Category: Weight-loss Journey


Good afternoon everyone!! If you have been following me you know that I am going down the path of weight-loss. I have started the 21 day mommy blogger challenge with Dustin Maher. http://mommybloggerweightlosschallenge.com/ It is a great program. I am still in the starter stage of it, but I have high hopes for it. I have started reading his book “A Fit Moms For Life.” http://fitmomsforlife.com/ The challenge was suppose to start yesterday, but I didn’t jump on it like I should. Along with my weekly weigh in’s that I do on Wednesdays I will tell you how my week went with the challenge. Dustin Maher has a great site that would be good for anyone to check out. It’s http://dustinmaherfitness.com/. You do not have to be a mommy blogger to try his program. It’s great for anyone out there.  Here is my before picture …

At the end of the challenge I will post a picture of me. There are several other mommy bloggers that are doing this challenge and I wish all of them good luck!!

Weigh In Week 3

Today was a gloomy day for me.  I did my weekly weigh in and it wasn’t good at all. Not even close. I debated on not doing my weekly post but felt I needed to be honest.  Here is what my evil scale told me today:

Weight: 294 (gained 12pds)

Body Fat: 59.9 (up 11.8)

Hydration: 29.2 (up 3.1)

BMI: 50.1 (up 2)

Calorie Goal: 2576

Weeks to reach goal: 94

As you can see everything was up. I can’t believe I gained 12pounds in 1 week.  We did spend the weekend away, so we eat out a lot. But I honestly thought I was doing okay. Defiantly need to eat out less. This week will be better. I start the 21 day Mommy Blogger Weight loss challenge today.  Want to know more about it? Keep an eye out for future posts.

My goals for this week:

loose 5 pounds

exercise 4 days (3o mins long)

drink  6 glasses of water

What’s your goals for this week? How are you doing?

I am the first to say that I don’t like drinking water. I can’t stand it. In honestly though it is pretty important. Your body is 60-70% of water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Proper water intake allows your body to function more easily in very important ways. Staying hydrated allows the body to get the nutrients from the food you eat through your system so you can use it for energy. Water also transport oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects joints and organs. Proper hydration helps the body to digest and metabolize food and nutrients. Some of the water you drink is transformed into sweat which allows the body to regulate its tempter. 

The fact is your body needs water. The amount of water you need can change every day, based on your physical activity, weather, current health condition. Experts believe you can estimate the amount of water you need by taking your weight in pounds and divide that in half. For example if you weigh 160 pounds you need to drink at least 80 ounces of water.  At least 20% of the water you need comes from foods you eat. The rest comes from the beverages you drink.  The best beverage to drink is water. Especially if you are trying to lose weight. It’s because there are zero calories PLUS it’s free. 

If you sweat a lot you need to drink more. With normal living drinking when your thirsty is okay, but if your athletes or workout excessively it’s important to drink before you are thirsty. 

You need to know your body. Pay attention to how much water you drink and how your body reacts to it. Then come up with your own drinking plan. 

Drinking too much water at once can be harmful. It’s rare but it does happen. So watch out for it. When drinking water it is more productive to drink a few gulps at a time instead of downing a whole water bottle every hour. Drinking a little water often is much more effective because your body is able to metabolize the fluids and use them more efficiently. 

Tips to Staying Hydrated: 

1. Drink 15-20 ounces, 2-3 hours before exercise 

2. Drink 8-10 ounces, 10-15 minutes before exercise

2. If you work out more than 90 minutes add a sports drink

5. Water and sports drink in 2 hours after work out to replace

Believe me I understand what you are thinking. Water is no fun to drink. It has zero taste. I hate drinking water just as much as the next person. But as I mention above it is clearly important and we should try. Drink a 20 ounce glass of water with each meal and before bed time. Then have your choice drink in between. That way you are getting at least 80 ounces.  That’s what I am going to do to try to incorporate more water in my day. What are you going to do to increase your water intake? Or do you drink plenty of water now?


Weigh In Week 2

That time of the week again. The dark dreary day I call Weigh In day. I feel a little bit better this week, since I did exercise twice this week. All though my exercise wasn’t as long as they should be.  I hate exercising.

Here is what the scale told me this week :

Weight- 282 (down 2.6pds)

BMI- 48.1 (down .5) (yeah!!)

Body Fat- 64.2 (up 2.7 -not sure why)

Hydration-26.1

Calorie Intake- 2508

Week- 82

Most things I was down in. So that’s great. Every pound counts! My goal for next week is still to exercise three times a day for twenty minutes. I want to lose 5 pounds.  I am also going to do some research about why my weight was down from last week but my body fat was up. Doesn’t make sense to me.

