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Spring Break Experiment Pt. 2

Hey All,

So over spring break I chose to ditch the scale, track my eating, and exercise like normal. With spring break chaos its safe to say I cheated on my diet a lot..oops. But I also got to work out a lot. I also tried aerial yoga for the first time, which was a blast! I’m sore, but would totally suggest.

To my surprise my weight still dropped! On Sunday March 3rd I weight 236.6lbs and exactly 1 week later on Sunday March 10th I weighed 234.0lbs. That is a 2.6lb drop in one week! YAY! It was actually kind of nice not weight myself every day. That being said I recognize that I was able to go rouge on my diet because I was working out 2+ hours a day and was wayyyy more active than I normally am. I also found myself not being as concerned about my diet because I didn’t have that daily reminder of my weight loss goals. This was good and bad. I think I am going to go back to my daily weigh ins, simply because I could see myself losing control of my diet and not being able to counteract it with exercise. My normal non-spring break life does not allow for daily 2hours of exercise. lol. So for me and my goals, daily measurements help keep me on track.

If you personally find yourself obsessing about the scale, maybe its time to limit your weigh ins to weekly or monthly. I encourage you to focus on the non-scale victories. Just monitor your food and continue to exercise. Consistency will get you there. The weight will follow. Remember, its a lifestyle change and a journey. Wont happen overnight.

That is all for now,

-B

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Spring Break Experiment (pt 1)

Good Morning All,

I’ve been MIA with the exceptions of weigh in posts this last week due to the academic rush prior spring break. I had a bunch of exams in 3 days and it wore me out. No joke, it took this entire weekend of being a bum to feel like a human again. Mental stress from academia is all too real. Now all that is over, its spring break!

So I’m officially on spring break! Over break I just plan to stay home, study, and work out. I also plan to try a mini experiment. I am someone who normally weights myself every morning. I don’t get hung up on tiny changes, if anything it often pushes me to get better. But over spring break I plan to try ditching the scale starting today for an entire week. This means my normal Weigh-in Wednesday this week will not happen, but I’ll resume soon enough. I just wanted to give this experiment a real shot while I can commit to working out with no excuses over spring break.

I will be indulging in the food a little bit, but hopefully plan to workout every day to counteract it. Sometimes ya just have to live life right? If anything, I’ll go back to 100% clean when I start school back up. So here is to trying a new method to see if it changes how I view my weight loss.

Thats all for now,

-B

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Weigh-In Wednesday 2/27/2019

So, I gained 1.6 pounds this week. Sadly, I’m not surprised by this at all. With school being so hectic before spring break I just didn’t have time to keep up with taking care of myself the way I should. I wrote more about it here. Oddly enough, I think a lot of it is water. Since I “gained” 2lbs in a night and I feel crazy bloated. Just the way things are fitting lets me know I’m puffy. Its crazy how much a few unhealthy meals (not just high calorie) can change your body. I feel like I’m so sensitive now that I’ve been eating really clean. Either way, still on my weight loss journey. So hopefully next week is better.

EXERCISE: This week I managed to get in 3 lifting sessions, 4 runs and, 1 circuit workout. The runs were okay, but not the best.

DIET: This is where I really had a hard time this week. With studying for exams I didn’t have time to go get groceries. Let alone meal prep. I was doing okay calorie wise with the few things I had and mostly nutrition-wise until Sunday/Monday. Sunday night is when I feel off the wagon because all I had was pasta and bagels. Monday after my 6 hour exam I treated myself with taco bell. Yep. I had no food and no time so I wanted something quick and cheap. I also wanted the thing I’ve been craving since December so I let it happen….and HOLY O CRAP was I bloated Tuesday. Calories and weight loss isn’t everything folks. Just changing my diet to nutritionally unhealthy things rocked by body. Even just a the few hours after lunch my body was cramping. It really reinforces the fact that I’m making more healthy changes than just losing weight. Its about fueling my body and treating it right. All that said, it just made me want to get back onto my healthy eating plan.

Have a good week

Peak Weight: 250.0 lbs

Starting Weight: 245.5 lbs

Current Weight: 236.0 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 14 lbs

With peace,

-B

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Being Busy and Weight Loss

Hey All,

So things have been nuts for me with graduate school. We have been on a crazy run of exams before spring break. I took a 4 hour exam this morning. Sadly, no I’m not joking. I also have 4 more exams this week. Due to this, my diet and exercise as been put on the back burner. I’ve been working out, but I legit have had 0 time to even go to the store. So my diet was pushing it and super limited. Meeting calorie goals but my nutrition was not as on par as it has been. As much as I don’t want to admit it, this resulted in lunch today being taco bell. Simply because I had no food to even meal prep. Yep. I exceeded my calorie goal in one meal…Initially I felt really guilty, but then I was like…wtf….why? Which is the point of this post…screw ups happen.

