Day 23: Bod Pod Results

My Bod Pod results from yesterday were just as bad as I expected them to be. From October to now, my body fat percentage has increased from 26.1% to 29.8%, and I’ve gained a little over 6 lbs of fat. The worst part is, more than half that increase happened in the last 6 weeks.

Yesterday’s results:

Results from January 25th:

Despite my not-so-great results, I felt pretty motivated to get back on track yesterday. I made some healthy food, went to the gym, and tried my best to get all of my steps in early. I was on a roll until right after dinner time. Then it all went to shit. I felt tired, little man was cranky, and I just felt overwhelmed.

Although I didn’t binge on junk food or anything like that, I did have a drink or two and then went to bed – without checking my step total for the day. Just like that, I ruined my latest streak. I missed my goal by around 3,000 steps.

It’s ok though. I’ll get right back to it today. My next Bod Pod is scheduled for April 15th. I feel confident I can get a new streak going while working towards getting my body fat percentage moving in the right direction.

Day 21: Climbing back on the wagon

I’ve already managed to blow off my gym plan, but I’ve got a 5-day step goal streak going, so I’ll take that as a win. Unfortunately, I don’t feel as excited and pumped about this as I should. I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately. I’m stuck in some sort of funk or rut, or whichever is the best way to describe it.

The thing is, I’ve gained some weight back the past couple of months. Realistically, it’s probably only about 5 lbs, but when you’re as short as I am, that translates to anywhere from one to two clothing sizes. In terms of measurements, my waist size has increased by a whole two inches. My super comfy jeans are now super tight jeans, and the muffin top I’d finally managed to get rid of, is back with a vengeance. I feel gross.

But, instead of feeling motivated by this to climb back on the wagon, I feel stuck. I’m in that spot; you know, the one where you know you need to make a change – and you want to make a change – but you just can’t get yourself to actually do it. So, instead of making positive changes, you just make worse choices.

I have a Bod Pod appointment tomorrow. I’m hoping my latest results will give me the kick in the ass I need to shake this funk, but I don’t feel confident about it. I know I need to change my mindset about it, but that’s just not where I’m at right this moment. Hopefully, I’ll feel differently tomorrow.

Days 73 and 74: Back at it

Day 73

We left Fiji yesterday and arrived back in Japan late last night. Despite how tired I was, the first thing I did after I got the kids to bed was to rest my husband’s old Garmin, so I could start using it ASAP. I charged it, synced it to my app, and went to bed with it on my wrist. I felt pretty darned determined to get back on track first thing this morning.

I realized that without the Garmin and a step goal, I’m much less motivated to stay active. After I drowned my Garmin, I didn’t look for ways to move more like I have been since I started this challenge. I didn’t like that feeling. I need the goal to shoot for. I guess it just gives me a sense of purpose? Is that weird?

Day 74

I sort of slept through my alarm this morning and almost skipped my workout, but I really wanted to start the day off on the right foot, so I just switched my workouts around and did tomorrow’s much shorter high intensity interval training (HIIT) instead of the weight training previously scheduled for today. Despite not really wanting to workout this morning, I was motivated by the fear that I would fall into a multi-week rut where I fail on a daily basis to get back on track. I’m notorious for that sort of thing, especially after getting back from a vacation.

I was also motivated by the number on the scale this morning. I was expecting some water weight gain, but it still sucked to see the number displayed in real life.

My current weight: 127 lbs.

I’m hoping I can drop those extra lbs of water and get back to actually losing weight by the end of this week. Especially since I finally got around to scheduling my next Bod Pod – it’ll be next Thursday, October 25th.

I’m not really sure what I should expect at my next appointment in terms of results. I feel like this week of vacation really threw a wrench into things, but I can’t change that now.

Final step count: 18,335

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 66: Did somebody say vacation?

Day 65

Agh! I had such a great day yesterday, only to be sabotaged right at the end. I spent most of the evening working to finalize my reports before we leave on vacation today. I was on a roll, so my husband made dinner. I ate it as I typed and didn’t really pay much attention to what or how much I ate.

When I finally finished working, I sat on the couch and suddenly remembered that I hadn’t logged my dinner. I wasn’t worried because I’d done so well all day – I figured I had plenty of calories left to cover what I ate. I was wrong.

I ended the day at 1,734 calories. Luckily, I didn’t go over by a whole lot, but still. It was disappointing.

Final step count: 15,683

Day 66

Speaking of vacation, I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we’re headed to Fiji this weekend. We’ve been taking a family vacation every October over Columbus Day since my husband and I got married. We usually try to find a place that (1) we’ve never been to, and (2) is affordable, or better yet, cheap.

Although Fiji may not seem affordable, it’s actually not as pricey as it seems for those of us living out here in Asia. I found a great deal on our flights and we found this super cool boat on AirBnB that we could charter to sail around the islands for about the same price or less that it would cost to stay at a nice resort.

