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Monday, June 23rd, 2008
3:51 pm
I don't know if anyone comes here anymore....

BUT I wanted to update that I DID IT!!!!!

I went on Weight Watchers (after ballooning up to 196lbs) and have lost 50lbs!!! I'm now at 146 and LOVING IT!!!!!!!!!

I hope you all are doing well on your weight loss journeys, and I am proof that the most procrastinating, laziest junk-food lover can DO IT!!!

Thursday, December 29th, 2005
10:03 am
I just got back from my 10days Thailand trip (Krabi and Phuket) I jumped onto the scale once I got home. To my surprise, I lost 3.5kg!!! How was that possible? I was actually expecting a weight gain from all that seafood dinners I’ve been having…. LOL!
A friend said that maybe it was due to all the walking we have to do plus the heavy backpack we had to carry all around.
I had a wonderful time in Thailand, did rock climbing in Krabi, and still can’t believe I was able to pull myself up those rocks. Will definitely return back to Krabi and climb the more challenging cliffs.
I hope everyone else had a great Christmas!!!
Wednesday, December 28th, 2005
7:18 pm
Is my scale on crack?
I really overate over Christmas. My weight skyrocketed to 146 pounds on Tuesday. That day, I told my husband not to fix me dinner. I had two Slim-Fasts, two clementines (imagine a juicier, much sweeter tangerine) and half a package of beef jerky. That, plus eight glasses of water, was what I had all day.

This morning, my scale read 141 1/2. I weighed myself three times just to make sure.

There is a tray full of cake slices, one column vanilla, one column apple, and one column pumpkin. I started towards it two or three times, but sternly ordered myself "No!" each time. I do not need another 350 or 400 extra calories today.

I don't want to spoil my body's miraculous loss of four and a half pounds overnight by abusing it with sugary junk.

Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.
Monday, December 12th, 2005
10:39 am
Must share this good news...
I've been weighing myself every morning, but really so that I have some number to punch into the machines during my workouts. What I have been basing my progress upon though are my waist measurements, which I measure every morning (and mark in my workout journal, along with what I eat and how much water I drink).

Anyway, as of this past Saturday, I have now dropped 3" off my waist since I started working out November 1st!!! This is the most progress I have seen in gods I don't know how many years. I am so happy about this, as I am a huge flirt at heart and I miss having men tripping over themselves trying to impress me :] (it was always in good fun, have never deliberately hurt anyone) Not that I'm some ugly lump now, but I do miss the volume of attention. Now my sister's insistence that we hit the beach next summer in matching bikinis actually seems like a possibility. A small, tiny possibility, but a possibility none the same.

Current Mood: good
Saturday, December 10th, 2005
11:10 am
I am deliberately going off my diet. Just for today. I am going to a party tonight where there will be nothing but cookies, alcohol, and other beverages served. To avoid the disasters that would attend eating nothing but sugar and booze, I am eating a lot today.

Tomorrow, it's back to normal. This will probably make me gain a few pounds, but I am anticipating this ahead of time, so it's not the end of the world, and I will lose the weight in about a week.
Friday, December 9th, 2005
9:03 am
Yesterday I was chatting with one of my girlfriends over the phone, and she informed me that she had lost 21lbs (!!!) in the past 5 weeks ever since she started seeing a dietician and started eating healthier. I haven't seen her since the beginning of summer but congratulated her on the great news.

Now, this is the evil part....while I was congratulating her, I was SO jealous of her weight loss! I just kept on thinking,"how come I haven't managed to drop 21 lbs in the past 5 weeks?!?" This is not fair as she is morbidly obese (she's about 5'5", 350-400lbs, I think?) and even just changing diet will cause a quick drop in poundage at first. But I just couldn't help but think about how wonderful it would be if there was 21lbs less of me. God, I'm thinking about it right now - aaaaargh!

On another note....I didn't do the double cardio that I had wanted to do yesterday. I realized that after one cardio set (circuit training for 90 minutes), I had to get out of the gym. Maybe it would be different if I get a mp3 player or something. I did manage to do my weights though, which is a good thing :]

Today is arms&back in terms of weights, and of course 90 minutes cardio and a bit of running (am adding on 0.1 mile each time. I figure this way, I will eventually get to 10 miles). Am looking forward to lunch today, as my dad Paul is taking me out for our traditional Friday sushi lunch (hooray!).
Monday, December 5th, 2005
2:38 am
Hiya. New to the group, started working out and dieting AGAIN for the 4th time this year, and this one is GOING TO WORK. I'm aiming to lose 30lbs within the next 2 or 3 months.

I'm kind of hitting a wall though. I'm doing Tae Bo and Pilates but I need a different cardio, as Tae Bo is a ton of fun and works quickly but I'm concerned about my joints and stuff. I can't afford a gym and weather doesn't allow running, so I was wondering if anyone knew of any cardio dvd's/videos. I was looking at the Cathe Friedrich series and I absolutely adore step but they're so pricey! Any suggestions are welcome, as I want to pick something up ASAP. I feel like since I'm worried about over-taebo'ing it, I'm going to worry myself to discouragement (I do that).

