Monday, April 2, 2012

Changes and personal stuff

Hey all-
I haven't updated in a while and that's for a variety of reasons.

I'm still hanging right around 195, and even though I have another 40 pounds or so that I want to lose, I have a lot of other things on my mind right now, so losing weight has taken a bit of a back seat. The important thing is that I'm maintaining, I'm still eating healthy, and I'm still making time to work out, albeit not as much as I would like to.

The main reason for this change is that in about a month, I'll be finishing grad school in Maryland, and moving to Brooklyn. I'm both absolutely terrified and absolutely excited.This is going to be a HUGE change for me, and one I think will be beneficial for so many reasons. My dad grew up in Queens, my brother was born in Queens, and my grandfather has lived in Manhattan for a very long time. My heart has always been in New York, and I know this is something I need to do. I also need to be around people I care about and who care about me. The hardest thing I've encountered while living in the DC area is a lack of a support system. I've made a lot of acquaintances here, but not many genuine friends-and I've realized that's just the way this area is...most people are only here for a temporary time, and aren't interested in making deep, long-lasting connections to people. And that's fine, it's just not for me. I'm moving in with one of my closest friends when I move to New York, and I couldn't be happier.

So these are the changes that are happening. Once I've settled down in New York, I expect my weight loss journey to continue. My future roommate and I are going to be doing P90X together; I'm going to continue running; and I'll be cooking for my roommates and myself. I'm really really excited about all these changes that are happening, and I'll be sure to keep you all updated.

Thanks again for reading!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day 360

We're coming in on the one year mark this weekend! Let's see how we're doing:

Weigh-in: 196.9
BMI: 29.9
Weight loss this week: 6.1 lbs.
Weight lost since starting this blog: 52.1 lbs.
Total weight loss: 68.1

I always love that jumpstart week after not working out for a while. Ran 3 miles this morning. Hopefully visiting New Mexico this week won't have too much of an impact on everything-I think as long as I make sure to work out while I'm there, and to enjoy IN MODERATION, I will be ok.

I've posted a couple more videos on my YouTube channel, feel free to check them out here. I feel like a lot of them time I end up talking about nothing, so if you guys have any suggestions for topics or ideas for new workouts that I can try or whatever, I'd love to hear them.

Also, my friend Miles is currently doing P90X, and posting his progress on his YouTube channel, which you can check out here.

I think that's about it for now. Keep on keeping on.


Edit: Here's a graph of my weight the past year:
And my pics this week:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day 353


We're almost at a year.

I know I haven't updated in a while, and will do a more thorough explanation soon. BUT here is a video for you all explaining where I'm at, and I'll be updating this again!!!



Saturday, July 2, 2011

Day 141: Weigh-In

Weigh-in: 210.1
BMI: 31.84
Weight lost this week: 0.7 lbs
Weight lost since starting this blog: 38.9 lbs.
Weight lost since my highest point: 49.9 lbs.

Still hovering just shy of that 50 lbs. lost mark. I had a bit of a break through on Thursday night, though, having to do with my motivation, and I think I've finally regained the push that I had at the beginning of this.

And with that said, I'm going on a 12 mile bike ride now. :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 134: Weigh-In

Weigh-in: 210.8
BMI: 31.94
Weight loss this week: 0.4 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 38.2 lbs.
Weight loss since my highest point: 49.2 lbs.

Didn't make it to the 50 pound mark this week, but I'm hoping it will come next week. I haven't had a lot of food at home since moving, so I've been eating out a lot which is why my weight has kind of stalled. I bought a lot of groceries late this week, so I'm hoping that will help out again.
I've also been really unmotivated lately. I have a hard time, especially after getting home from work, motivating myself to work out. I think there's a few reasons for this.
1) When I get home from work, I'm exhausted, and really just want to relax.
2) I really don't like running in Charlottesville because all the other people I see running here are super fit and I feel really really uncomfortable around them.
3) I really feel I'm just burnt out on losing weight right now.

I'm not saying I'm giving up.  I'm just struggling to find intrinsic motivation right now.

Do you all have any tips for pushing through?


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 127: Weigh-in

Weigh-in: 211.2 lbs.
BMI: 32.01
Weight loss for the week: 2.0 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 37.8 lbs.
Weight loss since my highest point: 48.8 lbs.

Sweet! Lost another 2 pounds this week...which is surprising because I'm still being rather lazy as far as exercising and counting calories, but I think I'm still eating less than I used to overall, which is why I'm still losing.

I am also really excited about the fact I now fit into size 14 jeans!! I was at a 22 when I started this journey and to be down 4 sizes is awesome! I haven't fit in a size 14 since high school!!!!!

I'm also only 1.2 lbs away from 50 lbs. lost! I'm hoping this will serve as motivation to get back on track with things.

I also haven't taken pics lately, but here's a collage I made 3 weeks ago:
I think that's all for now.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 120: Weigh-in

Weigh-in: 213.2 lbs.
BMI: 32.31
Weight loss for 2 weeks: 2 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 35.8 lbs.
Weight loss since my highest point: 46.8 lbs.

First, let me say, sorry there was no weigh-in last week. I've been moving over the past two weeks, plus I started my first full time job, and it's hard to find time for everything. Though I have lost 2 lbs. over the past two weeks, I know I haven't been staying on track very well-I haven't had a lot of time to exercise, I've been eating out a lot, drinking a lot of alcohol, and not monitoring my calories. I think the main saving grace has been that I've been burning calories while moving.

Really quick, personal story (skip over if you'd like): However, I had a reminder this week about how far I still have to go. One of the many many many reasons I decided to finally start this journey was because I was sick of attracting the same type of guy-the chubby chasers-who deemed me good enough to mess around with, but never to date. It was infuriating, and I was just done with it. During this journey, I've been gaining a lot more self confidence, but still was very unsure about dating anyone until I'm comfortable with myself. This week I went on my first date since starting this journey with a guy who was very very cute-I had no idea why he was interested, but being slightly more confident about myself, I was hoping it wasn't the same schtick. Over the course of the date, this topic came up and the words out of his mouth were, "I just have a thing for curvy girls." *boom* End of conversation. Now, I know everyone is attracted to different body types, personality characteristics, etc. but in my experience, when a guy leads with, "I have a thing for curvy girls," it tends to end disastrously. And frankly, it's the same thing I've always been sick of-being defined by my size rather than who I am. On the bright side, this was a nice reminder of why I've chosen to be single, and part of why I'm on this journey. (end personal story)

In other news, I ran my first 5K last Saturday!!!! My main goal was to finish in under an hour, and I suspected my time was around 45 minutes-and my final time was 44:03! I know it's not the fastest, but considering not long ago the thought of running at all made me cower in fear, I'm really proud of how far I've come.

I think that's all for now. The past 2 days I've been good about counting calories again, and I need to set up a time to exercise in my schedule: getting those back on track are my main goals for this week.