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100 Pounds – Such a Tease…

February 2, 2013 2 comments
Looking into the distance - pondering how CLOSE I am to that 100 pound mark! :-)

Looking into the distance – pondering how CLOSE I am to that 100 pound mark! ūüôā

Well yesterday was weekly weigh-in day, and I posted a loss, albeit a small one, from last week. ¬†I weighed in at 217.4 pounds yesterday. ¬†That’s down .4 pounds from last week, and still leaves me 2.4 elusive pounds shy of the century mark and losing 100 pounds! ¬†I can taste that victory, and yes, it’s a measly couple of pounds, but the psychological significance of having lost¬†100 pounds is really huge. ¬† I remember when I first started this journey a few years ago, I’d watch the people on the Today show, or read the success stories in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who had lost 100 pounds, and for the first time, I thought, “They’re no different than me. ¬†I can do this, too!”

And I almost have achieved that goal! ¬†A. L. M. O. S. T….. ¬†I was kind of disappointed this week because I did really well with exercise again for the first time in a long time, and I was good with my food. ¬†My nutritionist reminded me yesterday when I told her rather disappointedly about my small loss that when you first begin exercise (which for all intents and purposes, this week was a restart), your muscles retain water, and the loss may not come immediately. ¬†So busting through this plateau will take a little bit yet.

What’s keeping me going until I hit this huge milestone along my road to a final goal weight are the changes I’ve undergone. ¬†Health, energy, and petty as it may seem, appearance. ¬†I actually really like the way I look now! ¬†I got a haircut this morning and snapped a photo with my phone today to see it from the side (see above). ¬†A few years (or even a few months) ago, a side shot of my face/head would’ve been something that made me cringe and reflexively delete the photo. ¬†But when I saw this one, I had to stop for a minute. ¬†It didn’t even look like me! ¬†I didn’t have a ridiculous double (or triple chin), there was no fat roll on the back of my head, and damn if I didn’t even see some of the muscles/tendons in my neck! ¬†I actually thought I looked…well…kinda cute! ¬†So that satisfaction – knowing I’ve changed my life for the better – that’s what’s going to propel me through until I’ve lost 100 pounds (hopefully very soon!), and then past that, to get below 200 pounds, and ultimately to reach a good final goal weight and maintain it with a healthy lifestyle that never stops.

Top 10 Body Changes to Get Me Through the Holidays

December 29, 2012 Comments off

So I have a couple of weeks of catching up to do with regards to reporting my weigh-ins. ¬†In order to do it, I’ve returned to the bestest coffee shop in all the land, which I’ve often blogged from and about before. ¬†Ground zero for my studying for the bar exam (and hence making a major career change), coming out of the closet, and various other life events. ¬†I couldn’t take a week’s vacation and note spend some time here! ¬†The news is good overall, and I’m proud of getting through the holidays without a complete debacle or meltdown of efforts. ¬†In fact, the way I’ve been handling this year’s holidays makes me think that maybe, just maybe, I’ve finally made the switch in my head from being on a diet/eating plan/program to living a healthier lifestyle.

All that said, the weeks surrounding Christmas have not been a time for continued weight loss, and perhaps that’s not what I should have expected this time of year. ¬†On the Friday before Christmas, I weighed in at Read more…

Definition

August 26, 2012 Comments off

So I’ll start with the basics… Last week’s weigh in had been a little disappointing, with a .4 pound gain placing me at 249.3 pounds. I think it was an artificially high number that didn’t really reflect my actual progress, as I was having some digestion issues at the time. That was confirmed when I stepped on the scales Friday for this week’s weigh in. 245.6 pounds this week!!!!! That’s a 3.7 pound loss from last Friday, and a 13.0 pound loss since I restarted this journey in July! Overall, from my estimated highest weight of 315 pounds a few years back this is now a total loss of 69.4 pounds, and I’m only 10.4 pounds above my absolute lowest weight of 235.2 from a couple of years ago!!!

