Category Archives: Weight Loss

Dropping the Baggage

Last week, I shared that I am finally succeeding in my quest to lose some weight. I also acknowledged that I got a little off track during September and October. In particular, my workout routine was completely derailed.

To continue making progress towards my weight loss and fitness goals, it’s important for me to have a plan. So here’s my plan  🙂

Eating

  • I am using MyFitnessPal, primarily on my iPhone, to track my meals and calorie intake each day. I switched from SparkPeople in August, right after we returned from California. I like it a lot, and it seems to be working better for me so far.
  • For my meal planning, I’m trying to follow a 300-400-500 plan: 300 calorie breakfast, 400 calorie lunch, and 500 calorie dinner (I will include about 100 to 200 calories in snacks). I was pleasantly surprised to see others following this same concept.
  • For better or worse, I will be sticking to frozen entrees for lunch, a la Lean Cuisine. It’s not the perfectly healthy thing to do, but I need to get my eating habits under control. For convenience sake, I get into ruts where I bring the exact same lunch to work day after day. It doesn’t take long for me to get sick of whatever I’m bringing, and I resort to buying lunch on campus. It’s not only difficult to find healthy options on campus, but it gets mighty pricey. The frozen meals, along with a piece of fruit, help me with portion control and allow for some variety. It’s also easy, which I need these days.

Working Out

  • Cardio: Three days a week, two on the elliptical and a 2-3 mile run on the weekends.
  • Toning: One day a week. I’m back on the Booty Barre.
  • Yoga: Two days a week. I am doing Yoga for Athletes, which is no joke.

I weigh myself on Monday and Thursday mornings. The scale is not for everyone, but it works for me – just as calorie counting isn’t for everyone, but it’s a major strategy that has helped me in the past and is helping me now.

So there’s my plan. I will be checking in on my progress regularly. Hope you stick with me through my journey!

Keeping a Secret

There is a little something I’ve been hiding from my blog…

I am finally on track with losing some weight.

Back in January, I set some goals for this year. For the record, I bombed on every one of them  🙁  The one that I had the highest hopes for was losing 20 pounds by June. I basically didn’t lose anything between January and June. I was very disappointed in myself.

The disappointment hit its peak during our summer vacation. Jason and I were trudging up the most challenging stretch on our Lembert Dome hike. I was getting very frustrated with the effort it was taking me to hike that first mile. Even though a lot of it had to do with the altitude, I couldn’t help but feel that my weight and mediocre physical fitness played a role.

Lembert Dome

I did not feel good about myself.

Now when I say my weight was a problem, it was just that my weight was out of the ideal zone based on my height. My healthy range is between 116 and 157 pounds. Of course, 116 is totally absurd. But when I was feeling my very best, I was around 135 pounds. Since 2010, I had been tipping the scale at around 165 pounds. Not completely horrible, but definitely overweight.

That hike did not escape my memory when we returned home. I set out to get with it and lose that weight. And I did just that. Since August, I am down 7 pounds.

The last couple of months have been difficult. I’ve gone down a couple more pounds, back up a pound, then up another pound, and back down again. I’ve been skipping workouts, and stress has led to some not so good dinner choices…and maybe a little popcorn at work (we’re talking movie-style popcorn 😐 ).

I had been feeling so incredible, and I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Ultimately, my goal is to get down to 140 pounds. I am going to make it happen for my health and for my happiness. Of course, it’s more than just hitting a certain number. I want to be conditioned to do all the things I want to do these days – hiking, snowshoeing, running, etc.

When you stop to think about it, physical fitness and overall health play a big part in outdoor activities. Most of the blogs I read are healthy living blogs, and I’ve often seen their focus and purpose as very different from mine. The truth is that there shouldn’t be a big difference. To do the things we want to do outdoors, we need to be conditioned for it. And taking care of ourselves in a way that is also good for the earth connects with many healthy living principles.

I feel like I’m getting to a good place with how I’m treating my body, from working out to eating right. Getting there is half the battle.

Hello? Spring?

Ah, Wisconsin in April/May. I am waiting not-so-patiently for spring weather to stick around for more than a day or two. The cold  and rain are starting to get a bit depressing.

Jason and I headed out for our longest run to date since November. We went approximately 3 miles – I would have had actual mileage, but my Garmin conked out a couple minutes in. I now know the charge life of my new toy 😐

Wind and a couple of steep hills on the route we chose wrecked my quads. My legs felt heavy and didn’t want to move, so we took a couple of walk breaks. While not ideal for our second to last training run before Saturday’s 5K, sometimes you just have a bad day.

At least there are little peaks of spring to perk me up. It’s coming!

On the weight loss front, I’m trying to turn over a new leaf. I want to feel healthy inside and out, and I’m not happy with how I’ve been treating my body the last few years 😳  . I’m revisiting Bethenny Frankel’s Naturally Thin, slowly trying to incorporate each naturally thin “rule” one by one.

And I definitely want to pick up one of my favorite blogger’s new book – Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time.

Right now, my focus is treating my diet like a bank account. Yesterday, I was a rockstar…

  • A starchy breakfast of oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter.
  • Leftover Chicken Posole full of meat and veggies.
  • Carrots with dip and some pita chips for an afternoon snack.
  • A hearty dinner of Pork chops with coleslaw.

Today – after ordering buffalo wings and having a couple pieces of leftover birthday cake for dessert – I didn’t do so well. To be honest, my poor run got to me and I used food to make it better. Not good, but at least I recognize where part of the problem lies.

Tomorrow is a new day. I’ll pick myself up and get back on track.

Tonight, Jason is off playing poker with some friends and I’m catching up on the Real Housewives of Orange County with my two girls.

Hope you’re having a wonderful evening wherever you are and whoever you’re with!

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