Last Take

Anyone who has read this blog over the past few years knows that I struggle with my weight, I have body image issues and I have lost weight successfully. AS a matter of fact, I have spent the larger part of the last 2 years undoing all of the hard work I did for the two years before that.

I began what I hoped would be my last “weight loss journey” in October 2013. I succeeded in reaching my goal weight in June 2014 and maintained that weight through the beginning of November 2014. I put on about 10-12 pounds over the holidays that year, and then I maintained that through the spring and into the summer of 2015. But then…the bottom fell out, really.

I took a big risk and changed directions in my career in the summer of 2015. I left my  structured bank operations manager job and entered an unstructured real estate sales job. I’m not gonna hash it all out, but what I can say is: I learned for what I think is the last time that I AM NOT A SALES PERSON. The lack of a good schedule and the stress of trying to make up the income I lost all contributed to a steady weight gain, even though I was still exercising regularly. Flash forward to November 2016 when I returned to my structured bank operations manager job (different area, same job basically). Though the schedule got better work-wise, the kids’ schedules got CRAZIER school and activity-wise. So though I’ve had a regular work schedule and rectified the financial situation, I have not been able to find a balance with food and exercise that has contributed to an even larger amount of weight being gained in the last year.

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So, it’s time to lose about 48-50 pounds. I really want to say that I’m going to lose it “FOREVER!!” but I’ve lived this story over and over again, so I have no clue if it will be forever or not. I want it to be. I want to be healthy and well. I want to be able to run with my kids and have a fighting chance of staying with them. I want to be the example of health and wellness they need to have in a mother. So, I guess for now, that’s going to have to cut it. When I finally lose the weight again, I will have to figure out a new way to want things because what I did before didn’t work out so well.

What’s my plan? Well, Weight Watchers isn’t in the budget right now. And honestly, I feel as though I know all the things I learned in Weight Watchers before. I know I need to track my food and keep the intake to a much smaller amount than it’s been for awhile. I know I need to stay active — that part has never been an issue. I know I need to plan every day what my food will be — take my lunch, for example. I know that “Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail” and I’ve lived that out in all directions my whole life.

Discipline is essential. I understand discipline better than many people. Just because I understand it, though, doesn’t mean I know how to stay with it. So I need to re-institute my discipline that I had before where food is concerned: Plan ahead, Make Healthy Choices, Stay Mindful of the food I eat.

Craig and I bought some packages of food prep containers and we plan to spend Sundays cooking to make meals for the week ahead. I created a new Pinterest board where I have posted some Paleo/Keto recipes I plan to use for meal prep.

I need to maintain my discipline where activity is concerned and probably take it up a notch: Continue my four days a week at the Crossfit Box (maybe five if I am able to make Saturdays sometimes) and then find more ways to be active in the everyday — take my kids to the Community Center and we can swim or run or play volleyball/basketball. Choose those sorts of family activities instead of a night out at the movies or video games.

I created a new id on MyFitnessPal.com (LastTake, if you’re interested in connecting). I will use this site for tracking food and exercise and water intake.

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I still have a FitBit that I’ll use to help track activity. It’s nice I can connect it to MFP and they can talk to each other so my exercise ends up on MFP and my water intake comes over to my FitBit app. It’s kind of cool. Maybe someday I will afford an Apple Watch or something, but for now, I’m using what I already have.

I’m going to begin reading a book recommended to me by a friend I met at CrossFit. The book is called “Breaking the Stronghold of Food: How We Conquered Food Addictions and Discovered a New Way of Living” and it is written by Michael L. Brown, PhD and Nancy Brown (Not sure, but thinking they are married). I just ordered it and it should arrive at my house mid-week.

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I’m going to try to pray more. And I mean, I am going to try and INTENTIONALLY pray more. I think that if I reconnect every day in an intentional way, to our Lord and his Mother, then I will probably have a shot at long-term success.

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I created a new Instagram ID as well (LastTake18, give me a follow!) I’ve been watching my kids and how they handle their IG accounts and I think I’m learning a lot about how to create and maintain a new page in the app.

 

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I’ll post weekly, try to have a related blog up that I can reference and hope to find ways to post that will keep me going. The many times I have gone on a weight loss journey, I have found that people who get to know me online (my blog, Facebook, IG) often inspire me to keep working toward my goals. I’m a social media person — I like to use it to help get through my days or connect and follow my family and friends in life. So, this is one more way I will do that.

I’m thinking a weekend blog entry every week is what you can expect to see here. I’ll probably talk about my wins and my struggles. More than likely, I’ll work through something as I destroy this food addiction I have and I’ll have something to write about it here, too. I’ll probably post pictures as I lose so that we can see the success along the way. I may share how I reward myself — hopefully without incorporating food! — and learn new ideas from you here in the comments or on my Instagram account.

So, Here We Go. Again. Again.

 

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Weight Watchers Wednesday (8) – New Year’s Day edition

I missed Christmas and I almost missed today, too. I guess that’s what happens when holidays fall on my Wednesday!!


I wanted to do a little recap since this is #8. I’m happy with my progress, but want to keep moving forward! I’m sad to say I haven’t been able to keep the workouts going at the pace I was due to my knee hurting a bit (overuse) and just the craziness of the holidays. I was happy to get to Crossfit Sunday, as I mentioned, but I went to the KU game at Allen Fieldhouse Monday and then (even though they added a 5:30 p.m. class on New Year’s Eve!) I wasn’t able to go on NYE because work was crazy and I got home just in time to go with my family to the Vigil Mass at 7:00 p.m. for the Solemnity of Mary Holy Day on January 1.

But, I did get mostly back on track, even though I didn’t track it. I plan to get back on the tracking every day kick with my weigh-in day tomorrow!!

So, a recap:
on October 31, I weighed in at my first WW at work meeting at 189.2.
On December 19 (the last WW at work weigh-in for 2013) I weighed in at 176.2

I never took measurements like I ought to have, but I was wearing my size 14 work pants and jeans on October 31. And today, I am comfortably in size 12 (if I have to wear 14’s because of laundry backup, they really are too big…and I realize I shouldn’t wear them anymore).

Here was me at the start– 189.2 pounds


I had Helen take a couple of pictures of me today — last official weigh-in had me at 176.2 pounds. And…(Vincent wanted to join in)

Huh, maybe there’s not much difference. But I can tell the difference 13 pounds off makes! I can do pull-ups with a band now at crossfit. I can do burpees much faster and in much larger quantities before a rest. I can run faster.

so…there it is. 8 Weight Watchers Wednesday posts later and I am down from size 14 to 12 and down 13 pounds.

I’m excited for our meeting tomorrow — NOT because I will weigh in…not quite sure what to expect there, unfortunately. But because they will go over the “Simple Start” stuff that they’ve been doing in centers for a month now. I am looking forward to what they have to say about it.

Tune in next week! 🙂