It is so funny that you shared your angst right now.
My eating has been great. Nearly perfect, and for whatever reason, the scale has been steadily moving up for me too. I was at 140.2 when I weighed yesterday. I am no where near my period, so it isn't that.
It is just my body. Probably the increased exercise this week has my muscles retaining water. I have not been very um...delicately..."regular" recently. That could have something to do with it. There are variables...
But my point is, that, I have decided that now that I am in a reasonable weight range for me, I am going to seriously stop being a slave to the scale, and I am going to work on getting in shape. I am going to focus on the exercise piece hard core, and let the scale do its voodoo magic and rise and fall as it see's fit, because its going to continue to do that.
I would love to see 125-130 on the scale, but I know from past experiences, that I can't maintain that weight without being slightly miserable. I can seriously only eat about 1000 cals to maintain that weight due to my f'd up metabolism. But at 135-140, I can eat like a normal human being.
I honestly don't care what the scale number is anymore! This is new for me. Now I want firm, toned muscles. I want definition. I want to look and feel strong!
So for me, I am putting my cuttoff number on the scale at 140.8. As long as I don't go over that number, and as long as I keep up my healthy habits, and as long as I work towards a leaner, tighter me. I just don't care what that wretched scale has to say to me.
This is the craziest thing I have ever said or felt, but I think I have decided to love my body for what it is right now. I have spent a whole lot of years promising this body that I will love it in 5 more pounds, but I never do.
Today I purchased a summer dress at Target. Just a $20 throw it on and bum around dress. It is a size XS. Extra Small Pi. (I am blessed with a flat chest, so I can get away with small clothing if it is stretchy.) So 140.2 or 130.2...who the f cares?
Ok, so first of all...my family went hiking on Sunday. It was freaking amazing. I loved every minute of it. I don't know if I told you Pi, but I did find a suitable pair of hiking shoes, and I wore them, and they worked out great. You might have seen some of the photos on FB? I changed my profile pic to a family shot. That was taken in a cavern in front of a waterfall. It was gorgeous. Every single person in my family loved it, and wants to go more. I am in the process of looking up suitable hiking spots for us. We decided to try to do 1 or 2 hikes a month.
Next! Eating has been awesome. I feel like making wise decisions is finally a habit. (I recognize it is a habit I could break easily w/o dilligence), but right now, I just automatically make good decisions. For example. My family decided last moment to go to Famous Dave's for dinner on Friday night. (Do you have those? It is a bbq/ rib place.) My oldest step daughter, who is my healthy eater and I decided to share the grilled chicken sandwich. I had my half w/ lettuce and tomato, and ate a few fries, which fit into my day fine.
My bff and I started our tues/thurs gym dates last night. She is really fit. She does zumba, cardio fitness classes and strength classes at our gym on a regular basis. We did a ton of strength/weight work, and the elliptical, then we did some walk/running on the track!
There you have the update! How are you?! News please.View Thread
Today I am at 138.4. That is a 1.2 pound drop from last week. I had such a great eating week that I wish it would have been a little more, but I know by body, and losing over 1 pound a week is really good for me. My total loss to date is 20.6.
I also so know that I need to get my head right, because the next 9.4 pounds are going to be a killer. (My long term goal is 129 pounds.) But historically, getting below 130 takes me forever and lots of discipline. So I need to remember that even tiny victories on the scale are still victories!View Thread
I am going hiking this weekend! There is a gorgeous State Park 1 hour from us, and they serve an outstanding brunch in the lodge. So my whole family (including My oldest and her b/f) will be heading up Sunday morning for Brunch and a hike.
I cannot wait!
I have had an outstanding week. The scale hasn't moved much, but I am ok with that, because I am eating really well, and getting lots of exercise. (Not formal gym exercise. Walks with my husband and/or kids, housework, gardening, etc...)
Next week my 2 bff's and I are going to start going to the gym together on Tues and Thurs. One is a cardio freak, the other a weight lover. I have the perfect scenario!
I have to recommend a book to you girls. I just finished, "Skinny Chicks eat real food." OMG. I LOVED this book. I almost started to re read it the second I finished it.
It was just really informative in terms of discussing what real food is, and why it is important for health and weight loss to eat real food. AND I really enjoyed the authors writing style. It gave me renewed inspiration to keep at my health quest.
Not that I was losing steam, but anything and everything that inspires is a good thing.
I don't even know where to start! It has been a busy week for me at work and at home. The weather her is unbelievable, so we are grilling out, and staying outside a lot, so I have not gotten in front of the computer for pleasure much!
OK, so lets start with the not-so-good...Friday and Saturday were both pretty bad eating days for me. Friday night my girlfriend and I went shopping and decided to go to our favorite mexican resteraunt for dinner. Of course, I had to have a margarita...and chips and salsa....I ordered a reasonable meal, but the extra's killed me. Then Saturday my Gramma invited me out for lunch, and we went to one of those "old person friendly" resteraunts, with all comfort foods. I had a bowl of soup and a roll, but then Gram ordered strawberry pie for us to share, she said, "Oh they have Strawberry Pie! That is our favorite!" and how could I tell the little 87 year old cutie that I don't eat much pie these days? I only had a couple of bites, but on top of Friday nights excesses I didn't need it. And THEN the kids asked for these special brownies that I make, and I had not treated them for some time, so I made them...and ate some. I think I fell into the "Well, I have already blown this weekend, might as well go hog wild."
