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?

-K

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.

-K

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.

-K

Monday, May 30, 2011

Day 108-Weigh-in

Weigh-in: 215.2 lbs.
BMI: 32.61
Weight loss this week: 2.8 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 33.8 lbs.
Weight loss since my highest point: 44.8 lbs.



Well the great thing about moving is you burn a lot of calories doing it!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Day 100-Weigh-in

I'm a day late on the weigh-in because I've been moving, but I still got it in this weekend! It's hard to believe I've been at this for 100 days! Without any further ado:


Weigh-in: 218.0 lbs.
BMI: 33.1
Weight loss this week: 1.3 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 31 lbs.
Weight loss since my highest point: 42 lbs.


I'm determined to be in one-derland by the end of the summer. I've been slacking on tracking my calories and exercising, and my goal for the week is to track everything to a tee again. I'm thinking I'm going to try and do daily posts again with calorie counts to get myself back on track. I'm only going to make an effort to eat at home as much as possible-I've been dining out a lot, and spending too much money and eating too many unhealthy things in doing so.



Also, a few weeks back, I did an interview with Fox 5 News here in DC about Nexercise. The spot finally aired, and you watch it here.


Last but not least, a fun little graph showing my weight the past 100 days.







Lunch:
3 oz. Ronzoni Smart Taste Rotini-255 calories
1 can tuna-100 calories
1 Tbsp. light mayo-60 calories
1 c. skim milk-90 calories


Snack
Clif Kids Smores Z-bar-130 calories


Dinner
4 oz. grilled chicken breast-120 calories
2 oz. Ronzoni Smart Taste Rotini-170 calories
1/2 oz. fat free feta-18 calories
1/4 c. Classico sauce-40 calories

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Day 95-Pics

So I haven't posted pics in a while so here you go!



I still have a long way to go...but I wanted to post the pic I took on week 1 next to week 13, mostly for myself :)


This is the first time in several weeks that I've compared the photos side by side and I'm just amazed at the difference!

I'm done being my cheerleader for now. :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Day 92-Weigh-in

Weigh-in: 219.3 lbs.
BMI: 33.3
Weight loss this week: -0.2 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 29.7 lbs.
Weight loss since my highest point: 40.7 lbs.



Slight gain this week, but honestly, I'm not surprised nor upset. For one, gaining 0.2 lbs. is basically like maintaining. Second, it was finals/final papers week, and I had time to exercise once the entire week, plus I didn't have much time to cook for myself. All things considered, I think I'm doing well. I have one take-home final left, and once I actually have time again, I'm sure I'll be able to get back on track.


I don't have a lot else to add right now. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day 85-Weigh-in

Weigh-in: 219.1 lbs.
BMI: 33.3
Weight loss this week: 1.8 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 29.9 lbs.
Weight loss since my highest point: 40.9 lbs.



I'm surprised I've even had a loss this week considering the little amount of exercise because of finals and the unhealthy eating/drinking because of my birthday, but, hey, I'll take it! Hoping I can get back into my old schedule after Wednesday when I'm pretty much done with school. I'll try to post pics sometime this week. Now I'm off to go work on a paper...



Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 81-Tuesday: Growing Pains

I really should be working on one of the two papers I have due next week, but I feel I need to get something off my chest that's been bothering me for a while, and after all, that's a big reason I started this blog. So here goes...

We all know I love watching The Biggest Loser. Do I necessarily with the idea of weight loss as competition? Not necessarily, but I find watching the show inspirational, and I like it. But that's not what I want to talk about. Last week, one of the contestants, Irene, who is currently in the lead on the show, sat down with Jillian and talked about self confidence. And it got me thinking about where my self confidence is. This thought process continued throughout the week and through this week's episode as well which was makeover week. Now here's where my thoughts come in.

I have never felt beautiful. I've always been overweight, out-of-shape, and though I know weight doesn't determine beauty, I don't *feel* beautiful. Let me make it clear, I'm not writing this to throw a pity party, nor am I fishing for compliments, I'm just telling how I feel.

I don't think I'm ugly, but I don't think I'm pretty either.

And the thing is, since my highest point, I've lost almost 40 pounds. I see my clothes getting bigger, I feel physically different when I'm active, but emotionally-I feel the same. I see that same girl when I look in the mirror. And I put forth almost no effort when it comes to make-up, hair, etc.

And my question is, why?

The main reason has been because I've felt there's no point-whether I put forth the effort or not, I didn't feel attractive. But I'm not sure if that's the case still. I know I'm getting thinner, healthier, and becoming the person I want to be...but there are still growing pains.

I don't have a solution right now, and I think it's good I'm working through these things, because I don't expect to feel different over night.

But maybe, just maybe, I'll wake up a little earlier tomorrow, do something with my hair, put in my contacts, and a bit of makeup. Not for anyone else, but for me.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day 78-Saturday

Weigh-in: 220.9 lbs.
BMI: 33.6
Weight loss this week: 2.9 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 28.1 lbs.
Weight loss since my highest point: 39.1 lbs.

