Thursday, June 23, 2011

Holly Weigh-In: 6-23-11

Starting Weight: 180.3
This Week: 180.0
Weight Lost: 0.3 lbs

Dear Birthday Weekend:
You suck. How dare you be filled with delicious high-calorie brisket, sushi, macadamia nut chicken, pie, strawberry shortcake and pulled pork sammies!! Don't you know that I am trying to lose weight?! WTF?!

Eff' you.

The Fatty resentfully snacking on raw vegetables

I did not exercise. It is too hot. And I am tired. And it was my birthday week. So there.

I am back on track for my calorie counting, and I generally do really well until C goes to sleep...then I get my second wind for the day and I stay up doing homework or watching a little tv and I want to snack. I know that I'm not hungry but I am so used to snacking and eating at night that it is crazy hard to break that habit. I'm going to try to stop eating after 9 pm this week and while I'm at the beach this weekend I am going to keep to my calories as best as I can (the girls want to go to some famous hamburger bar and a gelato place too...psh) and I'm planning on taking my running shoes so that I can get in some jogging/power walking in the morning on the sand. I'm not PROMISING that will happen, but I'm going to try. I'm also going to do Jillian's video at least twice. That feels doable to me, but seriously it is just soooo hot here that it sucks all of the motivation right out of me. I just want to lay around in my underwear until the sun goes down.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lindsey Weigh In, June 22

Starting Weight: 193
Current Weight: 190

Finally, some progress. I was getting a bit annoyed that the scale wasn't showing what I could see/feel. My clothes are fitting looser and I feel a tiny bit less jiggly, so I know I'm losing weight and toning up. Glad the numbers finally reflect that.

I did stick to the diet this week. The temptations were a little stronger on Father's Day and while I've been sick--hard to eat so strictly when there are good, comforting foods about. But I was strong. :) I also worked out 4 times, all with Jillian. She's hard core.

This week: Finish phase 1 of South Beach on Monday, start phase 2 on Tuesday--hooray for oatmeal for breakfast!! And exercising, I'll stick to 4 times a week. I think that's a good amount for me for now. I know it should be 5 or 6 times a week, but I can't commit to that yet. It's just not realistic to squeeze it in every day, ya know?

Okay, here's to hopefully more weight loss this week. I hope to see at least another 3 pounds drop before the next weigh in. Otherwise I'll feel like Phase 1 was a waste of time!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Holly weigh in 6-15-11

Last week: 182.1
This week: 180.3
Weight lost: 1.8

I'm typing this from my phone so I'll have to come back later and edit/add more. I'm not stories I didn't lose more because I had a couple days where I definitely blew my calorie limit out off the water, but I didn't gain so that's something positive! This week I want to try and do something active 4 times for at least 30 minutes. I have an exercise ball for crunches, a jump rope for cardio, free weights and my jillian michaels video. I think I'm set!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lindsey Weigh In, June 15

Starting Weight: 193
Current Weight: 192

Honestly, for spending a weekend eating whatever I wanted, that's pretty good!

Last week's goals: I kept to my 1500 calories until Friday just like I had planned. I did workout 2 times, but I didn't do crunches on non-workout days.

This week's goals:
FOOD = SOUTH BEACH: I started South Beach yesterday and it's honestly not bad at all. Since I don't have to limit how much I eat, I don't ever go hungry. I only miss the carbs a little so far. I'll keep on phase one for two weeks, then switch to phase two and slowly reintroduce good carbs.

EXERCISE: I'm doing Jillian's 30-day shred. I've done two days so far and it's HARD. But since it's only 20 minutes, it's doable. I'm going to do 4 days of exercise this week, probably all 4 with Jillian, but maybe one day of walking around the zoo instead.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lindsey Weigh In, June 8


Starting weight: 193
Current weight: 193


I'm definitely following the 1500 calories every day. I can tell it's getting a LITTLE easier. But I still want to manage my stress with food. And sometimes I just estimate what I'm eating. That's not bad once in a while, but when I do it for the whole day, I bet I'm off by 100 calories or so and that's no good. I don't see my stagnant weight as a reflection of my efforts this week because I know I did good. I just think my body responds slowly. But that makes it hard... I always wane in motivation when I can't see progress.

This week's goals:
*Girls' weekend in Flagstaff, I won't be counting calories. Not even gonna apologize for that.
*Do 100 crunches on any day I don't exercise.
*Exercise! The weekend's gonna be hard, but I'll set the goal to at least work out TWICE for 30 minutes each time before next Wednesday. There, it's in print. Now I have to.
*Start South Beach on June 14th. That's going to be hard core. But I'm looking forward to the quick weight loss and getting away from the carb cravings.

Holly Weigh-In: 6-8-2011

Previous weight: 184.6
Current weight: 182.1
Total weight loss:  2.5 lbs

I'm not going to lie...I'm a wee bit skeptical of this new number. I weighed myself on my mom's digital scale to begin, and weighed myself on my new weight watchers digital scale today. So, digital must mean that it is accurate, right? I have been doing pretty well with my calorie count (at the very least I am definitely eating less than before, even if I don't stay at or under my goal caloric intake each day) but thanks to this crazy summer class and the fact that C has been going to bed much later than normal, I haven't made time to exercise like, at all. BUT I did exchange my too-heavy weights for some nice 5 pounders so that I can get through more than the warm-up of the 30 day crunch video. So...that's something. Right?