Good luck to all!
Thursday, December 1st, 2005
11:15 am
I know that cutting back on calories causes weight loss, because you're eating less than you were before. But that having too few calories messes everything up, because too low and your body starts eating itself and your metabolism drops to tortoise-like proportions.

But what happens if I'm consuming about 1200 calories a day, AND doing weights and cardio? I've estimated that in the end, I come out about 400-600 calories net (calories consumed - calories exercised = net). I know that the weight training builds muscles, and that both cardio and weights keep up metabolism, so is it enough to counteract the fact that I'm having way less than 800 calories net a day?

If someone has any ideas or can point me in the right direction, that would be great!
Saturday, November 26th, 2005
12:55 pm
I indulged on Thanksgiving. Then I indulged again yesterday. I had the leftover ribs for lunch, then went to movie night at a friend's, where I had four slices of meatlover's pizza, had a ginger beer, and two cans of regular Coke.

The result: 143.5 on the scale this morning. A gain of 3 1/2 pounds in two days.

This is a warning sign, like the Check Oil light on your car. At this stage, the weight gain is easily correctable. I am going back on SlimFast for two meals a day. Tomorrow, I am meeting a friend for lunch. I will order a salad without cheese, meat, or croutons (dressing is no temptation for me, since I hate the stuff), no appetizer, no bread, no dessert. I will drink lots of diet soda with the meal.

The holidays are over until Christmas. Time to reign in the appetite.

Today: one scoop of Slim-Fast with 2% milk (I hate skim), and about thirty grapes (what I've eaten so far)

If we go out to eat after the movie, I will order a salad, same as above. I will say I'm not hungry after all the pizza I ate last night if my husband asks me why. I've learned that people are either annoyed with me or think I need to see a shrink when I mention I need to diet. This is because I am now close to normal weight, of course.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005
11:25 am
Good Things To Hear
This morning I was walking past a co-worker when she said, "You were hippy and had a big caboose. But not anymore." She and another co-worker also said I was still losing weight (which I haven't been, since I weish 140 and have been within four pounds of that weight for the last several months). I told them that my scale has been saying the same thing every day and they insisted my scale is wrong.

Has anyone ever weighed the same, not exercised, and still have your clothes keep getting looser?
Thursday, November 17th, 2005
12:10 pm
New action plan: can eat anything I want, BUT only after I've had 1.5L of water. Will keep posts on if this works.

I feel as though I'm one of those people who are always ready to hear about the next get-rich-quick schemes, only mine is about food. Right now I'm really hopeful about the water thing, but on the other hand I'm thinking, how silly I am :P No wonder those companies selling laxatives-disguised-as-weight-loss remedies thrive....it's that potent mixture of desperation and hope that spells revenues. Of course if some magic pill came out that would shed the fat with no negative effects, I would race to be first in line.

Until then, am guzzling water, peeing like a race horse, and gym gym gym (am now up to 3 sets of 12 reps).

Current Mood: alright
Saturday, November 12th, 2005
11:45 am
My scale gave me great news. I weigh 136 1/2. My lowest weight in two years!!! I am not trying to lose weight now. Just maintain at 140 or less.
Thursday, November 10th, 2005
2:47 pm
I need a cheer up
I've just come back from my annual physical, and I've gained 22 lbs(!) since last year. I guess I just didn't realize how I was packing on the fat....am feeling a bit down on myself for doing this to myself :[

Am thinking of seriously changing my diet, like doing a no-carb thing for the rest of the month or doing my university diet of coffee&cigarettes again. I'm just feeling kinda desperate, which is not usual for me. I feel like crying and then starving myself as punishment - sounds sick, I know, but that's what I feel right now.

The only plus side from this news: I want to go to the gym now even more. I just wish that I didn't feel so shitty right now.

Current Mood: despondant
7:51 am
I've eaten almost two jars of spaghetti sauce this past week. Straight. I'm not pregnant. My dinners have often been odd for a while: dry cereal, raw spagetti sauce, orange juice, an apple or two, and shredded cheese. Or some other combo that's equally weird. On the nights my husband cooks for me, I eat normal foods, and plenty of them.

But I still got those odd cravings. I always took my vitamins, so I was not deficient there. I think it's because I'm not getting enough phytochemicals, fiber, or something. My health is excellent, though; I'm never sick.

The problem is, I'm not getting enough veggies. But I detest them cooked, because they taste like cafteria food. And there's only so often you can eat salad or raw veggies without getting heartily sick of them.
Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
2:37 pm
I gained 5 1/2 pounds between Saturday and Monday, going from 139 to 144. Yikes! I lost 2 1/2 pounds since yesterday, so I now weigh 142, which still puts me two pounds over my goal weight of 140.

Since 'tis the season for overeating, and I do that at every party, potluck, etc., I have decided on the following diet from now till New Year's on the days that I don't have anything special going on.

Breakfast: One bowl of heatlthy cereal, such as Wheaties (a real bowl, not the handful they tell you you should eat), with 2% milk

Lunch: One can Slim-Fast Optima

Dinner: One glass 2% milk mixed with a scoop of Slim-Fast Optima powder and fresh fruit

Snack (if still hungry): Fresh fruit

I take a daily mulitvitamin with iron and I also take calcium/magnesium zinc pills, so vitamin and mineral deficiencies are a nonissue.

