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‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2013 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my goal of hitting ONDERLAND before the end of 2013. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend.  This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss.  I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.

Week 30 was packed! Tons of grading, finals, and finishing everything up before my two-week Winter Break.  Not to mention, trying to get things organized for Christmas and keeping up with my workouts.

So, what did the scale show?!

When I weighed in this morning, I was 202.2, which is a loss of 0.8 pounds this week, and a loss of 74.8 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 112.8 pounds from my highest weight!!  This loss isn’t stellar, but it is a loss, and it does reflect my efforts this week:

  • I did great with my workouts – continued C25K training (more on that in a minute) and got two other workouts in, for a total of 5 workouts during this busy week.  That fact alone is something I’m really proud of because last year at this time all workouts were out the window.
  • I can definitely improve on two fronts – getting enough water in and nighttime snacking.  Some days I got plenty of water in, but most days I’d only had 4-6 glasses, which just isn’t enough.  I definitely believe that water intake has a big effect on my weight loss and overall bodily functions.  The snacking at night is something I need to curb – I track all the snacks and was still within my normal 900-ish calories a day, but it’s the habit itself that needs to go.  Eating later like that doesn’t work well for my weight loss.  Plus, giving in to cravings isn’t a road I want to go down.  I’m never hungry after dinner, so I need to avoid the snacks and have a cup of tea (which will help my water intake, too).

One reason I’m looking forward to this break is fitting in my workouts with ease.  I have lots of fun, new classes I’m planning to take, and I’ll write about those as I do them.  C25K has been going really well, and after my Santa Run, I completed the other two days in strong form.  I ran for the entire 3-minute runs without much issue.  I just had to keep my mind strong and make sure I had great music playing and I did it!  This week includes the 3-minute runs that I’ve conquered, and then amps the time up to 5-minute runs.   The C25K app I use shows that I’ll be jogging half a 5K this week!! That fact alone is enough to encourage me to do those 5-minute runs.  Wish me luck.

I still have my goal of getting to Onederland before the end of this year.  That’s 3.2 pounds in 10 days (including the 31st) and I know I can do it.  The challenge is going to be doing it with all the Christmas food and celebrations, but I’m not going to let that be an excuse.  I will enjoy the foods my family eats on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and be thankful for my VSG tool because it offers built-in portion control. And I’m also going to remember that we’re just talking about two meals, not two days of indulging.  One major thing I’m going to look at is the types of snacks I’m eating.  I’ve been having lots of nuts and nuts w/ craisins, dried blueberries, etc., which is fine for once in a while, but I can’t have them everyday.  The calorie/protein ratio is just too far off.  So I’m going to stick with snacks that have a higher protein count and lower calories.

My point is, I know exactly what I need to do, and if I want Onederland badly enough, I can get it.  It’s more important to me than any snack, any indulgence, any distraction.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2013 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my goal of hitting ONDERLAND before the end of 2013. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend.  This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss.  I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.

Week 29 was busier than expected.  I ended up taking 4 rest days, two more than planned, but I am glad to say that I did do C25K week 2 twice.  I’m really enjoying it, and although it’s not easy, I love the way I feel as soon as I’m done with it and I see all that I’ve accomplished.  That’s what I’ve been feeling a lot this week – reflecting back on these past 29 weeks and realizing just how far I’ve come.

So, what did the scale show?!

When I weighed in this morning, I was 203.0, which is a loss of 2.4 pounds this week, and a loss of 74 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 112 pounds from my highest weight!!  When I see my weight loss total I have to admit, I’m a bit in awe.  30 weeks ago,  don’t think I really had any idea what this weight loss would mean to me.  I knew I’d lose weight, sure, and go down in sizes of clothes, and be able to move through the world easier, but I don’t think I knew how my life would change.

The changes have been subtle, like the way my collarbones show a bit more each day. Or the way my smile has improved as my dimples have become more prominent.  Or the how amazing it feels to sit in the chairs outside Starbucks and not have my hips/thighs hang over and through the sides of the chair.  And how I can cross one leg over the other.  Or how my eyes look bigger now that my cheeks aren’t as full.  And these are just the physical changes.

There are also the changes of not worrying about getting past people down the row of a movie theatre.  Or in the church pew this week as I watched my niece in the Christmas pageant.  Or not giving a second thought to the decision to walk to my parents house to spend some time with them yesterday morning, instead of getting in the car and driving over.  Losing all this weight has really made living my daily life so much better in ways that I never anticipated because I got so used to dealing with the girth, I guess.   I’m so grateful that I’m able to appreciate all of these changes and recognize how far I’ve come.

I still have quite a ways to go, but I do feel like the momentum has shifted, and I’m on the downhill side of my weight loss journey.  My next major goal is right around the corner – hitting Onederland (getting to 199 or less).  I have four more pounds  and two more Sunday weigh-ins to get to that goal. Although, let’s be honest, I’m giving myself until the 31st, so if it means weighing in on that Tuesday morning and seeing 199, I’ll do it.

