Week 34 Current Weight: 291
Pounds Lost This Week: 2
Total Weight Lost: 99 pounds
The one on the left is from mid-November, while the one on the right is from December 2016. It’s worth noting that the one on the right, I had to hold my head and the camera at just the right angle to make myself look less fat, while the newer one is taken pretty much straight on. I still can’t believe the differences sometimes.
So, even though I have a gym membership (and even spent several months earlier this year going 3-4 times a week), the fact is I’m fairly apathetic when it comes to exercise. I mean, I’m fat and very out of shape, so working out in front of others is not a pleasant experience (for any of us). I was swimming mostly (when I was going to my gym), but me and chlorinated water don’t mix well – my hair looked awful and my skin broke out so bad you’d have thought I was going through puberty again. My face still hasn’t forgiven me. Other exercises are sort of hit or miss, I mean, I actually like doing the treadmill thing – it’s mindless and you can watch videos or read to pass the time… what’s not to love. However, I have chronic insertional achilles tendinitis and bursitis in both feet/ankles, which makes anything that involves standing or walking for long periods of time mildly uncomfortable on the best of days and down-right excruciating on the worst. So as much as I’d like to do something to increase my fitness level, I’m a bit limited (which is why the swimming was great – until it wasn’t).
This week, since I’ve been struggling with staying under my calorie goals, I really wanted to try to pick up something that would at least burn a couple extra calories (that way it wouldn’t be so bad if I ate an extra bite or two). So I loaded up YouTube to look at low-impact, super easy, beginner cardio videos, which led me to the Fitness Blender channel. In particular, the “Calorie Burning Low Impact Cardio Workout for Beginners” and “Fat Burning Low Impact Cardio Workout at Home” vids, which are still a bit above my current fitness level (I. AM. SO. OUT. OF. SHAPE.), but both contain really simple exercises and I know given everyday use, these are ones that I can do easily here at home in less than 30 minutes. Neither burn a ton of calories (maybe 100-200 depending on one’s workout intensity), but the potential is there to do these more than once a day, especially once I get to a point where I don’t feel like I’m dying just doing the first round (ok… it’s not quite that bad, but not so much that I’m ready to go again just yet). They also have a website, which I haven’t had a chance to look at much, but others might find useful.
Anyways, the point of all my ramblings is that if I can workout, so you can you. Even if we look utterly ridiculous in the beginning (I know I do) or can barely lift your legs (this is also me) or some of the exercises we just can’t do yet – the goal is to keep working at it. Do what we can and just move in place for the parts that we aren’t quite ready for. The point is to just keep moving. One day we’ll wake up and realize that we aren’t struggling as much as we used to, and with a little perseverance we can reach our fitness and weight loss goals.
Week 33 Current Weight: 293
Pounds Lost This Week: 7
Total Weight Lost: 97 pounds
Gotta love water weight. Woosh on… woosh off. Honestly though, I’m surprised I dropped as much as I did. I did not have a very good week. I mean, I ate less than I did last week, but I was over calories almost every day. Winter is hard for me – being cold makes me want to eat. I’m not stressing over it though, just going to do the best I can. Holidays are tough anyways, so if I can get through this month without gaining a ton, that, in and of itself, will be the true Christmas miracle. XD
Week 32 Current Weight: 300
Pounds Lost This Week: 0 (gained 9)
Total Weight Lost: 90 pounds
I knew this week was going to be bad. I mean, not only Thanksgiving, but my dad was in town and honestly, I felt like I was starving all week – so I made a ton of bad food choices and was over my daily goals pretty much every day. But still… with couple of exceptions, I was under 2000 calories a day most of the week, so 9 pounds seems like an excessive amount to gain back. I know it’s mostly water weight and will probably drop back off once I get back on track, but that doesn’t make me feel much better at the moment.
So seriously, I never (well almost never) shop for clothes when I’m at brick and mortar retailers because they rarely have ever had anything in my size, but I had some extra Kohl’s cash since hubby needed a bunch of new stuff the other day, so I figured I’d look (and if nothing else I’d pick him or the kids up something else). Well, if I ever needed proof and further motivation that I am really doing this thing… this is it. I found a dress in a 2X that fit me. That is 4-5 sizes smaller than what I was wearing when I started this crazy journey back in April. For realzies, I have shorts that are men’s “king size” 7X and shirts that are 6X, and I. JUST. FOUND. A. 2X. THAT. FITS. Comfortably even. And it was on clearance!!! Can’t beat that. XD
Week 31 Current Weight: 291
Pounds Lost This Week: 4
Total Weight Lost: 99 pounds
Week 30 Current Weight: 295
Pounds Lost This Week: 1
Total Weight Lost: 95 pounds
I struggled a bit this week (lots of carbs), and had several days where I was over my calorie goals – not by a lot (usually within 200-300 calories), but still not surprising that I didn’t lose that much. When I weighed myself yesterday morning I was at 294, but then hubby made this awesome dinner and between the salt and extra helping of mashed potatoes it was enough to bump me back up. Also that time of the month (yay for being irregular), so that doesn’t help either.
But overall it’s good and I went out and bought a ton of raw veggies to try to help keep me on track, so that when I’m craving food, I can eat something healthier, rather than reaching for the Brownie Brittle (which OMG… is so good). Really, if I could get hubby to stop buying bread and snacks, it would make my life so much easier. XD
Week 29 Current Weight: 296
Pounds Lost This Week: 3
Total Weight Lost: 94 pounds
I’m really surprised that I lost 3 pounds considering that I ate a ton of crap this week. I mean, Sunday I did the food truck thing and ate more than double my daily calories and the day after I was over by a couple hundred as well. Even on the days I was at/under, I didn’t eat very well. So was not really expecting much. Weight loss is weird.
Week 28 Current Weight: 299
Pounds Lost This Week: 2
Total Weight Lost: 91 pounds
And now… another thing that I may have to add to my “don’t keep in the house” list, even though they are oh so yummy!!
At 140 calories per 5 cookie serving (19 carbs, 1 fiber, 1 protein), these fit comfortably into most diet menus, however, they taste utterly amazing, which makes it really hard to stop eating them. Again, if you plan accordingly, it won’t break the diet bank to have more than one serving, but still, probably not a good idea to do so on a regular basis.
Taste-wise, they have sort of a ginger snap feel and flavor, but I can also get that pumpkin hints as well. And even though, they distinctly avoided using the words “pumpkin spice” on the Cookie Butter shake description, I feel like this is totally that flavor – in cookie form (which is probably why I’m having such a hard time resisting them). But it’s fall… so ’tis the flavor of the season. Oddly, I’ve never been all that into it, but apparently it was just a matter of finding the right food combo. Definitely not complaining. YUM!!! XD