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.
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.
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?