Category Archives: Weight Loss Thoughts

Welcome, WRC Readers!

I was pleasantly surprised to see that an older post from this blog was finally featured on the Women’s Running Community today. I hope it inspires people to post their sweaty, nasty post-run photos online to inspire others to get out on the road (or do whatever it is they do to stay active), even if they don’t look like the fitness models we see in magazines, on TV, and on Facebook. So, if you’re here because you saw that post, hello!

But, I have a confession to make. There haven’t been a lot of running selfies from me lately. Checking out my Nike+ log, my last run was a month ago. I had restarted my 5K runner program, and then … stopped. For no reason other than laziness. I’ve been on a few bike rides, and a couple of walks, but I certainly haven’t been active, and I haven’t been following a very good eating plan either. This is why I haven’t been posting much lately, because there hasn’t been a whole lot of “Gross getting fit” for me to write about.  One of these days, I need to make a decision to stop messing around and really commit to my healthy lifestyle. I have about 40 more pounds to lose. Thankfully I haven’t gained it all back (although 13 pounds has crept back on), but I’ve definitely stalled … for the better portion of a year.

I’m not writing this to whine or complain, but to be brutally honest. In a year you can go from barely being able to walk around the block to running a 5K, 10K, or half marathon. OR, you can go from running a half marathon to struggling to run a mile. It goes both ways. What we should all strive for, I believe, (and what I hope I will eventually find) is a consistent, healthy lifestyle. Being active at least 30 minutes a day, eating healthfully to fuel a body that’s the right size for you. That is what I want to strive for, and I’d welcome encouragement from any of you. I also want to encourage you on your journey, because I know it’s hard. It’s damn hard. But it can be done.

Weighing My Fitness & Weight Loss Priorities

Admit it, you like the pun in the title of this blog post.

I know prioritization is important, but what I don’t know is this: How many priorities can I have? Regardless of where they stand at the moment, I want the following things to be a priority in my life:

  • Health & Wellness (includes good eating habits, fitness, quality sleep, and weight loss)
  • Kicking ass at my job
  • Finishing my Ph.D.
  • Spending quality time with my husband
  • Developing my “side hustle” (writing, speaking, teaching, etc.)
  • Traveling
  • Eating amazing food at awesome restaurants
  • Growing & cooking my own food

So, is this a lucky 7? Or the 7 deadly priorities?

Honestly, I don’t get overwhelmed trying to do it all … I get overwhelmed thinking about doing it all, or writing out a schedule. Maybe Nike is on to something with the whole “just do it” thing…

And with that, I’ll send this idea off to the internet, because done is better than perfect.

How Do You Shop For Clothes While Losing Weight?

I need new jeans really, really badly. Not only are the jeans I have from when I was in my early 20’s (and therefore they’re far too low-cut), many of them have holes in inconvenient places, and they’re all starting to fall off my ass.

This is a good thing. That means I’ve gone from wearing a size 20 to a size 12/14 (depending on the brand). But I really need new clothes.

Between my home and my office is an outlet mall. I stopped by on the way home today, hoping to find some jeans that fit me prior to my business trip this weekend. I went to two stores (Banana Republic and Ann Taylor) and didn’t find a single pair of jeans that fit me and didn’t look like mom jeans.  I also seem to be between sizes (medium and large) in t-shirts and dresses.

I’m definitely not going to find what I need at the outlet mall, because the selection is far too limited. But I hate shopping even in normal situations, and I don’t want to invest in good clothing that might not fit me in a few months. I know I should probably go to a thrift store, but I don’t have the patience to sort through a bunch of stuff. I’d rather go to a big department store (although the thought of it makes me want to gag), where I have rack after rack of clothes to choose from. But I’m not going to like it.

I don’t even know what size I wear, since companies are anything but consistent in their sizing. This makes shopping even more frustrating, because I have to bring two or three sizes of every garment into the dressing room. And then I feel like a jerk because I leave without buying anything.

I’m hoping that when I reach my goal weight, I can go on a shopping spree and enjoy every single minute of it, because I’ll be investing in clothes that I plan to wear for a few years (probably a decade, given my adherence to fashion trends). But for now, it’s just not appealing.

How do you deal with clothes shopping when you’re in the middle of a weight loss journey?

Food Log

I did pretty well again today!

Breakfast: Peanut butter granola bar, string cheese, apple
Lunch: 1 cup split pea & ham soup, carrots & cucumber with black bean dip, 1/2 cup rice mixed with 1 cup spaghetti squash and 1/2 cup roasted mushrooms
Snack: 4 oz fat free Greek yogurt with 1T strawberry jam, 1/2 cup skim milk
Dinner: Grilled turkey & cheese sandwich

32 Weight Watchers Points Plus