Today was measurement day for Day 30 of my 2nd time through ChaLEAN Extreme… And I cried. And it was not a good cry. :o( I worked my BUTT off this month… Or so I thought. And I had my smallest amount of loss ever in the past year, other than one month when I gained three inches. It ended up losing 2.75″ all together, but I seriously started crying as I was writing down the numbers and realizing that all my hard work amounted to basically nothing. The last time I did this round of ChaLEAN Extreme, I lost 8.25″, so I was really expecting a huge amount. Especially since I had such dismal results on the scale for most of the month… I thought I would make up for it and see my results in inches. No such luck. I guess I really was eating a lot worse than I realized this month.
These results really got me down this morning… I am still bummed, but I did decide to put things in perspective. Here is what I have lost since October 28, 2011:
- neck: 2.375″
- upper arm: 2.75″
- forearm: 1.375″
- wrist: 0.875″
- chest: 3.25″
- waist: 5.75″!!
- hips: 7.25″!!!!!!
- thigh: 4.25″!!
- calf: 2″
- ankle: 1″
That is a total of 30.875 INCHES. That is HUGE! So, yes… I did not have the month I thought I would have. Yes, I did sabatouge all of my hard work my overeating (which just goes to show that you cannot out-exercise a bad diet). But I have come a LONG way since this time last year! And I did stick with my workouts, and can be proud of that. I put in a total of 31.68 miles and 1548 minutes of exercise this month! (I still have the rest of today left, so I may have more to add to these totals) I reached my goals of 31 miles and 1500 minutes! Woohoo! I stuck with it and that is what matters. And I can now reward myself with my new hair cut that I have been really wanting to get!
Now on to bigger and better things… I am very happy to say that I have stayed under (or right on) my calorie goal for the past four days in a row! Woohoo! (today WILL be day number five!) I know that may not sound very exciting to… well, any of you… but for someone who has struggled for most of the past two months to stay on top of keeping track of my food, and for someone who has definitely been snacking too much, this is huge. And two of those days were on the weekend, which is even bigger! Weekends are always harder… Why is it so easy to justify cheating on your “diet” on the weekend? Anyway, I have made two changes in the past two days that I think will help a lot. One is that I have actually started pre-planning a serving of tea (and everything I put in it) for during my nighttime snack. That way, the calories are already accounted for… And I no longer feel like I need to fight against my tea urges. ;o) The second adjustment is the amount of cereal I am eating at breakfast. When I first started tracking my food intake, I realized that I was eating a lot more cereal than was in a serving. Like, some days it was seriously about three servings… Or maybe more, depending on the type of cereal I was eating! So it was a major adjustment to wean myself down to a single serving. I do love me some cereal! ;o) For the past few months, I’ve been eating one cup of multigrain Cheerios combined with a quarter cup of peanut butter Cheerios. It is a great combination. But I have noticed lately that I am usually not real hungry when it is time for lunch, because of the amount of time that I have between the two meals. So, I decided to alter my cereal… I am now eating three-quarters of a cup of the multigrain, still combined with the other. And I reduced the amount of milk I having with it from half a cup to a third of a cup. I know it may not sound like much, but it saves me just shy of fifty calories… Which adds up quickly!
Thankfully, due to my changed eating habits and actually tracking my calories, my weigh-in went much better than my measurements did. I lost 1.8 pounds! And that is after only four days of keeping close track again! Yippee!! I will admit, I was very glum about this when I first weighed myself. I knew it was a great number but I had just done my measurements, so I was definitely in a bad mood. But I quickly started to focus on this instead of my measurements. Looking back through my records, the last time I lost this much in one week was over two months ago! So I definitely feel great about this number. And I am now only 0.6 pounds away from finally being “out of debt” from the gains that I have had the past two months. I am very excited to start losing again for real! I am sick of this losing-weight-that-I-have-already-lost crap!
This post is already getting really long, so I will be back tomorrow with my plan for November! I will say this… My weight loss this week is making me rethink my original plan for November. I may stick with that plan, but I may change it up a bit too. You will have to tune in to find out!