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Sunday, September 23, 2012

10K for Charity

One of the great things about losing weight is my energy level.  In the past I would have never considered a 10K for charity or not.  It wouldn't have been possible for my body.  I sponsor a club at the high school where I teach that is all about community service and volunteerism.  We have done many different charity events but never one that involves walking 6.2 miles.

It makes me so happy to know that I can walk a 10K and support a great charity at the same time.  I love having the energy and confidence to do a lengthy walk.

However, that means I will need to start increasing my mileage on my daily walks.  Right now I walk around 4 miles per day.  I do want to make good time on the 10K, so I will try to build up to 6 miles a day during October. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I Need Another Degree

Seriously, I need another degree to understand weight loss and gain.  I read a lot about good food choices, working out, and all those "secret" weight loss advantages.  However, I can't seem to figure out my own "system."

Last weekend I was crying the blues.  I had been super strict with my workouts and calorie counting but went up two pounds!  This weekend I was expecting more bad news because it had been such a hectic week, and I didn't workout as much.  Well, I was down a pound.  Ok, I guess I just have to keep working hard to get these last 15 or so pounds off my body.  I just can't seem to predict what the scale will read now.  When I was heavier, I was right on the money with a loss or gain. 

I'm still using myfitnesspal.com to journal my food.  A warning about the site: some calorie counts are incorrect.  If you use it, be sure to double check the calories.  I have found several errors - especially in restaurant calorie counts. 

Here's hoping for a week full of workouts and good food choices.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Total Frustration

I started using myfitnesspal.com to track my calories.  In my last post, I mentioned my disdain for calorie counting but felt it necessary.  So last week I stayed at or well below my daily calories.  I worked out five times and was sure to journal all of my food. 

When I weighed in on Saturday morning, I was expecting great news.  Well... it wasn't so great.  I was up two pounds. For real. I just don't get it.  I am feeling completely frustrated.  I was strict with my eating and did my regular workout routine.  I sometimes just feel like throwing in the towel.  I won't but I do feel like giving up at times.  I was so strict and didn't bend any of the weight loss rules this past week.  So what gives? 

Just going to keep going hard this week and hope to see some results at my next weigh in. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pineapples and Walks

Two things I want to write about: pineapples and walks. 

First, I made a healthy angel food cake with pineapples this weekend.  I have several family members that are now trying to lose weight, and I wanted them to have a healthy dessert on Sunday.  We love having all of my family over for Sunday dinner after church.  It is a great time to catch up on every one's life.  My mom and I cook a big dinner and usually buy a dessert from a bakery.  I did buy a double chocolate fudge cake for the kids and guys in my life :)  Then I wanted a sweet treat for myself and  family members that are trying to lose weight.  I was so surprised by how much everyone loved the pineapple angel food cake.  Even my husband, who had a piece of each cake, said he like the angel food cake the best.  I found this super, easy recipe on pinterest: a box of white angel food cake and a large can of crushed pineapple with the juice. Mix together and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.  I took some leftover pieces to my work friends and they loved it too.

Item #2 is my love for walking outdoors.  I had missed four days due to my mother's health and the remnants of Isaac. When I can't go on my walk, I start to feel unhealthy and a little blue in mood.  Walking isn't just good for my physical health but my mood too.  It is the one thing I do for myself and it is a time to clear my head. 

So I'm in love today with pineapples and walks.  What helps you to feel better?  Embrace whatever it is and enjoy :)  Now, I'm off to sip on some acai and blueberry tea.