I'm really surprised about the loss this week because I haven't had much time to work out given that the semester is coming to an end, and I've just been completely swamped. But I have made sure to watch my calorie intake, so that's probably why I still ended up with a loss.

I've been thinking about it, and I've decided that I'm only going to blog on weigh-in days, and days when I just have thoughts about this journey. Though I originally started the blog to keep track of calories to hold myself accountable, I'm still counting them even if I'm not blogging for the day (thank you Livestrong app!). I think now that I'm holding myself accountable rather than relying on others to hold me accountable, I'll be ok.

I'll post pics a little later, but I'm off to go volunteer for Maryland Day.

As Michael Scott would say, see you on the flippity flip.

-Katelyn

Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 70-Friday

Weigh-in: 223.8
BMI: 34.0
Weight loss this week: 2.2 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 25.2 lbs.
Total weight loss since my highest point: 36.2 lbs.

Woo! (more later)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 69-Thursday

OH THE DREADED CAKE!!!!! This is one of the reason I don't like having roommates. Two of my roommates are getting married, and the girl's bridal shower was this weekend, and, of course, the leftover cake is sitting on our counter. Anyone who reads this blog KNOWS my relationship with cake. Of course, tonight I gave in and had a small slice, and OF COURSE, got sick to my stomach from eating it. I can't wait to have my own place.

This is in addition to a rather tough workout this afternoon. I just wasn't into the groove of things, and I'm not sure why. I think part of it is that I'm dealing with a lot of emotional issues right now. Because I'm an open book, I'll just come out and say it-I'm really lonely. I currently live with two couples, and when I was dating someone, it wasn't so bad, but now...it just kind of sucks. I spend a majority of my time alone in my room because I just don't have anything else to do. I mean, I still hang out with friends, but now that it's THAT time of year (the one when it seems everyone starts pairing off), it's hard to find people to hang out with. So that's one reason I think I'm down. I'm working on trying to meet new people but it seems that it's so hard to make friends once you get past undergrad and get to grad school.

On a brighter note, I'm getting a lot of support from my BL11 twitter buddies, and it's been really helpful! I know we're all just watching a TV show together, but knowing people are rooting for me on my weight loss journey is so heartening-even if we don't know each other in the "real world."

I also won a $15 Amazon gift card from Nexercise. I know I sound like a broken record, but it really is an awesome app. Check it out.

Also, weigh-in will be posted TOMORROW as I'm going out of town this weekend!

Calorie counts (including the dreaded cake)

Breakfast
1 c. Multigrain Cheerios (110 calories)
1/2 c. Skim Milk (40 calories)

Morning Snack
Berries GoMega Bar (220 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Cheese Ravioli (220 calories)
Light and Fit Yogurt (80 calories)

Afternoon Snack
1 slice Healthnut bread (120 calories)
1 Tbsp. Trader Joe's White Bean and Basil Hummus (30 calories)

Dinner
1 1/3 c. Trader Joe's Seafood Blend (160 calories)
1 c. Veggie Stir Fry Mix (30 calories)
1 c. orange bell pepper (25 calories)
1/4 c. red onion (15 calories)
12 oz. Miller Light (96 calories)
1 slice chocolate cake (250 calories)
1 c. skim milk (80 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,488

Exercise: 25 minute circuits

Day 68-Wednesday

Two days after my boxing class and I am STILL sore. It's funny after the workout on Monday night, I swore up and down boxing wasn't for me...and right now it's all I can think about. I still don't have the means to join the boxing gym, but I've been incorporating shadow boxing into my circuits and am thinking about possibly working out with the boxing club on campus.

Still working my way through the new Jillian Michaels book. It's weird because it's a self-help book rather than a fitness book. There are definitely things in there I can apply to my life, because, let's face it, we all have our issues, but I can't help but think this book was targeted to where I was back in October after Pez and I...well, exploded, for lack of a better term...and I self medicated with food and alcohol. I look back now and realize how much I've grown in such a short amount of time, and I'm really proud of myself. I'm definitely going to finish reading the book, and I'll be passing it along to someone I think can really use it.

More circuits today at home! I need to run, but with finals coming up, my workout time has been severely limited. Hoping I can keep it up with everything.

Also, I'm sure you all know by now, I've been working out with the Nexercise app on my iPhone and earning free stuff. It's a GREAT app and I really suggest you download it if you have an iPhone. I actually won another free smoothie with my workout today!

And speaking of winning things, I ended up winning free salsa and a free box of Multigrain Cheerios during the Biggest Loser Twitter Party last night! SCORE! It's great having those little extra incentives to stay healthy!

