Tuesday, April 5, 2011

No knee pain today + My Stats!!

Hello Blogger!!! For those of you who are my friends on Facebook, you may know that I've been dealing with a lot of back, knee/joint pain. My self-diagnosis is osteoarthritis due to being overweight. Don't worry though, I figure as I lose the excess weight, I'll also lose the pain and discomfort. But the problem this has posed is I could no longer do P90X because it was exacerbating the pain. *tears* Like I stated in a previous post, P90X is a booty kicking intensive exercise routine. I love it!!! It had been a out three weeks since I completed a 6day/week P90X schedule. During that time I was feeling really defeated, depressed, and fat! Hate it! I found myself not caring as much about what I was eating. I did still eat pretty healthy, but I snuck in a few candy bars, which made me feel more depressed. I started noticing that I was beginning to get a little winded coming up my house stairs again (about 46!) That and a day out at Walmart, where I just felt totally fat because of the outfit I chose to wear, jerked me back into motion. I WILL NOT REGRESS BACK TO MY OLD WAYS!!! For those of you on any type of fitness or health journey, please know that if you have an off day, week, or even month, DO NOT GIVE UP!!! Take it in stride, and pick it back up again.

Where do I stand today? Well, the past two days, I woke up with no knee or back pain...so what did I do? P90X baby!! Why? Because I'm no punk! I have goals to reach! I'm determined to be confidant, everyday! My most recent boost of motivation came from that day out at Walmart, when I felt really fat. I told myself I don't ever want to feel that way again, and whenever I want to eat something not on my new eat-right plan, I would remember the way I felt April 1, 2011. The funny thing is, I have stayed constant in my weight, which was 171 (today 168.8!!!) But since I hadn't done any cardio or weight training, I was starting to lose the muscle tone I worked so hard to gain. So my new size 12 clothes I'd recently purchased, because I'd lost weight, weren't looking so good. I was starting to feel uncomfortable in clothes that a few weeks prior fit great! That was the push I needed to revise my action plan! Just because the plan you want to do becomes no longer practical, doesn't mean quit and throw a pity party! Regroup and re-plan!

My new plan: I've never been one to count calories. Never thought I'd be that girl, but that's exactly why they say Never, say never. I needed to do something drastic to get out of the funk I was in. I downloaded this free app on my iPod Touch called Lose It! I love it! You set your goal, whether it is to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight. Then you enter your body specifics, plus your goal timeline. The app calculates your daily caloric needs to lose the weight you want per week! It also allows you to put in what you ate, and how many calories you've used from your store, and how many you have left for the day. Plus, the more calories you burn from exercise, the more calories you're allowed to consume because you need extra to fuel those workouts!!! I must admit that it can feel a little restrictive to count calories, and even after the first day (yesterday) I thought I'd quit. But when I woke up this morning and saw the 1.2lb weight loss I felt it was worth it! I know initially, you're just losing water weight, but hey I was staying at the same place on the scale give or take a pound.

Now, I know that some of you may be thinking, you're setting yourself up for failure by giving up sweets to such a degree. That could be true, but I don't want to give up before I even try. I really don't like feeling fat and uncomfortable in my own skin, I think that it may be motivation enough, besides the health benefits, to reaching my health and fitness goals.

If you want different results, you have to do different things right? To quote Albert Einstein, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." I don't want to be insane, so here is my "different"! Woo Whoo!!

So instead of moping around feeling defeated because my preferred method of exercise isn't always possible, I'm going to make sure my eating stays on point. My resolution is to eat no desserts until I reach my goal weight. I've also limited the amount of refined carbohydrates I eat per day. I'm sticking to whole grains. I try to eat only the healthy fats, unless I'm somewhere where there isn't a more healthy option. And instead of giving up P90X completely, I do it on the days my joints and such aren't hurting. I pray that those days are few and far between, but when they come, I'll walk outdoors and do some modified strength training exercises.

On that note, I'm excited because my Dad just bought me a jogging stroller! And get this, it was his birthday! lol. Gotta love him! This is even more motivation to get out more with the baby. The weather in San Francisco has been so lovely, and we have so many great places to walk where I live. Why not!? So, look out for updates on baby and me outings!

Whew, I had so much to say today. Sorry for such a long post. I hope that you all are doing great. Please comment me and let me know how you're doing with any journey you're on. I hope that my journey is a help to you!!

Grace and Peace,


My current stats:

Height: 5' 2"
Arms- L. 12 1/2in., R. 12 1/2in.
Thighs- L. 25 1/2in., R. 25 1/2in.
Waist- 39 3/8in. (about 2 finger widths above belly button)
Hips- 40 3/8in.

Start Weight- 184lbs.
Current Weight- 168.8lbs.
Goal Weight- 125-135lbs.
Weight to Lose: 33.8-43.8lbs.

Pictures taken March 29, 2011 at 172lbs.

Pics will be posted every 30 days!!!


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  2. WAY TO GO CHARLOTTE!!! I am so proud of you and I KNOW where you are coming from as I was 242 at my heaviest and recently have recommitted to getting back on the fitness track!

  3. Good for you Steph! That's really great!

  4. Wish I had success like you do. Keep up the good work.

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  6. Good luck with your weight loss goals, you can do it!!!