Weekly Weigh-In: Week 59


Week 59 Current Weight: 253

Pounds Lost This Week: 3

Total Weight Lost: 137 pounds

Still on sort of a gym break, other than my Monday night thing. I definitely feel better when I work out more regularly, but the weather’s been total shit and I am lazy. On the plus side, I was a lot more careful this week about snacking (have to without the extra calorie burn) and was able to drop 3 pounds. It also helped that I literally had to run through an airport the other day. NSV… I didn’t die (a year ago, hell even 6 months ago, I’d have literally not made it). All that hard work at the gym actually counts for something!! LOL

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Weekly Weigh-In: Week 58


Week 58 Current Weight: 256

Pounds Lost This Week: 1

Total Weight Lost: 134 pounds

I didn’t work out much this week (other than my Monday hour of TRX/strength and 30 minutes on the elliptical). Some of it was just not feeling like it and needing a break, though to be fair, I also had a number of other things going on that ate into my gym time as well.

On the one hand, I feel much better when I exercise daily – not only physically, but mentally as well. On the other, however, I end up being really hungry all the time. The really sad part is that the exercise – at least in terms of weight loss – makes very little different to the numbers on the scale at the end of the week. Hopefully I’ll find a bit more motivation to get back at it this coming week.

 

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 57


Week 57 Current Weight: 257

Pounds Lost This Week: 2

Total Weight Lost: 133 pounds

Ate at my favorite Indian restaurant for Mother’s Day with the oldest and his wife (and had a couple slices of pizza Saturday), but otherwise stayed very strictly to my calorie goals for the rest of the week. Exercised every day, except for Thursday, though Monday I didn’t get my extra elliptical work in – only did TRX/strength, but just ran out of time. Waffled a bit over taking Thursday off, but in the end was just tired and needed the break.

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 54


Week 54 Current Weight: 261

Pounds Lost This Week: 1

Total Weight Lost: 129 pounds

I was at 260 pounds yesterday afternoon before I went to see Infinity War – where I ate chicken tenders and a ton of popcorn – however this morning I’m all bloaty from the salt, so I’m around 262, so I’m just splitting the difference since I know it’s not actual weight gain.

Still going to the gym daily and doing 30-45 minutes on the elliptical, along with one small group strength training session each week. It really does seem to be helping, especially since I’ve been a little less strict about my eating. Burning an extra few calories a day definitely makes a difference.

On a side note – we had the end of challenge meeting at my gym and I came in second place for the most weight lost (just over 21 pounds). I actually lost the most pounds, but they ranked everyone as a percentage of total body weight (to make it more fare) and there was someone else who lost a higher percentage. Which is totally cool. She wasn’t in my group, but she also lost the most inches, and I hear she worked out like crazy through the whole challenge. Not that I was totally slacking, but I wasn’t killing myself either. Looking forward to the fall challenge to do it all over again. Also picked up a couple of free smoothies and a free year of locker use, as well. Would have had a $25 gift card too, but after they pulled my  name a 3rd time, I figured I should really share the wealth some and asked them to draw again (and thankfully they pulled someone else’s name).

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 52


Week 52 Current Weight: 263

Pounds Lost This Week: 4

Total Weight Lost: 127 pounds

I went to the gym every day this week, except Sunday. Other than the small group thing I have on Mondays, which is mostly strength, I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day (45 is even better) on one of the recumbent elliptical machines they have. For the most part, I just throw on whatever show I’m currently watching and whenever the episode is done, then I’m good to go. I’m not doing anything super-intensive, but it’s an extra 150+ calories burned so it’s better than nothing. And hopefully, I’ll be able to work up from there, eventually getting to a place where I can make it a more intense workout.

My goal is to go at least 5 days a week, more if I’m feeling froggy. Here’s hoping I can stay motivated. XD

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 43


Week 43 Current Weight: 278

Pounds Lost This Week: 0

Total Weight Lost: 112 pounds

I mean… yeah, I’m in better shape than I’ve been in a long time, but not losing weight when staying (mostly) within my calorie goals and working my ass off, totally blows. I know… I lost a lot of muscle over the last year, and I’m building it back up, but still.

