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Six years ago I decided (age) 42 would be my magic number. I stepped on the scale for the first time in a LONG time. It was a BIG number, it was a SCARY number, but mostly I knew I had to own that number. I lost 40 pounds, leaving the obese category behind. In 2014 I committed myself to working out HARD and a low sugar diet, losing more weight and gaining nice definition. Then life happened, and I lost momentum, gaining some weight back. My goals now are different, and include completing my first ever marathon at age 48. GULP! You can read about the next part of my journey here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Calendar Challenged

In my last post I said I needed to lose 1 lb per week plus 1 lb to reach 7 more lbs lost by Dec 31.
As I was walking at the track today I realized ..... there are 5 weeks left to 2010, not 6! Ok, it is a fairly trivial difference, but I hate to not be dead on with numbers.
So far this year I have lost an exact average of 1.5 per week from June 25 -Nov 25. My obsessive compulsive brain loves that, especially since that is my goal rate.

To get to 40 lbs lost by Dec 31 I need to lose an average of 1.4 lbs per week, still not too intimidating.

Hot 100, a little late

Since I am not in it for prizes, I will keep updating on Hot 100.

1. Eat Clean - well, quite honestly I have been doing super crappy with this the past few days. I ate a lot on Thursday. Other days not so much, but still not the best choices.
2. Lose 40 lbs by Dec 31 - I guess it is an early Christmas miracle because I am at 182.5, same weight I was on Thursday and 33 lbs lost. 40 seems very reachable -- I need to lose 1 lb per week, plus 1 lb extra overall.
3. Lose body fat - my exercise has been pretty good, but I would like to step it up a little between now and Christmas, especially in working out with weights.

Friday, November 26, 2010

If you were in there, you would want to come out

Scale-wise, I am up 2.5 lbs, but I bet at least .5 lb of that is gas!

Actually I feel pretty good today, and calorie wise I know I only ate enough extra yesterday to maybe gain .5 lbs of fat.
Now I am drinking my water and brewing my coffee, I will have oatmeal for breakfast.

Alas, it is a work day for me, so I will be off to work.

No shopping. I hate shopping, let alone on this kind of day!

Enjoy your day.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, Thanksgiving is all wrapped up.

Woke up at 182.5, which was awesome.

Breakfast : 1/2 Hearty Grain bagel, 2 scrambled eggs, 2 tsp natural peanut butter (about 320 calories)

Snacks : cashews, a few veggie chips, cocktail shrimp, cheese and whole grain crackers, raw veggies and hummus

Dinner : turkey and gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean salad, stuffing (1 plateful). Went back for a bit more stuffing. Small slice of apple pie, and small serving of pistachio ice cream.

About 12 oz white wine over the course of the day.

About 3 jelly belly jelly beans (kids had late night snack of toast, popcorn, pretzel sticks and jelly beans a la Charlie Brown Thanksgiving).

Ended the day at the gym, worked on arms and shoulders, plus a little bit on the treadmill.

The good news is I feel completely satisfied as far as Thanksgiving food goes. There are leftovers, but I won't be eating them. It is pretty damn uncomfortable to eat a big meal when you are used to so much less. Back to plan tomorrow.

Killer workout

Leg workout with my trainer last night was an ass kicking session. I was drenched in sweat. First time ever I weighed less at the end of the day than at the beginning. And today I am 1.5 lbs down from yesterday. Wow, thankful!
On to lots of water drinking.

Happy thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New low!

Weighed in at 184 today. 9 more lbs to get to my 2010 goal of 175. My new "skinnier" pants are falling off me. I am going to enjoy my food tomorrow, but also get in double exercise session, and watch portions. Very busy day ahead, as I am sure it is for all of you.
Will breathe deep!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Attitude Adjustment

Starting this week off feeling more positive than I have in a couple of weeks.

1. I hit 185 on the scale. Sure it is only .5 lbs less than yesterday, but I really hate not being a whole number!
2. TMI, but after the stomach problems last week, my poop schedule was really off. Back on track, and boy oh boy that makes you feel better.
3. The kids and I are off to Hazleton PA to pick up my mom to bring her out for the Thanksgiving holiday. I love Thanksgiving! No icky shopping.

Have a great weekend! I will keep up to date with my wonderful iPhone.

Cathy

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hot 100 Update

I have been terrible about blogging lately. I really need the Thanksgiving break! I am not cutting corners on the weight loss efforts, but just feeling very low energy.

Hot 100:

1. Lose 40 lbs by Dec31. I was at a new low this week of 185.5, which is 30 lbs lost! I can still reach 40, or at least close to it.
2. Eat Clean. I have been doing very well with this this week.
3. Lose body fat. I am not sure what % I will be at at the end of the year, but I am going in the right direction. I had a good workout with Tony on Wednesday - arms. I need to get a little better with fitting in the other 2 weight workouts weekly on my own. Tonight I will head to the gym for some cardio.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Keep On Keepin' On

Well, I am feeling a little bit better.
Work is a drag, but I guess that is why they call it work.

