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Day 50 of 90 - Over Halfway There!

Alright… I’m not even going to give myself an excuse for the fact that I haven’t blogged since day 28. I’m just going to say that while I clearly didn’t hit my “blog once a week” goal, I’m doing pretty darned well on my other health goals, so I’m not too mad about it. And with that, let’s move on to the recap of the past 22 days.

Due to being on holiday and away from home from day 33 through day 44, I was not able to track my weight daily for that time span. Additionally, because I knew I was going to be busy with visiting family and such for that time span, I didn’t want to force myself to try to squeeze my normal workout routine in every day, so I gave myself a break there. I also didn’t try too hard to stick to my original calorie / macro count, and instead just tried to eat things in moderation, and only eat something that was “unhealthy” or “bad” for me if I really wanted it, not just because it was there. (It also helped that I didn’t have family members actively pressuring me to eat tons of things, like at the previous holiday). And surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), this really didn’t end up being a bad thing!

Here’s my weight breakdown:

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs

Week 3 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs
Change over 1 week: -2.3 lbs
Change since beginning: 2 lbs

Week 4 Weigh-In: 130 lbs
Change over 1 week: 1.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs

Week 5 Weigh-In: N/A (away for holiday; didn’t measure)

Week 6 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs (just returned from holiday)
Change over 1 week: N/A
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs

Week 7 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: 3.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 5.8 lbs

I’m currently at 128 lbs, which means that I broke through the weight plateau that kept me stagnating around 130! I was trying to figure out the reason for the stagnation, and I’m really not sure what it was. I was eating well, and exercising diligently. There are only two potential reasons that I can think of at the moment. One is, maybe after implementing a drastically different eating and exercise plan for a month, my body was just trying to figure out what the heck was going on. Another is that it could have been stress from work affecting me. Week 2 through Week 4 was a stressful time for me at work (a LOT of deadlines) and it’s possible that my cortisol levels rose and caused me to hold onto weight.

We may never know. But I’m not too concerned about it anymore, because clearly the plateau has broken!! Maybe the physical relaxation over Week 5 was just what my body needed in order to reset and (possibly?) get my cortisol levels down.

I’ve got 5 ½ weeks to go on this 90 day journey. I have 3 pounds left in order to reach my weight goal. I really do think that this is doable - I mean, it’s less than a pound a week, and I’m pretty sure I can smash that! However, I do want to state for the record that I realize my body might just give me a flat-out “no” for whatever reason. I might stagnate, even if I’m doing all the “right” things. And I’m giving myself the grace to say that that is okay. I set my goals based on the knowledge I had at the time, with the understanding that those goals were flexible and could be changed for the good of my body. A good friend reminded me that my body is changing due to these healthy habits - and even if my weight stays the same or possibly even goes up, it could be because I’m building muscle. Weight only tells part of the story. (I’m really wishing that I measured myself (inches-wise) at the start of this journey so that I had another data point, but oh well.)

But putting the weight aside, this journey has been unbelievably healthy for me, both physically and emotionally. Exercising has truly made a world of difference in my mental health. I know everyone always says that, but man - it was like taking a magic pill that suddenly made me happier and more focused. Who wouldn’t want that?? And because my brain is receiving the dopamine it needs from exercise, I’m no longer craving junk food 24/7. Instead, I can have a normal, moderated amount of dessert and less-than-healthy food, and I don’t feel like I’m missing something.

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Okay, so I’m clearly lagging on my “blog at least once a week” goal, judging by the fact that my last post was the Week 2 Weigh-In. But I am back and I’m ready to update you guys! I’m just gonna lay out the numbers, and then I’m going to try dissecting them a bit.

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs

Week 3 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs
Change over 1 week: -2.3 lbs
Change since beginning: 2 lbs

Week 4 Weigh-In: 130 lbs
Change over 1 week: 1.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs

Overall, I’m very pleased with how things are going! I’m losing weight at a super moderate pace, which I know is healthiest and best for sustainability. And I’m also right on track to reach my weight goal over the next eight and a half weeks!!

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It’s actually cheering me up to look at the overall numbers, because I was feeling a little frustrated this morning. Here’s why.

My weight over the past week:
Day 21 (Week 3 Weigh-In): 131.5
Day 22: 130.5
Day 23: 129.8
Day 24: 130
Day 25: 130
Day 26: 130
Day 27: 129.5
Day 28: 130 (Week 4 Weigh-In)

I’ve been hella stagnating over the majority of the past week. My body dropped quite a bit between Day 21 and Day 22 and then decided to just chill at 130 for the rest of the week. I mean, it’s been seven days with basically no change. I’m not going to freak out about this though, because I know that bodies are weird and don’t really like change - and I can’t expect my body weight to just continuously drop for the entirety of my 90 day journey. There are going to be ups and downs and plateaus. My hope is that this plateau is just my body getting used to the new weight and that it’ll start going down again next week.