Diets and weight loss is never linear. Even when you’re perfect, sometimes you’re weight doesn’t match. ITS OK! Even if your weight matches some bad choices, THATS OK! Even though my weight has been dropping consistently for about two months, it wont always be like this. ALSO OK!

In the long run, if you want healthy habits (that will lead to weight loss) to be sustainable, you will randomly “screw up” or have a bad days. The key is to not beat yourself up over it and just keep going. Recognized it happened and say, tomorrow I’ll do better. I’m 100% certain that because of my t-bell adventure my weight will be up this week. It sucks, but so be it. Life happens. Even though I’m way over on calorie goals for the day, I’m still going to the gym tonight. I still plan to try to get back on track and do better tomorrow. Its all I can do. Keep your head up friends and keep trying. That is the key. You got this!

-B

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Weigh-In Wednesday- 2/20/19

This morning I stepped on the scale and was shocked, it read 234.4lbs. That is a 2.6lbs loss since lat week. HECK YES! I was surprised because this entire week I’ve been gaining and losing this same dang pound. To be fair, I wasn’t surprised that I was gaining and losing that one pound because I wasn’t eating the cleanest and a was a bit over on my calorie several days this week.  I just had a lot of celebrations, 2 birthdays, small groups, a pizza party with my class…etc. And I was ok with not having a perfect diet week to live life. Its all about balance I suppose. Just continued working out. For whatever reason my body dropped a ton of the weight today. Either way, thanks body! haha

EXERCISE: Last week I lifted 3x that week. I have an ok run. A rough run and a really awesome run. In fact, I ran for an entire 30 mins for the first time since I’ve started back up. I’m super pumped about it. =] I’m aware that its no big deal for some, but for me, I’m really proud of that.

DIET: I’ve stuck to my 1600cal/week goal for the most part. I splurged about 300cals over 3 days this last week but I just tried to be a bit more active on those days. Such is life sometimes. I’m right back to my clean eating again this week. I had a great Meijer haul with a ton of produce Sunday. I’m loving eating all my fresh veggies and fruits this week. I’ve been trying new ways to sneak veggies in and I’ve actually had a good time trying new things. I’d highly encourage all of you to try new recipes when things feel like they’re getting old.

Thats all for now!

Peak Weight: 250.0 lbs

Starting Weight: 245.5 lbs

Current Weight: 234.4 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 15.6 lbs

With peace,

-B

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A Year Since The Break Up

Hey All,

I’m hesitant to write this post because its a really personal and vulnerable thing for me, but here goes nothing. This morning I woke up, checked my phone and the date hit me. It has been exactly 1 year since my break up with my ex. Before you freak out, don’t worry I’m not obsessing. I just am good at remembering dates of things. Even if it would be nice to sometimes forget.

Have I dated a handful of people since then? Yeah, sure. Has anything really compared in commitment or intensity of my relationship with M? No. M and I have a weird distant relationship now. We went from best friends to ending it, and that was really hard. I think we both want to be friends, but the longer we go, the more I think we can’t do it. Just too much heartbreak and feelings.

Something that bothers me is hes had 2 “girlfriends” (well a rebound and one) since me and I’ve had 0 official boyfriends. I don’t know why, but it feels like I lost because of that. I’m aware that those thoughts aren’t rational, but its how I feel. If I was completely honest about it, it still hurts when I think about it. I was broken up with because he couldn’t love me and I currently can’t find anyone else. That just feels really icky. I wish I could shake this feeling today, but I’m not sure I can. I guess today healing looks like just being okay with uncomfortable and moving forward.

Hope you all have a better day than me,

-B

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By The Numbers-2/12/18

Hey All,

So I was debating doing a measurement update once a month or so. That way I could work on seeing progress in more than just scale #s. I took these measurements Tuesday at my apartment, so its nothing fancy like BMI charts and such.  So its been officially about a month since my highest weight/I’ve started this journey and here are my current measurements this far:

Neck- 16 ins. L Arm-17 ins. R Arm- 17.5ins. Bust- 48ins. Ribs- 44ins Waist- 40ins. Hips- 50ins. L Thigh- 24.25ins. R Thigh- 23.5ins.

Current Weight-237.0 lbs

Sadly I didn’t think to do this until now so I don’t have my starting numbers, but I know at the very least my hips have gone down. I know this because I am fitting into smaller pants than I was before considering the bigger pants used to be tighter and a bit uncomfortable. So here is to attempting to track progress beyond the scale.

That is it for now,

-B

Tape Measurment