Another vow…this time to me!

When my husband and I were planning our wedding, I got really gung-ho about losing weight and being healthy. I even told myself that I was going to keep this up, because I was on a roll. I lost about 20 lbs. since my college graduation! It was great!

After the wedding, however, we started adjusting to our new lives together and things took a bad turn. I found myself feeling less and less guilty. I would eat WHOLE pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, crave Nawlins style snowballs everyday, and never have remorse for fast food! I also quit the YMCA to save money and swore I would get back into shredding. What was I thinking? :(

I had to do SOMETHING. I had no motivation. So, I rejoined Weight Watchers. They are having a deal until October 17th that you can buy one monthly plan and get one free. So, two months of meetings and weigh-ins for $40. That should be enough for a jump start, right?

Since September 30th, I’ve lost 5.2 pounds! To see the 250′s again on my scale feels very good. I haven’t gotten back into exercising quite yet, but that will be happening this week. With the beautiful Fall weather on my side, I’m restarting the Couch to 5K work-out plan! Maybe I can get a friend to do a 5K with me next Spring. Who knows.

As for rewards, I remember writing this post about rewarding myself. I know, I should be in the 230s right now, but oh well, at least I’m back on the horse! No need to beat myself over it!

Here’s my new reward ideas:

By Thanksgiving, I WILL be in the 230s.
By New Years, I WILL be in the 210s. 
By my 26th birthday, I WILL be in ONEDERLAND! (that’s weight with a 1 in front of the two other numbers, not a 2)
By summer 2010, I WILL be in the 180s.
By Labor Day 2010, I WILL reach my GOAL! (170s)

I will be giving myself some great rewards for reaching these goals too…

Reaching Thanksgiving goal — Buying a dSLR after Christmas!
Reaching 26th bday goal — A little ol’ shopping spree at VS. I’ve always wanted to shop there!
Reaching Summer goal - A brand new swimsuit!
Reaching GOAL — Big time shopping spree and a pat on the back!

Is anyone else trying to lose weight since they gained some newlywed poundage?

New plan: I’m quitting…

I hate that word: quitting. It sounds like I’m giving up when essentially I’m doing the opposite (just saving a little $$).

I am quitting my membership with the YMCA. I haven’t been there in over a month, and it’s always crazy crowded that I feel worried about getting in my full work-outs. I also only went twice/week. I wasn’t at all getting my $40/month worth, so I’ll be working out using other means.

  1. Couch to 5K -I haven’t done this in about a year but I had great weight loss and training results from it!
  2. 30 Day Shred – Of course, who could exclude the ever-so-fabulous SHRED!
  3. Weight Loss Yoga – A new DVD for me, but I really need to work on flexibility and balance. I figure Bob could help me!

Since I could really use some dieting motivation (stupid ice cream/snowball season), I’m going to (temporarily) go back to Weight Watchers meetings. There is a buy one, get one month free promotion going on that I can’t pass up! :)

I’ll continue to use my Lose It! app for food logging as well, which I LOVE! It’s a free app for iPhones…seriously get this app folks! Food logging couldn’t be easier!

I might have made it to Alabama..

Now that July is over, I can say that I didn’t make it to Panama City for my local YMCA’s July Journey. I went a total of 210 “miles”, which equates to 630 minutes of workouts. It wasn’t quite what I wanted, since I had 115 miles to go, but I feel good knowing that I went pretty far in my journey.

As far as weight loss has gone, I’ve hit a bit of a hump you could say. I haven’t lost in a good while, but I have maintained. I’ll honestly say that I wasn’t really attempting in the past two weeks, so this comes at no surprise. I can’t make excuses, because excuses are for weenies. I just need to move on and get back on track!!

I need to admit, however, back on track is not easy. I’m sure it seems that way…eat less, move more, but it’s much more complicated than that. My obesity stems from years of eating out of boredom, eating from stress, etc. I turn to food very easily. My brain is pretty much on autopilot to crave a chocolate bar in the late morning and a cup of ice cream in the afternoon. It’s hard to override those cravings.

I also have to force myself to the gym. It takes a lot to walk in that circuits class and say that I will do this workout. I start to think, well, I can clean the house…I have dinner to make…Work was hard today. There are better things I should be doing, right?

To help you think that I’m not so crazy, check this out.  ABC News just published a story about a personal trainer who took the plunge to eat poorly and not exercise for a few months. Of course, he gained weight and a lot of it. Now that he’s subbed the apple for the chocolate for months and months, he’s able to truly sympathize with his clients and see what they mentally go through when it’s time to make that change for the healthy. While I don’t think this was such a good idea,  it’s good to read that someone who was perfectly healthy and fit can now understand what people like me battle every single day.

It takes a lot to kill habits. I used to bite my nails in middle school and high school…somehow I got over the habit and now I grow beautiful, long nails. So, just like that habit, I have to break these habits. The habit of snacking…the habit of having better things to do. It’s my life and it’s time to finally take over and live it the way I need to — the healthy way. :)

Have you broken a habit? How did you approach it?

Writing it all down

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Since starting my diet up again a couple weeks ago, I’ve found that my best weight loss comes from a week when I remember to log EVERYTHING I eat. I started using a notepad that I found at the Dollar Store to fit in my purse,  but when I went to Border’s this weekend, I decided to upgrade!

