Empty Trunk – Week 6 – Weight Loss

I really didn’t do much good this week, although I did sign up for the YMCA, I think I will end up cancelling and using punch cards at the local recreation center due to cost and location.   I continued to abstain from wine, although did *cheat* Thursday night at happy hour after the conference I attended this week.  I had 2 beers.  Coors was sponsoring it, so I didn’t want to hurt their feelings after all!  It was free beer…

I did pretty well during the week, but ran out of the Active Lifestyle oatmeal and am realizing it makes a pretty big difference in keeping me full each day.  They don’t seem to sell it at Target or Walmart – I checked when I was there for other items – so will have to restock this weekend.   I did not exercise, but did walk 7,500 steps o Thursday and Friday!  Conferences are apparently great for upping my steps!

I did eat a lot of apples and oranges, other than during the conference.  Conference food wasn’t horrible, but they did have an apple tart on Thursday and a Snickers Cheesecake on Friday.  Again, I couldn’t hurt their feelings after all…

I’m afraid the scale numbers are painting a rosier picture than my actions should have reflected.  I am going to get a new scale because this morning I woke up weighed myself, went to the bathroom and gained 1/2 a pound.  Clearly it isn’t consistently measuring.  But for now, here are the results:

So, did it work?

  • Start – Dec. 20 – 70 lbs to lose
  • Week 6 – minus 2.0 = 63.0  lbs to lose
  • Total to date – minus 7.0

I am happy with an average of 1 pound a week, but will not reach my 30 pound goal by June at this rate.  I am also hoping to be in a smaller size by April when we head to Paris to celebrate my Grandmother’s life (and death).   But, for not making too many drastic changes and simply choosing to opt out of as many carbs, eat more fiber and less  sweets and wine – this is a very sustainable loss for me that won’t have me yoyo-ing drastically depending on if I follow a specialized diet to a T.

However, I was very excited to hear that one of our members, Leilani @ Soleil Selene, was selected to be a national Nutri-System blogger!  I can’t wait to see how she does and see if that is something I may want to pursue to up the pace of my weight loss.  Make sure to congratulate her, won’t you?

Also, Bruna and  Barb have joined us!  Welcome ladies!

How did you do?

Here’s who has signed up for our #emptytrunk challenge.  How did they do this week?

Weekly Tip

Tip 1:  I like the Active Lifestyle oatmeal.  It as 5 grams of fiber and has walnuts and raisins in it.   It is very hearty, only 170 calories, and keeps me full well until lunch.

Tip 2:  I’ve been eating an apple on my drive home from work.  This helps me take any edge off and not walk in the door ready to scarf down the entire kitchen.

Please note the Weight Loss page I added.   These posts along with any sales for weight loss related items or programs and a summary of the tips we develop will be summarized there.  I hope that makes it easier to navigate and get the most out of each other’s success tips.  Any suggestions of features that would be useful to you are welcome!

25 Responses to Empty Trunk – Week 6 – Weight Loss

  1. I am still at the same 2.2 weight loss I had last week. I am not gaining so I guess that is a good thing. I had a couple of days this week where my calories exceeded my 1600 calorie goal, but it wasn’t bad foods I was just hungry. But my overall average caloric intake for 29 days is 1681. So I am doing well. Tomorrow we go get the exercise bike. I am looking forward to being able to exercise indoors on these cold gray days. So I guess I will just keep on keepin’ on. :)

    • Just stick with it – that calorie level sounds dead on. Have you considered getting your thyroid checked? I know a few people that have an imbalance due to thyroid. I had mine checked last year, it wasn’t too much – maybe $20 lab work?

      Congrats on the bike! It is SO much easier when there are things you can do at home and even just 5 min here and there adds up.

      • Yes I had all of my hormones, including thyroid tested in May (2010). Everything was normal. I think I have figured out I am not exercising hard enough. I absolutely HATE to exercise. But, I now know this weight isn’t coming off without it.

        • Oh, good! I hear ya on the exercise! The pedometer has been ok for me because it made me so aware of just how little I was moving during the day. Even if I just get up every hour and walk around the office it almost doubles my daily steps – plus gets me interracting with other employees. Some days are certainly better than others. I too will need to ramp up the exercise here shortly, but I haven’t found what I like to do yet. Gym is time intensive, so am trying to get something around the house. Maybe the Wii Zumba that Margie suggested.

          • I understand the gym thing. I am in the last 56 days of my Master’s program, no time for the gym. I am excited about the exercise bike because I know I can ride it to my heart’s content while reading, watching t.v., listening to lectures, etc…and it allows me like you said to catch 10 mins here 20 mins there, whenever I have time. Get this though, now I REALLY know for sure exercise is key (even I keep decreasing calories). Yesterday I went shopping literally all day walked for hours, the I went and had this HUGE dinner of fried calamari, salad, bread (1 piece), and a lamb and steak gyro and I STILL lost .6 of a pound yesterday! Wow. Go figure.

          • You can count the end in days! Woot! I think you’ll be an amazing victim’s advocate and am so excited you are nearly done with the program. YUM, that gyro is making my mouth water… calamari is a favorite of mine too…

            I think the bike will be perfect and am looking forward to seeing how it affects your progress.

