Monday, October 24, 2011

Weigh in Monday - 10/24/11

After a crazy week thanks to a family emergency, I'm surprised to be down any weight at all! I lost .2 this week and a 1/2" in both my waist and hip area - huzzah! 

I tracked every single meal, but failed on the walking and waking up early. I did, however, make it to both of my bootcamps and walked the dog almost every day.

Goal check!

  • Walking - not so much this week
  • Tracking - *swish*
  • Weight loss - 2.8 lbs to go before 10/31 to make my 5 lbs monthly goal

Monday, October 17, 2011

Weigh In Monday - 10/17/11

Huzzah! I lost a little more this week - down 2.6 total since I started tracking two weeks ago! It's a bit slow going, but sustainable - I am not feeling "OH MY GOSH I EAT YOU NOW!" hungry and not exercising myself into oblivion. Moderation feels good!

I have completely forgotten to share October goals, so here they are:
  • Walking - 30 minutes, two times a week
  • Tracking - every day, every meal (so far, I've tracked 20 days consecutively! Woot!)
  • Weight loss - 3 lbs by October 31 (5 lbs total - I've lost 2 so far, so just adding to that streak!)
What are you goals for the month? More importantly, what are you going to be for Halloween?!?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weigh in Monday - 10/10/11

After 10 whole days of tracking, I'm feeling great! While I haven't lost weight this week, I have lost an inch in my waist, 1/2 inch in my hips and have pants that aren't so tight anymore!

Tracking has made me much more aware of what I'm eating, how much and how high in calories that food is. Instead of just kinda eating whatever and think it was healthy I know for sure how many calories are going in and how many are going out.

This makes it much easier to course correct when I have an unhealthy eating episode (such as the 5 Guys burger I had for lunch last weekend or the visit to my parent's house - aka Shangri-La of bad foods). Once I see that one meal will be high in calories and fat, I can make better choice for my other meals or get some more exercise to bridge the gap!

On to the goals!
  • Weight: up two ounces, so essentially the same weight as last week
  • Walking: twice this week! And both days of bootcamp and my Aerial Silk exercise class (totally have to post about this later!)
  • Waking up early? I have backslid to waking up at 8-ish or later, getting back on track this week for my 7 a.m. wake up!
  • Bonus: clothing is fitting much better - looser pants and tops, more definition in my arms, legs and stomach!
What did you get up to this weekend?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kryptonite - what's yours?

The lovely Ruthie posted a great comment on a recent post about superpowers and expectation that made me think:
"... you should figure our your kryptonite and avoid it like the plague! :)"
YES! Kryptonite - we all have something in our lives that makes us powerless against it. Maybe it's a trigger food or the lure of party platters. Maybe it's waiting too late to eat a meal and then chowing down like a hungry gorilla or drinking too much and throwing caution to the wind when you decide you're hungry (I'm convinced this is why McDonald's still exists!)

Mine is the latter. If I have more than one glass of wine, my willpower goes the way of the Dodo. Any greasy, fatty foods in site are suddenly on my radar and I have to consumer them. NOW! Sober Sarah can let the craving pass, but slightly above the legal limit Sarah is ready to party - with cake.

My strategy of dealing with this is two fold: 1) Don't drink so much! and 2) Go into the situation full. If I eat a healthy meal beforehand, I can usually pass on the tater tots at the bar later on, but if I had alcohol on an emptyish stomach before ordering food, it's a guaranteed disaster.

What's your Kryptonite? What's your strategy to avoid it?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Beware the "Licensing Effect"

Oh Grechen Rubin - you've got me on this one. Big time!

One of my absolute favorite things to do is give myself license to do whatever I want after doing something good. If I don't spend any money for a few days, I let myself buy a pair of shoes. If I eat well, I take this as permission to eat all the donuts in the world.

As she explains here, this is a behavior that you should be weary of. The Licensing Effect can hamper your weight loss efforts, blow your budget and just plain old get you in trouble. Beware!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Weigh in Monday - 10/3/11

Oh snap y'all! After 6 days of tracking like a mad woman, I have lost 2 lbs! TWO! 

My Fitness Pal makes it pretty easy - I was shocked that the barcode scanner on the iPhone app has worked for literally everything I have scanned, save for a tin of Danish cookies bought at a fundraiser. I am sort of amazed with how counting actual calories is such a motivator - seeing calories go in and calories go out through exercise on my tracker make me a lot more aware of what I'm eating and how much. Way more than the points system has for a long while.

October Goal check:
  • Weight lost: 2.2lbs so far
  • Left to lose: 2.8lbs
  • Still getting up at 7? Today it was 7:40, but was up at 7 both Thursday and Friday, 8 on Saturday and 8:30 on Sunday - so much earlier than before! Focusing on hitting 7 every other day this week!
  • Walking? YES! Ryan and I have been taking family walks in the evenings and I will be walking on Wednesday and Friday morning this week before work. Tuesday and Thursday are bootcamp days!
Hope you are all having the best Monday ever - how are you doing on your October goals so far?