Monday, October 12, 2009

Weekly Weigh In - Week 3 (ish, I'm switching days)

A few things first.

1. Liz, get a blog. You always comment and I always want to comment back or something on a blog. Just do it. Because I said so. Or I'll start telling everyone about Dolly and Barbie Parton. Although, that could be embarrassing for me as well...

2. To everyone who is offended that I'm no longer your friend on facebook: It's not you. It's me. :) I got off of facebook a few weeks ago. Jason and I had been talking about it for a while, and then I read some articles in the Ensign that just made me realize that, FOR ME (not everyone), I needed to quit wasting my time on the internet. I needed to set limits for myself. And the best way for me to do that was to get off facebook. I spend way too much time as it is reading blogs and shopping online and doing internet banking. I just didn't need another reason to sit in front of my computer.

3. Thank you to everyone who commented on that last post! You're all so awesome. I tell Jason all the time, I really am so blessed with great friends. GREAT friends. Some of you are old friends from high school. We may not even have hung out much in high school, but through this weird and crazy blogging world, I feel like you're some of my best friends. Some of you are family. (Liz, seriously, get a blog). A few of you I haven't even met in person. Just through blogging. But I still feel like you're just as close as any friend of met in person. Some of you have know me since 6th grade. (Hey Jobes!) Or for forever! (Holla to Tiffany and Kimber!) (Yeah. I just said "holla". I'm seriously that awesome). But no matter who you are or how I know you, I love you all! And I really appreciate all the advice and support you give me. Losing weight is hard for me. I don't know how long it's going to take me. And I worry all the time that I'm going to give up again, even though I really, really, really want this. So your support means a whole lot! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

That said, I don't know why but I like having my weigh in day fall on Monday. I like it to be the beginning of a new week. And it will correspond with my new workout program. So I switched it. So this is technically Week 2 1/2, but I'm calling it week 3. Or it could be 1, because it's week 1 of my new "training program". Whatever.

Anyway, I did pretty darn good again this week. I like being home and sticking with my routine. It keeps things simple and simple is easy. I cooked delicious but healthy meals this week. And when I didn't have time to cook I had leftovers instead of fast food. And I treated myself twice. :) One night the kids and I made chocolate covered strawberries. Yum! But I only made 6. We each had two. If I had made more I would have eaten more. And then last night I made cookies for our primary teacher development meeting. I told myself I'd only eat two. But then I ate another 1 or 2 in cookie dough. :) It was delicious. (I used so much self control after that! I kept about half a dozen cookies for Jason and the kids and took the cookies left from the meeting to the Bishop.) But I can't let myself feel guilty for doing it once in a while. Because if I don't let myself slip up sometimes that would mean I'm on a diet. And this isn't a diet. This is me changing my habits and lifestyle. (Cliche, I know. But true!)

So I started out on Wednesday, September 23rd at 182 pounds. BMI was 29.4. As of this morning I'm at 172 pounds and BMI 27.8!! Yay!! I've lost 3 1/2 pounds this week and TEN overall!! Exciting number!! And in just 19 days!!

Aside from numbers, I'm starting to get back into the groove of waking up bright and early. It's HARD. But it works for me. It feels good to be up and productive so early in the morning. And I'm doing good with the rest of my goals. Water seems to be such a simple and awesome help for me! I have a water bottle that holds 32 ounces. I sip it throughout the day, during and between meals, and end up refilling it three times. I pee like a racehorse, but it helps keep me full and keeps me from snacking. And on the couple of days where I haven't had enough water to drink I get headaches. I'm getting in my calories and workouts, and although I ate leftovers one too many times last week, I'm planning to try a new recipe this week that I'm excited about. Moroccan Lentil Soup. In a crockpot. So it's simple and not too messy or time consuming. Plus it sounded delicious. And healthy. :) As for getting 8 hours of sleep, well, I really do need to work on that one. But sometimes it's out of my control. Kids wake up in the middle of the night on occasion. Or I just have to get something done that the kids didn't let me do during the day. Or, like last night, Jason was home and we went to bed at 9 but stayed up talking until after 10:30. I have, however, learned to stop drinking water around 6 so that I don't wake up at night to pee. :) But I'm working on the sleep thing. Although I think what's most important is that I'm' getting up at the same time each morning consistently. My sleep pattern was so off before the last few weeks and it feels good to have a more solid routine.

