Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thursday Weigh in Results (Jennifer)


As I have been blogging about all week I have made some changes and really wasnt sure how they would affect me on the scale this week.  Last week I did not have a loss.  This week I decided to add some more calories into my diet.  And although I had planned on keeping up the the exercise at the gym it really wasnt possible this week with the girls being sick.  However, I did go for a run last night.  I am not sure exactly how far since it was outside but I will sure get into my car and  retrace my steps to see.  I think it was possibly over 3 miles so I must know as that was my longest run.  Anyway...to the point.   I got on the scale and saw a two pound loss since last week!  Yaay!  Today's weight:  163.5.  It seems like the 160's are never ending but I am so happy to see movement in the right direction on the scale! My next mini goal is to see the 150's and that is 4 lbs from now!  So I have decided that somewhere between 1300-1400 calories is where I will aim.  I have done my share of reasearch and they say when you are coming off a low calorie diet (such as Medifast) or have put yourself in starvation mode(I am sure I did with the exercise added to the plan) that you need to SLOWLY add the calories to your daily intake so you dont have one big gain.  So that is what I have been doing.  I just cant get over how "serious" I have been about this weight loss thing.  I have gone to McDonalds, had pizza, ice cream and yet have lost because I counted calories and done this in moderation.  I have really learned something here.  I also make sure I eat every 2-3 hours so I dont get that overwhelming hungry feeling.  Then my beast of a stomach manipulates my mind into eating unhealthy when this happens.  So...if I eat every 2-3 hours and dont allow starvation to set in the scenario plays out much differently.  This is a HUGE revealation for me...and hopefully the key to my long term success combined with exercise.

Teresa posted today about doing little things for herself like going to the spa, painting her toes and such.  I totally agree that doing little things to make yourself feel better plays a big role in self appreciation and self worth.  Right now funds are tight for us as the central air was finally installed(for those of you who have been following for a while you know just how exciting this is for me!!!!) so there hasnt been too much room for little treats for myself.  But the AC in itself is a treat and I am so appreciative.  But I do paint my nails and toes and make them look pretty and today I am going to battle my jungle looking eyebrows.  That will make a big difference.  We have a wedding this weekend and its the first time in I cant even remember that I have to dress up.  So any free little things I can do for myself I will  :)  Eventually the haircut, the highlights and such will follow. 

Today I am thankful for:
*My darlings slept in this morning!!!  Whoo hoo.   I cant remember the last time I slept past 8:00.  How nice.

Today's reason for losing weight:
*I want to attempt the kickboxing class at the gym but I tend to be a little intimidated by it.  It looks pretty hard core and it seems like you have to be fit to keep up.  Hmmmm...I wonder how I would do????

Jennifer

8 comments:

Karen said...

Jungle eyebrows, really? Where did you get that? Your eyebrows don't look like a jungle. As for the loss, that is great. Good for you. I am going to try calorie counting. What do you eat in between meals? Fruit, Veggies? What do you eat for meals? HELP!! Can you let me know? I've become a pro at maintaining my weight but I want a loss!!

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

Yay for your 3 mile run! Outstanding!!!

I am sold on the eating every 2-3 hours! My hubby and I will be continuing that hopefully for the rest of our lives.

I'm excited for you and all you have before you. I think you should go for the kickboxing class... anything that interests you - go for it! Seize the day... what have you got to lose? It's a new life and a new Jen!

I feel that way about myself and it's liberating!!
I hope the wedding goes fabulous and that you feel great in your new dress!! :)

~Margene

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Excellent with the weight loss!! Keep it up! I agree, 1300 - 1400 is a good range. You could even do 1200 a couple of days a week and 1600 a couple of days a week, like if you go to a restaurant or something. Good for you, keep at it!

Jennifer said...

Karen- let just say its been a while since we have seen each other. My eyebrows are very high maintenance and I have let them go a bit:( However...regardless of the agony, I plucked about 1, 378 of them out while the girls were napping today and I am happy to say there is a great improvement. Not as great as if I got waxed like usual, but much better than the jungle look I had going on.
As for the food...we talk and email all the time. I will start sending you some ideas. And when you get sick of my daily menu just let me know. I write it all down and count the calories so I have it all to compare. When it is down on paper it is way more accurate I find. But here is my basic breakdown I try to follow through the day...

Breakfast-usually cereal with skim milk or a wheat or whole grain bagel thin with light butter or jelly or whipped cream cheese (less calories). I try to keep breakfast between 200-300 calories.

Snack-i have learned protein is great to curb hunger so I eat a yogurt or string cheese... or a fiber one/plus bar or a piece of fruit(whatever you like at about 100 calories)

Lunch-I eat whatever I want at about 300-400 calories. Sometimes a salad or a sandwich. So basically after lunch I have eaten about half my calories for the day (ish). Then in the afternoon another snack (100 calories) and I try to make it a protein but not always. Those 100 calorie almonds are great because they are filling believe it or not!

