Mission: Lose Lotsa Weight January Update

It’s been a few months since I’ve given you an update on my Mission: Lose Lotsa Weight, and with the new year upon us, what better time to re-commitment to losing weight and being healthy be eating less (and more healthy) and moving more!

First up, the dreaded photo…

It’s a slightly different angle and a little closer crop, but it still shows that there definitely has been some changes that have stuck around since October, especially in the waist (I’ve pretty much maintained since then, but haven’t lost more).

Weight: 188.8 (-5.2)
Bust: 44 (no change)
Waist: 42 (-5)
Hips: 47 (-1)
Size: 18
(and I’m actually fitting into some 18 jeans I couldn’t button comfortably before)
BMI: 33.4 (-1)

EATING LESS: I’ve renewed my commitment to cutting soda out of my diet completely (I got hooked on it in November & December, drinking one can almost every day!).  I’ve also cut back on fast food again and am making sure to bring my lunch to work (and it’s mostly just snacks…fruit, pretzels, string cheese…and I’m usually not very hungry since I’m snacking throughout the day).  My biggest struggle is dinner, especially when eating out or eating at my parents.  I don’t necessarily make unhealthy choices as far as selecting the food I eat, but I am still eating too much of it.  I also got into the habit of wanting an after-dinner snack around 9:30 or 10:00.  I don’t think I’m actually hungry, but bored.  I really need to get that self-control of waiting at least 20-minutes before deciding if I actually need a second helping of something and not just eating more because it tastes so yummy or because I’m bored.

MOVING MORE: I ran/moved very little in December. Between the soreness in my shins (it wasn’t shin splints) and the uncharacteristic weeks of rain we had here in Southern California, I got out of the habit of running at least 3 times a week.  Well, I have no choice now!  Just before the new year, I signed up to run in the Cinco De Mayo Half Marathon in Irvine on May 1…that’s just a hair over 16 weeks away!  The race is actually a fundraiser for Pediatric Cancer Research and I’ve joined team Tiny Oranges (a website for moms – no I’m not a mom yet – in Orange County).  I have a training plan that I found online that really fits with my schedule and goals (just finishing!), so I’m very optimistic about this race.  I also plan to run in a 5K and 10K during the course of my training, probably in late February and late March.  If you’re interested in sponsoring me or making a donation, please click the button below and make a difference in a child’s life!  Every little bit helps, even just $5 or $10!


The Past Two Weeks

I never intended to be away from my blog for two weeks. Time just flew by as I spent some time evaluating what I want this blog to be and how blogging will fit into my life. It was actually kind of nice to not have to worry about sorting and editing photos, writing a blog post, uploading photos, linking to memes, etc. I was able to enjoy the craziness that December has been so far!

You see, for the past two weeks, almost every night, my hubby and I have had somewhere to be in the evening. Wednesdays are our small group Bible study. We started taking Early Childhood Education classes that meet for 3 hours once a week (but we’re taking two classes, so that’s two nights a week). We’ve had a Christmas party, a trip to Disneyland, and of course, church (in the new building!).

Oh, and don’t forget Christmas shopping (DONE! Just waiting on one more thing in the mail and I have 2 or 3 little things to make) and Christmas decorating (DONE!) and Christmas cards (not quite done…hopefully early this week!).

So, what I’ve pretty much decided while being away, is that I’m probably only going to be participating in 1 or 2 photo challenges a week. I didn’t like what my blog has become – post after post of photos that I took just to fulfill an “assignment.” I felt like my creativity was being compromised because I was always looking for something to fit into a particular theme. Photography wasn’t fun anymore. It became one more thing to check off my list. I still love taking photos (though I’m glad my 365 photo challenge is only 20 days from its conclusion), but I want to work more on photographing things because I see something, not because it will fit into a particular category. I’m not saying doing what I’ve been doing is wrong for anyone else, it’s just not right for me.

