Monthly Archives: February 2013

Weigh-In Monday…

Weigh-In Monday…

I am officially halfway through my very first DietBet. In order to reach my 4% weight-loss goal for it, I have to lose at least 6.4 pounds in the four weeks. As of my weigh-in this morning, I am already down 4.2 pounds! That is right folks… I lost another 1.8 pounds in the last week! Woohoo!! I am ecstatic about this! I have really felt like I have been stuck in a weight rut the past few months… Up and down up and down, all within the same 3-4 pounds, over and over and over again. And it has not been for all for lack of trying or because I have been doing horribly on my journey. A lot of it has been because I have been gaining a ton of muscle from the specific workouts that I have been doing. And I am ok with that… I love seeing how toned certain areas of my body are getting (such as my arms, which I would have never thought possible!). But it is really nice to see the scale moving again!

What have I been doing differently? Well, I have been making sure I am getting plenty of cardio in, as well as the toning exercises. As much as I hate cardio, it is important. And it seems to be a key to my weight-loss success at this point in my journey. I have also, strange as it may sound, been eating a few more calories than I was. I had been wondering if maybe I was not eating mouth calories before, especially on the days when I was actually under my calorie goal. So I have been striving to at least meet my goal… And some days I have gone over by almost 100 calories, when I have felt like I needed the extra fuel. It seems to be working, so I am going to keep at it!

I am now feeling really optimistic about actually reaching my DietBet goal! When I started it, I was really just using it as a motivational tool, thinking that there was no way I would actually reach that high goal. But it is just within my grasp now and I am way excited to see what the final outcome is from these four weeks! I am also just a half a pound away from being back under my lowest weight on this journey… And I am just 3.2 pounds away from reaching my 30% lost of my starting weight! Woohoo! 62.2 pounds down now… And it feels GREAT!

Weigh-In Monday…

Weigh-In Monday…

Yesterday was my very first official Weigh-In Monday… And I totally forgot to post about it! This new schedule may take some getting used to! Some of you may recall that I was thinking about not weighing myself again until the end of the DietBet. I decided to not do that, for many little reasons and not one particular one that stands out. Lol!

I am very happy to report that I lost 2.4 pounds in the last week! That is a GREAT number for me! And, what is crazy is that I have not really been doing anything different. I started my new phase of ChaLEAN Extreme last Monday, the Lean Phase. This is supposed to be the phase that you lose the most weight during, but that has never been true for me. This is my third time through the program and I have honesty never “completed” it all the way. Both times I have gone through it before, I would get about halfway done with the Lean Phase and flake out for whatever reason (one time it was from illness, the other time from holidays). So I am super excited to see how I do this time around because I am already off to a great start! What is kind of weird about this weight loss though, is that I had three days last week where I went over my calories, one of which was probably by quite a bit. So I am not sure what that means. It does make me wonder if maybe I am not eating enough calories sometimes. I was also on an antibiotic for the whole week though, so that could have possibly messed around with my normal rate of loss. Whatever the reason, I will take it!

A Zeeva Update…

A Zeeva Update…

For those of you who are regular followers of my blog and/or Facebook page, you know that the last few weeks have been pretty rough with Zeeva. I was getting ready to start doing potty training with her a few weeks ago, when she decided to start trying to climb out of her crib. So we were forced to switch her to her toddler bed, putting potty training on hold (because there was no way in the world that I was crazy enough to try two such huge changes at the same time!). The first two weeks, or so, were HARD, to say the least. Waking up a ton of times at night, waking up for the day extremely early in the morning, having to sleep with Zeeva while curled up in her rocking chair out of desperation, feeling EXHAUSTED constantly… I seriously felt like I had a newborn again. Actually, it was worse than a newborn. Because she was trying to tell us what was wrong, but did not have the words to get through to us. Needless to say, all of this really wore me down… Completely. I have been more grouchy, and way less energetic, and have had next to no patience. I HATE that and I hate having to admit it, but I honestly have not felt like a very good mommy for the past couple of weeks. And, on top of all of that, Zeeva was also very grouchy from all the interrupted sleep.

