Weigh-in – The Shrinking Jeans of Lisa


June 15, 2011 By lisa

When I ran the San Diego 1/2 Marathon in June 2010 (my first!) I weighed 173 lbs.

When I ran the San Antonio 1/2 Marathon in November 2010(my second!) I was a measly 163 lbs.

When I ran the Zooma 1/2 Marathon in April 2011 (my third) I was 167  lbs.

When I weighed in this morning I was 169.6 lbs.

While I am still within the *range* that I wanted to be in for this part of the year, there is still nonetheless an upward trend to my weight and I do not like it one bit.  Sure, I had all kinds of life stresses going on Feb through May of this year and my emotional eating kicked back into high gear.  The exercise regimen I have made a habit is what has kept my weight gain to a minimum during this time, but imagine what my weight loss could have been if I hadn’t let myself soothe with chips and salsa at night?

I was talking with a friend the other day and she was lamenting over the fact that all the good FREE kids stuff in our area is in the morning, usually at the same time that she goes to the gym.  She was giving up her gym time to take her kids places.  I told her that going to the gym and exercising is my #1 priority each and every day and that my kids would be just fine playing there….or elsewhere later in the day.  I do so much for them, but exercising and fitness is FOR ME and that I am NOT willing to give it up.

I make fitness a priority.

And now, I want to make fueling my body properly a priority.

I am sick and tired of talking the talk but not walking the talk.

I can already do so freakin’ much even with putting crap in my body.  Imagine how much better I can run/swim/bike/Zumba/strength train if I only put the right foods within.  Weight loss is important but even more important is HOW I FEEL and HOW my body feels during my endurance training whatevers.

I so badly want to be the machine my head already thinks I am.  I have so much power but I know I can do so much more.

I just know it.

So yeah, I am ready to burst out of this mindset that *I am good enough where I am*.  Oh hell no.  I want to burst free from the comfortable-ness of where I am and bring myself  closer to 160 lbs.  I want to be lighter- mind, body, and spirit.

I can do it.

January 5, 2011 By lisa

Last week’s weight: 166 lbs

This week’s weight: 163.8 lbs

Loss of 2.2 lbs

OK, so that’s the business part of this check-in.  Done.  It’s amazing what adding exercise and eliminating all the holiday food crap can do for a positive weigh-in, isn’t it?  I only have 2 more pounds to lose to get back to where I was December 1st- not too shabby in opinion. 

I want to revisit my healthy living goals that I posted last week…..

My Healthy Living Goals:

  • To drink a minimum of 80 oz of water on non-workout days and a minimum of 100 oz of water on workout days.  This has been easy for me as I am in the habit of chugging water, my body craves it.  So CHECK AND DONE!
  • To eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day.  My body just feels better when I fill it with more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff. This has been more difficult to manage.  Some days I have hit and surpassed 5 servings for the day, other days I have not.  I am working on this.
  • To register and compete in my third half marathon- the Austin Half Marathon on Feb 20th, 2011.  I have NOT done this and I can’t quite figure out what is holding me back.  Actually, I do know a little of what is holding me back- ME.  I have been sick quite a bit over the last 3-4 weeks and my body has taken a beating physically from the sickies, being tired, and the holiday crazies.  I am just this week getting back into my running training plan, although a stomach virus has hit me once again today.  I am struggling to feel 100% better AND run at the same time and it hasn’t been working for me.  Time is of essence now because the 1/2 marathon is only 6.5 weeks away.  I know I can do it, but can I run the half marathon the way I want to run it given the short amount of time I have to ramp up again?  I need someone to heal my body so that I feel great again and then I need someone to give me a good morale boost to convince me that I CAN DO THIS AND CAN DO IT WELL.  THAT is why I haven’t registered yet- because of self doubt.  Damn.
  • To register, train, and compete in my first sprint triathlon (to be identified), possibly even do an Olympic triathlon as well.  I have not registered yet, but right now, I have three tabs open on my laptop of triathlon races that look interesting to me.  Plus, the tri season doesn’t really start until May so I have a little time.
  • To make my workouts count, each and every one of them.  No faking it through a workout- I want to sweat and sweat a lot.  I want to push the boundaries with my physical limits and go beyond them.  Check and done!
  • Read a book about the “mental game” of training and competing in longer races.  You guys do know that the mental game plays a HUGE role in training and competing, right?  Any book suggestions?  I need some more suggestions!
  • To drop 10 more lbs : ). Work in progress.

