Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Weigh-in Wednesday

Well, as I finished the last of my toast and most of my latte this morning, I realized that I had neglected to weigh myself. I think the ideal time is right when you wake up, before you eat and after you use the bathroom. Unfortunately, the only thing on my mind when I wake up is, "Coffee", so I usually forget to weigh myself. I didn't want to do it, but I know that I needed to set out a starting weight, in black and white, as part of my motivation to keep on keeping it simple. So, I dutifully went to my bathroom, pulled out the scale and stepped on it right after I finished eating and pulling on my workout clothes (those don't weigh as much as "normal" clothes, I think.) I wasn't exactly surprised at what I saw on the scale. Its the same weight that my body has kind of 'hung around' for a while now. I knew it wouldn't be less than that and I was grateful it wasn't more than that--this not running things has made me kind of nervous of that possibility.

So, the scale said: 170 lbs.

Which means I have about 20-25 lbs to lose. That seems like so much. If I want to lose it by my birthday, I need to lose about 1.5 lbs a week, which also seems like a lot. I'm not decided if that's going to be my goal date or if I should just plan on keeping it up until I hit my goal, regardless of when that is.

For exercise I have been doing the P90X Lean program. And since I haven't gotten in one full week without interruption, I am declaring this week, my official week #1 of that. I guess my routine changes based on what week I'm on, so I figured I better stick with it in order to get the best results out of it. I intend on doing this until I can run. This week is my 5th week since I last ran, but after doing some jumping around for my P90x workout yesterday, my leg is a little sore (nothing like it was) so I may wait a few more weeks just to be safe. The thing I don't like about doing all P90X is that I have no idea how many calories I am burning. AT least with running/walking I know an estimate of how many calories/mile I burn, but with this I am totally in the dark. I keep telling myself that doing something is better than nothing, and I figure if I'm working out for an hour or more each day, its definitely something.

As for my calorie counting, I can't say I've hit my goal. I'm pretty good at keeping on track all though the day, but once dinner hits, I seem to go astray. I try to count up the calories my dinners are but sometimes its hard to figure out recipes, or in my case since so many of my meals are made up as I go, non-recipes. So I try and eat just a small portion of meat, lots of veggies and call it good. But not having a specific total calorie count for the day leaves me feeling unsure. The past few nights have been rough too--teaching VBS has given me some anxiety and tired me out, both of which make me comfort eat--which doesn't keep me on track either. So, I need to crank it down a notch and get more specific/strict, for at least a majority of the week.


  1. Kendra, you look really great. I had no idea you were trying to lose weight. 1.5 pounds should be doable if you are exercising and eating so well. I have faith in you!

  2. I am on a weight loss journey myself. I will be posting more about that on my other blog here:


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