Friday, December 31, 2010

My Year in Review

I cannot believe that in less than 12 hours it will be 2011. Time flies when you're having fun and eating, breathing and living a healthy life. Tomorrow will mark the day 3 years ago when I made that decision to just start. Even though 200 pounds seemed overwhelming and unachievable I knew that I had to start somewhere and slowly but surely I would get there. In 2008 I lost almost 100 lbs by working out at home, walking to work, and counting calories. In 2009 it all stopped, I was at a stand still for nearly a whole year and lost only about 10 or 15 lbs, not for lack of trying. I counted calories, I did cleanses, I worked out every day, but I was just STUCK and so unbelievably frustrated. In 2010 I decided it was time to amp up the workout out and started going to bootcamp. I remember my first day at bootcamp in February 2010, I signed up to go at 5:45 AM for four days a week, I think I was insane when I made that decision but it was the best decision I ever made. The first week I though I was going to die waking up at 5AM but I got used to it and actually started to enjoy it. But I went for 3 months and still didn't lose weight, I was still eating inside what I thought my calorie range was but it wasn't enough food. I was having this internal battle knowing that I had to eat more, but just not sure what I was supposed to eat more of. After some poor customer service at the bootcamp I was attending I decided to switch to another bootcamp located at Body Dynamic Headquarters. That decision changed everything for me. Not only is everyone supportive you are truly part of a family there, they care about you, they want you to succeed and they aren't out to just get your business they want to change your life.

This is me at a Christmas party December 2009



I was 100 lbs down at this point and feeling good but frustrated.

Here I am in June 2010, I still hadn't lost much more weight but had toned a bit


Here I am October 2010 after only 4 months with BDHQ


And again at Christmas 2010


Since starting with BDHQ in July I have lost 36 lbs and 34.5 inches. I decided to go back to see how much I've lost in total inches. Unfortunately I didn't do the same measurements as BDHQ does so I don't have the total but in January 2008 my waist was 66 inches and my hips were 56 inches. As of December 2010 my waist is 36 inches and my hips are 46 inches. That alone is 30 inches off my waist and 10 inches off my hips!! Look what can be accomplished in 3 years!!

In 2010 alone my measurements are significantly down. My thigh went from 27 to 23 inches, my arm went from 15.5 to 11.5 inches, my waist went from 49 to 36 inches, and my hips went from 54.25 to 46 inches.

Here's to 2011 and reaching my final goal. I have 52 lbs to go and i'm dedicated and determined. I have an annual membership to BDHQ now and am committed to being there at least 5 days each and every week.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I Survived!

Sorry i've been slightly absent from writing, things have been super hectic getting through Chrismas but I made it through okay.

December 23rd was our last Biggest Winners class for my second session. I ended up losing 12 lbs and 16.5 inches in the 12 weeks. I was disappointed in my weight loss number being only 12 lbs but when I look at the inches that just makes it all better. In the first session I lost 18 inches and 24 lbs, this session I lost almost the same amount of inches but only 1/2 the pounds. I am oh so close to seeing that #1 on the scale. Once I get there I don't even know how i'll feel because I've never been there as an adult or even a teenager from what I can remember.

Christmas dinner at Dad's wasn't very healthy, one of those cook with alot of butter dinners, but it was yummy. On Boxing Day, my birthday, we went to my Mom's and she made a meal totally out of Tosca's cookbook, plus some of her own stuff but all clean!! I stayed away from the junk and just made sure to get my workouts in every day. I definitely didn't lose weight, but I came out okay, pretty much the same as what I went in as.

This Christmas was drastically different than last one was, I remember last year it was a free for all with the chocolate and cookies, this year not so much. I did do Christmas baking including biscotti and granola which I gave away. I also made some clean fudge and brought that over for Christmas day. Yes CLEAN FUDGE!! And ill tell you it was some of the best darn stuff i've ever had! Now im not saying this fudge is going to make you lose weight, but it's just not going to make you gain weight like sugary fudge would. The recipe is available on another blog called The Gracious Pantry which has was amazing recipes on it. Basically the fudge is 1 part honey, 1 part coconut oil, 1.5 part cocoa powder and some vanilla/mint extract. Without the extract its just chocolate so you can change it up however you want. This is a must try and definitely a repeat on my part. Also, depending on how many servings you cut them up into they are only about 50 calories each.

