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!

7-29-17 Weight Loss Chart

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 🙂

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!

7-22-17 Weight Loss Chart

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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!

Homedics Scale Model SC-531

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 🙂

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 🙂

July 2017 Goals

Hi Lean Dreamers!

It’s the top of the month and I am feeling motivated! If you read my last post you know that June was not a great month for weight-loss. I actually gained weight! As disappointing as this was, I learned a lot about what NOT to do in order to succeed in my weight loss journey.

I have a few goals that I will be focused on for July that I know will help me do better.

1. No more coffee. 

I am ready to end my toxic relationship with coffee once and for all! The coffee drinks I choose are filled with so much sugar and ruin my sleep cycles. For the month of July I am committing to drinking WATER ONLY. I have toyed with having it in moderation SO MANY times in the past and it has never worked. I always spiral out of control and end up having it everyday and usually twice per day. That ends in July!

2. No fast food.

Since I failed at meal prep in July, I ate a lot of fast food. My weakness is Panda Express. I was there almost daily. I can’t believe I even said that, but it’s true. July will be the month that I finally start cooking for myself. Not only will this save calories, but I will save a ton of money!

3. Exercise 6 times per week.

In June I actually didn’t do terrible with exercise, but since I ate so terribly I completely canceled out the calorie burn from the exercise. I got out of the habit of going everyday at lunch. Instead, I went 2-3 times per week. In July I’m going to increase it back to everyday. The hard part will be the 6th day on the weekend because I’m used to bingeing and relaxing on the weekends. And that is yet another reason I am not seeing results!

I’m going into July determined to make this weight loss work! What are your plans for July? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear about your journey.

Talk Soon,

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P.S. My name is pronounced Shah-Day 🙂

June Weight Loss Review: Epic Fail

Hey Lean Dreamers,

June was my attempt to re-start my weight-loss journey and I did not do well. The beginning of the month started okay, then got worse from there. Even though this situation totally blows I don’t want to be a total Negative Nancy. I believe that even when I fail, I still have something to learn from the failure so that I can do better the next time around. Therefore, I want to focus on what I learned from the month of June and put a plan in place to finally change these bad habits that have caused my weight gain.

First, here are my weight loss results for June 2017:

Goal weight: 160 pounds

Weight as of 6/1/17: 228.8 pounds

Weight as of 6/30/17: 229.4 pounds

Total weight gain: +0.6 pounds

What I learned in June 2017:

1. If I don’t prep my meals at the beginning of the week, I will eat out too much.

I work a full-time job, drive for Uber on nights and weekends, and I am pursuing other entrepreneurial goals. My days are booked. That’s why I workout during lunch and like to prep my meals so that I don’t have to deal with cooking during the week. Unfortunately, I only successfully prepped one week this month. The rest of the month I ate out A LOT. Not to mention I spent way too much money so my bank account is not looking good.

2. I drink too much coffee.

If I only drank black coffee that would probably be okay, but I drink my coffee with tons of added sugar and I love the fancy, sugary drinks like Frappuccinos. This month I drank coffee at least once per day, sometimes twice per day. Ironically I think the coffee is starting to drain my energy. The caffeine keeps me up which makes me sleep less, which makes me more tired the next day. It’s a VICIOUS cycle. Also, I’m positive I’m addicted to sugar. Therefore, I think the only option is to go cold turkey and give up coffee altogether. 😦 I’ve tried having it in moderation and that just doesn’t work for me right now. The addiction is too strong.

3. I binge too often on the weekends.

Since I don’t work my office job on the weekends, I lack a structured schedule on Saturday and Sunday. I use this time to relax, catch up on TV and sometimes drive for Uber. This means I usually order delivery and eat A LOT while binge watching a show. I’ve had this bad habit for years and I’ve finally realized that it’s time to make a change to how I approach eating on the weekends.

These were just a few of the things I learned during June. The good news is that they are all things I can change. It won’t be easy, but I know it is possible. JULY WILL BE BETTER. I’m claiming it now. I’ve spent too long being unhappy with my weight and now is the time to change. My next post will detail the specific goals I have for July.

Until next time, I wish you all a happy and healthy July!

Talk Soon,

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Weigh-In #3

Hey Lean Dreamers!

Last Thursday, 6/15/17, I did my third weigh-in since restarting my weight loss journey on 6/1/17. I lost exactly one pound. I was actually surprised I lost anything because I had started my period a couple days prior and that morning I felt like a huge, bloated mess. I’m grateful for the pound. As long as the scale is going down, I’m happy! Of course, I want it to go down faster, but at this point I’ve learned that trying to lose weight fast is just not in the cards for me. My period derailed my eating habits and exercise a bit, but this week I feel back on track. Stupid hormones. I don’t have any new goals this week. June is all about figuring out how to eat less calories and exercise more. I feel like every day is a struggle, but I’m sticking with it!

Goal weight: 160 pounds

Weight as of 6/1/17: 228.8 pounds

Weight as of 6/15/17: 225.4 pounds

Total weight lost 3.4 pounds

 

Talk Soon,

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Weigh-In

Hey Lean Dreamers!

Last week was challenging but I still managed to lose weight!

Goal weight: 160 pounds

Weight as of 6/1/17: 228.8 pounds

Weight as of 6/8/17: 226.4 pounds

Total weight lost 2.4 pounds

I believe the main thing that helped was that I started drinking mostly water again. Those liquid calories add up quickly! I mentioned in my previous post that I wanted to start cooking more and exercising regularly. I didn’t cook as much as I anticipated, but I made a few meals, so not a total fail. I definitely want to increase my cooking this week. My exercise last week was meh. I really need to step my game up this week. However, I did start climbing the stairs at work (5 flights) on my break everyday. My legs were definitely feeling the burn.

I’m trying not to get overwhelmed with how much weight I have to lose, so I’m taking it one week at a time and I’m trying to do better each week.

So here’s to a productive and healthy week!

Talk soon,

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