Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Hiatus

Not that you hadn't already noticed, but I'm going to be on hiatus for the holidays. I'm doing this for multiple reasons. Mainly because I just don't have time as I'm busy at work and trying to get things done before I travel West for Christmas. Secondly because with finances being tighter during the holidays it's harder to stick to the diet since good food is expensive. This has caused some yo-yo-ing in my weight that'd I'd just rather not talk about!

That being said....have a wonderful holiday season everyone....see ya in 2011!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

October Was a Rough Month...

There was a lot of stress in October after I came back from vacation. We had some staffing changes in the office that more than doubled my workload. I'm currently spending more time at work than I am at home just about every day.

With all of that stress came a lot of yo-yoing with my weight. I lost, then gained, then lost, then gained. Mostly because I just didn't care. I opted for easy rather than healthy. Lack of funds also makes it difficult to buy things sometimes as well.

That being said...I'm still super stressed out, but trying to get myself back on track. I did lose this past week, so that's good. Only 5 more pounds until I hit the 20 pound mark. That will put me at the weight I thought I was when I went to the doctor and got a wake up call. So hopefully I'll be able to get to that milestone in the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Back From Vacation Hiatus...

And somehow I'm 3.5 lbs. lighter! Please don't ask me how, because I'm pretty sure my mom can attest to how I didn't give a damn about what I ate or how much of it I ate the whole week I was home! I guess I'll have to attribute it to not feeling well upon returning to DC and not eating a whole lot, but I honestly don't know that it made that much of a difference.

So a loss during vacation....apparently it is possible!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Vacation Time!

Well, I was able to get rid of a half a pound of last week's 2 lb. steps....

Honestly though, all I can think about right now is vacation! I leave DC Wednesday morning and head west to AZ for an entire week! It'll be the the longest I've been home since I moved, and I'm very much looking forward to it. So long story short...I'm sure next weeks post will be about another gain, but I'm really okay with it. I'll sacrifice a couple of pounds this weeks if it means I get to eat real Mexican food! So, 2 weeks from today I will likely take myself back to Phase 1 of South Beach and reset my system after what is sure to be a week of binging.

In other news, today is my parents' 30th Wedding Anniversary. My parents are amazing, and I don't know what I would do without them. They are a wonderful example of what a good marriage is, and they're proof that marriage can work despite the obstacles that life throws at you. If you'd like to know more about how awesome my parents are, you can read about them on my mom's blog.

I don't anticipate blogging while I'm I'll see you all in 2 weeks!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Not Every Week Is Successful

Well, I've had my first unsuccessful week since starting the diet. I gained 2 lbs. last week. However, I have no one to blame but myself, so there's that. I hate horrible all week, so honestly, I'm shocked to have not gained more than that! Normally I cook 5-6 nights a week, and I think this week I only cooked one night, and that was my downfall.

I'm still working on motivating myself to get to the gym. It somehow always works out that I find something else to do when I get home from work, and by the time I'm done it's late and I'm tired. So we'll see how that goes this week.

I've also finally gotten my violin all fixed up so I can play it again, so that's also on the list of things to do this week. I haven't played in about 2 years, so I need to really get back into the swing of it. Once I've gotten my skills back to where they should be I'll start looking for a community symphony to join. I'd love to be playing new music again and performing in concerts. I miss it, and if I could do it for a living I definitely would. I know this has really nothing to do with the diet or weight loss, but it's what makes me happy. And I'm a firm believer that you're more likely to succeed when you're happy.

Okay...I'm illegally posting from work since I don't actually have work to do, so that'll be all for now. Have a great week everyone!

Friday, September 10, 2010

One Month In...

So, it's been about a month since I've started the South Beach Diet. I've lost 11 lbs. in that month, which is a giant relief. That means it's working! I was also proud of myself, as I attended a wedding over Labor Day Weekend, and I didn't even attempt to follow the diet really, and I only gained one pound. So that was encouraging as well.

