Weekly Update 9/22/2017

Hey Lean Dreamers,

I decided not to do a weigh in again this week. And I won’t be doing one for a while. Lately, I’ve been dealing with being depressed about my weight. Getting on the scale all the time just seems to exacerbate the issue. I was hoping reporting my weight here weekly would help me to stick to my diet and exercise, but lately it has just caused more stress. And when I stress, I eat. I am definitely an emotional eater. I think I need to not step on the scale for a few weeks (maybe longer) while I get my head together. I’ve lost my way a little bit when it comes to eating healthy. I still have not been eating fast food, however, I need to learn to control how much I eat.

I’ll still be checking in here weekly or more often as time allows. I will be focusing on the non-scale victories for a while. For example, how many inches I’ve lost and how my clothes fit. I’ll be taking it one day at a time.

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Along with eating better I need to exercise more! This week I’m going to do the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred DVD. Jillian is my favorite fitness guru and I’ve had success with her DVDs in the past, so I’m hoping I will have success again.

Is it just me, or have you ever felt like you needed to take time away from the scale? Let me know in the comments.

Talk Soon,

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P.S. My name is pronounced Sha-Day πŸ™‚

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Weigh In Day – 9/15/2017

Hey Lean Dreamers,

I decided not to do a weigh in this week. Why? Because I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life. LOL

Seriously though, this week I learned that I do not do well with change. My normal scheduleΒ  consists of working two jobs so if my sleep schedule is disrupted I become a mess. That’s why meal prep is so crucial for me. I already don’t like cooking, so if I don’t have something readily available to eat, I revert to eating out. It’s a lose lose situation.

My downfall started last Sunday. For whatever reason I decided to take a nap in the middle of the day. That messed up my sleep schedule that night which made me super tired Monday. I forced myself to do a light walk on the treadmill at lunch. On Tuesday I was still tired. Tuesday night I had a birthday dinner and got home super late. So I was tired again on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday didn’t fare much better. I only managed that one workout on Monday.

The one positive thing that happened this week is I made it another week with no fast food. Even though I did eat out, I tried to be healthy and sensible.

So, I didn’t want to get on the scale yesterday because I was already feeling down for not working out most of the week. If I would have seen the scale go up that would have just made me feel even worse.

This coming week WILL be better. I’m claiming it now.

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The goal this week is to start doing morning workouts. I used to workout in the morning years ago and I loved it. Somewhere along the way I stopped and it has seemed impossible to get back into it. That will change this week. I want to be that person who works out every morning!

This week I’m going to do the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred DVD. I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and loved it!

How is your weight loss journey going? Let me know in the comments. I love hearing about other journeys. Let’s motivate each other!

 

Talk Soon,

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P.S. My name is pronounced Sha-Day πŸ™‚

Weigh In Day – 9/8/2017

Hey Lean Dreamers!

I’m not gonna lie, I kicked but this week! I got my meal prep done, I kept my calories low, and I exercised regularly. If only every week could be like this. I noticed that when I’m not on my period or PMSing I can do anything LOL So I’m trying to take advantage of this time when I’m not being sabotaged by Mother Nature and hormones.

On 9/1/2017 I weighed 228.0 pounds.

On 9/8/2017 I weighed 222.4 pounds.

That’s right, I lost 5.6 pounds in one week! Obviously, this is not normal. Since I had been eating A LOT the prior weeks and then cut back to about 1200-1300 calories per day and drank a lot of water that is why I’m seeing such great results this first week. Moving forward I hope to see at least 2 – 3 pounds each week.

I’m trying to lose 10 pounds this month, and a total of 29 pounds by the end of the year. Basically my goal is to finally be in ONEderland by the end of the year. In case you are not familiar with the term, Onederland is when your weight begins with the number one.

One of my other goals for this month is to lose 3 inches from my waist.

On 9/1/2017 my waist was 39.5 inches.

On 9/8/2017 my waist was 39 inches.

I lost 1/2 an inch from my waist! My stomach is my sore spot that causes me the most anxiety and insecurity so the fact that it shrunk even a little bit is a major deal for me.