What do you all think?
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
9:15 pm
Day 8
Weight: 84kg (that's kinda funny, but won't worry about it. Will just watch what I eat today)

Exercise: 3 sets of 10 reps each of
barbell squats (10lbs)
glute/ham raise (bridge)
ab work (curls)

Cardio: 1 hour at gym (718 cals), 1 hour 10 minutes outside
15 minutes stairclimber (209 cals) [*evil laugh* I am starting to conquer this evil machine]
15 minutes stationary bike (94 cals)
30 minutes elliptical (415 cals)
70 minutes brisk walk home

Finally hit the 1 hour mark in terms of cardio!!! Go me! I'm determined to do at least 1 hour of cardio, 5 times a week. Hey, I can temporarily put my social life on hold, if it means that I won't cry at pictures of myself in a bathing suit :P

It's only Day 8 of my self-created 101 day program, but I've noticed an attitude adjustment on my part. I think for the better. Instead of doing the usual let's-ignore-the-problem-and-hope-that-it'll-go-away-quietly-on-its-on, I've been feeling more...competent? Anyway, I feel as though I can deal with problems instead of slinking away from them. And you know what, so far I've found that finding a workable solution is so much easier than the stress of trying to not worry about the growing problem.

Silly moment of the day: as I was walking home through the U of T campus, this absolute boytoy cutie smiles and winks at me(!). Made me laugh in a good way, but am still off men until my trip. Life is much simpler sans les garcons, pour maintenant, au moins ^_^

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, November 7th, 2005
9:22 pm
Day 7
Weight: 82.5 kg (a drop of 1.5kg from Day 1)(happyhappyjoyjoy)

I felt that 5x5 wasn't challenging me enough, so I've switched to doing 3 sets of 10 reps for each exercise. I found that it made a huge difference, as I could really feel my body working and the last two reps required me to pull on my willpower and determination.

chest press (60lbs)
row (60 lbs)
bicep curl (20lbs barbell)
tricep pulldown (22.5 lbs)

cardio: 45 minutes total, 542 cals burned
15 minutes stairclimber (I was panting but I finished it)
5 minutes reclining bike (just wasn't into it today)
25 minutes elliptical
20 minute brisk walk

I read this article today in a weight-training site which said that one has to commit to doing 45 minutes - 1 hour of cardio 4-5 times a week to lose weight. Any less and it'll be to maintain the weight at the current level. That's o.k., I'm ready to make that kind of committment. I was planning to cut back on my social life anyway to save money for Christmas presents & December birthday presents for 5 family members and of course, my trip :-)

Aside from work, my life will evolve around the gym, piano, knitting and salsa. It'll be kinda lonely even though I'll be surrounded by people all the time, but oh well, it's going to be so worth it looking into the mirror three months from now and seeing what I've accomplished so far.

Current Mood: determined
Friday, November 4th, 2005
2:00 pm
Day 3's workout
This is what I accomplished yesterday (5 sets of 5 reps each)

chest press (45 lbs)
row (60 lbs) [a 15lbs increase!]
bicep curl (20 lbs) [found I had better form using a barbell. Also a 8 lbs increase!]
tricep pulldown (22.5 lbs) [2.5 lbs increase!]

No cardio since my thighs were soooo sore. Walking down any steps made me wince in pain, so I decided to listen to my body and take it easy. Good thing I did, because today I feel great and am really looking forward to hitting the gym (woohoo! that'll make it 4 days in a row!)

Current Mood: pleased
Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
1:12 pm
Day 3
Yesterday's workout:
5 sets of 5 reps of:
barbell squats
glute/ham raises
calf raises

cardio: 40 minutes stationary bike (241 cals burned)
25 minutes brisk walk

Today my thighs are simply dying from the squats I did yesterday. Walking down stairs is killer, though I guess it doesn't help that I'm wearing 4 1/2 " heels (but they're so pretty, and they go so well with my dress suit :D ). Am wondering what kinda of cardio I want to do today...

After work it's back to the gym and time to do workout #1 again. I'm also keeping track of what I eat in my workout notebook, along with the times I eat everything, and I'm finding that it's already acting as a firm guiding hand.

Today is only Day 3 of my program, but I'm noticing a tiny bit of shrinking already. Unfortunately it's my breasts, but that's o.k. because for me that's the first place weight goes away and my gut is the last. This just means that I will start to see some reduction in my waistline as long as I stay with the program.

Current Mood: determined
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005
9:11 am
Day 2
I calculated that I have about 101 days before I leave for Costa Rica, so I'm keeping track of each and every day in my workout journal. I found this 4 days/week, 5x5 strength training program, so I'm going to do this for the first 30 days before maybe switching to a more intense program. On my days off from the weight training I'm scheduled to do some quick jogging.

Yesterday's achievements:
Day 1: 5 sets of 5 reps/exercise
45lbs chest press
45lbs seated row
bicep curl w/ 6 lbs dumbells
20lbs tricep pulldown

cardio: 40 minutes elliptical (528 cals burned)
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