My eating has been pretty good the past couple of days. Sunday was an excellent water day, Monday not so great, but still good by my standards.

Hopped over to gym last night at 8:30 to get on the treadmill and work out some angst. It helps!

Today I am mixing up some bulgur wheat salad to take to work. The fresh flavors really perk up my palate and are a nice change from same ol, same ol.

Tomorrow I am going to finally post some pics here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rotten Week ; Belated Hot 100

What an awful week.
I had increasing stomach pain as the week went on, and I finally tied it to the soy protein I have been putting in my smoothie each morning. Soy can cause stomach problems for some people. So I will be foregoing the smoothie for now. I may try whey protein in a couple of weeks, but I will probably stick to 2 or 3 protein smoothies per week, instead of daily.
Work was frustrating.
I have barely been drinking water.
Yesterday I started coming down with a cold.
Not only have I not posted, I haven't been reading posts. It was just one of those weeks where you get sick of everything.

I missed my Hot 100 update, but since I am not doing it for a prize, I will continue tracking this until the end of the year.

1. Lose 40 lbs by Dec 31. I hit a new low of 186 on Friday. Since I was not feeling well, it did not give me the "feel good" rush. Today I am up a horrible 3 lbs after going to a makeup party last night and eating a bunch of dips. I know it is not real weight, but still. So not worth it.
2. Body fat - I think getting to 33% body fat by the end of the year is not likely, but I have dropped from 41% to 38.69%, so going in the right direction.
3. Eat Clean. Eh. I am doing ok with this. I am bored with what I am eating. I need to put a little effort into creating some variety in my diet while following the plan.

So there it is. Today I will stick to my calorie limit, and get in my water quota.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DDD Champ

Thanks Allan for the award.
I actually have been doing a piss poor job the past couple days with drinking water; hence I piss poor. Need to step up on that.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

No complaints here.

Well, I am finishing up DDD challenge at 187. My goal was 186, but I am still happy with 187.
Math was my strong subject in school, yet I had to sit down to figure out that if I stay at exactly the same rate of loss that I have had since June 26, I will be exactly where I want to be on Dec 31. That rate is 1.5 lbs per week, so it is not excessively high.
As of Friday there were 56 days left in 2010, 8 weeks.
If I lose 1.5 lbs per week, that is 12 lbs, which gets me exactly to 175.
Even if I only lose 1 lb per week, I am still at 179, and getting to the 170's would be super sweet.

I am exactly 28 lbs down and if I lose 28 more lbs I will be at 159, which takes me out of the overweight category, so I am halfway there.

I am a little fuzzy on my final goal. Before I got married I weighed 135, which is in the lower half of standard healthy range for my height. However, with muscle mass from weight training, I think I could be more fit and look better with even a few pounds more than that. I am thinking a range of 135 - 142 seems reasonable.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hot 100 Friday

I am 187.5, down 1.5 lbs from last Friday. I was hoping for 186 for the DDD challenge, but it is unlikely I will reach that by Monday, Still a loss is a loss! Keeping in the calorie limit has been fairly easy -- only went over one day. The water is still a struggle for me, but I am working on it. I have given up artificial sweeteners because I think they are not good for me, so it is plain water or nothing. I have not given up coffee, because that would be insane. Sometimes I drink plain hot, green tea.

Hot 100 Goals:

1. Lose 40 lbs by Dec 31. Realistically to do this, I will need to be 182 by then end of November. That will be a stretch I think, but possible.
While I am not giving up on this goal, I would also be quite happy with 36 lbs, which would take me to the 170's, a place I have not been since 2000.
2. Get down to 33% body fat. The trainer will measure me next week.
3. Eat clean 90 % of the time. I keep saying I need to post about my eating plan, and never do it. I eat way better than I did two months ago, but lots of room for improvement, still.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bloggity Blog

Don't have much to say, but it is time for a post.
Drank 67 oz of water before 7 PM today, which is great for me. I have been having trouble sleeping lately, so the last thing I need is to have to get up in the middle of the night to pee.

I have been staying within my calorie limit for DDD challenge, except for last Friday.
Today I consumed 130 g of protein, but I ate way more meat than really I am comfortable with; however it was low fat.
Monday night I did legs with the trainer, and seriously I nearly passed out. Wow.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New low!

Woo hoo, woke up to 187.5 today on the scale.

Reaching my DDD goal of 186 seems well within reach.

Reaching 182 by end of November also is possible.

myfitnesspal lowered my calorie allotment, but for now I will pretty much do what I have been doing.