It’s Fitness Friday! (Week 8) Annnnnd I need to recommit

Back on Sept. 14 I wrote my first Fitness Friday post, and joined other bloggers for a link up. My goal was to lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy, and then some. I did well for the first couple of weeks, but then…I’ll admit it…I stopped trying. We had guests; we ate out; I was too lazy to go to the gym; and this past week I’ve been ill.

It’s time for me to recommit.

I will do this! I know the holiday season is usually time when people gain weight not lose it. But I am motivated. I don’t want to get dressed up for church or a dinner out or anything that requires more than jeans and a sweatshirt, because I can’t fit into my wardrobe. If I squeeze myself into them, I just look terrible with rolls and muffin tops. I’m being completely honest when I say that trying on clothes makes me want to cry (sometimes I do), and I feel completely unattractive. I just want to be “hot” again, you know? I don’t want to be that woman who “let herself go” once she got married and had a kid. That’s not me.

I’m showing my motivation below for the whole world to see. Now, I have to keep it up!

Here’s me before marriage and a baby (ignore the cheesy grin):

Visiting John Dillinger’s grave

Here’s me after marriage and a baby:

Ugh! I can’t even stand looking at this photo!

The good news is that I have lost about 10 or 15 pounds since the above photo was taken, but it’s not enough. I still have a long way to go.

I’m not posting stats this week. I want to focus not on the numbers but on my diet and exercise. Next week, I’ll weigh myself and post where I’m at, and then I’ll go from there.

 If you’re on MyFitnessPal, feel free to add me, and we’ll motivate each other! My username is emegburg.

Do you have any fitness or weight loss goals?
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It’s Fitness Friday! (Week 5)

It’s week five, but I have to confess that I didn’t post last week (week 4). My parents were visiting, and we ate out daily, and then my “Aunt Flo” came to visit…so there was no way I was getting on a scale! I also haven’t been to the gym in 2 weeks. Surprisingly, I did lose a little weight. I think it’s because I did a lot of walking, and even though we ate out, it wasn’t excessive, and I didn’t eat desserts.

Current Stats:

177 lbs. (a total weight loss of 18 lbs.)

Activities Performed:

Hours and hours of walking! Some leisurely, some brisk

Diet Changes:

I haven’t been doing a good job of logging into MyFitnessPal to keep track of calories. There are two reasons why. It’s been difficult for me to determine the calories of what I’ve been cooking for dinner and what I’ve been eating at restaurants.

I did eat a lot of calorie-laden foods like restaurant burgers and fries. I definitely didn’t eat enough veggies. I think I’m also using too much creamer in my coffee.

Next Week’s Goals:

I would love to get down to 175lbs.

I haven’t been losing weight quickly, so it’s iffy whether or not that will happen, but that’s my goal. Once I hit 175, I’m only 10 pounds away from my initial goal of 165lbs! That will be fabulous, because I’ll have a few more outfits in my wardrobe that I’ll be able to fit into.

I also plan to drink more water, cut back on creamer, and eat more veggies. All three of those goals are just good lifestyle choices, even if I wasn’t losing weight.

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It’s Fitness Friday! (Week 3)

It’s Fitness Friday!

Join me, We Have It All, Andersons Angels, and other bloggers as we work at being healthier and getting fit through Fitness Friday! Don’t have a blog? You can comment right below our Fitness Friday posts, and we’ll encourage each other!

 Current Stats:

MAYBE 179 lbs. Okay, so here’s what happened. My goal for this week was to get into the 170s, but it seemed like every time I weigh myself I was still 180. Well, I weighed myself yesterday morning, and I was ecstatic to see the scale said 179 lbs. and X oz. Well, during my 2-second happy dance from the bathroom to the living room, I forgot how many ounces I was over 179. I wanted to have the exact amount, so I could input it in MyFitnessPal. When I weighed myself the second time (just a few seconds later, remember), the scale read 180 lbs., 2 oz. -_- I changed the position of the scale on the bathroom floor a few times, but alas! The 179 was gone. So I guess I gained 4 oz. during my happy dance.

Activities Performed:

55 minutes of cardio at the gym

1 hour of leisurely walking

It definitely wasn’t my best week for working out, that’s for sure. We were busy preparing for a dinner party and my parents’ visit next week. I will be going to the gym this afternoon though.

Diet Changes:

I was doing pretty well with my diet this week…until yesterday. I went to the grocery store a couple hours before dinner, and while I was there I realized I hadn’t eaten breakfast or lunch. Then I walked through the potato chip aisle. Hmmmm, THAT looks good. Yup, I ate almost an entire bag. That was about 7 servings. Then I had dessert after dinner. I’m not beating myself up over it. One bad day out of seven isn’t the end of the world.

Next Week’s Goals:

To definitively-no-doubt-about-it get into the 170s!!!

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