Weight loss goal #3 = 30 pounds!

Last week I weighed in at 29.2 pounds. Just .8 pounds shy of my next weight goal! While I was super excited to see another drop on the scale, I couldn’t help but be incredibly anxious to actually hit my next weight goal. Boy, was I one motivated woman this past week!

I knew I couldn’t hope for much on the scale because my numbers would definitely be skewed considering that wonderful womanly time of the month. (Ladies! Always keep in mind that your number can vary anywhere from a .5 to 10 pounds during that time.) So, I literally had the goal to drop .8 pounds this week. I stuck to my 1400 calorie diet, got in all my workouts, went to bed on time, and drank tons of water – and hoped for the best! The hardest thing was knowing that if I didn’t hit my weight goal, it wasn’t because I didn’t try. I would just have to be patient and wait another week to finally see my scale hit that number.

For my third goal, I had decided to schedule two half-hour massages as my reward. I had gone for an hour massage back when I hit my first goal of 10 pounds lost and was planning on doing something else for my third goal, but it took me too long to get to the 30-pound loss because of the dreaded plateau so I figured I’d go for a massage instead! Since it’d been quite some time since I had a massage, I was super excited to meet my third goal.

I was incredibly impatient this week. I weigh myself every Friday…and the previous week I had weighed in on a Monday morning just to keep myself in check. It was the week following New Years and I had definitely exceeded my calories a few days  and skipped a few workouts. It had worked as motivation so I figured I’d do it again. This week, I hopped on the scale again on Monday and I was happy to see a small budge on the scale. I knew my womanly time was coming so I thought I would try and sneak in under the radar to see my goal number on Thursday instead of Friday. Well, that didn’t work. The scale had jumped up about 2 pounds and I figured I was out of luck and I would just have to be patient and wait until next week to hit my next goal. So Friday morning when I woke up, I stepped on the scale just for the heck of it. I always weigh myself on Friday’s so I might as well just keep that consistent. To my surprise, I had hit my goal – on the MONEY! No more, no less. But it didn’t matter – because I hit my goal. I had officially lost 30 pounds!!!

It’s hard to believe that I’ve lost 30 pounds. I definitely feel like I’ve lost weight, and it’s been nice to have people comment that they can see I’ve lost weight, but I don’t feel like I’ve lost a whopping 30 pounds! I think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that I haven’t had to buy new clothes. My pants are definitely loose and I’ll be a size smaller soon, but it’s all very surreal.

My Journey So Far

When people ask me what I’ve been doing to lose the weight, I love to say, “It’s this CRAZY diet where I eat healthy food, workout, eat more fruits and vegetables, and eat sugar in moderation.” 🙂

While I am not qualified to give any health advice, I hope to get out the message that people can lose weight without going on a fad diet, making extreme diet changes, or even joining a gym. You can start small and ease into a new lifestyle and as time goes on, you find yourself more interested in learning new things about your health, losing weight, and new workouts.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

Habits are a HUGE part of being successful in weight loss. When you make a habit of things like working out and saying no to donuts, it becomes second nature. At this point, I make healthy decisions every day without even realizing it!

Overestimate your calorie intake and underestimate your calories burned when logging your meals and workouts. It’s easy to assume you’ve burned 500 calories because you’re sweating and out of breath and it’s easy to hope that your caramel macchiato only has 100 calories and 2 grams of sugar. You’re only fooling yourself with logging those numbers. Do some research to find out how many calories you’re actually burning and assume you ate more calories than you’d hoped.

You have more time than you realize to get in your workout. Once you get in the habit, you realize that getting in that workout is easy and you can’t believe you had so many excuses before.

Rewards are great motivators! I set up rewards for every 10-pound loss increment and the closer I get to the goal, the more motivated I am to reach it – especially when it’s something I really want. So that’s why I set some good rewards for each of these increments.

Stretching is important! If you’re one to squeeze in quick workouts, it’s easy to not take the time to stretch. Don’t skimp on the stretching because it’s important to increase flexibility, decrease your risk of injury, and increase blood flow to your muscles.

Pinterest is your friend! (Ladies, aren’t you excited for this one?) Follow several accounts related to health and you’ll find yourself easily discovering new workouts and meal ideas when you’re killing time looking for new crafts and décor ideas.

