So I totally couldn't wait to get on the scale for 2 weeks. I cheated and weighed myself on Thursday of last week and was super disappointed that the number was a pound up. I was so irritated, and found myself wanting to just throw in the towel....but I didn't. I knew there was no way I could have gained a pound, so I just kept pushing through. Friday morning I decided I was a glutton for punishment and weighed myself again. This weigh in went a little something like this...pulled the scale out, made sure I had voided any and all liquid that my bladder may have been holding, undressed as much as is humanly possible, and took a deep breath. I stepped on the scale. I swear it felt like I was watching an episode of The Biggest Loser where they get on the scale and you have to wait until the commercial break to see what the number is. I exhaled and looked down...I proceeded to yell at the scale "It's about damn time!" as if the scale can hear me and had feelings. I said it with such fervor. BAM! 20 lbs lost! Fina-freak-ingly! I jumped my booty off of that scale and jumped off my first plateau. I was feeling awesome and accomplished. I know I feel better and look better than I have in years, but that damn scale has to validate it for me. It's unfortunate, but that's what I have to go by. So here comes Saturday and I was feeling pretty awesome, so I decided to weigh myself again. My face was looking very different to me, and I can only attribute the difference in the fact that my eyes are more visible and my cheeks aren't so puffy.
Before I go into detail about my Saturday weigh in, I want to give a little background on my struggle with losing. Over the course of the past 13 years, I have managed to gain a total of 70 lbs (non pregnancy weight), however in that time I've never been able to lose more than 20 lbs at a time. During that span of 13 years I have done the following in an attempt to lose weight: Weight Watchers (6 times, 4 times online and 2 in person), juicing, Personal trainer, Nutritionist, Metformin, calorie restriction, Quick Weight Loss Clinics, P90X, South Beach Diet, Mediterranean Diet,6 week body makeover, low carb diet, Sugar busters, The Biggest Loser meal plans....shall I go on? I think you get the point. Some of the notables: with Weight Watchers, out of all 6 attempts over the years, the most I lost was 16 lbs. Juicing I would do more for detoxing, but I would lose close to 10 lbs (mostly water). Metformin does nothing but give me stomach aches and nausea....weight loss is non existent. Quick Weight Loss, now that's an interesting beast right there. I did this for about 6 months, halfway into it I was dry heaving over all the food I was supposed to eat, none of their supplements came without artificial sweeteners, and the salt restriction led to constant light headed feelings and nearly passing out. However....I did lose 19 lbs. The most success I had was with a personal trainer/nutritionist combo. I lost 20 lbs back in 2009, but hit a plateau for about 6 months and literally gave up. My trainer as well as nutritionist didn't know what else to do for me at that point. I was frustrated to no end. That was the last time I had been able to lost 20 lbs. Which brings me back to Saturday. I decided to step on the scale once again because again, I'm a glutton for punishment of the scale, and a number popped up. I looked at it and then got off the scale, waited for it to turn 0 again and got back on again saw the same number, got off, and repeated again!. I couldn't believe what I saw. The number on my scale was 21 lbs down from where I started!!!! Could this really be happening?!?! Did I really just break a weight loss slump of 13 years?!?! YES I DID!!! Of course this weigh in was followed by some tears of joy because I'm doing it! I'm finally doing it!! I've had so many people comment this past week as well that they can tell I've lost weight. This is HUGE for me as I haven't heard that in a long time. My next thing is to get to 40 lbs lost. That's my next goal. Once I reach there....I (hopefully) will reveal my starting and current weights to all the world to see. I might even post a picture, just depends on how adventurous I am feeling :)
In other news, I discovered Cotton Candy Grapes this weekend. Can I just say, HOLY MOLY! I'm pretty sure these grapes have some highly addictive substance in there. I was skeptical at first when the lady in the grocery store said "they have grapes over there that taste just like cotton candy" I said " nuh uh!" she replied "yes, here!" (hands me her bag to try one) Me: "SHUT UP!!, they do taste like freaking cotton candy!!" I proceeded to buy 2.5 lbs worth of these precious little jewels from the heavens above!. At 3.99/lb they better get eaten at home! Well no worries there! By Sunday I had to buy another 2.5 lbs to help keep our new addiction at bay. If you follow me on Instagram, here's my grape photo: (mommybehealthy)
Hello Everyone! I must admit , the past few weeks have been...interesting. I've officially hit my first plateau of this weight loss go round. Without fail, one of the reasons I haven't been able to lose past 20 lbs in many many many years is because I ALWAYS hit my plateaus at that point. I'm happy to report I'm 18 lbs down, however I've been there now for 2 weeks. The scale has been teetering between 17 and 18 lbs. I have a few tricks up my sleeve in hopes to help me move off of this plateau. In the past, I've stayed on a plateau for as much as 6 months, and I'm super determined NOT to let that happen this time around! I've gotten into a good rhythm with my cardio workouts, but I know for a fact I need to add some strength training into the mix. Starting with tomorrow's workout, I will be trying to do at lest 2 days of strength training in addition to my 4 or so days of cardio. I'm also planning on shaking up my calorie intake to alternate 1200 calories and 1400 calories. I'm hoping these changes will kickstart my body and get this weight down! My goal every week is 2 lbs, so hopefully I will be able to get to some sort of consistency. Ooh and also....I'm not weighing myself for the next 2 weeks. Hoping to avoid any discouragement.