On to calorie counts:

Breakfast
1 c. Multigrain Cheerios (110 calories)
1/2 c. Nature's Promise Skim Milk (40 calories)

Morning Snack
Pria Mint Chocolate Cookie Bar (110 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Thai-Style Noodles with Chicken (310 calories)
Light and Fit Yogurt (80 calories)

Dinner
2 tortillas (180 calories)
1/2 c. fat free shredded cheddar (90 calories)
Wholly Guacamole (100 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,020

Exercise: 30 minutes circuits

Day 67-Tuesday

The boxing class...OH MY GODS! IT WAS SO HARD!!!! I serious thought I was going to die by the end of the class. But I pushed through, really giving it my all, and forcing myself NOT to give up. I felt like leaving several times, but I kept telling myself I'm turning my "can'ts" into "cans," and guess what? I made it through the class! Sweat soaked, exhausted and hurting, but I DID IT! They tried to talk me into a membership there (only the first class is free), but 1) it's not something I can see myself doing on a regular basis and 2) I'm a poor grad student and can't afford an $80/month gym membership, especially when I have a free gym on campus. But I'm really proud of myself for pushing through it.

I worked out at home tonight while watching Biggest Loser. Did curls, deadlifts, air boxing, running, kettle bell, and squats. I'm hooked on circuits right now (thanks Jillian Michaels). I also picked up Jillian Michaels' new book and am working my way through.


That's all for now!





Breakfast
1 1/2 c. Multigrain Cheerios (165 calories)
1/2 c. Nature's Promise Organic Skim Milk (40 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Chicken Parmesan (300 calories)
Light N Fit Yogurt (80 calories)
Venti Iced Unsweetened Green Tea (0 calories)

Afternoon Snack
Pria Mint Chocolate Cookie Bar (110 calories)
1.5 oz. Nature's Promise Veggie Chips (195 calories)
Wholly Guacamole (100 calories)

Dinner
3.5 oz. Smart Taste Rotini (315 calories)
1/2 c. ToBe Healthy Garden Vegetable Sauce (30 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,335

Exercise:
45 minutes circuits (curls, deadlifts, air boxing, running, kettle bell, and squats)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day 66: The Jillian Michaels Facebook Challenge

Most people know I'm a fan of Jillian Michaels by now, and I follow her on Facebook. This week she offered the following challenge, and I've decided to accept it!

I'm start out with the fitness challenge TODAY by taking my first ever boxing class! The boxing gym near my work offers the first class for free, so I'm going to check it out tonight. I made my appointment during lunch today, and I'm really excited!

As far as eating out, this was actually my plan for the week anyway, but this gives me even more motivation to do it!

And finally motivation. This is actually going to be the hardest for me, since my mind hasn't exactly been in the best place the past few days. But I'm really going to work on not being self deprecating, and just giving it my all this week!

Breakfast
1 c. Multigrain Cheerios (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Thai-Style Noodles (310 calories)

Day 65

Breakfast
1 c. Multigrain Cheerios (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

Lunch
2 slices Healthnut bread (240 calories)
2 Tbsp. White Bean and Basil Hummus (60 calories)
2 slices ham (23 calories)
1/4 c. fat free cheddar cheese (45 calories)

Afternoon snack
1 c. Berry Blossoms cereal (133 calories)
1 1/2 c. skim milk (120 calories)
Grande Mocha Light Frappucino (140 calories)

Dinner
3 oz. Ronzoni Rotini (270 calories)
1/2 ToBe Healthy Garden Vegetable sauce (60 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,241

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day 64

Weigh-in: 226.0
BMI: 34.4
Weight-loss this week: 2.9 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 23.0 lbs.
Total weight loss since my highest point: 34.0 lbs.

And we're back! I ran a lot this week which I think really helped. As you all know, I haven't been keeping up with posting my calories, which is, after all, why I started this blog. I've been keeping track, but since I haven't posted in almost 2 weeks, I'm just going to start again keeping track on here again as well as through my livestrong app.

I've also signed up to RUN in my first 5K on June 4th. I'm running in the Washington, DC Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This cause is very dear to me as my aunt is a breast cancer survivor, and I can't think of a better cause to run for. I'm running with a team of other future librarians and archivists, so it should be good. If you would like, I do have a fundraising page you can check out, and donate if you can. You can go to http://globalrace.info-komen.org/site/TR/GlobalRaceForTheCure/GlobalRace?fr_id=2024&pg=pfind and look up "Katelyn Attanasio" and you'll be taken to my donation page. My goal is to raise $125 by race day. The last time I participated in Race for the Cure was in 2004, and was the last time I was anywhere close to my goal weight, and even then, I walked the 5K, and was far from in shape. I found a picture of it recently, and thought I'd share it here.