The Power of One.  For me, it’s the power of my mind.  So many times, my mind will tell me something different than what my heart tells me that I can do.  Doubt and fear play a huge role and really, I want to kick their asses to the curb once and for all……and well, these damn sick germs that seem to be invading my body over and over.

December 29, 2010 By lisa

I weigh 166 lbs today, which is UP from where I should be.  The holidays have not been kind to me.  Let me rephrase that, I have not been kind to my body during the holidays.  I have maintained my fitness level, exercising and running; however, my eating has been out of control, especially where chips and salsa are concerned.

I know I know, chips and salsa are probably not part of your holiday dinner but it was for me.  AND, I bought the mega bag of tortilla chips from Costco and have proceeded to inhale the bag by myself.  I have a love/hate relationship with tortilla chips.  I love to eat them, I hate the lack of self-control I have around them.

For a while there, I was refraining from buying big bags of chips for this exact reason.  I am WEAK around chips.  Period, the end.  I know this, Christy knows this, everyone knows this.  Not having it in the house made it all that much easier NOT to eat them.  Seems so simple, huh? 

I do believe I need to return to the “no big bags of chips from Costco in my house” notion again. 

“Just Say No” to Tortilla Chips.

My Healthy Living Goals:

  • To drink a minimum of 80 oz of water on non-workout days and a minimum of 100 oz of water on workout days.
  • To eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day.  My body just feels better when I fill it with more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff.
  • To register and compete in my third half marathon- the Austin Half Marathon on Feb 20th, 2011.
  • To register, train, and compete in my first sprint triathlon (to be identified), possibly even do an Olympic triathlon as well.
  • To make my workouts count, each and every one of them.  No faking it through a workout- I want to sweat and sweat a lot.  I want to push the boundaries with my physical limits and go beyond them.
  • Read a book about the “mental game” of training and competing in longer races.  You guys do know that the mental game plays a HUGE role in training and competing, right?  Any book suggestions?
  • To drop 10 more lbs : ).

BTW, I am already loving this challenge.  Yeah, I know it just started today but the idea behind the concept is just awesome.  When it comes down to it, we have to rely on OURSELF to make the magic happen.

December 1, 2010 By lisa

The last time I weighed myself officially was 2 weeks ago:  161.8lbs

Today’s weight:  164.4 lbs

Gain of 2.6 lbs

Not surprising given my utter disregard for my eating plan for Thanksgiving week and being away from home.  It sucks, but I am not surprised. All my clothes still fit comfortably so that is one blessing.  I cannot change what I have already done, BUT I can get back on track with eating right and exercising, which brings me to my three five goals for December.

I’m going back to the basics for this month.

  1. Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  (I have already eaten 3.5 servings today and it’s only 12:45pm!).  I have been lazy with this recently and I just feel ick.  Time to get back in the game and give my body the good stuff.
  2. Exercise a minimum of four times a week and shot for five times a week.  Exercise will be either running, spinning, swimming, a fitness class, or lifting weights. 
  3. Register for my next race.  I am finding that I NEED something to train for, otherwise, I just flounder with the exercise/running.  I need a plan or I find excuses not to fit it in, especially during the holidays when SO many things compete for my attention.  I mean, on a normal day, I am ridiculously busy but throw in the month of December on top of the normal busy, and it’s enough to drive me insane.  I need to pick a race to train for so that I will actually train and so that my brain can relax fromthe exercise endorphins and not freakin’ explode.
  4. In the same manner, I want to simplify some areas of my life.  I’ll get back to you on this one.
  5. Lastly, journal journal journal.  It’s my least favorite thing to – I abhor it because then I can’t cheat.  Yes, I realize how stupid this sounds, but writing down what I eat is the bane of my existence.  However, I also know that if I have to write it down, then I am less likely to shove more than is necessary in my piehole that sounds all kinds of wrong.

