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Today is officially my last day of summer vacation (school starts tomorrow), so I figured it was time to get on the scale and really weigh in.  This is the last of my Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.

The post that I wrote on Friday was a bit of a BS recap.  I mean, I meant everything I wrote, but it was the easy way out of getting on the scale and admitting that I’d gained weight.  I knew I’d gained weight without even getting on the scale because I’d been to the doctor and saw the number there.  And even if their scale is higher than mine is, it wasn’t that much different.  The reason I avoided the scale on Friday morning was because I didn’t want to come on this blog and admit that I had fallen into old habits.  I didn’t want to admit that I’d eaten myself into the equivalent of a wasted summer.  And I didn’t want to face judgement.

But then I realized that this blog was never about putting on a happy face or avoiding the truth.  This blog is about the down and dirty of my weight loss journey.  A journey that has been a struggle for me, every step of the way.  It’s important for me to document the reality of what I’m doing, for myself.  So that I can see the patterns (which I know that all of you have seen for a long time, but when you’re the one at the center of it, it takes longer to recognize it) and make better choices.

I’ve been feeling nervous about the beginning of school and my more restricted time and a more structured schedule.  I got depressed about my high blood pressure readings.  And my reaction to all of that was to binge eat.  I know that makes no sense to those of you who don’t have a disordered relationship with food.  You would think that I’d take advantage of my last week or so of vacation and make healthy choices, both in food and exercise, which would naturally help with the BP results.  But I didn’t.  I got overwhelmed and shut down, which is my tendency.  I turned to food to numb everything. I showed no willpower and I let base cravings get the better of me.  I sat for hours on the couch and had “marathons,” but really they were just an excuse not to workout, because I know that when I workout I naturally eat better.  Again, those of you who don’t struggle this way will not understand it.  But this post isn’t for you, it’s for me. 

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 307.0, which means I set myself back to week one of the summer.  I have 26 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal.

There it is in black and white. I fucked myself over this past week, and now I have to deal with it.  Period. It’s not insurmountable by any means.  But I can’t keep losing weight and then gaining it again in moments of stress and fear.  Otherwise I’m going to get kicked out of the Bariatric program.  And there is no way that I’m going to let that happen.

I know I have a lot of work to do mentally.  I’ve already begun taking steps to put myself in a better mindset and break this cycle that I’ve been on for years.  Therapy and self help books are in the works.  I’ve decided that I’m not going to blog about this portion of the journey, because I’ve been uncovering deeply personal things, and I want to keep them private.  I’m sharing them with the therapist and a few people in my life, and that will suffice.

But I don’t want this post to be completely harsh or negative.  I’ve had an amazing summer, overall.  One week of terrible choices doesn’t negate all the fun I’ve had.  I spent most of the summer participating in a bunch of activities that I loved – walking Sofi, Zumba, Bikram yoga, swimming, Hot Hula, belly dancing, and bike riding.  I’ve made beautifully well-balanced, healthy meals for myself that all incorporated my love of fresh fruits and veggies.  I’ve documented all of this on MyFitnessPal, keeping track of my food and my workouts every single day for 9 weeks, which is no small task.  No readout on the scale can take these things away from me.

And I’m still going into the new school year weighing less than I did when I left in June, so that’s something.

Until next week, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

I disabled comments for this post because I wrote it for me.  I appreciate everyone’s support. I apologize to those who have read this again and again on this blog, and are really over it (me).  I understand your frustration, believe me, I’m living it. But I also know that I am way too determined to let anything stand in my way, so I WILL get there eventually. All of this struggle and strife is just part of my journey, I guess.  

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It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.

This was a challenging week for me, although it should have been my last footloose and fancy free week.  I started to feel the pressure of all the things I wanted to accomplish before school starts, and I wasted time and squelched the chance to really have something useful come out of this week.  I got overwhelmed.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 300.2, which means I lost 0.4 pounds this week. So, I have 19.2 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. Losing the same 0.4 lbs that I gained last week, which means I’m in the same place I was in 2 weeks ago.  Again, squelched opportunities.  I could have lost between 2-6 lbs in 2 weeks, rather than calling it a wash.  Which is frustrating. 