I've also been working out with this iPhone app called Nexercise. Basically you just have your phone on you while exercising, and you earn points for working out, which translates into healthy rewards such as coupons at healthy restaurants, coupons for exercise equipment, etc. While rewards are currently only for University of Maryland students, anyone can download the app and is entered into drawings for iTunes and Amazon gift cards, as well as a grand prize of an iPad 2! I actually met up with the CEO and one of the creators of the app, as they wanted to interview me for the local news as I'm their current best user! Let me tell you, it's more than a little intimidating to find out when I show up for the interview that I'm going to be interviewed WHILE working out, for all of the Washington, DC metro area to see-and then to find out the segment will air doing sweeps week. It was a lot of fun though, and I'm posting a pic of us before the interview below.

That's me on the elliptical (wearing jeans because they didn't tell me I was going to be working out), CEO Ben Young, and the girl from the news station (whose name is escaping me at the moment). When the segment airs, I'll be sure to post it here.

And now onto pics from this week:




Breakfast:
TLC Fruit and Nut Bar: 120 calories
Pria Mint Chocolate Cookie Bar: 110 calories

Morning Snack:
Veggie chips: 260 calories

Lunch:
Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde: 327 calories
1/2 c. refried beans: 140 calories

Afternoon Snack:
1 c. Be Well Berry Cereal: 110 calories
1/2 c. skim milk: 40 calories

Dinner:
Chicken fajita salad: 285 calories

Total calories for the day: 1,392

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 60-Who are you fighting?

I promise I'm going to post calorie counts soon-I've been keeping up with them, and will type them up soon. But I wanted to take a moment to write about something that I've been thinking about this week. Obviously I didn't do too well last week, and decided to evaluate why I'm doing this, why I want to lose weight, in order to motivate myself to keep at it.

Most of you should know by now that I'm addicted to watching The Biggest Loser. Though the show isn't realistic (hell, what reality TV show IS realistic?) but it brings up some good points. The two new trainers this season focus a lot on boxing, and in one episode, they ask the contestant Deni who she is fighting, to which she replies, "Dummy Deni," a cruel nickname she had growing up. This really resonated with me this week, especially when running. Now, anyone who knows me can tell you for the longest time, I hated running, and frankly, I don't look like a runner. In the decision to take control of my weight, I decided I wanted to run a 5K, and started the C25K training program. There are days when I'm on the treadmill and I want to stop running. Then I remember Deni, fighting "Dummy Deni" and I remember who I'm fighting. I'm fighting "Katelyn Fat-tanasio" from kindergarten; I'm fighting the girl who got chased around the playground in 5th grade by a group of boys who had decided I was fat because I was full of air and they needed to "pop" me; I'm fighting the girl who was told "Go home, Hefer!" when out with my friends in Colorado; I'm fighting the girl who was called a whale when walking down the street in Albuquerque; I'm fighting "Fat Kat," a lovely (and let me tell you, SO CREATIVE) nickname given to me by my ex's girlfriend several months back. I'm fighting FOR me. I'm fighting against everyone who put me down, who told me I couldn't do it-INCLUDING myself. So I pop my headphones in, crank up the metal music, and imagine them-and the more I do, the harder I run. Thinking about these things this week has really helped me get past the funk, and make me want to work harder, and continue to fight for who I am and who I want to be, because I have the ability to do it.

That's my thoughts for now. Maybe I'll post some days calorie counts during class today.

Oh, and as a note for those of you in the DC area, I'm going to be interviewed by Fox 5 tomorrow for being one of the more active users of Nexercise. I'll post more details on Facebook or Twitter so you can check me out!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 57

Weigh-in: 228.9
BMI: 34.8
Weight loss this week: -0.9 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 20.1 lbs.
Total weight loss since my highest point: 31.1 lbs.



It's been a tough week, and I can't say I'm surprised to see I gained weight this week. The unhealthy eating habits from last weekend's wedding carried through the week, plus I didn't get to work out nearly as much as I should have. I made a lot of excuses this week, and I'm just feeling "off." The best I can do is work to get myself back on track, and to remind myself why I'm doing this. Today I'm going to sit down and write out the reasons why I want to do this, and I'm hoping it will motivate me to get back on the wagon.


-K


(P.S. I'll post calorie counts for the week a little later)





Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 53

Weigh-in: 228.0
BMI: 34.7
Weight loss this week: 2.3 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 21.0 lbs.
Total weight loss since my highest point: 32.0 lbs.

WOW! Even after a not-so-good weekend, I'm really happy to see I lost weight this week! I think by upping the amount of cardio I've been doing, coupled with giving up soda has really helped me.

Getting below 230 is a big deal for me. The last time I was below 230 was my freshman year of college. When I began college, I weighed 180, and by the end of my first year, I was 230. There were a lot of reasons for this gain, but the primary ones were that I started drinking alcohol, I was eating at the school cafeteria, I was eating out a lot, and I wasn't exercising. All this coupled with the fact that I was dealing with the loss of my father is what really put on the weight. I subsequently gained another 30 lbs. over the course of the next 3 years of bad relationships, lack of physical activity, and other not so fantastic times.