This week is finals week at school, and while the students are going to be stressed, it actually means I have a bit more time on my hands, because we have three days of a modified schedule.  I’ll be done at 12:30 Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Of course, I’ll spend plenty of time grading in the afternoon, but it will be nice to be able to hit the gym earlier than usual and then go back to paperwork, if I have to.  And the best part is those luxurious two weeks off with all that free time to spend with family, friends, and myself.  Lots to look forward to!

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2013 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my goal of hitting ONDERLAND before the end of 2013. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend.  This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss.  I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.

Week 28 was back to work, and as busy as this time of year can be.  We have one more week before finals, so things seem to be running at a fever-pitch.  Lots of meetings, collaborations, and grading to do.  I did fit in volunteering at Second Harvest Food bank with a group of colleagues, which made me feel great about giving a little bit back.  This week also brought the fruits of all of my online shopping in the form of the packages of gifts arriving at my doorstep.  So fun!  With all of this going on, I’m really proud of the fact that I fit in all of my workouts, too.

So, what did the scale show?!

When I weighed in this morning, I was 205.4, which is a loss of 1.6 pounds this week, and a loss of 71.6 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 109.6 pounds from my highest weight!! Another good loss this week.  The weather has turned quite chilly around here, which does make me want to “hibernate,” and eat more comfort foods.  I tried to find a balance of eating some rich and creamy soups, coupled with protein-packed salads. The other saving grace lately has been tea in the evenings.  I’ve become obsessed with David’s Tea, and if you took a peek in my cupboard, you’d think I was running the tea shop out of my kitchen.  Lately my favorite flavors are Gingerbread, Sleigh Ride, and Sweet Dreams. Because they’re all caffeine free, they help me get to my water goals, and they help keep me warm.  The sweetness of the teas also satisfies that nighttime sweets craving that sometimes kicks in.

This week I move to C25K Week 2, and in fact, I’m heading to the gym in a little while to complete Day 1.  Now that the days are shorter and it gets dark so much earlier, I’m so glad that the gym is an option for me to keep up with my training.  Today will be the first time I do the C25K on the treadmill, so we’ll see how that compares to the outdoor track that I’ve gotten used to.  I also want to fit in a few more classes, which I’ve gotten out of the habit of.  Here’s what I’m thinking for my workout plan:

Sunday: C25K, Week 2 Day 1
Monday: Rest Day (quick walk with Sofi)
Tuesday: C25K, Week 2 Day 2
Wednesday: Turbo Kick***
Thursday: C25K, Week 2 Day 3
Friday: Rest Day (getting the keratin treatment to my hair!!)
Saturday: Long walk with Sofi
Sunday: Santa Run 5K – I’m planning to do Week 3 Day 1

***The last time I took the Turbo Kick class, I was way out of my depth.  I stayed for the entire class, but I was huffing and puffing, and I wasn’t doing half the intensity that everyone else was.  I can’t wait to see how different the experience is this time.

This week I’m going to be doing a few things that will push me to new limits that I’ve never attempted before.  I know I’m going to be challenged, but I’m also going to be so proud.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2013 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my goal of hitting ONDERLAND before the end of 2013. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend.  This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss.  I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.

Week 27 was a fun one because I had the entire week off with lots of plans.  I watched my 49ers win on Monday Night Football, got a cute blowout at DryBar, participated in the Turkey Trot, enjoyed a family Thanksgiving, started C25K and felt good out on the track, got all of my Christmas shopping done from the comfort of my home on Black Friday, saw The Book Thief (go see it!), and started decorating the house for Christmas.  Whew!  Action packed!!

So, what did the scale show?!

When I weighed in this morning, I was 207.0, which is a loss of 1.6 pounds this week, and a loss of 70 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 108 pounds from my highest weight!! I’m really happy with this loss, because it shows that even during a holiday week, where my normal routine was completely off AND where eating is the focal point, I can lose weight. I’m also really impressed that I’ve lost 70 pounds in just 6 1/2 months! I’ve never seen this much sustained success on the scale EVER before in my life.  Even in those times in the past when I’ve lost a significant amount of weight, I’ve never been as sure as I am right now that I WILL NOT GAIN IT BACK.  It’s not just the sleeve that makes me confident, it’s the fact that I’ve really changed my whole mindset around eating, exercising, and what I want out of life.  I still enjoy food, but it’s not as difficult to make healthy choices as it used to be.

For example, last night my parents, sister, and I went out to Outback for dinner before we saw The Book Thief.  My parents had ordered a really delicious appetizer – the crab & avocado stack:

crab-and-avocado-stackAs you can see, it was served with chips, but I didn’t even hesitate to pass those up and eat the crab and avocado with my fork instead.  That way, I got to enjoy the full flavors of the food without adding extra calories, sodium, and fat that the chips would have brought.  It’s a little change, but one that adds up throughout a day.  (The crab and avocado stack was a-mazing, and I’m planning on re-creating it at home because I really loved it).

This week my focus is going to be getting myself closer to my goal of hitting Onederland by the end of this year.  That’s 30 days to lose 8 pounds, and I think it’s a very attainable goal. I know that if I keep my protein and water intake high, keep my carbs low, and keep up with my exercising, I’ll hit 199 on the scale by December 31.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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