WIW: End of Operation: Peggy Bundy Week 2 / Introducing Operation: New Year's Eve
Well, this is my final weigh in for Operation: Peggy Bundy. My first goal was to lose 3 lbs, which I accomplished the first week and was quite ecstatic about it! I don’t know if I’ve lost three pounds in one week since I first started blogging, just over a year ago. My second goal was to lose another 3 lbs by Halloween. That second goal was a bit ambitious, I admit. I’m not a contestent on The Biggest Loser who has the luxury of working out all day. Having said that - I’m not unhappy with my progress even if I didn’t meet goal number two. It was an afterthought, anyway. Soooo here’s the numbers. Highest weight: 154 lbs Last week: 133 lbs This week: 132.8 lbs Loss: .2 lbs Loss from highest weight: 21.2 lbs A loss is a loss is a loss! So I’m cool with that. Since halloween is practically here, I’m starting a new challenge for myself. I’m going to call it Operation: New Years Eve. My goal is to get to 125 lbs by New Years Eve. I will adhere to a plan that has worked for me in the past: 5 small meals throughout the day; lots of salads, which I love; cardio 2x a week, minimum; circuit training 1x a week and abs 2-4 times a week. Free eating time will be from Friday night to Saturday night. This is not “eat everything in sight” time but it’s okay if I have splurge items. Also, I will not be drinking Monday - Thursday unless it is a holiday - and speaking of holidays: those will also be completely free days. If you think I’ll be missing my aunt’s famous corn souffle, my chestnut soup or Urth Cafe’s pumpkin pie, you are SORELY mistaken. Okay - off to have my snack (low fat string cheese). Xxx, M
[I realized I had more to say about this than I originally thought so I made this One Year Anniversary post it’s own so I could properly accommodate my reflections.]
Soooooooo today is the one year anniversary of my blog. I had a nagging feeling all day that something about today was special but I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was. While sitting here logging in my workout for the day I suddenly thought "When did I start blogging… exactly?"
Well, as it turns out it was exactly one year ago today.
For those of you that never read it, here is my very first post. It starts with “I admit that I’m not fat by most people’s standards. But I need to change.”
It’s funny how I apologized for my blog with my first step into blogging. Well, no, not funny, really. I remember writing that because I felt like I had no place starting a weight loss blog. What did I know about losing weight? I had never done it - not more than a pound or two here or there, anyway. But I wanted to blog. I wanted the accountability. Because my starting weight was a lot lower than the majority of the blogs I was already following I felt the need to justify my presence. My intention was the same, though: to make a change in my life so I could create a new me. One that I actually liked. I was ready for a new reflection in the mirror.
In the past year I’ve had ups and downs. Some of those have happened on the scale but most of them have happened in my mind. In the beginning, I struggled with negative self-talk and people, I was just plain mean to myself. I knew this had to stop so I trained myself to see positive things about my body instead of allowing myself to obsess over the the parts that I feel need more work.
I’ve tried being super strict: I logged every calorie I ate online, I macronutrient tracked, I even went Paleo for six weeks but found that the best approach for me was counting calories in my head (but not getting totally neurotic about it). That way I had a little leway back and forth. Some freedom.
I’ve been through months of being totally “on point” with my eating and working out and then weeks of being a total and complete slacker (in the working out department but not in the food department) but no matter what I’ve never EVER given up. Every time I’ve taken one step back I remind myself that I’ve taken five steps forward since the last time I took a step back - that’s progress.
I’ll always fall off the wagon. Whether it’s for a day, a meal, a week, a month - it doesn’t matter. That’s part of life. No one eats perfectly all of the time or works out every single day 100% of the time. What counts is getting back up. Again and again and again because as long as you’re picking yourself back up then you are always pushing for better.
It’s been a big year of physical and mental change and I’m really proud of myself. :)
I haven’t written about my weight in quite some time. Mostly because I was maintaining at between 127 and 131. It was good and I felt great about those numbers and how I looked. Unfortunately, my lack of exercise and terrible eating the first month and a half of the new job caught up with me.
I weighed 136 last Wednesday and was ashamed to talk about it. For a week or so prior to that I had been reverting to negative self-talk, telling myself I was fat and gross and lazy.
That’s why I created Operation: Peggy Bundy. I needed to refocus and have an immediate goal. I set the goal for myself to lose 3 lbs in 20 days.
I excercised just one official time last week, though I also walked a few miles each day over the weekend. However, my food was pretty damn good. I said “no thanks” to soooo many things at the office: m&ms, donuts, pizza, pasta, cheesecake and muffins, among other things.
Well, it paid off because I lost all three pounds of my goal JUST THIS WEEK!!
It just goes to show ya just how much of the “weightloss equation” truly is the food you put into your body, doesn’t it?
Last week: 136 lbs
This week: 133 lbs
Loss: 3 lbs
Loss from highest weight: 21 lbs
New Operation Peggy Bundy goal: 3 more pounds on the next 11 days.
Can I do it?!? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
Who are some of your favorite FITNESS focused blogs?
I’m not looking for people who post about work, friends, significant others or mainly reblog others as much as I’m looking for fitness tips, workout routines, healthy recipes and motivational self reflective posts (like noquit-style!).
I need about 20 new faces on my dash so don’t be shy! Suggest a few, please!