I’m not going to make a bunch of excuses.  I should have done better.  Period.  I’ve somehow slipped into this space of losing some of the vim and vigor that I had when summer began. Although I haven’t really fallen too far down the rabbit hole yet, this is where I need to stop myself.

Next week is my last week of summer vacation, although I have commitments that will require me to be at school all day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  So really, it’s going to be a mini work week.  I’m going to use it to prove to myself that I won’t let a busier schedule or added stress stop me from getting my workouts in or eating well.  I’m going to stop over-thinking everything and imposing make-believe obstacles to my path.

I’m going to start this new week out right beginning today by hitting the gym for an elliptical 5K, followed by a cooling swim.  I’m going to have a crisp salad for lunch and make Erin’s Summertime Kabobs for dinner.  And each day following today will be a repeat: a solid workout and healthy food.  It doesn’t need to be more complicated than that.

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

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It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.

It’s hard to believe that eight weeks have passed already!  There are only two weeks left of my summer vacation (and yes, I realize that two weeks off is all that some people get all year, so my grumbling is borderline ridiculous).  I expected to have more weight off by now, imagining that I could easily lose 3 lbs/ week, but that was somewhat unrealistic of me.  The truth is, I still struggle to deal with stress and its affect on my disordered eating, I still get discouraged that I’m not making quicker progress, and I still get overwhelmed by life’s responsibilities.   So the fact that I’ve lost 14 lbs thus far is something to be proud of.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 300.6, which means I gained 0.4 pounds this week. So, I have 19.6 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal.  I’m not upset by this “gain” because I know that it’s water weight.  I have TOM (and the Mt. Vesuvius-sized pimple to prove it!) and last night’s dinner included quite a bit of sodium in the form of soy sauce.  (I had my sister over for dinner and made the delicious Sriracha-grilled tofu and kale & seed salad). I am really confident that I can lose this tiny gain and much more with the next week.

But lest anyone think that I’m being too easy on myself, I will admit that this week wasn’t my finest hour in terms of workouts.  True, I absolutely loved my hot hula class on Wednesday, but there were many days when the only activity I got was the walk with Sofi.  Life got a bit busier for me this week, and although it’s not even close to the hectic nature of my schedule when I’m teaching, it is an indication that I have to be more vigilant in my commitment to my workouts.


So the plan for the upcoming week is to make the most of my 2nd-to-last week of summer vacation by

  •  putting in an intense workout (workouts that keep my heart rate up and make me sweat) every single day
    • 3 Zumba classes (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday)
    • hit the gym for at least two elliptical 5Ks
    • keep it fun with belly dancing and Hot Hula
    • go on long bike rides (10 miles) two times
    • swimming as a secondary activity, not a primary one
  • drinking lots of water – 12 glasses a day
  • continuing to make good choices with my food (1200 calories/day, 400/meal)

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

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It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.

This was the type of week that I want to have for the remainder of the summer (and beyond).  My food was on point and my exercise was so much fun and kept me busy.  Lots of swimming, Zumba, walking, and yoga. All the activity, plus some high temps, had me guzzling lots of water, which always contributes to success on the scale.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 300.2, which means I lost 3.4 pounds this week. Which means, I have 19.2 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. I’m so happy with this steady loss, and I know that I can keep this pace up if I keep up with this routine.  It shows me that I don’t have to take extraordinary measures to see a solid loss on the scale.  I just have to stay consistent. 

I’m excited that next week should bring me under 300 lbs for the first time in quite some time.  And it will be downhill from there!!

