Skinny Girl Diaries … Week 2

I’ve lost a pound! Haha 1 pound doesn’t seem like much but it’s a start. I like food and with the holidays approaching it’s difficult to avoid those party appetizers and drinks. I am trying to keep it limited and since it’s now Dec 1st I have only 30 days to lose 4 more pounds. The goal is 10 pounds but I can only do this in baby steps so 5 pounds now and 5 pounds in the new year. It’s hard enough not to gain any weight over the holidays but I’m determined not to let that happen and to lose 1 pound a week.

Started by cutting down my Starbucks to 1/week and it’s the Skinny Peppermint Mocha. Ideally would be best to have NO STARBUCKS UNTIL GOAL WEIGHT IS ACHIEVED, however a girl’s gotta have a few happy indulgences and that’s one of mine!
Next I have to up my exercising. Really need to try to do 4 times a week. I will create a schedule and stick to it (or try to). It’s easier for me if I know when and what I have to do.
Last but not least my eating. So the food preparation hasn’t happened yet haha. Guess that was wishful thinking. Why is that so hard to do?! I am going to do it though even if it’s for a couple of days. Main thing is to prepare my vegetables and salads so that my snacks are healthier low calorie foods. This is not just to lose weight but to eat more plant based foods in order to stay healthy and Cancer free.

I calculated how many calories I’m supposed to eat in order to lose 1 pound per week. A great app for this is My Fitness Pal. It also calculates the calories for all your foods and any exercises you are doing. Keeping a food diary is also helping so I can see what I’m eating. This is a full time job!!

I’m now going to make my green smoothie. Spinach, mango, (non fat) yogurt , and wheatgrass! Tastes better than it sounds haha. Yummmm!

Skinny Girl Diaries … Week 1

Well week 1 of trying to lose weight has not gone so great. I mean it hasn’t been bad but I didn’t lose the 1lb I was supposed to. Yes my weekly goal is 1 pound, that’s all I can handle right now. I guess on the up side I haven’t gained any weight either and managed to work out twice. The working out has to be planned in advance as I still feel wiped out after my workouts. Regardless, it should still be planned so that it’s already a scheduled part of my day and not something I’m trying to squeeze in. If that happens, it is too easy to make excuses to get out of doing it. The other thing that needs to be planned is my grocery shopping and food prep. This is something I didn’t do and last week when I was out doing errands all day I ended up buying unhealthy snacks on the go. Turned into a terrible eating day.

So tomorrow I will figure out my meals for 3 days and get my groceries. The day after I will prep 3 days of food. I know some people prep for the week but with still having fatigue I don’t know if I can handle that. So best to start small. 3 days it is!

Oh and in case I didn’t mention I used to be 118 pounds prior to my diagnosis. Now I am 132 pounds and healthier. I’d like to get to 120-123 so the goal is to lose 10 pounds.

Did I also mention that eating healthy and exercise helps your skin, keeping you looking young and vibrant! This girl at a skin care kiosk thought I was 27!!! Wow I’m 43! I’m sure part of it was my casual attire but she said I had great skin and started asking “how do you do it, what’s your secret?”. I really didn’t know what to say, after going through a year of ‘hell’ I’m surprised I don’t look as old as I feel. Yes I feel like I went from 43 to 83. BUT at the end of it all I was quite flattered and felt great … and then just for a minute I forgot how old I was. 🙂

Skinny Jeans

Why is it that the jeans I’m wearing today were too big on me only a few months ago?! Now they fit and no this is not a good thing. These are my FAT jeans. I have somehow gained 10lbs. It’s my eating … and eating and eating! Although it’s usually healthy there have been a lot of birthdays and dinners with cakes and dessert that I just never thought to say no to. Well that has to change otherwise very soon even my fat jeans won’t fit me!!

Being out of commission for close to a year I was completely inactive but still eating (healthy most of the time) to keep up my strength. I gained a few pounds which was fine because prior to that I had gotten too skinny due to stress. When I’m stressed I don’t eat or sleep much. Stress weakens the immune system along with lack of sleep. Then the lack of nutrients doesn’t help. BAD BAD BAD. Initially after finishing treatment I was trying to get my strength and energy back. The fatigue and exhaustion continues even after treatment ends. I started exercising in July (4 months ago) and that was also when I went back to work part time. I started getting a little bigger before due to the lack of exercise/activity but now I’m actually 10lbs heavier. It’s not all fat, some of it is muscle but not all, because my clothes have gotten tighter and things just don’t fit well. We did do an assessment as part of my Rehab program and I haven’t gotten a lot bigger according to my measurements so that makes me feel a bit better.

My strength and energy have increased and I’ve made great progress with my exercises! However for some reason I just can’t seem to lose the 10 pounds I’ve gained. I think part of it is being at work, sitting all day and buying my food through the day. Let’s not forget the 250-300 calorie Starbucks coffee in the morning on the days I’m in the office.

Tomorrow is my last day at work so let’s see if by NYE I can get back into my SKINNY JEANS!