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Mission: Get in Shape! - Week 3 and 4

Updated on June 18, 2012

A Fall Off The Wagon...

The last two weeks have been an epic fail for my journey to become healthier. Week 3 wasn't completely horrible, although with a very hectic schedule I wasn't able to keep track as well as I would have liked and weighing and measuring didn't happen at all! The last three days have been the absolute worst. I spent the better part of Saturday and Sunday binging on everything in the house and when it wasn't enough I went out and bought more. Then Sunday was Father's day. Holidays in my family always revolve around food. Here let me break it down for you so you understand just how far I have fallen.

One step forward, two steps back

 
5/26/12
6/02/12
06/17/12
 
 
Weight
177 lbs
176.8 lbs
181 lbs
 
 
Right Arm
13
12 3/4
12 1/2
 
 
Left Arm
13
12 3/4
13
 
 
Right Thigh
25
24.5
25.5
 
 
Left Thigh
25
24.5
25.5
 
 
Hips
47
45 3/4
46
 
 
Waist
42
41.5
43
 
 
Right Calf
14.5
14.5
15.5
 
 
Left Calf
14.5
14.5
15 1/4
 
 
Chest
43.5
44
46
 
 

Saturday

I woke up extremely hungry. I tried to be good, I really did. I made myself egg whites and a piece of toast and was extremely pleased with myself. Then an hour later I was hungry again. I started going through the cabinets and refrigerator and saw some left over chicken. I though to myself, "More protein! Surely that can't be that bad.". So I munched on bit on some leftovers and was satisfied again. Then around noon I was craving Mac and Cheese. It was lunch time so I made myself a box, and then proceeded to eat the entire thing. Half an hour later I was hungry again! The rest of the day pretty much went downhill from there. I ordered pepperoni pizza and cheese sticks for an afternoon snack. I had to go to the store to get cake mix for fathers day and ended up buying mini cupcakes and a walnut danish ring. 6 mini cupcakes were gone within the first 10 minutes of coming home and the danish ring followed soon after. I made more mac and cheese for dinner and then before bed I had another slice of pizza and a mini cupcake. Finally, I was full and went to bed.

Sunday

To tell everything I ate this day would take up more time than anyone would be willing to spend reading it. (That is if you got through Saturday and are still reading). Let's just say food was available for about 5 hours and I ate almost the entire time and most of it was dessert. Between the crackers, pasta and cake I think I have filled my carbohydrate quota for the rest of the month.


Hormones and Weight Loss

I am choosing to explain the last few days as a hormonal outburst and am looking forward to my appetite going back to normal.

When following a proper exercise and food plan then monthly cravings shouldn't be a problem, however I have been incredibly lax and not working out every day like I should be and my diet has been completely deplorable. I can't keep going on this way unless I want to not be able to fit through the door in the morning.

A Wakeup Call

I am about 15 lbs heavier this summer than last so I was forced to go shopping for a few things unless I wanted to wear sweaters all summer. It was incredibly depressing looking at all the really cool clothes and then realizing none of it came in my size. My sister went shopping with me and was able to find cute things that didn't look to bad on me and she said something that really hit home. "You need to stop wearing over sized t-shirts. You are fat anyway, covering it up with a big shirt isn't going to change that." Only close family can be this honest without it completely hurting. And she was completely right. So I bought a few tops that managed to flatter my figure a bit and now I NEED to lose weight because I never want to feel like that again shopping for clothes.

I am determined to be honest through this process which is why I am sharing my real weight and measurements. I am going to learn from this and move on and not be discouraged. I was not always overweight and I KNOW I can get down to a healthy size again, i just cannot have another week like the last two.

Goals For This Week

This week I am really going to concentrate on exercising a bit each day and I am not allowed to have any dessert (which shouldn't be too hard since I already ate everything in the house). The sporadic exercising was working in week 2 and that coupled with a normal meal plan should produce results.

I am also going to keep a food journal. Hopefully writing everything down will help because I'm not going to want to write a million different items :-)

Wish me luck and check back next week to see how it went!

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    • Michelle Taylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Christy! I have recently laid out a cute little black dress that I used to be able to wear so I would have a daily reminder of what my end goal is :-)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I wish you luck on your weight loss journey. There are ups and downs but keep your end goal in mind :)

    • Michelle Taylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Victoria, I am a huge fan of charts and tables and keeping track of things, otherwise it's hard to determine progression. This week has been going well and I'm looking forward to writing the next hub! Thank you for reading :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Losing weight is so hard. Exercising is even harder! I've been thinking of making some kind of chart. Keep us posted on your progress. Maybe it will be inspirational!!!

    • Michelle Taylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Lol, yeah my chest is usually the last thing to go. :-) I have a feeling that most of last weeks gains were hormonal body changes. I also think it's very interesting that my right arm is slightly smaller than my left. I guess I favor my right side more while climbing and working out.

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      CCahill 

      6 years ago from England

      Your weight apparently all goes to your calves and chest not your hips :D

      Would be interesting to do a Body Fat analysis scan to determine whether it increase in weight in circumference IS due to extra fat deposits OR whether its infact muscle gain. Only one way to be certain

    • Michelle Taylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks Mhatter. Having someone help is definitely easier than trying to go it alone. This week has already been much better and I am excited for the end of the week weigh in :-)

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. When it happened to me , I got a friend to help

    • Michelle Taylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      @Phoenix Thank you! I know there are going to be bad days and I'm going to try extra hard to not give in to emotional impulses when I go food shopping.

      @CCahill All the measurements are in inches (I'll change that this afternoon) and the arm is the measurement around the bicep.

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      CCahill 

      6 years ago from England

      What are the figures "Right Arm - 13" is that a measurement of circumference ?

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      If it's any consolation, Michelle, I don't know anybody that this hasn't happened to; myself included. You had a bad week, so what? It doesn't mean that everything that came before that was a waste. You know where you went wrong and you're taking steps to correct it. Well done to you, I say.

      Hope you have a better week. Best wishes.

    • Michelle Taylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you CCahill :-) I agree with your hub that small achievable goals are the way to go instead of setting the bar to high and getting frustrated.

    • CCahill profile image

      CCahill 

      6 years ago from England

      Nice log of your progress, Goal setting is something im really keen on.

      https://hubpages.com/sports/Sports-Coaching-Goal-S...

      KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    • Michelle Taylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank You Sam :-)

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      samfox1212 

      6 years ago

      Awesome! I wish you the best with your weight loss goals.

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