Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Favorite Show... Brings Lots of Thoughts

Today is the first episode of the new season of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. I absolutely love this show and have yet to miss an episode. I have watched it from day one... when I was well into struggling through my own. I can relate to every one of the stories and I cry at the end of every single episode. I am just so happy for them and happy for anyone that can turn their life around and get healthy.

I sit here watching this show and itch to lose the rest of this weight. I didn't lose 130 lbs. in 365 days, but I am making it on my own. I have nothing to be ashamed of. The mood that I am in now is the frustration over wanting the rest of this weight gone. I want to be with the rest of them... the ones that met their large goals. I know, I know... I shouldn't be comparing my journey to anyone else's... can't seem to help myself. (Ha! Beat you to it lol)

Maintaining is a huge thing. I have done that, for a while now. I have talked endlessly how I "just need to get over this plateau". I am just as tired of saying it, as you guys are of reading it. I haven't thrown in the towel, which a lot of people do once they get stuck. This is a lifestyle... not a fad. So no more plateau talk... it is about finishing it.

I'm cautious about my portions, but know I could be more diligent in making sure I am not over eating. I am not majorly training for any runs right now and need to find that happy medium for nutrition and fitness. Just trucking along until I get there... I will get there. I choose to be healthy and not get so frustrated that I give up. That isn't me... not anymore.

My new little trick that I learned from a friend is... Every time I go to the restroom, I do 10 squats. I drink a lot of water all day long, so let me tell you... they add up!! I love the idea of this and am hoping to get into a habit of it. I am guilty of forgetting sometimes, but that just means I have to do 20 the next time. Hopefully there is not a line for the bathroom!

It is just one more little change that will hopefully get me to where I want/need to be.

Anyone else willing to add a few more squats into their life?

Quick story- I went on a Segway tour of La Crosse last week. While reading the paper work, I saw that there was a weight limit of 280... I would NEVER have been able to do this at my previous weight. 1 thy shyness... and 2... I was too heavy. The weird thing is, I felt a moment of panic when reading that. I then had to remember that I am 100 lbs. lighter than the weight limit... The weight can hold a person back from doing more than on realizes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Let's Catch Up.

I haven't posted much this year and my plan is to change that!

Honesty time... I am where I was the last time I posted. No lbs. lost, but maintaining. I have to remind myself almost daily that that is OKAY.

I have been trying to find some way to jump start the weight loss train again... In saying that, let me tell you what I did last month.

This last month, I tried shaking things up by doing a little intermediate fasting. I know, I know. I am ALL about "if you can't do it for the rest of your life, you shouldn't be doing it now.". I still am, don't get me wrong! However, I was intrigued by a documentary that I watched and decided to do a little research. After reading a BUNCH of articles and blogs, I decided to give it a try for a few weeks to see where it got me.

I did 2 days of 500 calories and  5 days of my regular 1300-1500 calories. Let me just say... it wasn't easy the first day! I didn't have any coffee... CRAZY! So after that I made sure to factor in some calories for my morning deliciousness.

 I split my day to 200 calories during the day and a 300 calorie meal at night. I found a TON of recipes for 300 cal per serving. I now have a few more favorites for the recipe box. Anywho... I did this for about 4 weeks. First week I lost almost 5 lbs. right off the bat. The following weeks... not so much. HOWEVER- it was totally about losing weight for me. I wanted to surprise my body and say "WAKE THE HELL UP". Almost every article you read about losing weight, it states to shake things up a bit. Your body gets used to your daily routine. So that is what I did... in a big way.

Another thing I learned during the 4 weeks was that my portions were still at the point from when I was training for the half. I was training yes, but only for 6.5. I needed a wake up call to get me back into check for portions.

So! I am done with the fasting. Overall- It was good. Something I could do forever? Nope. Something I may use again? Never say Never.

This is my first week back to regular calories every day. I am interested in seeing how things shake out for the rest of the week!

This journey is NEVER boring.