Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 - A look back and 2014 - A look forward

A lot has happened this year.  I hadn't expected 2013 to be eventful, but it surprised me!

2013 was the year that...

I went from being "obese" to "overweight"

I got back into the racing game.

I discovered DietBet and I won money losing weight!

I ran a 10K and discovered the wonders of the run/walk (Galloway) method.

I tried Zumba for the first time and fell in love!!

I gave up on DietBets, only to join another (albeit different) one.

I discovered I was average.

Oh yeah... and I was freaking featured on HUFFINGTON POST!!  (still amazed by that one!)

You have probably noticed that I haven't posted in almost a month.  It's been a month of ups and downs.  The holidays hit me hard.  My tour went on a three week hiatus for the holidays and not having work to distract me, allowed my mind to wander to sweet and delicious treats.  I'm staying with a friend of mine in the Dallas area, and while he has a gym in his apartment complex, I haven't been utilizing it as much as I should.  I've unknowingly given myself a bit of a breather.

During the month of December I saw (but didn't officially post on here) a number on the scale that I never expected to see, only to have it snatched back away again a mere week later.  It wreaked havoc with my brain and I really hate that I allowed that to happen.  In fact, almost this entire break, I've been riddled with guilt over every single morsel that goes into my mouth.  That's no way to enjoy the holidays!  I've also been gaining anxiety by the minute over what I'm going to do when the tour starts up again next week.  For the first six weeks back, we hit the ground at turbo speed.  We will be averaging 4-5 towns per week for almost all of January and February.  The ability to go food shopping will become non-existent.  I will be struggling to SURVIVE this next six weeks, let alone try and lose any weight.

So, that's what my goal has been for at least the first half of 2014 - Survival.

I want to just maintain my current weight (we'll call it 220) up through June.  Then, for July onward, I want to start losing weight again.  I'm still not done with my journey, but I think I need to make sure I don't completely burn out.  I'm afraid burnout will turn into massive weight gain.  That.  Won't.  Happen.

So, here's what I have to look forward to for 2014:

Maintaining my current weight of *cough* 220 *cough*  (You'll see my real current weight in a moment, but we're going to have that as my maintenance goal weight for these six months, mmmkay?)

Start training for my first half marathon in EDINBURGH!!  (I haven't forgotten about that.  It's still very much happening) Which leads me to...

My exciting trip to London!

Finishing up this year of tour with Million Dollar Quartet.

These will take me to the summer, at which point I will have some exciting news to share.

But, until then, he's a bomb I'm going to drop on you all...

I've decided I'm going to take an extended break from this blog.  Honestly I don't think I'll have the time to update that frequently, and also I think it might be contributing to the burn out.  So, I might pop back in here and there, but ultimately you probably won't see me again in the blogosphere until I decide its time to take these last 20 pounds off my body.

Until then, I wish everyone a very Happy 2014!  May it be filled with health, joy and laughter.

Weight at Beginning of 2013:                                            239.4
Weight at End of 2013:                                                     224.0

Total Weight Lost in 2013:                                                 15.4

Total Weight Lost:                                                             86.0

Current BMI:                                                                    28.8

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Weigh In Wednesday: 12/4/13 - Finishing the Year Off Strong Edition

Last Official Weigh in:                                          221.8
Current Weigh in:                                                 219.4

Current Weight Lost:                                                2.4

Total Weight Lost:                                                  90.6

Sorry it's been a couple of weeks since I last posted.  The week following my last post was kind of a train wreck.  Stuff in my family life kind of went haywire and I experienced probably the worst 48 hours of my life.  Then last week, with the holiday, I kind of just forgot to post.  I meant to, I swear!  I wasn't hiding!

I have to admit that I'm kind of proud of myself that considering what all happened in the last two weeks, between the drama and the most gluttonous holiday of the year, I managed to lose weight.  I will admit, I kind of pushed exercise to the side.  I still managed to get in probably 3 workouts per week, but certainly not the 5 per week that I had been averaging.  My eating was not the greatest, but I guess it wasn't as horrible as I had made it out to be in my head.

I had my follow up call with Dr. Dan  in the midst of that horrible first week and I felt bad for him because he kind of just became my therapist.  We didn't so much talk about weight loss as he just listened to my problems.  But, he's a great listener!  And he randomly helped me set up an email filter over the phone.  He's just a jack of all trades!

In exercise news, I ran outside last week a couple of times.  The first was for a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.  I had never done one before and I think its such a great idea that I decided to find one while I was in Palm Desert.  I found one, but I wasn't quite prepared for it.  Sure, I could run a 5K, but a 5K in the desert?  In sand?  On rugged terrain?  With rocky uphills and downhills?  That... I was not, so much, prepared for.  Then on top of all the trail issues aside, they only really had one water stop and we were running in sand (ie - dust was EVERYWHERE in the air) so I inhaled quite a lot of sand while I was running.  So much so, that I actually could taste blood as I swallowed at about the halfway mark.  At that point, I decided to just walk and did so for about a half mile until I hit the water stand.  Then, with some hydration back in my throat, I finished out the race.  I was not happy about it.  I don't know if I've ever hated a race as much, to be perfectly honest.  But, the one good thing about it was, there were some incredible views along the trail!   My second run outside was to make myself feel better after the Trot.  I ran on the streets by my hotel and it definitely redeemed me.  The Trot just made me feel weak.  The second run I felt strong.  I didn't want anything to get in my head like after that treacherous 10K back in the day that ended up pushing me into a year long running sabbatical!  I wanted the redemption and I got it.  I need to stay strong in the mental running game if I am going to run this half marathon in Edinburgh!  I will not let anything distract me from that goal.

This week I'm in San Diego.  I'm so excited to be here!  It's such a great city, with so much to offer!  I was so excited to run outside while I was here, and then guess what?  The day we arrive, BOOM!  I get sick!  Yay...  I have some sort of weird sore throat/congestion thing going on.  I'm still actually hoping to get out there and run this morning.  Even if I can't go that far, even if it's really slow, I want to do something.  Why?  Why not just stay in bed until I feel better?

Because I am determined to finish 2013 stronger than ever.

As you might (or probably don't...) remember I had decided a month or so back to experiment with the idea of Paleo and with Intermittent Fasting.  Well, both of those fell by the wayside.  Neither quite worked for me.  What does work?  Counting calories and exercise.  So my goals for the month of December are pretty simple:

1.)    Counting every single calorie that goes into my mouth as best I can.  If I eat it?  It gets counted.  If I cheat and eat a delectable holiday treat?  I make up for it.  I won't say that I won't eat bad things this holiday season, but I am vowing that when I do, I will either trim down my calories in another way, or I will get my butt to the hotel gym and burn it off.

2.)    I will exercise for 45-60 minutes 5-6 times per week.  No excuses.  None.  Not even sickness.  I took a rest day yesterday when I was truly feeling like crap.  I feel better today, but still not 100%.  Guess what?  Exercise is calling my name!

3.)    I will drink at least 100 ounces of water per day.  I had been slacking in my water intake for a while there, but I honestly do feel better when I try and keep up with it.  Plus, I drink less soda when my stomach is full of water instead.  So, there's that.

That's it.  My three goals to try and meet every single day until January 1st.  Hopefully, if I do this right, I will lose some weight in the process.  I'm currently on Day Four of the plan, and so far so good.  I have a real follow up phone call with Dr. Dan this Friday so we can actually discuss weight loss this time, and not my crazy personal life.  I'm hoping he'll be pleased with my goals.  In the mean time, I have some homework I have to work on for him, but before that?  I gotta go to the gym!

I'll update you guys after my session with Dr. Dan.  Until then, have a good week!