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Monday review

Another week is done in February! And I am happy with how the week went and what the number box said this morning.

This week’s stats:
Start weight (3/1/2011): 140.9kg (310 lbs)
Today’s weight: 95.4 kg (210 lbs)
Lost this week: 0.6kg (1.3 lbs)
Total lost: 45.5 kg (100 lbs)

There are many things I am happy about with this week.

My eating averaged out at 9330 kj a day, with some days over 9500 and some days at about 9000. There were a couple of special food things, we got takeaway last Tuesday night for Vday and it was nice to share a special meal with my man. On the not so good side, I made spicey plum jam last wednesday and ate alot of the fruit when I was trying to strain the spices out. It was wonderfully delicious but it was far too much sugar in one sitting for me. I need to start asking myself -how will I feel in 5 or 10 minutes?- before eating something. Apart from that, it was a highly successful week on the food front.

I exercised 5 times in the week, my 3 Up and Running workouts and 2 additional fast walks. And my 5K on Saturday! I am already up to 87km of running and walking in Feb!

I remembered my affirmation on most days. I tend to forget it on the weekend, I need to remember to say it then as well. I notice the difference when I do. Progress was made on the money front, too. I am getting organised and taking steps to make my financial situation better. Even taking small steps on this front is reducing my overall stress.

I am happy with the loss this week. I was hoping for more but I got back down to 100lbs and that makes me very excited.

This week I will stick with my target of 9500kJ a day and 5-6 workouts. This seems to be a good balance for me. I have already survived a work morning tea today and I did really well in sticking to my plan. I don’t know what else is happening but there will be things on the weekend, I am sure… I am starting to want to bake. I might need to investigate a cake option, and more importantly, cake disposal options.

It is almost the end of the month. This week I will start to think about my challange for next month. Still no chocolate for me so far!

Things are good. The upcoming week looks good. I am happy.

5K run

Everything fell into place this morning 🙂

My eating has been good for the last 3 weeks, my exercise consistent. The weather was not too hot/not too cold and dry. I got up early enough for a light breakfast before I went out. I had a rest day yesterday. I am mid cycle (don’t actually know if it makes a difference but I felt good).

Today I did 5 min warmup walk, 1km warm up run, stretches, 5K run and a cool down walk. Total time 54 min. Total distance 6.96 km. My 5 km time wa 34.41 minutes with spilts of 6.58, 6.54, 6.51, 7.12, 6.46, giving me an average pace of 6.56. That is a PB by 90 seconds.

And separate to the times, I felt good in the first two km, was feeling the third km, had to push myself in the 4th km and then knew that I would finish in the 5th and managed to go up a gear. My breathing was controlled, my pace at the start was deliberately slow. And I got to the end and knew I had done well, even without knowing the times.

I am so proud of me!

unofficial weigh in

I jumped on the scales this morning after my workout.

I have lost more than 45kg. And I am half a pound away from 100lb loss.

Cracking big milestones is so exciting!

And eating that little bit more is helping to balance the exercise; I am not as tired and not as hungry.

Yay!

First Anniversary Post

Happy First Anniversary to my changed life!

It seems like such a long time ago and also just like yesterday.

This time last year, I started out tracking my food, working out an exercise plan and writing about my journey to lose weight. I was excited and scared but I was determined!

link to first entry

Taking a long view of my first year*

Starting weight 3 January 2011: 140.9 kg (310 lbs)
Today’s weight 3 January 2012: 99.7 kg (218.5 lbs)

Total weight lost: 41.6 kg (91.5 lbs)
% starting weight lost: 29.5%

Measurements January 2011: Bust 130cm, Waist 137 cm, Hips 141 cm
Measurements January 2012: Bust 108cm, Waist 109 cm, Hips 121 cm

It was such a big year. I still have a long way to go but I am over half way to my goal weight. I am a smaller size now then when I left school in 1992. Things have certainly changed for the better around here 🙂 And I have really enjoyed writing about it and will continue to do so.

Here is to the second year, continued health, strength and improved fitness.

*raises glass*

* My lowest weight was 95kg at the beginning of December. December was a bad month for me – there was alot of stress and I ate to cope. So, I am back up a little. But I stayed under 100kg and I am happy about that. Now is not the time to fret about the gain. I can learn from the poor stress management but it is time to look forward.

Today I ran 5km

It is the end of the UpandRunning 5K course this weekend. I have bonded with the women on the course!!! It has been the most wonderful way to learn to run. This weekend (and the couple coming up for those that fell behind due to travel/illness and life) we are all doing our 5km races. And we are cheering each other on.

I decided to do almost the same course as the 4K fun run last weekend but extend my turning point. I did a trial there yesterday to make sure my new workout clothes were comfortable and to check the extended route. I also tried out runkeeper for the first time. As I finished up yesterday, I imagined the blue finish arch at the slightly new position and ran through from before the last corner to my new end point.

This morning I got up, had some breakfast, got ready, got my small one ready and we headed off. I really wanted to run the full 5km but was not sure if I could, my fall back plan was 30sec walking after 3km and another 15 sec at 4 km if I needed it; but that I would try dropping down a gear first before dropping back into a walk.

