Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Meal Plan

I've been stressin' about my lack of blogging. I know I keep saying it, but I'm so busy. I don't think I expected to be this busy!

I'm still working out. I'm still following meal plans. I did just get a new meal plan last week. I need to make sure I update on that. My new meal plan is more calories and it is more like a maintenance plan. I'm still following protein and saturated fat. I'm still eating every three hours. I'm still heading in the right direction. 

My new plan looks like this:

Breakfast: 325 calories, 15 grams protein

Snack: 325 calories, 15 grams of protein

Lunch: 325 calories, 15 grams of protein

Snack: 350 calories, 20 grams of protein

Dinner: 350 calories, 20 grams of protein

I will follow this plan for about 3 months. After that time, I will get another bodpod to check my body fat. Then I will get another meal plan. 

I've already started thinking about what will happen when I get to my goal and I am just working to maintain. I'm ready to be at my goal. 

I'm hoping to have some extra personal time this summer to do some extra workouts. So far that has not happened! I'm pretty sure that I will find more time in July and August. 

I'm trying to read as many blogs as I can. I'm not always commenting, but I'm trying to read them. If you are new or newish to my blog leave a comment! If you have a blog, I will check it out!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Random emails

Ok, this blog was spurred from a Facebook status that basically said I reached a healthy body fat percentage and had lost 133 pounds. Over 65 people liked that status and I was overly thrilled to have so many people be so supportive of what I’ve been doing. I was even more thrilled when I received a Facebook email from an old friend about my progress. It said a lot of nice things about me and my progress, but it also had a lot of other insightful information in it.

I’ve decided to post her email, because there were so many good things in there. She really has some good insight into weight loss and healthy living, much of it coming from her own experiences. I just thought it would be nice to share on a larger scale. Obviously, I left her name out and any other personal details about her. So, read and enjoy.

Hey Sarah! Remember me? (I guess we wouldn't "know" each other on facebook if you didn't..)

So, I just read your blog. I know from facebook updates that you have been losing weight for the past while, but tonight I took the blog-reading plunge. In part it is spurred from the fact that I am living in a new city and have less to keep me busy than usual (I'm not a regular blog reader). But, whatever the reason, I feel so glad that I clicked the link and had a look. Of course, I first want to congratulate you on how amazing you look. I mean, really. It's astounding. I cannot believe you have done this on your own. (Imagine sounds of excited applause, giant smiles, etc. all in your honor beamed across the wide world from me to you.)

I felt compelled to write because I wanted to comment on the idea that "It's not a diet!" (Note: I am about to fall into an "about-me-and-how-I-share-a-similar-experience" monologue. But, I want to clarify that I in no way care to suggest that my changes are in any way as awesome as your **super stellar** achievement.) Okay, compulsion to share moving forward:

So about two years ago I was floundering about in a moderately shit-tastic time in my life (complete with icky depression, sleeping ~12-18 hours a day, you name it). On top of that I had gained a lot of weight. I was the heaviest I had ever been, I had notably lower self esteem than usual, and I felt HORRIBLE all the time. And I decided to make a change. You see, for me the changes were only in part about weight loss; more so they were about combating negative feelings, lack of motivation, and a stellar depression.

I began to try different tools to fight the battle that I was (or felt like I was), at that time, losing. First, I tried jogging. But in the beginning that was actually quite difficult, especially because I felt bad and very tired most of the time. When the depression began to get really bad and affected my work, I started seeing a therapist. It's crazy -- my whole life I had thought that was a bunch of rubbish. But in retrospect I think it helped a lot. I also got a book about "detoxing" and began being more diligent about eating healthy foods, juicing, etc. I tried yoga, acupuncture, eventually went back to jogging a bit, swimming, and biking. Admittedly, I even went on a mild antidepressant before things got better (but, got off of it as quickly as I could).