I want to share my life…all the fun and exciting things that have happened and will happen, as well as the mundane and normal…and my journey on my 101 in 1001 and Mission: Lose Lotsa Weight challenges. Our little family of two also likely has some big changes coming in 2011 and I want this blog to be a place to share and celebrate those changes (for those of you wondering, we’re planning to purchase our first home and are hoping to grow our family, too).

As for the photo challenge I started, Lens Art…it’s on hiatus indefinitely. I would love to continue the challenge, but I just don’t have the time or energy for it right now. I thank all of you who did participate and I loved seeing your photographic artwork!

So, with all that said, I do have a long list of blog posts to catch up on…mostly 101 in 1001 related, but there’s a lot that’s happened in the past month and a half or so that I haven’t posted here yet. I hope to see you all around still, even if it’s just to read about boring ol’ me.

Mission: Lose Lotsa Weight November Update

I’m doing better posting this than I did last month – it’s only the 11th today!  Woohoo!

Unfortunately, my news about the actual weight loss isn’t as great. In fact, I don’t even have a photo or stats for you this month because you can just go to October’s update and it would be the same as it is now. I guess it’s good that I at least didn’t GAIN weight this month, especially considering our anniversary trips in the beginning of the month. I just can’t stand to run on a treadmill and you’re almost forced to eat out (and I’m horrible at making wise choices at restaurants).

On the plus side, I did sign up to run in the 5K Long Beach Turkey Trot at 7:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. I’m actually pretty excited about it and I have regularly been running 3 miles on the days that I actually do run, so I’m confident that I can finish in my goal time of 36:00. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll beat the time.

I also have my eyes on a half-marathon (one of my 101 goals) next February in Huntington Beach. I would start training the week after Thanksgiving and have 10 weeks to get ready for it. I’d like a race that allows about 12-16 weeks for training, but it seems that there’s a big gap in races in the area during that time, and it seems at least doable to train just 10 weeks. After all, my goal is simply to finish, even if I’m walking across the finish line.

So, we’ll leave October behind and push to lose in November. Look for new photos and updates in early December, including my 5K race results!

Mission: Lose Lotsa Weight October Update

Yes, I was supposed to do this at the beginning of the month…not half-way through, but with anniversary celebration trips occupying the first two weekends of October, I just haven’t had time!

(Disclaimer: This is written as if it’s October 1…so pretend we’ve gone back in time two weeks)

So, here we go…the dreaded photo comparison.

I dunno…maybe it’s me, but I just don’t see much of a difference.  Maybe I’m expecting more of a difference.  Here’s how the numbers stack up…

Weight: 187 (-7)
Bust: 43.5 (-.5)
Waist: 43.5 (-3.5)
Hips: 48 (no change)
Size: 18
BMI: 33.1 (-1.3)

I’m especially excited about that change in waist.  I’m still not quite fitting into my size 16 pants yet, but hopefully by the end of the month, I can.  Any suggestions on bringing that hip number down?

So…the big question…how’d this month go?  Well, the first week and a half I dropped 3 pounds right away.  It was a great motivation to keep me going and not give up.  However, I gained those three pounds back the next week, but lost them very easily the next couple of days (maybe it had to do with that time of the month).

I walked/jogged 49 miles during the month (officially…I’m sure it was actually more than that).

I did have to change up my exercise routine because of my work schedule, so I’m now running in the mornings on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  I realized that’s probably better anyway.  My body needs a rest day in the middle of the week and not just on the weekends.  Granted, I have yet to actually exercise all 5 of those days, but we’ll get there.  It’s getting easier and easier and I find myself actually enjoying running (I HATED it in high school when I ran cross country).  I’m planning to sign up for a 5K in Long Beach on Thanksgiving morning.  I’m hoping to be jogging the full 3-miles by the beginning of November so I can really work on my time – my goal is 12-minute miles, so 36:00 for the 5K.

