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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Quick Update

Hey Lean Dreamers,

I know I’ve missed a bunch of weigh ins 😦 Things have been crazy because of my commute. I feel like I never have time for anything and all I do is eat ughhhh. I’ve been in a not so great mental state the last few weeks. I gained some weight (got up to 229 lbs), but as of this morning I was 224.6 lbs, so I feel slightly back in control. I don’t know what was going on with my body, but I had two periods this month which has NEVER happened. I’m positive this contributed to my constant feeling of meh and woe is me the last few weeks. I just got back from Las Vegas and my period is almost over, so I am ready to get back into weight loss mode! I’m determined to actually do these Monday weigh in’s on a MONDAY lol

Stay Strong,

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Weigh-In # 6

Hey Lean Dreamers!

Thank the Lord my period is just about done and I am feeling so much better!

I am feeling motivated this week and just finished a 1.4 mile walk. My eating was decent today with the exception of a bag of chips. My water intake was good today! I’m close to a gallon. Hopefully I’ll get to a gallon before I go to bed.

I didn’t gain or lose any weight from last week. Even though I didn’t lose, I am so happy I didn’t gain.

Here are my results from this morning:

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Until next time…

Stay Strong,

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