Spring Came Early!

I live in central Pennsylvania, so I’m normally buried under snow drifts and shivering in sub-zero temperatures this time of the year. This year? No way, Jose! The last few days have been absolutely gorgeous, hitting nearly 70 degrees at times. Is it likely to last? No. BUT I think that makes it even sweeter, and I’m enjoying it while it’s here.

The biggest impact of this weather (other than on my mood) is that it makes me want to be outside to soak it in. I’ve been going for walks with the baby (who is also loving the nicer weather), trying to get those steps in. My daily goal is 5000 steps, but I’ve been aiming for 7000, and I’ve been doing pretty alright! These walks have taken the place of my time on the recumbent bike.

All’s been well on the diet front since Friday. I had a pretty big binge on Thursday that included 2 dinners, but I bounced back. I’ve been journaling to try to nail down my triggers, and honestly… I can’t figure this one out. I was fine, had recently had a snack along with plenty of water that day when all of a sudden, I was pulling into a drive-thru. And later, I pulled into another drive-thru even though I was still full from the first time.

It’s silly of me to hope that I will never binge again, but it doesn’t change the extreme disappointment and shame every time it happens. During the first year of my “rebirth,” I didn’t binge — at all. But as soon as I did it once, it was like my body remembered how  wonderful it felt and never wanted to go without it again. I haven’t been able to get it under control for more than a few weeks at a time since then.

My next doctor’s appointment is on Wednesday, and I’m nervous about how she’ll react when I tell her about the past 3 weeks since she was so pumped up, positive and encouraged at my last visit when I’d lost 12 pounds. I hate disappointing people. I also need to prove to her that I am dedicated to making a change if I ever do decide that I want to move in the direction of a weight loss surgery.

I’m not sure that I’ve explained the way I’ve been doing my meal planning this time around. I don’t have all the time that I had before the kiddo came along to spend so much time prepping meals on Sunday, so I created an Excel template that allows me to 1. Plan my lunches/dinners for the week, 2. Create my shopping list as I go, and 3. Save these plans so I can easily go back through for inspiration. The usual plan is to make enough at dinner to provide leftovers for lunch the following day. I also periodically compile and freeze a few meals to make life easier (oven, crock pot, and skillet meals). Here is my dinner meal plan for the week:

  • Saturday: Skinny Beef Casserole
  • Sunday: (amended) Turkey sandwich
  • Monday: Ground pork and cabbage
  • Tuesday: Ritz cracker chicken with steamed asparagus
  • Wednesday: Meat loaf (freezer meal) served with sweet potatoes and green beans
  • Friday: Eat out/leftovers

Reviews:

  • Skinny Beef Casserole was pretty good, but could have used Worcestershire sauce, though I did use crushed tomatoes from our garden that I canned after a harvest last summer instead of tomato sauce like it called for.
  • Ground pork and cabbage was phenomenal just as written. Could maybe have used a touch more turmeric. I also divided into 4 servings instead of 3.

How’s your week??

Weeks 30 and 31 Weigh-Ins

So, I’ve been a busy girl and forgot to post last week’s results!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Week 29: 264.4 lbs
  • Week 30: 263.2 lbs
  • Week 31: 258.6 lbs
  • Two-week change: -5.8 lbs
  • Change overall: -94.8 lbs

I am super excited. I’m in the 250’s!!! I walked 3 miles today! Up 3 giant hills!

In other news, my Fitbit Flex won’t charge anymore. I definitely will not be buying another one, and I’m glad that I used Sears points to pay for much of it. My issues with FitBit Flex, in a nutshell?

  1. My steps NEVER correctly synced up to the challenges. Not once.
  2. Customer service is terrible. I contacted them about the problem above, and two different reps treated me as though I didn’t know what I was doing instead of actually trying to help.
  3. The idea of a wrist tracker is nice, but if you’re pushing a cart or carrying something, it’s not counting your steps.
  4. The battery life quickly deteriorated after the first month or two (I bought it in September 2014).
  5. For the past few months, I had to mess around with the charger to try to get it to charge. Finally today, no matter what, it wouldn’t charge.
  6. $100 for something that will only last for 6 months and doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to.
  7. It’s really just a glorified pedometer. It doesn’t actually have any calorie burn information like a heart rate monitor would.

I will miss the silent alarm… but I think that’s it.

Disclaimer: above opinions based solely on personal experience.

Week 29 Weigh-In

Chalk up another little loss for the books!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 264.8 lbs
  • Current Week: 264.4 lbs
  • This week’s change: -0.4 lbs
  • Change overall: -89.0 lbs

That’s two weeks in a row of minuscule losses, but remember – 2 weeks ago I dropped 4.8 lbs in one week! My 3-week average loss has historically been between 5 and 6 pounds, so I’m right on track with 5.4 pounds over the past 3 weeks. ALSO, I have lost weight for 15 consecutive weeks! And actually, I’ve dropped exactly 40 pounds over the course of those 15 weeks. That’s absolutely amazing.

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but it has been FRIGID, BITTERLY cold here. Last week, we had a few days where it was -10°F with a “real feel” of -30°F. What? When did I move to a tundra?! As a result, the winter blues have been in full bloom (they’re seriously the only thing blooming around here these days), and I have been lazy and stuffing my face with delicious pizza.

