Day 63: Another Bod Pod on the books

Today was another Bod Pod day. Usually, I try to go on a monthly basis, but lately it’s been a bit more sporadic due to scheduling issues. My last appointment was on March 5th, and it wasn’t a good one. After steadily losing weight and fat lbs over the last year, I fell off the wagon and gained a significant chunk of it back.

Date % Fat % Fat Free Mass Fat Mass Fat Free Mass Body Mass
10/25/2018 26.1 73.9 31.518 lbs 89.209 lbs 120.728 lbs
1/25/19 27.8 72.2 34.409 lbs 89.443 lbs 123.852 lbs
3/5/2019 29.8 70.2 37.670 lbs 88.765 lbs 126.431 lbs

Today, six weeks after my last appointment, I went in feeling a tad bit hopeful. I wasn’t expecting any huge changes – the scale hadn’t moved much and I only lost an inch or two off my waist – but I did want to see some improvement. Despite all of the ups and downs these past few weeks, I felt like I did better overall compared to the beginning of the year. No, I didn’t go to the gym as planned, but I did go more often. And although I struggled to get a step goal streak going, I walked more steps on average. I don’t think I necessarily ate any less, but I did make some better food choices. Surely that must have done something, right? 

Well…

Date % Fat % Fat Free Mass Fat Mass Fat Free Mass Body Mass
10/25/2018 26.1 73.9 31.518 lbs 89.209 lbs 120.728 lbs
1/25/19 27.8 72.2 34.409 lbs 89.443 lbs 123.852 lbs
3/5/2019 29.8 70.2 37.670 lbs 88.765 lbs 126.431 lbs
4/15/2019 27.6 72.4 34.316 lbs 89.799 lbs 124.116 lbs

It did! Woo hoo!

Despite not being perfect, I lost 3 lbs of fat and gained 1 lb of fat free mass. I’m tempted to attribute some of those improvements on the Bod Pod’s error margin, but I need this win, so I won’t. Instead, I’m going to feel good about it and use it to get motivated to do more.  I think I’m finally really ready to start reaching my goals.

Happy Monday!

Day 45: Walking the walk

I committed to avoiding gluten and dairy in my last post with the hopes of improving my overall health, but truthfully, I didn’t start avoiding it right away. Although I said I would do it, and I truly believe I should, I just don’t think I was ready to pull the trigger yet. So, I didn’t; but, I did take some small baby steps to prepare for it.

For example, on Friday after my metabolic assessment appointment, I spoke to the wellness counselor about scheduling a few weekly coaching sessions. Although I understand the value of coaching, I’ve never given it a try. I guess I just didn’t think it could help me or maybe I didn’t know how to make the most of it? Regardless, I decided that with the changes I want to make, now would be an ideal time to give it a try. Food tends to be the area in which I struggle the most, so I’ll take any help I can get. What’s the worst that could happen anyway?

After that was all done and scheduled, I swung by the library and happened to notice they had cookbooks. No duh, right? A library with cookbooks, who would have thought? Anywho, after browsing their selection, I decided to borrow two: Nom Nom Paleo (the yellow one) and The Science of Cooking. I skimmed both books, did a little meal planning, and made my first meal from the Nom Nom Paleo book tonight. I have to say, it was really good. Even my family liked it. I’ll be buying a copy of it for myself.

On Sunday, I decided to make some bone broth – specifically seolleongtang, a Korean bone broth soup my husband really likes. I’ve read on a bunch of blogs and in magazines that bone broth is good for gut health, so I figured I might as well jump on the bandwagon and see if drinking a cup of broth daily has any benefits for me. This is another one of those, “what’s the worst thing that could happen?” things.

Finally, on Tuesday, I took some new progress photos and body measurements. Although I’m making these changes for overall health instead of weight or fat loss, I can’t help but feel curious about what changes might occur if I stick with it. I had my first coaching appointment that day as well, so I decided to consider it my “day 1” of avoiding dairy and gluten.

I’d like to say I’ve been doing great at avoiding it since then, but truthfully, it’s been a bit harder than I expected it to be. I’m not craving breads or cheeses, but I’ve struggled with the “hidden” gluten and dairy in stuff. Especially in a bunch of the common ingredients I use when cooking, like gochujang and soy sauce. So disappointing.

