Starting Weight: 186 lbs.
Last Weigh-in: 149 lbs.
This Weigh-in: 150 lbs.
Reality: The reality? This is my first quartlerly report where I had to log a weight gain (ouch). However, I lost 7 lbs this quarter. In short, I had to gain it to lose it. Oops. I went through a huge relapse in old eating patterns (eat dessert with every meal, eat more chocolate than real food, “what are vegetables?”) and that contributed to my 8 lb. gain. I got my ish back together around the middle of February.
I also was too sick to run one of the 5ks I had planned on running. That helped me realize why I never run 5ks. I like to run for me, crowds weird me out, I run more often when I don’t have to pay for it/feel obligated. So, I will be nixing that resolution. It’s quite funny, because it’s the first New Year’s resolution I’ve made in years and I broke it. I’ll probably go back to humbugging the whole resolution thing again.
What Went Right: I restarted consistently working out every day. I have rest days, but I’m back to my pre-pneumonia routine regarding the daily workouts (yoga, walking). However, I am nowhere near running every day, let alone doing 5-8 miles per day. I intend on getting back to that. Mike and I have dedicated our weekends to exploring locally/hiking around to get both of us in touring shape for our upcoming trips. It’s been helping both of us a lot and it’s super fun to get to explore. Pictures to come!
I also quit counting calories and have managed to not gain weight since. Maybe I did learn something with MyFitnessPal, but it was also holding me back in a lot of ways. I made it a goal last quarter to separate eating and events, and I think I’ve gotten that one mostly banged into my head, aside from last night when I vowed to order a salad and instead got a burger. It does happen, and I only ate half. That, my friends, is progress.
Finally, I drastically cut back on my sugar intake. I did some accounting one day and realized that I was eating 100 grams or more of sugar per day, when the WHO recommends that you only eat around 25 grams. Once I realized that, many things became clear:
- Maybe this is why I still have acne, even though I’m almost 30.
- Maybe this is why I’m on a weight loss “plateau”.
- Maybe this is why I have so much trouble waking up in the morning and I’m tired/grumpy all the time.
- Bunches of other things I won’t waste time on here.
In the first week, all I did was jones for my next sugar hit. Seriously. I had to hide the Nutella. My breakfast of cereal, milk, and coffee was costing me most of my daily allotment of sugar, so I’d have to spend it there or find other things to eat in the morning. I’d also like to mention that the first week coincided with a huge influx of work (70+ hr week, anyone?) so I was ridiculously stressed out while I was attempting to cut back on my sugar addiction. Sugar is addictive. Because science.
Let me clarify that I am attempting to eliminate added sugars. Natural sugars in fruit or milk are fine by me. In my opinion, which is just for me, eliminating fruit altogether is silly and dangerous. Fruit helps me poop. I like that.
- Hit 145 by June 15th.
- Comfortably run 5ks at least 4 times a week without having to force myself into it. Or without having a stroke/needing to bring my inhaler for emergency use.
- Yoga 2-3 times a week for ultimate bendy awesomeness.
Are you on a weight loss journey? What is your most recent success?