A Very Belated Weekly Weigh-in Wednesday

I’m sorry this very late post.  Research papers, marketing analysis project, job hunting, back to school days, and other parental issues, before I knew it a month went by. Not to fear, I’ve kept up with my diet but haven’t been to the gym in a month…I’m sure my trainer is thinking I quit.  So to catch up on a few things I started on this blog, here’s the update – I cancelled my CSA Subscription simply because of the quality I got.  I guess I’m really that tactile and kinetic and have to pick out my produce myself.

So here’s the progress summed up:

8-22:  237.6 lbs.

8-29:  237.2 lbs.

9-5:    235.8 lbs.

9-7:    233.8 lbs.  BMI 37.7

Mini for the week…hmmm…I think I already met it by reaching 233.8lbs. So I weigh in next week and go from there.

Weight

Starting: 250 Lbs BMI: 43 (April 17, 2012)

Current: 233.8 Lbs BMI: 37.7 (Sept 7,2012)

Target: 150 lbs.

Total weight lost: 16 lbs.

Measurements

Body

Height: 5’6″(Constant)

Neck:  (Sept. 7,2012) 16.15″

Bust: (Sept 7, 2012) 49.25″

Waist: (Sept 7,2012) 45.5″

Hips” (Sept. 7,2012) 49.25″

Thigh: (Sept. 7,2012) 26′

Calf: (Sept. 7, 2012) 17″

Biceps: (Sept. 7, 2012) 14.5″

Forearm: (Sept. 7, 2012) 11.15″

Clothing

Pant Size (Starting) 20WP

Blouse Size: (Sept. 7, 2012) 18W

Blazer Size: (Sept. 7, 2012) 16W

T-Shirt Size: (Sept. 7, 2012) XXL

Bra Size: (Sept. 7, 2012) ??

Total Loss of 5.60″!!!!!

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Weekly Weigh-in Wednesday on a Tuesday

Mom’s bathroom scale is a Liar!!!!! I tell you a “liiiaaaar”!!! Liar, liar, pants on fire!!!!

It gave me false hope. Kinda like the White House. (Looks around for Big Brother) I’m not really enjoying the concept of stepped health insurance increases of 13% every 3.5 mos.!!!!! How’s Obamacare working for you??  Thank God for Freedom of Speech and right to give constructive criticism to the government.English: A new Free Speech Flag

But I digress…

As I was saying before I tripped over my soap box, last Tuesday my weight was 238.5 lbs. On Wednesday I posted my weight was at 235.4 lbs., which would be logical since I had been following my caloric intake very closely, stood in the Colorado River in a mph current expending 1936 calories! However, it was my mom’s bathroom scale and not mine. Since I wanted to be fair and honest about my weight loss, maintain my integrity, accountability, and transparency (unlike our politicians) – I reported my numbers. I stand here and Enlightened woman…Note to Self: bring your own scale next time or don’t weigh in at all. As of today, with my continued vigilance to my caloric intake, I weigh in at 242.8 lbs. Which in the metabolic terms means I”m still going to lose some weight.

Mini-goal: With the given setback, I’m setting it at 235 lbs.

Measurements: At present I’m at a size 18W

 

Inner Food Junkie meets Christmas Morning.

The last few weeks have been like Christmas morning. I wake up and rush out to the kitchen to step on the scale to see how much weight I lost during the night. This morning was no different. Well…at least in the weight loss aspect – I lost another 2 pounds.

Poof!!

Vaporized by the magic of metabolism.

So as is my normal routine, I update MyFitnessPal. I get a message back, something along the lines of “Congratulations!!! You’ve lost so much weight (over 10 lbs.) that we need to recalculate your dietary goals.” Accept or decline buttons appear below the message.

I mentally respond “Yay! “ and press accept. Flip through to my food diary section. 1200 Calories…What!? Oh, no, no, no. Where’s my protein…45 (g)…How am I going to do that?!

The Inner Food Junkie starts to emerge and panic overcomes rational thought.

I Google “How many grams in an ounce”. Google generates several possible websites. I flip through a few to get a consensus that 1.5 oz. is equivalent to 45 (g). More panic sets in. “What am I supposed to eat.?” I scan back at the 1200 calories. “1200 calories, that the bare minimum recommended Daily Values” I tell myself, wow but yay I lost another 2 lbs.

MyFitnessPal ~ My New Friend…A review

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So if you’ve been following my blog, you will have read about me using MyFitnessPal. In the past, I’ve used other various nutritional trackers like the ADA endorsed Pyramid.gov (Shift eyes from side to side looking for Big Brother), Livestrong’s  TheDailyPlate for tracking my caloric/nutritional intake for my health classes. I had never used one to track my weight loss.

I have been using MyFitnessPal for about a week and I have to say that I’m impressed with how MyFitnessPal is setup. The program recalibrates the nutrients for every entry of weight loss. For instance I started at 245 pounds, at the time the program calculated the I needed 56 (g) grams of protein. As I continued to record my weight loss, my daily nutritional details recalibrated my protein needs to 48 (g). This helps prevent my metabolism from plateauing from having too much on any one nutrient, thus halting weigh loss. The site also records your exercise and is taken into account on your daily nutrient details, I earn back calories and nutrients to help maintain a health metabolism.

