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 Continue reading


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

Review of this Week

This has been another really good week of weight loss. I have lost a total of 3 pounds this week putting me back down to 235
pounds. This means I am only 5 pounds away from my first goal! This is a huge accomplishment for me because even though I have set weight loss goals in the past I have never actually reached any of the weight loss goals I have set.

At the beginning of October I had my husband help get accurate measurements using the tape measure that we have. I won’t be sharing exact measurements (yet), but I plan to share the number of inches lost on a monthly basis. The first measurement results will be on the November 7th Blog Post. I am looking forward to finding out those results. Continue reading

Hitting an Exercise Wall

Today is Saturday and for the past couple of weeks I have reserved Saturdays for my weekly review posts. However, in order to keep in line with the stats on Lose It! I have decided to move those posts to Mondays from now on.

My weight loss is going very very well right now. I am losing weight at a much higher pace than I anticipated. It seems as though I have found a good balance between eating the right number of calories for my body and creating a calorie deficit mainly based on my daily exercise. The exercise portion is what I am writing about today. Is it possible to burn yourself out on exercise? I’m not sure Continue reading

Group Exercise Week #2

In the post about my first experience in a Group Exercise class I explained how it took a lot of overcoming some confidence issues and to actually attend a group exercise class focusing on the core muscles. During the class I was afraid that I was straining my neck, though my fears were soon relieved. The day after my first class I knew that the class reached its intentions of working the core muscles. I was sore in places in my entire stomach that I had no idea could be sore. I knew that the days following it would be important to keep on strengthening my core muscles. I didn’t focus on core specifically, but by doing work on the Adaptive Motion Trainer the movement would stretch out my sore muscles.  Continue reading

Interval Training

I was listening to podcasts last week and I was introduced to the idea of interval training. I had heard of Interval Training in the past and thought it was more for someone who is doing some serious running and training for a race. Boy was I wrong. I learned that interval training can be an integral part of cardio training when trying to get the most of your work out.

Interval Training is basically doing short (two minutes) intense bursts of cardio training followed by a low intensity period and then moving right back into the intensity training. I know this is a rather rough explanation, but this is how I know how to explain it.

Prior to this I would not say that I reached a plateau in the exercise, but I got to a point that I was getting comfortable in my work outs on the Adaptive Motion Trainer. I would still increase my heart rate to a decent level an work up a good sweat. However, I didn’t feel like I was pushing myself enough. So, I tried to do some interval training. Continue reading