Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pushing Myself Harder

Another Wednesday, another weigh-in. No beating around the bush today, let's get straight to it...

Highest starting weight = 227
January starting weight = 217
Last week, June 12 = 185.4
Today, June 19 = 185.6

The exact same, basically. I'm not considering those 2 ounces a gain, because that just seems silly to me. So I'm still sitting at the same spot on the scale this week. I'm attributing that to the two cheat meals I had over the weekend - one of which included mac-n-cheese, and the other was a Whopper Jr...oopsie. At least I skipped the fries, right?! But oh well. Both were delicious, so I'm not too torn up about it ;)

The rest of the past week however, I did great with having my ViSalus shakes every day for breakfast and lunch, and staying as low-carb as possible overall. I also continued working on getting back into my regular exercise routine, although I'm still not there quite yet. But each time, I'm Pushing Myself Harder at zumba, in order to burn even more calories, and that's going good. I'm consistently burning over 800 each time, which is great. Here's the couple of times I've worked out since last Wednesday:

Thursday: 1-mile run and 60 minutes of zumba (908 calories)
Monday: 2.03-mile run (521 calories)
Tuesday: 1-mile run and 60 minutes of zumba (846 calories)

Tuesday - 1-mile run and zumba.

Here's a quick, funny story about last Thursday's run - I didn't realize that I needed to go to the bathroom until I was already too far away. And running was only making it feel worse. I kept going the whole time, but I could barely "run" too much of it, without feeling like I was going to explode...and I'm not talking about 'number one' here folks... It was not a pleasant run.

Last Thursday - 1-mile run and zumba. And a crazy-face.

And the exciting news from Monday's run - I actually RAN the entire first mile! I didn't walk even one single step of it, and I was so proud of myself. That's the first time I've done that since I started running in February, and so that was obviously a huge accomplishment for me! It wasn't as fast as my PR from when I do the run/walk intervals (around 12:03 is my fastest), but that's not what matters. What matters is that I now know for certain I can indeed run an entire mile. Hello non-scale victory!!

Monday - first mile I ran all of, followed by a second, pretty slow mile.

And now onto how I've been eating for the past week... for the most part, I've done really well. I stayed with my Vi-Shakes for breakfast and lunch, with fruits, veggies, light cheese sticks and 100-calorie yogurt for my snacks. Then for dinner I tried to stay away from carbs as much as possible - and I did pretty good with that. I even made sure to pack myself a low-carb lunch for our day at the Springs on Saturday. Instead of a turkey sandwich, I made myself turkey, cheese and lettuce roll-ups (with a bit of mayo and mustard) and they were actually delicious. And then I made myself caprese to eat with it, instead of the cheese puffs that Jeff and the boys were eating.

I've actually run out of my ViShape mix right now, and my next order hasn't come in yet, so this is what my lunches look like this week. Since I liked the roll-ups so much on Saturday, I bought more of it all to make it for lunch this week as well. All this deliciousness for a mere 486 calories. Not too shabby. And definitely super delicious and filling. And I'm kinda obsessing like crazy over little cherry tomatoes right now. I'm poppin' 'em like they're candy, so it's a good thing they're healthy!

So that's that people. The goal this week is to work out four or five times in order to get back into the habit again. Maybe I'll even get ambitious and run or something on Saturday morning before we head to the pool again? Who knows though... I do know however, that I'd still like to lose two more pounds before the month is over in 11 days, to make it four pounds lost this month. That would put me on track to make it to my goal of 170 by our wedding day in October, if I lose four pounds a month. So here's hoping I can work off two more pounds in the next week and a half!

Oh, and quite a few of you added me on MyFitnessPal last week, and that made me so happy! I'd love for even more of you to come over and friend me there, because it's so much better with friends :) My username is HalieRenee.

Much love,


13.1 Miles to Disney said...

Congrats on running your first mile! It's such an amazing feeling. Keep up the good work!

RitaMarie said...

You are doing amazing!!! Way to go!!!

Miranda said...

I need that caprese right now. Looks delicious!

Keep up the good work! :)

Erin LFF said...

Thanks for always being so honest and sharing so much about your journey! You seriously impact more people than you even realize :) Thanks for the twitter pep talk this week too- I need to get my booty in gear!!

Sarah said...

AHHH you are so great!! Those are some mage cals you are burning!! I am so impressed!!

Bitch on a Diet said...

four pounds a month is totally doable! you are doing such a good job, keep it up!

Amy {Write this Down} said...

You are killing those workouts!!!

Frances Kendrick said...

Wow!! Way to go on running a mile without stopping!! That is a great accomplishment!! Keep up the hard work!! You are going to reap the rewards!

CeCe said...

2 cheat meals and 2 ounces is almost nothing! Not bad. Oh, and I did get that HRM and It works great for me.

Mallory said...

Great job! Thanks for linking up with us! I can totally relate to tummy troubles on a fun... not fun! Those lettuce roll ups look tasty- I will have to try those! I just requested you on MFP and I am your newest follower :)

Heather @ PrettyStrongMedicine said...

Yay for your first mile! Before you know it, it will be multiple miles. I'm adding you on MFP :) I love new friends!

Molly @ The Move to America said...

Well done you! I am on my healthy eating journey right now and doing ok. I do a lot of walking throughout the day but I am trying to increase it to help me lose weight. I have a long way to go, but get inspired by your journey!

Suzanne said...

Well done! Keep up the good work! And congratulations on your first mile run! :D

The Pink Growl said...

Love your story girl! Thank you for linking up! I'm looking forward to hearing more and keeping each other motivated!