The site has a BMR, BMI, heart calculator. You have the ability to post badges and tickers on your blog that track your weight loss, you can join communities to increase the accountability factor and get support for others on the journey to a healthier weight. Gee, I didn’t really need to start this blog. Just  kidding. MyfitnessPal can be downloaded you an iPad, iPhone, Android or blackberry. As if, electronics weren’t enough of a leash, now you’re accountable to your iPhone for your caloric intake. For those of us, like me, who have fallen off the weight loss wagon often enough that we relate to Pigpen’s dust cloud. MyFitnessPal, is a Pal.

Weekly Weigh-in Wedneday

I’m on the road this week at the Bullhead City River Regatta, food and an accurate scale pose a challenge.

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Starting Weight:    240 lbs. (August, 1 2012)

Current Weight:    235.4 lbs. (August 8, 2012)

Loss of another 5 lbs.!!!!  I surpassed my mini goal

Yes, the scale says I lost another five pounds, however, it’s not my scale and I’m bit skeptical. The only confirmation for the weigh loss it my daily intake. I’ve been keeping with in my 1280 calorie limit for the last few days. My body is adjusting to this new level and is actually signaling me when I’m full. When I’m dining out I end up leaving half a plate of food. 😦 Why do they have to serve such big plates of food?  I know, I know…I’ve seen the movie Supersize Me. There’s documentary that will change your mind about fast food.

When I’m out with my daughter I try to split a plate so nothing goes to waste.

Mini-goal: 232 lbs for next week. As you know I posted last week that I broke the 30 lb gravel ball, still no update as to it’s health status, LOL. This week I will most likely be tugging and hauling my parent’s Seadoo and Shuttle in the river, plus 115 degree heat will be a workout in itself.

Weekly Weigh-in Wednesday

I meet with my personal trainer today for my weekly medieval torture/butt kicking and he is expecting results…so here are the numbers:

Starting Weight:    245 lbs. (July 27, 2012)

Current Weight:    240 lbs. (August 1, 2012)

Loss of 5 lbs.!!!!

Mini-goal: 237lbs for next week. I will update my measurements at the end of the month, although I can tell clothes are beginning to feel loose. This news I’m sure my trainer will suggest “flipping tractor tires” across the gym or maybe even more squats while bear hugging a 40lbs sandbag nick named “Major General Parks”!!! (It’s even dressed in a camouflage duffel, too) Oh, how I dislike “Parks”, by the time I’m done doing the second set of squats I’m ready to chuck it. Either way, I’m bound to be crawling to my car.

Internal and Eternal Struggles of a Food Junkie

According to MyFitnessPal, my caloric intake for a sedentary day is 1280. How this all breaks down in to meals and snacks doesn’t really matter to me. What does matter is the fact that by 3PM today, I was left with 307 calories and maxed out my daily protein intake!!!! Stomach rumbles. Panic ensues. What AM I going to eat? Like a junkie, I take inventory of possibilities. The weight must come off. Muttering to myself, “this is what I get for not working out today”. I did do some strength training, entered it in my MyFitnessPal, but didn’t get caloric credit. Muscle recovery (calories used to repair muscle tissue) spans over days and is imprecise.  307, for dinner, that’s it! Doesn’t leave much options; vegetables – a salad, that will work. Now here I sit, three hours until a possible bedtime, knowing that I could be wake until midnight trying to relax my mind. Yep…Food Junkie.

Personal History

After originally starting this blog as an information forum I startled looking around a found a lot of people use blogs to journal their weight loss and have accountability. Losing 100Lbs really inspired me.

This weight loss journey started back in middle of April when I had lunch with an boyfriend (now married, happily, yay) from 20 years ago. He aged a little but was in good shape, with good cause, he’s a lifeguard for a lake up north in LA County. Me…on the other hand…not so much.  I was ashamed of my body. Having survived 2 divorces, 2 pregnancies, 2 corporate downsizing’s, a cash for key-offer while I was renting, a death of a close relative, transfer to a 4 yr college,  and raising 2 kids – all had taken a toll and I had gained 100 lbs in the last 12 years. As a Health Science major I should know better than to gain all this weight, there is no justifying it. When I started back to college  in 2008,  after corporate downsizing I decided  to finally finish my degree. I had to pick a major and originally wanted to become an Executive Chef then it evolved into a Food Technology Science, then finally Nutrition/Dietetics. As it turns out my grandmother a dietitian and lecturer at UC Davis. But those were the days of galvanized egg hockey pucks and cremated steak. I certainly try not to cook like that-I’ve got Foodnetwork as my inspiration and education.

Anyway, the year before my transfer to a 4 yr college, I had made progress at getting down to 220 lbs and maintaining it with weight training and Tae Kwon Do, then I dislocated my Sacroilliac Joint and inflamed my sciatic nerve (Pyriformis Syndrome) – it just went all downhill from there. So why am I losing weight? 1)  Because I need do it for my health 2)  it’s looks pretty hypocritical to be overweight and a Health Science Professional.