I don’t feel discouraged though. It’s challenging, but in a good way; and I’m really looking forward to seeing how creative I can get with this. Hopefully I can share some fun finds on this blog in future posts. Wish me luck!

Days 70 – 72

I had to give some thought to what day today is (in terms of this challenge). My days all seem to be blending together on this vacation, especially since I’ve stopped tracking my meals and can’t track my steps.

Yup, I’ve stopped tracking meals too. We arrived at the resort yesterday for the last two days of our vacation, and I just sort of threw my hands in the air, ordered a cocktail, and said screw it.

I’ll go back to tracking once we land in Japan and I wake up in my own bed on Monday morning. Hopefully, I won’t do too much damage between now and then. I’m sure I’ll have some water weight to contend with, but that’s to be expected right?

I’m not sure whether or not I’ll post again before then. Maybe at the airport while we’re waiting on our flight home. Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Day 67: Hello Fiji!

Day 66

I realized yesterday that I hadn’t bothered to make a note of what my maintenance calories are. I checked my total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) spreadsheet and it’s estimating my TDEE at around 2,200 calories a day.

I did my best to try and stay within my normal weight loss calorie range yesterday, but I failed. I did stay under my maintenance calorie limit though.

Final step count: 18,393

Day 67

We landed in Fiji early this morning and were welcomed by an unhappy surprise: I had misread the cost of our boat charter. The rate I thought we were paying for the couple of days we will be on the boat was actually a daily rate. I’m not sure how I missed that detail in the original correspondence, but I did.

It was also raining, and rain is forecasted for most of the week.

That being said, I’m still enjoying just relaxing on the boat. And the food we’ve eaten so far has been delicious.

My steps however, are way under what they should be. I’m going to have to do a ton of marching in place tonight if I’m going to hit my goal. The boat crew will likely think I’m nuts, but, oh well.

Current step total: 1,972

Day 53: On writing

Day 52

I was concerned I’d end the day close to the top of my calorie range yesterday. I ate quite a bit in the morning. But, I focused on staying active throughout the day to prevent any unnecessary cravings and I drank a whole lot of water. Usually, if I stay hydrated I tend to eat a lot better and crave less, but I haven’t been drinking much of that clear stuff the last couple of days.

The rain finally took a breather and the sun was out, so I spent as much time as possible outside. I took the dog for a couple of extra long walks and did some weeding in the garden. I even took little kid for a bike ride.

The best parts of yesterday though? I didn’t have to walk any living room laps to meet my step goal, I increased my weights during my workout, and I felt really great all day. I felt energetic, motivated, and happy. I also weighed myself in the morning again, right after filling it out my sheet. I’d originally weighed myself while wearing some pretty heavy PJs, heavier than what I normally wear to weigh myself; so I figured it might not be the most accurate weight for today. My updated weight: 124.8 lbs! Not bad for a Sunday.

Final step count: 19,220

Day 53

I’ve been thinking a lot about these daily posts I write. I started this blog to keep my goals fresh on my mind every day and to help me stay accountable. I didn’t start it with the intention of it necessarily being read by others, so the style they’re written in tends to be a sort of edited verbal diarrhea, with no real beginning or end.

Although I’m writing for myself, I did assume there might be someone out there who’ll read what I’ve written, so I think I’ve held back my “authentic voice” a bit. The unedited me is a lot more volatile, to say the least. And a lot more verbose. I talk a lot “in real life,” and that means I tend to write a lot too. Plus, I love to write, so I can easily do it for hours. It may not be good writing, but I can do a ton of it.

Since I’ve started this blog though, I’ve been followed by a few people, which is really cool and super motivating. Knowing there might be at least one person out there reading my posts and hopefully getting something out of them has really helped me stick to this challenge. If it weren’t for this blog and the people who’ve chosen to read it and like and comment on my posts, I’m pretty sure I would have given up already. I wouldn’t be seeing the changes I’ve made so far by sticking with it.

The thing with having readers is that it’s made me wonder if I should change my writing style? Should I write assuming my posts will be read by at least one other person? Should I add more details and make the things I have to say a lot more engaging? If I’m just writing for myself, I can limit my daily post to, “I hit all my goals yesterday,” because well, I was there. But if I write for a reader, I can include a lot more detail about how I got there, what challenges I faced, how I overcame them or why I failed.