Fast forward to yesterday… Yesterday, I felt like crying most of the day. It was a pretty crappy day in the world of Zeeva and I. There was no one incident to pinpoint. It was just the accumulated exhaustion and frustration of the past couple of weeks. It wore me down completely. Thankfully, we were able to end the day on a high note… We had some fun family time after dinner playing our brand new Just Dance 3 game, and then we had fun making Zeeva giggle for the few minutes she had left until bedtime. And she went to bed easily and slept GREAT!

I went to bed last night determined to make today a better day than yesterday was… And, honestly, that was not a very hard bar to meet. Lol! Zeeva woke up early this morning, which I thought was going to be an indicator of how the whole day was going to go. But, I am happy to report that we have had a great day so far! She actually ate breakfast (just a banana, but that is more than she has been eating lately!) and I was able to keep my cool when she requested eggs and then refused to eat them when I made them for her. Then we went to the grocery store to get a few items and had a fun time there… Zeeva had a blast “beep, beeping”, coloring on her cousin’s birthday card that we were mailing, and seeing the fish (TWICE!). She was a little piggy in the car and when we got home, gobbling up two snacks AND wanting part of mine! (By the way, I have a newfound love for plain rice cakes with a tiny bit of peanut butter… So yummy and satisfying!) Then I worked out and she was content playing with a chair until the last ten or so minutes when she started getting tired and hungry again. So we ate lunch after I was done, while we watched one of the Tinker Bell movies (Zeeva LOVES Tinker Bell right now… She even spins in circles saying “I can fly!”). We had a few minutes to kill between lunch and nap, so we danced and Zeeva ran in circles around me and I caught her and tickled her over and over and over (which is a good arm workout!). We had a grand old time, filled with lots of giggles! I am going to say that, so far, today has been one of the best days I can remember! And now we are going to take some much needed naps! Lol!

Thank you all for your prayers and happy thoughts…. I truly appreciate it and definitely know that God was listening!

DietBet – Day One!

DietBet – Day One!

Today is the first official day of the DietBet that I am doing! I am psyched to see how it goes! I will say though, it already looks like some people may be cheating. How do you lose 49% of your 4% goal before the first day is even done? Come on people… If you are going to cheat, at least make it look real!

My official starting weight for this is 159.8 pounds. Ouch! Yep, my weight crept back up there. But I am not sweating it because I am determined to have a FOCUSED four weeks! I have to lose 6.4 pounds to reach my 4% lost, which is a LOT for me. But, as I have said before, I am really not in this for the money… It is about the extra motivation for me. Yes, extra money would be great. But I am not a gambler at all, so that is not what is driving me. I am just determined to have a rocking four weeks! Honestly, this is the only thing that got me through my workout today. I had a not-so-great morning with my daughter (which I am feeling very guilty about now), and I completely melted down. So I was absolutely not in the mood to work out. On top of that, today was the first day of the Lean Circuit for ChaLEAN Extreme and the first day is always the hardest! It is so hard transitioning between circuits. But this is the one that you are supposed to lose the most weight with… It is also the one that I have floundered on halfway through the two previous times I have done it. So I am excited to actually complete it this time and stay strong the whole way through!

You may be wondering what my game plan is for the next four weeks. I have been thinking a lot about it. So here are my goals:

    Drink LOTS of water… At least 100 ounces a day, but more if I need it.
    Do some form of exercise every day, even on my “rest” days. I will be focusing on ChaLEAN Extreme, Turbo Fire, Couch to 5k, and yoga.
    Eat much better than I have been eating. This means paying even closer attention to my portions, eating foods that are better for me and more filling (think grapes instead of raisins), and eating better forms of protein (I have been eating protein bars after my weight workouts a lot lately and I have noticed that I feel much more satisfied and full longer if I take the time to actually cut up an apple and eat it with protein).
    I will be making better meals for my family and focusing much less on pasta, which is one of my favorite food groups. Lol!
    Eating out as little as possible! In fact, I am only planning on eating out once, maybe twice, in the next four weeks. I already know when those times will be too.
    No soda at all. This is not a huge problem for me, but I am also going to limit my iced tea drinking to once or twice a week. I have been getting bad about those.
    My last goal for the next four weeks? Have fun with my family!! I think it is so easy to get wrapped up in focusing solely on one certain aspect of life. I do not think that we have enough fun together as a family. So we will be getting outside as much as Indiana’s February weather and wind will allow us, playing Just Dance 3 together (as soon as it comes in the mail), doing art projects together, and just having fun being a family. I think it is something all three of us really need.