Needless to say, I’m very excited about my progress and feeling like I’m on track to potentially meet my next goal of getting to 235 before my birthday on October 30! I won’t lie; the numbers on the scale are important. However, there are other important things along this journey, too, that both motivate you to keep going and give you confidence in the here and now. For me, one of those things is when I begin to notice actual changes in my body.

I will never forget the morning a couple of years ago when I discovered my collar bones for the first time! This sounds so silly for a grown man to say, but

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Motivation Week!

August 11, 2012 Comments off

This week turned out to be a week of awesome motivation on a few fronts. ¬†First, though not necessarily foremost, Friday was my weekly weigh-in, and I made more progress! ¬†My weight this week was 248.9!!! ¬†That’s down 1.1 pounds from last week, 9.7 pounds from when I restarted this journey in July, and about 66 pounds total from my estimated highest weight of 315 pounds sometime in 2009! ¬†Weight loss is always a good motivator to continue with my diet and nutrition efforts; it’s the reason I’m doing this, after all.

However, the numbers on the scale alone are not the biggest motivators to keep going; at least not this week. ¬†The biggest motivator for this week came yesterday as I Read more…

Finding Inspiration

July 16, 2012 Comments off

One important piece of my weight loss journey, that I must admit has fallen by the wayside in recent months, is finding some inspiration that I can, in fact, do this. ¬†The best way to prove to myself that I can lose this weight and live a healthy life, is to look at people who have already walked this path. ¬†Reading other blogs is a great way to stay on track, and watching the Today Show’s weekly “Joy Fit Club” where people have lost more than 100 pounds is also great inspiration. ¬†My favorite way to do that this summer is by watching Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition on ABC.

If you haven’t seen this show before, Chris Powell, my future husband a trainer with more compassion and caring than anyone I have ever seen, takes someone who is morbidly obese, and transforms their mind and body over a full year. ¬†Chris, in addition to being ridiculously good looking, has an absolute heart of gold and infectious spirit. ¬†Yes, I have a bit of a crush, and I was devastated to learn he is married with children. ¬†Sigh…oh well.

What’s truly amazing, though, is seeing someone who Read more…

Another week – need to step it up…

June 19, 2011 1 comment

So I’ve made it through another week, and I’m doing well. ¬†I had lost another pound as of last Monday, my weigh in day, and I got in three runs this week. ¬†Overall, I’m back on track with my nutrition and exercise after a few months of pretty much ignoring it while I acclimated myself to my new job.

But…I’m a little worried about the intensity of my training for the marathon. ¬†I’ve created new habits of early morning runs, and I’m proud of that. ¬†But those runs now need to pick up in length and intensity, with longer periods of running and less walking, and farther to go. ¬†I have a calendar that my trainer put together for me a couple of months ago, and I haven’t really been following that just yet. ¬†The goal for this week is to be a little more Read more…

I've been high – I've been low – I've been yes, and I've been oh, hell no!

June 5, 2011 3 comments

Alright friends…it’s on! This running beast is back. No more highs, lows, yeses and nos – just flat out good nutrition and training to conquer this marathon! This afternoon I took my first long run in a long time. Forty-five minutes through my neighborhood. I waited until the heat of the Atlanta summer had broken – and I didn’t go out until about 7:30, but it was still hot. Music gets me through running better than anything else, and today was a mix of The Killers, Rihanna, and Train’s cover of “Save Me San Francisco,” that I strangely connected with on my up and down journey of weight and fitness. Love the video, too!

Ahh…such a fun video! Meanwhile, back in Atlanta, I was planning on a relatively easy jog/walk, but I ended up challenging myself with a few sprints, too. The first was self-imposed. The second and third came for other reasons. With the second, I had planned to stop one run at a telephone pole, but I came up on a woman running with her dog, and I wanted to look all bad-ass, so Read more…