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Mar 05 2012

The Beauty Loser Weekly Update 3/5/2012

Me in a Michael Kors top. The pleasure at how this fit, and the boost this gave my motivation, was well-worth the splurge!

Well, it was a week with another gain. But I’m not letting it get me down because sometimes, it’s all about the non-scale victories!

This week, this was my victory:

These may just look like new tops to you, but to me, they are “OMG NEW TOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I bought these tops from Ann Taylor Loft, American Eagle Outfitters, and the black one on the end on the far left? That’s a Michael Kors blouse!!! I don’t usually like to spend a lot of money on clothes – I’m a bargain hunter! But I indulged an splurged a little this weekend, because it’s been a while since I’ve bought new tops (and I bought new work pants in December for $9-$11 a pair!)

I’m just over the moon with the fact that I can shop at the mall at most of the clothing stores!

The reason I celebrated this victory was because of my gain at the scale this week. I’m glad I decided to go shopping despite the fact that the scale said I weighed a little bit more than last week. Because I felt like my body was still downsizing that morning I weighed in, and my weigh-in outfit felt looser. Regardless of the scale, I needed some shirts that weren’t baggy and loose, and dammit, I was going to go buy some!

Before my mini shopping spree, I posted my disappointment at the scale to my Facebook, and my friends responded with knowledge about muscle growth and how it can negatively impact your weight on the scale. True, but I also didn’t eat perfectly the last week. Not terribly, but not to plan, either.

I encounter a problem now that I’m physically active. If I go to the gym after work, I am just not hungry for dinner when I get home at night. So last week, I’d snack on something light and go to bed. Then I’d wake up the next day and all morning I’d be ravenous, no matter what I ate!

The complimentary trainer I see at the gym (four visits come with the membership!) made a suggestion to me – eat something within the first half hour to 45 minutes of being awake. This will help kick-start your metabolism, he said. This was interesting, because I typically don’t eat breakfast until about two hours after I wake up, preferring to eat later to put off hunger until closer to lunch.

Turns out, having a banana after my morning shower, with a glass of water, does miracles for my energy and how I feel all morning! I still feel hungry during the morning if I work out the night before, but in addition to eating in the morning I’m trying to eat a meal after the gym, too. Knowledge is power, as well. Now that I know what is causing my body to feel the way it does, I am better prepared to react with the right foods.

The Stats

So, here’s my stats for the week:

Weight at start of the week: 198 lbs.

Weight at end of the week: 198.8 lbs.

That’s a total of .8 lbs gain, for a grand total of 21.4 lbs down.

Goals for the coming week:

  • Keep up the good work at the gym and properly fueling my body!
  • Drink six to eight glasses of water a day!
  • Track my food! TRACK TRACK TRACK! It is paramount to my success on this program, for sure!

I believe I have reached the light at the end of my plateau tunnel – last week I didn’t post but I had gained .6 lbs. Now, I am motivated to kick my ass into high-gear and continue on my weight loss journey!

Bring it on!

What challenges do you face this week?!

  • Lucy

    Wow! You look fantastic. I can see such big differences all over. You’ll have to do some modeling of your new tops. How about eating some yogurt in the morning. I just found the Chobani low fat yogurt. It’s absolutely delicious. I’ve been trying all the different fruit flavors. I even emailed the company and they sent me 4- 60 cents off coupons. This is my second week eating them. They’re really filling and so good. Two weeks in a row I lost 9 lbs. each week. Last week I gained 11! Salt retention was part of it. I was so upset and disguisted. I found a few things I wasn’t doing right. Back on track again. Hope I have a loss again this week. I was feeling thinner. My clothes felt a bit loser also. Good luck to you this week. I’m so happy for you.