May 30, 2011

thank you

Honestly, I can not thank all of you enough, those of you who have taken the time to cheer me on in the journey.  Every Monday I want to post another sob story, because let's face it, weight loss is FREAKING HARD.  But every time I want to quit, you all pick me back up.  Thank you so much for those of you who said I have inspired you to get moving.  Brenna, no joke, I nearly cried last week when I read your comment.  As much as this is about me, you reminded me how much it is about those around me as well.  Thank you thank you thank you.

In some sort of miraculous act of pity by God, I did not gain any weight over Chris's graduation weekend.  I was actually down another 4 ounces when I weighed myself Wednesday morning.  And today I am down another 1.8 pounds from that.  My current total is 23.2 pounds lost.  Even though the going seems slow, my weight is still going down.

Lately I feel like I'm at a bit of a plateau.  Obviously it isn't a complete standstill, but for as hard as I have been working, I feel like my weight loss numbers should be bigger.  (This is where Chris throws in, "Come on, you watch the Biggest Loser.  Even they have bad weeks and they work out all the time."  I know I know).  I think part of my problem might be that I'm not eating often enough, and that I really am eating the same things all the time.  I have a bad habit of eating very little throughout the majority of the day (a 235 calorie breakfast, a 240 calorie lunch) and then using the rest of my calories in the evening for dinner and dessert.  I have dessert every night.  I refuse to give that up.  :o) 

Anyway, so I am trying to combat that problem (not eating often enough).  It is tough, because no matter what I try to rearrange, dinner is generally somewhere in the 450-550 calorie range, so I don't feel I have any extra calories for snacks.  But this week I am going to try eating a small snack, to see if it makes any difference.  That and drinking more water.  I always say I will do that, but I generally slack off.  I find it very difficult to drink more than 32 ounces of water in a day!  I'm working on it.

This past week I also gave the 30 Day Shred video a try.  I really liked it.  Especially the part where it is only 20 minutes long.  It doesn't drag on, it is quick and to the point.  Personally I didn't find the level one workout all that difficult.  It absolutely makes me sore, my legs especially, but I was able to complete it without any trouble.  Six Week Six Pack is also getting easier for me.  I know I said that video wasn't too difficult, and no, it isn't impossible.  BUT, Jillian makes you spend forever in the freaking plank position.  This week though, I was actually able to do the side plank with leg lifts on both sides!  Huge success for me.

Even though I'd love to aim for another two pound loss this week, we are going on vacation.  I'm just going to cross my fingers that I don't gain anything.  Does anyone have any suggestions for staying healthy when you travel, especially in the food department?  Obviously instead of ordering something fried, get grilled, yadda yadda, but if you have any other tips you want to share please do so in the comment section!

Check out the other ladies linking up to McFatty Mondays over at Heir to Blair.  Have a great week!


Lisa @ Lisa Moves said...

You're doing great! Keeping with it is the hardest part.

I like the Biggest Loser workout videos better than Jillian. I like Bob's chitchat better than Jillian's (he's relentlessly positive, and she just seems a bit negative), and I have the CardioMax, the Bootcamp, and the walking video, so I do a different one every day to mix it up. The warm-up and workouts are generally about 25 minutes altogether, so its pretty easy to squeeze in a workout in the mo

Jen said...

Oh have no idea how you have motivated me! You have done so well and you look fabulous! You have inspired me to download the C25K app and a calorie counter app and I started the 30 day shred as well. I have really enjoyed reading about your journey and I hope you continue to share.

Unknown said...

You are doing GREAT! I am officially inspired to get up off of my rear and get going.

All About Aiden... Always! said...

He ashley... check out this post... its from a blog I follow and she is traveling right now and had to have a couple meals at the airport. I had just read this post of yours and when I read hers I instantly thought of you and had to share. Hope it helps.
You look AMAZING by the way!! So inspirational, thank YOU.

Katie said...

If you are eating 235 for breakfast, 240 for lunch and 550 for dinner you are not eating nearly enough calories especially on days you run/workout. Thats barely over 1000. Your body needs 1200 minimum just to function properly if you sit on the couch and do nothing but breath. Chasing around atoddler and running you should be eating at least 1500 but probably more. EAT UP, girl!

Brenna said...

Keep on keeping on friend! There are a lot of people in your corner. I am glad my words helped you last week cause you have been helping me for weeks!!
Plus- you look stinkin fabulous:)

Julieanne said...

I tried the C25k this weekend... and man am I sore now. I am hoping that I will keep it up when I have to get up early before work :/ The fact that you are getting up early to get it in has given me motivation.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the great work! You have already worked so hard and have lost a lot.

My cousin who is a huge health expert always told me when you hit a plateau watch your sugar and carbohydrates and usually it will help fix things.

For trips-maybe drink more water to feel hungrier. We are heading out of town also so Im trying to figure that one out as well. If you find any great trips please share :)