I’m also looking forward to spending the weekend being outside and active.  The weather is supposed to heat up again, which will bring tons of people to the pool, making laps difficult.  My second favorite exercise when it’s hot outside is riding my bike, because no matter how warm it is outside, I feel a nice breeze while I’m riding.  And afterwards?  Well, that’s what cool showers are for, right?  I also plan on going to yoga today (Bikram) and Sunday (Bikram and yin). And of course my 10am Zumba class on Saturday.

This coming week I’ll be taking my first Hot Hula Fitness class, and I cannot wait to see what it’s like.  Definitely look forward to a blog post afterward.

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

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It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.

This morning I got back on the scale, after skipping it last week.  That in and of itself was an important step, because avoiding the scale can lead to denial, which can lead to loss of momentum and weight gain.  If you recall, Tuesday evening I went to a girls’ night out event that my high school was holding for its alumnae.  It was held at a local restaurant that is know for its Swirls – a potent drink that combines frozen margarita and sangria.  I loved hanging out with these girls who I’ve been friends with since high school, and since it’s a fundraiser for the current students who are on scholarship, all those swirls go for a good cause.

I know what you might be thinking, “why would you go to a high-caloric event like this one when you didn’t do anything special for your birthday?”  And my answer is that’s exactly why I went.  We’d all been planning on going for months, and this was part of the reason why I didn’t want to make a big deal about my birthday.  It’s the only event in the next several months, and frankly, I needed to live a little.  Moderation.

I’m glad that I went because it was a really fun night, as I knew it would be.  I logged my food and drinks for the evening, and worked hard throughout the week to burn off the extra calories.  I had an especially fun time at the SharQui Belly Dance class I took on Wednesday evening.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 303.6, which means I am up 1 pound from when I unofficially weighed myself on Sunday (after skipping the weigh in on Friday), but I’m down 0.8 from the gain I had in Week 4. Either way, I have 22.6 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. I’m actually feeling good about today’s weigh in because it means that even though I had an indulgent night on Tuesday, my eating and exercise throughout the week were enough to help me keep it in check.

What I don’t want to do is lose steam at this stage of the summer.  I have 4 more summer weigh-ins.  Actually, the 4th weigh in will occur on August 17th, the day I have to go back for our “Teacher Workday.” Which indicates the end of summer, because school starts back up the following Monday.  I want to take advantage of this last month of summer to get in all of the exercise that is going to be more difficult to fit in once my schedule changes.  I’m not sure that I’ll be able to make the goal weight by August 17th, because that would be 5.65 lbs/week which seems like a reach, but I am sure that I can get darn close.  And I am very confident that I can achieve my goal by August 31st, which is 6 weeks from now (a rate of 3.76 lbs/week).

My food has been great, if somewhat routine, so I’m going to look for a few new recipes to keep things interesting. I’m going to keep up the good work on this front.

Now that I’ve joined the community center, I have access to those other classes I was looking forward to taking: beginner’s mat Pilates, Zumba with my favorite instructor, SharQui Belly Dance, and Hot Hula (once the teacher returns from vacay). This coming week I plan to take those classes, continue with yoga, add in swimming and bike riding, along with Sofi’s walks, of course. Working out is the key to my success – it keeps me busy: avoiding the boredom which can lead to overeating, burns calories, helps me feel great physically, gives me a strong sense of accomplishment, amps up my water intake, and makes the summer fun.

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

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It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.

This past week was a bit of a mixed bag.  I did great with exercise over the weekend, but then when Monday hit, I just couldn’t seem to rally myself to workout. I made the choice to spend some time getting organized around the house – laundry had backed up and the house was badly in need of a deep clean.  I did go swimming on Wednesday, because the temperatures were so high, but that was about it.

My food was pretty good, but I was feeling sort of bored with my usual choices.  I didn’t log my meals in MyFitnessPal, either, which is so rare for me.  Laziness took over here, too.

I decided to skip the scale this week, as well.  I know that some of you are probably thinking that avoiding the scale will only lead me down a bad path, but I know myself.  I think seeing another week at or up from last week’s numbers would put me in a bad frame of mind, and I just don’t want to let that happen.  No more backsliding.

