I was pleasantly surprised when, at a doctor's office yesterday (my friend was the one seeing the doctor) I weighed on their digital scale, and it read 2 lbs. less than my scale at home, and I had weighed at home yesterday morning. I will definitely be buying a new scale as soon as I can.
I decided to make yesterday my Cheat Day instead of Monday, since I was taking my friend to the doctor in another town and knew we'd be eating out for breakfast and lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and since it looks like AF is on the way, it gave me that little 'break' that I needed.
It's possible doing the Cheat Day yesterday will affect my overall weight loss this week, but I'm okay with that. I'm hoping to do well enough today and tomorrow to make up for it. Tomorrow will be harder, since we usually go out to eat with a friend after church, but hopefully I'll do okay. Weigh-in day is Monday. AF should be arriving tomorrow, so I don't expect to show much of a loss for this week, if any.
Well the week that AF began, I was right - didn't lose any weight. But this past week, I saw the Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred workout DVD in Walmart and that it was only $9, so I thought I'd give it a try. I watched it first, and there were 3 levels, Level 1 being for beginners. I watched that one while doing dishes and thought, "Oh that looks pretty easy - I bet I'll be able to start at Level 2. After all, I've been doing a 45-minute workout with weights for a few weeks now. Oh how wrong I was. I went ahead and started with Level 1 anyway, and maybe it's because I started with the 5-lb. weights I was already using, but it was not easy. When I actually did the exercises, it was harder than it looked, especially some of the strength circuits.
I was pretty sore the first few days, but I hung in there, and apparently it was worth it, because....
Drum roll please......
. I lost 4 lbs. this past week!
Thing is, I was taking a break this past week from being so strict with my diet because we had a week off from the Biggest Loser Challenge here on preg.org. In fact, the day before I weighed in, I had 2 donuts that were 350 cals each and later in the day a vanilla milkshake that had to be at least 800 cals!!! So I really wasn't expecting to see a loss. What a nice surprise! Makes me wonder what kind of loss I would have had if I hadn't had the donuts and milkshake! I am excited to see what I will lose this week as I return to a better diet!
I'm afraid to get my hopes up, though. It is also very possible that I had gained some water weight due to AF and that's what I was mostly losing. Still, 4 lbs. in one week is pretty good, even if it was mostly water weight.
I've now lost a total of 10 lbs. since starting the BLC. I had already lost some when I started this fitness journal. The actual weight was wrong, though, because come to find out, my home scale shows 2 lbs. higher than a good digital scale at the doctor's office. So right now I'm down to 169 (home scale shows 171). That's the first time in a reeeeally long time that I've been below 170! Only a little over 20 lbs. to go. I think this is doable!
The Jillian workout hasn't gotten a whole lot easier yet, but I'm noticing little improvements. Oh, and I've been trying to do it 6 days per week, but this past week I only managed 5. I think in about one more week I'll be ready to move to Level 2.
Something I find interesting about her workout is that it's only 20 minutes long, and yet it's much more intense and more of a workout than the 45-min one I was doing before. Go figure. Less time, better results. Perfect for this girl, who, despite being a SAHM, stays pretty busy with housework, errands, and a demanding, high-energy 3-yr. old.
Well I think I got a little too confident last week after the 4-lb. weight loss. I didn't try to keep my carbs lower, and I didn't keep track of even an estimate of total calories. So this week I paid for it dearly by gaining 3 lbs. back. *Sigh* Two steps forward, one step back.
This week, I'm going to try a 1200 calorie diet from the Woman's World magazine that is high in fiber and water content to try and make up for it. With this diet, you also drink 16 oz. of chilled water 30 min before eating each main meal, and you are allowed to have two snacks per day as well (from a list). I looked over the menu plan, and the carbs that are included are all healthy carbs, and it doesn't appear to be "high" carb, so I'm going to give it a try. Last time I tried a 1200 calorie diet, I was hungry all the time, but this one promises to make you feel full with the water and fiber content.
I also want to do this so I won't have to worry about counting calories - all I have to do is follow the diet. The one exception will be that on Sunday I will probably do a Cheat Day. And of course I will be doing my usual exercise - mostly the Jillian workout, with added brisk walks/jogs or other exercise. I am also hoping to develop a menu plan that I can stick to every week and not vary from it much at all (except on Cheat Days). The dinners on this diet look like something I could easily cook for my DH and DD as well, I'll just fix a little extra for them.
This morning's Breakfast:
Smoothie made with 1 cup frozen fruit and 1 cup lite yogurt
1/2 whole wheat hamburger bun with 1 tsp. peanut butter
For the smoothie I used two of the 4 oz. Dannon chocolate raspberry parfaits I had on hand (100 cals each), and 1 cup of frozen mixed berries. I think they wanted you to use fruit with a higher water content, though, because I had to add water in order to be able to blend it. The diet plan has 3 selections to choose from for each meal. The one I chose for breakfast this morning called for "whole wheat toast" along with the smoothie and I decided to use one half of a whole wheat hamburger bun instead of a slice of ww bread, because 1 tsp. of peanut butter isn't very much, and it spreads better on half a bun. It was pretty tasty (I checked the calories and it was the same, if not less, than a slice of bread).
How I felt after eating it: It was pretty filling. The smoothie was very thick and tasted pretty good. I think I will experiment with using other type fruits with it, such as frozen peaches. I actually drank a little more than 16 oz. of water beforehand (two 12 oz. glasses, so 24 oz.). I also drank another 12 oz. glass afterward. The plan says you can drink as much additional water as you want. I've been drinking 10 cups per day (sometimes more, especially with the warmer weather here in FL), so the water part is nothing new for me. It's not that hard - for some reason I have a healthy thirst that makes it easier for me to drink all that water. Maybe it's because I haven't been getting enough water-rich foods in my diet. Who knows.
The plan says you can lose up to 10.5 lbs. in one week. That's "up to" of course - that is probably the one person in the trial that was the "exception to the rule." I'd be happy with just 5 lbs. It would certainly make up for the 3 lb. gain and then some. With the exercise I'll be doing, I'm a little skeptical that I'll be able to get away with only 1200 cals, but we shall see. I may have to add a couple hundred cals on some days.
I keep forgetting to post over here when I come on the computer! Ugggh. I always seem to think about it afterward Anywhoooo....
The new diet has worked great! I added a little to the diet to make my calories about 1300-1400 and lost 6 lbs. last week! On my weigh-in day, Sunday morning, I was 166. It's been a long time since I've seen that number
Unfortunately, I gained 3 lbs. back that same day! Sundays are my Cheat Days and I obviously overdid it! So Monday I made sure to stick right at 1200 cals, and Tues I lost 2 lbs. of it back. Then Tues (yesterday) I 'thought' I had done okay, but this morning showed a 1 lb. gain again! Grrrrr. So today I've tried to stick as close to 1200 cals as possible again, AND, I plan to get in the Jillian 30-day shred workout today (didn't yesterday).
I never thought I'd be able to stick to a lower calorie diet, but the water you drink beforehand plus the fact that the diet is water-rich and has good fiber makes it pretty filling. I do usually get hungry about every 2-3 hours, but once I eat, I'm fine most of the time.
Well another week has passed, and I never lost that 2 lbs. back again, but this was the week AF was due (she's due today, actually), so it doesn't surprise me. There's the water weight, but also I am always more hungry the week of AF, and then there are the cravings...
Hopefully this coming week I'll do better.
By the way, for those who 'might' be following this journal, I no longer have my weight ticker in my siggy. I had to make room for a pic of my DD, so I put my weight ticker at the beginning of this thread.