…and then life got in the way.
Work, birthday parties, juvenile delinquent toddlers and about 80 other obligations (and maybe a little laziness) prevented me from working out every day and blogging about it. Like today, with work and trying to get in my hour exercise, I didn’t have time to write everything I want to about my amazing experience this week (hence the whole “no picture” thing).
I do want to say, though, that I have found the only way that my body seems to be able to shed pounds…by eating less and exercising more.
No shit, right?
I started using myfitnesspal.com to track what I eat, and realized just how many calories I was consuming everyday that I would never burn off sitting in front of my computer. So, I watched what I ate, cut out some of my favorite junk food and drinks, and got off my butt as much as I could. I exercised with the Just Dance 2 game four nights last week, and it made such a huge difference.
For the first time in forever, I lost most than one pound in a single week! And, even more amazing, I am now just barely into the range of normal BMI for my height. Yes, you read that right…NORMAL! I am thrilled, although I don’t want to do too much celebrating too quick, as I’m sure that is the fastest way to make myself gain a pound in a day (besides eating birthday cupcakes, eh).
Weight: 135.4 (last week – 137.3 lbs.)
BMI: 24.91 (l.w. – 25.27)
Change since last weigh-in:
Weight: loss of 1.9 lbs
BMI: loss of .36
Waist: no change
Hips: no change
Thighs: no change
Total Weight Loss: 3.1 lbs.
Total BMI Loss: .57
Total Inches Lost in Waist: .5″
Total Inches Lost in Hips: 0″
Total Inches Lost in Thighs: .5″
I have to say that I feel pretty good about my progress on my goals from last week, and I believe that I’m going to stick with them again for this week. If all goes well, we may be stepping it up a bit next week.
1. Log every single thing I eat and drink on myfitnesspal.com account, every single day this week, as well as all of my exercise
I totally rocked this one. Honestly, I think it made a huge difference. Not only did I log everything, but seeing how many calories were in the foods that I wanted to eat really made me think before scarfing down junk.
2. Start eating a healthy breakfast everyday and make sure that easy, junk food meals only happen twice a week (absolute maximum!)
Well, I didn’t do as well on this one, unless you count a cup of coffee as a healthy breakfast. In my defense, I don’t think I’ve regularly eaten breakfast since I was…I don’t know, in high school? So, a few days this week, I ate a granola bar for breakfast, which was huge for me, since I have always hated granola and never liked eating anything before 11. Given that information, my eating a peanut butter and chocolate chip 100 calorie granola bar for breakfast 4 of 7 days this week was pretty good.
As for not eating junk food meals, it was also a half win. We did have McDonald’s for lunch twice, but those were really the only completely unhealthy meals we had. The girls and I had sandwiches and fresh fruit for lunch most days, and we had dinners every night save one that included meat or fish and vegetables. I hate to admit it, but that is definitely a huge improvement for us.
3. Work out on the Wii (Wii Fit and Just Dance 2) for at least one hour total per day, at least six days this week (and keep track!)
I almost made this goal. I worked out Monday and Tuesday nights for more than an hour and a half each night. Wednesday was a little more than an hour. Thursday and Friday ended up being lost to Pinterest and work, respectively. I managed to work out for almost an hour and a half Saturday night, even after being exhausted from the day trip out of town to a birthday party with both of the girls. Sunday was also lost to work. So, the goal for the week was 6 hours, which I technically met. However, I know that I really need to stay with exercising every night if I’m going to keep this metabolism thing going.
4. Cut out bad/nervous habits…when I want to do it, stop, and go exercise
Eh, still working on this one. I have a ton of bad habits to shake, and progress has been slow. On a good note though, I’m making major progress on part of one of those habits. See, one of the habits I want to break is sleeping late…meaning that I want to get out of bed before the girls start screaming “MOMMY! MOMMY! WE’RE AWAKE!” over the baby monitor. Yeah, I’m a lazy POS…most days, I will stay in bed until they make me get up. The goal is to try to get up at the same time everyday, shower, get dressed, maybe workout, have my coffee and get them up at the same time. You know, a real schedule. Some progress has been made on that front, as I’ve been in bed before midnight every night (even by 11 one night!), and up before the girls twice. Hey, baby steps, people.
5. Replace all snacks with less-terrible-for-me alternatives
Except for the McDonald’s, I rocked this one, too. I got those granola bars on sale, as well as some fresh fruit and veggies and whole wheat crackers, and I’ve gone the entire week without potato chips or any of my favorite junk foods. Oddly enough, I didn’t miss them that much, since strawberries are delicious.
6. Drink schedule per day: no more than one cup of coffee, no more than one glass of Coke, no more than two glasses of sweet tea and at least 6 glasses of water
I totally kicked this goal’s ass. I had two Cokes ALL WEEK! That deserves more exclamation marks. TWO!!! ALL WEEK!!!!!! Y’all, about three months ago, there was a day where I realized I had finished almost two whole 2 liters of Coke by myself. That’s almost 4 liters of caffeinated soda, all by myself, in the roughly 17 hours that I’m awake in a day. And I went this entire week consuming about 48 ounces. I’m beyond amazed.
I’m still drinking my coffee in the morning, and I did have two glasses of sweet tea, so I’m not completely off the caffeine. But I have an emotional need for Coke, so I’m impressed. I also drank 6 glasses of water for a few days, but fell a little short of that part of the goal. I just don’t think about drinking water unless I’m working out or otherwise moving around and getting thirsty. I don’t like to sip it like I do Coke or tea. But, at least it has no calories!
So, I’m determined to post even more impressive numbers next week, and possibly a proper write-up of my experience so far (which is shaking my exercise-hating self to the core, let me tell you).