So yeah, we have this amazing, island hopping vacation planned, but here I am, slightly worried about hindering my weight loss progress while we’re away. Not cool.

Granted, it won’t be the end of the world if I gain a pound or two, but it’d be nicer if I didn’t, you know what I mean?

To be clear, I’m not trying to lose weight while on vacation. I’ve already decided that I won’t eat at a calorie deficit or try to get any workouts in. I’m sticking to my step goal and trying to eat at maintenance calories, but that’s it. I still feel like I need a plan to keep myself from going overboard (figuratively, not literally) though. How does that saying go? Failing to plan is planning to fail? Especially with the way this week has been going. So, here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Limit the booze – We’ll be living on a boat with small kids, so knocking back cocktails with little umbrellas in them probably isn’t the safest idea.
  • Go for a walk at our daily stops/march in place on the boat if need be – I’m committed to hitting my step goal, even if I have to look ridiculous while doing it.
  • Eat the protein first – instead of digging straight into the carbs, I’m going to make an effort to eat my proteins first. Hopefully that’ll be filling enough to keep me from scarfing down the rest.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – I’m going to drink all the water.

If any of you has any ideas or suggestions on what else I can do to minimize the risk of gaining some vacation weight, please feel free to send them my way. I’m all ears (or is it eyes?).

Current step total: 9,286

Day 65: So many donuts

Day 64

I received the notification of how much I won from my month-long DietBet. The initial bet was $35. I won $49.25! Woo hoo! That’s a profit of almost $15. Or as DietBet refers to it – a 40.7% return on my investment.

I also discovered the solution to my protein problem: grilled chicken breast nuggets!

Now, I know I could make my own grilled chicken breast nuggets, but it takes longer than just nuking these bad boys in the microwave. At about 25 grams of protein for a four ounce serving, all I need to do is eat four servings a day to hit my goal. Best of all, a four ounce serving is only 147 calories (a total of 589 calories). That leaves me with anywhere from 900-1,000 calories for anything else I want to eat.

Unfortunately though, it wasn’t all wins yesterday. Up until around 9:30 pm last night, I was doing pretty darn good. I was under 1,600 calories for the day, I wasn’t craving anything, I was feeling pretty good. I was short on my protein goal, but I was ok with it because I had a solid plan going forward (see chicken nuggets above); but it got late and I got hungry, and the next thing I knew, I was chowing down on leftover chicken nuggets – from Dominos, not the healthier grilled kind above. I ended the day at a little over 1,900 calories.

On the bright side though, at least it was protein that pushed me over my calorie range. It truly could have been worse – I could have binged on the three dozen Krispy Kreme donuts sitting on my kitchen counter.

Final step count: 15,657

Day 65

Yes. You read that correctly. There are currently three dozen Krispy Kreme donuts still sitting on my kitchen counter this morning. Well, actually, it’s more like 2 dozen and 10 donuts, I may have already eaten two…

You might be wondering why I have so many donuts. Even if you’re not, I’m going to tell you: It’s because it was part of a fundraiser at big kid’s school and I ordered them with the intention of dropping them off at my husband’s job. There was a slight hiccup in my planning though… I didn’t realize the donut pick-up was scheduled for the Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend; the same weekend we were leaving on vacation to Fiji for a week. Oh, and on a Friday that my husband’s office is closed as part the aforementioned holiday.

So now I’m stuck with them. I have no clue what I’m going to do with them just yet or who I can give them to (to avoid eating them all myself), but I’ll need to figure that out today.

That being said, silver lining #2 from the last two days of going over my calorie range: I finally let go of my darn water weight. This morning I weighed in at 123.6 lbs.

I have no clue why I dropped the water weight. I ate some pretty high sodium things over the past two days. If anything, I should have gained some more water weight; but whatever, I’ll take it. Now, I just need to stay on track so the scale will continue to move downward.

Current step total: 820

Day 46: It’s a new week

Day 45

Yesterday was a weird day. I had to force myself to write my daily post, so I couldn’t really think of anything to write. I had to walk some laps to get my steps in, despite how much I thought I’d walked; and when I finally got around to logging the rest of my meals, my total for the day was 3,394 calories!

Final step count: 15,277

Day 46

Despite my overindulgence yesterday, my water weight gain was surprisingly low. That should have helped me get off on the right foot today, but it didn’t. From the minute I woke up, I felt off.

Fortunately, despite waking up on the wrong side of the bed, I made it to the gym and have kept my calories under my daily goal (so far). Unfortunately, despite how busy and hurried I felt today, I was surprisingly little. I wasn’t even at 9,000 steps when I got home around dinner time. Needless to say, I’m typing this while walking a shit ton of living room laps. I can’t ruin my step count streak now.

What a way to start the week!

Current step count: 10,459

Current step goal streak: 16 days  

Previous step goal streak: 2 days
Longest step goal streak: 16 days