I know I keep saying this over and over, but it's a theme that keeps arising in blogs I'm reading, podcasts I've listened to, and just in general. You have to find the motivation to do this within. If *YOU* are not ready to take control of the situation and lose weight, you won't-or you will, and you won't keep it off. People keep asking me what my secret is, and there really isn't one. Everyone knows they need to count calories and exercise-EVERYONE. But you have to be willing to do it. There is no overnight cure, no magic pill, no one person who can make you do the things you have to do. The motivation has to come from within. Yes, you can have people inspire you-I know I look to a lot of people for inspiration on this journey: my cousin Krista, my friend Rachel, watching The Biggest Loser, reading blogs of people on similar journeys, talking with people on Twitter about our journeys, just to name a few; and I know several people have told me I'm inspiring them as well: Lindsey, Sarah, JP, and Liz have all started blogging about their fitness journeys since I've started mine, my mom has started counting her calories and exercising. Inspiration is great-it's that extra push you have when things get hard. But by the same token, no one can motivate you to DO anything. YOU have to be willing to do it. You will have support along the way, but inevitably it comes down to you. This is something I've figured out this time around. Rather than some fad diet to lose a bunch of weight to get a guy, get attention, etc. this is something I'm doing because *I* want to do it for ME. I want to be healthy, and I want to live the best life I can. And while I do look for inspiration, I am ultimately the only one who can motivate myself to keep this up.

Anyway, that's my two cents. Pics from this week.



Day 52

Breakfast
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. Trader Joe's Lowfat Granola (35 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Chicken Parmesan (310 calories)
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Dinner
Pasta with Prosciutto and Spinach (438 calories)
1 c. Organic Skim Milk (90 calories)

Evening Snack
3 oz. baby carrots (35 calories)
2 Tbsp. White Bean and Basil Hummus (60 calories)

Midnight Snack
1 c. Be Well Berry Cereal (110 calories)
1/2 c. Organic Skim Milk (45 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,314

Exercise
50 minutes walking, 4.0 MPH (-435 calories)
10 minutes running, 5.0 MPH (-184 calories)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 51

Breakfast
Scrambled Eggs with Cheese (373 calories)
Red potatoes (100 calories)

Lunch
Northstar Sweet Potato and Turkey Hash with 2 Eggs (568 calories)

Afternoon Snack
Jeni's Ice Cream-2 half scoops (300 calories)

Dinner
Chili's Chicken Fajitas (330 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,671

Exercise:
Walking, 2.5 MPH, 2 Hours, 5 miles (-627 calories)

Day 50

Alright everyone, I'm writing this several days after the fact, but I'm letting you know I did NOT count calories for this day, and frankly lost track of what I ate. This was the day of my friend's wedding and I decided to take a day off for calories. I did complete Week 2 Day 3 of C25K, and I burned 207 calories in the morning, but did not keep track of calories consumed. I did however keep track of calories the rest of the weekend.

Day 49

Breakfast
Gala Apple (75 calories)

Lunch
Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl (530 calories)

Afternoon Snack
Nam Bit's Chocolate Chip Cookies (260 calories)

Dinner
Chicken Breast Sandwich (230 calories)
French fries (200 calories)

Drinks
4 Budweiser Select (396 calories)
2 Bud Lights (220 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,911

Exercise
C25K Week 2 Day 2 (-189 calories)

Day 48

Breakfast
Dannon Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)
6" Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (380 calories)

Morning Snack
Nature Valley Oats and Honey Granola Bar (190 calories)

Lunch
Northstar Buddha Bowl (654 calories)

Dinner
Hummus on Pita (350 calories)
Shrimp and Scallops with Mediterranean Vegetables (552 calories)
2 glasses Cabernet (180 calories)

Total calories for the day: 2,386

Exercise: C25K Week 2 Day 1 (-304 calories)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 47

Hey everyone-
Just as a note, since I'll be out of town this weekend, my weigh-in won't be posted until Monday. Hope I can stick to my calories while on vacation!!!

-K

Breakfast
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Morning Snack
M&M Cookie (107 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Chicken in Peanut Sauce (280 calories)
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Afternoon snack
Baby carrots (70 calories)

Dinner
5 oz. grilled chicken breast (150 calories)
1/4 c. non-fat cheddar cheese (45 calories)
2 Tbsp. Trader Joe's White Bean and Basil Hummus (60 calories)
2 slices Healthnut bread (240 calories)
1 oz. Trader Joe's Veggie Chips (160 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,272

Day 46

Breakfast
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch
Gnocchi with Asparagus, Shrimp and Pesto (355 calories)

Afternoon snack
Fresh fruit cup (109.5 calories)

Dinner
4 oz. grilled skinless chicken breast (120 calories)
1/3 c. whole wheat penne (100 calories)
2/3 c. green beans (30 calories)
Pesto sauce (30 calories)

Evening Snack
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/4 c. Trader Joe's Low Fat Granola (70 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,004

Day 45

So, another cake mysteriously appeared in our house on day 44. I, again, had a small slice after trying to resist. A lot of times it's really difficult living with other people when I'm trying to eat healthy. They're all supportive of what I'm doing, but it's always hard when the temptations are there. This is one of the many reasons I'm looking forward to living on my own. If those temptations are less readily available, I'll be less inclined to give in.

