Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kiss It Goodbye Challenge: Week 1 check-in

Well...1 week down, 11 to go! :)  Just finished my first week of my Kiss it Goodbye Challenge.  I didn't do as well as I would have liked in the weight loss area but I kicked butt in the exercise area.  I only lost .5lb and unfortunately that's part of the 2lb I seem to be bouncing up and down but oh well.  But it's better than gaining .5lb :) 

I exercised 4 days over the past week.  Yay me!  I started the c25k program.  I'm going to probably stay on week one for another week before I move on to week 2 because I don't think I'm quite ready.  I also did some strength training and lots of ab stuff.  I'm really thankful for the gym at my apartment.  It's a pretty decent size and there is typically not anyone else in there and if there is, it's only 1 or 2 people.  But it's a full gym basically.  I have walked/ran outside 2 of those 4 days and we have quite a few hills and having to jog up those suckers is NOT fun!  I've really had to make myself go for a walk/run because I haven't "felt like it" but after I finish, I'm so glad that I did it because I feel a lot better and I know that I did something to put myself closer to my goal.

I have a dry erase board on my fridge with a countdown to my cruise (which is also the end of the challenge).  That has actually helped me quite a bit when making food decisions and deciding whether I'm going to go sit on the couch or change clothes and workout.  I also have a side by side picture of myself from the day before surgery next to my last progress picture (front ways and sideways) and in big letters "You have to MOVE it to LOSE it! Only 40 lbs to go!"  Because I have 40 lbs to reach my ultimate goal.  I highly recommend doing that.

I had my 6 month follow up at my surgeon's office.  I have to meet with the PA.  I haven't seen the surgeon since right before they told me to count backward from 10 in the operating room  lol  I'm a little bothered by that but not really. I mean...he did his time to do mine.  Anyway.  She said that I've probably hit a stall because I'm not getting enough calories.  I usually stay around 1,000.  She wants me to stay around 1200 and that includes exercise calories.  She said if I eat 1,000 calories and then burn 300, I'm only giving my body 700 calories so it's holding on to every bit of it.  So I'm trying to pay better attention to that and I'm logging what I'm eating in My Fitness Pal.  I'm just not really sure what to eat that is still low in carbs (and not difficult or timely to fix).

I found a recipe for Almond Apple Spice Muffins that are low in carbs and high in protein.  I'm going to give it a whirl making them tonight.  I'll let you know how it goes :)  If they are good, I'll post the recipe and a picture.


  1. I'm not a nutritionist, but I recommend being very careful using exercise calories. It is hard to determine exactly how many calories you burn and most people overestimate what they burn. If you are too far off, you end up eating more than you burn. I'm pretty sure my body isn't efficient when burning calories, so if most people burn 600 calories doing something, I probably only burn 400. To keep me on track with eating, I don't consider my exercise calories. That is, if I have a goal of 1200 calories and burn 600 through exercise, I do not eat 1800 calories that day.

    1. I do agree with you on that. I don't think my body burns calories like most either. I don't think I'll be eating more than 1200 calories as a whole. And that I'm not even sure of. We'll see. Always good to re-evaluate as you try different things before finding the right fit. :)