You know that little spot on your driver’s license? The one that most people probably wish was not even there? And the one where I am guessing the majority of people (women at least!) fudge the facts a bit? You know what I am talking about… The spot where you have to confess your weight.
Now, I could be way off on this, but I think that most women (and maybe men!) are uncomfortable with this little spot. I know I have always been embarrassed by it. I think that most people probably nudge the numbers a bit, whether it is by five pounds or twenty. In fact, I have actually weighed more than FIFTY pounds over what my driver’s license said! I never realized that until tonight. That is kind of crazy! I am actually surprised that the DMV has not started putting scales in their branches, so people cannot lie about their stats anymore.
I doubt that I have ever actually weighed what my driver’s license said I weighed. I even checked my license tonight to see what I had on there, only to find that I still do not weigh what my license says. Nope… I now weigh less than what my license says.
Yep, you read that right… Less! Eek! That is so exciting! I am now officially more than two pounds lighter than what my license says. I am sure than I have weighed less than my license says before, since you do not get a new license every time you gain or lose weight. But I has been a long time and I do not remember ever really realizing that before. So I am going to enjoy this moment!
AND I realized that I have to get a new license next year… So I will be able to put my goal weight on that one! Yesssssssssssss!! This gives me extra, EXTRA motivation to meet my goal before my birthday next year! (although I am really hoping to meet it before the end of the year!)
I have been sick since Tuesday and have not worked out since Monday. For someone who has been trying hard to exercise every day, taking a forced break is kind of hard. And it is not that I am addicted to exercising or really missing all the sweat or anything like that… I just know that if I get in the habit of not working out, it can make it very hard to get back into that habit.
So, tonight, I decided to be stubborn. I am doing a six-week pushup challenge… I do a scheduled amount of pushups every other day, based on my starting skill level. It is at hundredpushup.com, if anyone is interested (and it is AWESOME! Everyone should do it!). Anyway, yesterday was my pushup day and I still felt horrible at that point, so I decided to wait until today. But I am still sick today, even though I am feeling a bit better. So part of me wanted to put it off another day…. But the stubborn part of me won out! I did my scheduled workout for week 4, day 3! I did rest a bit longer than “required” in between sets, but only by about a minute. I did 29, 33, 29, 29…. And 55!! FIFTY-FIVE!!!!! I broke the fifty mark! AND I did ELEVEN more than I did on my previous final set (on Monday). I was not sick yet on Monday when I did my pushups and today I was sick… That just goes to show you how far a little bit of stubbornness can go!
I am sick. Zeeva is sick. Not fun. I went to the doctor yesterday and she may be going today. We are both pretty miserable. But, today is still Wednesday, which meant time to weigh myself.
I lost 2.9 pounds this week! Wow… That sounds way more excited than I actually feel. It is hard to be excited when you are not feeling too great. But I am excited and I will celebrate with some jumping up and down once I am feeling better. Anyway, that 2.9 pounds blew my next weight-loss goal out of the water… I have now lost 20% of my starting weight! That is HUGE! And I am only 0.1 pounds away from my next goal, which is to lose half of my final total… 45 pounds out of the 90 that I am planning on losing. So exciting!
Please send up some prayers that we feel better soon and that Thomas does not get sick!
Today started out with Thomas not feeling too great, so we ended up not going to church this morning. So he rested while I spent the morning playing with Zeeva and then ran a couple of errands and ate lunch. I like to try to exercise in the mornings, but it just did not happen today. And by the time Zeeva took her nap after lunch, I was exhausted too. So I decided to take a nap also, with the intention of exercising when I got up again.
Well, when I woke up, I was so not in the mood to work out. I just wanted to relax with my little family… And eat carbs. Lol! I had an insane craving for some fresh soft pretzels. If I had the ingredients, I so would have made them! Anyway, at this point in time, I decided that today was just going to be a rest day for me. Everyone needs one of those every now and then, right?