This week was a good lesson for me – even though I said I wasn’t going to let last week’s gain get to me, I think it did.  And then instead of working my ass off to make up for it, I went in the other direction.  Isn’t it funny how I can sabotage myself that way?  Doing the exact opposite of what I should be doing to be successful.  It just shows that I don’t have all of this on lock down and I can’t allow myself to get sloppy like I did this week.

Once again, I’m not going to make a bunch of declarations…well, not more than I already have. I’m just going to RELEASE myself from the guilt, shame, and disappointment, and I’m going to show my commitment to my goals with my actions.  So look for my tweets and/or on MyFitnessPal to follow my food and exercise diary to see what I’m DOing.

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

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It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.


This week was strange. I had a great week, but with my birthday on Monday and then the 4th of July on Wednesday, things were a bit off for me.  My food was ok, but I did have more calories than normal on Wednesday at the BBQ.  All good food, but just maybe too much of it.  The other days I ate fine, but I didn’t have the same “pep in my step,” especially in terms of workouts.  Last weekend I didn’t workout at all really, other than taking Sofi for a walk.  I just wasn’t very motivated for some reason.  Monday started off well with 90 minutes of bikram on my birthday, but then I just fell flat Tuesday-Thursday.  I had every intention of going to Zumba or getting in some other workout, but each day something happened that through a kink in my plans and then through me off schedule.  Like I said, it was a weird week.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 304.4, which means I gained 2 pounds this week, so I have 23.4 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. I’m not going to freak out about this.  Mother Nature gave me a bday gift on Monday with TOM, I ate a big meal on Wednesday, and really only exerted myself on Monday.  No big surprises.  Even my water intake was “just okay” this week.  It was just an off week, and while I’m not excusing myself, or giving up on my goals, I’m not going to get crazy or discouraged.  What good would that do?

And by walking, I mean, “walking the talk.”

Which is exactly what I did this morning.  Right after I got off the scale, I quickly whipped up a berry green smoothie, grabbed a cup of coffee, picked up my gear, and headed to a 9am Bikram yoga class.  Today’s class was phenomenal.  A different teacher than Monday, and I’m not sure if it was her, or the fact that this was my second day this week of practicing, or a combo of both, but I could already see a marked improvement in my ability with the poses.

I still have to make some major modifications because of my weight, for example, with #6 you’re supposed to kick your foot into your hand and hold your ankle, but I can’t do that at all, so I just lift my leg and hold my arm as if the ankle was in my  hand.  Not perfect, but still attempting the posture.  The same thing for #19.  I really can’t do #20 or #21 at all, and for today, I just laid in Savasana (corpse pose).  I’m going to ask about a modification for those poses, because I don’t want to sit poses out just because my body can’t get into the perfect form.  They say #23, the Rabbit pose is one of the toughest, and I can’t do it at all…yet. As class ended, I felt good about what I did because my body got into the poses more quickly and with more fluidity than just 4 days ago.  Progress!  (I also ran into my mom’s cousin, MM, whom I have always looked up to.  She’s 10 years older than me, and when I was younger I thought she was the coolest.  Seeing her at yoga  today and getting to practice next to her was a fun experience).

Directly after yoga I headed to the pool to cool down.  I have been leaving the class a sweaty mess.  I’ve always been somewhat sweaty after a bikram class but this week I was literally dripping with sweat and my clothes were soaked through, top and bottoms.  I wonder if the vitamins I’ve been taking are helping my body sweat better?  Anyway, I was gross, hot, and just wanted to cool off, so I was so glad I took the time to pack my swimsuit, etc. with me so that I could quickly change, jump in the pool, and do a few laps.  About 20 minutes worth, which was nice.

