I know, I know, I know… I said I was not going to weigh myself until the end of my first 30 days of ChaLEAN Extreme. Here is my problem with that, and why I caved. I am soooooooo close to so many cool milestones! I am 0.3 pounds away from being my wedding weight, 0.4 pounds away from being in the 160s for the first time in seven years, and a mere 2.5 pounds away from hitting FIFTY pounds lost! I just do not know that I can sit around for the next four weeks, waiting to weigh myself, knowing that I have all those cool milestones sitting there, just waiting to be cracked.
With all that on my mind, I caved this morning. I just had to see if I had hit my next goal. Interestingly, I have gained 0.9 pounds since Sunday. I have not yet decided if I am even going to record this weigh-in. I know that it is a false weight. My eating has been right on track, I have been drinking a ton of water, and I know that my muscles are retaining water from being worked so hard. So, I am not worried about this number. Although, I will admit, it did not feel good to see that number going up, even though I was prepared for that possibility. So maybe I will wait until my 30-day mark to weight myself again. Even though I know in my mind that it is totally normal to have a gain, I was not prepared for how much it stung to see the gain.
In other news, we have now done two days of ChaLEAN Extreme (Mondays and Saturdays are built-in rest days) and I have to say that I am LOVING IT! It is definitely hard, for sure, but I feel so strong and just want to say “Woohoo!” when I finish a workout! And Thomas has been doing it too, which is awesome. :o) I am soooo glad he got it for me! Thank you!
And, for those of you who missed it on Facebook, I used 15-pound weights on one of the exercises last night! Talk about a WOOHOO moment!!
NVS’s… These are something that I would say most people who are on a weight-loss journey are familiar with. But, for those of you who have never heard of them, I will explain. NSV stands for Non-Scale Victory. Which means anything that makes you feel absolutely awesome about yourself and the great job you are doing losing weight. These are different for everyone… It can be anything from running a mile without stopping, to being able to shop in normal sizes instead of plus sizes, to doing a cartwheel, to making an awesome food decision. The possibilities are pretty much endless because every person has their own special things that make them say “I did it!”. I have noticed a lot of non-scale victories popping up in my life lately and I keep meaning to share them, but somehow always forget. So, I am now going to share everything that I can think of, to share with you all, but also because I want to share it for myself. Having a record of all of these victories will be awesome for me to be able to look back upon. So here goes!
My Non-Scale Victories!
Buying jeans and capris that were 3 sizes smaller than what I had been wearing
Buying a size small shirt
Buying capris that were another size smaller than the ones I had purchased just a month prior
Wearing a dress and feeling pretty instead of self-conscious
Liking almost everything that I try on it a store, instead of going from store to store to store without finding a single thing
Actually feeling cute in a bathing suit!
Fitting into my honeymoon dress
Eating ice cream for dessert and realizing that the watermelon I had with dinner tasted sooooo much better than the ice cream!
Wearing a tank top around my family and not even realizing that my arms were exposed (I have always been SUPER self-conscious of this)
Walking 104 miles in one month!
These are all just things that have happened in the past two months. And they are just the things I can think of off the top of my head. I am sure that there are many more that I just cannot remember. Which is why I need to share them more often! ;o) I know a lot of them are clothing related, but that makes sense because clothing has always been a huge issue for me. There have been very few times in my life when I have actually felt great about how I looked in something.
So there you have it… A little peek into how I have been doing with my NSVs! If you’re on a weight-loss journey, I HIGHLY recommend keeping track of yours too. It is so huge to think about these things, especially when the scale is maybe not showing much of your hard work.
Today is the day… I am starting my ChaLEAN Extreme program today! Eek! And Thomas has decided to do it with me too, which is awesome! We are going to keep each other motivated. (on a side note, if anyone sees any awesome deals on hand weights that are in the teens and twenties, please let me know! Or, if you have some that you are not using and would like to lend us, that would work too!)
We have already done most of our prep work… We took measurements yesterday and weighed ourselves. We will be taking our “before” pictures this afternoon. I am very excited to see how we do with this program! The crazy this is that I think my body is already gearing up for it… I have lost 3.7 pounds since Wednesday!! That is CRAZY!! I really have no clue how that happened. I have been pretty good about sticking within my calorie range (I have only had one day when I was over by a tiny bit), but I honesty have not done much working out. So I am a bit shocked by that number! I am now 0.3 pounds away from what I am calling my wedding weight and only 0.4 pounds away from the next decade! I am 95% sure that I have decided to weigh myself every thirty days while doing this program, so maybe I will have an amazing surprise when I weigh myself next and find that I have completely skipped through the 160s for my weight!
Today was weigh-in day… I lost 0.2 pounds, which I am happy with. I have not exercised much in the past few days (I have been doing other things, like gardening) and I had a splurge day this weekend. Thomas and I went to The Cheesecake Factory… Mmmmmmmmm. I ordered my meal from their Skinnilicious menu (Turkey, Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato sandwich with sweet potato fries… Yummy!), so I did not feel so bad about getting some dessert. And, I was very proud of myself… I stopped eating my dessert when I was full, instead of just wolfing it all down. Anyone who really knows me knows that I have a major sweet tooth, so that is huge for me to step away from a dessert like that!