A funny thing happened at this point. Thomas decided to go outside and mow the lawn. That is not the funny thing. Lol… No, the funny thing is that, him decided to go do that, somehow motivated me to get up off my tuckus and do my workout. I did all of my scheduled workout! I really wanted to skip a couple of parts, but I plowed through them anyway. I did actually end up injuring my knee a bit (my good knee, at that!), so I had to modify a couple of moves toward the end of my workout, but I made it through! So thank you Thomas for motivating me! I am so glad that I did not just sit on my butt all day! I am so glad I did not give in to the excuses that were running through my mind!
No one ever works out and regrets it. You never go for a run and then when you’re finished, wish you would have just stayed home. You never climb a mountain, get to the top, and say “I should have been content to stay where I was.”
Today was weigh-in day again, and I will just get to the point. I lost 1.3 pounds this week!! That makes my total weight lost 41.7 pounds, which means I think that I have now lost more weight than I ever have at one point in my whole life!! Woohoo!!! That is very exciting! I have also now lost 8.5 pounds in the past month. It has been quite a while since I had such a great run. I think changing my routine is really helping! And I am less than two pounds away from my next weight-loss goal…. Next week!!
The extra cool thing about this past week is that I was a good girl and tracked my calories every single day, even when I ended up going over my calories (not by much though!). AND I worked out every day! That feels extra good. I have been rotating my routines so I can work on everything. Day 1 is Crunch: Cardio Salsa and Get Fit Fast for legs. Day 2 is get Fit Fast for arms, Turbo Jam Abs, and my pushups challenge. I also add in a walk around the neighborhood with Zeeva on the days when it is nice enough. I am feeling awesome about this month!
A friend of mine posted this Bible verse today.
“Endings are better than beginnings. Sticking to it is better than starting out.” — Ecclesiastes 7:8 (MSG Bible)
I think this can apply to so many different areas of life, but for me, I instantly thought of how it applies to my weight-loss journey. I am almost halfway to my final goal weight and it feels so great to be at this spot than to be at the beginning again. There were so many times in my life when I have been at that beginning. Sometimes I was starting to lose weight… Other times, I was just standing still, hating where I was at but not willing to make the changes necessary to change my life. I have now lost 40 pounds. And I have to admit that I have lost 40 pounds two or three other times in my life, only to start gaining it back as soon as I stopped dieting. Which is why there is no dieting this time… This is a lifestyle… This is a never ending journey. I am so glad that my friend posted this Bible verse today. I am at the make or break point. I have never lost more than what I am at now. I am at the beginning of a new ending for me. When i step on the scale tomorrow, i am praying to find that i have now lost the most weight that I have ever lost in my whole life. And I am so incredibly excited because I know that I am going to blow these 40 pounds out of the water! And I know that I am probably going to bawl like a baby as my total weight lost number keeps creeping higher and higher…. Especially when I finally get to that end number.
My ending is going to be waaaaay better than my beginning. Sticking with it every day is such an awesome feeling!
It is that time again… Time for my weekly weigh-in! But I want to share a bit of background before I tell you how it went. Thomas and I went up to his parent’s house this past weekend (and had a great time!). I had every intention of tracking every calorie and exercising both days. However, things did not go as planned. I honestly forgot about counting calories on Saturday, although I do not think that I did too badly. And, while I did eventually add up my calories for Sunday, I ended up over my daily allotment by about 300 calories. I also did not work out either day… I could tell you my excuses, but that is all they would be… Excuses. I just did not work out. And I did not work out yesterday either. So I was not expecting a great weigh-in today. I was really just hoping to break even. And last night, I prayed for the motivation today to get in a great workout.
Well, I received one of the best motivators this morning… Weight loss! I lost 2.4 pounds this morning! I actually gave a loud “woohoo!” when I saw my results! I have now lost 40.4 pounds! FOURTY POINT FOUR POUNDS! Woohoooo! I am a bit excited, if you could not tell! ;o)
I have lost five pounds in the last two weeks! Upping my exercise routine in April is really paying off, as is tracking my calories! AND I am now only 3.2 pounds away from my next goal, which is to lose 20% of my starting weight! Woohoooo!! So, now I have a full tank of motivation and am totally going to ROCK my workout today! Thank You for an answered prayer, God!
