Ultimate Loser: Week 9

Between food posts and work out posts, I probably have you really confused and wanting to slap me. That’s ok – that’s half the battle in life anyways – the struggle to want super delicious food and to be lean and fit.  I know that’s always been a problem for me, growing up in a household raised by a woman who showered you with food and love and it always worked out because I was soooo active as a kid. But now as I’m approaching 30 this year, I can feel myself start to slow down. I can sense a small shift in my metabolism. I can tell when I get tired (even though I’m out of shape) quicker. And that has me worried.

I’ve steadily lost weight now for the past 8 weeks and that’s been great! Even on my worst days (and weekends) I’m seeing at least a 0.4 lbs weight loss.  I have been really worried the past few weeks because I’ve been mainly just running to lose weight. I haven’t been adding weight training, I haven’t been taking extra classes, I haven’t really been eating the BEST I can. Which if you can tell from all of those statements, means I haven’t really learned a long-term weight loss plan/life-style change that’s sustainable. This past weekend, I ate a lot. A lot more than I did in LA and Ohio. I had a big breakfast, paired with a lunch at Stir Crazy and even had more food on Sunday. With only playing 1 game of volleyball and doing a 45 minute run on Friday, that really wasn’t going to counter-act the food consumption I took in.

Weighing in today was a little bittersweet. I gained 1.8 pounds over the week, which means I was absolutely correct in knowing that I need to go back to moderation and need to start CONSISTENTLY putting in workouts. I was immediately fine right after weighing in, finding myself shrugging and saying, “I knew it was going to be like this – I ate bad this past weekend.” A few minutes later it hit me that I’m going in the exact opposite direction that I wanted to on the weight loss journey and with only 10 weeks until my 30th birthday and 15 weeks until my wedding – I have some time but also am starting to feel the time crunch a little to make it to my goal of at least down to 180 by the wedding. With 15 weeks to go – that means a little over 1.5 lbs per week. I’m upset about the weight-gain but I know that I CAN do this!

A little dive into my workouts – I ran on Friday but was feeling some pain in my right hip so cut my 58 minute run/walk short to about 42 minutes. I have been struggling in Week 5 of the couch to 10K program. I can’t make it through the full 2.5 minute runs, or I start to hurt in my legs … and it’s just getting tougher. I want to be able to breeze through this before Week 6’s 73 minute run/walk with 3 minute runs – this is my dragon to slay.

This week’s work out is for your booty – so get to it!

Ultimate Loser: Week 6

Hey there – I’m here with a quick update on my past week in the Ultimate Loser Challenge my work is hosting!

I didn’t hit the workouts as hard as I wanted to but was able to squeeze in Week 4, Days 1 and 2 of my Couch to 10K running program. Day 1 was Hell. It was a 62 minute run/walk with longer runs at 2 minutes each. To say I was dying during the last 3-4 intervals is a vast understatement. But I pushed through and even though I could only do 1 minute runs during some of those intervals, I finished the run and moved on. That’s what I keep telling myself – it’s 62 minutes and you never have to do it again if you don’t want to! During Day 2 I found that voice creeping in the back of my mind trying to reason with me why it was okay if I quit 22 minutes into the run. But then I quickly changed my thought and was like, if I’ve gone this far .. what’s another 29 minutes? So it made the 52 minute Day 2 a lot easier.

I didn’t do any at home workouts and am kinda bummed about that so I’m going to focus hard on getting those completed especially since I’m traveling for work over the weekend. Working out on the road is hard, especially when it’s mixed with bad eating habits so I’m going to focus on trying to make better food decisions as well. Overall, I was pleased to find that I lost 1 lb since my last weigh in so I’m down 8.2 lbs overall. I’m feeling better, my belly is slimmer and clothes fit better. I’m hoping that next week I’ll be able to inch right under 200 lbs total (I’m at 202.4 right now).

My goals this week are to:

  • Complete 3 days of running program
  • Complete 2 at home work outs

What are your weight loss goals for the week?

 

Ultimate Loser: Week 5

I’ve been super worried about this past week because we had our Valentine’s Day meal at a yummy steakhouse and I wasn’t shy during dinner (yep, I got steak and shrimp!) and then we gorged on sushi over the weekend. But I was able to get 3 runs in, which is great – even though I slacked a tiny bit on my at-home workout routines. I’m hoping to get back into those this week and incorporate them with my running regime. I’ve just had such a jammed packed week so far as it, but I CAN DO IT, right?

So, this week I finally fit into a pair of black Gap work pants that I haven’t been able to wear for about a year because they were just way too tight. I feel like my stomach is getting smaller and I just feel better overall. I have been taking Zantac to help with some bloating and other unpleasantries that I was experiencing every time I ate (think: severe stomach craps) and it’s helped ALOT. I just finished week 3 of my couch to 5K program this week and am dreading week 4 a little bit. It’s 2 minute runs and 3 minute walks – the first run/walk is 62 minutes. Yowser! It would be my longest run/walk so far. But I know I can do it and just need to plow through and make it happen!

So – after my weigh in this week I was ECSTATIC to find that I actually am down to 203.4 lbs – so that was a 2.4 lb weight loss from last week! I’m even more excited that even after my slip up 2 weeks ago from the Superbowl where I gained back 2 lbs and was back around 209 lbs, I have been able to fully bounce back and shed that weight in 2 weeks. Score! I’m down 7lbs total over a course of 5 weeks and couldn’t be more excited! Hopefully I can keep it up and make it to my goal weight of at least down to 185 lbs by the wedding date!

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Don’t forget that there will be a Guest Blogger visiting Sunnyside Shlee this Friday! Jess from Plucky’s Second Thought will be stopping by with a great food review for you folks! Can’t wait! 

Ultimate Loser – Week 1

My work is hosting an Ultimate Loser contest where you pair up in teams of 3-5 and weigh-in weekly (on Tuesdays) to measure the weight you lost.  I joined up with a woman I know from the employee business group I am in and three of her friends. I’m actually really enjoying this competition because I’ve been tracking my food (on a 1400 calorie a day diet) via My Fitness Pal and have been really holding myself accountable tracking the calories that I consume.

My first weigh-in saw me at 210.60 lbs – which is my heaviest weight ever. Being a former high school and college athlete, knowing that it’s hard to move and you feel like crud because of the garbage you eat is devastating. I can’t move like I used to. I breathe heavy when walking up the stairs sometimes – I’m 29 … I should have those problems yet. Plus, this competition is helping me achieve my goals of losing weight and getting healthier before I turned 20 (May 28th) and my wedding (July 6th).

In addition to keeping track of my calories, I have also been trying to work out more – or at least keep working out in mind.  Even if it was walking at a slow pace in a mall for 20 minutes. Get it where you can! I’ve started running again but with the extra weight I’m carrying, it makes it hard on my joints so I need to go slow there. I also broke out the Zumba for Wii that JP’s parents got me for Christmas this year. Even though it’s in your living room, Zumba at home is no joke. And I love it because there are days when I can’t go to the gym (we have a really nice one at our apartment complex) so I can just do it at my own pace, in my own home…even though it makes the dogs nervous and they chase me around aimlessly.

Weigh-in #2 was this morning and I was pleased to find that I had lost 2.4 lbs and am down to 208.20. Not a massive, but it’s progress. I’m thinking of adding some strength training and yoga to my cardio for this week.  Any suggestions on some good workouts?