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Small victories

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So, would you look at that, I am posting not once, but TWICE in a single week. How about that?

I’ve failed to sufficiently post updates on the weight loss journey I’ve embarked on in recent months.

Today I hit a goal, so I figured why not write about that, too.

To be honest, I really didn’t do so great at the big Pound Plunge challenge back Jan.-April. I had a pretty good start and lost about 7 pound-ish but then got off track in the midst of my freelance piece month and random illness (allergies, a gross cold).

So that sucked.

But beyond that, I’ve still been trying to use My Fitness Pal as a means to count calories and store exercises. I know it’s not 100 percent accurate but it is good for getting a grip on what I’m eating, what kinds of nutrients I’m taking in, etc. And more often than not, I’ve been in the gym, too.

Last month, I did my first 5k since my terrible, awful, no-good Turkey Trot (embarrassing: I was beat by my parents … who are in their 50s … who were walking. I blame the extreme cold.).

It was called the Cupcake 5k and it was fantastic. There was a cupcake at every mile from a local bakery called Delish. If you are feeling judgment well up in you at this point, calm down a little bit — I made a point to only indulge in one, and run as much as I could.

I did a whole five minutes faster than Thanksgiving (woot!), despite some nagging foot pain.

Anyway — that milestone I mentioned earlier?

Today I stepped on my scale to see a number that indicated I’d lost just a smidge over 21 pounds since I started trying to lose¬†weight last summer.

It feels great to reach that mark, but it’s humbling to know that I have a long, long way to go to reach my goal weight. It is so easy to put on weight, and so hard to take it off (and keep it off, for that matter).

Anyway. Here are pictures from this year alone — this photo represents about 15 pounds from left to right. The right one is a teensy bit more zoomed out. I can see the loss more in my face than anywhere else, and maybe my legs? I dunno. It’s funny how I didn’t intentionally try to recreate the pose today, on the left. It just happened that way.

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Left: Jan. 2014. Right: June 2014.

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Written by Jessica

June 18, 2014 at 1:15 am

Slow and steady. With an emphasis on slow.

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Yesterday marked week six of this 12-week weight loss thing that me and a handful of friends and coworkers are taking part in this year through the local hospital.

I mentioned it in my last blog, and apparently I’ve been a real slacker about posting.

Well, here’s a progress report of sorts: I’ve lost 5.6 pounds, just a smidge under a pound a week.

Last week was kind of celebratory because it actually marked 10 pounds down from where I started trying to lose weight last year after my friend Mallory got married. It only took me over half a year but I’m totally claiming that number. Five more pounds down and I am getting a pedicure. That is what I’m bribing myself with, anyway.

The last six weeks have been really good as far as finding new rhythms of living and being more mindful of what I’m putting into my body/how I’m expending that energy.

I’ve been doing a few things different than usual: working more veggies and fruit into my diet, cutting down pop/drinking more water (still a weakness but I’m doing much better at this), trying to pack my lunch more often.

I give myself the weekends off and allow a little cheating here and there, with the understanding that I have to get back on the bandwagon again Monday.

I’ve also been hitting the gym so much that recently I was recognized by a fellow gym-goer at a gas station.

My friend pestered me to get the My Fitness Pal app, and then further pestered me to fill out my diary each day. When you’re tracking portions and seeing the calorie numbers in front of you, it’s pretty eye opening.

Making these changes has given me a lot of food for thought.

I remember sitting in a college lecture hall in college for a wellness class, and listening to the instructor talk about calories in and calories out being the basis of weight loss and maintenance, and I didn’t believe that it was as simple as that (*though I realize it’s not as simple as that for everyone, particularly people with health conditions/medications that make it hard to lose weight).

My experience so far is validating that, and it’s something that for some reason I didn’t expect to experience (or work).

It’s kind of frustrating that it took so long to get that through my head. And a little frustrating to see how big of a deal nutrition is early on in life, down the road.

I didn’t really grow up in a home where nutrition/exercise were emphasized as important. They mean the world to me, but to be honest: my parents are borderline vegetable-phobes. I’m thankful that I have more varied tastes than them (personally, I LOVE veggies), but I can’t help but think of how different I would be as a person if I was in any other environment/family growing up.

The contest is half over, but I’m planning on continuing on with what I’ve been doing…just got to keep on the bandwagon.

Written by Jessica

February 19, 2014 at 4:40 am