So, onto bigger and better things… I am going to be starting my new workout program, ChaLEAN Extreme on Sunday!! Eek! I am so excited and slightly terrified, all rolled up in one! Lol. My rest days with the program will be Mondays and Saturdays… I actually am starting on Sunday specifically so one rest day (which are built in) will fall on Mondays. Zeeva and I will be spending Mondays at my parent’s house, so she can get some extra grandma time and get used to sleeping there for naps. We are hoping we can have our first night away from her at some point this summer! :o)
I am still trying to decide if I should continue to weigh myself every Wednesday or if I should just weigh myself every thirty days, which is what is recommended with the ChaLEAN Extreme program. So, I may not have another weigh-in post for a while. I will definitely have other posts though and let you all know how the program is going!
So yeah… That is everything that I have to share! Real exciting, I know.
I realized that, while I mentioned in my last post that I felt like cereal was a gateway drug for me, I never explained what exactly I meant by that.
I bought some Cocoa Pebbles the other day, thinking that it might make a good little midnight snack. (yes, I snack at night, yes I know that it is not the best thing to do, and yes, I will continue to snack. I save calories specifically for it.) It was a good idea, in theory. The breakdown came when I decided that one serving was just not enough. And one night two servings was not enough! I was good about not eating it during the day, but then I really just lost control when it came to eating it at night. I found myself craving it all day. And it really did become like a gateway drug for me because I found myself seriously craving other sweets, things that I have not craved for months. I found myself thinking about donuts and how yummy they are, fresh from a local donut shop that is, unfortunately, just down the road from us. (we actually have the “privilege” of being located right in between two local donut shops… Extra temptation!) I also found myself eyeing the pints of Ben & Jerry’s and craving a huge snow cone. I even had a brief moment when I considered getting a candy bar.
So, yes, cereal is apparently a gateway drug for me. I am not allowed to get sweet cereal for snacks anymore. I will stick with my Multi-Grain Cheerios for breakfast and be done with it! And, I just have to say that I am proud of myself because, even though I went crazy with the cereal and I ended up having all though cravings, I was able to prevent myself from actually giving into the cravings. That is huge for me!
I am mad at myself. I gained 1.5 pounds this week… And it is all my fault. I just made some bad food choices and lost a bit of my control. It really sucks because I worked my butt off exercising… If my eating had been on track, I would have had an awesome week, I am sure! But it just goes to show you that great exercising cannot outdo bad eating.
I have also come to a conclusion that cereal is a gateway drug for me… I bought a box of Cocoa Pebbles when I got groceries last weekend. My thought was that it was better for me than ice cream. This may have been true, except that I had a really hard time limiting myself to just one serving. And, by hard time, I mean that I did not do it. One night, I even refilled my bowl! Very bad move. That was old Jessii trying to slip back in. It disgusts me to even think about it.
So, where do I go from here? Well, I am going to continue to rock my workouts, for one thing. I am going to continue drinking my water, and strive to drink at least four full bottles every day, more if I can manage it. I am going to be more accountable for what I am eating and measure more closely. And, most importantly, I am not going to give up! One bad week, a few bad choices, are not going to define me. I am picking myself back up, brushing myself off, and starting right back on track again! I have been hovering within the same few pounds for a few weeks now and I am determined to breakout of that zone by the end of the month!
Today is my second official Mother’s Day! I say official because I was pregnant with Zeeva for one Mother’s Day. :o)
Today was BEAUTIFUL!! We started out the day with church, and then went out to my parent’s house where Zeeva, Thomas and I all took naps. Lol! Seriously though, Zeeva slept for almost two hours, which was awesome because she is a bit anti-nap at other houses. So maybe that means that she is finally going to be better about that now! Anyway, after nap time, we hung out on my parent’s awesome patio… My dad redid it this spring and it is amazing! It looks great and it nice and spacious. And the weather was PERFECT for sitting outside, just relaxing. Zeeva got to explore the backyard with my mom… She had a blast doing that!
After a while, my parents, sister and her boyfriend took Zeeva for a walk while Thomas and I relaxed a bit together and got dessert ready. My dad made his enchilada casserole for dinner and we had an apple pastry that was tasty and not too bad on the calories! I will definitely be making them again sometime!
I have a confession now… I did not do too great with my food today. And, on top of that, I did not exercise at all. My body needed a break… I was brutal to it yesterday! I have no excuse for the food, other than just losing control of myself. So, we will see how my weigh-in goes this week. I hope I have done enough hard work with my workouts to counteract my bad choices today!
