Monday, April 30, 2012

Great weigh in!

Last weigh in was freaking fantastic! I almost jumped with excitement when I weighed in at 160 on Sunday. That is a 6.2 pound loss from last week! 98 lbs lost total. I am hoping by next week to say that I have finally lost 100 pounds. I went to the gym 5 times, biked to and from work four days and stuck to my calories.

Days like today ( my day off ) I can not stop thinking about food. I've noticed on days when I am running errands, going to work, working out and bike commuting that I don't over eat because I am too busy to think about snacking.  I went over my calories by a couple hundred the past two days. Not horrible but I have to admit I always feel like I messed up when I don't complete my goals. I wish I wasn't so hard on myself but I am sometimes. 

I had a really great workout today though! It feels great to be going to the gym and weight lifting regularly again.

  • 10 minute walk to the YMCA --------40 calories 
  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike-----130 calories 
  • 50 minutes on the elliptical trainer-----560 calories 
  • 30 minutes upper body weight lifting --110 calories 
  • 10 minute walk home-----------------40 calories
  • Total---------------------------------880 calories burned
I was going to try a yoga class today at the YMCA but I took a nap in the middle of the day instead. I might go next week though because I would really like to try it. Today I just felt overwhelmingly tired. Maybe it's because of how hard I pushed myself with my workouts last week. At least I woke up from my nap and did my normal work out routine.

Keep your fingers crossed for my next weigh in. It would be crazy to actually be able to say I lost 100.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My new dress and bumps in the road to weight loss.

Last week I bought a blue polka dot dress from Buffalo Exchange. It's a Medium and a little tight. I have gained 3.6 lbs the past couple of weeks. I am back up to 166. I so don't want to go into the 170's again so I gotta watch it. I am still riding my bike to and from work though. I have been getting killer cramps in my legs @ night from my new biking regimen. Mainly the problem is that I have not been counting my calories or even paying attention to portion sizes lately.

My goal is for this dress to not be so snug. Same for my work pants they feel a little tight too. This week is going great so far though. Biked to and from work 2 days and went to the gym the next 2 days after that. I have been back to counting calories since the beginning of this week. My plan is to go to the gym 5-6 days per week and bike to and from work. Plus also stick to my calorie counting and not eat out so much. It's crazy how the last 20 lbs is so hard to lose for me. I'm just thinking if it's hard for me to maintain now how am I going to maintain the next bit of weight loss without being calorie counter dependent?

Has anyone had some major bumps in their road to weight loss? Especially the last bit??? Any tips? 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Catching up.

Dear internet, I have missed you so!
It's so nice to be moved in my new place. Todd and I are finally settled in and have internet! I have not been counting my calories ever since we moved (too lazy to go to the library to use the internet). The first week we moved in I maintained. The week after that I gained .6 (not too crazy). And this week I gained 1.6 (okay it's getting a little crazy now). Todd and I have been eating out WAY too much. There is so much good food where we live now.

Developing a new routine.
The good news is that ever since we moved I have been riding my bike to work and back every day! It's only 8 miles a day = to about 300 calories burned. I figure it's pretty cool to be saving $5 per day on bus fare and burning calories at the same time. I am planning on making this biking to work thing a real habit. Next week I am going to pay for a membership to the YMCA so I can also get in my other workouts and weight lifting. The YMCA is a much better deal then the other gym where I live. Now I just need to keep making home made healthy portioned meals and stop eating out so much.

It was a really nice day. I took full advantage of the sun by going to the farmers market and going to visit my family. I brought over some banana bread I made the night before and just visited a bit.

My 3 nieces are getting so big!
My mother and I.

I had my sister take this picture of me in this sweater she gave me.

Today I am off work and decided to clean up the studio and do laundry. I went to the YMCA to use my 3 day pass. I did my usual routine of 15 minutes on the bike and 50 minutes on the elliptical fallowed by 30 minutes weight lifting. I feel hopeful about losing weight again because for the first time in weeks I stuck to my workout and 1300 calories. I also made a pretty healthy dinner!
Mmmmm heart shaped sushi for dinner! ♥
(short grain brown rice, avocado, carrot, cucumber, and tofutti cream cheese) 
When I split this big roll of sushi with Todd and add in some kimchi on the side it's 412 calories. Not bad.