Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday

Wednesday is here again!

Angie took a sabbatical, so now that she's back, let's see what's up.

Angie's Starting Weight: 221.4
Angie's Previous Weight: 216.5
Angie's Current Weight: 217.4
Weekly Gain/Loss: +.9 lbs
Overall Gain/Loss: -4.0 lbs a bitch. To be honest, I am stunned that I didn't gain more than that in the 3 weeks since my last weigh in. I'm a stress eater and if there's one thing that's been in abundance in my life for the last month is STRESS. My hubby had major surgery last week (following months of serious pain), our old house (that our renters abandoned) still sits on the market, and my job situation is less than desirable at the moment. STRESS!!! I think the only reason I didn't gain more is from the sheer fact that I've been so busy & exhausted that I just didn't have time to eat. But, when I did eat, I only chose from the candy or carb food groups. I wish I could say that I have a sunny outlook and intend to change things this week, but I'm not hopeful to be perfectly honest. Pardon me while my one woman pity party goes to cry in the corner. I'll try to bring a better attitude to the party next week. Sigh.

Here's Shannon!

Shannon's starting weight: 218
previous weight: 220.4
current weight: 218.8
weekly gain/loss: -1.6
overall gain/loss: +0.8

A loss this week, woohoo!  I'm heading in the right direction. 

With that being said, I've decided to make a new goal for myself.  I'm down to just 2 months before my trip (62 days, to be exact!) and there is no way I can lose 40 lbs by the end of August.  It's rather disheartening to see my ticker at the bottom of this blog not move to the right and to see that big 40 staring back at me.  So I've decided to change my goal to losing 20 lbs before I leave.  I'm still going to keep my starting weight the same, which means my new stats are:

Shannon's starting weight: 218
current weight: 218.8
weekly gain/loss: +0.8
overall gain/loss: +0.8

My goals for this week are to keep logging my meals and start focusing on portion control.  I also need to start being more active, so I'm making my goal to get in some type of workout 3 times this week.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday (the "Better Late Than Never!" edition)

Shannon's starting weight: 218
previous weight: 218.2
current weight: 220.4
weekly gain/loss: +2.2
overall gain/loss +2.4

Well, I knew a gain was to be expected.  I was vacationing at the beach last week which means diet and exercise was the last thing on my mind.  However, I started back yesterday logging my meals on SparkPeople and drinking water.  I also went for a walk yesterday morning.  So I'm getting back on track, which is the important thing.

Here's to a great week!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday

Welcome back, Wednesday,Thursday!  Sorry for the delay, but it's been a crazy-busy week.

 Let's get some results posted!

Angie's Starting Weight: 221.4
Angie's Previous Weight: 217.2
Angie's Current Weight: 216.5
Weekly Gain/Loss: -.7 lbs
Overall Gain/Loss: -4.9 lbs

So, as you might be wondering, why is my loss so small this week, considering the big diet change that I proclaimed last week. Yeah, about that. As much as I believe in the Atkins plan, sticking to it proved to be a LOT harder than I ever realized. And the challenge of will power didn't really set in until my 3rd day on it. And I caved. It's a major challenge to be addicted to carbs and sugar and be the only member of your household who has to really watch what they eat. Especially when my hubby can barely keep weight on. So, I'm back to watching my portion sizing, cutting out snacking on the bad stuff and trying to drink water. It's going to be much slower a process, but I'm still moving in the right direction, which is good enough for me right now.

Shannon's starting weight: 218
previous weight: 218
current weight: 218.2
weekly gain/loss: +.2
overall gain/loss +.2

To be honest, I'm a little bummed to see a gain, even one so small.  I'm hoping the gain is merely due to water retention, as I managed to go walking 3 times this past week and was diligent about getting my 6 glasses of water a day.  This is starting to get frustrating.  Since I'll be on vacation during the next week, I'm not hopeful in seeing a loss anytime soon. Sigh. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday

It's Wednesday again, so let's see some results!

Angie's Starting Weight: 221.4
Angie's Previous Weight: 219.6
Angie's Current Weight: 217.2
Weekly Gain/Loss: -2.4 lbs
Overall Gain/Loss: -4.2 lbs

Yippee!!! Now that's a loss that I'm happy to see. I guess the walking and 8 hours of painting & yard work were good exercise after all. As I mentioned in the post right before this one, I finally hit rock bottom and decided to make a drastic change in my eating habits. I started the Atkins plan 3 days ago and so far, so good. It hasn't been easy by any stretch of the imagination. I cried for pizza last night. Pretty sad, I know. But, as my husband pointed out, the end will justify the means. And he's absolutely right. I've been dreaming lately of "thin Angie". And now I feel like I'm well on my way to seeing her in person again!

And here's Shannon!

