Thursday, May 29, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #10

Alright, time for a bit of excuses. 

It was a rough week. There has been a lot of unfortunate changes in my personal life recently. I've just been going through a tough time. I even took a few days off from work.

I needed a "brain break." 

So, I ate my feelings. Of course, I mean that in a silly way, but it's basically true. I ate way more than I should have the last few days.

So the verdict...

I'm happy I didn't GAIN weight.


I only lost .4 pounds.

Not even half a pound lol

This brings my current weight to 227.2

I'm going to admit that I'm very disappointed, but at the same time I can't really be upset because I know exactly why I didn't lose much this week. 

I've done well the last 2 days, but I definitely need to buckle down again. I need to get to 225!!! I was really hoping I'd be at 225 by now. 

Overall, I'm still really happy with my progress, so I can't be too hard on myself. 

This is a journey, it's going to be a process. I know not every week will be great. In fact, I'm even expecting that some weeks I may gain weight. (Although, I really really REALLY hope I can avoid that.) So, I will keep on pushing. Even if I only lost a little this week, it was still a loss, and I am still so proud of myself!!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #9

First of all… I haven't posted anything since my last weigh in Wednesday. It's just been a busy few days. As I mentioned last week, I had a "mini" vacation which actually ended up getting extended. So, we were out of town most of the week. 

Ok, so let me be honest. I did go over on my calories most of the days we were on vacation. I did try to be conscious of what I was eating and I went on a few extra long walks. Most of the restaurants we went to had "low calorie" menu options, so it wasn't too difficult.

I was truly not looking forward to this Weigh In Wednesday as I really thought I would be gaining weight.

I'm so so so so so so so happy to report I actually lost weight this week!! 

Losing weight while of vacation!?!?!?!

I didn't think it was possible!!

Sooo, I weighed in at 227.6 which means…

I lost 1.2 pounds this week!

I know its not much, but hey a loss is a loss!

AND that brings my total to 36.4 pounds!!!!

It is so exciting to be in the 220s, I just can't get over it. I'm only 2.6 pound from my first weight goal of 225 pounds. I still haven't decided what my purchase "treat" is going to be, but I need to make up my mind soon! I really hope to meet my goal next week.

I'm going to push a bit extra to try to meet it!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #8

Mini dance party time!!!!!

I lost 3.6 pounds this week!!!

I can't even believe it. I thought this would be a tough week because I went out of town this past weekend. I'm going out of town again tomorrow so I'm hoping next week will be a loss as well. For now, I am thrilled!!!!

This brings my weight to….

Drum Roll Please!!!





I'm in the 220s!!!! It seems like it was just yesterday I was counting down hoping I would be in the 230s and now I'm seeing a "2" between my weight number!!!!

My total weight loss is now 

35.2 pounds!

I am just so happy and excited, seeing results like this is a breath of fresh air. I know this week was pretty exceptional and I don't expect every week to be like this, but this is amazing!!!

I'm only 3.8 pounds away from my first goal of 225!

This also means I now have less than 100 pounds to go, I'm in the double digits!!



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Meal Time Monday #3

So, I've been pretty busy recently, and have really enjoyed making things that are easy.

Ok, let's be honest.

I always like things that are easy.

I recently found Gorton's Crunchy Breaded Fish Fillets and LOVE them!!

I take 2 or 3 fillets to work for lunch and make a side of steamed veggies. Something like green beans, broccoli, or asparagus. 

2 fish filets are 250 calories, and the veggies range from 20-35 calories or so for 100 grams.

Basically doesn't get easier than that. 

I also squeeze about half a lemon on the fillets, less than 10 calories.

In total, the meal (if I take 3 fillets) is around 415 calories!

So yummy. I've tried a couple of the other versions of the fillets but I haven't liked them quite as much as the plain ones.

Again, this is a super easy, no thought involved kind of meal.

Perfect for busy weeks, or if you just don't really feel like cooking!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #7

I'm gonna keep this short. It's been a tough few days and I'm ready for bed.

I am, however, incredibly excited to say I lost….

3 more pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bringing my current weight to 232.4!!

And my total weight loss to 31.6 pounds!!!

I feel like my scale is haunting me with this ".4" thing. My last 3 weigh ins have had a .4 but thats ok. I'm still so happy!!!!!

Just a few weeks ago I couldn't wait to see a "3" between my weight number and now I'm so close to seeing a 2!!!!!!!!!!

I think the next 2 weeks might be a bit tough. I'm going to be doing some traveling, but I've packed my food scale and plan to continue staying within my calorie goal!

Seeing these kind of results is so motivating!!!!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Motivational Monday #2 - My "relationship" with food...

Alright, no motivational quote this week.

I really just wanted to talk about something I realized last week.

I know this may sound cold or rude….

