Gains, victories and goodbyes

A few months ago, I made the decision to bring my blogs to WordPress from Blogger. However, I’ve decided that I am going to return to Blogger this week. I’ve already made the transition with my main blog Kentucky Geek Girl and when I’m done fixing it up, I’ll be exporting Tasha Gets Healthy. KGG is my main blogging project and I will be focusing my creative energies over there. I want to do some big things with it. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy blogging here, but I’m still new at the whole big time blogging scene, so I need to direct focus. I hope you all continue to follow my story and progress.

I went to my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday and found that I’d gained 0.8 pounds. I was kind of bummed, but I just decided that I needed to log it and move on. I’ll be celebrating my 16th week on Weight Watchers this Saturday and had other things to think about. Case in point: the Weight Watchers 5k Walk-it Challenge. Okay, folks. I did it. I took the challenge and I completed the course. I started earlier than everyone else on Sunday so I could get to a friend’s house, but I ended up running into a girl that I went to school with and that I now work with at my part-time weekend job. It was nice to chat with here while we walked and it really made the time go by. I downloaded the iMapMyRun so I could chart my progress… and found out that I took the wrong trail at the park. Oops. But, in my defense, it turned out to be a train with more hills and was moderately more difficult. I’m winning! In all seriousness, it was a great experience and I’m glad to have done it. 2 months ago, I couldn’t fathom doing a health trail at a park. In fact, I met my friends at a local park and gave up like 20 minutes in. To have overcome that is a huge milestone for me.

Tomorrow evening, I’m going to be taking a Zumba class with Emily of Skinny Emmie, Krissie from Questions for Dessert and Noel, whom I haven’t met yet. I am really looking forward to it because my last Zumba class I walked out about 15 minutes in. I kind of have this self-doubt thing where I give up if something is too hard. Not anymore. I refuse to give up. I’m going to take that class and it’s going to be fun and I’m going to sweat and reap the benefits of my healthy lifestyle. I’ve also been participating in the #fitblog chats on Twitter. I’ve met some remarkable bloggers who write about weight loss, fitness, and healthy living. It’s been great to get to know people’s stories and see what is working or not working for them.

So, this will be my last post on WordPress. I hope you all follow me back to Blogger. The site is ready, just need to export the blog. Thank you for your support the last few months. It’s been so appreciated.

Today’s Weigh-in: +0.8 pounds

Total weight loss on Weight Watchers (since 2/12): -22 pounds

Total weight loss since 11/4/2010: -53.6 pounds

Edit:

Challenging myself

A few posts ago, I said that I had anticipated walking in a 5k in November. Well, I’ve bumped that up a few months. On May 22, Weight Watchers is holding the Walk It Challenge. This morning, I found out that one of our center leaders is trying to put together a walk at a local park. On the Weight Watchers site for the Walk It Challenge, the closest event was in like Cincinnati or some place like that, so to have an event here in Lexington is pretty awesome. I made the decision: I’m going to walk in that 5k and I am beyond excited.

May 22 is 4 days before my 24th birthday. It is 3 days before I plan to complete a Zumba class with Emily and Krissie at the Lexington Athletic Club, where Emily is a member. It’s going to be an amazing week to have a birthday, to say the least.

I went to the gym this morning before my Weight Watchers meeting and it didn’t adversely affect my weigh-in like I was afraid it would. In fact, I was .4 pounds lighter at my meeting. Anyhoo, today made up for my horrible weigh-in last week.

Today’s Weigh-in: -11.4 pounds

Total weight loss on Weight Watchers (since 2/12): -22.8 pounds

Total weight loss since 11/4/2010: -54.4 pounds

Born This Way

I’ve had a lot of people tell me in the last week that they can really see a difference in the way that I look. I’ve been fixing my hair more and wearing more makeup and in general just feeling prettier. I’ve begun to see myself in a different light and I’m liking what I’m seeing more and more each day. It’s hard to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and not recognize the person that is standing before you. Before I began my weight loss journey, I didn’t like to look at that person because she seemed like a stranger to me. I finally think the real me is emerging.

This week’s episode of Glee really hit home to me. “Born This Way” was all about accepting yourself for who you are. **Semi-Spoiler alert** Emma Pillsbury comes to terms with her OCD, Dave Karofsky apologizes to Kurt and the Glee Club for bullying, and it’s revealed that Quinn wasn’t always so perfect. Because of this, I started thinking a lot about if I stopped losing weight right now, could I truly accept myself. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think that I could.