Shannon's starting weight: 218
previous weight: 219.2
current weight: 218
weekly gain/loss: -1.2
overall gain/loss: 0

Well, I'm actually quite surprised!  I only managed to walk twice this past week.  And over the holiday weekend, I may have gorged on pizza, hot dogs, chips, pasta salad, brownies, beer, and movie theater popcorn.  (Oops.)  So to see a loss this morning was a bit of a shock... but I'll take it!

So I'm back to my original starting weight.  It's time to get serious about losing weight.  My Disney trips will be here before I know it... the clock is ticking!  Goals for this week are to go walking at least 3 times and continue with getting 6 glasses of water down a day!

Here's to a great week!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The first step is a doozy

The journey of weight loss is long and arduous. It's a journey that I've struggled with for 15 years and one that I'm growing increasingly frustrated about. It wasn't until a few days ago that I realized just how low I had gotten about it.

My buddy, Kat, suggested a book called "Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It". The book essentially talks about why having a carb heavy diet is a huge factor in the obesity epidemic in America. The author supports his case with a ton of scientific evidence and really gave me a lot to think about. He advocates eliminating carbs from our diets for weight loss as well as long term health benefits. This isn't a new concept.

You have probably heard of the Atkins diet, which begins your road to new food choices by eliminating carbs during the "Induction Period". Basically, eliminating all of my favorite foods. Pasta, bread, fruit, nuts, candy, cereal, cake, etc...

And so after reviewing this list of non-approved foods, I cried for about an hour. And then I got angry about getting THAT upset about not eating the foods that are making me so miserable. I couldn't believe that I was seriously crying about not eating bread or potatoes for a while. That was a new low for me. To mourn food.

Tomorrow begins the first day of the rest of my life. A life that has a new light. A life that includes a healthier and THINNER me. Tomorrow I am starting on the Atkins food plan and I'm excited and nervous and a little scared. But most of all, I am hopeful. Finally.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday

It's time for another weekly weigh in!

Shannon's starting weight: 218
previous weight: 219.8
current weight: 219.2
weekly gain/loss: -0.6
overall gain/loss: +1.2

Well, at least I'm on the right track! A loss is a loss, right?

I've done really well the last 3 days... back on track with drinking water. I also went walking twice and one morning played Wii tennis for a good 20 minutes. Yay me!

The only thing is I wonder how much I could've lost had I worked hard ALL of last week and not just the past few days. Ah, well.

I'm trying to get my focus back! I CAN and WILL do this!!!

Angie's results are here!

Angie's Starting Weight: 221.4
Angie's Previous Weight: 220.2
Angie's Current Weight: 219.6
Weekly Gain/Loss: -.6 lbs
Overall Gain/Loss: -1.8 lbs

It figures that Shannon & I had the exact same loss this week. Ha ha! I continued with drinking at least 6 glasses of water each day and I have nearly squashed my bad habit of snacking constantly. At least snacking with the bad stuff like chocolate and chips. I've been keeping lots of fruit in the house and actually eating it. Yay for progress! This week I want to try and get a meal plan back in rotation. Now that summer has arrived and my schedule is much more flexible, it should be much easier to attain.

And Shannon & I are going to start walking together now that our kids are out of school. Yay!! Next week will hopefully produce some great stats for both of us.

Thanks for your support and for the wonderful comments that you guys leave! We really appreciate it!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday

This isn't going to be pretty.

Shannon's starting weight: 218
previous weight: 218.8
current weight: 219.8
weekly gain/loss: +1
overall gain/loss: +1.8

Honestly, I thought that was going to be a lot worse. I knew I would have a gain this week, as I've done nothing as far as exercising goes. And I've slacked on getting my 6 glasses of water each day.

I'm quickly losing the motivation to do this... it's like, the weight isn't coming off so why even bother?

I know that's not the attitude to have, but it's how I'm feeling right now. Somehow, I need to find a way to get this weight loss endeavour going.


Alright, Angie here and I'm almost afraid to post my results for this week, especially in light of the fact that I've done nothing but complain about EVERYTHING to Shannon for the last week. goes.

Angie's Starting Weight: 221.4
Angie's Previous Weight: 221.6
Angie's Current Weight: 220.2
Weekly Gain/Loss: -1.4 lbs
Overall Gain/Loss: -1.2 lbs

Ok, let's review the things I did right this last week. I religiously kept up with my food intake on my Droid App for Sparkpeople. I'm telling you, that accountability has been great for me. I tried to maintain my water intake, especially since I had a delicious Peach Margarita with dinner the other night & have enjoyed a couple of Cokes. I did not exercise, but my music classes were very active this week and I ended up doing some other activities that exerted more energy than I realized. I am both stunned and thrilled with a loss this week, especially since "Aunt Flo" paid a visit, but hey, I'll take it!

For the next week, I want to continue with tracking my food intake and try to get in a workout. And I want to work out a schedule with Shannon for us to get in some exercise together. Now that school & work schedules aren't holding us back, we have no excuse not to fast track some progress on this project!

Until next week!