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Another year...so I blew that last one off!

Okay, so I lost 31 pounds in 2012 and was so gung ho!  However, 30 of those came back!  I have now lost 15 of those and I'm on my way again.  I have hit a stagnant little plateau but I am okay with it.  Life gets challenging sometimes and schedules can be hectic!  In May, the family all got on board for a little weight loss challenge and I started it.  To date, Noah has lost 15 pounds, Nathan 21 pounds, Todd 20 pounds and me 15.  I am so proud of our commitment to health and wellness.  I want to continue this journey to a new me even if it takes years. 

 

I've been in a little slump so here is my challenge to myself. 

  • I will log everything I eat all week
  • I will get a minimum of 5 glasses of water each day
  • I will exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 days this week. 

I hope that will kick me off that slump and get me back to the losing!!

May 13... Fitbit...Perhaps some new motivation???

Okay, so yesterday my Fitbit that I ordered came in and today I finally charged it, set it up and came ready to wear it around 2:00.  Now I am very competitive so I am finding reasons to move so I can up my steps moved before bedtime.  I really think this came at the right time as I have found my weight loss becoming a little less since "the biggest loser" competition ended at school and my "end of school" madness has begun!  I want to get in those steps needed!!!

I really expect things to be a LOT easier in 2 weeks when school is out and I can burn calories by just swimming in the pool  I also find I tend to eat more fresh foods in the summer and even less because I tend to sleep in so that keeps me from eating a morning snack.  I look forward to the continued journey and have no plans to give up no matter how long this takes.  I feel this is truly something I must make a lifetime commitment and not just lose it and expect it to stay off! 

My goals for this week are to:

  • Get this Fitbit to a minimum of 10,000 steps daily!!
  • Get in 6 glasses of water at least!
  • Walk on the treadmill daily with 1 day of Jillian Michael's
  • Type my food in the night before except Tuesday (Banquet??) so I can keep that regimen going.  (I have slipped off of that a little lately...)

I want to give God the glory for the weight I have lost so far and I hope I will be able to use it as a witness to others who are facing this weight loss battle. 

May 6... Just shuffling along...

May is here and moving right along!  We are full of ballgames and the challenges it faces with concession stands and eating out since we do travel ball.  However, so far I have faced these challenges head on and have been successful!  I have been taking my own snacks, drinking tons of water since it is so hot, been waking up to exercise before the games, and I've made good choices at the restaurants. 

I have now lost 31 pounds and still need to lose 103 pounds.  That sounds like so much, but so far it has been okay with good eating, lots of movement and reaching monthly goals.  This month I have already lost 3 pounds and feel committed to keep going.  My head has never been so together like this before.  My head knows I am going to do this and it reassures my body it is going to be okay.  The mind is such a powerful force.  I don't know what has made my mind come to this conclusion, but I truly know I am going to do this! 

Until next time...

April 30... A new month is dawning!!

April has been a very challenging month for me!  My kids are very active in sports and especially baseball and are on different teams with one playing travel ball.  I find it very difficult to be 100%.  I only lost 4 pounds this whole month which I kind of look at as a victory, but kind of find myself a little let down.  While I did eat out a lot this month, I look at the victories such as eating kids meals, asking for nutritional menus, bringing my own snacks to games, and walking 24 of the 30 days as things to be very proud of.  I am committed to getting this weight off and it will happen, maybe just a little slower than I anticipated.  I am not willing to give this up!

In May, I am challenging myself to get a daily MInimum of 6 glasses of water.  I find it very hard to get that water in for some reason.  I will exercise 6 days a week, walking 5 of those with increasing speed and incline, and one day of Jillian Michaels.  I am also off of the school weigh in since our competition ended, but I will continue to weigh in on Thursdays.  Without that person I have to stand in front of, I am counting on you guys to keep me accountable too!!  I would like to lose a minimum of 6 pounds this month too!  May will continue to be a challenging month as we have more games, tournaments, and the end of school, but I feel confident I can do my monthly challenge. 

Things I am proud of...(non scale victories)

  • The commitment to exercise I have made and kept up!
  • In January, I started on the treadmill at 2.0 and would get "shin splints" quickly!  I can now walk consistently at 2.8 and sometimes 3.0 and even run for 5 minutes.  I can also walk the incline up to a 10.0 incline. 
  • I have committed to this for 108 days and have only gone over on calories twice!!
  • My clothes fit well and some are even too big!
  • I have learned to eat out and still lose and when I do eat out I am conscious of making good choices
  • I have only gained 1 time in this 108 days and it was only 1 pound
  • I feel physically better already!
  • I no longer dread parking at the ballpark and having to walk to the fields or other places and I can walk without huffing and puffing...
  • I have added MY recipes to the program and have lost while eating my foods
  • I no longer crave sweets and junk food!
  • I can eat foods in moderation knowing I can have more later!
  • I have lost my first 10%

 

April 21: 100 days and counting!!!!