So let’s just get on with it so that I get the weight off.  I want to be in the 150′s by the time New Year’s hits.

November 17, 2010 By lisa

Good afternoon!

Today is the start of our newest challenge, the Holiday Hoedown!

Did you see my new profile/bio picture?  This is about as “hoe-down” as you will ever see me- HA!

I would like to introduce you to my awesome team- The Healthy Holiday Ho’s– and my most fantastic team members:  Bari, Kirsten, Tiffany, Beki, Thea, Jamee, and Elaine. 

While a few of our group are at goal or very close to goal weight, a few of us still have a few pounds left to lose (like me!).  However, the focus for our group during this challenge will be to maintain our health, be fit, not gain any holiday weight, and push each other physically.  Most of us are runners (yippee!) and I know I will enjoy the camaraderie of this group, as these women are some of my favorite Sisters.

Personally, I want at the very least to maintain my current weight and hopefully, get into the 150′s permanently.  This shouldn’t be that hard to do since I am sitting at 161.8, but the holiday season is upon us and that means parties, eating and drinking more the norm. 

But not for me!

  • Starting weight when I began “Shrinking” (Jan 2009): 188 lbs
  • Starting weight for this challenge (November 2010):  161.8
  • Goal to lose: 4 lbs

Oh yeah, did you know that I ran a half marathon a few days ago?  Yeah, I am kind of proud of myself and have been tooting my own horn all week.  You can read all about it here.

Now, bring it on!!!!

November 10, 2010 By lisa

but I have a loss this week.  It is not by any means a big loss and it’s not because I actually TRIED to lose weight this week.  I think since I have reached the lower 160′s my body has reached a faster metabolism because frankly, I am hungry ALL OF THE TIME. OK, that’s not ture, but there will be parts of the day where I want to eat everything.

Anyhoo, I posted a loss this week, 162 lbs down to 160.8 lbs.

Sunday, I run a half marathon- woot woot!

October 13, 2010 By lisa

All I have to say is that having a sick-y virus the 1.5 days before weigh-in definitely helps with the weight loss.  I am feeling good today (thank goodness) and now it’s my job to keep the weight off.  Now, bring on the 150′s!!!!

  • Shrinkvivor Start weight:  166 lbs
  • Last week’s weight: 161.8 lbs
  • This week’s weight:  160.2
  • Weekly loss of 1.6 lbs
  • Total challenge loss of 5.8 lbs
  • Fitness challenge (miles logged): 11 miles running

October 6, 2010 By lisa

Last week’s weigh-in was an emotional one for me as I was finally able to scream from the rooftops that I had lost 25 lbs since joining Shrinking Jeans.  Although I exercised hard this past week, I thought for sure I might have a gain as there was birthday cake and pizza involved this weekend (celebrating my youngest turning 2) and there may have been a basket of tortilla chips that I inhaled last night as I hung out with our very own Tiffany and watched the sunset at The Oasis.

FYI- if you are ever in the Austin area, you MUST visit The Oasis and watch the sun set- it is absolutely beautiful.  For realz.

  • Shrinkvivor Weigh-in Start:  166 lb
  • Last week’s weigh-in:  163 lbs
  • This week’s weigh-in:  161.8 lbs
  • Weekly loss of 1.2 lbs
  • Total challenge loss of 4.2 lbs
  • Fitness challenge (fastest mile):  10:15 min

Other positives this week:

  • My husband told me that “I am looking skinny”.
  • I have inspired my friend Lauren to take up running again. 
  • My “little black dress” that has been hanging in my closet for years, waiting for me to fit in it again, NOW FITS.