As far as food goes, I struggled a little, but did pretty decent.  I drank soda only a couple of times (moderation right?) and I’ve been doing pretty decent with my portion sizes.  I am finding myself hungry, but I figure that will pass soon once my body realizes it’s not getting the same amount of food it used to.  I’ve also started to change my attitude about eating in general.  Yes, food that tastes good is always a plus and food is meant to be enjoyed, BUT its primary purpose is to give us fuel to function…not to provided pleasure and satisfaction.  Having this new attitude toward food has made it a little bit easier to only eat the amount I’m supposed to and the healthier foods I should.

Next month will be tough though!  Our anniversary is going to be tough with the plans we have and dining out and all that fun stuff.  Hopefully I can be somewhat good and not gain the weight back!

See you again soon for another monthly update (hopefully around November 1).


Mission: Lose Lotsa Weight

So, as the title suggests, I’m on a mission.  A serious one this time.  I’m tired of looking in the mirror and being unsatisfied with what I see.  But it’s more than that.  Diabetes runs in my family.  My grandmother died from complications of the disease.  My mom has it (but is managing it).  I’m already at a higher risk and my weight doesn’t help my chances.  Plus, I’ve heard that when you’re healthy, you don’t feel as tired and you have more energy (got to have that for our future kids!).

So, I’m putting out there…public.  So you can all keep me accountable.  Yes, I am struggling with the fact that I’m actually going to put not so attractive photos of myself along with some very personal numbers for the whole world to see.  I’m hoping it gives me a little more motivation to actually follow through with my plan this time and lose the weight!

Okay, lets get to it.  First, starting photo and stats:Weight: 194
Bust: 44
Waist: 47
Hips: 48
Size: 18/20
BMI: 34.4

Next up, my goal.  This one is tough because I have different ideas – what I should be at “medically” and what’s reasonable.  According to the BMI calculators, I should be between 107-141.  I’m definitely not going anywhere near that lower end.  I wasn’t even that through most of high school!  I think a reasonable goal for me is 135-140.  I have no idea what size that is in clothing, but I think it’s going to surpass my 101 in 1001 goal of fitting in a size 12.  But, who knows!

Okay, lastly is how I’m going to get there.  For starters, exercise.  Lots of it.  Monday through Friday, I am going to be getting up each morning before working and walking (eventually, jogging or running) for 1 hour.  Right now, I can go about 3 miles in an hour (including stretch time).  I’d like to get up to 6 miles an hour (10 minute miles) or maybe even 7 miles an hour (8.5 minute miles).  On the weekends, I’m going to walk 2 miles each day.  Just to keep up the habit, but giving my body a bit of a break.  Monday and Thursday will be lower-body muscle toning with either my Wii Fit (EA Active) or a workout DVD.  Tuesday and Friday will be upper body.

Then there’s the food issue.  I like to cook.  I like to eat.  It’s going to be tough to cut back on what I’m eating.  I think that’s my biggest issue is just plain eating too much.  For the most part, I would say I have been eating a lot healthier over the past 8 months, but I’m eating too much of it.  I’m going to start using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate for portion control.  No second helpings.  Period.  Of course, there’s the no fast food and no soda rule too!  I’m already not much of a sweets fan, so I don’t anticipate any problems there, but just to be on the safe side, a small dessert no more than twice a week.  Oh, and no alcohol.  This one shouldn’t be too hard.  I went for about 3 or 4 months earlier this year without and I didn’t really miss it.  The one thing I WILL be drinking more of is water – a minimum of 64 oz. per day.  I may go buy another 32 oz. water bottle so I can drink filtered water at work if I run out of one bottle.

So, I think that’s it.  I know it’s going to be challenging.  I hope I can see results (even small ones) fairly quickly so I don’t get too discouraged.  I may throw in some other exercise stuff as I go to mix it up, especially if I hit a plateau, but I think it should work.

I will see you all back here in one month for a check-in!