  2. Don’t laugh. I am really fortunate to have a great office that is way bigger than most people’s. I am a huge Tae Bo fan because it’s a great workout and teches you how to punch someone, if you ever really needed to :-). I TRY to hit the gym one day at lunch, and then on alternate days, I shut my office door and do my Tae Bo DVD from my computer. I’ve just coaxed a coworker into the workouts with me.

    • Penny, I cracked up on this for reasons completely unrelated to your office. Did you read my Tebow post? I went to UF, when Tebow was drafted to the Broncos, a coworker asked me if I was excited about Tebow. I looked at him quizzically and asked why I should be excited about kick boxing?

      LOL – my football ineptitude aside, I love kick boxing and get a huge charge out of the rough and tough attitude, movements and music. Love it! My office isn’t quite big enough, but we certainly have conference rooms…

  3. I lost 1.4 for the week. Really happy with # considering the stress levels this week and the Friday night work party.. Total 5 lbs. Yea 1/4 of the way there. And I had a Starbucks hot chocolate this week too. I feel stonger and slimmer with all the core work I did this week.

    My tip “Do your best each day, and forget the rest. “. And by the way thebest can change each day….

  4. So weighed in on Friday and lost 3 lbs..Did this because friday night is date night at our house..But was good at dinner with the girls only 2 slices of pizza and 1 piece of bread..Last night was Fire Co. Awards Dinner and had more salad and less pasta, small slice of cake (could usually have 2), but did have some drinks..

    Also Daria, took your advice and now have the
    App for Fat Secret on my phone and find that this is really good, because when ever I eat anything I put it right away into Food Diary.. I also want to try that Oatmeal and going to see if one of the SuperMarkets out here has it..

    Good Luck to all and May We All Make Good Choices This Week..

    Fire Co. is given a discount at the gym down the street from us so I quit the one gym and on the 1st of the month will be going there..

    • Awesome week Barb! 3 pounds is amazing and it sounds like you made some great choices! This can’t be about completely denying yourself or you’ll just burst eventually and be right back where you started (at least that’s how it works for me). Your choices and cutting down, but not strangling yourself is perfect and just look at the #’s! Good job and welcome.

  5. Yea for the YMCA & 7500 steps!! :D Thats great! I think had I been staring at the snickers cheesecake, I would have had a piece too! I think you have a great goal and your doing good so far! Keep it up!

    I weighed in this morning and had lost a little more -7.6 pounds this week. I definitely worked really hard for that especially since I should have been in bed fighting off this drainage sinus stuff. Here is my link for the week … http://lebedafamily.blogspot.com/2011/01/slim-me-down-weekly-challenge-week-3_31.html

  6. You ladies are doing great!

    I’m finally feeling well enough to start working out again. I have done 2 Zumba workouts in the past week,so hopefully I will see some results in the next 30 days. My legs are sore, so that is a good sign that I’m doing something right!I plan to weigh at the end of this week so I’ll update then.

    I am not one to watch what I eat, but I must say that I tried a Slimfast Peanut Butter Crunch bar (I got a FREE sample in the mail) and it was awesome! Like eating a Butterfinger Candy Bar. I will be using those as my sweet treat instead of regular candy!

    • Ooh, good sweets are always great to find! I’m very glad that you are over the hump and back to feeling like yourself. I have heard great things about Zumba and was planning to buy the Wii Zumba game, but haven’t quite made it there yet. The church on the corner has a huge sign advertising Zumba classes, I should check into it…

    • How do you like Zumba? It’s my favorite exercise!

      I like SlimFast! You should try their powder shakes .. i don’t care for the liquid shakes. Just the powder that you blend to make your own. I add in my own fruit to the vanilla mix.

  7. Daria – don’t be so quick to write off your initial goal. If you really start doing cardio consistently, your metabolism will kick in and vroooom! Takes about 30 days if I recall. And don’t forget the weights (you don’t have to bulk up, just tone). They build muscle which burns calories at a much faster rate than fat. Plus, you’ll feel STRONG! And, weight lifting is one of our best tools for fighting osteoporosis.

    • Good points Penny. I know I need to start exercising, but I am so blah about it right now. I’m not sure why. We did go for a bike ride with the kiddos yesterday which was fun and my legs were tired when we were done, but that isn’t enough or consistent enough to get fit.

      Getting fit is on my to-do list, but I am resisting starting. Maybe because I’m afraid to realize how completely out of shape I actually am? Not quite sure what the block is…

      • I hear you. It’s hard to get motivated about it at first. Just don’t try to kill yourself, ease in to the cardio – start at 10 minutes a day. Lift small weights. I promise you, you WILL start to feel really good. Keep up the fight! And congratulations on your progress so far. (( )) And no, I am not one of the twitter fitness guru – just a 50 yr old trying to keep the weight down!

  8. Congratulations on your minus 2lbs this week!! Keep up the great work. Everyone needs to allow a little slip here and there otherwise you won’t be able to keep it up for the long run. You’re doing awesome.

    • Thank you! I am ok with a slow and steady pace if it is sustainable and means I don’t get to this weight again, but soon here I’ll have to up the exercise ante – just trying to figure out how far I can get without going there. :)

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