Weight Loss Wednesday

I got my rear in gear several weeks ago.  It wasn’t so much of a new year’s resolution, but it was the combination of being challenged by Beth Moore’s Breaking Free, starting Made to Crave, and just finally feeling like it was time for a change.  However, I would LOVE for this to be the last New Year’s Day that I said I would focus on losing weight this year. No matter how difficult or challenging, I’m gonna keep working at it, because these are changes I’m making for life.  So I have lost a few pounds, but I’m trying not to focus solely on weight loss….as the scale can be a dangerous enemy.
I am focusing on 3 things: 
1) eating healthier.  Not just lower calorie, but trying to eat more veggies, fruit, and unprocessed foods.
2) adding in some strength training.  I do lots of Zumba…but my body needs to be challenged with weights in order to grow and build muscle.
3) making these into life changes.  This means, learning how to make these changes that I am willing to make forever.  So no more crazy diets.  No more “I’ll eat 400 calories today so I can pig out at dinner” (because that is not only unhealthy, but not a way to live your life).  I am not going to do anything this time around that I’m unwilling to do FOREVER.  Yes, forever.  
So all in all, these are my tangible changes.
-Tracking my food with MyFitnessPal.  I use both the app and the website.  Its free and it is great.  This also means that I am willing to track my food forever…not for calorie counts, but to make myself be conscious and accountable of what goes into my body.  Fuel in equals performance out.  I’m really seeing that when I eat better, I feel better all around.
-Making an effort to workout more.  This might mean getting up 15 minutes early to lift some weights.  This might mean an hour at the gym before I head home some nights.  This might mean a workout on a Sunday afternoon instead of a nap.  But ya know what?  This is for me.  For my body.  For my health.  And I’m happy to do it.
-Cutting out processed crap.  Instead of buying my normal applesauce, I bought apples.  Instead of canned peas, I bought frozen peas and fresh green beans.  Instead of buying 100 calorie packs for snacking, I bought carrot sticks and hummus.  Also, cutting back on fast food.  Yes a Taco Bell taco without cheese is low calorie.  But what am I really eating?  I’d rather make it at home with a lean ground beef and skim milk cheese and fresh veggies. 
-REALLY cutting back on sugar.  One day over Christmas, I ate dessert.  I only had about 1.5 servings of dessert (when I would have had 3+).  But a strange thing happened.  My head started to hurt.  I felt like I had to sleep.  In fact, I curled up in the recliner and tried to nap for a bit.  I was sooooo tired.  I also got kinda cranky for a few hours.  I believe this to be directly related to the sugar I bombarded my system with.  Will I have dessert sometimes, yes.  But in terms of most things, I’m avoiding sugar.  I have bought sugar-free ketchup.  Buying the canned corn without added sugar.  Honey in my yogurt instead of some brown sugar. 
-Trying to limit artificial sweeteners to a point.  I know I will have them.  They are everywhere (including said sugar-free ketchup).  However, I’m trying to limit adding them…so that means limiting the stuff they are in.  The Crystal Light.  The diet drinks.  The coffee (that I add a sweet-n-low to).  Limiting the “sugar free” crap I used to buy because I know the sweeteners aren’t good for me.
These are what I’m working towards now.
Yes, I still want to lose 30+ pounds.  However, I would also love to be able to use 10 pound weights to do my arm exercises (currently using 5-8 pounds).  I would like to have more energy.  I would like to feed my body what it NEEDS, not just what my taste buds want (and so far, healthy has tasted GREAT!). 
I have lost about 3-5 pounds so far.  But I’m feeling much better.  And I’m excited to make these lifelong goals, because I know I’ll be better for it!

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Weight Loss Wednesday

Saw this on another blog and thought it was good, sound advice to those trying to be healthier through weight loss.  Didn’t weigh today (oops!).  Probably a good thing….ate out all weekend with friends at OBU, so I’m detoxing from all that this week! 🙂  Enjoy these tips!


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Weight Loss Wednesday

So I was doing great with the weight loss.  Well, I can’t really say that.  I keep forgetting to weigh myself.  So I’ll say this, I was doing great with my diet.  And then Tyler’s birthday came along with a trip to the diner, chocolate cake, and a birthday dinner at his mom’s. 

But I’m back eating healthy.

And a new development that will SURELY help my weight loss efforts, I am adding a third Zumba class on Wednesday evenings.  I just hope I’m not spreading myself too thin.  But I LOVE Zumba.  It is my happy time.  So I think I will love teaching another class.

Hopefully this next week I will remember to weigh myself.  Either I forget until I’m out of the shower (and dripping weight isn’t good for weighing) or after I eat (and I have a rule for weigh ins: after bathroom, before breakfast, sans clothes).  So hopefully one morning this week I’ll remember to do it so I can update you on actual weight loss, not just my efforts!

My Bible study has been especially helpful this week with my food temptations.  Beth Moore, in this past week’s chapter in Breaking Free, discussed how we can make things in our life “idols” -meaning stuff we look to for satisfaction.  And she actually discussed food.  So now when I crave something or am tempted to overeat, I remember that is won’t truly satisfy me.  Good stuff, folks.


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  1. We all have those weeks for sure….=) but i need to read that Beth Moore studying you have going on! sounds great!