Today, I decided this cold, snowy weather wasn’t going to hold me hostage any longer. I finished working, got a nice hot bath, laced up my sneakers, and set out on a walk. The part of the town I where I live is called the Hill, and my usual route has been to walk down the hill, through the subway under the railroad tracks, down to the river, and loop back up. That loop is about a mile and a quarter, and the hill is pretty steep, but it’s not terribly long. A few times when I’ve had D with me, I ventured across the river to the next town where we wandered around a bit and then walked back up the Hill, about a 2-mile walk. Today, I decided I’d go under the tracks and across the walking bridge, but instead of wandering around and coming back the way I came, I’d tackle the Brickhill (so named because the sidewalks are brick… even though many other sidewalks in the neighborhood are brick, but I digress) and head back across the other bridge.

I can’t even believe it. I made it up the Brickhill without stopping, and I was only moderately winded when I reached the top! I have been slowly working my way up to attempting this hill, and I did it!

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Here’s a view of the Brickhill that I yanked from Google Street View… I apologize that you can’t see the brick sidewalks from this view.

This victory was short-lived. It was so cold that my phone died just as I started across the second bridge to head home. That left me with nothing to focus on except how cold and windy it was, and how numb my legs were getting… and how I wished I’d worn a hat! That last mile was totally miserable, but I did it! I assume I did it pretty quickly since I was freezing, but like I said, my phone died, so the world will never know.

Oh, and here is the shot I snapped right before my phone died.

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How’s it going for all of you? Are you meeting any super awesome goals these days?!

1,000 Extra Step Challenge Results – Month 1

I started out this challenge with a goal of 5,000 steps per day. In the first week, I found it wasn’t much of a struggle to hit that on days that I spent in the office, so I changed it to 6,000 per day during week 2. It gave me an extra push to get up and move around during a regular work day, and during my work from home days (usually twice a week), it gave me a reason to go outside and walk a mile or two!

Step Challenge Month 1

I lost 11.4 pounds during this challenge. That’s amazing! I’ve also found that I genuinely enjoy going for walks. I live near a river, and even though it’s been cold and snowy, it’s been nice to walk down that way and enjoy the scenery.

There was a time when I wouldn’t have attempted that walk for fear of not being able to make it back. There’s a pretty large hill on the way home, and that was a major deterrent for me – but not anymore. I even walked across the river bridge to the next town and walked around over there a few times. I feel like this challenge and my overall weight loss have given me so much to look forward to. In the near future, D and I are planning to walk over to try this new little cafe in the town across the bridge. We had been considering doing it today, but it’s snowing again.

As for next month, I’m switching my step goal to 7,000. It seems daunting, but I did exceed that amount of steps on many days this past month. Is it weird that I’m kind of looking forward to it??

Those of you participating in the challenge: how did it go? Did you learn any new things about yourself along the way? Will you be participating in this coming month?

Week 27 Weigh-In: 25% Goal Edition

It feels weird writing this post when I just finished writing last week’s, but WOW! Something big happened this week.

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 269.8 lbs
  • Current Week: 265.0 lbs
  • This week’s change: -4.8 lbs
  • Change overall: -88.4 lbs
  • 25% goal met destroyed!

Honestly, this was a surprise. I stepped on and off the scale at least 10 times and moved it around to a couple of different places, but the result was the same every time! As I mentioned before, this week was carb city, and I blew through most of my weekly PointsPlus allowance.

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I believe the deciding factor in this week’s major, major scale victory was Rachael’s walking challenge! I have been pretty diligent about hitting my daily goal of 6k (my first week’s goal was 5k, but I found that wasn’t much of a stretch).

I made these collages before I had finished Sunday’s steps, but you get the point. I had a VERY good week, activity-wise, last week.

As for meeting my goal, I’ve decided to indulge in Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel. I used it last winter, and my skin never looked better! I’ve avoided buying it since then because it’s so expensive, but I think that being 3/4 the size I used to be warrants an expensive, luxurious gift for myself! And seriously, if you ever get your hands on this stuff, use it. You won’t regret it!

How was your week?

Week 26 Weigh-In

Finally… an update! I have had a very stressful and crazy busy week and a half! There was a major crisis at work that was taking all my time and attention. I’ve mentioned before that I am a financial analyst, so I’m sure you can imagine exactly how awesome and fun that’s been.

I haven’t fallen off the wagon, though I did give into some carb cravings. All within the prescribed allowances, and I’ve kept up with the step challenge, in spite of Fitbit refusing to sync my actual steps to the challenges! I’m not as lazy as it’s making me look, I swear!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 271.4 lbs
  • Current Week: 269.8 lbs
  • This week’s change: -1.6 lbs
  • Change overall: -83.6 lbs

Right now, I have the Pioneer Woman’s Chicken with Garlic and Tomatoes in my oven. I altered it slightly to fit my tastes and whatnot, but wow, does my house smell INCREDIBLE right now!

That’s all I have for now. I have many things to catch up with around the house since everything went to hell while I was busy. I will post my alterations to the recipe above, along with something more substantial, my monthly measurements and my step challenge results at a later time!

It’s good to be back! How have you guys been?