Friday, December 30, 2016

End of December

My original goal was to lose 15 pounds by December 20th.

I did not reach that goal.

However, by December 20th I lost around 12-13 pounds. That's pretty friggin' awesome, don't you think? ;)

I went to the gym almost every weekday in September save 2. In Oct, Nov and Dec, I averaged 2-3 times/week going to the gym. My diet has fluctuated, and has been more sugar-laden during the holidays, but I haven't had any soda since the end of August. My after-dinner snacking is limited to chocolate covered cranberries or a liquid, that's it, if at all.

Today I tried on two dresses for Cristina's wedding. One was a pretty white and black-patterend swing dress. It was sleeveless and a crewneck collar. It didn't look right on me. The 2nd dress was a navy 3/4 sleeved swing dress, v-neck. It looks great! I feel very comfortable in it. Despite being plain, I will accessorize it with sparklies. I believe it will be the one for the wedding. It's not like I'm the star, or even standing up in it, so I can be more subdued.

My midsection is not looking bad, I do have mommy pouch, but I also look less bloated. I can fit comfortably back into size 8 jeans. The pants I bought from Costco also fit well. I may have to buy a new belt! I almost look frumpy in some of the large-sized clothes I have. So, my confidence is pretty high. I have one more month to go where I can try to lose more weight, if I so choose, but... I think I have lost some of my chest again. :( The girls are looking kinda flabby if they are not in a great bra. WAH!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 8

Week 8.
No Soda.
Took longer than a month, but lost five legit pounds.
147.6 on the scale tonight.
I went to the gym almost every single weekday in September. Toward the end of the month, I walked into Crunch Fitness and said I'd like to check out the squat racks since my LA Fitness membership renewal was coming up. The guy said, "What, you want to see our SEVEN squat racks?" I was hooked, and made the switch. Now I go in, put my stuff away, get on the treadmill for at least 20, and then go lift or row.

Unfortunately, in October I've only gone to the gym 3 times to date. Got busy with preparing for our long camping weekend at Mississippi Palisades State Park in IL. Then the kids had no school, Ronin was sick for a day. I think my body was actually happy that I wasn't stressing it out for five days in a row, because from October 1st to today I was losing almost two pounds. Took the entire month of September to lose three pounds. I'm glad I have realistic goals, and am forgiving if I'm not dropping weight quickly. I realize it's a process, and it's dang harder for a woman to lose weight than a man.

I feel better overall. I still have tummy hang; realistically I'll probably never lose it. But I don't feel so hatefully bloated all the time, either. I'm getting strength back. And I got my hair highlighted so now Denis calls me his "girlfriend" and Ronin says I look years younger. It's a nice confidence boost. :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Stepped on the scale and it hovered between 151.4 and 151.8. Of course I'll take the lower number. SO HEY, that means something is working. I have seriously not had a Coke in 1.5 weeks, and stopped late night snacking (except for Sunday night, where I was eating late at Cristina and Jo's, but mostly before 9). Doing the change in diet habits is working. Week One is down. I'm going to hit the gym Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri this week, but bonus if I can get the weekend in as well. That's the plan.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

I went.

Got to the gym, was on the treadmill for 34 minutes, running for 3, walking for two, ran for 4, walked for 2. Intervals. Got nice and sweaty. Then, I went downstairs and saw two empty squat racks so I made a beeline for one of them. I warmed up with back and front squats with the bar, 10x for 2 sets. Then I decided to do 5 barbell complexes, only with the bar, for 10 minutes.
Deadlift
Bar to chest
Front squat
Overhead press
Back squat
End.

5 times, with a 2 minute breather between sets, and my legs are now like jelly.

Amazing how 34 minutes on the treadmill does NOT feel like 10 minutes with the bar. :P

But most important of all, I went.
Mich 3.0

So.
Cristina and Jo are getting married February 20, 2017. I'm suddenly motivated to shed weight and slim down for this wedding. Now that the kids are back in school full time, and the workload is honestly not as busy or crazy, I want to devote my time to two things: decluttering the house, and working out.

153#.

My last Coke was at Culver's on Tuesday, the last day of "summer" before the kids went back to school. I can do this. I go to the gym tomorrow. I will walk on Monday at Melas with the old walking crew. I will walk on Friday at Melas for First Fridays with the Fairview Moms. And I will commit to going to the gym or doing workouts at home in-between.

I think I can aim for 5 pounds a month, for three months. The first month might be easier, water weight and all. The 2nd and 3rd months will be harder as my body starts to fight it. 15 pounds sounds like a lot, so breaking it down over 3-4 months sounds more manageable. I have to get past Halloween. And Thanksgiving. But more importantly, I have to move. More. WAY MORE.

I can do this. I will do this.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Reboot

2:03 am on March 15, 2016

So.
After looking at pictures of myself from 2012, I've decided to give being fit a reboot. Mich 3.0. I've been ignoring the creeping fat on my hips for years, let the bad habits slide, excuses, excuses. I'm 43. I don't want to sit in this big body again. I'd like to slim down. I don't need to be thin; I know that at 125 pounds I was having headaches and cold sweats and the shakes. Sitting down in front of the laptop every day has slowed me down. I've become lazy with exercise, so totally lazy. It's not going to happen if I sit and wish it to happen. There has to be action.

I was looking at old pictures that I had stored in Dropbox and remembered how I felt back in 2012, sporting a shorter haircut and standing in an Old Navy dressing room wearing a white and blue shirt. I felt fat, even back then. Dissatisfied. So imagine how I feel now? Triple-y so. Ready to make a change again, a lasting one.

It won't be perfect, but it will be better than I was an hour ago. That's how change happens.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Dress size

Even though I've lost my 37 pounds, I still have the perception of a bigger body. I'm used to wearing baggy clothes. I used to wear a dress size 10, size L shirts and size 10 pants, sometimes 12. But as I went through the weight loss journey, I had to tighten my belt many notches, then buy a smaller belt altogether. My clothes looked sloppy on my frame. I've had to buy clothes that fit better.

My latest challenge is my brother Eric's wedding in two weeks. With two kids in tow, I went on a quick shopping trip to the mall with the intent of trying on a few dresses and hopefully walking out with something to wear. I went to Nordstrom and Macy's, even ducked into White House/Black Market. The size that came up consistently was: 4. I shouldn't have been surprised, but I really was. I've been having some bloated days so dress shopping is not on my favorite list right now. And I have to tackle swimsuit shopping next week--- oh JOY. Today I was really surprised that the dress size that fit the best was size 4. I tried on a shiny dress in a 6 and I could tell that it was slightly loose in the waist and hips. I might have bought it anyway, thinking I could put on some spanx and call it a day, but I could tell that if I wore a dress that FIT better, it might actually look better, and I would feel more confident instead of so-so in it.

I picked up two dresses today. One is a navy, lacy, cap-sleeved dress with a cinched waist that fits pretty well. The other is a fushia sleeveless dress with a dropped waist and a pleated, swingy "skirt" bottom. It's more plain that the blue one, but it has a mod-retro feel to it. I think the navy one looks more like formalwear. And I'm not sure if I like either dress 100%, but when pressed for time I had to make some choices. I think I'll end up with the navy one, but I sent pictures to Atz so she can give me her opinion. I'd love another chance to dress shop again, even this weekend, but it may be impossible for me to go child-less.