Beginning Weigh-In

Every weight loss journey has a beginning and mine begins at 171.8 pounds. Yikes. How did I get here? As a teenager, I never could gain weight. I would eat anything and everything I wanted and never gain a pound. My friends hated it and would tell me that it would catch up to me one day. Boy were they right!

With a starting weight sStarting Weight et, I have a goal in mind. 30 pounds gone. I believe 141 is a realistic weight for me and I can achieve it.

Exercise and meal planning are going to be my methods. I will also be tracking both using myfitnesspal.com. I love this app because it has so many restaurant foods already in it and it is really easy to import recipes from online sources. I use it on my phone and on the web so there is no excuse not to log my food.

If you are new to this, I recommend just logging your food for a few weeks and see how much you are eating. You may be surprised at how many calories you are eating! I sure was.

One week later… and I’m off to a good start.

November 18, 2014

Starting Weight, November 11, 2014 — 171.8
Current Weight, November 18, 2014 — 170.8
Goal Weight — 141

Food Prep and Meal Planning

Meal planning is not best done by walking around Kroger and seeing what’s good. Yet, that’s what I find myself doing more often than not.

Even worse is giving up and picking up a pizza or worse, fried chicken. And my family loves some fried chicken!

I have not been able to lose any weight for the past year. I have been working out 5 to 6 days a week since May when Orangetheory Fitness opened in Germantown. I have lost inches, and believe me, I’m happy about that but there are 30 pounds hanging around that need to go. So…

Meal planning and food preparation have become my new best friend. No longer will I stand in front of the fridge and wonder what I can eat. I have prepped snacks for the week as well as green smoothies or refrigerator oatmeal for breakfast.

Spinach Salads and Refrigerator Oatmeal
Spinach Salads and Refrigerator Oatmeal
Green Smoothies - just add Good Belly juice or Almond Milk, yum.
Green Smoothies – just add Good Belly juice or Almond Milk, yum.
Ready to go bags full of one serving each of fruits, veggies and nuts. No excuses.
Ready to go bags full of one serving each of fruits, veggies and nuts. No excuses.

Tomorrow, I will post my weekly weigh-in which will serve as my starting point (eek). I have to be honest, I’m not thrilled with where my weight stands and even less thrilled to be sharing it with you but I am counting on the accountability of this blog to inspire me to lose.