All told, I burned 1769 calories today – halfway to 1 pound!  I’m not just saying that I’m going to do better this week, I’m actually taking the actions that will insure it.  Since I spent quite a bit on the 1-month yoga pass, I want to plenty of those classes, but knowing that I would get burnt out on all yoga all the time, I also want to keep swimming, doing Zumba, and fitting in some bike rides.  So, here’s my workout plan for July:

Sunday: Yin Yoga, walk Sofi
Monday: Bikram, swimming, walk Sofi
Tuesday: Bikram, swimming, walk Sofi
Wednesday: Zumba, walk Sofi
Thursday: off/ bike ride, walk Sofi
Friday: Bikram, swimming, walk Sofi
Saturday: Zumba, gentle yoga, walk Sofi (bike ride in the late afternoon)

It seems like a lot, but I think it’s doable.  It’s the sort of intensity I’ve been craving, and it’s high time I bring it!  I think it’s a nice balance of yoga and other workouts that I love to do.  And I think it will help me achieve my goals – on and off the scale.

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

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It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.

This week I wanted to try to see what happened if I cut back a bit on my grains at dinner a few of the nights. So Monday-Wednesday I didn’t have any sort of grain and you know what? I didn’t miss it….much. I think I started out on Monday missing the idea of having a grain at dinner more than I actually missed the grain. Because I planned meals that were filling enough, the grain wasn’t a factor in my feeling of satiety. For example, Wednesday night I had TJ’s ginger marinated cod with a side of sauteed zucchini and summer squash, and I was really satisfied. In fact, I felt full enough that I didn’t even think of the “missing” grain at all. I did end up having some quinoa last night because I had it left over from Sunday and I didn’t want it to go bad before I ate it. The scale didn’t move from yesterday to today, though, which tells me it is probably better to skip grains at dinner, unless I’ve done a fairly major workout that day. Which is just fine, since I wanted to keep my plan balanced and in moderation.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 302.4, which means I lost 3.8 pounds this week, so I have 21.4 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. I’m thrilled with this steady weight loss, and I think the combination of eating well, cutting back on evening grains, and working out helped. The total for three weeks is 12.6 lbs lost, which is excellent. I’m really proud of what I’ve done so far this summer.

My first weight loss reward is scheduled for 15 lbs (5%), and I’ve decided to get a shellac manicure. Now that I’m taking Biotin every day, my nails are growing and getting stronger. Since normal manicures don’t last for me (I chip the polish within a day), I know that the shellac is the way to go. Yesterday when I got my hair done I made an appointment to get the shellac mani on July 12, which gives me more than enough time to lose the 15 lbs. In fact, I’m sure I’ll be closer to 20 lbs off by then. That’s so cool to think about!!

The week ahead could be a challenging one with my birthday and the 4th of July, but I’ve decided that this year, nothing is more important to me than losing this weight, so I’m making that the priority. I’m following it with my actions and choices. More on that in Monday’s birthday post.

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

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It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.

This week my main goal was to remain consistent in my efforts that I put in place last week, because that’s the area in which I need the most improvement. The one hurdle I faced this week was Father’s Day. I hosted a BBQ at my house, and even though I had healthy choices and ate in moderation, I did have a planned indulgence in two Blue Moon summer wheat beers. Monday the scale had me up a bit, but I didn’t freak out and just kept with the program. I am proud of the workouts I’ve been getting in because I’m not only burning serious calories, but I’m enjoying myself. It’s been so fun to be able to keep busy and workout at the same time.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 306.2, which means I lost 0.4 pounds this week, meaning I have just slightly over 25 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. Now, losing 0.4 isn’t awesome, but it is a loss. And since the scale had been up the first few days of the week in response to the aforementioned BBQ, I’m happy with this. The total for two weeks is 8.8 lbs lost, which is a wonderful average. I can’t complain about that.

