Thursday, October 8, 2009

One Week Update

This morning it has been one week since I hopped on the scale and saw 245 pounds. I felt super bloated and icky and my size 22 jeans were so uncomfortable that I had to unbutton them when I ate. Ugh! What a horrible feeling.

After one week of eating on plan, reducing junk to pretty much zero, the scale this morning read 239. And it was a good, solid 239, too. Six pounds in a week is good, but what *really* thrilled me is that now I am wearing jeans a whole size smaller, and they do NOT have to be unbuttoned for comfort at any time! How is that even possible?? I wondered, so I got out the tape measure this morning.

Last Thursday my waist was 45" around. Today? 43". I feel like some kind of commercial: "Lose two inches off your waist in seven days!" Only there is no magic pill.

That was some kinda bloat!! I am convinced that sodium and sugar and chemicals in processed food *do* contribute to a bigger middle, retained water, etc. I feel a whole heck of a lot better today than I did a week ago, and I can't wait to see my new, healthy body emerge!

This week I ate a lot of veggies and fruit, made sure I got enough protein, and ate a little low on the calorie scale:
Thurs: 1421
Fri: 1566
Sat: 1525
Sun: 1149
Mon: 1256
Tues: 1496
Weds: 1331

Generally I aim for 1600-1700/day when I am biking and lifting weights, but I did neither this week. I just walked, 30 minutes most days. I was NOT hungry. I feel amazing. I have not had one bite of fast food since I made the commitment not to (which just happened to coincide with finding a dead fly in my ice cream cone). But I was not at all deprived this week. I enjoyed my food. I even went out to a *nice* (made from scratch) pizza place with one of my kids for lunch. And I still dropped 6 pounds. Heck, I have had a Dove chocolate bar in my kitchen cabinet untouched all week. (Dark chocolate fits in my plan, but I just haven't cared about it lately).

My biggest motivation is the realization that I CAN make my dream come true about rollerblading. I have often felt sad that I can't run, and can never run. My knees are shot! The pounding would put me in the hospital. Then it dawned on me that roller blading is very close to what I wanted to experience with running, and it is low impact (assuming no major falls to the pavement). I have wanted this for years and years and years. I can totally see myself and my little girl going to the park and rollerblading together all summer long! I am so super excited about this that nothing, no food, no binge, no laziness is going to get in my way. NO food can compare to my desire to rollerblade. I can just feel it happening!!

Writing a weight loss blog is a lot of fun. I get to share my experiences, my hopes, my dreams. But the very best part is knowing I am not in this alone! We can reach our goals together. Those who have already succeeded lend a hand to those just beginning, and everyone benefits. It's a beautiful thing. Thank you for being a part of it!

30 comments:

ctina said...

That's great , Lyn! Way to find a new motivation -- and a healthy one at that! Love that you are losing weight to exercise, not just exercising to lose weight! It's fantastic to have a greater goal, and once you reach it -- then an enjoyable exercise you can do for life :)

Can't wait to see pix of you on your rollerblades!

You inspire me to keep up running... I love to run fast and a 5 lbs lighter me could run even faster!

Diana said...

I'm so happy for you! :)

{ALL} for a Better Life said...

Oh wow, I love it! I love your tone, you are up beat and motivated and it is so nice to see your hard work paying off!

GO YOU!!!

susie said...

You are an inspiration. It is an inspiration to see you string together a series of good days. I'm right there with you. I have a feeling today will be a good day as well!

Tina said...

Tune into Dr Oz today (if you like him)...I saw a snipit on GMA this morning and he will be talking about gas and bloating on his show today.

Anonymous said...

good luck lyn - if anyone deserves this it is you. your self-deprecating honesty is rare these days... best to you. xoxo Patty

spunkysuzi said...

Good for you!!

Christina S. said...

Good luck in attaining your rollerblading dreams! I know what you mean, a little bit . . . I have always wanted to be a runner but I think the extra weight on my frame just makes it impossible at this point. It kills my knees and gives me bursitis in my right hip. BUT, a few weeks ago I got on a bike for the first time in years . . . and it was amazing!!! Just like flying!!!! After that I rode my bike almost everyday for two weeks. It just goes to show you that you can find fun activities and exercise in a way that works for you. I read your blog every day and it's such an inspiration. Thanks for all that you do to share your story with us!

