Monday, June 20, 2011

Week 2 Results: Slimmer This Summer

My goals:
-Journal my meals
-Be under 165g of Carbohydrates/day
-Exercise 5 times a week for 45-60 minutes
-10 glasses of water a day
-Run/walk a 5K in under 40 minutes
-Build a support network
-lose an average of 2 lbs/week, 24lbs total

Beginning Weight: 201.3
Week 1: 198.6 (-2.7)
Week 2: 198.6 (0) No change L Bummer

I took my weekly measurements and since last Monday I lost one inch from my waist, ½ inch from both my belly and my hips.  I also lost ¼ inch from my arms.

Sorry no pictures this week. I pretty much look the same as last week. :)

Let’s start with the good news. I rocked it on working out.  I got in some really challenging work outs including: weight training, bike riding, the elliptical, a few walks and the stationary bike.  My goal is 5 work outs and I got in 6, and of those 6, 3 were really challenging!!!  I really pushed myself this week.  I didn’t run at all this week since I was focusing on getting in my weights/circuit training.  Hopefully I will get a run or two in this week.

The not so good news, the food!  I Saturday I busted my butt at the gym.  No matter what I ate, I was still hungry.  I could not get my blood sugar to even out.  I even passed out and took a nap in the evening.  Since I was so frustrated with my blood sugar I pigged out on four cookies.  Not little cookies either.  The large Peppridge Farm cookies.  And it was good.  Sugar doesn’t make me hyper or give me energy, and man did I sleep deep that night.

Sunday part of our Father’s Day celebration I made brownies for my husband and our guests.  I didn’t track my carbs knowing I was going to be over.  I planned on this and made a very clear decision about enjoying the rich treat I had made.

Don’t worry, I paid for it this morning when I was working out. I usually try to get in an hour of cardio and today 45 minutes was about to push me over the edge.  That is the price I get to pay when I eat sweets.

Daily Carb Count:
Monday: 162 (3 under)
Tuesday: 147 (18 under)
Wednesday: 208 (43 over)
Thursday: 143 (22 under)
Friday: 167 (2 over)
Saturday: 200+ carbs (35+ over)
Sunday: Didn’t count today.  I had brownies so I know I went way over! (35+ over)

I have shown improvement in the water department.  I got in the 10 glasses of water all but two days.

I have read several blogs and am loving all the support and comments.

I have a question for all of you readers who have been on the weight loss journey for a while.  When I have a really challenging work out and get a great burn, how do I keep from starvation mode?  How much should I adjust in my eating for the really good work outs?  There have been some days where I am soo hungry!  Any tips or suggestions.  I am getting in plenty of protein, but for some reason it just isn’t cutting it!

I know I haven’t lost a lot of weight yet, but I can already feel my pants getting looser and my measurements are showing that as well.

On to week three!


  1. Hi, Amber!

    As for your question.. I suggest logging your food / exercise at . It will calculate your calories burned during your workouts and then eat at least half of them back. I always feel starving when I work out a lot, but MyFitnessPal helps me to know how many calories I can eat over my 1200 without overeating.

    Keep up the good work and stay away from the cookies! Carbs kick my butt, too.

  2. After reading back in your blog, I see that you are already on MFP. So, that already done, like I said, eat back at least 1/2 your calories burned through exercise. I've found that when I don't it is harder to lose the weight, too!

  3. Great job on the workouts. That's where I am really lacking. Let's kick some butt this next week.

  4. Awesome on the exercise! Imagine the results if you combined that with awesome eats too! Let's rock this next week and ignore the cookies, they so aren't worth it!

  5. I am so jealous of the exercise--you are totally rocking that! Also the water. Could you maybe have her husband keep the cookies somewhere where you won't find them? And plan a nice assortment of things that you *can* eat when your blood sugar is all wonky...

  6. What I have found is that when I am short on calories because of exercise (I bike long rides) I get dizzy. I started eating one energy bar (Cliff). That is all. Seems to work for me. Maybe it will work for you too. Stay strong and keep up that exercise!

  7. Whenever I've had a really good workout with my trainer, I didn't have the hunger problem; exercising takes my hunger away. But I'd recommend what was told to me when I first started working out: before exercising, have a banana and a caffeinated drink (diet soda or coffee). After the workout, drink something like gatorade or smart water (for the electrolytes) and eat some protein: peanut butter, hard boiled egg, turkey slices, etc. That should help with the hunger pangs after a workout. I was one of the few that had the opposite reaction to exercising. :)

  8. Keep it up, sometimes the motivation of fitting into some cute jeans is worth more than the scale numbers. Good job!