I did a good warm up today and a good stretch. I started runkeeper and I had my watch on as well as backup. It was time to start.

The first km was hard. It was the only time this morning that I really thought I might not be able to run the full length. But I know that the first 5 min is always hard and when runkeeper piped up at 500m and told me my speed I knew I was going a little too fast. So I dropped the pace a little, focussed on breathing and kept going. The second km was comfortable and so was the third. At my turning point I realised I had run further in one stretch than I ever had in my life. And I was running comfortably. I went into the fourth km still feeling comfortable but then it started getting difficult. At 3.5km I imagined the girls from the course lined up on the side of the track. They had pink pompoms and they were cheering and doing waves with the pompoms and calling out my name. They got me through that fourth km. And then, there was only 1km till the end. I had already run that last km so I knew that I could do it again. I could feel a blister forming on my left foot but decided that it would not stop me. I tried to pick up the pace by swinging my arms a little more. I had 500m left and I almost cried because I was going to make it. Every person that I saw that last km saw my smile. I was so thrilled to be out there.

I rounded the final corner and saw the end point. And then I saw my man and little boy all of a sudden start to run to try and get back to it before me. I imagined the girls from the course, I imagined the blue finish arch. I almost tripped because I wasn’t looking down but I recaptured my footing and kept going. And then runkeeper announced I was done and I still had 20m to get to my man and boy, so I kept running.

I made it to the end. I had not slowed to a walk. At each point runkeeper piped up I knew my pace was a good one. And I cried.

I am sitting here, 6 hours later, drinking a little champagne and having some cheese. My legs are tired but actually it is not that bad. And I am in tears again.

I am not the fat girl anymore. I am fit and I am healthy. Sure, I still have some weight to lose but I can run! I can run 5K! And I will keep running. I will keep making healthy choices.

I am so proud of me.

Times:
5K total – 36.32
1st km – 6.30
2nd km – 7.17
3rd km – 7.39
4th km – 7.39
5th km – 7.27

Rounding Up

Sleep is a wonderful thing. I am feeling more like myself. There is still some stress and sadness but I am no longer blue. And I have come through this partly because I kept exercising which was good for my head and I did not overeat. Mentally and physically, my body came through feeling alright. On this occasion, I did not let the old ways rule my actions. I don’t think I have been as aware before of my choice not to indulge in emotional/comfort eating. I must remember that I can choose better ways. It won’t happen on every occasion but I have really started forming new habits and patterns if under stress I can choose a better way.

I did very well last week. I met all of my mini goals. Setting the mini goals was just what I needed to really bring my focus back and it worked.
– I exercised every day, averaging 73 mins a day which is a step up for me. I don’t always do my exercise in one block, I include my two 15 min walks from the carpark to work in that because I choose to park that far away to increase my exercise
– I walked up the stairs at work.
– I ate according to my food plan, averaging at 8090kJ a day.
– I did not have any alcohol.

My stats today are
Starting weight: 140.9 kg (310 lbs)
Today’s weight: 95.5 kg (210.1 lbs)
Lost since last weigh in (2 weeks ago): 1kg (2.2 lbs)
Total lost: 45.4 kg (99.9 lbs)

Today, I am rounding up. 99.9 lbs – I am calling it 100. I have lost 100 lbs. And I am so proud of that. My next goal is close by – I am looking forward to another kg gone which takes me to a loss of 1/3 my start weight.

But also, today, I ran 2kms for the first time and I came in at 14.26 minutes. I am thrilled that I can run 2km and that I came in under 15. I was so excited. Towards the end, my legs were getting a little weary but my breathing was steady. After the 2km run, I had a 5 min break followed by another 1km run. And I completed the 1km jogging – I did not have to slow to a walk. My time was a little slower but I did it. I had an awesome workout this morning and I felt so much better for it.

My day was already excellent by 8 am! And amazingly I had some great workstuff happen and so it wasn’t all downhill from there.

This week I will have some interesting challenges. There is a work lunch, a dinner out, my mother coming to stay and a 4km fun run on Sunday. I plan to exercise everyday again and I will aim for 60min in total a day. I will do my running training on Wed and Fri which leaves me a rest day before the fun run (rest meaning no running not no exercise). I hope to run most of the 4km in the fun run. My exercise will offset some of the social occasions. But even with the social occasions I will choose wisely. I have already pre-ordered lunch for Friday. I have lots of tricks up my sleeve to keep on track; I have started accepting that no alcohol is one of my best strategies for staying on track. I have goals in front of me to help me stay focussed. I won’t need to round up for long.

An excellent week

I have had a really good week, an excellent week, so far. I have exercised every day and I took the stairs at work as well. I have not had any chocolate, I had 2 biscuits at a games night that I had planned into my day but other than that, I have had no sweet treats. Last night I really wanted some chocolate but instead had mango, yoghurt and some almonds. It was filling, there was some sweetness but also the crunchiness of the almond. Another good thing was that it took time to make and eat; much more so than grabbing the chocolate out of the cupboard. And I got to feel smug about it.

