Fitness Lately: Phase 2

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Starting Weight: 186 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 170 lbs
This Weigh-in: 165 lbs

Holy balls. I’ve never lost this much weight in a month. Not even when I was in Hawaii barely eating enough and walking all the time. However, I think Hawaii was the start of breaking the plateau that I had hit at 175. Let’s put that into perspective again. I’ve lost 10 lbs in the past two months. I’ve never in my life lost weight this fast.  Remember my last health update when my goal was to lose 10 lbs by February?

Yeah, I kinda shattered that goal.

Can I mention how awesome it is to fit into clothes I haven’t worn in TWO YEARS?! BAHHH! The downfall is that I didn’t save enough of those clothes and have pretty much nothing to wear.  I bought three pairs of new jeans two months ago that are now too big. I started at a size 16 and am now down to 10.  I cannot get over this, guys.

Reality:

Now that I’ve let out my insane amount of excitement about this (read: gloated), it’s time for a dose of reality. I only have a few inklings as to why I lost this weight.  It’s a total surprise that I got this far because I totally pigged out while my parents were here. I was over on my calorie limit for two weeks in a row this month.  It was definitely not an ideal time for discipline.

What Went Right:

I know, however, that figuring out my caloric sweet spot finally helped me break through my plateau in the past few months.  According to all of my logs on MyFitnessPal, if I stay 200 calories under my intake goal for the day, I will gradually lose weight.  Without exercise, my regular intake on MFP is 1350.  Since I know I am going to need to eat more than that, I exercise to offset the rest. (ex: eat 1600, work out 250).  Sometimes I eat over that, because my body needs more, but according to my doctor, 1350 is right about where I need to be to lose weight.

In short, I found the sweet spot.  Numbers are hard, but eventually I can understand them.

Also, I started running more regularly and for a longer time than I was before.  That definitely contributes because I’d burn about 500 calories each time. And I am finally to the point where running is more fun than painful.  I missed that SO MUCH from 2012. It’s great after-school therapy for when I’ve had an awful day.

New Goals:

I obviously low-balled with the last goal (due to being so discouraged), but I don’t want to get too crazy and set myself up for disappointment — best to tread the middle ground. My new goal is to reach 160 by December 31st. That gives me 6 weeks to lose another five pounds, which is a little slower than my current rate.  I don’t expect to do this awesomely forever (though, dammit, I’m going to try), so I am allowing for some slowing.  If I make that goal, that’s the lightest I will have been since around 2007, which is insane. I’d like to be able to run an 8:30 mile by the end of the year, as well.

Are you on a weight loss journey? What is your most recent success?  

5 thoughts on “Fitness Lately: Phase 2

  1. I really want to lose a few pound because I feel bad every time I attempt to wear women clothing. It’s too bad that most clothing for plus size women are not totally that nice. So yeah, I need to do it seriously going to gym and stuff.

    • Thanks! I *will* lose it. Just takes time. Did I mention that I constantly want to eat THE WORLD? Because that’s an issue. Last night dinner was sandwiched by various and sundry desserts. I’ll get there. 🙂

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