Tuesday, April 8, 2008

It's Spring!!

I love that it's going to be in the 60's all week and sunny! It gives me so much more motivation to get outside and exercise, and also eat well. Ever notice how you want to eat lighter foods when it's warm, and heavy comfort foods in the winter?

This weekend my family came to visit and saw the trophy in person. We are all still so motivated to lose this weight and win that trophy! My brother lost 8 pounds (he's a big guy), I lost 4 (198.5), my mom lost 4 and my dad gained a pound. He has trouble snacking when he's around the house, and last week happened to be his vacation. He should see a loss this week.

I stepped on the scale this morning (I know, I know) and it said 196.5. So that's good. Oh, and for consistency, my family brought their home scale and it shows a 5 pound lighter weight than mine. My parents said their scale is close to what they weigh at the doctor's office, so I think my actual weight is more like 191.5 right now, but it doesn't matter - as long as I use the same scale it will show how much weight I'm losing - even if the number isn't my actual weight.

I walked almost a mile to work today and hope to walk it back (as long as I don't get out of work late). I walked over a mile yesterday too, plus lifted weights and did crunches and some light yoga. All in all, I'm feeling a lot better!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

It's Working!!!

So I know you're not supposed to weigh yourself too often because we all have daily fluctuations. However, this morning I could not resist the urge and stepped on the scale....198!! I knew some of the pounds I saw on Sunday morning were water, not fat.

Monday, March 31, 2008

I can make you thin

I've been watching that TLC show, I Can Make You Thin. It's helpful, and reminds me the basics work: eat when you're hungry (don't starve); eat what you want; eat consciously and stop when you're full. Eat less and exercise. These things work - it's just that sometimes they're hard to stick with. I like the idea of eating slowly and not restricting certain foods.

I walked quite a bit to work today (.5 miles) which was good, especially since it's not nice out. Once it becomes nice out I'm planning on walking 1 mile to work and 1 mile from work...or more depending on how early I get up.

I have a Shoe-A-Day calendar with a picture of a different shoe every day with notes as to the designer, year, etc. Today's is a wild ankle-wrap ivy sandal in green suede by none other than Manolo. They're gorgeous.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Day One

So my family's weight loss competition has begun. I weighed myself today, and I was shocked to see a 2 in front of my weight. This, officially, has been my highest weight of my life. It was a very fluid number: the first time I stepped on the scale it said 202.5 which made me want to cry. Then, a few minutes later I stepped on again and it said 202. After going to the bathroom it said 199.5. Wow, losing weight is easy...all I have to do is think of it and it happens I thought to myself. However, I knew most of it was water weight as I've been eating very badly lately and so I was full of sodium. I figure after this first week of eating healthy I'll get to my "true" weight, and then can go from there.

I went to the gym and fell in love with working out again. I am not one of those people who can't stand working out: when I'm doing it, I love it. I turning up my music and sweating it out on a machine or outside on a track. Although I was never an athlete, I danced competitively from the ages of 6-18, and danced in college. I love moving to music. I did 15 minutes on the elliptical machine, and realized how out of shape I am. I used to be able to do 45 minutes with little effort...and I did the 15 minutes today fairly slowly because my heartrate was increasing too quickly. I have to constantly remind myself to start slowly so I don't get injured. I then did 35 minutes on the recumbant bicycle while reading US Weekly and listening to my music - it flew by.

The one thing I've noticed too is that when I start to gain control over something like eating right and working out, I want to take control over other things in my life such as my apartment (cleaning and organizing) and my career. Funny how that works, huh?

I know this is the "high" of starting a new healthy lifestyle, and I want to continue this for the rest of my life.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Biggest lesson of all

All or Nothing
Succeed or Fail
Perfect or Not

This is how I think when I'm trying to lose weight. I am a perfectionist and I think that's part of the reason I gained this weight to begin with. I am very gung-ho in the beginning, perfect if you will, and then as soon as I make one mistake, no matter how tiny (which I will, because as human beings, we're not perfect) I give up or slowly go off track.


It doesn't matter why. I know I do this and I know it needs to stop. I need to believe that one mistake won't hurt me in the long run, but giving up and throwing out the whole plan because I made one mistake will. So here's to sticking with it, even if I have bumps along the way!

Healthy Dose of Competition

So my entire family is overweight. Even our cat of 13 years, Sammy, who passed away in September was overweight. The new kittens are not overweight yet (to illustrate just how sports-loving our family is, their names are Jeter and Joba), and hopefully won't be because we are all going to be slimming down.

My mother has decided to get the Lap-Band surgery to lose weight. Granted, it's not gastric bypass, which I believe is so dangerous and only worth it if you are so morbidly obese that you have no quality of life or you are in danger of dying very soon. But still, it's weight loss surgery. She's been going through the process to become qualified for it and approved by the health insurance company. Part of that process is to lose some weight pre-surgery. She has 11 pounds to go. To help motivate her to achieve this, and to get the rest of the family started on their own weight loss journeys, we have decided to do a biggest loser-type weight loss competition for 10 weeks. I even bought a trophy (http://www.k2awards.com/) which is engraved:
(Family Name) Biggest Loser
June 2008
(I got the trophy super fast - and cheap).

So the competition begins on Sunday and goes for 10 weeks. We have 2 women and 2 men, so we'll see if what happens on the Biggest Loser is true in real life: guys have the advantage. We're only keeping track of our percentage of weight loss (to share between us) and not our actual weights. My goal is to lose 20 pounds in the 10 weeks - a nice healthy goal of 2 pounds per week. My brother and I are very competitive in general, but especially with each other. It will also be good because being 20 pounds lighter when summer begins will give me extra motivation to continue.

Speaking of summer.....it's snowing outside. It's March 28. Ugh.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

About Me

I'm a 26 year old single girl who loves her shoes, has dated too many fools and is on a journey to lose about 50 pounds. Thus, this blog was born.

I'm a die-hard, born and bred Yankees fan and love other sports as well. I grew up in a sports household - where ESPN is on pretty much 24/7. I have a brother who's 3 years younger than me. I have 2 cats, Simba and Rafiki (Fiki) but am not a crazy cat lady, I swear.