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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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‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2012 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. 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 13 was a lucky week, all things considered.  I made the decision late on Sunday afternoon to stop going to Jenny Craig, save money, and follow my own version of their program using Lean Cuisines, and snacks like Pop Chips and 100-calorie packs.  I used my old menus as a guide, and replicated the way they combine foods.  I kept my calories between 1550-1600, and felt satisfied.  And then the terrible events in Connecticut hit on Friday, which devastated me along with the rest of the nation, and I used food to comfort my emotions.  I ordered a sausage and olive pizza and had 4 slices, along with a few 100-calorie packs, and a bunch of veggie chips. But, I logged in every bite and threw the rest of the pizza away so that it didn’t turn into a weekend binge fest.

So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 297.0, which is a loss of 1.0 lbs this week. Which means I have 16 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement.  I’m really happy with this loss, considering how Friday night ended up.

Despite my overeating on Friday, I had a good week.  Using the Lean Cuisines, soups, and other snacks in place of the Jenny Craig food turned out really well.  I know I could’ve lost more had it not been for the pizza.  But that’s in the past.  The thing that made the difference was that I logged in every single bite into MFP and made sure to throw out the remaining pizza.  It helped me move on and I began Saturday as a brand new day.  I burned a ton of calories cleaning the house from top to bottom all day long, and was thankful to be back on track.

This week I also got in activity three days – a bike ride around the neighborhood, a gym session on the recumbent bike, plus yesterday’s cleaning session.  Earlier in the week I was asked for ideas about exercises I should try, besides biking and swimming, and I got some great options.  Although, like Carina pointed out, at this stage of my journey, I need to just keep my head down and do the work.  If that means being a bit bored as I sit on the bike at the gym, so be it.  I’ll make sure that my playlists keep me motivated.

I’m really motivated to get my workouts in this week, and I know that when I workout, I stick to the diet better, because I don’t want to undo the great progress I’ve made.  I know that when I check in next week with my weigh-in, I’ll see an even better result on the scale.

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 2012 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. 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.

To put it plainly, Week 12 sucked.  I stuck to the food 100%, didn’t exercise at all, and was hit and miss with my water intake.

So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 298.0, which is a gain of 2.4 lbs this week. Which means I have 17 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. This back and forth is killing me.

Recently Carina described PF as a vampire bite – once “bitten,” you’re cursed with it forever.  That’s how I felt this week.  The pain came and went, but it continued to take a lot out of me, and at the end of the day, I just didn’t feel like going to work out.  That’s really on me, because I wouldn’t feel much pain riding the bike or swimming.  I just couldn’t muster up the energy to get to the gym.  It’s also the end of the semester at school, so I’m swamped with grading, and again, taking an hour out for some stress-relieving workouts would have been a good choice, but unfortunately, it was a choice I didn’t make.

The good news is, later in the week I found a pair of shoes that are like a miracle for me in terms of relieving the pain from the torn fascia/PF – Orthaheels!  I bought the Elisa in black, but I loved them so much that I bought them in mustard, too, to wear with brown clothes.  (I didn’t buy the straight brown shoes because they were a strange brown, and I’d rather go with a funky choice like mustard, because it coordinates well with the more earth tones.  Plus, my school colors are blue and gold, so these go perfectly for Friday color days).  These shoes are made for people with PF, and the footbed is designed to hold the heel perfectly.  I put them on and I instantly felt little to no pain.

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I did get a bit overconfident while wearing these shoes, and I tried to take Sofi for a walk like I normally do, but after about 15 minutes, I was in a lot of pain.  I’d pushed too hard.  So for now, I’m going to stick to exercises that keep me off my feet.

At Jenny Craig I asked them to give me the menu for the next step down, even though my weight hasn’t quite met their guideline.  This week I’ll be dropping down to 1500 calories, instead of 1700.  The change is really only in the accompanying foods – one less fruit per day (3 instead of 4), one less dairy (4 instead of 5). I have to make the most of the remaining weeks I have left.

