3 Inches?! Seriously?!

I haven’t been the best at giving my weigh-in updates.  And unfortunately the reason behind this lack of updates is because I haven’t been too happy with the results.  I feel like I have been working so hard and only to be let down on weigh in day.

I am currently going to the gym 4 days a week (two-three of those times I’m with my trainer).  I do cardio each time on either the elliptical or the aqua fit class… yet still no results.  My diet seems to be pretty good.  I’m drinking water like I should but still nothing to write home about.  People keep saying they can tell I’ve lost weight but I don’t see it (and the scale doesn’t either, apparently) so I just smile and say thanks!

So the results of the most recent weigh in (July 12th, 2010):

pounds lost: 3

total inches lost: 5 1/2″

This weigh in was after a month of working out.  The crazy thing is that of those 5 1/2″ lost 3″ of it was my shoulders! My dumb shoulders! I didn’t realize that shoulders could be so fat! Why couldn’t those three inches come off of my stomach area?

What to do from here?

I have given up on having a goal of pounds lost.  (Well kind of). Yes, I’m still going to weigh myself but I’m going to try (key word there) to focus more on the amount of cardio I’m doing, the food I’m eating and total inches lost.

I’m taking the month of August off from working out with my trainer to focus on cardio.  I’m sure hoping that during this time I will see some better results.

Fingers crossed.

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Weigh In

I haven’t been very good at putting my weigh-in updates at the end of the month, and for that I apologize.

I had my March weigh in on Monday and to be honest I was a bit nervous.  I haven’t been doing very much cardio but I have been eating decent and going to the gym twice a week.

Weight: lost 11 pounds

% of body fat: dropped 1%

Inches: lost 5 inches total

I’m actually starting to notice changes in my arms and a little bit in my legs.  I know for me to really see the changes in my stomach I’m going to need to bump up the cardio.  With the nicer weather I’m hoping to get out and walk a bit, but for now the elliptical will have to work.

I think I should start setting goals for each month.  Maybe if I put it in writing it will help me achieve them.

Goals for next months weigh in:

weight: 10 pounds

% of body fat: 2%

Inches: 7 inches total

These goals may be hard to meet but I’m really going to try hard.  Keep your fingers (and toes) crossed for me!

Oh My Arms!

I think my arms might fall off!

Yesterday, Delmar gave me one big shoulder workout.  After I’m done with Delmar I usually go do some cardio, but not yesterday.  No way! I just wanted to get to my car and cry.  I don’t think I have every pushed myself that hard.  Each time I work out I’m finding out I have muscles that I NEVER knew existed!  I know in the long run it will pay off but in the mean time I think it might be easier to just cut off my arms!

Do you watch Biggest Loser?  I love the show.  I have debated trying out but then I don’t know how I could get out of work, be away from home, and I’m sure I could come up with a whole multitude of excuses.  Since I doubt I will never try out, I have debated on getting Jillian Michael’s weight loss supplies.  I’ve read up on it a little and it seems like it would be okay.  I just can’t picture her, or the show, putting something out that would be harmful for the body, if followed correctly.  Right?! I might stop at the local GNC and look into it and ask question.  To have that extra boost would be nice in this weight loss endeavor that I’m on!

19 days until my next weigh in… fingers and toes crossed

Operation Weight Loss…

Today is the day. Operation weight loss has begun.

I joined a gym in October, after many failed attempts with other gyms.  This time, something felt different.  I was determined.  After loosing my mom in July, and then having my mother in law go through cancer, I knew I needed to make some changes.  I had a free week pass to LA Fitness for both my husband and myself so we decided to try it out one evening.  We walked away 3 hours later without having a free week but becoming members of not only the gym but also of the personal training!  The thoughts going through my head at that moment were “Oh shit! What have I gotten myself in to? How can I afford all this? And what did you say about cancelling again?”  My mind was racing but I knew I had to make these changes.

We bought a personal training package that allowed me two go twice a week and my husband go once a week.  We both were doing so well in the beginning.  I was matched up with Delmar, who is known around the gym to make BIG changes, so I knew I was in good hands.  The first couple sessions with him I was so sore I could barely move but I kept going back.  I also did a few water aerobics classes as my cardio workouts (mainly because I HATE, no I DESPISE, the treadmill!).

So October was coming to a close and November was getting close to being done but then weigh in day happened.  The 30th of every month is “D-day”!  I dread this day because I have to spread my legs, hold my arms out, and stand on a scale while Delmar writes down my measurements!  Surprisingly, my first month I lost about 12″ total, a few percentages off of body fat and supposedly (explain more about the scale in a minute) about 18 pounds on the scale! Things were going great.  And this was after Thanksgiving, the day we all eat WAY too much food!

December unfortunately put me back for a bit.  I had to have surgery. UGH!  I had lost a lot of my drive to work out leading up to this surgery so I could only hope for the best that my body would get better and life would be back to normal.  I survived surgery, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.  Unfortunately, my wonderful trainer decided that we should do a weigh in (even though I hadn’t worked out in a MONTH!).  Luckily, I didn’t put all those inches back on (only 5 of them) and my weight said I had lost a few more pounds! Unsure on how that is possible but that is what the scale said so that is what we wrote down.

During the month of January I was going to my training sessions each week but wasn’t really putting in much effort.  I also went on a vacation to Jamaica (and we all know that I enjoyed SEVERAL drinks a day and some AMAZING food while I was there).  January 30th was quickly approaching and I thought I could just avoid the weigh in. WOW! I was completely wrong.  Delmar looked at the front of the training book and said “today’s the day! Let’s see what vacation did to you!” “Oh no, do we have to?!”  So there I was, legs spread, arms out, and stepping on the scale!  I lost 7 inches, about 10 more pounds (according to the scale) but gained two percent body fat!

I was not happy with my numbers because I knew the scale was wrong.  Inches I can’t argue with but the scale I can.  At home I have the Weight Watchers scale and I want to stick to those numbers only which have told me that I have lost a whole bunch of NOTHING!  Yes, it has gone down but then it goes back up, and then down, and then up… you know the drill.  But now it sits in the same place I started back in October.  My pants do fit a little differently so clearly the fat just shifted around on my body (still not on my butt!)  Operation Weight Loss (OWL) needs to get started and in full swing!

**side note – story of the dreaded scale at LA Fitness**

When I first joined I had to get my beginning weight.  I stepped on that scale fearing the worst.  “What? Is that number correct?! Can’t be!”  This scale was about 20 pounds different from the one at home! But since this was the scale we were going to use every time we wrote that number down.  The second time I went and the scale said I lost 18 pounds my scale at home said I lost 10. Then when it said I lost 7 pounds my scale at home didn’t budge. See, this scale lies!  Tries to make you feel better but when I have a scale at home that says something different I don’t feel better.  So, from here on out I’m only paying attention to inches and a small amount of attention will be on the percentage of body fat!

OWL has begun!  I will be at the gym 4 times a week.  Two times with the trainer followed by my of so favorite cardio and then the other two days during the week I will just do cardio and maybe some water aerobics! (I love to get wet because then I don’t realize I’m sweating!… have I ever told you I am afraid of sweating?? haha… maybe not afraid but I dread it so much!)

I have a family vacation planned in the middle of June and I hope to be 40 pounds skinnier by the time we go.  Fingers and toes crossed!