I am going to be honest… Today was a hard day for me. Zeeva decided to have some major nocturnal awakenings in the wee hours of the morning because of her teeth, and was then fussy and very temperamental for most of the day. On top of that, I also have some things going on hormonally that are really affecting me today, which is making me exhausted, ravenous, and irritable. Not a good combination! So, we decided to take a shortcut for dinner tonight, to get out of the house and just be able to relax. Zeeva is generally remarkably good in restaurants… She loves to people watch!
This coming Sunday is also our 8th anniversary for the day we started dating, so we decided to treat ourselves to an early anniversary dinner at Olive Garden. Even though today has not been a wonderful day for me and I was extra wimpy and did not get a workout in, I was a good girl and looked up nutritional info for all of Olive Garden’s foods before we left. I was good at the restaurant, sticking to what I planned on eating (with a little help from my wonderful hubby when the alfredo dipping sauce and those little mini desserts were calling my name! Thanks Thomas!). And I logged all of my calories when I got home, only to find that I am still under my daily budget!
The crazy thing is this… I decided to look up what I used to get at Olive Garden, so I could compare the calories with what I got tonight. My former meal of choice consisted of usually at least three breadsticks with alfredo dipping sauce, a pizza with extra cheese, mushrooms, and pepperoni (I will say that I only ate 3 or 4 of the 6 slices at dinner and would eat the rest at lunch the next day), one or two peach iced teas, and the after-dinner Andes mint. I say, at least that… Sometimes dinner would also include a dessert and, very occasionally, an appetizer would be at the table. My meal tonight was the Parmesan Crusted Bisteca, which is a small steak with a bit of Parmesan, accompanied by a normal portion of mashed potatoes and a bunch of asparagus. And I had half a breadstick. Why half? Because I really do not like them without the Alfredo sauce! Lol… That is why I almost caved and ordered some!
So are you ready for the damage on the meal comparison of calories? Tonight’s meal was 765 calories. Not a low-calorie meal, but really not bad at all for the amount of food I got and for how yummy it all tasted. My former meal choice? Well, that would have had at least 1,600 calories. That is how many calories my daily allotment is! That is definitely a victory in my book! This just goes to show that I can “splurge” on a meal out every now and then, without it really being a splurge!
Today is Wednesday, which means weigh-in day in my world. I started strength training again this week, so I was not expecting a whole lot of change on the scale. I even told Thomas last night that I would not be surprised if I had a small gain. I now that is pretty typical when you first start doing any rep of weight lifting because your muscles hold onto water as a way to repair themselves. So I stepped on the scale this morning, hoping for a loss, but not expecting much.
I did not get what I expected. In fact, I was a bit flabbergasted when my weight finally popped up. I lost 2.6 pounds this week!! That is AWESOME! I have not had that good of a loss since the middle of January! I have now lost 38 pounds. AND, the really exciting news is that this weigh loss has now put my weight at 179.5… I am officially out of the 180s and into my next decade! I have been struggling through the 180s for almost three months now, so it feels AWESOME to finally leap over the end of that hurtle! I have not been in the 170s since I got married, almost seven years ago!
I am sooooo excited!! I am ready to get to work so I can have an awesome weigh-in next week too!
Wow… I realized last night that I never added up my final minutes for March. I like to keep records of my monthly minutes and miles, so I can compare each month. So I finally took the time to add up all my totals for March. I walked 104 “official” miles… And worked out for 1768 minutes!! I only exercised 24 days out of the month, so I averaged 4.33 miles on each of those days. And I averaged 73.66 minutes for each day I worked out! That is crazy!
To put it in perspective, here are my totals for January and February:
January miles – 41
January minutes – 1556
February miles – 40
February minutes – 1048
So, in March, I walked way more than January and February COMBINED! Eek! That is awesome! And April is starting out great too… I am feeling very motivated and am officially back at my toning workouts (and my body is definitely feeling it!).