OK, so I skipped blogging in October. Here's the short version: I didn't make my goal and I wasn't real happy with myself. I decided to just move forward. I didn't make my November 1st weight goal, but realistically, I've been behind since the very beginning. I think I need to face the reality that I'm not going to catch up, and I need to revise my goal structure.
I have made some progress though. I'm exercising more. My weight initially went up by 3 pounds, which freaked me out, until I was able to go down a pants size. So, I'm saying my body composition changed. I've lost inches, although my body fat monitor says my % body fat has gone up (I think I'm starting to trust that thing less than I trust my scale!). When I started this journey at 183 lbs., I was squeezing myself into size 14 pants because I refused to let myself go up to "Women's" sizes. For a long time now, I've been comfortable in 12's. Now, I'm down almost 20 lbs. and I'm in a size 10. My 14's are too big, some of my 12's are too big, and so far, all the 10's I've dug out and put on are comfortable. I'm noticing that my arms are smaller, my thighs are smaller, everything is smaller. So regardless of what the scale and body fat monitor say, I know my body is changing. Not to mention slightly more energy and a noticeable increase in my fitness level. So there, scale! You do NOT rule me!
But, there's still room for improvement. I say it every month, but I really need to get more diligent about tracking my food. Dinner is the problem. I track breakfast, lunch, and daytime snacks, but dinner is a challenge. When the family doesn't eat dinner until 9:30pm (thank you sports practices!), then it's checking homework, cleaning up, bath time, and then I collapse, it's hard to remember and care about tracking what I ate for dinner. This is especially true because this tends to be the most complex meal to track - most ingredients to go and find, guess at the amounts in my serving... ugh. But, my guess is, this is one of the places where it all falls apart.
The other place is exercising consistently. I'll have weeks where I do great, getting all my workouts in (right now that would be 5 days per week). Then, there are other weeks, where I truly don't feel I have the time to get the workout in more than once or twice. The only way would be getting up earlier, but I'm already not getting as much sleep as my body likes, I feel that taking away more would be detrimental to losing weight, let alone the rest of my functioning. So I still have to figure a schedule that will work.
Current weight (as of Nov. 1, 2011): 164.4
Dec. 1, 2011: 162
Jan. 1, 2012: 159
Feb. 1, 2012: 156
Mar. 1, 2012: 153
Apr. 1, 2012: 150
May 1, 2012: 147
June 1, 2012: 144
July 1, 2012: 141
Aug. 1, 2012: 138
Sep. 1, 2012: 135