Saturday, January 30, 2010

Feeling discouraged

So today was my official weigh-in day, and I've lost nothing since last week. Nada, zero, zip. Not even a fraction of a pound, the scale is still sitting at the same 186.0 it was last Saturday *sigh*. Other than my one little chocolate slip up earlier this week, I've been SO good. Going to the gym at least every other day and trying to work in some cardio at home on my off days. Tracking my calories diligently. When I lost 8lbs in the first two weeks, it pumped me up SO much! I know that the loss would slow down considerably after the first week or two, but I was still expecting something. Even a 1/2 pound would be enough to keep me feeling motivated. Now I just feel deflated and want a bowl of ice cream LOL

I guess this is where writing everything down will come in handy. I'm going to have to look at my calorie intake and figure out if I'm eating too much, or not enough, or what. I need to see that scale move next week!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Willpower, ugh!

Oh my goodness, I have no freaking willpower today! Argh! Breakfast was ok, my usual bowl of cereal (I love cereal, have it every morning!). Lunch, too, was good. Then I had a Fiber1 granola bar, which isn't bad, though I usually try not to snack during the day so that I can save the calories for the evening munchies I can't seem to kick. But then, I had a whole chocolate santa sucker thing. Not just cheap chocolate, either. Fancy, calorie filled Belgium chocolate. It probably had as many calories in it as my supper will *sigh*

I don't even get to burn off the extra calories at the gym today, since Jeff will be out late for a union meeting.

Tomorrow's another day, right?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Down 8lbs, woo hoo!

As of today, I've lost 8lbs! Wahoo! I'm loving this calorie counting much better than Weight Watchers, though I give WW credit for teaching me things like choosing healthier, more filling foods, and how to control my portion sizes.

Mostly, right now, I'm just enjoying this little success, this proof that all the work of planning my meals and counting the calories and dragging myself to the gym and the tired, sore muscles these last two weeks have been totally worth it. And, I'm half-way to reaching my first mini-goal! Oh, to just be obese instead of morbidly so LOL!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Making a change: Weight Watchers to Calorie Counting

So last week I decided to make a change and switch from counting Weight Watchers points to simply counting calories. So far it's working out great. My big motivation in switching over was trying to eat on a budget. Because I try to keep our grocery bill as low as possible, I make a lot of casseroles and similar meals that are harder to figure out the points. I have a great digital food scale I bought on sale almost a year ago that gives me the calories of foods as well as the weight, and it's been a great tool on this new calorie counting journey.

Based on a bunch of online calculators, I'm starting out at 1200 calories/day. So far, it's enough that I'm feeling satisfied and not hungry, and I'm still losing weight. I just keep a little notebook with 1200 at the top of each day's page, and I deduct my calories as I eat them.

Working steadily towards my first  mini-goal!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Here I go again!

It's been way too long since I posted anything here. Life got in the way, I guess. I totally fell off the diet & exercise wagon, and I guess coming here and posting about how terribly I was doing was just too depressing. Then again, maybe if I'd kept posting anyway, it would have motivated me to get back on track? Huh. Could be, but nothing to be done about it now but move forward, right? So here goes!

You'll notice that I've deleted some old posts and moved some stuff around. I'm a little OCD I think. I just want to focus on me, and not on trying to find stuff to inspire others. I need to inspire myself, first, and if anyone else can find inspiration in that, that's just a bonus :) So just roll with it! I am reposting this, though, since it still applies right now:

It's time. Time to lose the weight. Time to take back control of my body. Time to stop hating the way I look and the way my clothes fit. Time to stop worrying about my health. Time to get fit so that I can enjoy activities with my family. Time to get over my addiction to unhealthy foods. It's just time.

I'm starting this blog to give myself accountability, and so that when I reach my goals (and I will!) I can look back and see just how far I've come. Hopefully it will show me what I'm doing right, and what I'm doing wrong. What works and what doesn't.

I've decided to name my blog "Making Skinny", but don't take that the wrong way. Not only do I want to get skinny, I want to get healthy and I want to get fit. But "Making Skinny" makes me smile, so "Making Skinny" it is! Trust me, I'm the last person to buy into all the Hollywood be-skinny-or-be-square type hype.

So here goes. This is the perfect time for me to start this weight loss journey. I left my job to be a stay at home mom. Our family is complete, so no more trying to deal with losing or maintaining weight around pregnancy. I've joined a gym and paid up the first 6 months. I've dusted off my Weight Watchers books and recipes. I've filled my cupboards with healthy food and I've enlisted my husband's help in controlling the amount of junk that comes into the house. There are no excuses... this is the time!