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This week, I also decided to stop tracking my calories / food intake. My main reason for this was just that I’m tired of it - it’s annoying to have to log my meals every time I eat. And I feel like because I’m on track with my goals, I have the leeway to stop the calorie counting, at least for now. And I have noticed over the past few days that even though I’m not tracking my food anymore, having done so over the past month has trained my brain to understand food proportions / calorie amounts much better. Like, I can now look at a bowl of greek yogurt and mentally calculate how many calories it is, because I’ve logged this stuff so much in the app. So, I’m planning to still eat the same way I was eating before, just without the meticulous tracking. I’ll give it a go, and if in a week or so it seems like I need to bring the calorie tracking back, then I will. 

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I’m quickly becoming disenchanted with my analog scale… because I can’t actually read exactly what my weight number is! But as far as I can tell, today I came in right under 134 lbs, so I’m going with:

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs

Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs

There’s a chance that my scale at home is measuring me lighter than I actually am - remember the 3 lb jump when I weighed myself on the digital scale for the first time? But according to this scale, I am currently around 133.8 lbs.

Now, I have thought about this two ways. I could either be disappointed that I am back to almost exactly where I started, OR I could be impressed and happy that my body was able to bounce back to where it was so quickly after the holiday madness. I am going to go with the latter option.

I have 9 pounds to lose in the next 10 weeks. I fully believe that my body can do it, and I am excited to continue my journey of transformation!! I am back, I am focused, and I am revved up.

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Yesterday, I did not eat dinner before going home (it was just way too early), but I did eat dinner directly after working out instead of showing first. I wanted to make sure I ate all of my dinner before 8:00pm. I succeeded in that, and I think I finished eating everything for the night by 8:30pm (except for a tiny piece of chocolate that I had around 9:30pm). I have a feeling eating my dinner earlier like this is going to help! I don’t know if this is related to my earlier dinner last night, but I actually felt hungry for breakfast this morning - I usually have to force myself to eat breakfast before work. 

Here’s to the next 10 weeks!

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I realize that I haven’t blogged since Day 5, so I’m going to give you the deets on what exactly went down during the past eight days.

THE HOLIDAYS. WENT DOWN.

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My gosh. I knew that the holidays were going to be a bit of a struggle, but I had no idea how much. My partner’s family makes food that not only tastes incredible, but is also exactly on the opposite end of the “clean eating” spectrum. They are also the kind of people who will continue putting food in front of your face until you are literally too full to walk around. (A great problem to have, but a problem nonetheless when you’ve just started a clean eating journey!) Combine that with two full travel days where I got zero exercise in, and there you have it - my weight is now higher than where I started two weeks ago. If I’m being perfectly honest, I’m pretty upset about it. I had made some great progress, and now, in just a matter of a few days, I feel like I undid all of that progress. 

This is my weight breakdown over the past two weeks, keeping in mind that partway through I switched scales partway through, because I was staying at someone else’s house and using their scale. (My scale at home is manual/analog, so I have to look at the little dial to figure out what my weight is. It’s not terribly exact, but I can figure out approximately which pound I’m at.) 

- starting at Day 4 because that’s when I finally got my scale -

Day 4: 133.5
Day 5: 133.5
Day 6: 131.5
Day 7: 132
Day 8: 132 (Week 1 Weigh-In)

- this is when I switched to a digital scale -

Day 9: 135.3 (I didn’t eat too much more than usual, so I wasn’t sure why the number here jumped up by ~2 pounds. Maybe either my scale at home or the digital scale is inaccurate?)
Day 10: 136.6 (after I ate a lot more food than usual)
Day 11: 136.7 (again, ate a LOT more food)
Day 12: 136.8 (actually ate a reasonable amount, but my weight still went up)

- and back to my scale at home - this is why the numbers aren’t as precise -

Day 13: 136 
Day 14: 135

Again, if I’m being completely honest, my inclination is to do something drastic to bring myself back to where I was - like go on a three day juice cleanse or something. But, I am writing right here and right now, that being healthy is the purpose of this whole journey. And if I have to be unhealthy to reach my goals, then those goals need to be adjusted. However, that remains to be seen. So for now, I’m focusing even harder than I was before the holiday fiasco! These next 10 weeks are going to be lit!

Side note - I just started using whey protein powder. I have high hopes for it - my plan is to use it once a day right after my workouts, and with any luck, it’ll help me see results! 

Also, I noticed that I’ve been eating dinner really late ever since I started this journey. It’s mainly because by the time I get home from work, workout, and take a shower, it’s usually pretty late before I have time to eat dinner. I’m wondering if eating late is affecting my body’s readiness to burn those calories. I know there are mixed opinions on the subject, but it might be worth experimenting with, especially since each body is different. Maybe the solution would be for me to eat dinner right before I go home, so that my post-workout protein shake is the last thing I consume before bed? I’ll keep you posted on my findings!

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