So that is where I am at for now! I will definitely be keeping you guys updated on how this is all going!!

Ps… Is it crazy that I am already starting to plan what I am going to eat out on March 9th? Lol! It is two days before the final day of the DietBet so I do not want to sabatouge myself! ;o)

My Rockin’ Day!

My Rockin’ Day!

I rocked today’s ChaLEAN Extreme workout! AND I realized that I’m not going to have a chance to do tomorrow’s scheduled workouts, so I went ahead and did them too! Turbo Fire Core and I ran a 5k! Woohoo! My time was 32:50, which is 40 seconds slower than my first one. But I seriously didn’t think I was going to make it past the first five minutes, my legs were protesting so much. It was interesting though… All the minutes after that were so much easier than the first five! Definitely something to keep in mind! And I was feeling really tight and sore from all of that, so I ended up doing a long yoga session while Thomas finished up some work after Zeeva went to bed. I am on FIRE! Total minutes of activity? 135!! AND my food has been on track for four days! Yep, I am on fire!

So, I mentioned this a bit on my Facebook page today, but I am going to go into more detail here. Tanee from Fit for Life has a DietBet going on right now! The “bet” is that you will lose 4% of your starting weight in 28 days. The “buy-in” is $20. Anyone who reaches their goal will split the pot. The pot is currently at $4160!!! This could be a major payout! I was hemming and hawing earlier about whether I wanted to participate in this. My hesitation is the fact that, as of my most recent weigh-in, I would need to lose more than 6.3 pounds in four weeks in order to reach my 4% lost. I have not done that in over a year. It is not that I am not working my butt off… Because I definitely am (literally!). It is that the workouts I am doing are building up a ton of muscle, so I am more likely to lose inches than pounds right now. Which has really been the case.

I have officially made a decision though. I AM going to participate in this. So is my hubby (and possibly a couple of other family members). What made me change my mind? Yes, I would have to lose quite a bit of weight to reach my goal. And there is a distinct possibility that I will not reach it. BUT, even if I do not reach it, I will have four ROCKING weeks because I will have this to motivate me! Every bite of food I eat, every minute I spend exercising, I will have this “bet” in the back of my mind. Yes, the extra money would be awesome (especially if only a couple of people end up reaching their goal)… But having one amazing month on my weight-loss journey is my real motivation! Will you join me?

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

I gained this week… A lot. As in 3.3 pounds. Am I freaking out about this? No. It sucked to see that on the scale, but I’m pretty sure a good portion of it is actually water weight from being at the beginning of my four weeks of my exercise rotation. This is a HEAVY weight month too, which always makes me retain water for longer. So I am not sweating it!

I have made a decision though… Weigh-In Wednesdays are going bye-bye! Yes, I am still going to weigh myself. It will just be on Mondays now instead. I already have to track my measurements (including my weight) every four weeks for my exercise schedule, so it just makes more sense. Plus, I have a close family member who is weighing herself on Mondays for Weight Watchers and I want to show her some support. We both tend to struggle a bit on the weekends, so I am hoping this might rein us in a bit! ;o) Wish me luck though… It is very foreign for me to not weigh myself on Wednesdays. Whenever I have tried to lose weight, ever since I very first did Weight Watchers the summer before my senior year in high school, I have ALWAYS used Wednesday as my weigh-in day. That is almost 14 years of weighing myself on Wednesdays! It is definitely going to be an adjustment!

Here’s hoping my next weigh-in is a better representation of how much I have been exercising! And that my eating stays under control (day TWO of being back on track!). :o)