Thoughts on gaining and losing, POST 1.

Hi. My name is Lauren & I am having woman problems. Don’t you love it when you wake up one day & realize that you are not a skinny as you use to be? It starts slow. First you see a couple of extra lbs. on the scale. Not too big of a deal…water weight fluctuation, right? Then it’s five pound (I can lose that easy)…then 10…then, there you are sitting in a meeting, unable to focus because all you want to do it undo the top button of your pant. It’s maddening. It can send the best of us into a deep depression. You want to buy new clothes…but that means you’ve given up. Right? You no longer have the expectation of being in the body that you once had. You feel like a totally different person walking down the street. For me, self-esteem took a blow to the chest.

For me, 15 pounds is too much. I want my life back & I intend to do everything in my power to make that happen. This weight gain happened slowly – about half a pound per week over the last seven months. I am not looking for a quick fix. I plan on making small changes in behavior that will lead to long-term weight loss success via these lifestyle changes – slow on, slow off. I have already started making changes. I am 71 days off caffeine (this was hard, but my body is thanking me now) – which has lead to a dramatic increase in water intake. I have also started closely monitoring my activity level – making an intentional effort to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. And trust me…it is intentional. When you have a desk job, like me, I need an extra 5K a day to get in all of the steps.

The crux of my weight gain has everything to do with food! Bodies are made in the kitchen, right? I have the hardest time monitoring my caloric intake. I have a nasty habit of saying, “Oh, I can eat this. I’ll start watching my calories TOMORROW.” It’s always tomorrow. This will be the biggest habit change of all…self-control.

To kick off this weight loss journey I have done a couple of things.

  1. Enlisted the help of the Lose It app on my iPhone.
    1. To lose half a pound a week, my net caloric intake must not exceed 1,733.
    2. Losing half a pound a week, it will take me 31 weeks to reach my goal.
  2. Fitbit & Fitbit App – this little device is great for tracking your activity throughout the day. I can sync it with my Lose It app for a comprehensive look at my calories in vs. out.
  3. My new secret weapons, Plexus Slim & Accelerator. I found these gems through a friend on Facebook who has had MAJOR success with the products – losing weight & inches & gaining a ton of energy. I was skeptical at first, but after about a month of thinking about it, I decided to take the 7 day challenge & lost 2 pounds! Message me if you want more information on these amazing products!

A journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step. Today is mine. When will you take yours?

Plexus Slim

Daily Steps Challenge: Week One Results

Weekly Steps 9.08 - 9.14

This week my goal was to walk 50,890 steps over a period of 7 day, increasing my steps 10% over my baseline. Well, my friends…this was obviously too easy because I surpassed my goal by 3,888 steps! This is great, but it makes me a little nervous for next week. On another note, I have really enjoyed the using the Fitbit Flex for this challenge. It’s a constant reminder to get up and walk as often as I can.

Here are a few easy changes I made to get in extra steps:

  • Park in the spot furthest away from the door
  • “Accidentally” forget things in the car, thus forcing myself to walk back and get them
  • Short walks whenever I could get them in. The weather in Texas is finally starting to get nice – so hopefully outdoor walks can become more regular.

Goal: To walk 10% more steps that the previous week until I am walking 10,000 steps or more everyday.

Week two, I must walk an average of 8,607 steps a day (60,249 for the whole week). 

 

Daily Steps Challenge – An Overview

Daily Steps Challenge: Goal 10K  Steps A Day

Daily Steps Week One Average: 6,609

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  -Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

I have a tendency to be a little over-ambitious when it comes to things like working out. For some reason, my mind thinks I can go from the couch to running a half-marathon with very minimal training in between…I’m not sure why. This method has never been very successful for me in the past & to be brutally honest, I don’t think I have EVER been able to one mile without stopping to catch my breath. Training usually stops after the first couple of days.

Back in July, I was on a fitness kick again when I purchased a Fitbit Flex – I flexible wristband that tracks your steps through out the day. I didn’t really have any specific plans on how I was going to use it, but it ended up giving me some good information on how active I am throughout the day – which is not very active. On average, I am only walking about 46,000 steps a week…that’s only 6,500 a day! No wonder I can’t run a mile!! Ha!

I have decided to use this little device to my advantage & set small, achievable fitness goals for myself.

Goal One: To walk 10% more steps that the previous week until I am walking 10,000 steps or more everyday.

Week one, I must walk an average of 7,270 steps a day.