On another note, I've been conscious about getting my water intake up. I've stopped drinking soda completely, as it's just unnecessary sodium, and replaced all my beverages with water. I've also decided I want to try giving up alcohol soon (unnecessary calories), and processed foods due to the excess amounts of sodium, preservatives and other unhealthy things. Luckily I avoid a lot of unhealthy foods due to my MSG allergy, but there's still other things I can be doing. However, these are things I'm going to implement a little further down the road. I'm trying not to do all things at once so that I can ease into them. I've also been thinking a lot about going completely organic, especially when it comes to eating meat. Back in high school, I was a vegetarian for about a year, but found it hard to maintain a healthy diet while being a vegetarian. However, I've always had a problem with the treatment of animals who are mass produced in order to be consumed, not to mention the hormones being injected to the meats we're consuming. Though free range chicken and beef are more expensive, because I'm eating so much less, I'm really considering going that direction. In her podcast, Jillian Michaels suggests checking out http://www.eatwild.com/  to find farms near you that support grass fed meat and dairy. This is really a win-win because you're eating healthier, and you're supporting local farmers. Check it out.

Breakfast
Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt (110 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Ginger Garlic Stir Fry with Chicken (280 calories)

Dinner
Chicken parmesan (700 calories)

Evening snack
1 c. Be Well Berry cereal (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

Midnight snack
2 slices Healthnut bread (240 calories)
2 Tbsp. Trader Joe's White Bean and Basil Hummus

Total calories for the day: 1,510

Day 44

Breakfast
1 c. Special K Red Berries (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

Lunch
Chicken parmesan (700 calories)

Afternoon snack
1/2 slice vanilla cake (215.5 calories)

Dinner
Whole wheat penne with broccoli, chicken, and pesto (371.5 calories)

Evening snack
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (35 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,583

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 43

Weigh-in: 230.3 (-1.5 lbs)
BMI: 35.0





Down another 1.5 lbs. Didn't quite make it to my goal of being under 230 this week, but I'm really close, so I'll just get there next week! I'm actually surprised I lost as much as I did. My mom has been in town the past week, so it's been harder getting exercise, plus we've been dining out almost every day. I've been keeping track of my calories, but I know I've have a LOT of sodium. However, we did walk 5 miles around DC yesterday viewing cherry blossoms which was a fun way to get exercise for the day. Next week is going to be a little difficult as well since I will be on vacation in Ohio, but luckily the hotel I'm staying at has a 24 hour gym. I've also gone down one bra size, and I'm down to a size 16. I'm getting there slowly, but it's going along.

Something else I've been thinking about recently is inspiration. I'm still ruminating on this topic, but I'll be writing on it soon.

Have a good weekend!
-Katelyn

Breakfast
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. Trader Joe's Lowfat Granola (35 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Sesame Stir Fry with Chicken (290 calories)
3 Vanilla Cream cookies (150 calories)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 42

Breakfast
1 c. Special K Red Berries (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

Lunch-Chipotle
Chicken burrito bowl-no rice (530 calories)

Afternoon snack
4 barbeque wings (250 calories)
1 Vanilla Bean Cupcake (157 calories)
1 Guinness (125 calories)

Dinner
Lean Cuisine Three Cheese Stuffed Rotini (230 calories)
Vodka/Diet Coke (56 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,498

Exercise
5 miles walking (-631 calories)
20 bicep curls
20 tricep extensions
20 behind-the-head weight lifts
20 kettle bell swings

Day 41

Breakfast
1 c. Special K Red Berries (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

Lunch-Chili's
Chicken Fajitas (330 calories)
1/2 basket Chips and Salsa (100 calories)
Black Beans (100 calories)

Dinner
TGI Friday's Chicken Piccata Pasta (245 calories)
Chicken breast stuffed with feta, spinach and pine nuts (290 calories)
Salad (10 calories)
2 Tbsp. Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan dressing (40 calories)
Watch'n Carbs! Ic Cream Bar (160 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,425 calories

Exercise
20 bicycle crunches
40 bicep curls
40 tricep extensions
40 behind-the-head weight lifts
50 forward arm circles
50 backward arm circles
60 second arm hold
30 second plank
20 knee-to-elbow twists
20 diamond leg-lifts
20 regular leg lifts

Day 40

Lunch
6" Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (380 calories)

Dinner-TGI Friday's
Spinach flatbread (190 calories)
Chicken Piccatta Pasta (490 calories)

