Saturday, March 29, 2014

Measurements : Then, Now, Goal

This is what I'm hoping for measurement wise at the end of my Spring Challenge.

Then : 52.25
Now : 46.5
Total Lost : 5.75

Goal : 44

Then : 62
Now : 55
Total Lost : 7

Goal : 53

Then : 35.25
Now : 31
Total Lost : 4.25

Goal : 30

Then : 19.5
Now : 17
Total Lost : 2.5

Goal : 16

2014 Spring Challenge

I've been feeling my motivation waning and as such am going to kick things into ultra high gear for the next 3 months and then spend the summer enjoying myself and not obsessing over weight.  Here's the plan :

Kate's Spring Challenge of 2014
260 lbs to 227 lbs in 3 months

1) Only weigh myself on May 1st, June 1st and July 1st.
       - The reason for this being that daily weigh ins have far to great an impact on my mood for the day.  A good number makes me try even harder to get another good number but a bad number can make me feel like throwing in the towel.

2) Keep calories between 1220 - 1500.

3) No alcohol, no excuses.

4) Exercise for 10 minutes of cardio a day followed by 5 minutes of some sort of strength training, this is the minimum and if I feel like doing more I can but it is not a requirement and I will not feel guilty if I do not.
      -Guilt over not finding enough time to exercise has been holding me back from feeling awesome.  I lump guilt from one day onto the next day and double my expectations of myself for that day only to fail doubly from the stress and overcommitment.

5) Each day is a clean slate regardless of how the day before ended.  
       -If I royally messed up the previous day I'm not even going to let it phase me on the next day.  I will not try and make up for it I will just go on about my business as if it never happened.

Kate's Spring Challenge of 2014 : 0 lbs down, 33 lbs to go
Start Weight : 260 lbs
Current Weight : 260 lbs
Goal Weight : 227 lbs

Kate's 30th Birthday Challenge:
Week 37 out of 100 : 67 lbs down, 115 lbs to go
Current Weight : 260 lbs
Start Weight : 327 lbs
Goal Weight : 145 lbs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

People are noticing!!

My boss commented today that my butt was shrinking.  This might be mildly inappropriate if not for the fact that she is a woman, and a woman who recently had gastric bypass surgery at that. I'm super excited that even though I've never said anything about trying to lose weight somebody noticed.

It's been really windy the last two days and biking into a 20 mph wind is really hard, although the way back is a lot of fun.  It's kind of like being a kid and walking half a mile up a hill just to spend 30 seconds sliding down it on a toboggan.  So worth it.

I have to get 4k more steps in to make it to my goal of 10k for the day. Wish me luck!

P.S. Down another pound, woohoo!!

Week 35 : 65 lbs down, 117 lbs to go
Current Weight : 262 lbs
Start Weight : 327 lbs
Goal Weight : 145 lbs

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Back In the Saddle

I have not blogged in a long, long time.  However I have still continued to lose weight, although that has mostly been merely a by-product of working on my feet 8 hours a day.  Over the last week I've began exercising and eating right again and am ready to keep blasting the fat away.

I'm sad to say that during my blogging break I began smoking again.  Ugh for shame Kate, for shame.

I've developed some new interests and am very excited to start exploring bicycle touring.  Those touring bikers can basically eat anything they want because they are burning soooooo many calories a day.  I'm working up my stamina and endurance on my el-cheapo one speed Canadian Tire bike that I bought 3 years ago.  Today I went 4 miles, averaging..... 9mph.  Which actually made me very happy because on monday I went one mile and only managed to do 6.5 mph.  Big improvment!!

I'm planning to buy a kid bicycle trailer for my one year old and hit the road with my kids over the nice weekends that are quickly going to be upon us.  I live 16 miles from a great campground on the side of the bitterroot mountains.  I'm thinking this will be our first adventure and I'd like to be ready to do it the first week of May. For next week my goal is to bike 6 miles everyday and get my speed up to 11 mph.

Ultimately for my 30th birthday, when I'm down to my ideal weight I would like to do a cross country tour.  This is likely a pipe dream as it would involve a lot of time off work but if not for 30 at some point in my life I will do it!

Week 35 : 64 lbs down, 118 lbs to go
Current Weight : 263 lbs
Start Weight : 327 lbs
Goal Weight : 145 lbs

Friday, September 13, 2013

Broken Promises

Just finished doing over 3 miles at a walk run.  77 minutes and 1269 calories burned.  Woohoo!!! I feel pumped and want to do some Just Dance.  I'm not ready to quit yet.