What else have I been up to??? This past Monday was my 1 year follow up with my cardiologist. I know I've mentioned it previously, but I have an enlarged heart, or LVH (Left Ventriclular Hypertrophy). I'm under the care of a cardiologist for cholesterol/triglyceride issues as well as my enlarged heart. Because of the type of enlargement I have, it puts me at an increased risk for abnormal heart rhythms. Well this visit was to reassess all my issues. I had lab work done, an ultrasound on my heart (Echo), and had to do an ETT (Exercise Tolerance Test). It was a super full day! The results of all the tests were ok, but not as good as I was hoping. My echocardiogram showed no increase in the heart size, which is good, but I was hoping for it to go down in size...at least a little. My exercise test, which was me running on a treadmill until my maximum hear rate was achieved, which was 188 beats per minute, was ok as well. I have extra beats that try to throw themselves in there while I'm exercising, but other than that it looked good. He did mention that I actually had less of these extra beats than the previous test from a year ago. Lastly, my lab results were good. Everything is "in range", however I have much room for improvement. I want to have the "in range" results to be achieved, without medication. I know I'm well on my way to getting there, so I'm optimistic it will happen. I have my next follow up in 6 months. I'm hoping to be down 50 lbs from now at that point....Only time...and persistence will tell if that will happen or not.
With everything else going on,the week before last, I started having a pain in my knee. I thought it was just soreness, but it progressed, and I could feel the swelling build up. I spent much of last week just walking and resting my knee in hopes to cutting down on the swelling. I've been icing, elevating, and everything else I know to do to help it get better. While it's still a little irritating, I'm going to get back into the swing of things and work my bootay off this coming week (s)!!
When I say Yo-Yo, what do you think of? The super awesome simply designed toy that can keep you entertained for hours on end? I'll tell you what I think of when I hear Yo-Yo.....I think of my weight :P Here's a fun bit o' math for you.....In February, I started this journey at some amount (which I will reveal at a later time, as I'm not quite comfortable with it yet), I lost 15 lbs, gained 11, lost 11 again.. Did you get all that? Or have I made you nauseous from all the ups and downs ??? Well, in short, I'm now down 15 lbs....yes again! However, there have been some MAJOR changes I've made.
Early July, I got on the scale and saw that I had gained back 11 lbs of the 15 lost. I was super irritated with myself. I went through a slurry of emotions. I had that serious talk with myself and I made that decision to go cold turkey and give up the things that I felt were holding me back. I'm a huge bread and pasta junky. I can bypass the cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, etc in the grocery store, but show me a freshly baked loaf of bread and I'm done! Well I'm happy to report that I have been bread/pasta/rice/and potato free for 25 days! My main goal with this is to prove to myself that I can conquer my addiction. These are my "feel good" foods. When I'm sad, I eat pasta....when I'm happy, I eat bread.....when I'm stressed, I eat pasta sandwiched between two pieces of bread, etc. etc. I think you get the picture. This challenge to myself has made me rethink my emotions, and find other outlets to my eating habits. Lately, when I'm happy, I allow myself to be happy and not let my hands reach for food to "enhance" that happiness....when I'm stressed, I workout to release the tension..Essentially, I'm forcing myself to feel, not feed, my emotions :) I'm also being very very very consistent with my food logging. I'm still staying within a 1200 calorie day. I'm trying to throw one day in there where I will eat 1600 calories, just to make sure my body doesn't get used to the 1200 every day. While yo-yos are fun and all, there's a time when you have to put it down. I'm so ready to cut that yo-yo string!
I've discovered some pretty interesting new foods/methods of cooking since starting this new challenge. As you've probably read about my new fascination with cauliflower as a pizza crust, I also discovered shirataki noodles. A few years ago, while watching my favorite Doc....Dr. Oz, he had an episode that featured these noodles. I never tried them, however, I had all intentions to. Fast forward about 3 years, I am at the grocery store and saw them, I was super excited because I had been craving a dish that I used to eat as a kid. My grandmother and mom, used to make noodles with stewed tomatoes. I bought a pack, got a can of fire roasted tomatoes, took them home, followed the instructions on the pack, and YUMMY! I was in heaven. I added a little bit of Parmesan and voila! I had a lunch that was less than 100 calories!! At just 20 calories for half of the package, these bad boys are definitely one of my new faves! So far to date I've found a new love for bean pasta, cauliflower for my pizza crusts, and now these lovely bundles of joy, Shirataki noodles! If you can't tolerate tofu, have allergies, or just try to steer clear, you can also find soy free Shirataki noodles. The soy free kind are just made from the konjac yam. They are full of some good for you fiber, which makes them extra awesome. One thing I've found thus far with these noodles is they have little to no flavor of their own. They will soak up and take on the flavor of whatever you put them in.Much like mushrooms, or tofu, they will soak up the flavor of any sauce. My tomato/shirataki noodle lunch tasted 10 times better after making it the night before and having it the next day. So who's going to be adventurous and try some shirataki???