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Friday, May 26, 2017

Man, It's May! Weight Loss Progress

So I've been mentioning in a few posts that I am following the Hungry Girl Program and have been pretty faithful since September of last year.  I am not out to break any speed weight loss records but instead am taking it slow and steady, that way I don't feel like I am depriving myself and I am making it a sustainable habit.  So far I've lost a little over 43 pounds and have not been at this weight since 2006.

Here is a comparison photo from August 2016 to February 2017 and then one from today.

In addition to following the plan, I've begun taking a walk around our neighborhood daily and doing some plank exercises at night before bed.  I am definitely not a fan of exercise and though I had a membership to Planet Fitness a few years ago, I think I only went 10 times in a year and a half.  I don't run.  I have never been a runner.  When I walk I listen to music and use the time to look at the world around me and do some thinking.  When I first started doing planks I could only hold it for 30 seconds.  Now I am up to at least 2 minutes or more.  It requires no special equipment. 

I've been keeping a food calendar/journal since I started and write down pretty much everything I eat during the day and note the exercise I do.  I've been wearing a basic pedometer and keep track of my step count.  Since I work from home doing transcription which keeps me at a desk most of the day, I was not getting too many steps in.  I find that if I can get at least 6000 steps a day, I notice weight changes.  Each time I hit a lower number on the scale I give myself a star.  This month I have 4 stars so far!  That may only mean a loss of 4 ounces, but it is motivating me when I see the stars to keep going.  I also took my measurements so when I hit a patch where I feel like nothing is happening on the scale I re-measure and the decreasing numbers help me see that something indeed is changing. 

I am taking medication for diabetes and my most recent numbers were so good that if they continue to fall I may be able to cut it down, if not completely eliminate it.  Since diabetes is in my family and I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant, I am not surprised I have it now, but keeping control of it is important.  

Preparing four meals at a time is helpful, especially on those really busy days.

Drinking these teas has been a staple.

This is one of the "snacks" you can have - strawberries stuffed with ricotta cheese and topped with chocolate chips.  I could have had 6 stuffed strawberries but 4 was enough.

Trying new things like powdered peanut butter and tofu noodles have been pleasant surprises.  They are not half bad. 

I am about halfway to where I'd like to be but as I said, I'm not out for speed, I'm out for sustainability.  I can definitely tell the weeks and months I concentrate harder than others but overall I'm pretty pleased.  Weight is definitely one of those subjects that is kind of hard to discuss and I'm not at the point where I am comfortable putting my exact weight out there, but seeing the difference in the mirror is pretty cool.   

How about you?  Have a weight challenge/success story?  Love to hear it if you'd like to share.


  1. Way to go on doing so well with your goal.
    I freaking love Yogi teas. They're awesome. Granted, I have different ones (Tangerine Energy is my favorite).
    Keep up your great work!

    1. Oooh Tangerine Energy sounds delicious! I'll have to look for that one. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Wow Janet - congrats. Your progress is very impressive! And I love how you're doing this. Your tracking and your star system, and finding ways to keep yourself motivated - all great! While Hungry Girl isn't a good fit for me, I do want to do make some changes in my eating habits as well, and I'm very inspired by you.

    1. Thanks Deborah! I've been heavy all my life and have been on Weight Watchers several times. It works for a while but then the weight comes back. This time I think I have found something that I can sustain. As I get older it is so much harder!

  3. Wow Janet, you are doing terrific. That's very disciplined for sure. And I have to say, I think you look good in your August 2016 photo! I don't think I could do all the logging of the food every day. I'm impressed by that~
    Exercise is definitely the key. At least it was for me. Now that I'm older and have a lot of arthritis and pain issues (unfused ankle especially), I'm limited in walking and working out so naturally I've put some poundage back on. But I have maintained the majority of my weight loss since 1996. Although I sure could be doing much better. I used to be so disciplined in the eating department but now I'm just like Screw it, it tastes good. Lol! I will say that you are definitely inspiring me so thank you for that. Maybe I'll get back on track...
    Congrats!! Believe me, I know how hard it is. I've had an entire lifetime of weight struggle...

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Thanks Michele! I finally got to that point where I said "I'm done with this!" It helped that my husband was in Oregon a lot at the time so I only had myself to be concerned with as far as fixing dinners went. Since I was doing so well and our kids are out of the house, when he came back from Oregon I told him he was going to have to fend for himself because I was on a mission! LOL sometimes he forgets but for the most part it is working.


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