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 44

Week 44 Current Weight: 282

Pounds Lost This Week: 0 (gained 4)

Total Weight Lost: 108 pounds

Birthday week. It was a given that I’d gain a couple pounds, we ate at Olive Garden Sunday (Valentine’s/Birthday) and then last night I went to see Black Panther (awesome!!) and had a pile of chicken tenders along with cake. So like, yeah… But still, I stayed within goal 5 of 7 days (along with still working out) and yesterday morning, I was still weighing in at 278. So four pounds just because I ate food yesterday!!?



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.


In The Beginning…

So for years I’ve seen images of the stereotypical “fat person”, the one that sits down to eat, and consumes entire pizzas, cakes, twinkies, etc… I’d always sort of shake my head, because I wasn’t like that, so I didn’t quite understand how come I looked like they did.

As someone who has studied a variety of Natural Health and Wellness topics, including nutrition, I’m well aware of what sorts of foods to stay away from, and I definitely don’t keep a lot of junk in the house as a rule. Yet I still manage to pack on the pounds over the years.

Over the last 2 days I’ve been trying to track what I’ve been eating, and it’s clear so far that in and of itself it’s not so much what I’m eating – the truth is I can go most of the day without eating anything (which really isn’t good either). However when I do eat, I tend to eat a lot more of it than I should. The good news is that it’s not stuff that is inherently bad for you, but even Honey Nut Cheerios when you eat the equivalent of 3 bowls worth at a time, probably isn’t the best thing to do.

Still that was only about 550 calories of my daily “recommended” 2000, but I’m pretty sure I killed the entire rest of it when I ate a huge pile of tuna casserole. Which again, isn’t inherently unhealthy – I tend to make it from scratch, so I know what all’s in it. But eating ginormous portions, does not equal weight loss. So obviously, I need to work on eating more often, so that I’m not starving by the time I actually see food, and making sure that I cut down on my portion sizes.

Even so, I think I still managed to only go over my daily limit by about 300-400 calories, so that wouldn’t be so bad, if I’d actually managed to get any exercise in. However “thing I need to work on # 2” is getting off my ass. It’s a vicious circle really, because right now I’m always exhausted, but if I exercised regularly, I’d probably feel a lot better, and have more energy to exercise. Just need to get it going.

Today (as long as I don’t eat anything else tonight), I actually came in under my limit by about 40 calories. Even considering that I had a small caramel frappe from McDonald’s (yes… it’s a weakness, I know).  Still no real exercise though. I keep thinking that there will be a day/time, when I’ve not got a million other things to do, but clearly that’s not ever going to happen.

Think my next goal will be to find some motivation!

OK… So Sue Me!!

Clearly it’s been a lot longer than I thought it would be. Which really shouldn’t be all that surprising given that I’m a known procrastinator. However I had made a promise to myself that I would get this done by today, so that’s what I’m doing, so ready or not… here I come!

Not entirely sure what sort of format I will end up following, but in general I’m a firm believer that if a person makes healthy food choices, and then makes sure to get enough exercise to burn off more calories than they are taking in, then the weight should (in theory) come right off. So that’s going to be my starting point. I think my main issue at this point is the exercise thing, and I’m really hoping that just getting off my ass (for more than a few minutes at a time) will make a big difference.

So…appropriately on the Spring Equinox, I will officially start on my path to righting the balance within myself. I will weigh in at least once a month to update my progress, and in between will share some tips, recipes, exercises, etc… that I find helpful along the way. A couple of sites that you might want to check out, which are likely going to be staples of meeting my exercise goals are and .

GAIN Fitness is a great little site (and app if you have the appropriate devices), where you can plan workouts to do around the house with little to no equipment necessary. Fitocracy, which possibly is still in beta, so if you need an invite code let me know – is a site where you and your friends can challenge yourself and your friends for that much needed extra boost of motivation. It’s a lot easier to do a pile of sit-ups when it’s part of a bit of friendly competition, than it is by yourself. I am also checking out which does calorie tracking, tracks goals, gives exercises, and a ton of other little things to hopefully make dieting a snap!! (yes… it will be that easy!!! LOL) There is an associated app as well, which thankfully likes my Kindle Fire, so that is a PLUS!! Definitely be sure to check them all out.

Starting Point

I am a female, currently 37 years old. I am 5’6″ and the weight on the scale today was 375 pounds. (I told you it was bad!!) My current goal is to loose 100 pounds. I know that realistically I need to lose about double that, but I think having a more manageable goal to start out is better. I can always change it later, when necessary.