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This is a log that holds 6 months worth of food/work-out logging with room for goals and things like that. I really like this book so far, and highly recommend it. Had I been smarter, I would have checked Amazon because they are only $6 on here, whereas regular price at Border’s was $15. :

Food logging definitely works for me in helping me lose the weight. What works for you in your diet/fitness plan?

To see what works for other bloggers, check out We are that Family!

July Journey (to Panama City, Florida!)

As you might know, I’m a member of my local YMCA. I go there for my workouts and LOVE the facility. Plus, I get a discount from work.

Lately, since the wedding, I’ve had a little bit of a gain. I used to go to the Y religiously for 4-5 days/week and it has been reduced to 1-2 days/week. Pitiful.

The Y is now roping me back in. I love a good competition and this month, they are doing a July Journey to Panama City, FL.

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It’s a 325 mile journey to get there, and it’s calculated by 3 minutes workout = 1 mile journey. So, an hour workout = 20 miles.

The first 3 people to “reach” Panama City gets a prize. I could care less about the prize, but to know that I accomplished this would be QUITE a feat!

I’m planning on workout out 5 days/week for an hour each day. At that rate, I should reach Panama City by July 28th at the latest. (The contest ends August 7th) If I workout more, I will reach it sooner! :) The competition started yesterday and so far, I was the only person to sign up! I’m very excited!

Wish me luck!

My health goals!

I’ve been lightly treading the waters of embracing my diet/fitness fully since the wedding. I’m back to watching what I eat, but sometimes I splurge all too much! I used to be so much more determined. I need my willpower back, and I’m hoping the accountability of this blog entry plus whoever reads this (yoohoo! anyone? bueller?) will keep me going.

Right now, I *grumble* am flirting with 250 lbs.

By the end of the summer (end of August), I WILL be in the 230s.
By Thanksgiving, I WILL be in the 210s.
By New Years, I WILL be in ONEDERLAND (that’s weight with a 1 in front of the two other numbers, not a 2)
By my 26th birthday, I WILL be in the 180s.
By summer 2010, I WILL be at GOAL! (170 lbs.)

Those are my health goals and PLEDGE to myself and to you guys! I will get healthier and blog about my triumphs, falls, whatever happens. I know it won’t be easy, but my health is worth it!

I will be giving myself some great rewards for reaching these goals too…

Reaching end of summer goal  — Lowlights/Highlights to darken hair up
Reaching Thanksgiving goal — new dSLR camera!
Reaching New Year’s goal — a (tiny) shopping spree for new clothes
Reaching 26th bday goal — an iPhone…oh I want one SO bad!
Reaching GOAL — Lifetime of health and who knows!

Oh and to help someone else out with their health goals, go to 344 Pounds blog. He is asking for readers to give him a killer workout!

Getting back on the horse…

I weighed myself this morning at a (not so) skinny 251.7 lbs. Yes, I gained a little post wedding but it’s not as bad as I thought!

There was a little voice inside my head that yelled, “Time to get back to the GYM!” I think it was Jillian…is she my Jiminy Cricket?

We’ve been back from the honeymoon for about two weeks now, and I’ve decided to go back to the Y. I’m sure I’ll see the regulars in my gym class, and they may joke about how a wedding isn’t THAT long. I deserve it for being a lazy newlywed. :)

I remember losing so much weight very very quickly in the beginning of the year. It scared my mom into thinking that the dress wouldn’t fit me at all come May 23rd, so I really didn’t diet hard the next few months and basically maintained my loss. The milkshakes were yummy. :) Unfortunately for me and my cravings, I have no dress holding me down, so it’s time to lose the weight!

My leg muscles are already scared of what is to come in circuits/kickboxing class. I’m sure my instructor will kill me today (and then I’ll reward myself with fro yo for the efforts).

And, big news — DH will be joining the Y with me next week! EEP! (He would join today, but new member orientation is next Monday.)

My newest indulgence

You may not know this about me, but I’m about 70 lbs. overweight. I’ve been dieting for years, on and off. My willpower and I have a strong love/hate relationship. Sometimes, I get spurts where I lose 20 lbs. and sometimes I gain 2 lbs. I’ve pretty much stayed in the 240-260 lb. range for about 7-8 years. Yes, I know 70 lbs. from 240 is 170 and that sounds a bit high, but here’s something else about me, I’m 5’11″. Yep, I am pretty dang tall! (I swear, the air is thinner up here!)

Anyway, I’m always on the look-out for diet friendly (but doesn’t taste like cardboard) snacks. I subscribe to Hungry Girl, and while I really dislike her recipes, (out of the 4 I’ve tried, they have all come out flavorless and nasty) I do take her snack/brand advice seriously and try some new things. My latest is the Vitamuffin tops.

I found them in the freezer section of my Target (near the organic stuff) and I’m in love! I was apprehensive to try the deep chocolate, because I hate dark chocolate! However, this isn’t like that at all. It’s yummy, chocolatey and indulgent. Most importantly, it’s only 100 calories and full of vitamins. As far as portion size goes, it’s about the size of my palm, so it’s not that small.

I highly recommend them as a breakfast item or snack during the day! If you don’t have a Target near you, I know they sell them online as well!

By the way, I know this sounds like an ad for Vitamuffins, but I swear it’s not. I’m not that popular to get companies asking me to advertise. ;)