The plan for the coming week is to do more of the same. My workouts/fitness have been excellent, and I want to continue swimming, walking, and taking Zumba class, but I’m also going to add in riding my beach cruiser. It’s been far too long since I’ve gone out and had a long bike ride, so that’s one of the main goals for next week. In terms of food, I had a great week, but I am going to cut down on my carbs a bit at dinner. So instead of eating 3/4 of a cup of quinoa or brown rice, I’m going to have a 1/2 cup or skip the grain completely at dinner.

The idea limiting the carbs at dinner isn’t new, but it got reinforced when I saw this pin about Bob Harper’s The Skinny Rules:

Source:Pinterest

 

Most of these are rules that I’ve already incorporated into my lifestyle, but #7 is something that I want to try out this next week. I’m going to take this as no grains after lunch, because the carbs found in veggies are perfectly fine, to me. It’s an easy thing to do, and I want to see how cutting some of the carbs later in the day affects my weight loss. My guess is that it will improve. I’m not going to be militant and say absolutely no carbs at dinner, but I think I’ll try this 4-5 out of the 7 days. What do you think of The Skinny Rules?

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

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It’s summertime!  Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal.  Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions.  My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in.  So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.

This week I was motivated in a way that I haven’t been in a really long time.  I guess hearing the surgeon tell me that he’d kick me out of the bariatric program if I didn’t complete the goal in a timely manner will do that to me.  What I’ve come to realize is that following the plan and making this into a lifestyle is really easy when this is the main focus of my days.  That’s what I love about summer – I can concentrate on me.

I’m glad I had this time off for this first week back because I instilled quite a few changes:

  • I started taking all my vitamins again – I’d gotten really lazy about this, but I need to develop this as part of my life because I’ll be much healthier after surgery if I do.
  • I’ve been weighing and measuring every single thing that goes in my mouth, no exceptions.  My main problem is portion sizes, so it’s important to get back to basics with those.
  • I’ve changed my daily routine so that the first real thing I do when I wake up (after all the bathroom business) is make my bed, get dressed, and take Sofi for a walk while the coffee is brewing.  It’s a great way to begin the day.  I also tackle one housekeeping thing each day so that I don’t have to do a marathon cleaning session on the weekends.
  • A huge change has been in the way that I’ve been shopping for food.  When school is in and time is tighter, I shop for the entire week on Sunday.  Now that I have plenty of time and no schedule to follow, I’ve been shopping for just a few days at a time.  This works well because I don’t have too much food in the house at any one time and the fruits/veggies are fresher.
  • I work my day around my workouts, rather than the other way around.  Swimming, bike riding, and walking have really become activities that I look forward to – hobbies that I enjoy as much as reading or blogging – so I make sure that anything else I need to do fits into my workout plans.
  • I’m getting more sleep.  This is huge for me.  I still get to stay up late, which I love, but since I don’t have to wake up at 5:30am, I can get enough rest.  I wake up feeling so ready to tackle the day.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}.  Right?!

Today I weighed in at 306.6, which means I lost 8.4 pounds this week, meaning I have 26 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal.  What an awesome start!!  26 lbs seems like nothing.  And granted, I am still over 300 lbs, which is frightening and embarrassing, but dropping 8.4 in one week is amazing to me.

What’s even more amazing is how easy it was to do it.  I just didn’t allow myself to consider that snacks were an option, because they weren’t.  I told myself that I was going to eat as close to 400 calories per meal as I could, and stick as closely as I could to 1200 per day.  I also made sure that I exercised for over an hour each day, except Wednesday, which I took as a rest day. The power of the mind is incredible.  This goes to show that if I stick to the guidelines Kaiser’s laid out for me, I will be successful.

I’ve been here many times before – jazzed because I had a great weigh in, and then something in my mind goes haywire and I get cocky and I let things slip.  Not this time.  I know that my problem is consistency, so that’s going to be my focus throughout this summer while I reach for my goal (and beyond that, obviously).  I have it in me to have great weeks every week, and now I’m all about showing it, rather than just writing it.

Until next week.  I hope the scale treats you well this week, too.

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