Sunday, July 18, 2010

Weightloss Update!

I know it has been awhile since I posted about my personal journey with my weightloss.  I was maintaining my current weight but not losing any.  I was very frustrated with myself and couldn't get past it.  Until last week when I finally took the time to figure out what I really wanted.
This week I was able to kick myself into high gear and start getting things done!  First step I made, was to figure out why I wasn't losing weight.  Not hard I knew the reasons, but writing them down and having them stare in your face is eye opening.  Second step was to figure out why I actually wanted to lose weight.  What is my motivation for losing?  And then then hard part, how?  What is my plan of attack?
So here are some of the things I figured out.

Reasons for why I am not losing.
  • Procrastination - I will start on Monday, I will start when I finish this great book(I have read so much books about metabolism!)
  • Giving up - I eat healthy, I exercise, why should I try harder?
  • Loving my bread - I do have a love affair with bread!  Homemade bread, tortilla's, foccacia, pita, and all those yummy multigrain breads!
  • Motivation/Stress - I just haven't had much energy or want, to put a plan together.  I have been under a lot of stress(of my own making).  To read my latest stress click here.
So what has changed to start the scale going downwards?

Reasons why I kicked myself into gear to start losing
  • My health - I have noticed I don't have as much energy as I used to.  I want that energy back!
  • My Wardrobe - I noticed I have nothing to wear.  I don't want to shop for larger clothes!         A tip for everyone losing weight -  Get those larger sizes out of the closet when you shrink out of them!  You never want to fit back into them, so get rid of them!
  • Photo's taken of me! - Especially full body photo's!  See most recent photo above.  Not a very flattering angle or facial expression.  But hey that is me.  I want to change it back to me 20lbs ago!
  • My Family - I found I didn't feel comfortable doing some very fun stuff with my family including swimming.  I want to like myself in a swim suit and not feel so self conscious of my appearance, so I can participate in fun things with my family. 
  • My Wednesday Followers - I felt I was letting you guys down.  You are following me and I wasn't updating any progress.  I really need your support and I don't want to lose anyone!
We all don't lose weight equally.  There is no diet or weightloss program that will work the same for everybody.  So you need to find out what you personally need to do to change your lifestyle to start losing weight.  It is hard.  I read a ton of books and health blogs to see what would work for me.  I am not an expert I just know what works for me.
Since I do live a healthy lifestyle, I have already given up some unhealthy choices, including fastfood, boxed foods, canned goods, salt, and added sugar, including pop and chips(and you know something - I don't even miss them anymore!).

Things I have changed this week to start losing weight - My plan of attack
Cut back on bread - I love bread but have cut back to 2 servings a day.  Which includes other starches like pasta, rice, and potatoes.
Water - I have made sure I drank all my allotted water for the day, and also added some lemon or lime juice to it.  I read that adding an ounce of lemon juice to each of your 8 daily glasses of water helps with weightloss in many ways.  So I thought I would give it a try!
Antioxidants- I have added more foods rich in antioxidants into my daily meal plan.  Cherries, blue berries, lemon, spinach, peppers, just to name a few. Very yummy!
Working out - This I haven't changed, I try to go to the gym 3 mornings a week as well as getting more activity into my day.
Food Journal - Ahhh!  I hate keeping a food journal!  But I do know that it helps keep me on track and it does work for me!  Just check out my wii pics!

It has been 5 days and I have lost 1.5 lbs!  Now to keep up the good work.  Standing on my wii fit helps keep me accountable!  Watching that line graph going down also really motivates me to keep going!


Michelle said...

Nice job! :) I changed the way I look at weight loss and food, and am hoping weight loss will follow. I'm down nearly two pounds in a week, which is motivating me. You are so right that we all lose weight differently. For me, counting ANYTHING leads to failure. No counting, measuring, or restrictions for me. Rather, I'm focusing on Michael Pollan's book, Food Rules, adding one rule per section every 2 weeks. I'm also looking at exercise differently. I don't do gyms. Instead, I am striving to play more -- swim more, hike through the woods more, dance more, box more -- fun stuff keeps me motivated.

