Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Weigh In: Week 3

This week I'm down...

1 pound!

I didn't think it would happen after going to the county fair and missing a week's worth of gym workouts, but I guess the little bit of cardio I did helped! And with that, I've lost 5.6 pounds, so I've made my first goal (so I get some new nail polish)!! And on time!! Yay!!

Starting weight: 167 pounds
Current weight: 161.4 pounds
Goal weight: 125 pounds

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday Weigh In: Week 2

This week I'm down...

0.2 pounds.

No exclamation point for this one. I'm not really super thrilled with this. I guess I should be grateful for any loss, and I did eat pretty poorly during the weekend, but I was really hoping to reach that 5 pound mark this week (I even had some nail polish picked out lol). That just gives me more motivation to hit it this week!

Starting weight: 167 pounds
Current weight: 162.4 pounds (blah)
Goal weight: 125 pounds

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The great closet experiment

I think I'm on a self-improvement kick lately that I'm sure has nothing to do with getting engaged, turning 29, and having extra time after finishing grad school!

My latest kick is the closet experiment (not to be confused with the sad, never started nor completed bedtime experiment that will someday hopefully come around again). As some of you may know, I LOVE shopping at Goodwill. I think it's because I'm cheap frugal and you can get a lot for your money. As a result of that and the habit of looking at clothes in every store I go in, I have acquired a large amount of clothing.

Having a lot of clothes wouldn't be so bad if I actually wore all of them, but I don't. Like most women, I frequently feel that I have "nothing to wear" and rely on the same pieces quite often, even when they're not the most flattering things. So, I've decided to conduct "the great closet experiment."

The parameters:

  1. Wear every piece of clothing I own at least once- including workout clothes, undergarments, pajamas, etc.
  2. Get rid of things that don't look great on me or just feel "eh". I've been watching a lot of What Not To Wear lately, and one of their basic ideas is that you shouldn't wear anything that doesn't make you look and feel great because there are options that will make you look and feel your best.
  3. Immediately get rid of anything that's stained, torn, has holes in it, etc. This comes from me wearing a shirt to work recently that was a missing a the middle of the shirt (I know a button can be sewn back on, but honestly, it would be a hassle to find the same button and I would probably take way too long to do it).
  4. Be creative- there are a lot of fashion blogs out there that pair things together that I would've never thought worked, but they do. I need to work with what I have, and I may find that I have more than
    enough. I also may find that there are some staples that I am missing.
  5. No purchasing new (or new to me) clothes for at least two months. This one's definitely going to be the most difficult to follow because I buy lots of things. But, it will let me save money, and it will help me keep from cluttering my closets with things that may not fit, since I'm on a weight loss journey.
I've already started working on items 1-3, but 4 and 5 are starting today, which means that I'm on a shopping freeze until October 18. I may try to post some follow ups to this on here, but since I'm not the best at maintaining this blog, it may not happen. I will post the final results in October though! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday Weigh In: Week 1

Last week, I shared that I'm starting my weight loss journey at 167 pounds. I weighed in to measure my first week's progress and drumroll please...

I'm down almost 4.5 pounds! Woo hoo!

That takes me to 162.5ish pounds! I'm close to reaching my first five pound goal also, so that's pretty encouraging!

So, how did I do it? (Inquiring minds may ask...) Well, I worked out hard three days last week at Re:Move//Training, and I ate healthfully about 80% of the time last week. Truthfully, I attribute such a big number to my body losing water weight and just being shocked by the healthy foods and exercise! Can't wait to see how I do next week! =)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

That other 'F' word

So, I'm fat.

I don't want to sugar coat it, or use any euphemisms, like "big boned" or "curvy" to avoid saying a word that has a negative connotation. Let's get straight to the point here.

I've always been overweight, but in the last year or two, I've really noticed how much weight I've gained and how difficult it is to lose it. I'm heavier than I've ever been in my entire life, and I'm sick of it (I think the italics and underlining really drive home my point...). It's time for me to lose this weight forever. I'm getting married in March, and I turn 30 in July, so I want to start married life/my 30s as healthy as possible. Will and I joined a gym last week, and I have been working on eating healthier foods. I'm optimistic because I have time to focus on myself now, and I have a couple of motivators that I have never had. Plus, I want to lose weight to become healthier. Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are in my family, and I want to do everything I can to take control of these things so I will never have to deal with them.

I've always heard that the best way to stick to goals is to announce them publicly so everyone will know what you're doing and help keep you on track. I don't know if that's true or not, but I want to get it out there, so at the very least, someone who reads this can grill me about what kind of coffee drink I'm having at church or what kind of snack(s) I'm having at work. I'll go a little further and announce the details of my current state of body and where I want to be, along with smaller breakdowns of goals. I think this will help keep me in check and motivated to make this a slow and steady process, rather than getting burned out and frustrated if things don't magically work right away. I plan to post weekly updates. Hopefully, unlike the failed bedtime experiment, I'll be accountable. Hey, I might even revive that since Glamour magazine tells me that I can lose weight by sleeping more!

Without further adieu, as of Wednesday, August 8, 2012, here is my weight: 167 pounds (note: I will round up or down as needed. I don't really want to deal with tenths of pounds, unless I'm having a fluffy week and want to reassure myself that I'm on the right track...). Blah. I've topped out at 5 feet, 3 inches, which puts my BMI at 29, sticking me at far end of the overweight (almost obese) category. I know that BMI isn't always the most accurate measure of body composition, since you can have a lot of muscle and weigh more than what's considered "normal" but still be in better shape than someone in that category. However, I know that I'm overweight by the way my clothes fit, the way I feel, etc, so I'm going to use this as an indicator for now.

I want to lose 42 pounds by Valentine's Day. I believe that's completely realistic since that's around 27 weeks away, and it keeps me in the recommended guidelines of only losing 1-2 pounds per week. Plus, that's our 2 year anniversary and less than a month before the wedding, so I think it's a good time to be a brand new me! =)

Here are my tentative thoughts on goals for when I want to reach certain milestones and the rewards I want to give myself for reaching them:

5 pounds lost by 08/29/12. Reward: new nail polish (1-2 bottles) (Accomplished on 08/29!)

10 pounds lost by 09/19/12. Reward: new earrings

15 pounds lost by 10/10/12. Reward: new workout socks

20 pounds lost by 10/31/12. Reward: new Threadless t-shirt (have some designs in mind...just depends on what's available at the time)

25 pounds lost by 11/21/12. Reward: another new Threadless t-shirt because there are several I like! =)

30 pounds lost by 12/19/12. Reward: new Pandora charm

35 pounds lost by 01/16/13. Reward: new expensive-ish sports bra (I know, between this and the socks, I'm super exciting, right?)

42 pounds lost by 02/14/13. Reward: new Toms shoes!

Okay, I think that's it. I'll probably make those nifty "pounds lost/pounds to go" jar sets that are on Pinterest, and I'll post a picture when I do. Wish me luck, and if anyone wants to work out sometime, just let me know!