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25 October 2016

Weigh-in: 254.2 lb lost so far: 9.2 lb still to go: 94.2 lb Diet followed N/A
   add comment on diet musicartlife7's own diet   gaining 0.8 lb a week

29 August 2016

For the first time... I'm kind of looking forward to Friday, which will be my month 1 weigh-in. After feeling discouraged Friday, I changed up my diet a little bit, and instead of killing myself working out, I had a little more fun with it.

Yesterday, I took turns swimming in the pool and laying in the sun with a book. I did that all day, and it was just relaxing, but I was still getting some cardio in. I also did some cleaning in the morning. Saturday, I started a marathon of Game of Thrones, and while my roommate and I were watching together, I did strength training with the stability ball, medicine ball, and resistance straps. We spent the whole day watching, so it gave me the freedom to lazily (but effectively) work out all day.

I also cut out even more carbs than previously. I said goodbye to the 250's, and with any luck, will be able to keep pushing through.

Thank you all who commented on Friday, encouraging me to keep pushing. I really appreciate it. Here's to more progress this week!
Weigh-in: 248.0 lb lost so far: 15.4 lb still to go: 88.0 lb Diet followed 100%
   (1 comment) on diet musicartlife7's own diet   losing 6.5 lb a week

26 August 2016

I'm not going to lie, I'm super disappointed in my losses (or lack thereof) this week. I last tracked on Monday, and I know that I should have waited until next Monday, but I was curious after killing myself all week. I was really looking forward to a substantial loss.

After spending the last three weeks in a state of gain and then plateau and then minimal loss, I decided to do something a little different this week. I still stuck to my diet, which has cut out carbs, reduced fat and sugar, and drastically reduced calories. No rice, bread, potatoes, or pasta. I have stuck to that completely. (Minus breakfast this morning, which was brought by my company and will be my "cheat meal" for the week.) I also still worked out with swim and strength training after work, usually about an hour to an hour and a half. I haven't skipped a single workout. I've been drinking water and plain green tea all day long.

The difference from past weeks? I have started doing a second workout at lunch. Every day I go to the office gym and do hardcore cardio for 45 minutes. I come out of there dripping wet. I know the machines drastically overestimate calorie burn, but I do 30 minutes on the elliptical at 100% incline and 100% resistance and book it. Yesterday the machine estimated 775 calories in 30 minutes. I then immediately got off and got on the treadmill for an additional 15 minutes. 4 mph, level 8 incline. It told me another 275. That's 1050 calories, and even if the machines are incredibly wrong and I only burned half of that, it's still 525 calories... What gives?

I've been killing myself this week, trying to get myself back on track from where I was at my smallest and break away from all of these plateaus. My goal was to say goodbye to the 250's by today, and start cracking away at the 240's. This fat is just gripping to me like no one's business. Just super disappointing. I will weigh myself again Monday to get the total loss for the week... But I'm kind of thinking it's not going to be all that drastic.

I'm trying not to let this bother me (clearly that's going well). I just don't know how much muscle I can gain where it doesn't in any way allow me to lose poundage, especially with all of this cardio. And I get it. Muscle is more dense than fat, so gaining a pound of muscle could outdo the loss of fat. And I know I shouldn't depend on the scale. But I guess I'm in the frame of mind from the last time I lost a lot of weight. The scale would drop almost weekly minus one really long plateau, then it fell off again. It seems like I'm working a lot harder this time with way less results.

Then again, maybe I'm losing inches. I did my measurements last week for a bridesmaid dress. I'll check it out tonight to see if there's any change. My clothes fit the same, so I'm not sure.

Sigh.

I'm not going to let this in any way deter me. If I don't see at least some change in the next three weeks, then maybe I'll go see a doctor, but for right now I'll label this as a fluke and keep on the path. I deserve to be healthy, and I'm going to get it. I've got a wedding next month that I want to make big changes for, as well as a guy in November that I have my sights set on. I'm going to keep to the path. It's going to be worth all of this hard work when I feel happier and more confident in myself.
Weigh-in: 250.8 lb lost so far: 12.6 lb still to go: 90.8 lb Diet followed 100%
   (7 comments) on diet musicartlife7's own diet   losing 1.4 lb a week

22 August 2016

This loss was an exciting one after the plateau of the last two weeks. We had birthdays over the weekend, and as the resident baker in a houseful of men, I was baking up a storm. I'm happy to say I had exactly one bite of the phenomenal apple pie I made my roommate, and that was enough.

Despite everything, I kept to my diet all weekend, and worked out for about an hour on Saturday morning. My knee has been bothering me quite a bit the last few days, so I'm hoping the weather clears up this afternoon so I can finally swim again. With all of the rain the last week, the mosquitoes have been horrific and you can't come up for air without getting bites over any exposed skin.

Instead, I've been doing strength training with my other roommate. We got a stability ball, and 10 lb medicine ball, yoga mats, resistance bands, and free weights, which he has been having me use while I'm waiting on the rain to stop.

I've missed this soreness in my muscles. With any luck, I can say goodbye forever to the 250's later this week, and keep moving toward my goals.

I also bumped into a friend of mine at a concert Friday night. He was in the opening band and had moved to California and gotten himself a record deal. He told me he was moving back, and I'm using that move as a little extra motivation to kick myself and get back to where I was. I would like to look smaller the next time we hang out, just because everyone else is always here and won't be as observant of the change... I think a large change will be noticed easier and give me a little bit of that ego boost when he says something about the loss.

I'm not a vain person, but when it comes to stuff like this, I do think it helps my lack of confidence and self esteem.

Not to mention (and I know, I know. Never lose weight for another person, always yourself), he's a sweetheart, and I've liked him for a few years. That being said... Even if he WEREN'T moving back, I'm still losing weight. This is just ADDED motivation, not my sole purpose.

Either way, happy Monday, everyone! It's time to kick off this week the right way.
Weigh-in: 251.6 lb lost so far: 11.8 lb still to go: 91.6 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (1 comment) on diet musicartlife7's own diet   losing 4.2 lb a week

19 August 2016

Weigh-in: 253.4 lb lost so far: 10.0 lb still to go: 93.4 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   add comment on diet musicartlife7's own diet   losing 0.9 lb a week

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