You can't tell but I just got up and did 34 minutes of Just Dance.  34 minutes and 770 calories burned!!  That's 22 calories a minute!  I averaged 165 bpm and peaked at 183.  I'm really happy with that.  That's what I meant the other day by 30 minutes of intentional, dedicated, hardcore exercise.

I read something the other day and it made me stop and think.  "Why is it that the easiest promises to break are the ones that we make to ourselves?"  It was in a free, kindle, self-published, fiction novella of all places.  I spent a few minutes thinking about this because it is so true and I've never thought of it in those terms before.

If I promise my mom that I'll babysit for her on a certain day you can bet that come hell or high water I will be there on that day, on time ready to babysit.  If I promise my daughter I'll sew her a Halloween costume fit for the Queen of England you can bet she's going to look amazing.  I'm just spitballing here but I bet that 75% of the promises I make to myself end up getting kicked to the curb.  I don't think I'm alone here, why do we do this to ourselves?  Why is what we want and need always secondary to what is convenient or easy?

Over the last week I haven't been sticking to my 1200 calorie a promise I made to myself.

Let's see if I can do better next week!  Although I'll be honest, I feel pretty amazing right now. I don't even hardly feel guilty.  Last night I ate over half a can of Reddi-whip on strawberry's and it wasn't even low fat. And yet here I am today, still plugging along.  I slipped, but I didn't fall down and I didn't even give quitting or throwing in the towel a passing thought. This is huge for me. So while I'd like to do better next week, if I do the same as I did this week, I will still be just fine!


Week 9 : 27.8 lbs down, 152.2 lbs to go
Current Weight : 297.2 lbs
Start Weight : 327 lbs
Goal Weight : 145 lbs

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Week 9 Weigh In

Yay!! Another loss, 1.6 lbs this week. I'm really happy to be out of the 300's. This is a good spot to be in, I feel like it's "do-able" now.

Today is my job interview and then I'm going to go for walk/run.  Tomorrow is my cortisone injection for my shoulder and then I should be able to start doing cardio dance again.  I'm really looking forward to that.  It doesn't even feel like working out, it's just fun.  My daughter can do it with me without getting mad that I'm going to fast or getting ahead of her.  So, needless to say, I'm really looking forward to being able to get back at it.

As far as my September goals :

1) Get 30 minutes of intentional, dedicated exercise everyday.
So far so good, went for a 52 minutes jog monday and a 32 minute jog last night.
2) Keep my Diet Coke habits in check.
This is iffy.  It's creeping back up on me had 3-4 yesterday, but that's still an improvement.
3) Lose 10 more lbs by the end of the month.
16% of the way there!  I would have to lose 3 lbs per week to keep this promise, which might not happen.  As close to 10 as humanly possible is the new goal.


Week 9 : 27.8 lbs down, 152.2 lbs to go
Current Weight : 297.2 lbs
Start Weight : 327 lbs
Goal Weight : 145 lbs

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Job Hunting and Back to School

I haven't been working out as hard as I was last month.  I've had a lot of energy and have been getting around to projects and cleaning that I never seemed to get around to before and that has been sucking up a lot of my spare time.  I think however that I'm likely burning a similar amount of calories since I'm up off my butt for the majority of the day.

I have a job interview on Wednesday, I have no idea what I'm going to wear.  I've never had a job interview that I was nervous to go to but then I've never gone to a job interview this "large".  I'm hopeful but not going to let it crush me if I get passed over.

Back to school was last week and things are starting to settle into a routine.  It has been crazy getting my body back on a 7am-10pm schedule.  Around 4 I hit this wall and want to crash but I force myself to keep going and then come bed time I don't want to go to bed, however I have been getting "good" sleep.  That is something I haven't been able to say in a long while. 

My goals for the rest of September :

1) Get 30 minutes of intentional, dedicated exercise everyday.
2) Keep my Diet Coke habits in check.
3) Lose 10 more lbs by the end of the month.

That's it.  Seem's simple enough.  I can do this!


Week 8 : 26.2 lbs down, 153.8 lbs to go
Current Weight : 298.8 lbs
Start Weight : 327 lbs
Goal Weight : 145 lbs