Anyway, it's now almost two years later. My diet has changed permanently and in my mind it has made all the difference. I also love to jog, I enjoy yoga and even have a regular "at-home" practice, and I am motivated...I don't sit on the couch all the time and sleep, I don't go out and get trashed and feel like crap because of a wicked hangover (okay, it has happened once or twice..), and I don't eat an entire pizza by myself in one sitting. And, honestly, for the first time in my life I feel certain that I can have a healthy future and not just wonder how my body may/may not age as if I have no control over my physical (and emotional) well being. I've discovered that I actually do have a "say." And that it isn't just hypothetical people in a hypothetical world that are able to make permanent changes in their lives. Actual real people, like me (or like you) can do this too. It's beyond empowering.

Anyway, I hope it isn't rude of me to just jump in share. But I was inspired to. Your blog is awesome. And your personality is definitely in full force -- with a sense of sarcasm and humor just like I remember from high school. You rock, dude.

Giant congratulations and a **virtual** hug,

The second to last paragraph is really powerful. I like how she said we all have a “say” in our lifestyles and that real people are making positive changes on their own. Real people can do these things and that her and I are proof. I know a lot of people that are proof of healthy life choices and hard work.

Honestly, I just liked hearing from someone that I consider to be an average/normal person that healthy living is achievable for anyone as long as they take charge of their life.

Ok, that’s enough babbling from me. You can take from her letter whatever you want. I just thought it was too good not to share. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Welp.....that was a good bod pod!

This will be a very fast post, but I need it to be longer! I have so much to say. I just don't have the time to do it right now! I currently have a classroom full of teenagers and about 5 minutes until class starts!

Ok, got a bod pod. I thought it was going to be awful, but I was sooooooo wrong!

I will just cut right to the chase now.....

Percent fat 27.7%

Percent lean 72.3%

At 27% fat, I am officially in the "moderately lean" catagory. That is where they suggest a female to be to be considered a healthy weight.

Here's part of my bod pod.
It's the first time I've ever
posted anything with my weight. 
Again, sorry I've been so scattered. I'm trying to read blogs when I can. I've just been insanely busy! My sister is getting married on Saturday and I've been picking up extra hours at one of  my other jobs! 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

New Lunch Bag!

Well, I got a new lunch bag. I went ahead and ordered one from 31. I didn't there was anything to replace my old lunch bag, but I managed to find something that I'm equally as happy with. 

If you missed the other post, you can read about it here. That lunch bag was also from 31 and I got it shortly after I started my first meal plan. That bag went everywhere with me! I was packing food for snacks and meals every time I left the house. is my new bag. I think it's appropriate for what I'm doing now!

Not the best picture, but the banana behind it is really
a game, called Banana Grams. That game is awesome!
It's not expensive and I suggest you go buy one
and play it tonight!

Yup, that's right. I'm proof that my
Not a Diet Meal Plans really work.....

Sunday, June 3, 2012


I'm turning into the worst blogger ever. I have no time to post these days. I guess I'm too busy for my own good. I've been reading blogs when I can, but I don't have a lot of time to comment. 

Anyway....May was difficult. I'm not even gonna lie. It was getting warm, and I was very busy. I don't have any problem working out. I work out 6 days a week. It's the meal plan that is starting to get tricky. My days have been so crazy and they are different every day. I'm also getting Spring/Summer fever. My focus starts to lag this time of year. 

So, I only lost 1 pound last month. Oh hell, I could have lost more, but I haven't even weighed myself in a week. I do the every other week weigh ins and this was not a week to weigh. So, I'm going with the 1 pound loss. It' s shameful, really. I should be on better behavior. I have no one to blame but myself. So I've lost a total of 128 pounds. 

I am still not measuring. The last few times I've measured, my measurements have been really crazy. I can only think it's because of shifting skin. Janelle seems to think so too. It's gross to think about. I know my measurements are changing though because my clothes fit differently each time I wear them. 

Now that it's getting warmer, I've been really pushing the water. I know I am drinking a gallon or more of water a day. I'm trying to cut back on my coffee. I just drink too much. I need to have 2 cups in the morning and call it a day with the coffee. I really drink about a pot in the morning and I sip on coffee throughout the day. Don't worry though, I drink black coffee, so no added calories. 

Also, I need to get a BodPod soon. I've called the lady to make an appointment, but she has yet to call me back. I'm hoping to do that in the next week or so.

My sister is getting married in about 2 weeks, so I will continue to be busy!!