Fitness, Lifestyle

January 2019: Refresh Weigh-In

Hello, hello, hello gang.  Told you I’d be back this evening with my first post for my Fitness Journey.  We are going to get super personal and up close with pictures, measurements, and goals for the month.  Now, I’m going to say this because I need to say this.  This is my journey, I’m not here telling you how to go about yours. I’m not a doctor, nutritionist, or a personal trainer.  I am going on this journey and figuring out what works best for me without starving myself, over straining myself, or making myself miserable.  This is not a diet, this is truly a lifestyle change and adjustment.  What works for me might or might not work for you.  We are all different, all individuals.  You do you boo!  Now, let’s get on with this business!

 

Original Start Date: July 7, 2017
Original Start Weight: 242.6 lbs
Refresh Start Date: January 1, 2019
Refresh Start Weight: 219.2 lbs
Current Weight Loss: 23.4 lbs

 

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There it is y’all, my current weight.  At one point I managed to get down to 202.6 lbs, losing a total of 40 pounds but unfortunately, I gained back almost 18 pounds since August, the bulk of it since meeting my boyfriend.  You know how it goes, just starting out, eating out more, yadda, yadda, yadda.  It’s time to start holding myself accountable again, go back to being active, watch my portion sizes, and aim for 1600-1800 calories, more on my more active days.  To help with that, I use the My Fitness Pal app.  I’ve used it for the past couple of years and love it.

So, moving on, here are 4 goals for the month:
1. Restart Couch to 5k Training Program, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
2. Instead of focusing on counting calories this month, focus on portion control.
3. Drink 1 liter of water a day.
4. Aim for losing 5 pounds this month.

I think those are easy enough, however, everything is always easier said than done.  I will do my best though to stay positive and strong through this.  Luckily, I have a very loving and supportive boyfriend who loves me just the way I am but supports my decision to get fit and healthy.  He’s pretty great.  Anywho, on to the measurements!

January 1, 2019: Measurements
Neck: 14.5 inches
Left Arm: 16.25 inches
Right Arm: 16.75 inches
Chest: 39.5 inches
Waist: 38.25 inches
Hips: 46.5 inches
Left Thigh: 27.5 inches
Right Thigh: 27.75 inches
Left Calf: 18 inches
Right Calf: 17.75 inches
Current Jean Size: Levi’s Women Size 12 (and it is a bit tight)

That’s it, this is the start of my refresh for my fitness journey for 2019.  I just need to take it 5 pounds and one day at a time.  I didn’t gain all of this weight overnight, I’ve been overweight since I was around 8 years old.  There’s going to be further relearning of proper eating and portion control, getting back into the groove of working out, and making a shit ton of mistakes.  I will leave you with a few before photos of myself, including pictures taken today for progress photos sake.  I hope you guys have a great night and until next time!

Back in 2006, around 240 lbs

Me back in the late 2000’s, I think around 2008-ish.  I managed to get down to around 165 lbs.  Still not at my goal, but I got close.

Terrible pictures, but this was the start of my fitness journey, July 7, 2017.

Again, terrible pictures, but this was the front view to the start of my fitness journey, July 7, 2017.

And here I am now, January 1, 2019.

Fitness

My Weight Watcher’s Story.

In my Battle of the Diets post, I mentioned briefly my time on Weight Watchers.  Tonight, I have decided to go a little further in depth about my time on Weight Watchers as well as why I will never go back to WW.  PS: I am just going to abbreviate it to save time.

beforepicture001I started WW when I was about 20 years old or so and weighed around 224 pounds.  This picture to the left doesn’t really show how large I was, but unfortunately it is the only one I can find.  I was living with a friend who was also overweight and was looking to lose weight.  Together we decided to start WW and join a local gym.  We used the app to help keep track of our points and our exercise.  It was fairly easy to follow and track points.  Of course, back then the internet was not as quick as it is now, but there wasn’t too much issues plugging in our meals.  My friend did most of the cooking, measuring, counting, all of that tedious work because at the time I had no clue how to cook.  Scrambled eggs with cheese was my specialty as well as cereal.  I know, real Rachael Ray in the making… not lol.  For lunches, most of the time we picked up microwaveable meals from Smart Ones, Healthy Choice, and Lean Cuisine.  Most of them also already had to points on the box, which was another wonderful convenience.  Over the span of 6 to 7 months, I went from 224 pounds to about 165 pounds.

Here is where it starts to go downhill.  Although I maintained the weight loss for a good while, I want to say about 2 to 3 years, I learned absolutely nothing from it.  Is that WW’s fault?  Absolutely not.  I allowed myself not to learn anything from that experience.  I didn’t learn how to portion control, I did not address my mental health issues, I definitely didn’t learn how to cook, I just knew that I could heat something up in the microwave and boom, dinner was served.  I quit WW’s because I lost weight, although I still was not at my ideal weight, I was lighter and thought I didn’t need it anymore.

After a wrist injury that left me unable to perform my job, I started emotional eating and the weight started piling back on.  I reached my original highest weight and tacked on an additional 20 pounds.  When I started this fitness journey, 242.6 pounds was officially the highest weight I have ever recalled being.

So after all of that, the fact that I did achieve success with WW’s, why have I decided to not use the service again?  For one, it costs money.  I would rather spend the money I’d be paying to use that service towards my gym membership or workout clothes and shoes.  Another is that I use MyFitnessPal (not sponsored), which is a free app, and it guesstimates how many calories a day I should be eating to lose about 2 pounds a week, let’s me scan foods, calculate recipes, and etc. all for free.  WW’s is an absolutely wonderful tool and I am grateful for the time I used it.  However, I no longer need it because what I am doing is working for me.  I am learning how to cook for myself, portion control, exercise, and I am figuring out how to properly take care of me.  It’s a beautiful thing.  I hope you found this post somewhat interesting.  If you have used WW’s in the past or are currently using it, let me know how it went or how it is going!  I love hearing other success stories as well as tribulation stories.  Until next time!