Eat your breakfast! They say it’s important to eat your breakfast – and it’s true. Find out why here. Because of my food allergies, I usually don’t have a big, hearty breakfast – but I do always eat it. I choose to make my biggest meal of the day lunch instead and usually get in my workouts in the evenings. With eating my big meal earlier than dinner and working out in the evenings, I know just how many calories I need to make up to have enough calories left for dinner.

Keep healthy foods on hand for quick and easy meals. Fruits and vegetables go bad quickly so it’s easy to start strong after you go grocery shopping and find yourself slipping a few days later. Keep your freezer stocked with healthy proteins and frozen vegetables and place brown rice, whole grain pasta, and canned vegetables in your pantry. I also suggest writing down a list of healthy meal options to keep on the fridge so you an easily find something quick, easy, and healthy to make instead of ordering a pizza.

Get a pair of skinny jeans that you want to aim for and try them on every once in a while. A while back, I bought a pair of pants that I found were my go-to pants. I returned to the store to buy more and bought a second pair in a smaller size (which I am thankful for because the store went out of business). I keep these pants within reach and every now and then try them on — it’s a great feeling knowing that they’ll soon fit!

Track your progress! I’m really glad that I started blogging about this process because when I look back on my early posts, I realize that there’s things that I did that I forgot about. Also, I took measurements shortly after starting the process, and took pictures of myself too. Since healthy weight loss is gradual, it’s easy to feel like you aren’t making progress beyond the scale. Comparing your measurements, looking at old pictures, and being able to fit into jeans you couldn’t fit into when you started are great ways to keep you on track and remind you that you’re doing great.

Workout twice a day at least one day a week. In August, I decided to make Wednesday my “double workout day.” I don’t know what prompted this inspiration, but it really has had a big impact on me. Every Wednesday, I have a special alarm that goes off that reminds me that I NEED to get in a morning workout that day. Then, right after work, I get in a second workout. Plus, I always get in my two 10-minute walks at work and I’m usually able to up my calorie intake a little bit because I burn more calories than normal. I also found that it helps me to meet my goal of at least 5 workouts for the week.

Invest in some small and/or large workout equipment, join a gym, or just start walking. I have a treadmill, yoga mat, dumbbells ranging from 5-15 pounds, medicine balls, and resistance bands and have been able to get in some serious workouts using just these things. Plus, when the weather is great, it’s easy to go for walks outside. Plus, you can find tons of great workout videos on youtube. The great thing is that everything aside from a treadmill is relatively inexpensive and easy to store. Regardless of the weather or your financial situation, it’s easy to get in a workout.

Here’s what a typical day for me looks like:

  • Wake up, shower, and leave for work (except Wednesdays when I always get in a morning workout for “Double Workout Wednesdays”).
  • Eat a protein bar for breakfast.
  • Drink a delicious soy latte.
  • Work at my desk job for a few hours.
  • Take a 10-minute walk, rain or shine (I keep tennis shoes, a sweatshirt, gloves, and an umbrella on hand so I never have an excuse).
  • Eat a small snack — apple and peanut butter are often my snack of choice.
  • Work…
  • Break for lunch: my lunches usually consist of leftovers from the night before and aren’t anything crazy. Usually something that’s packed with protein, lots of veggies, and some carbs. For a drink, I usually have water or sparkling water.
  • Back to work. I have VariDesk standing desk that allows me to use it sitting or standing and I usually will switch to standing in the afternoon.
  • Take another 10-minute walk, rain or shine.
  • Eat a small snack. I keep Sargento Balanced Breaks in the fridge, as well as crackers, slices of deli turkey or chicken, and cheese on hand too.
  • Off work around 4:00.
  • Home! I immediately change into workout clothes and get in a solid workout. I’ve found that it’s easy to get in this afternoon workout regardless of my energy level because I have a TV in front of the treadmill and can convince myself to watch a show while walking since I’d probably just sit on the couch and watch one anyway. If I have plenty of energy, or if it’s part of my rotation to do strength training, then I find myself putting together a routine using my weights and mat. Then, stretching of course!
  • Dinner time: I usually make something big with protein and a lot of veggies, but I eat a small portion of it and plan on taking the bulk of it as leftovers for lunches the next few days.
  • After dinner, I usually relax and prep my food and clothes for the next day. Then I’m in bed by 9:00!

Since I’ve still got a lot of weight left to lose, I’m going to be shifting to some new workouts and upping my game on trying new healthy foods. I feel good about where I’m at and where I’m heading so I hope to be seeing the scale reach a 40-pound loss come next month. Wish me luck!