My question for you guys is what do you do to workout? How do you make it fun?

CDC- http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/ (free)

Spark People:http://www.sparkpeople.com/(free)

Fit Day- http://www.fitday.com/ (free)

Ediets- http://www.ediets.com/ ($40/month or $140/yr)

Diet Watch- http://www.dietwatch.com/dietwatch/enrollment/index.asp?

Weight watchers- http://www.weightwatchers.com/index.aspx ($47.90 1st month, 17.95 after, and 23.95 start up fee)

Nutrition- http://www.nutrition.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=11&tax_level=1 (free)

My Fitness Pal- http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ (free)

3 Fat Chicks- http://www.3fatchicks.com/ (free)

Zone Diet- http://www.zonediet.com/ (179/ 2 wks for program)

Active Log- http://www.activelog.com/ (free)

Calorie Count- http://caloriecount.about.com/ (free)

LiveStrong- http://www.livestrong.com/ (free)

Daily Plate- http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/ (free)

As promised here is some more information on what BMI is. BMI is short for body max index. It is a calculated number that is used as a screening tool to identify possibilities of a weight problem.

BMI is NOT a diagnostic tool. It is a very small part of figuring out if there is a weight problem. BMI is a popular way to measure body fatness because it’s one of the less expensive way and just about anyone could do it. You don’t even need the “Health O Meter-The Doctor Scale”  to tell you.  All you have to do is take your weight(lb)/[height (in)(squared)] x 703. For example lets say your weight is 150lbs and your height is 5’5″. You take [150 / (65)squared] x 703 and that equals 24.96.

You ask is 24.96 good? A standard weight status for adults (anyone above 20) is:

BMI                     Weight Status 

under 18.5           Underweight

18.5 – 24.9                  Normal

25.0-29.9                Overweight

20.00 – Above          Obese

So the answer is it would be normal, but barely. BMI is a pretty reliable way to give you an insight if there is a weight problem. The formula and chart I told you today is only for adults above 20. There is a whole different way to calculate for children. They consider the sex, weight, and height. 

Want  more information about body max index? Here is a great link…

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/index.html

It was that time of the week. My weigh in day. I didn’t work out at all this week. Every time I had said I was going to work out something always came up. I need just to get up and do it first thing in the mornings. Mornings are always the busiest time for me. Seeing Bryson off to school, seeing hubby off to work, feeding Carly that by the time I think about it something else is going on. When do you work out? What time of the day to find is best? Well, I need to just get it over with. I stepped on the scale and this is what it told me….

My weight last week was 288.  Here are my stats

Weight: 284.6 (down -3.4)

BMI: 48.6

Body Fat Percent: 61.7%

Hydration: 27.9%

My daily calorie intake: 2523

I should reach my goal in 85 weeks.

I want to lose 80 pounds by May. My ultimate goal is to lose 138 pounds. Although I didn’t lose the 5 I wanted too, I lost 3.4. That’s better than nothing!   Lets see if I can lose the 5 pounds this week and workout 3 times this week? What are your goals for the week?

I am going down this dark scary road called weight loss. We all have been there at some point in our life. It’s no fun, but needed. What’s the one thing that you need to do this? A good scale! I found one that I love. It’s my record keeping buddy. What do I mean by that? This scale does a lot more than a “typical” scale. What’s the name of this magical scale you ask; it’s the Health O Meter: The Doctor’s Scale.

It keeps records for up to four different users and stores their last five weigh-ins. You can also tell it weight your weight loss goal is. The scale keeps track of your weight and body fat percentage for the last five weigh-ins. At each weigh-in it will tell you your BMI, Hydration Level, Body Fat Percentage, you Daily Calorie Intake and how many weeks it would take you to lose the weight healthy. Having it in Athlete mode will account for the muscle mass when figuring out these details.  Knowing all these details about your body will help you in your weight loss journey, and having the scale takes all the hard work out for you. Well at least for knowing where you are at in your journey. You still got to do the no fun part of it: eating healthy and exercising. But you can do it!

Outside of it telling you all these factors it also looks stylish. It has a tempered glass platform that will hold up to 400 pounds. Although it doesn’t look that sturdy believe me it is! I was very surprised at how sturdy it felt to me.   The display is large enough and bright enough that it makes it really easy to you.

I would recommend anybody that is going down their own weight loss journey to get this scale. It will help you out a lot.

Want to know why knowing your BMI, Body Fat, Hydration Level, and why it’s good to have a daily caloric intake is a good idea keep an eye out for upcoming posts. I will tell you each week what this magical scale tells me!