I look forward to hearing your progress more regularly. :) Keep up the good work!

Amy said...

Journaling always works for me but I have such a hard time getting myself to take the time to do it. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress in the coming weeks. Keep up the good work.

Also - I have two blog awards for you! :)

Latte Mama said...

I thought maybe you had reached your goal and I had missed it. I've enjoyed your guest posts, I could relate to Linda and WW, I too have rejoined, but this time online (cheaper).

Congrats on the 1.5! No more excuses, for me either. Good luck!

alicia said...

Congrats. Not an easy feat. My hubs struggles. And just so ya know, you have an adorable face. At least you can have great face shots. :)

tahtimbo said...

Keep up the good work! It is very difficult to lose weight and it can be frustrating when it doesn't come off. I remember about 2 years ago when there was about a 2 month period where I didn't lose ANY weight at all. I was still exercising and doing the right things, but the pounds would not leave. It took me a while to discover what was going on and correct it (weight loss plateau).
You are doing all the right things and more! We are all here pulling for you! Keep up the great work!!

Rachel said...

Great job!!

I love our wii fit. It holds me accountable -- and I love watching the line drop. You are encouraging me to hop back on.


Trish @ A dream body for Trish said...

Hi Ange, this is a fabulous post, very honest & full of great tips. I have just started a 2nd blog about fitness nutrition & weightloss & was wondering if you would mind me putting a link over to your blog. Sorry , its Trish fomr Dream house for Trish
Have a healthy week!!

BMI Obesity said...

Congratulations. Deciding to lose the weight is half the battle. Most people don't ever decide to do something about their unhealthy lifestyle.

Angie said...

Michelle - I am going to have to look up that book! I love that you look at extra activity as playing more. When my kids were younger I used to play with them more! For the purpose of "exercise", Then I thought I was to "old", or they were to "old" to have there crazy mom chasing them in public places :) I think I am going to rethink that idea!

Amy - I find it easy to just keep a pad a paper on the fridge, like a shopping list. And just jot down what you eat when you eat it. Don't forget to make down the water too! I tried using a book but found it annoying to find, open, jot...
Thanks for the Awards!

Latte Mama - You didn't miss it :)

Alicia - *blush* Thank you!

Tamtimbo - Thanks Tim for your support!

Rachel - Definitely hop back on to the Wii Fit. You can do it to!

Trish - I just checked it out! Feel free to link me up! Thank you so much for thinking of me!

Thank you! Everyone for your support, I feel so lucky to have such a great bunch of people encouraging me to keep up with my weight loss journey!

Vanessa said...

You have made lots of great decisions!
I didn't know about the lemon in water..I wonder what it does? I will have to google it!
I am doing 'mcfatty monday' as well..time for me to move it & lose it!

Priscilla said...

Congrats on the 1.5 lb lost! :) that's one more down!

Heidi - D said...

Thanks so much for linking up with us even though I posted so late! Next week will be back on track - I hope you join us again!

Congrats on the loss - you're doing far better than I am!!!

Keep it up!!!

Toni said...

Congrats on the weight loss!

And, great goal settings!

The Coconut Mama said...

Good job on the weight loss! I tend not to loss weight when I spend too much time in the kitchen =S. I'm trying to do better. I do well when I keep a food journal too. Though I usually only keep if for a week then I forget about it...

Good luck!

Julie said...

I am so proud of you Angie, you're kicking butt again. I know you can do it. It is hard at times, we fall off, we get back on. We learn each and every day. That's what really is making this life style change for me fun and interesting.
Take care and have a blessed afternoon.

Hope said...

Very well written. Good luck!

Robin @ said...

Have you ever thought about going on the HCG protocol? It's a spray you use twice a day along with a very restricted 500 calorie a day diet. I have many friends who have lost tons of weight on this quickly and safely. The good part about it is that it supposedly resets your metabolism so that even when you go back to normal healthy eating, you will not gain it back. Anyone have any experience with this protocol?

Lee-Ann said...

Sounds like you did a great job finding out what is going on. Good luck with your new plan. Stopping by from the blog hop.