That’s all I have for this week. I’ll be weighing in again on Friday, 9/15/2017 hoping that the scale will show 220 pounds or lower. *fingers crossed*

Talk Soon,

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P.S. My name is pronounced Sha-Day πŸ™‚

September 2017 Goals

Hey Lean Dreamers!

I haven’t checked in for a while, but I am still here on my weight loss journey. I don’t know what happened to August. It just flew by. Although I’ve been working out regularly, I’ve been eating too many calories so unfortunately I have gained some weight back 😦 BUT I’m still technically less than I was on 7/1/2017 when I officially re-started my dedication to this journey.

My weight as of 7/1/2017: 229.4 pounds.

My weight as of 8/1/2017: 224.0 pounds.

My weight as of 9/1/2017: 228.0 pounds.

This month I’m going to focus on the following:

Shrinking my stomach: I know this is not something that can be done overnight and that it’s impossible to pick where you want to lose weight on your body (aka spot reduce), however, I know that my poor eating habits (fast food, sugar, etc.) contribute heavily to the size of my stomach. As of right now my belly is 39.5 inches. When I measure, I measure from the narrowest part of my waist to my belly button.

Having a big stomach has taken a significant toll on my self-esteem. I used to love my body. I really want to get that feeling back. I’ve been asked more than once if I am pregnant (I’m not). I hate all the shirts I own because they seem to highlight how big my stomach is, but I’m too broke to buy new shirts/I don’t want to waste money on bigger sizes if I’m planning on losing the weight. Based on the research I’ve done regarding losing belly fat, it sounds like I need to drink lots of water, reduce my overall body weight, eliminate processed and junk food, do cardio 5 times per week, and do ab exercises. PHEW. It will be a challenge but the goal is to lose at lest 3 inches off of my stomach in September.

Goal: Lose 3 inches off my waist.

Meal Prep/No Eating Out: I completely failed at this in August. I don’t have any excuse. I was just being lazy and every weekend would pass by without me cooking my meals for the week which contributed to my weight gain and all the eating out drained by bank account. It was hard to cook anything during the week because everyday after work I was driving for Uber which is my current side hustle. As much as I love the extra money, if I don’t prepare my meals/snack before hand I always end up gaining weight.

As I type this I have chicken and vegetables in the oven in preparation for this weeks meals. I’m hoping this action will contribute to shrinking my waist and my next goal.

Goal: Start weekly meal prep routine.

Lose 10 pounds: There are four months left in the year. YIKES. My goal is to be 190 pounds by 12/31/2017. That means I need to lose roughly 10 pounds every month for the next four months. I believe that if I focus on reducing my calorie intake, eating clean, and exercising regularly then it can happen! So, since my weight on 9/1/2017 was 228.0 pounds, my weight on 10/1/2017 needs to be 218.0 pounds or less. That would mean I’m finally in the teens! I haven’t been there in so long. I CANNOT WAIT! I can already feel myself feeling better LOL

Goal: Lose 10 pounds.

Side note, posting my goals on here definitely helps me stick to them. It holds me accountable. I didn’t post my goals for August and I ended up gaining weight!

I’ll be back with my weekly weigh-in later this week!

Hope you have a healthy week!

XO,

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Weigh In Day – Week 4

Hi Lean Dreamers,

It’s my last weigh in for July 2017! I can’t believe I lasted a whole month and stuck to my goals AND actually updated this blog! haha

Unfortunately, I gained 0.4 pounds this week. 😦 As bummed as I am about that, I am very happy that overall for the month of July I lost 5.4 pounds!

Why I gained weight this week

Last weekend I was browsing Netflix and decided to watch a documentary called “What The Health.” BIG MISTAKE. The documentary is pro-vegan and provides disturbing details about the meat industry. After watching it, the thought of eating meat made me feel nauseous. So I decided to go vegan, then quickly realized it was much more realistic to start with a vegetarian diet, and then I realized that doing this cold turkey was not realistic at all. So I didn’t eat meat for 3 days. After those 3 days I binged on sushi and junk food. I was so hungry!! Moral of the story: I really screwed up my diet this week because I did something too drastic and paid the price for it. Although it’s not realistic (right now) for me to be vegan or vegetarian, it did make me realize that I need to incorporate more vegetables into my meals. And I will be buying organic meat from now on.