Well, as I've mentioned before I've been overweight most of my life. And throughout most of that time I've been going from diet after diet. In doing so, I read a lot about weight loss. I've read a lot about people's success stories or failures. In a lot of those posts, books, etc. you see a lot of mention of "emotional eating."

Honestly, I always thought it was a bunch of nonsense. I would look at my own overeating and just think "I eat because I'm a 'fat kid' at heart and I just love food."

I would always think how silly people were that would say "oh I gained weight because (insert sob story here)."

I would roll my eyes, and think something like

Um, no, you gained weight because you eat 5 cheeseburgers and 10 slices of pizza a day not because (reinsert sob story here)

I've really truly always believed that the "comfort food" idea is just a pretext for people that didn't want to get on a diet and are comfortable with hiding behind an excuse.

Well, then last week happened. I had a lot of things going on at work, a few very important meetings, a few deadlines, and a BIG interview (still keeping my fingers crossed on this one). It was just one of those weeks that had me feeling very overwhelmed. 

Every night after work all I wanted to do was go to "Whataburger" and buy myself a big juicy burger.

I didn't, of course, but I just kept thinking about it. So then I sat around (while eating my low cal dinner) and thought to myself "Why am I suddenly having these cravings? I've been doing so well, I have not had super intense cravings. So, why now?"

I came to the realization that after every long day at work I was leaving feeling anxious and exhausted, making me want to just sit down in from of the couch with something delicious. Not worry about cooking, not worry about counting, not worry about measuring, nothing. Just sit down, eat, and veg. 

For the first time, really ever, I noticed a connection between my anxiety and food.  

I gave it a lot of thought.

But here's what has kept me motivated:

Stay involved, engaged. Whatever you want to call it. I spend time reading success stories; watching weight loss journey videos on youtube; reading blogs; looking through the health, beauty, and fashion sections on pinterest; day dreaming about the things I'll fit into and the things I'll be able to do; looking up healthy recipes; etc. 

I try to keep myself thinking about my weightless journey. I read somewhere about a woman going through her own journey that mentioned she regrets not enjoying the process. She mentioned how she was so consumed with losing weight that she never thought to enjoy and really praise her own accomplishments. I think it's critical. If you don't give yourself a pat on the back and a high five every once in a while, you are more likely to fail. 

You have to be proud of yourself. 

At this point I've come so far and have already struggled through the almost 30 pounds I've lost. I don't want to go back. I don't want to ever see those higher numbers on the scale. No matter how delicious that "whataburger" may be. 

No food can be better than the joy I gain through every success.

No "stressful week" will break my commitment. 

I survived my need to eat "comfort food." (although I'm sure the cravings will come again)

I'm determined


I gave myself a big pat on the back :)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

End of Month Wrap Up

So, I've decided to start doing an end of month post, showing the progress I made during the month. Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when you're only losing a couple of pounds (if that) a week. 

So here are the numbers:

April 1 weigh in - 246 pounds
April 30 weigh in - 235.4 pounds!!

That means I lost 10.6 pounds in one month!!!

As for my "end of year" goals, I've already surpassed my end of MAY goal and am only 1.4 pounds away from meeting my end of JUNE goal!!!!  

When I first wrote out my goals, I made them with the idea of losing only 6.5 pounds per month. I don't want to make my goals too high and then get discouraged. Seeing this chart and seeing how well I'm doing is so inspiring. Below is the updated picture of my weight loss goals, which I have in my erincondren life planner. When I purchased mine I was able to get $10 off by signing up on their website! I'm pretty they still have the same promotion.

2018 Update! 

So, it's been a few years since this blog started and then stopped :( I have to admit I didn't stick to my weight loss very much. I'm hoping to continue in my weight loss journey soon. I continued to use my an Erin Condren Life planner through all this time and even have an Etsy Sticker Shop now!! Click here or search Ink E and the Brain on Etsy!

You can also find me on YouTube now! Click here to visit my channel or search Ink E and the Brain on YouTube!

Thank you to everyone that has been around for all these years! The support and messages have never ceased to amaze me!

Weigh In Wednesday #6

I wasn't looking forward to this weigh in. I've been feeling a bit more sluggish and bloated than I had been feeling in the past couple of months. I really thought I would only lose a few ounces, if at all. 

Boy was I surprised!!!

I lost 3 pounds!!!!!!!

I truly could not believe it, I must have gotten on and off the scale about 10 times!

Today's weigh in came in at 235.4! Exactly 3 pounds down from last week.

Bringing my total weight loss to 28.6 pounds! Almost 30 pounds!

I am so incredibly happy, it's so good to have my efforts validated when I step on the scale!

Starting Weight - 264 pounds
Current Weight - 235.4 pounds
Current Goal - 225 pounds
Ultimate Goal - 132 pounds