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 🙂

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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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Back On The Wagon

Hey Lean Dreamers!

It’s been a long while since I’ve checked in. As I mentioned before, I started a new job last summer that was about a 50 mile one way commute. It was horrible! Doing so much driving took up so much time, took away my energy, and left me mentally and emotionally drained. Luckily, I have finally moved closer to work! It feels like I got my life back. I wasted so much time, but I did what had to be done to survive. Anyway, now that my schedule is back on track, I can re-focus on my weight loss journey and really start seeing some results.

Today I weighed in at 228.8 pounds.

That is good and bad news. Good because I was 231.6 on 5/1/17, but bad because the last time I checked in here I was 221.6. Regardless, I have a long way to go to get to my ultimate goal of 160 pounds.

So what am I doing to make this lean dream come true?

First, exercise! My job has a gym on site. Can you believe that?! I really lucked out with that benefit. I have been going everyday at lunch with a co-worker and it has been awesome. Sometimes we will do a YouTube workout video that incorporates cardio and strength training. On other days we will do the treadmill and strength training. We’ve been going consistently the last few months, but I have not seen major weight loss results because my eating habits have been terrible. Which brings me to the second area I’m focusing on…

Calorie intake! It really is true that weight loss only happens when you burn more calories than you take in.  This month I will be focusing on cooking as much as humanly possible. Dramatic I know, but I am not in the habit of cooking for myself. I am conditioned to eating out, so this is a major deal for me. I’ll go deeper into that issue in a later post.

It’s getting late, and I need sleep, but I wanted to make sure I finally checked in. I’ll definitely be posting more often now that I’m not commuting.

Talk soon,

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Weigh-In #14

Hey Lean Dreamers,

Woo hoo! I’m down 3 pounds this week! Today I weighed in at 221.6 pounds. Last week I was 224.6 pounds. I didn’t quite reach my goal of getting out of the 220s but I am SO close! 

Goal this week is to NOT backslide. I’ll be doing my meal prep tonight for the rest of the week. I know meal prep was the reason for my success. I decided to not be a glutton and it worked wonders! This week I’m going to fit in at least 3 workouts. Wish me luck!

Stay strong,

Temptations

Hi Lean Dreamers,

This week I’ve taken back control over my eating and it feels amazing! I did my meal prep on Sunday and have been sticking to eating what I’ve cooked everyday. I’ll start posting pics of what I eat each week soon. 

The most important part for me is making sure I have healthy snacks on hand because if I get hungry I immediately go for peanut m&ms or Funyuns – both which are immediately available at my job! So this week I’ve been snacking on grapes, apple slices and mixed nuts…yummy! Ok, but I do miss the Funyuns. 

This week has not been easy though. On Tuesday my boss treated everyone to pizza and I had to decline which was the worst! Telling your boss no and getting crazy looks from everyone was not fun but well worth it in the end.

Yesterday someone brought in Krispy Kreme donuts! Those are literally the best donuts EVER and it took EVERYTHING in my being to eat ZERO. I could easily eat five of those without batting an eye but I resisted!!

I’m working on my self control everyday. Hopefully this pays off and I am finally out of the 220s come Monday! Fingers crossed!

Stay strong,

 

Weigh-In #13

Hey Lean Dreamers,

I lost 1.8 pounds last week! 

On Monday, October 10, 2016 I weighed in at 224.6 pounds. This week I’m focusing on consuming less calories. I want to be out of the 220s for good!! I’m aiming for 1200 to 1300 per day. I’ve come to the conclusion that for me commuting and working out don’t go together. I’m driving about 4 hours everyday until I move and it has been beyond difficult for me to find the energy to work out. Mix that with eating fast food and junk food (which makes me even more sluggish) and I’m set up for disaster! So this week I’m taking back control eating wise. Even if I can’t workout I know that at least not over eating will help me lose some pounds. 

Since I can’t workout I’ve been sneaking in some activity during the day such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator in the parking structure at work. Yesterday my co workers and I decided to climb some stairs on our break (5 flights!) and I am so sore today!

I’m aiming to see 219 or less on the scale soon!  #bye220s

Stay Strong,

Weigh-In #12

Hi Lean Dreamers,

Weighed in today at 226.4 pounds. Definitely not where I want to be, but determined to turn it around this week. Today I’m drinking more water because I’ve been slacking on that A LOT. I haven’t been exercising the last couple weeks so I’m going to ease back into it by going for a walk tonight.

Stay Strong,

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