On October 25th, I weighed myself in the morning and just stood there grinning. I hadn’t seen a number under 130 since early 2011, and there it was on the screen of my digital scales. I had lost 17 pounds since July 26th, but I had only lost four pounds for the month of October. Then I encountered setbacks in the form of increased stress with my husband out of town for two weeks, hormone-induced cravings that conquered my self-control, and exhaustion that prevented me from waking up early enough to work out before school.
I have been too busy with school and the kids’ activities that I haven’t had time to write this post for the past two weeks. I took all my measurements and photos on the first, and they’ve been sitting in my phone, waiting for me to share them. I don’t really have time to do this right now, but I am in need of accountability to get me through the next two weeks of this month. I am holding steady between 129.5 and 130.5. I knew this leveling-off would happen eventually, but I have also been eating too much. We have too many sweets in the house, but I think I have finished off just about everything that I enjoy, so it’s time to get back on track.
My official weight on November 1st was 130.4, only three pounds less than on October 1st. However, I lost just over an inch each on my waist and my hips, almost an inch on my thigh, and a half-inch on my arm. Below are my photos from July 26th and November 1st.
I am so excited about beating my weight loss goal of five pounds for August! After a rough two weeks with no loss, I buckled down the last 10 days of the month and started really watching what I ate. It paid off more than I expected.
Since August 1st, I have lost 5.8 pounds. I have lost 1.5 inches on my waist at my belly button and 1.25 inches on my waist at its narrowest, 3/4 inch on my hips, 1/2 inch on each thigh, and 3/8 inch on my upper arm. I gained 3/8 inch on my calf unfortunately.
I can’t tell much difference between my photos a month ago and today. My kids took the photos, so it was hard to get the exact same angle. My son said my butt looked smaller, and I agree, but it could just be the different angle. The capri pants I wore yesterday were hanging about three inches too low by the end of the day, so I have definitely lost inches. It’s wonderful to see some progress. Just 14 pounds to go!
If you are taking this weight loss journey with me, let me know how you did for August. Let’s encourage each other to continue moving more and eating less.
Since school started, I have not been able to work out at least five days each week. I need to get up at 5:00 am just to get myself and my four kids ready to leave the house by 7:15, and I have been staying up late almost every night to work on school things, so getting up earlier than 5:00 am hasn’t been an option until today. I worked hard all weekend on lesson plans, worksheets, doodle notes, grading, etc., so that I was able to go to bed at 9:30 last night and wake up at 4:30 this morning. I enjoy starting my day with a workout. It wakes me up and makes me feel productive.
Last Tuesday, I adjusted my calorie goal because I am not exercising as frequently as I had been, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to shed another two and a half pounds by the end of this month if I continued with my 1800 calorie limit. I ate between 1400 and 1500 calories everyday (except Friday) this past week, and I only have one pound remaining to reach my goal for August. I will update on September 1st to let you know if I reached my goal or not.
The yellow on the graph means I ate over 500 calories less than what I expended, which is fine because the other option on my app was 700 calories below, and I didn’t want to be that limited. My previous goal was to eat less than 1800 calories a day, so this has been a big change. I am hungry often, but I will drink water and remind myself not to give in because I will reward myself with a fun size Snickers at the end of the day. This has worked for a whole week. I will continue with this reward system.
I have lost 5.6 pounds since July 26th, but I would like to lose another 15 pounds. My goal for September is another five pounds. If you committed to going on this journey with me, let me know how you have done this month. I’d love to hear from others what is working for you.
The experts say you should lose no more than two pounds a week, so I allowed myself to eat up to 1800 calories a day. I was afraid this would be too many calories, but my workouts have enabled me to eat a little more than I would be able to otherwise. I will continue with my current daily calorie goal until my weight plateaus, and then I’ll make adjustments.
First thing this morning, I weighed and took my measurements. I am down 1.6 pounds since last Tuesday, which puts me at an even 145, which works out perfectly for my goal of losing five pounds each month. I like for my numbers to be nice and neat. I didn’t lose any inches on my hips, but I lost a whole inch on my waist at its narrowest point. My other measurements ranged between 1/4-inch and 3/4-inch less than last week, so I feel good about my progress. Slowly but surely, the weight and inches will come off.
I am eating a balanced diet with plenty of lean protein and vegetables. I usually eat leftover dinner casseroles/entrees for lunch, but sometimes there are no leftovers, and I need something that is healthy and filling, so I have made a large salad for lunch each day. I don’t usually enjoy salads because there are very few dressings I will eat, but I love a salad piled high with meat and vegetables. Yesterday, I added some grilled chicken leftover from dinner last week. This was delicious without any dressing.
The day before, I topped my salad with leftover taco meat from dinner last week. I used a head of romaine hearts, tomatoes from my garden, about a quarter cup each of corn (leftover) and black beans (another leftover), and one ounce of pepper jack cheese (yes, I measured it on my digital kitchen scale).
I was out of leftover meat today, so I added extra black beans and corn. I planted an heirloom tomato plant this year, and it has large yellow tomatoes that have a wonderful flavor. I topped my salad today with one of those tomatoes that my daughter picked fresh from the vine. It was fabulous.
What are your favorite lunch options? If you eat salads, what are your favorite toppings?
I’m overwhelmed by the positive responses from my post yesterday. Thank you for all the advice and support! It’s wonderful to know I’m not alone in this struggle. I’m thankful for those of you who have said you will work on losing weight with me.
I wrote that my goal was to lose five pounds in August, but I started eating less and moving more yesterday. With your support, I was able to keep my calories under 1800 and meet my step goal of 10,000 steps. I got up at 5:15 this morning and worked out on the elliptical and started four 30 Day challenges (push-ups, planks, leg raises, and crunches). I wore my Fitbit on the elliptical, so I’ve already met my step goal for today. Woohoo!
I made more zucchini bread this afternoon, and it was difficult for me not to eat some bread fresh from the oven, but I wanted to make sure I have enough calories after I eat dinner. Speaking of dinner, I have been working on my meal plan for August to make sure I’m prepared for dinner each evening because eating out is not only high in calories but terribly expensive for our family of six. I will share my meal plan once I have it ready, but I want to encourage you to plan ahead too.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9 NIV