So Saturday night I made the decision that Sunday was a new day and I was going to make only good choices. Sunday was a huge success! All good eating, plus made Steve go on a walk with me early Sunday morning. I felt great all day.
I have also decided that I am going to do at least 2-3 meat free dinner's per week. I am not a carnivore at heart, so meat isn't that important to me, plus it is a huge cost savings if we don't have to buy protein every day. Kwim?
So Sunday, my family had hamburgers on the grill, and I had a grilled porobello mushroom over a big salad, instead of on a bun or roll. Last night I had butternut squash and black beans and rice, and the family had leftovers.
My DFJ for today:
Breakfast: steel cut oatmeal with pnut butter and a few dark chocolate chips. (I love this breakfast. Healthy and satisfying)
Lunch: left over black beans and rice (they have a ton of veggies in them too, onions, peppers, tomatoes) and greek yogurt
Snacks: I will have a cup or 2 off coffee and I have an apple and peanut butter if I get hungry in the afternoon.
Dinner: Its a meat night for me. Chicken kabobs and either green beans or roasted sweet potatoes, or possibly both, depends on how hungry I am.
Tomorrow is our weigh day, so I hope to get in some exercise too. I have been doing a lot of strength work at home and lots of walking.View Thread
You should join us! The more the merrier. Weigh in day is Thursday. Check-in anytime!!!
So!!! Today's weigh in...which I cannot believe.
This morning the scale said 139.6. That is a 2.8 pound loss from last week. Losing greater than 2 pounds in one week (unless it is menstrual based) is unheard of for me. I am not complaining of course!!!
I have lost a total of 19.4 in right at about 10 1/2 weeks.
The crazy thing is that, I am NEVER hungry. I eat really satisfying food. I eat out once a week. I have given up nothing, just modified and tweeked everything so that it fits the way I want to eat, live, look and feel.
It is warm enough here to wear capri pants today, so I pulled out mine from last year. After trying on 3 pairs, I finally found a pair that would work (although I can't say they fit.) And it is because they are too big, not too small! Hurray! Nice to go that direction. And I see shopping in my future!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday!View Thread
Just wanted to let you know that I finally get the whole weigh once a week concept.
Saturday night Steve and I had a date night, and although I did well with the food (had broiled cod and grilled veggies), afterwards we had dessert and drinks.
I woke up Sunday morning dreading the scale, and it just clicked with me what you have been trying to say about the scale, and I decided to just NOT weigh. I know that by Thursday's weigh in for our challenge, that the scale will have forgiven me for Saturday nights excesses.
There is no reason to obessively weigh and agonize over every tenth of a pound lost or gained.
I am going to just weigh once a week, and continue to eat responsibily 80% of the time, and not sweat the little excesses that cause the scale to not cooperate with me.
Breakfast: oatmeal w/ peanut butter and dark chocolate
Lunch: 2 boiled eggs, cottage cheese w/ bananas and pistachio's mixed in, clemantine
Dinner: Unknown...I have stuff for taco's, so may be a taco salad for me. Also have salmon, so maybe salmon patties.
Have had 2 cups of coffee and have an apple and some greek yogurt if I get hungry.View Thread
I am down .6 this week to 142.4. I knew that this week would be a low week, since I lost a lot last week, plus I have not been to the gym all week.
Food is just a way different type of priority to me these days. Making wise decisions is not only easier, it is more rewarding. In the past, even when I was watching what I ate, I looked for opportunities to splurge. If we went out to eat, I always opted for a heavier meal than I needed, just because it was special or whatever.
Tuesday, Steve and I had a funeral to attend of the mother of a close family friend. After the service, they treated us to lunch at a little diner type place. In the past, I would have definately opted for a burger and fries, or something like that. Instead, Steve and shared a club sandwich, and instead of fries, we both ordered a side salad. Just a small example of how my attitudes have changed.
In other news...so weirdness. As we discussed, I have lost .6 this week, however, for the funeral on Tuesday I went to put on my grey slacks and they were clown pants too big. I just wore them last week! I dunno how our bodies work and how they redistribute the pounds, but I had to buy new slacks this week b/c all of mine were just ill fitting and wrong.
I am 5'4" and started this journey on Jan 1st weighing in at 159.0. This is pretty close to my highest non pregnant weight ever, so I know how you feel when you say you wanted to cry when you saw the number on the scale.
I promised myself that it was the LAST time I would see that ugly number!
This morning my weight was 142.6. I have lost 16.4 pounds!
I feel a lot better physically, mentally and emotionally!
You CAN do this! I have discovered that works for me is to remind myself every day that this journey is all about choices. Making good/healthy choices isn't always easy, but it is always rewarding for me.
My plan is just to eat a well balanced diet of lean protein, whole grains, fruits and veggies and low fat dairy. I eat 3 meals a day and a snack in the afternoon. Occasionally I will have a treat after dinner if I have room in my calorie plan for it.
I also try not to eat very many carbs after 3pm. (I am not low carbing, I eat oatmeal for breakfast and my snack is often an apple w/ some peanut butter, but I find I do better if I have protein and veggies only at my dinner meal.)
Best of luck to you, and keep us posted on your progress!!View Thread
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