Progress Reports

Plateau Wonderland

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Hi there. Things have been so hectic lately that I haven’t been able to blog much. Good news though, my husband is on the mend from his knee surgery and is doing really well, and I’ll be hanging around the house all weekend so hopefully I can get caught up. That is is we have power. Hurricane Harvey is coming into the gulf coast and the rain is going to be crazy.

For the past four weeks I’ve been at the same weight, reaching my first plateau. Part of it is my fault. I’ve been good during the week, working out in the mornings religiously, altering my Hello Fresh meals to the right calorie count, but the weekends have been hard. I haven’t been sleeping well either and it got so bad that I experienced a TFM (Total Food Meltdown). More on this in another post.

With all that said, my weight is currently 218. I went through all of the denial talks with myself, and trying to make excuses. The first week of the plateau I became really sad. I search the internet for answers and actually found an inspirational blog post. It was about this guy who was focusing on getting healthier. He showed a picture of himself four years ago at a certain weight, and then a current picture where he is at the same weight, however he has more muscle tone and looks a lot better.

It was then that I realized I needed to reconsider just why I decided to do this.  I wanted to be stronger, healthier and to hopefully live longer. I can see my legs taking on more shape, my tummy getting smaller, my knee doesn’t hurt as bad on the stairs and the last time I took the kayak out I was able to handle lifting it a lot better. Sounds to me that I should be celebrating my success, not berating myself over a number on a scale.

After realizing all of that, I told myself, “Self, don’t focus on the scale, focus on your goals and the rest will come in time.” I think my self got the hint. I’m going to keep pushing through this. I can still make this happen!

Weigh In Day

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Good Morning,

Friday mornings are my weigh in day to check my weight loss progress. Today I’m at 223.2 YAY! That’s 11 pounds so far since about six weeks ago. Finally I’m making some progress and feeling good. I was able to go down a flight of stairs without having to hold on like before due to my knee pain. I’m determined to keep this weight off.

Have a Great Friday! Don’t forget to check in Sunday afternoon for my review on our first Hello Fresh meal.

True Beginner Success

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Fifteen days ago I weighed in at 234 pounds and I was super depressed. My weight kept going up and down and my knees hurt so bad I had to hold onto the railings of the stairs to get down just one flight, wincing the whole way. I decided the weight had to come off, especially since using medication for my joints had such a bad effect on me. No more excuses to eat badly or not work out. It was time to be serious.

You have to do the work to see results. I have no idea where I read or heard that, but it has become my mantra when I don’t want to get up in the mornings to work out. That and my other mantra, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”, spoken by my trainer crush Justin from the True Beginner program. So I’m happy to report that I’ve lost 8 pounds since the gloomy day fifteen days ago. How did I do it? What diet did I use? There’s no secret really. My trainer and nutritionist embedded it in my brain a decade ago but I decided not to listen. Proper diet and exercise. It’s that simple. Uh well it’s not simple. It’s freaking hard.

On the exercise front I’ve been doing the True Beginner program from Dailyburn.com every day that there’s a work out scheduled for me. No exceptions.  I log on and click play. Three days into it my body rebelled and I got sick with horrible congestion, but this time I pushed forward. Each set of two weeks of videos gets harder to ease you into getting back into shape. I’m in the second set of videos and wow, it’s hard. Each video is 30 minutes, including a core video. Justin is so motivational and he always tells you to acknowledge how strong you are for showing up. I truly have a trainer crush.

On the nutritional side I’ve gone back to the basics that my nutritionist set up for me years ago. She sat down with me and my husband, asked us what our favorite foods were and what our lifestyle was like and custom made a menu plan for each of us. Mine is a 1500 calorie plan in this configuration: 300 calories breakfast, 200 calories snack, 300 calories lunch, 200 calories afternoon snack, 400 calorie dinner and a 100 calories evening snack which I can combine with dinner to make it 500 calories if necessary. I also have one meal a week where I can eat whatever I want.

I think the hardest part for me is getting up in the morning and starting the work out. Once I hit play I’m into it and glad I showed up.

First Progress Report

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Today is Sunday, April 30, 2017 and I’ve lost four pounds in the past two weeks. Typically, I’ve been told, that losing 1 pound a week is a healthy number but I’ll take two. In the past this has been fairly typical for me when getting started on losing weight. These past two weeks I’ve stopped going out to lunch with co-workers and have quit eating sugar. I also started working out again but didn’t get far due to bronchitis. I’m hoping to keep the momentum and lose another pound by next Sunday. I feel good about this.

If I keep up with what I’m doing it will be achievable!