Evening Snack
1 c. Special K Red Berries (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,210

Day 39

Breakfast
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)
3/8 c. Trader Joe's Lowfat granola (52 calories)
2 slices Swiss cheese (220 calories)
4 oz. turkey breast (90 calories)
4 Tbsp. Giant salsa (8 calories)
2 slices Healthnut bread (240 calories)

Dinner
3/4 Austin Grill Grilled Vegetable Burrito (685 calories)
13 tortilla chips (140 calories)

Drinks
1 12oz. Guinness (155 calories)
1 12oz. Sam Adams (160 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,910

Exercise
Roller Derby Workout-Warmup, Abs, and Cardio

Day 38

Breakfast
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch
Chicken Stuffed with Feta, Spinach and Pine Nuts (297 calories)
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)
Odwalla Berries Gomega Bar (210 calories)

Afternoon Snack
4 chocolate chip cookies (260 calories)
10 Carr's Table Water Crackers (120 calories)
4 Tbsp. Rondele Spreadable Cheese (140 calories)

Dinner
1 c. Whole Wheat Penne (300 calories)
1/3 c. Prego Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sauce (46 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,533

Day 37

Yesterday, my roommate brought home my BIGGEST temptation food-cake. I LOVE cake, especially with vanilla frosting. I tried resisting for a couple hours, but every time I walked into the kitchen, I swear I could SMELL the cake. I ended up cutting myself a very small slice and eating it, and realized the small slice was plenty. I think this was especially good preparation as I'm going to a wedding at the end of this month, and there will surely be cake. As long as it's not an everyday thing, and I'm not overindulging when I do have it, I think I'll be fine.

Breakfast
1 c. Special K with Red Berries (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

Lunch
1.5 c. Whole Wheat Rotini (360 calories)
1 Tbsp. light mayo (50 calories)
1 can tuna (100 calories)
1 c. onions (16 calories)
1 Tbsp. dill seed (5 calories)

Dinner
Chicken stuffed with Spinach, Feta and Pine Nuts (297 calories)
Salad (10 calories)
Carb Smart Ice Cream Bar (160 calories)

Evening Snack
1 slice Healthnut bread (120 calories)
2 oz. turkey breast (45 calories)
1 slice swiss cheese (110 calories)
1 c. Light and Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
3/8 c. Trader Joe's Lowfat Granola (52 calories)

Exercise
Walking-20 minutes (-204 calories)
Running-10 minutes (-371 calories)

Day 35

Breakfast
Light and Fit Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch
Smart Ones Teriyaki Chicken (230 calories)
Light and Fit Yogurt (80 calories)
Baby Carrots (35 calories)

Dinner
Quiznos Honey Bourbon Chicken (530 calories)

Drinks
7 Budweiser Select (385 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,340

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 36

I'll post calorie counts for Friday soon, but wanted to get this up before I head out for the night.

Weigh-in: 231.8 (-2.6 pounds)
BMI: 35.15

Pics



Breakfast
1 c. Special K with Red Berries (110 calories)
1/2 c. Skim Milk (40 calories)

Lunch
1.5 c. whole wheat rotini (360 calories)
1/2 c. Prego Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sauce (70 calories)
1 Tbsp. shreeed parmesan cheese (21 calories)
1/2 slice marble cake (135 calories)

Afternoon Snack
1 c. Light and Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
1/4 c. Trader Joe's Lowfat Granola (63 calories)

Dinner
Veggie Sub (375 calories)
French fries (136 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,402

Exercise 
Wii Fit-20 minutes (-133 calories)
Walking the dog-15 minutes (-114 calories)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 34

Sorry I've been behind on posting so far. There's been a lot going on with school and such, but I've still been able to find time to exercise and make sure I track everything I'm eating.

I've been really stepping it up on exercise, increasing all my exercises from 20 to 50 repetitions. I'm hoping to add my ankle weights in soon as well.

Today was also the first time I got out and ran...for 2 miles! I'm trying to work my way up to doing the 5K Race for the Cure in Washington, DC on June 4th. It's going to be hard, but I'm going to keep at it. I'm trying to follow the Couch-to-5K Running Plan. It's designed for people who haven't been very active in the past to work their way up to running a 5K in 2 months. I'm really excited about it.

I've also been watching The Biggest Loser while working out. It's really motivating me to keep pushing harder and to stick with this, because I really believe I can do it if I just stick with it.

On another note, I can now see my toes when I look down, and my clothes are getting baggy!

I went through a bit of a funk last week, and was really tempted to revert back to old habits-drinking, eating crappy foods. Instead, I went and played laser tag for 45 minutes, and it was the best idea ever! I had a LOT of fun, was sweating like crazy because I was MOVING, and ended up on a great endorphin high. This was a really great breakthrough for me because I took negative energy and refocused it, and I felt GREAT.

