The Week of April 9th

This is going to be a fairly short post, since I wrote such a lengthy post yesterday about what has been going on. Last week was
pretty good (except for my huge splurge on my birthday). I have still been eating fairly well, but have struggled with the motivation to exercise. I dread getting ready for the gym, driving to the gym, and every minute of the work out. However, when I’m finished I am glad that I went. Is that messed up or what? I have a feeling that it is because I am not feeling challenged enough. I’m not sure. Regardless, I still lost 5.6 pounds last week. Continue reading

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Week of February 27th

Well, this week has been kind of an up and down roller coaster kind of a week. I have lost a total of 1.6 pounds, however I started the week at 216.8 pounds and by Tuesday I was up to 218.4 pounds and now I am down to 215.2 pounds. So, this week I have been battling the scale. Though, I am thrilled that I am still making forward progress. It’s amazing how much my life has changed in the last couple of months in my relationship with food. Earlier this week I was having a chocolate craving. I tried to fight it – I really did. Had I not needed to go to the store for a few grocery items I probably would have resisted, but instead I Continue reading

Week of February 20th

What a week this has been! I was thrilled that the doctor cleared me for exercise on Monday which led to a week fueled with exercise. I may have gone a little bit crazy with the amount of exercise I did this week, but it was so nice to get back to it. To give myself a bit of credit I did ease into my work outs again by starting with only 30 minutes of cardio and working my way back up to the exercise levels I was before. I did not want to risk getting sick again. I also was able to maintain my calorie budget for the week. Typically I have been trying to eat exactly how many calories that I am allowed each day (especially on my work out days), and creating any Continue reading

Heart Rate Monitor Recommendations

I am looking for recommendations that anyone might have for heart rate monitors. I am wanting to purchase one as my reward when I reach the 200 pound mark. Mainly, because when I get below 200 pounds I want to start a running program. Currently the only way that I am keeping track of the calories burned during a work out is the calories burned that is listed on the cardio machine I am on. Lose It! also has a suggested number of calories that I have burned depending on the kind of work out I am doing. Though, lately I have noticed that I could have the same intensity of work out on two different machines and get a completely different number of calories burned. So, it would be nice to have a heart rate monitor to have a consistent record of how many calories I am burning for each work out.  Continue reading

This Week in Review – Learning Food is not the Enemy

This week was a roller coaster of a week. I think in reviewing this week it would be best if I take a look at my calorie habit for the last several weeks. I started out January eating about 1250 calories each day and then I kept reducing my calories further and further because I found myself not having a problem consuming only 800 to 950 calories each day (including the days that I would exercise burning 500-600 calories). I didn’t realize what a dangerous pattern I was starting. If you look at the image to Continue reading

Review of the Week of January 9

I am very pleased to report that I have lost nearly four pounds this week. This came through detailed calorie counting and a lot of exercise. This week definitely did not come without my challenges, though I am very pleased that I have overcome some of those challenges. True to my habits in the past, the days that I do not record my food are the days that I eat well over my calorie allotment.  This happened on Tuesday and Wednesday Continue reading

Group Exercise Week #3 Moving out of my comfort zone

Over the past couple of weeks I have been sharing with you my experience with my first ever group exercise class. Well, in the last two weeks I have shared how I have been trying to move out of my comfort zone. Monday was another class and my comfort level was stretched in ways that I could not even imagine.  Continue reading