and not for me.  You see, I was dating an emotionally abusive guy at the time. If you refer back to my very first post, he was the one who said “while I have an amazing figure, I should lose the fat”. He also told me once while doing sit-ups that I could do more if I didn’t have “so much fat in the way”. Every week he would make me weigh myself in front of him so he could see that I was in fact losing weight, and it wasn’t uncommon for him to grab my “back fat” and say that it would be gone in no time as long as I kept up with healthy eating and working out.

The reason I bring this up is because I think that part of me, subconsciously of course, is “making up” for this period in my life last year. What I mean is this. Ryan makes me so happy, and he doesn’t care if I get a salad at dinner or a basket of fried food. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t tell me how beautiful I am, how crazy he is about me, etc. His feelings for me are more than skin deep, and I am truly blessed to have a wonderful guy like him by my side. Whatever makes me happy and feel good is what matters to him. The guy I dated last year scrutinized everything I put into my body. We all know I LOVE “bad food” so being with a guy like Ryan makes me feel like I can eat anything without being judged. The problem is that I am doing it in excess – anything I can get my hands on – which is why I have put on nearly 14 pounds since we started dating in January. I am not happy or proud of this, but I am vowing to change it – right here, right now. I am going to lose this weight once and for all but this time it is going to be for ME and no one else. 🙂

On September 17, 2014, I am going to be leaving for Germany. I vow to be 140 pounds again by then. I lost 17.2 pounds in 89 days last year, and I can certainly do that again. I have gone back and forth as to whether or not a blog helps hold me accountable, but I feel that it really does. So, for the next 86 days, I am going to blog and document my journey to not only losing weight (again), but also document my marathon training. As many know, I signed up for my very first marathon – the 2014 Chicago Marathon. I couldn’t be more ecstatic/nervous, and I think this will aid in my weight loss journey. Just as with my last blog, I am going to take measurements/pictures/weight and post them weekly (weight) and monthly (measurements/pictures). My goals are as follows:

  • To be 140 pounds by September 17, 2014
  • With marathon training, if weight loss does not happen as drastically as I’d like, I would like to AT LEAST be at the same measurements that I was at the end of March last year (when my size 4 and 6 clothes still fit me!!!) They were:
    Neck: 12.5 in
    Biceps: 11.0 in
    Bust: 34 in
    Waist: 29 in
    Hips: 37.5 in
    Thighs: 21 in
  • To start swimming again – at least 2 x per week

I am excited to be blogging again, and I will stick with it this time. I will document what I eat today, but everything officially starts on Tuesday, June 24, 2014!!! 🙂

220 calories – Pearson’s Nut Roll
80 calories – Half/Half in Coffee
100 calories – Chobani Vanilla Simply 100 Greek Yogurt
550 calories – Chipotle (romaine lettuce, fajita veggies, chicken, mild salsa, sprinkle of cheese, guacamole and small bag of chips)
80 calories – Half/Half in Coffee
80 calories – Cheese Stick
180 calories – Pistachios
210 calories – Cream Cheese/Whole Wheat Crackers

Total Calories – 1500
Total Allowed – 1200
Over by 300 calories – no workout

86 days to reach my goal…

Been a Week or So…

Hi there!

I know it has been awhile since I last wrote. I have been keeping up with the healthy eating for the most part, which is great! But, I am finding it tedious to sit down and have to write every single night..so since this is a work in progress, I’m going to do the following…

1. I’m going to write a few times a week..sometimes maybe more, sometimes less. But at the end of the day, I will update my end of month weight and progress photos. That is a guarantee!

2. I am going back to calorie counting. This macronutrient stuff is not giving me the results that I want so far. So, I will allow myself 1,200 calories per day + whatever I burn working out. 🙂

I’m still keeping my food journal. It’s easier to write everything down in there and be mindful of it. Since I’m not posting daily, I will just kind of run a tally of the days I do post or weekly totals, etc.

That’s all for now! Hopefully this switch-a-roo will keep me motivated!

Day 10, 11, and 12 – Been a Few Days!

Hi there! Been a few days since I wrote so I’ll give you a quick update on everything!

Day 10 – Saturday, January 11, 2014
The day started off on track! I woke up and had a protein shake and english muffin before hitting the gym. I ran to the gym, did 15 minutes of cardio, back/biceps and then ran back home.

Afterwards, Cellie and I went to brunch and did a little shopping. It was nice to get out of the house and enjoy the “warmer” weather. We decided that we would go out that evening and went to Old Crow Smokehouse. Let’s just say my night ended at 5:00 a.m. I definitely indulged and probably ruined all my progress for the week, but it happens. We had a blast so it was worth it in my book!

Day 11 – Sunday, January 12, 2014
Because of Saturday night’s indulgences, I was pretty much a waste on Sunday. I slept most of the day and didn’t eat as healthy as I should have, but I did manage to make it out for a 45 minute run. I hit and surpassed my exercise targets for the week so I was a happy camper! Back to the grind Monday!

Day 12 – Monday, January 13, 2014
Though tired this morning, I stayed in check most of the day. A coworker just came back from Switzerland though and tempted me with some Swiss chocolates. I caved and gave in, but how could I not? I must say – best tasting chocolate EVER. I will be planning my trip to Switzerland soon!

On a side note, we started our weight loss competition at work. We’re divided up into teams so now my team will be holding me accountable and I can’t let them down. I’m pumped for this! I’m also going to be participating in a Body Transformation Challenge. The winner gets $50,000. How cool would that be??!!??

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~ Buddha