Holly L. said...

Congratulations, Lyn! I'm starting calorie counting today, too, so I'm dreaming of such great results.

Thealogian said...

Your energy is just brimming over into your writing and its inspiring me to go to the gym today after I already did a group fitness activity walk (I work at a University and we have a very supportive senior staff that tries to encourage all employees to take advantage of Wellness opportunities--they just need to make these group walks twice weekly and let us count the 1/2 hour as work).

Thanks Lynn!

Sincerely, Jenni said...

6 pounds is awesome. Heck, some people on the Biggest Loser work out like crazy and can't lose 6 pounds in a week.

I know I need to work on giving up the soda and junk... that alone would give me a huge jump start to my weight loss!

bbubblyb said...

Way to go on a terrific week and all the terrific weeks to come. I've learned during this journey it really is about our mindset. Sounds like you have big plans and you're going to do it. I look forward to being here to see it.

Vickie said...

good for you! glad things are going well and you are feeling so much better. I totally understand what you are saying about whole foods - that helped me a lot too.

Georgia Mist said...

Six pounds? AWESOME! Keep in mind that with every pound you lose, you take 4 pounds of pressure off of your knees! So, this week, you took 24 pounds of pressure from your knees -- that's fantastic!
Keep up your amazing work!

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Good for you...keep up the good work! :)

MissyM said...

I totally agree that some foods contribute to bloating and water retention. I would just rather eat at home....much less fluid retention for me.
Congratulations on your loss and I love you attitude too.

Theresa said...

awesome Lyn!
thanks for your honesty and sharing. It is SO appreciated and I take to heart so many of your thoughts..... you're a great blogger.

Melissa said...

that is so exciting, lyn! i am motivated more than i already was! which was a lot! haha! anyway, congrats about the smaller jeans & about feeling great!

Taryl said...

Great job staying on plan, Lyn! Isn't that just the best feeling ever?!

Hallie said...

Great, inspiring news! Keep it up and make 245 ancient history! I never considered roller blading as an alternative to jogging, which is hard on the body, although it does also have great benefits.

Sassle said...

Congrats on the loss and the goal! You are an inspiration and I am genuinely thrilled for you. I've always wanted to rollerblade myself but figured it was too late but you've just inspired a new goal for me.

Thanks
Sassle!

My Own Two Feet said...

Great.. now I want to go rollerblading... hee. You are a rock star homegirl.

josh

Friend of the Bear said...

Hi Lyn. I've noticed that you are eating fewer carbs and more veg and this could be the reason for getting rid of the bloat. Looks like you've found a way of eating now that's really working. Your skin must be glowing as well with all those vitamins and minerals.

It's the best feeling in the world to be able to get into a smaller size. Keep inspiring us!

Best wishes,
Bearfriend xx

Paula said...

Way to go Lyn! I'm excited for you and your progress and you reminded me that I too want to try rollerblading! How fun! I thought I was in heaven after I got a bicycle and discovered an activity that I actually enjoy! I hope rollerblading will be the same for you and I'm betting that it will! Keep up the great work...enjoying your blog.

thegardenweigh said...

Way to go! Yeah, water bloat is no fun! I was in a junk food binge mode recently, and hit the 240s again myself, ugh! Since I'm back eating real food, my pants fit better and I'm shedding some pounds.

Roller blading sounds wonderful! I can't run either, shot ankles, shot knee, not happening. Not sure I could roller blade with my ankles, but I roller skated when I was a child and loved it! So go for it!

Tammy said...

Fantastic loss Lyn...so proud of you for sticking to the plan...isn't it great to reap the rewards of our labor? :)

screwdestiny said...

Go Lyn! It's so great that you have such an upbeat attitude lately. Can't wait to hear about the first time you get to rollerblade. :)

LauraA said...

Your blog is always a joy to read but especially so this week! It's so great to hear about you being so happy and healthy. Congratulations on a great week!

Josie said...

Congratulations on a great week! You thank us for being a part of it...Well, I thank YOU for sharing your journey.

Randi said...

Congratulations. This was the final push I needed to get off my butt up and exercise. And to start planning healthy meals. Thanks for being a success story