Saturday, August 2, 2014

Weekly Weight Loss Update

I hope some of you won't mind if I keep myself accountable here and share a weekly weight loss update.  I'd like to do this for myself - but also I found a number of you who are hanging out with me here have been pretty interested.  For those of you who want to see quilts and nothing else, I won't be offended if I catch up with you next post!  :)  I have some really good quilt eye candy in store for you!

I have REALLY been struggling the past few weeks but I want to share that I have not thrown in the towel.  This past week alone I had two binge days - but I immediately went back to healthy eating the very next day.  According to my tracking on My Fitness Pal, I have even worked out more this past week than I have since I began trying to lose.

Before I go on about my woes and frustrations...let me show you the progress.  I am SO embarrassed to show these photographs, but I know how inspirational seeing these things has been for me.  I need to remind myself why I chose to do this, other than simply being healthy.  I had no idea I had gotten so heavy - and I mean that.  Dumb as it might sound, I was just really in denial.

First Photo was taken the last week of May, the second was taking this morning.
I have lost a total of 32 pounds - out of 86 total pounds that I need to lose to be in a healthy BMI range for my age and height.  For that - I AM THRILLED!  :)  I am 11 pounds away from the half way point and once I get there I figure...if I can get half way, I can get ALL the way!

The good things -

   - I have lowered my blood pressure from a near pre-hypertension range to well into the normal/healthy range.
  - I have eliminated the back ache and sciatic nerve pain that I've been really suffering with over the past several years.
   - My skin is clearer.
   - I have dropped almost two sizes in clothing and 5 inches from my waist - everything looks better on!  I have ENERGY to play with my kids and not only do I play with them outside almost every single day, I love to play with them!  I don't EVER want to give that up, it has been the most wonderful part of losing weight so far.
   - My kids are asking me now all the time if things are healthy for them - they want to do better to and do the right thing and it makes me feel wonderful to know that they are really watching my every move.

   - When I started working out I could barely do two push ups.  I still do "girl" push ups on my knees, but now I can do three reps of 10.

   - I have discovered I actually LIKE to be active.  I mean - I think I could even see myself playing sports and not detesting every smelly sweaty moment of it.  LOL!  I am actually good at some of it!!!

The rough things -

   - I still have food cravings.  Like serious, look up Disney World food and drool until I have to have cheesecake kind of cravings.  I have tried upping my calories, lowering my calories, eating faux foods (read - diet ice cream, soy burgers), I've tried cutting out all processed foods, eating processed foods but limiting next attempt is going to be allowing myself one cheat day a week to see if that helps any.  Gah!  Who knew that eating was so complicated?  It really is an addiction.

   - I am still learning how to separate food from emotions/stress/family/love.  I never thought I had a flawed relationship with food (because I love it ALL so much!) but I really do.  I don't think I'll ever be someone who only sees food as fuel...I'm too passionate about it to see it that way.  But I am learning to associate the way I feel with what I in...if I eat four slices of pizza and half a cake I'm going to feel sick.  LOL

There are far more good things than rough things so I am really happy to be doing this.  I hope and pray it's for the last time as I've struggled with food/weight my entire life.  For now - I'm feeling great and even though I have had some really weak and low days, over all I'm really proud of how far I've come.  In the past I'd have given up by now.  I almost did several times.  But I kept thinking about the way I felt and the health issues that were starting to creep up and I don't want to experience those again.

Wish me luck!  I will check in next week again for those interested...

Happy Quilting!

- Valerie :)


Barbara said...

Lookin' good! Congratulations!

You might want to consider giving up wheat. Wheat contains an appetite stimulant. It also contains a protein that binds to the opiate receptors in the brain. See Wheat Belly

Barbara in MD
Stash Overflow

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Luck! :) :)

Michele said...

You definitely have the right to be proud of yourself for what you've accomplished so far and for sticking to it. I'm sure it isn't easy but as you say, the benefits far outweigh the struggle. Best wishes for the rest of your goal.

Clare Moore said...

Congratulations on your new healthy lifestyle. You look fantastic. I understand the addiction to food, it is very hard to give up, but you are well on the way to doing it. I think a cheat day would be a grand idea. You will soon find the things you eat not so unhealthy, the longer you do the healthy bit. Your palate will change in the end.
Love that you are enjoying your kids more. As you say, well worth it for that alone. Blessings to you. Clare

Teresa in Music City said...

Way to go Valerie!!! I'll be cheering you on :) I've been losing too, not really dieting but trying to watch what I put in my mouth - is it good for me and is it too much? If I want something "not good" really badly, I'll have it but try to limit the amount and certainly not all the time. Coke & chips are my nemesis - they've been a part of my diet since I was a teen and SO hard to give up!

Wendy said...

What wonderful progress! You are looking awesome! Keep going you got this! Keep posting here, you are an inspiration for anyone who is trying to get healthier...

Stephanie said...

You Go Girl!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations - whoot!! You can do this

Anonymous said...

Valerie I got to this post via IG found you in a suggestion feed and I want to thank you for posting these pics they are an inspiration to me! You may want to take a look at the movie Forks over knives amazing information in that movie! Best wishes on your journey!

Anonymous said...


You are doing great! I need to take the same road....and YES, your post is an inspiration to me. When I read this, I thought, "Okay, I can do this also!" Thank you for being brave and sharing!


Carol said...

Congratulations on all your progress and weight loss!!!! Giving up bread was the best thing for my weight loss. Although it was hard because I love bread. Keep it're looking fabulous!