Health and Fitness Update


It's been a few weeks since I've given an update on how I'm doing on my weight loss journey. And I have to say that I'm kind of at a standstill. I'm in the middle of my second 6-Week Challenge at the YMCA and I just can't seem to get out of the slump I'm in. I'm working out with a trainer as part of a group 2 times a week, I'm working out on my own the other days of the week and I'm tracking everything I eat. So I give myself a pat on the back for that.

But I kinda got ahead of myself and jumped onto the 17 Day Diet plan in hopes of an "easy" way out of the current decade I'm in. And I half assed it. I was just so excited about the success my friends have had on the plan and I knew if I was diligent enough I could see success too. But I'm working out too much for the first phase of the plan to be doable. And I found myself making excuses for sneaking bites of foods that weren't on the list. Sure, I could have stuck with it for just a bit but I was feeling icky and almost... empty.

The lean meats and veggies (TONS of veggies) are still around but I need whole grains... I need my oatmeal! Especially when I'm doing difficult workouts with a trainer and exerting a lot of energy. So I've put the 17 Day Diet aside for a bit and am just focusing on the calories. I use myfitnesspal.com to input what I'm eating and I try to stick with their calorie recommendations. But instead of eating the calories I've burned in my workouts I leave those as a deficit. So I'm consuming about 1250 calories a day.

What I have learned from the plan is that I need to stop eating carbs after 2pm. If I do that, I lose! It might not be as much as when I totally cut out the whole grains. And I'm eating yogurt regularly. Two servings a day. With those two things combined with lean meats, low-sugar fruits and LOTS of veggies I think I can stay on track and slowly get back to losing. And once this challenge is over I might just re-visit the 17 Day Diet.

I am excited to say that I am happily in a size 12. Last Friday I tried on an old pair of jeans from high school (OMG!) and they fit. Sure they were a tiny bit snug but they fit. (Want to see how good they look on me? Check out my butt in my Boba review!) And all of my 14s are falling off of me. Too bad I have to stick with my budget. I'll be visiting the Goodwill later on this week. Because as soon as I have more pants I'm getting rid of the 14s for good! No more turning back. I'm on a roll and I'm going to make it to goal!

Weight Loss Progress

Starting Weight: 224.6 1/30/2011
Size 16
Current Weight: 192.7 2/18/2012
Size 12
Total to go: 37.7lbs
Total lost: 31.9lbs

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10 comment(s) with love:

Ruth Dennison said... Reply To This Comment

That is wonderful! I really need to lose a few pounds. Need to get motivated, but hard to do when you are sick.

Heather said... Reply To This Comment

glad it's working for you!

Ashley S said... Reply To This Comment

Congrats! Keep up the good work!

LOVE MELISSA:) said... Reply To This Comment

You are doing awesome Danielle! I am heading to the Y to get motivated today! Keep up the good work!

Couponista Queen said... Reply To This Comment

You are doing great...just stay with it and you will get there!

Anu said... Reply To This Comment

You are doing good and its ok to slump sometimes.Important thing is that you are determined. Good luck.

starnes family said... Reply To This Comment

Congratulations on your progress! Wow....I had no idea. Impressive!

Lena & Alex said... Reply To This Comment

Way to GO!!!
Love the progress and I am on the same journey. Clap Clap!!!

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Johnpaul said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you for shairng the health and fitness updates, i was amazed after reading your weight Loss progress with in 20 days that you have loosed 32 kg Fitness Health