Dinner-again whatever I want with my leftover calories. I try to alot about 500 caalories at least for dinner. If I have a big dinner I will not have an evening snack. If I have some calories left over then i will have a little something.
I am not concerned with carbs anymore because I know I am doing the exercise to eat them safely without gaining. And i am also taking in whole grain whenever possible. I really like those arnold thin sandwich things and the bagel thins which have aroound 100 calories and fiber (important for me). sometimes i put deli meat in them or peanut butter and jelly (measured out). or sometimes I make a big ole salad and measure the dressing since our special dressing is no longer available :( I buy whole grain everything WHENEVER I possibly can. And if I eat chips at all I will have sun chips since they are whole grain at least. For generic things like Pizza I use calorieking.com to get a good idea but I never expect it to be exact. a piece of cheese pizza is between 250-300 calories. When I ate at mcdonalds I planned ahead. They have gotten better and put the calories on everything. Hope this helps. A huge things that definately works for me is to eat every few hours so I dont get starving. I have learned the difference between hungry and starving. I am in control when I get hungry. When I am starving there is a beast in my belly tempting my mind with all sorts of yummy treats.... and no control. Learning that has made quite a difference for me. And exercise. Moving more also helped which I know you are doing at the classes at the gym.

Jennifer said...

Karen- let just say its been a while since we have seen each other. My eyebrows are very high maintenance and I have let them go a bit:( However...regardless of the agony, I plucked about 1, 378 of them out while the girls were napping today and I am happy to say there is a great improvement. Not as great as if I got waxed like usual, but much better than the jungle look I had going on.
As for the food...we talk and email all the time. I will start sending you some ideas. And when you get sick of my daily menu just let me know. I write it all down and count the calories so I have it all to compare. When it is down on paper it is way more accurate I find. But here is my basic breakdown I try to follow through the day...

Breakfast-usually cereal with skim milk or a wheat or whole grain bagel thin with light butter or jelly or whipped cream cheese (less calories). I try to keep breakfast between 200-300 calories.

Snack-i have learned protein is great to curb hunger so I eat a yogurt or string cheese... or a fiber one/plus bar or a piece of fruit(whatever you like at about 100 calories)

Lunch-I eat whatever I want at about 300-400 calories. Sometimes a salad or a sandwich. So basically after lunch I have eaten about half my calories for the day (ish). Then in the afternoon another snack (100 calories) and I try to make it a protein but not always. Those 100 calorie almonds are great because they are filling believe it or not!

Dinner-again whatever I want with my leftover calories. I try to alot about 500 caalories at least for dinner. If I have a big dinner I will not have an evening snack. If I have some calories left over then i will have a little something.
I am not concerned with carbs anymore because I know I am doing the exercise to eat them safely without gaining. And i am also taking in whole grain whenever possible. I really like those arnold thin sandwich things and the bagel thins which have aroound 100 calories and fiber (important for me). sometimes i put deli meat in them or peanut butter and jelly (measured out). or sometimes I make a big ole salad and measure the dressing since our special dressing is no longer available :( I buy whole grain everything WHENEVER I possibly can. And if I eat chips at all I will have sun chips since they are whole grain at least. For generic things like Pizza I use calorieking.com to get a good idea but I never expect it to be exact. a piece of cheese pizza is between 250-300 calories. When I ate at mcdonalds I planned ahead. They have gotten better and put the calories on everything. Hope this helps. A huge things that definately works for me is to eat every few hours so I dont get starving. I have learned the difference between hungry and starving. I am in control when I get hungry. When I am starving there is a beast in my belly tempting my mind with all sorts of yummy treats.... and no control. Learning that has made quite a difference for me. And exercise. Moving more also helped which I know you are doing at the classes at the gym.

Jen said...

You are a rockstar!!! Way to go on that run!! When I lost all my weight before, I started at 206, and when I was in the low 160's was when I realized how serious and motivated I really was! I'm trying to get back to that now, but it's HARD!

As far as kickboxing, I have a kickboxing DVD workout system called Turbo Jam, totally AMAZING!!! It's so much fun and you get the BEST workout!!!

Jen
http://jenslosinit.blogspot.com/

Bringing Pretty Back said...

You are almost there! 2 pounds lost is great!!!
I am so happy you agree with me! Thank you for your commment! That was good advice you got before you had children. It is so true.
Your post has motivated me to go for a walk ! Thank you!
Kristin

dawne said...

Yay for losing and being so close to those 150's. Now it's my turn! :) We're doing it! Awesome job on the 3 mile run...doesn't it feel great?