What I learned this month

I’m 31 years old and learned that the rumors are true: the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight. It’s not impossible, but it is a STRUGGLE. Had I done exactly what I did in July 10 years ago, I would probably be down around 15 pounds. I know this because I did it in the past. So this means I will have to work even harder if I want to see those types of results again. However, even though the weight is coming off SUPER slowly, I am confident that I can KEEP IT OFF because I’m doing it the healthy way. I’m changing my lifestyle with realistic changes that can last a lifetime.

Did I stick to my goals?

I wrote a blog post describing the three goals I wanted to stick to in July.

No coffee: I lasted 27 days! I cannot remember the last time I didn’t drink coffee for the that long. I definitely notice the difference in my ability to fall asleep faster now that I haven’t been having coffee twice a day. I had coffee on July 28th and it was so delicious LOL. I now feel more in control and feel like I can have it in moderation and not let it consume my everyday routine.

No fast food: I lasted 28 days! This was MAJOR for me. Never at any point in time in my life (literally) have I ever ate this many home cooked meals. I grew up in a single parent household and ate a lot of fast food and didn’t learn a lot about cooking. Unfortunately, I carried those habits into adulthood and now the weight has finally caught up with me. I definitely feel less sluggish and have more energy since I cut out fast food. The main fast food restaurants I would visit regularly were McDonald’s, Panda Express, and In-N-Out. I had NONE of those for 28 days. Crazy. I did go out to eat to sit-down restaurants (which I don’t consider fast food) three times this month. Each time I went out I ordered sensibly and didn’t have alcohol. It was a real challenge to cook so much because it’s not something I’m used to but I am so happy I did it. I went to the mall on the 28th and had some Panda Express and I regret it! I’m definitely going to continue with not having fast food in the future.

Exercise 6 days a week: This was an epic fail. I did not meet this goal at all the entire month. Last week was the first week I exercised for five days out of the week. Prior to that I was doing 2 – 3 days per week. So there is progress, but I definitely need to increase my exercise in the future.

Here are my official week 4/July results!

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I’m happy this month is over LOL It was a struggle! I learned a lot and I’m happy I lost weight. I’m hoping I can bring the same energy and focus into August and I’m hoping it will be at least a little bit easier. I’ll be posting my August goals sometime this week.

Talk Soon,

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P.S. My name is pronounced Shah-Day πŸ™‚

Weigh In Day – Week 3

Hi Lean Dreamers,

When I woke up last Saturday morning I was super BLOATED because my period had started the day before. I didn’t even want to stand on the scale because I was convinced that it was going to be up by at least 3 – 5 pounds. But luckily I did because I lost 0.8 pounds! Of course, I was disappointed I didn’t reach my goal of 2 – 3 pounds for the week, but I was so relieved that it went down at all!

I hope the next weigh in will be better. It’s always a challenge to eat clean and healthy when I’m on my period, but I’m determined to not see the scale go up ever again!

Below are my official third week results!

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Weigh In Results Week 3 7/22/17

I was a little late posting this week, but should be on time posting this Saturday. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for daily updates!

Talk Soon,

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P.S. My name is pronounced Shah-Day πŸ™‚

Weigh In Day – Week 2

Hi Lean Dreamers,

These last two weeks have been HARD. I completely cut out fast food and decided to drink only water. (Read more about my July goals here). This meant that I had to cook 99% of my meals (I had one date night out at a restaurant which wasn’t fast food). It also meant that I had to give up coffee. Coffee is a nemesis for me because I always drink the sugariest coffee drinks which had started to drain my energy.

Although these past two weeks have been difficult, I can tell that the changes are working! I still have my tired days, but overall I feel much more energized and not as sluggish as I used to. I’m also falling asleep much easier which I believe is due to not having two coffees a day which was way too much caffeine. And best of all, I am seeing the scale go down!

The hardest part has been fighting the cravings. I did have Funyuns (my favorite chips) a few times, but I ate the snack size bags which were just enough to satisfy my versus getting the normal size or jumbo size bags like I did in the past which is just overkill. I’m most surprised that I did not give in to the fast food cravings. I really had some tough days when I wanted Panda Express (my favorite), but I’ve finally reached a point in my life where I want the weight loss more than I want the food. Since I have finally made weight loss a priority this has helped me push through on those tough days.

