It has been nearly two months since my last update on my Life Style change (or post for that matter).
Today I am proud to say that I have hit the 50 POUND mark of total weight loss. I weighed in this morning at 312, down from 362 when I started in January. I can say without hesitation that my lifestyle has truly changed. My overall appearance is slightly different, my cloths are falling off me, but more importantly I am feeling better because of the better choices I am making of what goes into my body.
It may come as a shock to some who know me, but I barely ever eat red meat anymore. I have not given it up, but I am just not eating it nearly as much. On special occasions I will have a steak (or some type of pork) but for the most parts I am eating chicken or turkey. The first time I bought ground turkey from the store I thought to myself "This is going to horrible." After cooking it up in some chili, then tacos, then hamburgers I am hooked. Next step was Turkey Bacon and while it is eatable, I am not sold on it. Nothing like pan fried Bacon!
I still have a long way to go. While the last 4 months have given me the confidence I need to continue this type of lifestyle I still have 62 more pounds to go. Knowing that the next 50 will be harder then the first 50 I have decided to take up the 'Couch to 5K' challenge that so many have done. I will continue to do my Wii Biggest Loser workout, but this will be something that will give me another goal to achieve and help continue my weight loss.
I have purchased a iPhone app that will help me in this process, but I must say I am completely scared to being this challenge. I have never (ever) been in a runner or someone that enjoys it. But seeing my friend Tasha running 5Ks and Half Marathons has really inspired me to give it a shot. Who knows, I might actually become a runner.
Thank you again to all my friends for your support over these last 4 months. It has made the process so much easier and something that without I know I would have failed after the first month.
It has been a few weeks since my last update on my Lifestyle change I started in January. I have not been blogging on it each week mainly because I have had higher priorities then blogging about it, which I hate because the feedback/support i received from everyone made it so much easier to deal with. Something I could have used this month.
I weighed in yesterday at 336 - which is a total weight loss this year of 26 pounds. The month of February only saw 8 pounds of weight loss which is disappointing for me but also a learning experience.
I started this month slacking, plain and simple. The exercises I was doing on the Wii were worthless. I did not feel challenged nor did I feel like I was losing weight. Sure enough I only lost 1 pound. Moving forward the next week I saw some good weight loss followed by a week of travel that I gained everything I lost for the month. That was expected and also quite upsetting. I worked so far the previous two weeks to lose the weight and gained it all so back so easily (no working out and not eating correctly).
With that said I did lose weight for the entire month, so that is better then gaining. This month I have no travel plans that will require me to be away from home more then one night which is good. I am continuing to keep under my 2000 calorie limit each day and exercising at least 5 days a week.
I appreciate all of the continued support everyone is giving me - it means more then you will ever know.
I have now completed my fourth week of my lifestyle change and things are going great. I feel better everyday and while my physical appearance has not changed that much I know it is starting to do so. I weighed yesterday morning at 344 which was only a 3 pound lost for the week but 18 pounds total for the entire month! For me this is a great change. It is a healthy weight loss that I know can be continued in the months to come.
Yesterday also concluded my 4 week workout with the Biggest Loser Wii game and to my surprise I was the Biggest Loser!! Unfortunately I did not win the $350,000 that comes with that.
I have been quite surprised with the use of this game. So much so it looks like Jenny and I have decided not to join a gym but to continue to use the game in combination with another Wii Game (Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009). We are going to be able to safe money and continue to exercise on our own time frame at home. I started the "Biggest Loser Game" again this time selecting a 8 week program in which my goal is to lose 40 pounds. Ideally I will be happy with 15-20 pounds each month.
My main goal is to continue the healthy eating habits I have established while exercising on a regular basis - both things I should have no problem keeping up.
I want to again thanks everyone for the support and kind comments. As I continue to say - having an awesome support system makes this lifestyle change so much easier.
Lifestyle Change Week 3 is in the books and it was a much better week in terms of confidence and weight loss. I weighed in this morning before I left for my speaking engagement at 347 pounds. This is a change of 7 pounds!! I was so excited to see that number. After a discouraging weigh in last week it was satisfying to see a loss of 7 pounds and 15 pounds in three weeks.
While last week was disappointing I was encouraged while watching the television show Biggest Loser (Week 2) talk about the Week 2 Blues. I immediately gained an enormous amount of confidence midway through the show when the trainners spoke on how hard it was to lose weight in Week 2. I never knew that Week 2 of any diet/lifestyle change was so tough - but evidently it is.
This week I have another challenge as I am typing this from the airport as I get ready to board a plane to Boston. I arrive after midnight which will result in me being not able to workout like I had planned. It also makes eating dinner tougher - but not impossible.
I continue to use a combination of Lifestyle.Com Website/iPhone App and the Biggest Loser Wii game for exercise. This week I will be using the hotel gym and hopefully will not duplicate my California trip in terms of weight loss.
I want to again thank everyone for their support during this lifestyle change as I have said and will continue to say it makes everything easier having such a great support system of friends and family.
This past week was my first major obstacle as I traveled away from the comforts of home cooked (controlled) food and to Los Angeles for the week. I did the best I could throughout the entire week making sure to watch my calories and what I eat while being able to exercise on the treadmill (35 minutes of brisk walking) 4 out of the 7 days. Unfortunately when I stepped on the scale last night I had only lost one pound, making my weight 354.
Needless to say I was pretty discouraged last night. I thought I had done really good and the hard I put in was for 1 pound. My first reaction was this cannot be right so an hour later I got back on to see the same result. Discouragement set in for the rest of the night.
Not wanting to get down to far I woke up this morning and shrug off the discouragement and kept going. As I told Jenny I feel so much better over the course of the last couple of weeks (due to the way I am eating) so I know I have to be doing something correctly. 8 pounds in two weeks is just fine for me. I am changing my life - not trying to win The Biggest Loser.
This week I am in town and will hopefully be joining Gold's Gym and be able to establish a solid workout routine. Next week I am back on the road to Boston, but only for 3 days. Hopefully I can continue the workouts and continue down the road of changing my life.
Thank you all for the continued support and encouragement - it is relaly what keeps me going through this all.
I have now completed my first week of my Life Style change and I have to admit it was easier then I thought. Using the combination of LiveStrong.Com (including the iPhone App) and the Biggest Loser Wii game I was able to drop 7 pounds. I weighed in this morning at 355. My thought going into the weigh in was I would loss around 3-5 pounds but instead was able to lose 7.
I was able to keep my calorie intake under 2000 calories all week, which was my goal. I am really likeing the LiveStrong website as it helps me keep track of the calorie intake and has a database of every single food I can possibly imagine.
On to my big test. I am in LA all week and away from the comforts of home cooked food and my Wii for exercise. Instead I will be eating out each meal and exercising on my own in the Marriott gym.
I ask for your prayers and support this week as it will be my biggest test of all and hopefully I am able to duplicate the 7 pound weight loss again. I appreciate the support all of you have shown over this last week and selfishly have to ask you all to keep it up. For me to be successful I am relying on my friends and family to help keep me accountable (that includes you Mom).