Blogging for 4 years this week….

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I started this blog in July of 2011 at a weight of about 137.  I expected to be blogging in maintenance mode, but never made it to my goal of 129.  I’ve had lots of ups and downs.  Today I am 3.4 pounds away from that goal, at 132.4. I’ve only been in the 132’s 4 days in my adult life, and two of them were this week. Yay!

It has been a long process but I have realized that no special diet works for me.  I have tried low carb, high fat, Weight Watchers, Atkins, Trim Healthy Mama, the list goes on and on.  The only time I have been really successful is when I track my food in and out, and create a calorie deficit.

I am still using myfitnesspal to track my calories in, and using my Fitbit to track my calories out.  I am using Curves and my treadmill as my primary ways of getting exercise, and the family has gotten more active since I started wearing my Fitbit, which is a win win situation.

I don’t really feel like blogging anymore, mostly because I am so busy with home school and my high maintenance family that I need to spend the energy taking care of them and not writing down this weight loss stuff anymore.   So I will keep the blog up for now, so you can access recipes and stuff but I think that once I hit my goal of 129 I will likely close the blog.  I just don’t have anything else to add to it. It’s been fun, and those of you who’ve been around, reading and commenting for the last four years, I’d love to keep in contact with you on myfitnesspal.  Leave me a message here if you need my contact info for that!

139s this week!

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I am so excited and proud of both my hubby and myself!  We are 58 days into our healthy eating together on myfitnesspal, and between two of us we’ve lost 40 pounds!

I’ve lost 15 of those pounds, and weighed in at 139.8 this morning. I set a goal this time of 130, which is still over my weight range assuming a small frame body type, which is 114-127.  I am shooting for 135 first, and also paying attention to body fat percentage during my weigh and measures at Curves.

I am pretty excited because this will be the first time I can remember using a calorie tracking system to lose weight at this size. I have a feeling that with the momentum my hubby and I have and the way we are going about weight loss right now that it won’t take a long time to reach my goal!

April 2015

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Well, it’s been a long time.  Lots have changed, diet wise, since we last ‘spoke.’  I lost my focus, gained weight, regained focus, and have lost some of the gained weight.

I started to lose focus last year, when we went on our month long vacation. I had decided to eat ‘normally’ – not restricting carbs/sugars/wheats/food types etc. on vacation, and just ate normal portions of regular food, sometimes eating treats but not especially eating out of control.

I didn’t gain any weight on the vacation, but when I got back it was impossible to go back. I had no desire to resist any foods, and in consequence, the weight started to come back on.  I ignored this, because I just wasn’t in a mental place where I wanted to care.

Fast forward like a whole year – what?!? how does this happen? I don’t know, really. I gained 20 pounds from my lowest weight,  surpassing several of my ‘never again’ weights and lodging myself back in the ‘overweight’ category.

A little over a month ago, my husband woke up and was finally ready for help losing weight. He asked me to help him, and my very first reaction to his request was to put him on a restricted calorie diet. That day I set him up on myfitnesspal. We have been tracking our calories together, and steadily losing weight.

I have really had to acknowledge that I have the best success with calorie restriction via counting calories.  I know that *not* counting calories works for a LOT of people, but really it’s the only way I am in control of myself the best way.

Today I weighed in down 12 pounds since the refocus, and am finally back to the weight I was right after the vacation, and back in the healthy range for my height.

I have another 12 pounds to go to get back to my lowest weight ever, but I am just focusing on one day at a time, one weigh in at a time.  We can do this!

month two weigh and measure – still losing inches

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Things are good over here, busy but good. We are doing soccer with all the boys, still home schooling this year 2nd, 4th, and 7th, still doing our co-op, still going to Curves 3 times per week, whew.

Weight loss isn’t going anywhere, but that’s because I’m having trouble sticking with anything. I want to eat whatever I want to eat, and moderate myself, but that isn’t a good way to lose weight unless you track calories religiously and I cannot bring myself to do it all day, every day.    I just need to commit to SOMETHING again that restricts me in some way. Today I am trying to combine the Belly Fat Cure original 15/6 principals with the Trim Healthy Mama principals. Probably too much to maintain, but I need to see what is easiest and combining them will be the best way to see how I should be eating.

The good news is that I am still losing inches from my Curves workouts!  I lost another 3.75 inches at my weigh and measure, to bring my loss since mid July to 6 inches. That is awesome, especially since I have only really lost 3 pounds in that time.

One month in – weigh and measure

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It’s a monthly privilege to have a monthly one on one meeting with a Curves coach, to assess if goals are being met or progress is being made. Last week I had my follow up weigh and measure, one month after re-joining. I am happy to say that I have lost 2 1/4 inches and 2 pounds this month.  The coolest part is the 1.4 % body fat drop!  I lost 2.77 pounds of body fat – lost more fat than weight! Woo hoo!

Not much else to say today, other than I hope that I continue to see results like this going forward.  The workouts have been tough but really good.  Hope you are all well.
Dawn

 

Curves! Again!

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I went back to Curves this week. I am tired of being flabby, and tired of not getting anywhere with my body. I have been regularly exercising here at home, but I am not good at motivating myself to do strength training exercises. So this weekend my hubby and I discussed where in the schedule I could get to the gym on a daily or weekly basis, and yesterday I went in to check it out!

I had my fitness evaluation, where they write down your goals and starting point.  I am sad to see how much I have gained in inches and pounds, but excited to know that I can (and will) see great results at the gym. The support you get there from the trainers is excellent – not only do they help you with the machines, but you have a monthly weigh in measure, and they try to keep you on track and motivated to reach your goals. Such a great resource!

Yesterday I had my first exercise session. I really love the workouts at Curves – they are 30 minutes, 3 times per week, and they are really efficient!  Last time I used the gym regularly, I got really toned and small, so hopefully I will see results quickly.

Now they have a Jillian Michaels workout on the rest stations, which is funny because now they are pump it up stations instead. Lol. Not sure how I’ll like it, but I love JM, so I am hopeful.

My ‘little one’ is 7 today! Off to make a cake. Have a great day!

I guess I haven’t blogged all month

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Sorry guys, I just have not been in a blogging mood. I am trying really hard to get into a daily morning workout routine, and making sure that we all get into a good chores routine so that once school starts back up both of those things continue to happen, while still completing school along the way. It is not an easy task.

On the weight loss front, I am struggling to get the weight back off – I am hovering around 149-150, which is a good 17-18 pounds over my lowest weight ever, but at least 9 pounds over where I would like to be.  I am not meant to be this size – evidence shows when I buy pants – they are too long. Evidence when I buy shirts – the straps are too long.  I need to be smaller.  I had hoped the exercise would help get the weight off, but it is not helping. I may be building muscle, but the fat is going nowhere, so I need to help it along.

I am trying to get back to low carb now – I have tried for the last year to eat in a more balanced way, and it has not worked. I am taking too many liberties with my food – allowing myself to eat food that I really can’t handle. I don’t really know what is to blame here, only that I feel really in control when I eat low carb and low grain.

It feels easier to eat ‘the right things’ when I am limiting my grains and carbs all of the time, not just for certain meals. I don’t know if that’s because those foods are trigger foods, or if my body just can’t handle them the way they used to be able to (if they even could then.)   So that’s my goal for the rest of the summer, food wise, to limit my carb intake like I had before.