Friday, April 9, 2010

Weight Loss Update

So, I officially started my weight loss journey on Monday. I have been doing pretty well. I weighed in first thing in the morning and took that weight as my starting weight. I was thinking of just coming right out and putting what it is. I mean, most people cold probably guess, it's pretty obvious that I don't weigh 130 pounds. Adam thought it would be weird if I posted my actual weight. But, I don't know. If I am going to take this seriously and use my blog as a way to track and get support then I feel like I need to be completely honest here. So, I will tell you with out actually telling you and it will be a very close estimate. My goal weight is to be 138 pounds. I have over 70 pounds to lose. So, if you are good at mental math this will be quick to figure out. If you aren't so good at mental math, then I would encourage you to not take the 30 seconds to actually figure that problem out. So, there you have it. I have a LOT of work to do.

I went to the gym Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and today, Friday. I enjoy being at the gym and having someone to work out with makes a HUGE difference. I went early Wednesday morning because of plans I had in the evening. I was SO tired. I had to go before work, I think I got there at 6 o'clock. My workout was only 1/2 hour because I realized I had forgotten that I needed to drive our other car so I had to go back home before going to work and I needed to get gas before doing that. So, my Wed. workout was not too great. I am definitely not used to working out let alone working out so incredibly early that I was exhausted the entire day. I needed to workout in the morning of Thursday also but, I seriously could NOT get out of bed. I felt guilty about it all day. Friday, I had my training evaluation. My trainer is really nice, patient, and helpful. She is also REALLY tall! She is taller than me by 3 or 4 inches and that is saying something because I am 5'9." Anyway, she took my weight, body fat percentage, measurements of my body parts from neck, to arms, on down to my calves and everywhere in between. She then, showed me all the different things I will be doing in each of the workouts that she made for me. I will meet with her twice a month to go over my progress and she gives me a workout. In between meetings I will be doing a lower body workout, 2 upper body workouts, and an ab workout that I will actually be doing everyday, in addition to those I will have a cardio day where I will focus on cardio and the ab workout. She also explained to me that when working out the first 4 weeks you body focus neurologically meaning that my brain is going to be getting used to the new usage of my muscles so I won't see too much results. She also explained to me that when I get to the gym I should warm up on the treadmill for 5 to 10 minutes, go do my weight, muscle training, and then end in cardio. She said that when you are beginning in your workout you use your energy and you drain your energy so that when you get to the cardio part all that is left is the energy you have from your actual fat so all you have left to burn is your actual fat. Plus, if you do the weights at the beginning you will have more strength so you can go more reps and even increase your weight amount.

On Tuesday, my good friend came over to help me figure out how many calories I need to eat in a day to lose 2 pounds per week. I can eat just over 1,100 calories. That is really NOT much! It has been hard and I think I have probably gone over that by a little but, I am trying to get pretty close without feeling like I am starving to death. I think it might be better for me to gradually reduce my calorie intake rather than cut loads of calories cold turkey. She also helped me figure out a balanced diet that works for me and my family and schedule. I shared with her my typical meals and she gave me ideas to vamp up what I already eat to make them tastier, healthier, and more balanced.

I have successfully completed my journal entries, keeping track of all I eat for 5 days now. I enjoy doing it and there is something about writing it down that helps keep my accountable. In addition to writing down what I eat, I also track my daily exercise, my water intake, and my overall thoughts.

My goal for the next week is to keep my stomach muscles tightened when doing all workouts.


Lisa said...

Wishing you much success. I am in a very similar situation, only I'm not doing anything about it! I need to get off my duff and do something...

Lisa @ All That and a Box of Rocks

Anonymous said...

So I've been following this blog for a couple years when she decided to lose some weight and started a new blog. She is doing SO amazing.
Her blog is incredibly inspirational to me, if you have time you could read it and know, if she can do it so can you!

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Keelie said...

Awe--I can't believe someone refered you to my blog!!That is crazy. Glad you stopped by though.

I can understand why your hubby would think it is weird to post your actual weight. It is, kind of. I really debated whether or not I would when I began this and I thought, you know what--let's just put it all out there. I am serious about this and I am never going to weigh this again so let's just put it out there. It is great for accountability. So I think you "done good" by putting it out there.

Really interesting to read that about doing the strength training first!! I always do cardio first, not for any particular reason other than that's just what I;ve always done. I am gonna change that! Thanks

You can SO do this! I will be here to cheer you on!

haha--my word verification is "scinier" SKINNIER!! Yes we wil be!

Ashley said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's always nice to meet fellow bloggers! I wish you all the luck in the world on this journey! I'll be routin' you on!

P.S. The word verification for this comment is "theduck"! I'm not sure why, but it made me giggle :)

Holly said...

Word verification codes are so funny sometimes!

Keelie and Ashley, thank you so much for the comments and for following. It will really help knowing that I have a network of people following along my journey, I don't want to let anyone down. Plus, it helps to know that I am definitely not alone on this challenging journey.

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Holly said...

I am a complete dork!

Anyway...attempt number 2 at my thanks to Lisa and Kaitie.

Thank you for the encouragement!

Hehe! I need to read a little better. Or at least not get people confused with other people.

Moving on from my stupidity.