Freedom Friday- Three Months Into My Healthy Weight Journey

scale

So, I didn't make it to my 50-pound goal by the end of September- but that's okay because I know what happened.  For one thing, I just couldn't live without a wrap.  I love bread and had black bean wraps a couple of times.  Bread just doesn't work for me.  It's not that I can't have it ever, but if I do decide to eat it I just have to be okay with the fact that I will not loose any weight and might even gain a couple of pounds, which is actually what happened.  It's a pain that this is happening.  I'm not sure why my system does not process bread well anymore but that's just how things are.  

Another thing that happened is there were a couple of days that I did not even get 1000 calories in.  This is really bizarre, but if I don't eat enough calories it's not good for me.  I have heard of this phenomenon before.  It's like your body locks onto the calories and goes into starvation mode because not enough food is coming in.  It's just something I'm really going to have to watch to make sure I eat enough calories.  It all really has to do with my brain, which is weird, because I didn't think I even had a brain- who knew?

The last factor to play a part in the malfunction was that I did not get enough activity in.  I really want to up my activity again this week.  I am going to aim for an hour a day.  I will break it up so that I can get the benefit of the calorie burning boost that comes from 10 minutes of cardio at least a couple of times a day.  I figure if I can get two half-hour periods of exercise or two 15-minute sessions and a half-hour session it will be better for my situation.

My Progress

chart showing weight loss numbers

As you can see, I am making pretty good progress.  I had gotten to a weight loss of 45 pounds before the last bread incident.  At my last appointment with my health coach, I had a total weight loss of 41 pounds.  My health coach was pretty happy with that.  Don't get me wrong, I am happy about it too- I just have high expectations of myself.  I am not overly disappointed, and this won't knock me off the balance beam, but I do want to make some adjustments.  I will just have to accept that if I choose to eat certain things- like bread- in the future that it will present a hinderance in my overall progress.

This is why I am constantly re-emphasizing the fact that I am in no way some sort of health guru or diet specialist.  I am simply sharing my experiences with others who may be going through similar challenges.  It is extremely important to have the proper support in whatever it is you are trying to accomplish in order to be successful.  Not having someone who can help you to stop and think about what is happening and how to appropriately react to it could be catastrophic.  I could get totally frustrated and discouraged if I wasn't accepting help.  

One reason I am satisfied with my results for the most part is because I have lost 3.5 inches from my waist so far, and my hemoglobin A1C has come down from 5.7 to 5.3.  I would have liked it to come down a little more but at least it's going the right direction.  I do NOT want to have to take insulin or some other sort of diabetic medication.  I have a chance to control this on my own by the way I eat and I am not going to let that opportunity slip by.  Normal hemoglobin A1C levels are 4 to 5.9.  I would like to get mine down closer to 4.7.  At least, I am back in the normal range and no longer considered pre-diabetic.  I am definitely pretty happy about that.

health test read-out

My body fat ratio has decreased from 51.7% to 49.2%.  I have a long way to go with that challenge, but at least I am under 50%- barely, but I'm under LOL.  As you can see by the read-outs above and below, my BMI has decreased from 55.3 to 50.2.  I think that's pretty good.  I have a bit of work to do before I get that in the normal range, but I feel a decrease of 5 in 3 months is pretty significant- and my health coach was pretty ecstatic about that too.

My total body water (TBW) ratio is off, but none of us are surprised about that are we? LOL  That will be a constant battle with me.  I will work on it harder now that I have gotten comparison read-outs.  I want my TBW to be within normal range by my next reading in three months.  It should be between 36-39%, so I have some considerable work there.

My visceral fat rating has decreased by 3.  That is probably going to be the one that takes the longest to fix, but of course that is what we are after right?  Getting rid of all that extra weight around my stomach- and other areas.  I am already starting to fit into some clothes that I haven't been able to for quite a while, so that's a good thing.  One other thing I really need to work on is getting my bone mass closer to 5.3.  

health test read-out

My goals

I know this one will be a total and complete shock, but I am going to work on drinking 8 glasses of water a day.  I know, that one came out of nowhere, huh? LOL  I am going to get at least one hour of activity in each day. I say "am" and not "try" because this is the mindset I need to have in order to accomplish this.  I need to get the activity- PERIOD.  It's important for my health, so...  

I am going to focus on making sure I get all of the nutrients I need to.  This means, I will focus on getting sufficient protein, calcium, potassium, and vitamins B & D.  I really feel that if I eat enough of the right calories, drink sufficient water, and move more I will be more successful.  I should reach my first 50-pound weight loss soon.  Once I do that, I will move on to my next big goal- 100 pounds total weight loss by the end of the year.  Winter is always a better time of year for me when it comes to losing weight.  I grew up where it was always 100+ degrees in the summer and I do not do well in the heat.  I love the cold and I did really well when I followed the Weight Watchers program in the winter.  

It was not easy for me to start revealing all of this information three months ago, but I really needed and wanted to do it.  I needed to because I need to be accountable to someone.  I just succeed better that way.  This time on my weight loss journey, I just felt like I needed more than my health coach.  Plus, I want to help others.  I love helping others, and if even one person succeeds at what they are working at because of what I shared it will be worth it.  Be sure to come back to see my progress & cheer me on.

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