I'm excited for the weigh-in this week, and have decided to be happy with whatever I lose, because I know this is something I'm in for the long-term, and I'm committed to continue working to meet my goals.

-Katelyn

Breakfast:
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Morning Snack:
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch:
1.5 c. Organic Whole Wheat Pasta (360 calories)
Prego Roasted Garlic Parmesan sauce (70 calories)
1 Tbsp. shredded parmesan cheese (21 calories)

Exercise:
Running, 2 miles (20 minutes)
Walking, 1 mile (20 minutes)

Day 33

Breakfast:
1 c. Special K with Red Berries (110 calories)
1/2 c. Skim Milk (40 calories)

Lunch:
Weight Watchers Orange Sesame Chicken (320 calories)
Light and Fit Yogurt (80 calories)

Dinner:
1.5 c. Organic Whole Wheat Rotini (360 calories)
1/2 c. Prego Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sauce (70 calories)
1 Tbsp. shredded parmesan (21 calories)

Evening snack:
Grilled chicken caesar salad (280 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,281 calories

Exercise:

50 bicep curls

50 tricep extensions

50 behind-the-head weight lifts

50 forward arm circles

50 backward arm circles

60 second arm hold

30 second plank
40 bicycle crunches
50 knee-to-elbow twists
40 leg lifts
60 second squat
100 hits shadow boxing

5 reps holding ab exercises

Day 32

A rant reproduced from a Facebook note I wrote:



As many know, a little over a month ago, I decided to make some big changes in my life by changing the way I eat and exercise. While the goal initially may have been to lose weight and be healthier, I'm realizing now that it's about something much bigger.

Anyone who knows me well knows I've been through a lot, and I often use the things I've been through as an excuse for various things: for being bitchy, for being unhealthy, for having low self esteem. And though these things may have been initial causes, I'm the one who's chosen to continue feeling victimized by them.

And I'm done. 

This is MY life. No one else's, and NO ONE controls how I live it except for me. This journey I began to get healthy is more about taking control of my life, to stop making excuses for myself and take responsibility for MY life.

I have wasted so much time and energy bitching about things in my life that I can't change, and ignoring the things I can. But taking control of my life this past month and a half by eating healthier and exercising? I feel more empowered than I ever have in my entire life, and I just want to keep going.

Which brings me to why I'm writing this.

It's SO EASY to get sucked into constantly playing the victim. Especially if you've had a lot of misfortune in your life. But ultimately YOU are the one who chooses your next move. If you're sick of being overweight-DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Don't keep eating terrible foods, refusing to exercise, and making no real changes. I have used every excuse in the book to not lose weight-no time, no money, too busy, I'm just "born this way." And it's bullshit. I got this way because I chose to by not being active, and not making it a priority. I'm not saying it's easy to change-in fact, far from it. IT'S HARD but it's possible as long as you're committed to making a real difference in your life and WORK at it. I'm not just talking about weight loss either. I sincerely believe in the strength of the human spirit, and that anyone can accomplish anything. And those days when it's hard? There are still people to support you. But I can tell you, people are much more apt to cheering you on and helping you through the tough days when you're being proactive and taking real steps to change.

So stop bitching. Take responsibility. Do something.



Breakfast:
1 c. Be Well Berry (110 calories)
1/2 c. 2% milk (65 calories)


Lunch:
Grilled Salmon Filet (367 calories)
Brown rice (75 calories)
Broccoli (31 calories)



Snack: 
Smoothie King Mangofest Smoothie (285 calories)


Dinner:
Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Pesto (355 calories)


Evening snack:
1 c. Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. Trader Joe's lowfat granola (37.5 calories)


Total calories for the day: 1,444 


Exercise: 

50 bicep curls

50 tricep extensions

50 behind-the-head weight lifts

50 forward arm circles

50 backward arm circles

60 second arm hold

5 reps holding ab exercises

Day 31

Breakfast:
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)


Lunch:
Qdoba Naked Chicken Burrito (485 calories)


Dinner:
Grilled Salmon Filet (367 calories)
Brown rice (75 calories)
Broccoli (31 calories)


Evening snack:
1 c. Be Well Berry Cereal (110 calories)
1/2 c. 2% milk (65 calories)


Total calories for the day: 1,213


Exercise:

50 bicep curls

50 tricep extensions

50 behind-the-head weight lifts

50 forward arm circles

50 backward arm circles

60 second arm hold

5 reps holding ab exercises 

Day 30

Lunch:
Veggie sub (430 calories)

Snack:
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken (180 calories)
1 chocolate chip cookie (140 calories)
Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Pesto (177.5 calories)

Dinner:
Chili's Margarita Grilled Chicken (600 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,528

Exercise:

50 bicep curls

50 tricep extensions

50 behind-the-head weight lifts

50 forward arm circles

50 backward arm circles

60 second arm hold

5 reps holding ab exercises