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Pittsburgh, PA, United States
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, October 23, 2011

Weekly weigh in

No loss (or gain) this week, still at 169.5. I am a little disappointed, but I believe I can make a dent next week by (1) increasing protein intake and (2) being a bit more cautious on the weekend. The past week included several restaurant lunches and a baby shower. I navigated them fairly well, but am looking forward to a more routine week ahead.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My Space

Now that shorter days are here (as well as the school year and homework, etc) I am not getting to the track very frequently. I do go to the gym to use the treadmill, and work out in the basement.
Our new setup in the basement has made it so conducive to working out. I used to try to use dvd's on a small portable DVD player that I put on the washing machine. Ick. Now we have TV, with DVD player, VCR and stereo in a very convenient location with lots of open space, where I have easy access to my mat, step, and weights and balance ball.
It is so cool I am looking forward to working out with Jillian Michaels.
Weird, huh?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Good, and not so much

The Good : Friday I weighed in at 169.5, which is a 2 lb loss for the week, and means I am now back to my lowest weight since starting my diet in June 2010.

The Not So Good : I didn't do as well as last week in limiting my intake on Friday and Saturday. It definitely could have been worse, but also could have been better.

More Good : after a week of feeling like I was fighting off so illness (EVERYONE is sick around here), I feel much better, and am ready to work out hard this week. I am fairly certain I can show another loss this week. Although it might not be 2 lbs, any loss at all will mean another all time low, and those are always motivating.

Have a good week, all!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So far so good

I have had a very good week, foodwise, and am hoping for a win on the scale this Friday. I started off the week feeling under the weather, and after working out hard last week, I gave it a rest. Tonight I did a light workout with a Bob Harper DVD.
When I hit a new low, it is fall clothes shopping time!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Other Side

Sunday weight = Friday weight. That is a success for me, and sets me up for a loss this week. By all means I have room for improvement. I went over my weekly calorie goal by a few hundred calories, and made more than my allotted share of less than stellar choices. It was a very strong exercise week however, and I am damn sore.
If I count exercise I am under my calorie goal, but I don't. That is a slippery slope, and I view exercise as a fitness tool, not a weight loss tool.
I am 6 lbs away from my level one goal and I feel mentally poised to get there.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday weigh in

171.5 today, 2.5 lbs down from last week, and lowest weight in several months. No way am I failing to stick to my plan this weekend.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Falling off a Log

In some ways I feel like I am starting over with weight loss. It is like a second phase. The first 40 lbs were relatively easy. I am not saying that this is true for everyone, but for me, losing weight at 215 lbs was simple, requiring minor changes, with a lot of room for error.
Now it is quite different. I don't have the weekly motivational boosts of easy losses on the scale, and little room for mistake.
It is not a complaint, just an observation.

Monday, October 3, 2011


The next few months provide a lot of anxiety for those of us on a weight loss quest. Candy, feasts, cookies, parties. When I was obese I ate plenty of candy in the month of October, but truthfully I don't love candy and it is easy to give up. Last year I ate maybe one piece of Halloween candy. Cookies, pretty much the same. I don't worry too much about the one day big dinner events, they are easy to work off.
My big downfall is booze and salty snacks. Parties are dangerous territory for me. This past weekend I chose to skip a party. I wasn't dying to go, and just didn't feel like dealing with temptation. No, I won' t become a hermit, but unless I am really looking forward to the conversation I will probably just pass.