I'm adding a new goal to the mix this week. I'm starting a 12 week workout program. It's Lindsay Brin's Bootcamp 12 week program. A friend of mine used her program, along with running to lose her weight and get super fit (and keep it all off!) and I'm really excited about her workouts. Lindsay seems to really care about the results of the women who use her dvds. They're tough, but doable and I don't have to workout for 3 hours a day to feel like I got a great workout, which is so important for busy moms. :)

So I plan to follow Lindsay's program, working out three times a week for the full 12 weeks, and run at least 5 times a week. Although right now I only have my elliptical machine. So I'll do that until I get a treadmill. (Hopefully this week! But we'll see.)

Another question for you all: I have the money now to buy an inexpensive treadmill. You know, the cheap ones at walmart or wherever that don't have all the cool gadgets and are really noisy. So I could go get one this week and use it through the winter and then run outside when summer rolls around. Or I could stick with my elliptical until January when Jason gets a huge bonus and I could go buy a big fancy treadmill with the built in fans and programs and ipod docks and everything. Which would also be a MUCH higher quality treadmill. :) I'm anxious to start running now. I took your suggestions and looked at that Cool Runnings website. Their Couch to 5K program seemed like just the right thing for me. I can push myself without overdoing it and being able to run a 5K in just 9 weeks would be a GIANT accomplishment for me! So do I wait and go for high quality? Or start now before I lose my motivation (which hopefully wouldn't actually happen) and get something less expensive? Or maybe I should just grab the low quality one now, use it until January, and sell it for a portion of my money back on ksl or something?? I'm kind of liking that idea! :)

11 comments:

Tiffany said...

i would wait and buy the better treadmill. it may be more worth your money and last longer (let's hope). if you want to do elliptical, i'd just suggest doing some of the interval training i talked to you about on that... go 2 minutes at a "jog", 1 minute at a "run" and 30 seconds on a "sprint" over and over again... preferably 10 times in a row... i think you'll like that... burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. good luck!

The Lewis Family said...

NOise reduction is key, you don't want the excuse that you might wake the babies so can't work out ( which is such an easy excuse to use :D ), so I would wait :)
~C

Nicole said...

Wow I am amazed at your dedication! You are such an good example of a great woman!!

Josh and Tiff said...

Seriously, you're inspiring me! I was sitting here at work, reading your blog, while eating an Oreo. Haha... So then I stopped eating it and I went and filled up my water bottle :) You are so amazing! I can't believe all that you do, with kids, and you still manage to get it all done. Nice work! As for my opinion on the treadmill, I'm a very frugal person, so for me, the Wal-mart version would suffice. Especially since you could use it right away... but that's just what I would do. Anyways, I usually don't comment, but once you gave me a shout out, I had to say something :) But I do read your updates... keep it up girl! You're doing awesome!

Jane said...

I wish I could give you a medal for top motivator. You should start a business speaking. :) You are helping me to stay motivated too. Thank you so much for being your amazing self!

Lali Johnson said...

Honestly, to avoid losing the motivation, I would buy a WalMart treadmill now, an expensive one in january and give your walmart one to me! Haha!
No for reals, buy it now, sell it on KSL, and then buy a better quality one.
Who knows, you could end up liking the WalMart one so much that you keep it and then you just did some great bargain shopping :)

The Larson Family said...

Way to go! You really have taken the weight off so fast! If I were you I would wait and get a good treadmill. Ellipticals are great training for running anyway. Just kick that up a notch and really push yourself then you can go crazy on your fancy new treadmill in January. Plus, there are a ton of great treadmill sales in stores and on craigslist at the beginning of every year because of everyone making their resolutions.

Kathlen said...

I have learned that it is better wait and get something good, then buy cheap. I say wait, the elliptical will do the trick until January. Just my opinion.

Tabitha said...

Wow girl.. you are busy. Congrats on the weight loss. I'd offer my two cents, except right now.. I really don't have any...that would require brain power and I've been pregnant brain big time. Good luck!

Denise said...

Every time I go for the cheap product over the one I really want, I regret it. Either it breaks quickly, or doesn't work well, or I just really keep wanting the better one until I finally buy it, and then I've spent money I didn't need to on the cheap one. So I personally would wait. However, I hate running with every fiber of my being, so take that with a massive grain of salt.

Jason & Kelli West said...

McKenna, I am with all the others in saying that you are ahuge inspiration. I have now worked out everyday last week, and three days the week before. And I plan on doing everyday this week (except sunday of course)! I try and drink more, and not eat after 8! thanks so much for your updates! 10 lbs in 19 days is AMAZING!! usually one could expect that in a month and a week! Keep it up you are doing great! as for the treadmill wait until January. it's not that far off! :) and I'm sure the nicer one would last longer! Question, are you still not eating meat? random I know, i was just curioius. love ya girl, and keep inspiring me! :D