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Weight Loss Wednesday

I am quite proud of myself. I have done so great this week on my diet! (Not so great last weekend with the cousins here, but nothing too awful, just a night of pizza Friday and donuts Saturday morning). I am totally sticking with it!

That being said, my scale didn’t move this morning in terms of weight, but it DID move in terms of body fat percentage! I am down 1.5% body fat! That means all these strength training workouts are WORKING and building my muscles!

This week I worked out Monday (doing Step/Arms/Abs class), and yesterday doing Body Sculpt and then Zumba. I am taking today off, then I will be doing Zumba tomorrow and Friday mom and I are headed to Tulsa to perform at the Tulsa Shock WNBA halftime show doing Zumba (so I will get a bit of a workout in practicing and performing!).

So this week was a good reminder of this: Don’t be a slave to the scale. Weight isn’t everything. I am feeling stronger. I am using 8 lb. weights to do my curls instead of 5 lb. ones now. I am down 1.5% body fat. So as long as I’m working hard, it is paying off….even if the scale isn’t moving.

So current status: 18 pounds to lose…but I’m working hard and making progress!


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Weight Loss Wednesday

Ok, ya’ll. I’m a bit defeated.

And I’m hoping my scale is broken. Maybe we broke it in the move.

Because everytime I step on it, it is showing more and more weight in a weird way. Every other day when I weigh, it is showing exactly one pound more. And I KNOW I should not be gaining. I should be losing. My bodybugg is registering my daily calorie burn right at 2400ish a day. And I’ve been eating 1600 calories a day (average) so I should be having a daily deficit of 800 calories, resulting in a good loss each week.

I am buying a new scale today. Because if I am actually gaining, we have a big problem. My weight (from my scale) is actually up about 3 pounds from last week….and I truly don’t think this should be going on.

So, I will continue doing what I’m doing: counting calories and making sure I burn enough calories each day. I am going to add in a multi-vitamin this week too, not that the addition of that should really play a part in my weight loss at all…just letting you know! ha!

Any suggestions in case my scale isn’t broken?

PS. Giveaway on Francis Family blog! Check it out!


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  1. gaining muscle???? i am in the same boat. i totally understand what you are feeling.

  2. I found you through the blog hop. I love finding razorback fans online! I have an exercise question for you, how do you burn 2400 calories a day?? I would love to know!
    Mary

  3. Dont get discouraged…since you are exercising you are more than likely just gaining muscle! Give it at least a month or more before the weight comes off!

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Weight Loss Wednesday

Ok, so the weeks of crazy (with moving, living at my mother in laws, etc) did me in a bit on my weight loss. I gained 7 pounds, according to my scale. Now some of that is water weight (because I was eating out lots…so extra sodium and carbs….not mention not drinking my 100-120 ounces of water daily)…but its due to eating fast food for several meals daily as we were in transition. Some days it was for all 3 meals! Sad, but its what we had to do without a kitchen to cook in. But its time to hit it and get back on track.

I am back in MRC mode and will start weighing in officially at the center again next week.

So to start the official count again:

Current Weight: 172 (up from 165)
Goal Weight: 140(ish)

Goal for this week: lose 2 pounds…I’ll report back in next week!


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Weight Loss Wednesday

Ok, kids. Let’s be honest, here. The last few weeks, I have not followed my eating plan. At. All. With the stress of turning in my thesis, finishing school, building the house, and more….it felt simply impossible to add “cook healthy foods and be sure to pack them for lunch” to the list. So I didn’t. And to top it off, we celebrated graduation with lots of yummy goodies and a cake!

I ate some fast food, some easy to prepare food, and we did eat out quite a bit as we were running around.

But no worries, as of Monday, I mentally re-signed on to my weight loss plans. Sunday night, I cooked lunches for the week and packed them all nicely. We are eating out several times this week (we are currently staying a few nights a week at my MIL, and a few at home…to cut down on driving since we no longer need to do anything in Fayetteville…except sleep in our own bed. Can’t wait for the house to be finished….about 3 weeks left!)…but I know I can eat ok when eating out if I just plan ahead and pick good restaurants. I can do better at Chilis than Ed Walkers (a local diner- great burgers…bad for the diet).

So with my lunches all packed and ready, I’m back on plan. Except for one little problem. I’m having chicken burnout again. I make delicious chicken breasts (recently I’m grilling them in my grill pan and finishing them in the oven) but then I go to eat them and can hardly eat a bite! I’m just over it! So I made some yummy, healthy tuna salad for a couple lunches and hopefully that will keep me on plan!

So I’m all gung-ho and ready to hit it and lose these last 20 pounds!

Not to mention, now I’m officially teaching Zumba twice a week which will SURELY add to my loss by getting a kick-butt workout in!

My tuna salad recipe:
-1 can tuna
-chopped veggies (I used 1 celery stalk, 1 roma tomato, and a few chopped slices of green pepper. I also love green onion in this…but I was out)
-dijon mustard to coat (MUCH healthier than mayo)
-lemon pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and dried dill

Mix and enjoy! The cumin and chili powder give it a slight mexican flavor (which I LOVE!) and the mustard gives it a bit of a “bite” to it. Its yummy!


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