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 42


Week 42 Current Weight: 278

Pounds Lost This Week: 1

Total Weight Lost: 112 pounds

Still a bit frustrated. I worked my ass off this week and only lost 1 pound. Like – no full on cheat days, ate at my calorie goal most days, only had a couple days where I was over by 100-200 calories, but that should have been more than cushioned by the extra workouts. So…. 1 freaking pound really just pisses me off. This is why I quit going to the gym last time, because I quit losing weight. I mean, in theory, I’m gaining muscle, so I’m going to stick it out for the duration of the challenge and see if I start dropping again. But it’s really hard to stick to something that’s supposed to be making you healthier when it doesn’t seem to be making a positive difference.

On the plus side, I really like doing TRX, and doing the routines isn’t totally killing me anymore. So that’s something.

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 40


Week 40 Current Weight: 279

Pounds Lost This Week: 3

Total Weight Lost: 111 pounds

This week I started a “Transformation Challenge” thingy at my gym. Because we ended up having #snowmageddon2018, today ended up being the first time I could actually get to the gym (other than Monday’s quick weigh-in/measurements appointment). In the short-term, I’m probably going to be hating myself, but long-term (hopefully), this will help motivate me and help me tone up some. Today, for example, we worked on arms – if I can move them tomorrow, it will probably be a miracle. On the positive side… I got down on the floor and back up again without falling over or wanting to die. This is progress!! XD

Things Discovered: Fitness Blender


So, even though I have a gym membership (and even spent several months earlier this year going 3-4 times a week), the fact is I’m fairly apathetic when it comes to exercise. I mean, I’m fat and very out of shape, so working out in front of others is not a pleasant experience (for any of us). I was swimming mostly (when I was going to my gym), but me and chlorinated water don’t mix well – my hair looked awful and my skin broke out so bad you’d have thought I was going through puberty again. My face still hasn’t forgiven me. Other exercises are sort of hit or miss, I mean, I actually like doing the treadmill thing – it’s mindless and you can watch videos or read to pass the time… what’s not to love. However, I have chronic insertional achilles tendinitis and bursitis in both feet/ankles, which makes anything that involves standing or walking for long periods of time mildly uncomfortable on the best of days and down-right excruciating on the worst. So as much as I’d like to do something to increase my fitness level, I’m a bit limited (which is why the swimming was great – until it wasn’t).

This week, since I’ve been struggling with staying under my calorie goals, I really wanted to try to pick up something that would at least burn a couple extra calories (that way it wouldn’t be so bad if I ate an extra bite or two). So I loaded up YouTube to look at low-impact, super easy, beginner cardio videos, which led me to the Fitness Blender channel. In particular, the “Calorie Burning Low Impact Cardio Workout for Beginners” and “Fat Burning Low Impact Cardio Workout at Home” vids, which are still a bit above my current fitness level (I. AM. SO. OUT. OF. SHAPE.), but both contain really simple exercises and I know given everyday use, these are ones that I can do easily here at home in less than 30 minutes. Neither burn a ton of calories (maybe 100-200 depending on one’s workout intensity), but the potential is there to do these more than once a day, especially once I get to a point where I don’t feel like I’m dying just doing the first round (ok… it’s not quite that bad, but not so much that I’m ready to go again just yet). They also have a website, which I haven’t had a chance to look at much, but others might find useful.

Anyways, the point of all my ramblings is that if I can workout, so you can you. Even if we look utterly ridiculous in the beginning (I know I do) or can barely lift your legs (this is also me) or some of the exercises we just can’t do yet – the goal is to keep working at it. Do what we can and just move in place for the parts that we aren’t quite ready for. The point is to just keep moving. One day we’ll wake up and realize that we aren’t struggling as much as we used to, and with a little perseverance we can reach our fitness and weight loss goals.

Weekly Weigh-In: Week 7


Week 7: 350

Weight Lost This Week: 6 pounds

Total Weight Lost: 40 pounds

I started swimming again this week. Didn’t go Monday, but have been every day since for at least 30-45 minutes. Currently doing about 20 laps in about 30 minutes (pool is 25 yards each lap). I know that is slow, but I figure it’s better than nothing. Probably won’t go on the weekends (too crowded), but hopefully will get there at least 3-4 times per week. Not really bothering with other exercises while I’m there – they don’t burn near as many calories, so kind of a waste of time.

I also discovered that the Halo Top Chocolate Mocha Chip is way better than the Mint Chip flavor. WAY. BETTER. I mean… the mint one wasn’t bad, but it tended to leave a funky aftertaste. The Choco Mocha – near to perfect.

🙂