Now I must plan my New Years Eve dessert to bring to the party!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sticking to my commitments

A couple weeks ago I wrote a blog post about some steps I was committing to through the holidays. They were:

1. I'll make "clean" holiday baking instead of sugary desserts.
2. I won't drink wine EVERY night
3. I will drink 3 Liters of water every day
4. I will make it to all my workouts
5. I will prepare my meals the night before instead of being in a rush in the morning.

I'm proud to say I've stuck to those, I have been baking ALOT but it has been healthy. Now it's not healthy when you eat 5 of what you made, but I have been brining it to work or packaging it up for gifts so as to not chow down. I really enjoy the baking, just cant enjoy the eating of it as much now. The wine has been cut back to just one night and I can enjoy it and my water has increased to 4L almost every day but at minimum 3L.

Christmas is less than a week away, im sad not to see my nieces, but will see some other family that I haven't seen in awhile. I'm not really concerned about Christmas dinner and not staying on track, I allow myself to have some mashed potatoes but I just done have a huge helping, just a couple spoonfuls. Also, my Mom is doing a buffet for my birthday at her place and she is making EVERYTHING out of the Tosca Reno's Clean Eating Book.

BDHQ put out an amazing 12 Days of Christmas special. Day 11 was 3 months of the Biggest Winners program for $550, thats a savings of $200. Thank you to my Mom for buying that for me, it took a huge financial burden off of me and is allowing me to be focused and dedicated come the next session. I've been stressed about finding the money to pay for more bootcamp even though I know it is imperative that I continue to do it. Day 12 was an annual membership to studio classes for $800 - WOW - I bought that for myself, it means no more Biggest Winners come April 2011, but I can do unlimited studio classes which are still good. At that point it will be important that I create a support network outside of the studio to ensure I am making it to my workouts and being accountable.

BRING ON 2011!!! This is the year I will see the #1 on the scale

Sunday, December 12, 2010

So tired...but still committed

Well I have to say I was even more dedicated and committed than I was last week. 8 classes felt great and rewarding in itself that I was able to accomplish so much. I was totally on track with my food and drank a lot of water. I didn't even cheat and look at the scale this week, I was leaving it all up to 8AM Sunday morning. I lost 2 lbs, but part of me is kind of disappointed in that. I mean 2 lbs is awesome, but it feels like with the effort I put in I should have got at least 3. I'm going to stay positive though and keep going this week, maybe not 8 classes, but at least 5.

Last night was the Columbia Fuels Christmas party at Bear Mountain. It was fun, dancing, food, drinks. I avoided the bread and had only one drink, but I think my downfall for today was that I didn't get enough sleep as a result. We were provided with a free cab ride to and from Bear Mountain by BlueBird cabs. The party was done at midnight, we tried calling Bluebird for literally an hour straight, the phone would either ring and ring or they would answer and hang up. Finally the front desk got through after an hour of trying (both us and the front desk) and they said it would be a 45min-1hr wait. After about 40 mins we went down to the lobby to wait for the cab and found out that 2 mins prior someone had taken the cab we called!! At this point it was like 130AM and I was exhausted and pissed off!! We called BlueBird again and they promised to send another car right away - well that was 20 mins. Needless to say, by the time we got home it was 2:30AM. Poor John had to be up for 5:30AM to get to work, I got a couple more hours of sleep and got up at 7:30 to head to bootcamp. But I was/am exhausted. I could feel it in my workout which was not as productive as I would have liked, but I still went and that's the important thing. Keep on plugging along this week - thats the plan.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Commitment Pays Off

I am very proud of myself for having such a dedicated week. It definitely paid off. 3lbs down, and on the right track. I'll stay on the same schedule for this week I think. I did a kettle bell class this week and will continue on with that, it was nice because it was at 5PM so right after work and that meant I was home and "done" early. This week I will keep on the same schedule.

We had our Peer Support Group dinner last night at the Sticky Wicket, I was good, had a veggie burger (no bun) and soup yummy!! one glass of wine, but that is the only one this week. I shared a piece of baileys cheesecake with 3 other people, so only a few bites and satisfying.

Today's workout was awesome. Myself and a fellow Biggest Winner participant met a huge goal! We ran from the studio to the end of the Songhees in 20 minutes without even stopping!! 10 weeks ago we couldn't make it that far. And definitely not without stopping for a break. So even though the pounds are melting off like they were before, the strength and endurance is increasing. Small changes and achievements like these are what really show that commitment can make the biggest difference. It is validation for all the hard work that I put in to reach my goal. FOCUS... DEDICATION... COMMITMENT..