I've slowly started to add things back into my diet. I added fruit back in a long time ago, which made everything a lot easier. I've also started adding back things like corn tortillas and whole wheat pasta. I still don't fully trust my body to do well with them, so I won't eat them often, but at least I have them and can use them for some variety.

Now that I have the diet down to a science, I really just need to work on getting to the gym more regularly. So that's the next step in this whole thing....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Week 2 - Baby Steps

Baby steps has become my new mantra as of this morning. I only lost a half a pound last week. It's a little discouraging, but in all honesty I was ready to see that I'd gained a pound or so back, so what normally would have derailed my will power didn't. Last week was a high stress week for me, and the scale showed it. It happens.

So for this week, I'm going to try and avoid the things I did last week to screw myself up. No shoving half a bagel down my throat just to get food in my stomach. No chugging sugary coffee like it's going out of style. No cupcakes (I did only have celebrate a co-workers birthday....I avoided the other set of cupcakes for someone elses something and the cake for a friend's farewell!).

I also got to the gym today for the first time since starting this diet. Another baby step.

I'm feeling pretty good about this whole process, so maybe I'll be able to channel some of this positive energy into a new job! Until next time....

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Week One Update

So, in true procrastinators form I meant to write this on Monday, and am just now getting around to it! So here's a bit of an update.

Turns out grocery shopping is a lot harder when you're not buying your normal staples of bread, rice and pasta...all of which can last longer than a week. Unlike produce that starts to get a little iffy after a week sometimes!

Aside from that I can honestly say that it hasn't been as difficult as I thought it would be, and the couple of things I anticipated that might be issues have been. First of all, I'm a pasta lover. I eat a lot of it. It's one of my favorite foods. Not eating it right now makes me sad. The end. Second, I suck at breakfast. Always have. I don't really like eating when I first wake up in the morning. It just never seems to settle well with my system. I also have this problem where I like to sleep as long as humanly possible in the morning, so I rarely eat before I leave for work. Because we have an employee cafeteria, I generally eat there in the morning before my shift starts. Unfortunately we rarely have "hot" options in the morning. The options are always: bagels, pastries, cereal, instant oatmeal and an assortment of breads and english muffins. Now that all of that stuff is out of my diet, that's also been tough.

Aside from those two minor things, I think this diet might actually be working! In one week I lost 9 lbs. And that was with cheating in a major way on Saturday (I also have a weakness for McD's french fries...eek!) and not making it to the gym once.

This week has been going pretty well so far, but with my stress levels as high as they have been, it's taking a lot more effort and will power to stick with it than it did last week. I'm guilty of stress eating, so all I've wanted all week so far is pasta and ice cream. I'm happy to report that I haven't caved yet!

I've decided to extend phase one for an extra week, but to add fruit back into my diet. I figure I'll start adding things in at baby steps so I won't over do it. I also think adding some fruit back in will help with breakfast as well as giving myself more options so that I won't start to feel bored like I am right now.

I think that's it for now. It's late. There's a good chance this whole post was rambling and didn't make much sense, but it's a post just the same! Have a good rest of the week everyone!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Starting Over....Again....

Okay...I'm starting over. All of the old posts for this blog have been erased along with my old lifestyle. According to my doctor this change is necessary, so here we go.

Starting around my senior year of high school I started gaining weight. It's only gotten worse since then, and now it's to the point where I need to work on losing about 75 lbs. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This is part of the reason for the weight gain, as well as the reason why I can't lose it with regular diet and exercise. The only way to get rid of PCOS is to lose weight, but part of the disorder is an insulin resistance problem, which makes it more than difficult to lose weight.

My doctor refuses to prescribe the medication I used to be on to help lose weight. She wants me to try losing weight without it, and she'll reevaluate me in January. So after a lot of research and thought, I've decided to try out the South Beach Diet. After reading the book, I think this may be my best shot at being able to lose this weight since it's aimed at fixing insulin resistance problems.

That being said, this blog is going to be where I keep track of my progress. I figure if I need to write about my weekly progress, it will help me to stick with it. So we'll see how it goes.