Week of March 5

I have lost 41 pounds since December 26, 2011. Even typing this sentence I am amazed at that fact. I have encountered bumps along the way. There has been a short term illness that prevented physical exercise. Cravings that wouldn’t go away. Social settings that could lend itself to gross over eating. There have even been days that I have gone over my calorie budget. And yet, somehow I have made it to 41 pounds lost. This is an incredible achievement. However, I still wake up with the voices of addiction taunting me. Just this morning, I was tempted to have a piece of French Silk Pie for breakfast. In the past I would not have blinked an eye at not just having a piece of sinfully delicious pie for breakfast, but eating the rest of the pie. Though, I was able to refocus and remember what my body needs and the goals that I am trying to accomplish and had a reasonable breakfast of an english muffin with a poached egg. This morning was just a humble reminder that food addiction is something that will be a part of my life for the rest of my life.

Oh, the scale!

I lost 2.2 pounds this week and am down to 213.0 pounds. I’m really not trying to give too much detail, especially for men who might be reading this blog; however, I will say that the scale is not particularly friendly to women during that special week of the month. I had done everything right this week, however the day that my special visitor arrived I gained like 1.5 pounds. It is interesting that it took me this long to catch on to this, but this happens every month during this time. So, the fact that I lost 2.2 pounds this week is nothing short of a miracle. However, if you recall from last week’s post I needed to lose 2.5 pounds per week to make it to 200 pounds by my 30th birthday on April 14th. I am still motivated to reach that goal. We will see what this week holds.

Another thing that has hit me like a ton of bricks the past two weeks or so is my daily calorie budget. When I first started my weight loss plan I could eat nearly 1600 calories. As of today I am down to 1363 calories today. So, as my weight drops it is kind of like a double edged sword because that means my caloric budget also drops. I have found that I am depending more on my daily exercise to help with the caloric deficit more than ever before.

Dropping more than weight…

I was excited to learn this week that I have dropped another jean size and am now fitting in a size 14!! If you recall, I started on December 26, 2011 in a snug size 20 and now I am at size 14. I was also very excited to figure out this week that I am able to wear a ladies large for tops now. Before it usually was a 2X. I’m actually starting to get to the range of fitting in “normal” size clothes again. This probably more than made up for the ups and downs on the scale this week.

Running?

I have made it no secret on this blog that as soon as I hit 200 pounds I want to start running. It feels weird even writing about running because as I was growing up I HATED to run. But with my love for the elliptical and other cardio machines, running just seems like the next logical step. Am I crazy? Probably. Though, I want to purchase a heart rate monitor watch before I start
running, and I think I have found the one that I would like on Amazon. This is the Polar FT60 and I have heard a lot of great things about this heart rate monitor. It was the only one that I could find that tells you what your heart rate was for a given work out and how many calories have been burned. The only set back for me personally is the price. $150.00 seems a bit steep for a running “accessory” when I am not even sure how much I will enjoy running. In my mind it seems fantastic and euphoric, but at the end of the day I am not sure if I will love it in reality as much as I love it in my head. So, what do you think? Should I start running without the heart rate monitor, and if running is something I like splurge on this heart rate monitor? OR should I keep searching for something a little cheaper?

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One comment on “Week of March 5

  1. J. says:

    41 pounds in just over months – wow!

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