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Oh my goodness, I’m only 3.5 weeks away from 90 days. That’s terrifying from a goal standpoint, because I’m still 3 pounds away from my weight goal… but really exciting from a milestone standpoint! I’m so proud of myself for completely turning around my eating and exercise habits.

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: -5.5 lbs

Week 8 Weigh-In: 127 lbs
Change over 1 week: -1 lb
Change since beginning: -6.5 lbs

Week 9 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1 lb
Change since beginning: -5.5 lbs

The numbers are making me think that I’ve been plateauing since the Week 7 Weigh-In (considering that I’m back to where I was, with plenty of ups and downs in-between). It’s frustrating, but I’ve also kind of accepted it. I’m not giving up, but I’m also not going to be mad at my body for not losing weight faster. It’s on its own timetable. My job is to get into the best physical and mental shape I possibly can - the weight will follow where and when it’s supposed to.

By the way, I already have an idea for what I want to do after these 90 days are over. Stay tuned. :)

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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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I finally have a scale, thank goodness. I know that for the most consistent, accurate results, you’re supposed to weigh yourself in the morning before you’ve eaten anything (as that generally eliminates added water/food weight), but I was so curious that I just went ahead and weighed myself in the afternoon when the scale arrived.

The results were surprising.. in a great way! As I mentioned in an earlier post, the last time I weighed myself (over a year ago), I was 145 pounds. I was expecting to still be around that same weight when I weighed myself today (maybe a bit lower, since I’ve been working out and eating clean for the past couple of weeks - before I even officially started this 90 day thing). And it turned out that I was…

133.5 pounds.

WHAT?!

The last time I weighed that little was about three and a half years ago! So that was a surprise. I wish I knew how much I weighed before and after the two week work trip so that I would have a better sense of my weight progression. But oh well. 

One of the things that I am trying really hard to be conscious of is to not let the scale control my mental and emotional life. I’ve been there before, and it is not a fun place to be. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s even okay for me to put a weight goal on myself, but if I’m being perfectly honest, I do have one. So for now, here are all of my goals for this 90 day journey (including the weight goal, now that I have a baseline):

  • work out 30-60 mins 5-6 days per week
  • eat clean foods - cut way down on processed sugar and empty carbs (must stay above 1200 calories per day)
  • blog about my experience at least once per week
  • get down to 125 pounds at the end of these 90 days

I honestly am unsure how realistic my 125 pound goal is. It means I’ll need to lose 8.5 pounds over the next 12 weeks. However, from the little I know about weight loss, I think that it’s doable. Hard, but doable. I’m also going to give myself the flexibility to alter the goal if it seems like a different goal would be healthier for my body. My plan is to listen to what my body is telling me every step of the way in this process - because my overarching, far more important goal is to be healthy!

H OW  I  F E L T

I was felt really worn out again, practically from the moment I woke up - similar to how I felt on Day 2. Maybe my body is just getting used to exercising everyday.

M E A L S

  • Breakfast: 2 egg omelet with Mexican blend cheese
  • Snack: smoothie (½ cup frozen strawberries, ½ cup frozen mango, 1 banana)
  • Lunch: 4/5 banana, ¼ cup cocoa almond granola, 1 apple slice, 1 tbsp peanut butter (this was a weird snack hodgepodge because I hadn’t cooked yet)
  • Snack: 5 baby dill pickles
  • Dinner: 1 large chicken drumstick, 1/3 cup of baked sweet potato (plain), ½ cup of avocado, 1 cup of milk w/ 1 tbsp chocolate sauce
  • Snack: a couple of squares of Starbucks chocolate peppermint bark

Calories: 1381 (128g carbs, 67g fat, 56g protein)

E X E R C I S E

I’m think I’m going to stop meticulously writing down in this blog everything I eat, only because it’s rather time consuming. I’m still tracking it all on my phone (I’m sure that data will come in handy soon). But unless I get any objections, I’m going to stop tracking in in my blog for now, and use that time instead to blog about my thoughts and feelings on this journey!

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