Station 4: Abs 40 Bicycle Crunches 20 Russian Twists 20 Lower Leg Lifts 20 Reverse Crunch 20 Crunch 20 Russian “Straights”, as we called them. A crunch, balancing on the butt, back off the ground, pulling the knees to the chest; then legs extended while still keeping the back off the ground and being balanced. I’m not even sure that’s a real move - but it worked. [2 rounds]
Station 5: 12 push ups 30 seconds of left side plank 30 seconds of right side plank
Shakey muscles and I are going to go refuel now. K, bye.
In case you missed it, yesterday I unveiled Operation: Peggy Bundy. I’m dressing as her for Halloween and am aiming to lose three pounds by the 29th of October, which is when I’m attending a party. That’s 18 days from now.
I love having goals. They really help me stay focused and I find that I can push myself harder to do better and to eat cleaner when I have one (or more!).
Today for breakfast: Chocolate Dream Protein Shake with Trader Joe’s Coconut Milk. Total calories: 170. Snack will be a whole tomato with salt. Lunch will be salad with chicken. Afternoon snack will be applesauce. Not sure about dinner yet.
My workout today will be circuit training. I’ll have more details on that this evening after ive done it.
Today I’m walking and sprinting with my girl, J, after work. One hour.
While that’s happening I’ll be cooking my homemade chili! :) I’ll do all the prep work when I get home, throw it on the stove on low and let it bubble and mingle for an hour while I work out. Baddabing!
Also, for Halloween I’m being Peggy Bundy. It should be awesome. So, starting today is Operation: Peggy Bundy. Goal: feel less puffy and more confident in 20 days. I’ll be eating cleaner and working out more. I’ll be drinking 100 oz of water a day. I’ll be kicking ass!
"Is there an option of running near work, then going home after? Or at lunch?"
There is no option for running near work because I have to catch a specific train to get home. These days I take public transportation. The late evening crowd on the subway and train is seriously scary. Now, I might be a bit of a wuss here, but there’s just no way that’s happening.
As for the lunchtime idea: I don’t get how people do that. I’m a sweaty red faced mess for at least an hour after a workout; I like *eating* lunch on my break; I’m the first face guests see when coming into our office so I HAVE to look proffessional and wet hair wouldn’t go over well with management; and, since I take public transportation to work, schlepping three bags worth of shit on a train each day sounds obnoxious. Right now I carry my large purse and my tote with my work shoes (they hurt too much to walk through the station in), waterbottle, and all my food and snacks for the day.
So I’m going to focus on a before-work option at this time, I think.
Thanks to those of you who messaged me this week - you are sweet and the things you wrote were lovely.
The new job is wonderful and challenging. I’m working longer hours than I had in the past three years. I’m out the door by 7:45 am and I’m back home around 7pm. This means that when I get home after a long day of work im pooped. My feet hurt. I want dinner.
With the change from Summer to Fall, long days are gone, too. It is dark when I wake up and dark when I get home. I’ve been struggling with this because I won’t excersise in my neighborhood in the dark. It’s simply unsafe to do so. I have told myself a few times that I would work out after work by jump roping in my backyard but what I need to do is run. I’ve got my first 10k coming up… My first race EVER…
I’ve battled the idea of a gym membership since I started this blog. I’m not a gym person and, in fact, I quite dislike the vibe of a gym. Meat marketish, freaky bodybuilders… It’s a very unnatural environment for me. However, with my new job and new schedule - something has got to give. I’m not willing to let my health be that thing so I’m going to begin looking into gym membership options this weekend. I can’t promise I’m actually going to sign up for one but if I find one that is affordable, located close by and one that has plenty of treadmills… I might do it. (see? Still battling the idea of a gym… Even though I know I need to sign up. Ugh!)
I need to get my miles in. I need to be working out regularly and not just on weekends.
I will figure out a solution and when I do, you’ll be the first to know.
PS -- I know you're SUPER busy lately, but whenever you have time can you give me a little advice? I find it really hard to tell myself "no" when I'm craving junk. It makes me... sad. Which is sad in and of itself, but you know. What helped you overcome that? It seems as though you just made the choice and DID IT, and that's what I've been trying to do, but I'm finding it difficult. Have a great weekend! <3
That is pretty much what happened. I made the choice and stuck with it. It’s not always easy, either, so please don’t be fooled. I struggle, too.
Yesterday I battled a craving for ice cream almost ALL DAY. From the moment I ate lunch until the moment I went to bed I wanted ice cream. Rocky road, pistachio, mint chocolate chip… I alternately fantasized about all of those.
Ultimately, though, I forced myself to remember that eating it wouldn’t bring me closer to my goal. Knowing that and pushing that thought to the forefront of my mind helped me find the strength NOT to eat any.
And, while I do believe in living a lifestyle that goes by the idea “everything in moderation”, I really try not to succumb to cravings. I don’t want to condition myself to give in to each craving I have because if I did I would be eating mashed potatoes, ice cream, cheese, bread and pasta all day everyday… and I’d be fat.
If I’m going to enjoy a scoop of ice cream I don’t want it to be when I’m feeling out of control, which is how I normally feel when I’m having a craving. I’ll eat more when I’m feeling out of control than if I waited until another time.
So, to recap: I don’t want to condition myself to give into cravings and I don’t want to go bat-shit crazy and down a pint or more of ice cream at a time when all I should be having is a scoop.
Does that make sense?
Be strong. Stay focused. Oh, and just don’t buy any of the junk food you crave. If it’s not in the house - you can’t eat it.