I’ve never been confident about my writing ability, so I guess I’m afraid that writing for others will highlight my flaws and open me up to judgment. But, If I’m writing for myself, it doesn’t really matter if the posts are bad or whatnot, they’re not being written for “public consumption,” so to speak.

For me, life is about growth, and you can’t grow unless you take risks and try for more than you’ve done before; so going forward, I think I’ll start writing for others and I may even start to share my “true” self. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Current step total: 91

Day 42: The scale is moving in the right direction

Day 41

I’m happy to write that I didn’t have to resist any temptations to keep myself from going over my calorie limit yesterday after I published my Day 41 post. I didn’t get any cravings or want anything. I was able to finish out the evening and just go to bed.

I also noticed that I have been hitting my daily step goal these past few days without the need for living room laps. I don’t think I’ve been more active lately, but maybe I’ve just gotten better at finding steps here and there? I’ve gotten into the habit of pacing around when I’m waiting for someone or something and parking a little farther when I drive somewhere; I guess it really does add up.

I’ve been riding my bicycle more often too. That doesn’t really affect my daily steps, but it helps keep me more active overall.

Final step count: 16,164

Day 42

I weighed myself as usual this morning and was excited to see the number finally dip below 126 lbs! Sticking to my goals is working! Who would have thought?

I’m also well on my way to staying under my calorie goal for today. I’ve already had dinner and I still have about 80 calories left.

I know I already wrote this above, but I truly am amazed by how much easier it’s become to hit my daily step goal. I walked over 14,000 steps before dinner today, without really trying very hard and despite volunteering at an event that was potentially sedentary. It really has become a habit to move around more. Now, I just need to make the rest of my goals habits as well.

Current step total: 16,799

Current step goal streak: 13 days
Previous step goal streak: 2 days
Longest step goal streak: 13 days

Day 36: Week 6

Day 35

I resisted the temptation to snack last night and ended my day at 1,494 calories. It wasn’t easy. I bought a dozen donuts from Dunkin Donuts earlier in the day to take to a meeting I was supposed to attend; but I decided to skip it since I wasn’t feeling all that great. I may be sort of obsessed with Dunkin Donuts and the only one near me is an hour away, so I don’t get to eat them ever. Needless to say, the box of donuts sat on my kitchen counter and I could swear they were calling my name.

I’m still amazed I managed to go to bed without scarfing down half the box. That must be a good sign that I’m moving in the right direction right?

Final step count: 20,022

Day 36

Yesterday’s post got me thinking about how far I’ve come since I started this challenge. No, I haven’t lost 10 lbs or dozens of inches off my waist and thighs, but I have continued to make positive changes; which was sort of the whole point.

When I started this challenge five weeks ago, I was steadily gaining weight. I was drinking two to three cocktails a night, I wasn’t exercising, I was eating everything in sight, and I was feeling pretty awful, both physically and emotionally.

By starting this challenge, I had hoped I could get the snowball of positive change rolling. By writing these daily posts, I was hoping for accountability. I feel like I’ve been successful on both fronts.

Although I’ve struggled and had my fair share of failures meeting my goals every day, I’ve made a lot of progress so far. In weeks one through five of this challenge:

  • I’ve averaged over 15,000 steps a day since day one.
  • I’ve lost most of the weight I’d regained over my vacation – approximately 4 lbs.
  • I’ve lost an inch and a half from my waist and an inch from my hips.
  • I’ve stopped drinking alcohol most nights.
  • And most importantly, I’m feeling so much better about myself and my ability to reach my goals.

I’m feeling a lot more motivated overall. I’ve felt less anxious, and I’ve also felt a sense of accomplishment at sticking with this, despite the ups and downs. I’m excited to see what the next few weeks bring.

I’m also really enjoying filling out my little spreadsheet thing. I feel like it’s turned out to be a better motivational tool than I had expected it to be. I definitely intend to keep using it as long as I’m doing this challenge.

Happy Friday!

Current step count: 6,242

Current step goal streak: 6 days
Previous step goal streak: 2 days
Longest step goal streak: 13 days