|Man, that friendly candy corn cup looks really freaky in this picture. Sorry guys.|
So, I have been trying to lose weight for, well, basically this entire year. Even when I thought I was pregnant I was secretly still wishing I'd drop a pound or two. But then I miscarried/was never really pregnant and I don't really know anything about how that effects one's body, but I swear it has messed with my body in so many weird ways. Or at least, any time my body has done something weird this year I've blamed it on that. Because my body has been so out of whack. And in no way has my body been more out of whack than in its ability to respond to my multiple efforts to lose weight.
In the past year I have tried counting calories, going running, shredding with Jillian, going on the exercise bike, going on walks, running a 5K, going without treats, going without sugar or animal products, cutting back on carbs... the list goes on. Now I'll admit that I haven't stuck with any of these things for more than a month or two, but, seriously, I should have at least seen some kind of improvement.
But no. My body is at 155 and that is exactly where it wants to stay. Boo to you, body.
Then this week I started doing a health challenge with a few friends and family members. I've done this health challenge before, but it ended up being right in the middle of when I thought I was pregnant and then I miscarried and then I laid on the couch feeling sick for a month and then I didn't care about losing weight (or trying to move) at all.
So... the last go around didn't go so well. But, hey! Look at me! I'm trying again! This time around we're not doing the whole money thing and, ironically, I've been a lot more motivated. I've gotten a perfect score every day this week except for Halloween, which was my treat day. And--drum roll please--
I've already lost 3* pounds! Woot!
Now if I can just keep it off and make sure the numbers keep getting smaller instead of bouncing back up. Grr. I've been as low as 151 (my current weight) at other times during this year, but I don't think I've ever dropped below 150. The 140's and 130's and 120's (my ultimate goal) just mock me. They're so close and yet sooo far away. Bah. But so far I'm still feeling very motivated and I'm really enjoying the healthier me.
You can read more about the health challenge on that post (see the link above), but basically I've been drinking lots of water, eating my fruits and veggies, tracking my calories with MyFitnessPal, not eating any treats (except one day a week), not eating anything after 9 pm (except I did on my treat day this week), and exercising for at least 45 minutes each day.
Last week I checked out the 6th season of Gilmore Girls from the library and, as usual, got hooked. We have an exercise bike and I am proud to say that I have already biked my way through the entire 6th season of Gilmore Girls and started in on the 7th. Hooray! Hurrah! Go me!
Actually, on most days I've been biking my way through two or three (45 minute long) episodes. And I've been really good about all of the other health challenge stuff that I mentioned above. And (knock on wood) it's working!
And that's how Gilmore Girls is making me skinny.
P.S. But I'm worried about what to watch when I finish the 7th season because that's the last one. I could start at the beginning again, but I'm not really in the mood. I've already watched all of the first 2 seasons of Downton Abbey and we've religiously watched the first 4 seasons of West Wing. Any recommendations for good shows to get hooked on next?
*For those of you who can do math and are wondering why I said I was at 155, lost 3 pounds, and now I'm at 151, technically, I started this week at 154, so for the health challenge I've only lost 3 pounds. But, in my heart, it's really 4 pounds! Hurrah!