Month: October 2015

Tired of Weight Fluctuations!

Tired of Weight Fluctuations

I’m so tired of my weight going up and down all the time! I never know what the scale is going to say when I step on it in the morning, and I’m really fed up seeing the number go up instead of going down. As a woman, I know that my weight is going to fluctuate, especially during that time of the month, but it’s still so damn frustrating.

Sometimes, it’s really hard to keep pushing when the number goes up. I know, I know. I shouldn’t put so much emphasis on the scale. Let’s me realistic for a minute. Anyone who is committed to losing weight steps on the scale and uses that number to track progress. Don’t try to tell me any different because I know better. 😉

Overall, I feel amazing but I’m totally confused on a couple of things. Maybe you can help me figure them out. Here goes….

  1. How in the hell do I not lose weight when I’m busting my ass? I’m working hard to be under my calorie goal, meet/exceed my burn and step goals. What in the world causes one to gain weight doing all of that when it’s not my time of the month (which, I don’t really have anymore but you probably didn’t need to know that).
  2. I know that drinking water decreases water retention but how much water does one need to actually drink to do that? Sometimes I feel like my insides are floating and all I hear is that damn jiggling sound.

Weight loss is so damn frustrating. Why can’t it be as easy as gaining it? Sometimes I feel like I’m working for nothing. I know that’s not the case but that’s how I feel sometimes. I don’t want to let myself down or fall back into old habits but it’s so easy to just throw in the towel.

Ugh, ok, now that that’s over it’s time to get back to work. Hang there! We all have periods of frustration and discontent but the trick is not giving into them. It’s hard as hell but it’s worth it in the end.

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Fat: Where Does It Go?

Fat Where Does It Go

When you think of shedding pounds, do you think of the fat literally falling off? I do. I imagine fat falling off like hair during a hair cut. But, as we all know, it doesn’t happen like that. So, if you’re losing weight, where does it go?

Well, from what I understand, fat cells shrink as you burn more calories than you take in and the fat is excreted from the body. I’m now looking at myself differently. When I look in the mirror now, I see big ass fat cells everywhere. My challenge is to shrink as many of them as possible. Shouldn’t that be your challenge, too?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could actually see the fat lost? Part of me would love to see it to see just how much I don’t have to carry around anymore. But, another part of me doesn’t want to see it because then I’d have to clean it up. 😀

Anyway, as long as the fat keeps coming off, I don’t really care where it goes. Just as long as it stays gone! Always remember to burn more calories than you eat in order to see the number on the scale go down. But, DON’T get too wrapped up in that number. Take into consideration how much better you feel and never forget all of your NSVs (non-scale victory). It all makes a difference and it all counts!

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Weight Tracker Printable Insert

weight-tracker
I love my Filofax and I never go anywhere without it. I’m also very old school when it comes to writing things down. No matter how much I’ve tried, I just can’t rely solely on my iPhone. I need that structure of keeping a plan, writing everything down, and checking things off my to-do list (which never seems to dwindle). But, I digress.

I’m always looking for new ways to make the most of my Filo and that means creating new inserts. Since we’ve been dealing with rain and all that nastiness for like 7 days in a row, I decided to organize my planner and prepare for the coming week. I just moved back into my personal Finsbury (from my A5) and I had some work to do. I’ve been busy creating inserts today and I wanted to share one of them with you (I’ll share the other ones I created later this month – so stay tuned!).

Although I track my weight in the Lose It! app, I wanted it on paper, too. So, I created a weight tracker printable for just that purpose. It’s a clean layout and very easy to use. Click the button below to download this free printable!

FREE DOWNLOAD

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September Results + October Changes

September Results October Changes

We’re now into October and the weather has finally started to cool off here. This weekend marks our annual Fall Festival, which means a parade, a lot of walking, and unhealthy food for days. I won’t be eating anything at the Fall Festival for obvious reasons but I will be enjoying the weather and exercise.

Anyway, my results for September weren’t everything I’d hoped they’d be but it’s nothing to sneeze at either. I wasn’t expecting to lose as much weight as I did in August but I was hoping for more than I lost. But, I have no one to blame but myself. I didn’t exercise nowhere near as much as I should have or needed to. I’ve really got to get off my ass and move more.

My weight fluctuated a lot last month and I spent a few days being really discouraged. I didn’t quit, which is a huge sign of growth for me (pun not intended). I’m growing as a person because, any other time, that would have been the end of my journey….again.

September Results

Okay, on to the results for September. Drum roll please……

On September 1, I weighed 260.8 pounds and by mid-September I was 253.2 pounds. By the end of the month, I weighed in at 251.6 pounds, for a total loss of 9.2 pounds.

October Changes

October will be a month of more exercise and less coffee. Yes, I said it, less coffee. I’m working my way down from a large iced caramel mocha to a medium and, eventually a small. I can’t believe I’m actually willingly downsizing my coffee but it’s just way too many calories. There are 350 calories in a large. Do you know how much food that is? It’s a lot and the food sticks with me longer than the coffee.

I also need to re-evaluate my food choices because I don’t feel as though I’m eating as healthy as I was before. I’ve been eating a lot of the sandwich thins (whole grain, of course) instead of actual whole grain bread. I’ve noticed that I’m still a little hungry after my lunch and I wasn’t when I was eating the whole grain bread. I’m going to give it a shot and see if it makes a difference.

How was your September?

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