I am proud to say that today marks my 100th day with My Fitness Pal.  I have officially lost 30 pounds and couldn't be happier!  I have NEVER committed to anything weight loss related this long and with 100%.  I am exercising at least 5 times a week and sometimes more.  I already feel so much healthier, stronger and even happier.  I think I have only gone over my calories once which is a success in itself.

I know I am going to do this!  My mind knows this is coming off and I WILL get to 140 and no longer be considered obese or overweight.  It will take a lot more time to get there, but I will get there.  I can not go back now.  I realize I can eat anywhere and realistically anything I want.  I just have to make the choices, plan and be prepared.  Eating wise, day 100 has been so tasty and filling!  I woke up a little later since it is Saturday and had a delicious pepper, onion, ham and cheese omelet with 2 pieces of wheat toast and strawberry preserves.  For lunch I had homemade chicken salad with fruit and wheat thins and for dinner I am having homemade baked ziti with a mixed green salad loaded with strawberries, mandarin oranges and balsamic vinegarette.  That does NOT sound like a "diet" meal; rather, it sounds like a way of life and a yummy one at that.  I am not eating "diet" food or weird foods that I would never eat "when this is done."  I eat real foods that my family also eats.  Last night I had grilled burgers, but instead of fries I had the good salad again. 

The choices above are what is going to assure my success.  I also give my praises to God who has blessed me with SO much!  I have a wonderfully supportive husband and family, a wonderful church family with friends I treasure, a job I love, a great home and more amenities than I deserve.  This weight has been my struggling force since I was a teen.  I struggled with bulimia and got to the point of starvation and anorexia. I have been a member of Nutri System, Weight Watchers probably 20 times, WW online, Fit for Jesus, another church weight loss, etc etc etc.   I battled through those struggles and praise God no longer suffer from those, but I still have had issues with food that have made me choose fast foods, unhealthy fattening food, too much food that caused bloating and acid reflux etc. etc, etc.  I give all of that to God and pray He will continue to guide me out of this slavery I have faced too many years!

I am proud of my 100 days and look so forward to facing the future with continued losses, continued health, clothes getting too big, belly getting smaller, strength growing etc.  I am 100 days better than I was when I began this journey on January 13 and I look forward to the next 100!!

April 2... Thankful!

I've always heard it takes 30 pounds before people really start to notice.  That seemed like such a lot, but when I was gaining, I was glad it took 30 to notice!!  I was really complimented today by several people at church and ball who noticed my efforts.  I am proud of the commitment I have made to my health and I truly NEVER want to go back! 

 I can truly visualize myself slim and I look forward to going back to the Rec Center, wearing shorts again, and having lots of energy.  I am thankful for this program and the way it helps me get weight off quickly.  That keeps me motivated in itself!  I am also thankful for the people I have met along this journey who continue to push and motivate me!  All of the comments keep me pushing!  I am thankful for wanting to get up each morning to work out and get my day started off right.  Most of all, I am thankful for the continued desire to give praise to God who I know I couldn't fight this battle without! 

Small Choices=Big successes...

This has been an amazing day with choices...food choices that is!  Again it is ball season and my son plays travel ball, so I never know about meals, games, etc.  So today we had just enough time to grab a quick bite between games and we chose Dairy Queen.  I selected a kids meal with a cheeseburger and a banana instead of fries.  Now, I love ice cream, but today instead of eating my free kids cone, I gave the coupon to my oldest (who no longer eats a kids meal) and saved myself 180 calories.  Since I always ask for a nutritional guide now, I also helped my middle son realize the chicken basket he wanted had 1370 calories or he could get the kids meal with only 420 calories!  WOW... eating out can get you!!

Then I got home and my sis in law was having some of us over for a campfire and I chose to make my own salad with leftover grilled chicken instead of a hot dog.  I actually had people looking at my salad and saying, "wow, that looks really good".  It was yummy, filling and truly much better than a hot dog I would've eaten in 5 bites.  PLUS, I had enough calories left that I had a square s'more.  This was the first chocolate I had had in awhile and it was GOOD! 