I have liked having very simple straightforward goals this week. I know what my plan is for the day, I follow the plan, I mentally tick the things on my list. I feel good in my body.

And because I was feeling good in myself yesterday, I went to the shops at lunch and popped into a clothes shop that I like. About 6 weeks ago I tried on a dress with them but didn’t buy it because I couldn’t justify the expense. Yesterday, the same dress was marked down by 75%. I bought it. It is a summer daytime dress and completely different to what I am used to wearing; it is fitted, sleeveless, bright colours, horizontal stripes. It fitted 6 weeks ago (just) and now it feels and looks fabulous.

This week it has been about one day at a time and today all I have to think about is making healthy choices today. That is achievable.

40 weeks – done and dusted

My plan is a 40 week plan. I know what 40 weeks is like, it has a start and a stop and what I have lost in previous efforts was achieved in a similiar time frame but then I got lost. My 40 weeks starts Jan 3rd on a Monday. It will take me through to the first weekend in October. In 40 weeks I want to lose about 35kg. That puts me just above 100kg and is where I got caught last time. So I know I can get that far.
From my first post

Today is my 41st weigh-in and marks the end of my 40 weeks.

Starting weight: 140.9 kg (310 lbs)
Today’s weight: 96.5 kg (212.5 lbs)
Total lost: 44.4 kg (97.5 lbs)
% start weight lost: 31.5%

I was a size 24. I am now a size 16. (These are AU sizes – sizes everywhere are different. How confusing!!! But the actual number is not the main thing, the difference between the two numbers is the point!)

I was exhausted after a 40 min walk. I now am training to run a 5 K in 4 weeks!!!

I was uncomfotable in my body, I was self concious and ashamed of my size. I am now amazed that my legs can move me the way they do; I have curves, I can see my muscles move. My work pass now looks like I reacted to something I ate; my face is puffed up!!! (I have to grab a photo of that before I hand it back. I could do a comparison between my old and new work passes)

I used to be the biggest person in the room, didn’t matter where I was, it was usually the case. I am not the fat girl anymore. Now, I am just an ordinary looking girl. And I love that!!

I used to eat all the time, from boredom, from stress, just because something was there. And I ate too much refined sugar/fat. And my body felt sluggish and awkward because I was always eating. I now eat a much better variety of foods, with more fruit and veg, less fat and sugar. I feel hungry between meals – that is a good thing. Before I rarely got to the point of hunger between meals and I use my hunger now to guide me. I am satisfied with what I am eating; the amount and the variety. I have energy because my body is fueled with foods which give it what it needs.

The only before after comparison that is not favourable is that I have been cold all winter because I keep my body in a kJ deficit. And you know, that is one I can live with!!!

I have saved my own life this year.

Official Weigh In Monday – Less than 100

Yeah Baby!
I got up this morning and jumped on the scales. I am so happy to be reporting on my stats today!

Starting weight: 140.9 kg (310 lbs) 3 Jan 2011
Today’s weight: 99.2 kg (218 lbs)
Loss since last Tuesday: 1.2 kg (3 lbs)
Total lost: 41.7 kg (91.7 lbs)

I am so thrilled :)To be less than 100kg was my goal for Christmas. And I have done it! My mind struggles to accept this because it seemed so far away when I started and I still have ‘fat girl’ as part of my identity. But ‘healthy for life’ is getting stronger; committing to the Up and Running program is really helping build this new aspect of me. (See Kaleidoscope View for more about what this means)

I had an excellent week last week. I exercised on 6 days, averaging at 47 minutes. Not including Saturday, my kJ intake averaged at 7900/day. And at the party, I did well.

I also asked for help last week and that was a big step for me. My man was amazing and his love and support was so evident in the way he helped me with the post party clean up. I have no idea what happened to all the left overs. For that I am extremely grateful.

Today I will celebrate. I will celebrate my weight loss and improved health and fitness. I will celebrate my waist and my curves. I will celebrate that I am strong and beautiful.

99.8

Hello!
It is my man’s birthday today. We had a small party yesterday with cake and a BBQ. Knowing that the party was happening, I weighed myself yesterday morning… 99.8

99.8

99.8

99.8

If I knew how to increase the font size I would write it a few more times 😀

And then, with the cake and the BBQ I ate more than I should have. It was all healthy stuff. But I just ate too much. Needless to say, I did not get on the scales this morning.

The funny thing is today, I am not hungry. Well that is not funny so much. But even though I am not hungry, I want to eat. Part of it is that I usually have a standard breakfast but today I just had a piece of toast and my latte. And for morning tea I had a small handful of almonds. And I am not physically hungry but my head is telling me to eat.

So far I have resisted. I am drinking green tea and herbal tea. I am just about to break out the chewing gum. I want to make healthy choices today. I want to see 99 on that scale again really soon.

But I got there! I lost a whole digit on the scale and I wore my special pink T-shirt that is a size 16 off the rack to celebrate, even though it was so cold yesterday.

99.8!