Now on to something fun… Presents!!! :o) My parents got me a pretty plant… I believe it is called a Mandevilla. It is a really pretty climber that has awesome flowers. I think it will be the perfect addition to my garden! And Thomas got me the perfect gift for where I am at in life! He got me a DVD workout set called ChaLEAN Extreme… I am super excited about this! I have been doing TurboJam, which is one of Chalene Johnson’s workout series. Through doing these videos, I have decided that Chalene is probably my favorite ever fitness instructor. So I have been looking into her other DVDs and recently decided that the ChaLEAN Extreme set looks the best. And Thomas got it for me for Mother’s Day!! Yea!!! I am so excited! I have decided to wait until June to start it, so I can finish out my plan for this month… Is it June yet? ;o)
So that is my Darin a big nut shell! I hope everyone has had an amazing day too!
My goals for this past week was to eat a lot better, drink more water, and rock my workouts harder than I had done the previous week (when I gained 2.2 pounds!). I am very happy to say that I stuck with those goals, for the most part! I did have two splurges on food, but I did not go too crazy with it. :o) And I definitely rocked my workouts, especially the past couple of days. Yesterday I even made it all the way through my ab workout DVD without having to modify any of the moves! That must mean that I am starting to get some more muscles there, even if I cannot see them at all.
My hard work and dedication worked off… I lost 2.4 pounds! Yippee! That means I completely made up for my deficit from last week, plus lost a bit more! I now weigh 172.7…. Which means that I have officially reached my next weight-loss goal, which was to get to my half-goal weight!! I am now more than halfway there!! Eek!!! That is soooo exciting!
Thank you to all of my friends and family for supporting me and cheering me on throughout this journey… It is really so very helpful and motivating! No thank you to Thomas for keeping me in check on the days when I really want to go over my calorie allowance… You have definitely helped me stay on track a few times now and I truly appreciate that! And thank you to Zeeva, for being patient and letting me exercise some days! I know that is not always the case, but it is lovely when it is! :o)
I have to say, I am proud of myself! I have a self-proclaimed black thumb when it comes to gardening. In college, I somehow managed to kill 3 cacti and a plant that didn’t ever need to be watered. Yep, black thumb! In spite of this (and despite the fact that I am highly allergic), I do think that flowers are beautiful and just feel like a house is missing something if it doesn’t have any (sorry to anyone I know who doesn’t have any flowers outside!). So, ever since we bought our house three Junes ago, I have enlisted my parents, especially my mom, for help with gardening. This has included pulling one million very stubborn weeds, putting down landscaping fabric so said weeds could not grow back after we had pulled them all out two or three times, ripping out every plant in our courtyard because we have a vine that clings to anything and everything, making a planter box for our courtyard, and advice on what plants to get and how to make them grow. My mom has also helped me plant every single plant that I have ever planted. I am very paranoid that I will do something wrong and kill them immediately!
I went to Lowe’s today with my dad, to get some mulch and potting soil and the majority of the plants that I wanted. Our car is not suited for transporting those items, so he was helping me out. My mom was busy shopping with my sister for some work clothes today, so she was not around to help. I did consider putting this off until next week, but I have already put it off for a few weeks and wanted to get started. So my dad helped me put the potting soil where I needed it (those bags are huge!) and gave me an opinion or two on which plants would look best together. But then he left, so I was on my own for all of the actual planting… For the first time ever! Eek!
Now it is time for the reason I am proud of myself. I did not even hesitate to put those plants in my pots! I just did it! Yippee!! I will be honest… I did forget to water them… Oops! But I am not too worried about it. The soil was nice and mouse and the plants themselves seemed like they had been watered recently. My gloves definitely got plenty wet while I was working with them!
So that is one hurdle I have jumped over now! I know, most of you probably think I am being majorly silly, but it is exciting to me!
Today’s weigh-in was the opposite of great… I gained 2.2 pounds. That much of a gain surprised me a bit, but I know I have been lacking in disciple with my exercises and a bit with my food. And I had a splurge day yesterday… I just needed a day without focusing on every morsel of food that went into my mouth. So, yes, I am surprised that I gained that much, but I am not surprised that I had a gain. And I am not going to let it hold me back… It is what it is.
Last night, I finally took the time to sit down and figure out what I want to do with my exercising for May. I have come to the conclusion that, at least for now, I cannot just do whatever I want each day. I need to have a firm plan. So I decided that I am going to devote the whole month to Turbo Jam. I have been doing the Turbo Ab Jam, and have done some of the other segments here and there, but I have not done all of them and I have never set out with a plan like this. I will also continue to do my arm and leg workouts too, so I can continue toning. And I will walk outside with Zeeva whenever possible and I am still doing my pushup challenge that I started last month. Whew! That looks like a ton, but I have it all planned out and I think I will get great results.
I have already done almost all of my workout for today… I just have to do my pushups later, and possibly take Zeeva for a walk. It is insanely sticky out though so I do not know if that will happen. I am not very tolerant of heat! Lol. I did have to break my workout into several sections today because I had an impromptu doctor’s appointment, but I made it through! Mostly. Lol… I am sure I was kind of comical on parts of my Turbo Jam workout… It was a video I have not done before so I was unfamiliar with some of the moves. Crazy Moves + Jessii’s Coordination = Flailing Around! I will get it eventually though and I did not give up… That is what counts!