Below are my official second week results!

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Weigh In Results Week 2 7/15/17

Wow! I’m officially down 5 pounds! What a difference cooking for yourself makes! I was shocked when I stood on the scale this morning because I was not expecting that number. This past week I did not exercise at all 😦 My gym buddy at work was on vacation and she is the one that pushes me. I know I need to learn to push myself so it’s no excuse, but she will be back next week so I can get back on track.

This past week I drank a gallon of water every day. I’m sure this had a huge impact on my loss this week. Water helped me feel full and it helped fight my cravings as well. Cooking all my meals meant I consumed way fewer calories than when I would eat fast food everyday.

So this coming week I will be incorporating daily exercise and continuing with no fast food and water only. I think with this strategy I can lose at least 3 pounds this week! That is the goal.

I hope your July is going well and that you are meeting your goals. Let me know how you are doing on your weight loss journey in the comments.

Talk Soon,

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P.S. My name is pronounced Shah-Day πŸ™‚

Weigh In Day – Week 1

Hi Lean Dreamers,

As you know, I restarted my weight loss journey on 7/1/2017 and I’m determined to make this the last time I re-start it. I’m more mentally focused than ever, so I’m confident that I can finally get to my goal weight of 160 pounds without ever having to restart again!

Along with my weight goal, I have inch goals, too! With the exception of my bust, I don’t know how many inches I was when I was at my goal weight about 10 years ago. So, for inches I Googled what the healthy ranges are for inches on my waist and hips. So, for those numbers I’ll mostly know what my goal is when I get there. Honestly, anything is better than what I am at right now!

For my Body Fat Percentage and Body Mass Index (BMI), I Googled what was a healthy range for my age and height. Losing more weight/fat and building more muscle is how I can reach the healthy, ideal ranges.

Below are my official first week results!

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Weigh In Results Week 1 7/8/17

I’m ecstatic that I lost 2.8 pounds this week! I worked really hard to fight my cravings and not eat any fast food and I only drank water! A major difference from my twice a day sugary coffee habit. I didn’t quite meet my exercise goals of 6 times per week. I worked out twice which included a hike I did on my day off work this week. Next week I’m going to focus on getting back into daily exercise and hopefully see the same or even better results.

That’s all I have for now. I hope your first week of July was amazing! Let me know how you are doing on your weight loss journey in the comments.

Talk Soon,

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P.S. My name is pronounced Shah-Day πŸ™‚

The Scale I Use

Hey Lean Dreamers,

I wanted to take a moment to share the scale that I use to weigh myself because it’s awesome!

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Homedics HealthStation Glass Body Fat Scale

It’s a HoMedics HealthStation Glass Body Fat Scale. It’s awesome because it tells you more than just your weight. It also tells you your percentage of total body water, your percentage of body fat, your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and your body mass index (BMI).

I’m learning that all of these measurements are important to keep track of when considering my overall health. Right now, I am mostly concerned about my body fat percentage. That percentage is really high which means I need to lose the fat and gain muscle. Losing fat and gaining muscle is The Lean Dream!

Do you have a favorite scale you use? I would love to know! Let me know in the comments.

Talk Soon,

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P.S. My name is pronounced Shah-Day πŸ™‚

Holiday Hike

Hi Lean Dreamers,

I had the day off work today for Fourth of July and I went on a hike!

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Holiday hike in Los Angeles, CA

I am not an outdoorsy person whatsoever. I hate being in the sun and having to constantly shoo away bugs. However, hiking is a great leg workout and gives a good calorie burn, so I sucked it up and got out there today. My knees aren’t the best since I’ve had some knee injuries in the past, but today went well. The hike was 2.7 miles and took about an hour and a half. It felt good to be active on a day when I would have normally slept in. Now I feel like I can be productive for the rest of the day.

The video above is from my SnapChat. My username is @girlondead. The name comes from the podcast that I host about the TV show The Walking Dead!

Hope you all are enjoying your day!

Talk Soon,

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P.S. My name is pronounced Shah-Day πŸ™‚