This week I’m committing to going to the gym, even if I’m tired, in pain, etc.  Because I’m feeling the pressure of a dwindling bank account – I can’t pay many more weeks of Jenny Craig.  I’m going to have to make the most of the 4 weeks I have left and then I’ll have to see what I can do from there.  I’m way too close to my goal to let anything stop me.  I have to keep going.  I just need to remind myself of this when I feel like giving in and skipping the gym.

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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 2012 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. 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 11 on JC was mixed.  On the one hand, I didn’t workout at all, because I was in so much pain due to the torn fascia.  On the other hand, I stuck to the JC program 100%, and most days didn’t even have the desire to eat, which is rare.  I’d seen some good news when I peeked at the scale, so I was hopeful.

So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 295.6, which is a loss of 3.4 lbs this week. Which means I have 15 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. Back on track and feeling great.

Now that I have the prescription for Motrin from the doctor and can manage the pain, I’m not going to let the torn fascia stop me from getting workouts in.  I’ll be putting in time on the recumbent bike and in the pool at the gym, as well as on shorter, slower walks with Sofi.

I have to make the most of each week so that I can shed this weight, make the surgeon’s requirement, and get the surgery.  I don’t want to stop JC until I do that, but money is an issue, so the more “bang for my buck” I can get the better.  If I can lose three and a half pounds on a week that I don’t exercise, I can easily shed more on a week that I do, right?

This next week I want to see just how much I can lose when I’m going full steam ahead.  No matter what, I’m going to keep moving forward.

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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 2012 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. 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 10 on JC brought the first holiday of the season – Thanksgiving.  Knowing that I was going to go off plan for Thanksgiving dinner, plus the fact that I had extra days off, I had the intention of getting in several solid workouts trying to mitigate as many calories as I could. As it turned out, this Thanksgiving holiday brought new realizations, including the fact that Thanksgiving itself wasn’t as difficult to navigate as the day after. But I’ll get to that in a minute.

So, Bella, how bad was it on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 299.0, which is a gain of 4.2 lbs this week. Which means I have 18 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. Did I take a step backward? Yes.  Am I discouraged about my ability to make my goal? Not in the least.

Let’s break this down a bit…

Wednesday was great, on plan, and I completed a Bella Tri, burning 980 calories. I felt so great after doing that set of workouts that I am going to add them into early-day workout routine.

Thursday went well, too. I started off the day with JC breakfast, and lunch, and then ate a bit of everything offered at the Thanksgiving meal, but didn’t feel overly stuffed.  I tracked everything, and while my total for the day was over 2800 calories, at least it was all accounted for. I didn’t do my planned gym workout, but I still burned a decent amount of calories with some housework in the morning and an after dinner walk with Sofi. When I weighed myself the next morning, I was up 2 lbs, which I knew would come of easily, since it wasn’t a true gain.

Friday was the day that things went off the rails. Nothing outlandish or even that enjoyable. I just felt an incessant hunger, brought on by eating so many calories the previous day as well as the hormones that come with TOM (I’ve been getting TOM every two weeks, which I’m going to have checked out by the doctor). I didn’t go nuts and eat ice cream, McDonald’s or even bread, just handfuls of almonds, lots of pieces of string cheese, and some stale rice cakes.  Crazy, right?  But I just wanted to eatandeatandeat.

Saturday I got up and decided that I wasn’t going to go on a weekend-long bender, so I stuck to the JC food.  I gave into laziness and started a Vampire Diaries marathon (like I need another t.v. show to watch), and didn’t workout.

Which brings me to today.  Up 4.2 lbs, but with the knowledge that the day after a holiday it’s going to be important for me to keep busy and to make sure I’m out of the house. Especially in that “munchie” afternoon time when I seem to lose willpower. I see a trip to the gym followed by a movie or something on December 26th.

This week I’m confident that next Sunday I’ll see a loss on the scale. The food’s taken care of, and I won’t be deviating from JC.  As far as workouts, I’m going to try alternating easy days with bigger workouts:

  • Monday: walk Sofi; housecleaning – vacuuming and mopping the floors
  • Tuesday: Bella Tri (10 min: elliptical, 20 min: bike, 30 min: swimming); walk Sofi
  • Wednesday: walk Sofi; housecleaning – bathrooms
  • Thursday: Bella Tri; walk Sofi
  • Friday: walk Sofi; decorate for Christmas

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

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