As soon as I get this paper turned in then I should have a *little* more time for exercise, at least enough for the 40 minute video. 

P.S. We should really get some pictures up on here...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Food Withdrawals

Oh man, I am officially having food withdrawals. I miss snacks...not the full feeling I get from them, but I miss the tastes of my favorite snacks. Do you struggle with that? I miss the taste of milky cream cheese and the sharp bite of chives spread on a buttery ritz cracker. I miss the nirvana that is the Ruben sandwich at Sacks on campus--did I ever tell you about this sandwich? It is warm pastrami on toasted marble rye and melty gooey swiss, thousand island dressing and, instead of stinky sauerkraut, they put CREAMY fresh coleslaw!! Nir. Van. A.

I love food. I don't want to be one of those people who "eat because they have to". I hate those people. How do you balance a love of taste/texture with a restricted caloric intake?

I'm doing better today, but I'm definitely cranky. It will be worth it when I come visit in July and I'm a few pounds lighter though, right?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Late Night Temptations

I was thinking about what you said about eating when you're up late at night.

First, for me I think it's mostly a bad habit. I THINK I need food to stay awake, but I really don't.

Then again, being awake for more hours in the day means you might legitimately need a little more fuel to keep you body going. I don't think 100 extra calories is going to derail you. So here are my suggestions (not that you asked!):

Start with drinking lots of water or crystal light--I've heard cold water helps your body feel awake.
Chew gum.
Try sugar-free jello or popsicles.
Go for a low-cal snack that has protein which stays in your system longer--light yogurt, beef jerky, cheese, nuts, etc.
Try just a few pieces of candy--starbursts only have 15 calories per chew; sometimes I need a little sugar and I don't overindulge on those like I would on chocolate.

When you do give in and eat too much and regret it, just remember that you get to try again tomorrow and a previous mistake doesn't have to ruin the next day too.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day One... hello reality.

I definitely won't be writing every day, but I have to say that after one day of counting calories, I was forcibly reminded of what it's like to actually WORK HARD at losing weight. It sucks. I don't remember it sucking for the whole time; I think every time I've tried, I've eventually gotten used to it. But the first day, as well as the first week, is hard. Makes me cranky. Makes me crave foods I haven't thought of in months (mostly carbs, big surprise!). Makes me realize how poorly I've been eating which makes me feel embarrassed at my lack of discipline.

Then again, at least the first day is over and all I can do from here is lose weight. Hopefully!

Starting Stats-Lindsey

Starting weight: 193
Pounds left to lose: 33
Goal date: December 31 (roughly 5 pounds per month)

Current workout plan: I'm doing 100 crunches a day on any day I don't do a workout or exercise of some kind. The part I hate most on myself right now is my flabby tummy so hopefully that will start sucking in soon. I will be attempting workouts every morning during Jacob's first nap, aiming for 4 workouts of 40 minutes each per week. I'd love to start running too but it's getting too warm. But I'm planning on running the Santa Monica Christmas 5K in December, so I'll start running again in the Fall.

Current eating plan: I'm not eating after 8pm and I'm simply trying to make good choices. Heaven knows I need more restriction than that! So I'll stick to 1500 calories per day until I start South Beach on June 14th. Then I won't count calories, just follow their plan.

At least Summer is a little easier without crazy food-eating holidays. And the motivation to not be flabby in my swimsuit is pretty strong since Bekah wants to go to the pool EVERY DAY!

I think I want to decide on some intermediate completion dates and some "prizes" for myself, like I'm on a reality show. I think that might help. And yes, I'll do pictures of myself... eventually.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Starting Stats-Holly

starting weight: 184 (oh dear...)
pounds left to lose: 39
waist: 40"
hips: 44"
upper arm: 13"
thigh: 23"

According to the MyFitnessPal app I have on my phone, in order to reach my goal weight I need to restrict myself to 1440 calories a day. WHAT THE HELL?!! Lame.

Today I actually did pretty well and ended the day with 1420 calories. I fully expect to wake up starving and pissed, but I guess if that is what it takes... I also did a whopping 10 minutes of Jillians 30 day crunch. It was brutal. I am so very, very out of shape. I didn't even make it out of the "warm up". I'm going to go ahead and blame it on the fact that I am using 8 pound weights when I should be using 5 pound weights. Did you know that when I met Gary I was doing my curls and tricep dips with 20 pound weights?! No wonder I had such rockin' arms!

And so it begins...

P.S. If you don't want to keep track of the waist/arms/hips/etc measurements then that is totally cool. I'm just hoping to slim down in these areas so I want to know where I'm at. Also, I'm going to try and post my victories and concerns here, but I will try to only weigh in/measure once a week...apparently on Wednesdays? What do you think...anything else you want to do with this blog? I really just need a workout buddy that I can be accountable to so I'm down for whatever! Oh, and I'm going to be super brave and take pictures to post on here...not tonight because I am super gross right now (like covered in sawdust and grime gross) but tomorrow I will get a picture up. Want to do that too? Please?