I am proud of the choices I made today.  These choices will enable me to reach my goals and be successful with my mini goals this month!  I am striving to lose 8 more pounds this month which would make my total loss 34 pounds.  I am striving to also exercise everyday in the month of April.  I also want to continue making good choices at the ballgames.  The small changes and choices I make today will lead to big successes in the future!!

March 28... A note to all of my friends on MFP

Hi all,
I hope everyone is being faithful to their commitments!  You are all worth it and I know we have all worked so hard to lose what we have already lost!  Don't ever give up or go back to your old habits.  Those habits made me feel tired, lazy, painful in my back, bloated, refluxed, tight fitting in all of my clothes, and frankly just fat!  While I still need to lose over 100 pounds, I feel so much better already!  I know this is only going to get better, the more I lose! 

I found myself this weekend at my son's ballgames walking around eagerly where last year I welcomed that chair where I could just sit for hours.  I walked the track before his game while he was warming up and last year that would've never happened.  I also no longer sit at home for hours looking at the computer screen playing mindless games and looking at facebook or pinterest.  I want to get up and be active with my kids and NOT be lazy.  I am thankful for these feelings and I NEVER want to go back!!

I also haven't had cravings for sweets at all and that is amazing to me!  I use to crave m&m's, and chocolate and could eat 2 king size in one sitting.  That nauseates me now to think of consuming that!  I really don't crave anything anymore and that is success in itself! 

Yesterday, I took my son to his allergy shot appointment.  Usually, we do this after school, but since we are on spring break we went at lunch time.   There were so many elderly, overweight people who were on canes, walkers, oxygen and had BAGS of pills.  I DO NOT want to be like this as I age, so I have got to stick with this commitment NOW to be healthy LATER!  I want to continue the exercise so my body will be ready to age appropriately.  This was an eye opener for me!

I am thankful for this program and for the support I have had from all of you!  I look forward to our successes and going through this journey with you.  Never give up!!!   We will be the ones on here next January giving support to those who are just beginning!

March 22: Shock to the Body!!!

Well, this week has been pretty normal, but ball season is coming up this weekend and with my youngest playing travel ball, you never know when you are going to eat or where you are going to eat.  This year MUST be different for me!  I have got to plan meals, take snacks and take LOTS of bottles of water.  I can not allow ball to sabotage how hard I have worked! 

With that being said, back to my title:  shock to the body!  I've been watching Biggest Loser off and on, but a couple of weeks ago one of the men told the gals you have to "shock your body" with some new exercise SO last night I did just that!  My body RAN the treadmill a 7.0 grade and trust me, it was shocked!!!!  LOL LOL... Okay, now I only ran 3 minutes, BUT that was 3 minutes more than I have run in 25 years...LOL!!  I certainly have never run uphill too!  Well, this morning I was down 2.8 pounds and have hit my 25 pound mark on my ticker!  I was thrilled!!! 

I still have 109 pounds I would like to lose, but in 70 days I have lost 25 pounds!!!!!  That is so stinkin' exciting to me!  I'm not sure I have ever lost more than 20 pounds at one time... EVER!  I truly feel 100% committed to this lifestyle and I am sure I can do this!  I feel great already and feel stronger and healthier already!  I can only imagine how I will feel when I lose 100 more pounds!! 

  • Goals for the week:
  • Make it through the ballgame weekend and be under my calories and sodium level
  • Next week is spring break and I will eat correctly and exercise each day
  • Drink at least 6 glasses of water daily
  • Try 2 new recipes during Spring Break

March 16...Lesson Learned!!

Okay...as my title says...Lesson Learned!!

This past week was very challenging with taking 25 youth to a church conference last weekend, to ball practice starting and going with 2 boys practicing almost daily,  music lessons etc.  I found that I ate out at least 1 meal everyday this week!  So, I lowered my calories to about 1200-1300 instead of the1460 MFP recommended.  I also exercised so I burned more calories.  SO... I hit a "starvation mode" plateau and lost 0.2 pounds this week.  While it is still a loss, it could've been better if I hadn't tried to cut so many calories.  This won't happen again!  This week I have been planning, exercising daily and getting all of my calories in.  Sometimes I think I am still in control and want to do this faster, yet I must remember I didn't put this on overnight!

A victory for me last weekend was my husband parking the car quite a long distance from the convention center and we had to walk uphill back to the car.  I didn't huff and puff, get leg cramps, scream, complain...lol...etc.  I found I could walk it with no problems.  I know if I can already do these types of things with only 22 pounds gone, the sky will be the limit as I continue to lose!  Praise God!!

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