First of all, I’m not comfortable enough with myself to share my weight with the world. Is it because I’m ashamed? Well, frankly, yeah. I’m ashamed of what I let myself become. I never was a very active child or teen, but in recent years I lived such a sedentary lifestyle and was ordering out almost every night of the week. It was my actions (or lack thereof) that caused me to gain weight.  I got to thinking about what Santana said: “If you don’t like something about yourself, then change it.” That’s exactly what I’m doing, though it’s through non-surgical means. I wasn’t born fat. I became overweight, and then obese, over time. Unhealthy, fat Tasha is not the real Tasha. It’s taken me awhile to realize it, but I’m glad that I finally have.

I met my mom for Easter dinner at our favorite place in Morehead, KY which is half-way for us. She told me that she was proud of me what what I’d been able to accomplish thus far. And she said that while I should I have listened to her in the first place and done this a long time ago, she’s glad that I’ve taken it upon myself to turn my life around. She told me that she was very scared for me and I guess I never really admitted it, but I was scared too. I was so unhealthy and I was afraid of dying young. Now, while I might not be the healthiest I can be yet, I’m much better than I was before and a lot of my risks have decreased.

I’ve been bad this week, though. I didn’t go to the gym at all and maxed out my points every day. I’m going to do a lot better next week, but for now I take comfort in the fact that I am being the change I wish to see. I will see my true self emerge some day.

My Moment of Zen

Today’s meeting was all about finding time for yourself. I live by myself, I have “me time” almost constantly, but I am finding that my true me time is when I’m at the gym. I love going with my best friend, but even then we’re doing our own things. She’s developed a love for the bicycle while I prefer the treadmill. Our fitness plans are different and that’s okay. That’s why, I’ve decided that when I am on the treadmill or doing my weight training, I am centering myself. All of the outside influences just fade away and it’s just me. I become one with myself and the music that I’m listening to. I find my focus. I quite literally go to my happy place.

Last week, I had a bad weigh-in. The scale said that I’d gained nearly 6 pounds. I had lost my focus. I started drinking sodas and, admittedly, I drank a lot. I didn’t eat as healthily as I could have and ditched the diet in favor of chips and queso and McDonald’s. Oh, and there was definitely some alcohol thrown into the mix last Friday night. So, when I stepped on the scale on Saturday morning, it read that I’d gained 5.8 pounds. I was a tad shocked, but then everything made sense. My focus began to shift back to where it needed to be: my ultimate goal of this healthy lifestyle. That’s not to say that I can’t have a couple of drinks with friends and have a good time, but I know that I’m going to have to track any alcohol just like I would food. It’s liquid fat, for real.

This week, I went to the gym three times and followed the fitness training plan that I got when I had my personal training session a few weeks ago. I increased my speed when I walked, I did all of the weight training machines that I was supposed to and even did some high intensity cardio to finish the session up. I even got a bit of hot tub and swimming time in mid-week. By Friday, I was feeling great and am still feeling great today I have completely given up soda once more and have chosen water and the occasional decaf unsweetened tea instead.

My efforts have paid off, most assuredly.

Today’s Weigh-in: -11.4 pounds

Total weight loss on Weight Watchers (since 2/12): -17.4 pounds

Total weight loss since 11/4/2010: -49 pounds

I’ve lost a first grader!

When I said that to my mom, she was like, “Say what?!” since I work with kids, but I said, “My weight! I’ve lost the equivalent of a first grader!”

I didn’t expect much going into today’s weigh-in. I’ve been tracking, but hadn’t exercised since Monday. I’ve been drinking water, but have had some soda too. I was thinking a pound, if that. I cautiously stepped on the scale and found that I’d lost 4 pounds! That took me to a total of 11.6 pounds lost on Weight Watchers! I got another 5 pound star and am so excited! I think I’ve definitely got momentum now.

That’s the only real news to report, but I did want to mention one thing. I think everyone who is on a weight loss journey has a piece of clothing that fitting into again would signify a huge milestone. I have a couple of pieces like that: a pair of jeans and a shirt. A lot of jeans that you can buy at Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, etc, have some Lycra or Spandex in them. Even with that, the pair of jeans that I desire to wear again just do not fit. I’m excited for the day that they do, however. The other piece is this blouse.

I haven’t worn it in a few years and I absolutely love it. It’s a fitted shirt, so there’s really not any give to it. I tried it on today and we’re almost there! My goal is for it to button completely, but being able to wear it comfortably with a tank underneath would be great too.

So, today’s weigh-in puts me at:
-11.6 pounds since February 12, 2011 (average 1.7 pounds weekly) — On Weight Watchers
-42.8 pounds since November 4, 2010 — Last doctor’s appointment

I think I’m definitely on a roll.