Friday, November 25, 2011

Resuming Weekly Weigh-In’s

Ah, another Thanksgiving has come and gone!

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Yesterday was filled with family, food, and some very full bellies.

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The spread included turkey, cranberry walnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, squash, and cheesy zucchini.

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I filled my plate with turkey, stuffing, zucchini and sweet potato casserole.

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I’m not a fan of mashed potatoes and gravy (I know, I’m crazy) but I was quite impressed with my uncle’s mashed potato mountain that he created.

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It was so perfectly formed with a nice little well for his gravy. He doesn’t mess around with his mashed potatoes Smile.


Oh, and it’s not a Berg Thanksgiving if there aren’t six different kinds of desserts to choose from.

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I sampled a little of everything, and I also nibbled on a few pumpkin cookies before we sat down for dinner.

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I left my aunt’s house stuffed as usual, but I called it quits on eating for the rest of the night when we got home. Normally on holidays, I’m back in the kitchen snacking on leftover sweets a couple of hours after lunch/dinner, even if I’m still full. Last night I decided I didn’t want to go to bed with an uncomfortably full stomach, and that I wanted to wake up energized and ready to hit the gym. Well, the plan worked and I’m happy to report that I busted out a 45 minute cardio session this morning starting with the following treadmill workout and ending with 20 minutes on the Arc Trainer:

Time

Speed

Incline

0-5

3.8 –> 4.0

2.5

5-7

5.5

2.5

7-8

4.0

3.0

8-10

5.7

3.0

10-11

3.8

3.0

11-13

6.0

2.5

13-14

7.0

1.0

14-16

4.0

1.0

16-20

6.0

1.0

20-23

4.0

1.0

23-25

3.8 –> 3.5

1.0

That incline is killer! I was a sweaty beast when I got off the treadmill.


Post workout breakfast:

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Apple cinnamon oatmeal, again.

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I don’t think I will ever get sick of it.


Resuming Weekly Weigh-In’s

I’ve decided to start resuming weekly weigh-in’s again on the blog. You all know that I’ve recently been going through an incredibly unmotivated slump and really started slacking on my eating. I’ve been dealing with some personal issues and, not surprisingly, found myself often turning to food when I was upset. However, Ben's recent decision to get back on track and start posting daily weigh-ins has helped inspire me to get back with it as well. Other factors that are motivating me right now:

  • I hate almost every picture that is taken of me. I can see the weight gain in my face as well as my body, and it makes me feel awful to look at.
  • Pants that used to be loose on me are getting tight now, and I absolutely refuse to buy new ones.
  • My muffin top is out of control. Enough said.
  • I don’t feel confident anymore like I used to when I was down 115 pounds.
  • I’m ashamed that I write a weight loss blog and I weigh more now than I did when I started it.
  • I’m not happy. People say that what you look like on the outside doesn’t matter and I do believe this to an extent, but I think it’s important to be happy with the way you look. Someone else may be the exact same height and weight as me and be completely fine with it, and that’s good for them. However, I’m not fine with it and until I’m happy and love myself, how can I expect anyone else to love me?

That being said, here’s your first weigh-in:

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180 on the dot. My lowest weight ever was 164.2 back in April, and I haven’t seen a number that low since then. It hovered between 165 and 170 for a few months, then between 170-175 this summer, and somehow five more pounds seemed to creep back on. Time to nip this in the bud now before it gets too out of control again.

Goal #1: Lose thirty pounds, shooting for a loss of 5-10 pounds per month.
Goal #2: Aim for either a loss or no change on the scale at every weigh-in. Gains are not acceptable.


Let’s do this.

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