Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Well... crap.

My step total for the month is 359400 - 115.94% of the 10k-a-day-pace!

My highest month before this one was 67.77% of pace, so you can probably guess why I've gained weight this year.

So you'd think this month I'd lose some, right? Well, you'd be wrong. 4.6 pounds up for the month. FEH! I am so completely and utterly frustrated by this. I'm 19 pounds higher than I was a year ago today - and even then, I was so frustrated by the plateau I'd been on for months. Well, no plateau these days - the scale just keeps inching up. Ugh.

Trying to not give up hope though. As always, if I can average just a little over 2.0 pounds lost each week, I could hit my goal by my birthday. I feel like I've been saying some variation of this for the past two years, so I'm feeling like a broken record. Gotta break this trend!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Couldn't say it better myself

Go read this post on the "Eat Nothing Diet" over at Big Fat Deal - they're highlighting why I hate most mainstream media. Thanks for making everyone think they can achieve the impossible.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Still walking & moving

and of course, still 2.4 pounds back over that goal #1. Ugh! Gaining 4.6 pounds in THREE days sucks! This week, I'll be out of town Friday-Monday, so who knows what will happen to my weight then. I'll be trying to get in some activity, but I'll be doing a lot of driving and then staying with friends and won't have access to a gym or my Wii. ;)

Sidenote: my experiences with the EA Sports Active More Workouts is improving as I have turned off the trainer prompts - much less irritating. ;)

I am determined to get in my 310,000 steps for August! I'm at 260,000 right now - three days ahead of pace (which is good with that mini-vacation coming up...)

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Though my weight is continuing to trouble me, I am at least moving more. Every weekday morning this past week I've worked out with the EA Sports Active More Workouts, and then done some walking in the evenings. Tonight I did a long walk and have a longer one planned for tomorrow. I've completely failed on that 10,000 steps a day thing I did in 2008 & 2009 - but I'm trying to average that 10k a day for each day the rest of the year. Hopefully moving more will naturally draw my weight down...

Goal #1 not met!

Doh. So four days of work lunches and dinners, shockingly I gained weight and that goal #1 weight is long gone. DOH! I *will* see that weight again in a few days - it simply must happen!

Still trucking along with that EA Sports Active More Workouts 6 week challenge. Sweating my butt off every morning before work. ;)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Goal #1 met!

as previously posted:
Goal #1: 2 more pounds to go to get back to where I was before disastrous weekend a few days ago.
Goal #2: 11 more pounds to get back to where I was a year ago this month.
Goal #3: 5 pounds to the "overweight", also the weight I was before our big vacation last summer.
Goal #4: only 8 pounds to hit that magical 100 pounds weight lost.
(then it's only 24 pounds to go after that for the big goal!)

Today I met goal #1! Hooray! It's super-frustrating that it took me two weeks to undo what I did in a mere two days though... ouch! And I've got four dinners out this week, and then a mini-vacation next weekend... I have a feeling goal #2 is going to be awhile, but I'm trying to keep on keepin' on. ;) If I weigh less or the same as the day before, I'll take it. ;)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Still chugging along

The scale is slowly (very slowly!) inching down - I'll take any progress in the right direction! ;)

I'm trying to get through the EA Sports Active 6 week challenge, but boy, that game can sure annoy me at times. I'm really hoping the new version coming out this fall is a lot more accurate - it really irritates me when the "trainer" is scolding me for not doing something right, but I AM doing it right and yelling back at the TV. ;)

and for the first time this year, I am on pace for my 10,000 steps a day for the month! Hopefully I can get some quality walks in this month.

How is life treating you these days? ;)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Still not to goal #1

...and instead exactly where I was on Wednesday. Doh! Had lost almost a pound, but then sushi dinner, birthday party, and then a different birthday cake over the weekend, and that pound is back. Doh!

I got swamped with chores and social gatherings and didn't work out this weekend, but did take a quick walk at the office today and then a 45 minute walk after dinner. (The problem with walking after dinner - it makes me hungry!)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

EA Sports Active More Workouts revisited

Whew, I hadn't touched the EA Sports Active More Workouts Wii game in months (it politely did not tell me *exactly* how long though). Tonight I started a new 6 week challenge, so we'll see if I can actually finish it. ;) (I'll be out of town for four nights later this month, but that's no excuse to not finish this time.)

Anyway, I was quickly reminded of some things that annoy me about this game - the FIRST exercise (after the stretching) didn't work as expected. Squats with a knee raise, and it didn't register that I was doing the squat. After re-squatting a few times, it finally registered (and all the remaining squats were without incident). Doing the "Squash" mini-game left-handed was *completely* backwards for me - literally, lunging left when it said to lunge right. When I did was it said, it didn't register - but when I did the opposite, it registered. Blargh. I can't do this game when anyone is home, because I express my discontent with the game's recognition of my movements sometime.

I did work up a nice sweat though, so that's more than I did last week on an off night. ;) I do like the stretches at the end as well. Good (sweaty) times.

Small goals

So right now, I have 50 pounds to lose to get to the "normal" weight range according to my BMI.
18 pounds to get back to "overweight" (instead of obese, where I am now - and morbidly obese, where I started).

I'm looking at even smaller goals.
Goal #1: 2 more pounds to go to get back to where I was before disastrous weekend a few days ago.
Goal #2: 11 more pounds to get back to where I was a year ago this month.
Goal #3: 5 pounds to the "overweight", also the weight I was before our big vacation last summer.
Goal #4: only 8 pounds to hit that magical 100 pounds weight lost.
(then it's only 24 pounds to go after that for the big goal!)

I'd really, really like to get that 100 pounds goal by the end of the year. Of course, I've been saying that for two years now. It's crazy. I lost so much weight in 2007, and then 2008 everything stalled... and stalled in 2009... and then reversed in 2010! Yikes!

To help reach my goals:
- physical activity every single day (Monday short walk with husband, Tuesday long walk by myself, Wednesday pilates, Thursday...)
- tracking everything in SparkPeople again

Let's do eeeeeeeet!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Getting back on the wagon

I need a better cliche here. ;)

So, 2010 has not been a good year for weight loss for me. I've basically gained 20 pounds this year - ugh! A combination of eating not-as-well and not exercising nearly as much will do that to you. I'm way off my 10,000 steps a day pace that I maintained in 2008 & 2009. Just got very busy with work and house and my exercise fell off.

As of tonight, I am 50.8 pounds away from my goal. My birthday is just over 6 months away. Would be amazing to hit my goal by my birthday. It would only be 1.79 pounds a week. That's all. TOTALLY DOABLE! Now to actually *do* it. ;)

First goal is to hit 310,000 steps for the month of August (4 days in and I'm already behind, but not by too much - 38400).

(and only 2.42 pounds a week would get me to goal by the end of the year...)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Still here

Still gaining weight. :( Will be posting more soon, and getting back into the walking & working out side of things too.

Hope y'all are doing well! :)