Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Creeping in the right direction! And Question!!!

Hello friends!

I meant to get on yesterday and restart my "Monday Weigh-In" posts but totally forgot. So this week it will be my Tuesday Weigh-In. As most of you know, I get on the scale more frequently than I probably should. I usually weigh myself every morning and every night before I go to bed.

Why do I weigh myself at night you may ask. I sometimes find it interesting to see how much less I weigh in the mornings compared to the night before. Sometimes it will be one pound less in the morning and like this morning, after using the bathroom of course, the scale read 2.5 pounds less! I'll take it!

My weight this morning was 178.2 pounds.

My goal is to be 160 by my birthday in April, approximately 11 weeks from now. That means I need to lose about 1.6 pounds each week. Because I have been in the 170's for about 5 months now, this isn't going to be easy. It means hard work.

And speaking of hard work, we are going to the Melting Pot for my boyfriend's birthday this weekend so that should be interesting. I guess I will be saving up all my calories for the day on dinner! No seriously.


It was so exciting to hit the 170's but I am ready to move on. The 190's came and went pretty fast...within like 2 months. The 180's took me about 4 months to conquer. But these 170's are tough.

Did any of you have this same problem? How long did it take you to conquer the few pounds keeping you from your goal weight?

I would love to know!! Have a terrific Tuesday!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Getting there...And NSV!

Finally back in the 170's!!

Oh how I have missed you so! During the last month...New York City, Christmas, New Year's, etc....I worked my way up to 185 pounds. What a terrible feeling. I know it's something we all deal with this time of year but you tell yourself you aren't going to overeat but it usually happens anyways.

Starting January 1st I made a vow to myself that I was going to be back in the 170's as soon as possible. 12 days later I have arrived! This morning I weighed 179.4 pounds. Finally! I have eaten between 1,000 and 1,200 calories each day the past week and this has paid off for me. I feel a little deprived at 1,000 calories but I feel satisfied around 1,200. Tonight I am going on a date night with boyfriend and we are either eating at Longhorn Steakhouse or Red Lobster. What shall I eat?! Eating out at restaurants, in my opinion, is the hardest thing for me. I was looking a nutrition facts online and at Longhorn they do have grilled chicken fingers and a house salad with dressing for around 600 calories. This may be what I eat if we go there. I don't eat fish so that is out of the question. I will eat healthy. I will eat healthy.

And as for my NSV...

I went shopping at TJMaxx yesterday...one of my FAVORITE stores...and came home with an exciting piece of clothing.

First of all I have been in size 12 jeans officially for the past few months, probably since October. I do have some size 14 that fit but most are a little too big around my waist. But yesterday I tried on size 12 designer jeans and they fit perfectly. Joe's, J. Brand, Ralph Lauren...all size 12's. I didn't end up buying any because I have a million pairs of jeans but it was awesome being able to fit in them.

But I did come home with a cobalt blue gorgeous dress in a SIZE 10!! What?! Now I must admit...it fits perfect from the waist up but it is a little tight around my hips. I would say I need to lose a little more weight before I wear it out but a size 10?! Holy cow.

I remember buying jeans that were size 22 and occasionally size 24 and now to be wearing 12's feels so great! If you have hit this milestone you know there is no greater feeling!

Just wanted to share! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! I start my new job Monday so this is my last weekend of freedom :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Little by little...

So I am having one of those days where I feel renewed, refreshed, regenerated, motivated, excited and so on...

I have been doing good on the weight loss front...and this is the first time I have been good in well over a month! HA! A week ago I was around 183.4 pounds and this morning I weighed 181.2 pounds. If I can continue losing 2 pounds a week I will be able to hit my goal of 160 pounds on my birthday!! So fingers crossed :)

I had my first workout of the new year Saturday, 2 days ago. My dad and I worked out solid for an hour, sweated and burned about 300 calories. It felt good. I must be honest and say that was my first workout in a good while.

I also went to the grocery store and got a lot of good, heavy foods to eat. I think that is the main reason I am feeling good today. You know when you go to the store and only buy healthy foods and you tell yourself those are the only foods you can eat for like 2 weeks?! Well that gives me motivation and if I don't have the unhealthy food in the house, I can't eat the unhealthy foods. Did I spend way too much money? Yes. But it's worth it in my opinion.

Here are a few more pictures to share! About to head out to watch the National Championship!! I am a huge Auburn fan as you know so, as always, go TIGERS!!! Sorry boyfriend (who is a huge Bama fan!)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

NYC Picture Post!! Weight..errr...gain. And Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year everyone!!

It has been almost a month since I have posted and so many things have happened...New York City, Christmas, New Years!!

First of all...NYC was amazing! I wish we could have stayed for a month but my checking account wouldn't have been able to handle that. It was barely able to handle 6 days! I took about 800 pictures but because that would take you an hour to look at them, I decided to post only a few :)

We shopped until we dropped, ate at some amazing restaurants, went to a Broadway show, went on some awesome tours, met some nice and not-so-nice people and best of all I made wonderful memories with some of my best friends! Maybe I will post some more pictures in another post.

Christmas was wonderful. Spent quality time with my family and friends. It always comes and goes so fast...which makes me sad. Today we spent the entire day taking down all the Christmas decorations. Sad again.

I spent New Years Eve in Auburn. We had a great time. Went to dinner and then to a local restaurant/lounge and heard a local band while bringing in the new year. Happy 2012. This is going to be a great year. Several resolutions have been set. Which brings me to my next point.

Weight loss. Weight gain. Whatever. Ha!

The day before I left for New York I weighed 178.8 pounds. And to be completely honest, since my surgery, I don't think I have eaten as bad as I did in NYC. Literally we ate out for every single meal. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and, on most days, dessert. For the first two days I tried to make health"IER" food choices. That didn't last too long. But I wasn't there to lose weight.

I felt heavier. I knew I had gained. But I was fine with that. Then only 4 days after we came home....Christmas....and all that delicious food for several days at all the family gatherings.

So the time came to weigh myself. Was I a little nervous? Yes. But as of yesterday morning, I weighed 183.0 pounds. Gained about 4 pounds in NYC and over Christmas. Typical I guess.

But lucky for me....today is NEW YEARS and the perfect time to start over. Right?! My goal still remains to hit my final goal weight of 160 pounds on my birthday. April 18th. That means 23 pounds in the next 3 and 1/2 months.

It can be done. I am ready :) Hope everyone had a fabulous and safe New Years!! Enjoy the pictures!