Anyhoo, as my scale continues in the right direction (that would be down, down, down), I am starting to re-think things.  I find myself coming up to a turning point in my thinking about fitness, nutrition and most importantly, the way I view myself.  I keep thinking about Christie O. and all the mental changes she’s made through her own journey and seriously ya’ll, I am starting to feel those same changes, too.

I am not there yet, BUT I do find myself moving in that direction.

I feel as if I have been so FOCUSED on my own journey, that I have not been supportive, encouraging, and motivational ENOUGH to all of you.

I am so strapped for time, BUT I do find myself WANTING to move in that direction, to do those things for others, to do the things that ALL OF YOU have done for me.

Consider me a work in progress.

To be continued…..

September 29, 2010 By lisa

My life is moving at super-sonic speed right now.  I have so many other things I should be doing right now.  Instead, I sit here re-reading old posts that I have written and marveling at how far I have come.  I have searched up and down and around again for my very first weigh-in post but apparently, I never officially shared my *starting* weight for this journey.  Interesting, huh?

My very first post for Shrinking Jeans was December 1, 2008.  My third child was only 9 weeks old then and I was in the throes of caring for an infant, a toddler and a pre-schooler.  I refused to weigh myself at that time. 

I did weigh myself sometime in January 2009.  I weighed 188 lbs and hated the way I looked and felt.  I was not exercising, not watching what I ate and still breastfeeding.  I came on board full-time with Shrinking Jeans at that time.

I weighed myself this morning and this is what I saw.

It has taken me almost 2 years, but finally, FINALLY, I get to grab this button.

I kept re-reading that very first post and I thought about how far I have come and then, I burst into tears. 

  • I have lost 25 lbs.
  • I began this journey in a Size 16.  I am safely wearing Size 12 and even some Size 10′s. 
  • My wedding ring fits once again.
  • I have adjusted to “life with 3 kids”.
  • I am a runner.  I completed my first half marathon with Team Shrinking Jeans in June 2010.  I am training for my 2nd half marathon in November 2010.
  • I will one day soon be a triathlete.  I am very anxious to get started down the triathlete path and cannot wait to do it.  I have a feeling that I might even enjoy triathlete-ism even more than just plain ole running!
  • I no longer wonder about “failing” as failure is no longer part of my vocabulary.  There may be detours and bumpy roads, but no failure.

I am SO grateful to the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans… SO VERY GRATEFUL.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now, here’s to losing another 10-15 lbs- woot woot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 22, 2010 By lisa

Last week was VERY stressful for me, so stressful that I ceased eating for over 36 hours and have only returned to a slightly normal eating pattern, one week later.  I lost all cravings for any and all food and hence, I thought the scale might be kind to me.  Although, in the past, extreme stress usually propelled me in the opposite direction- eating everything in sight and gaining 6 lbs overnight.

Anyhoo, this is all to say that I have a loss this week and I am going to do my damn-dest to keep it off and lose some more.

Last week: 166 lbs

This week: 164 lbs

Loss of 2 lbs

I haven’t been this low in over 3 years.  THREE YEARS.  This loss is bittersweet since I had to go through so much stress to lose it, but whatever- the weight is gone and I will take it and own it.  I am only ONE POUND from claiming my “25 lbs lost button” from Shrinking Jeans. 

Yes, since I joined Shrinking Jeans 1.5 years ago, I have lost 24 lbs- how awesome is that?! 

Slow and steady wins the race, right?

Oh yeah, on the challenge front. 

I am a water guzzler by nature, drinking 100 oz/per day at a minimum.  So yeah, put me down for A LOT OF WATER.  For miles logged, I logged 9.5 miles (8.5 running, 1 mile walking).  In all actuality, I should have run more since I am training for that half marathon in November, but some ankle/heel pain sidelined me for 10 days and it was only last week that I returned to running, at a reduced schedule. 

One more thing…….GO TRIBE BROWN!!!!