I knew I wasn’t crazy….

I know I talk a lot about Leigh Peele.  I am reading her book The Fatloss Troubleshoot and I listen to her podcasts.  I had never heard of her before….but one day I was on SparkPeople and saw a blog post about a guy named Tom Venuto.  I started doing some research and found out he had written a new book called The Body Fat Solution.  So, I bought it, and loved it!  In searching for Podcasts, I came across 2 with interviews with Tom.  One was the Fitcast, and one was Fat2Fit Radio.  I subscribed to them and also love them.  I like listening to podcasts when I drive and walk my dog.  iPods are wonderful things!

So, back to my long story.  I started listening to the Fitcast, and one of the regulars was a chick named Leigh Peele.  I started really liking what she had to say, so I decided to get her podcast….Ask Leigh.  In it, she talks extensively about her books, ebooks to be exact.  I haven’t purchased an ebook before…all PDF files.  But, this December, I took the plunge and got The Fatloss Troubleshoot….and it is what I am using to get rid of these 40 lbs of fat.

Leigh has another podcast, called “The Fatloss Troubleshooter Speaks” on Itunes.  It is an older podcast that she no longer updates, but has GREAT information.  Today I heard her say that one of the first things that happens to your body when you are in a deficit is that you get insomnia.  That happened to me!!!  It has gotten better, but it makes me feel like what I am doing is working if I am having the expected side effects.  So I guess I can say I am happy to have insomnia…..as long as it doesn’t come back….and as long as I am still losing fat.

Whew, that was a long post.  Check out Leigh’s website in my blogroll, and also check out her podcasts for FREE on Itunes.  She has a lot of good information.

Glorious day in the neighborhood.

Today is sunny and beautiful…almost like spring!  Its 46 degrees, so I can’t say its warm…but warmer than last week!

I have today off, and had planned to lounge around the house, but ended up teaching Body Pump for a friend who had sick kids.  I can say that I did NOT want to do it, but I am so glad I did!  I feel much more alive than I have the past few days.  After my funk last week, I ran outside on Saturday, but paid for it yesterday by staying in bed all day.  I was so sleepy, I felt like I was on drugs or something.  But, today Body Pump got me out of my funk, and now I am ready to tackle the house and take the dog for a run.

This weekend was a bust as far as eating goes.  I know I was way over my calories both Saturday and Sunday.  However, no crying over spilt beer….so I am back on track today and hope to make up for the overture by working out more.  Today I have BP and running, tomorrow I have Zumba and BP again.  Wednesday Spinning, Thursday BP.  That is the most working out I have done in a while.

This weekend, no drinking or over eating.  When I drink, I over eat or make bad choices….so I will cut out the drinking and that should help.  Besides, alcohol has 7 calories per gram…..more than carbs or protein, almost as much as fat.  Plus, your body has to burn the alcohol first, so it disrupts the fat burn.

Enjoy this wonderful Martin Luther King Jr. Day!!!!

Is this what losing weight feels like?

I have heard that you feel bad while losing weight.  Leigh Peele says that fat loss is actually not good for your body, the process anyway.  Being in a constant deficit puts a strain on your system.  I don’t know if that is what I am experiencing or if I am just coming down with something.  Since I started my deficit, I have had acne, sinus issues, and now I feel tired and irritable.

I rocked out in Spin last night, but immediately after, I felt nauseous.  Tonight, I teach Body Pump, so we’ll see how I feel after that.  If I am sick, I will know tomorrow.  Body Pump takes so much out of me that sickness will definitely show up if its there.

Good news is I haven’t been hungry, so I have been able to stick to my calorie allowance for the day.  🙂  Silver lining.

This is a lot of work….

I know why I have failed at losing fat before.  I am not going to lie to you….it is a lot of work!  It isn’t easy.  I think right now that it is worth it, I hope I still think that in another week.

I have just spent the last hour trying to figure out what I should eat before I work out and what I should eat for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants after I work out.   Luckily, they put the nutrition info on their website so I can click and make my virtual dish and see what the NF are.  I am meeting my friend/personal trainer for dinner, and will have finished 2 hours of working out so I know I will be hungry.  I realize this is a science….and it is damn time consuming!!!  It is a good thing I don’t have any other hobbies.

Now that I have ranted, I want to give props to Moe’s Southwest Grill for their awesome Nutrition Calculator that allows me to add ingredients and see how it affects my meal.  It is one of the better restaurant websites I have found.  Interactive, not just a PDF with the NF.  However, I will take what I can get.    Also, props to Sparkpeople for the FREE calorie counter.  Without their help, this would be even harder.

Now, off to Zumba and BodyPump to work up a sweat!!!  I wonder how many calories that will be?

Water water

So I weighed in today and have lost 3 lbs in one week.  Realistically, I know that is mostly water.  In reading my new fat loss bible…I realize that I have been retaining water and chronically dehydrated.  So, this week I started drinking more water, and consequently using the bathroom A LOT!  Apparently it has paid off!  I have also been watching my calories and tracking with Sparkpeople.  It helped that I was off work for 2 days last week, so I could really focus on eating right, with very few temptations.  Today, its back to work and lunches out.  Let’s hope my headstart will help me stay on track.

I will not be posting a picture every week.  I will post the jeans picture every 2 weeks, but will post weight weekly.  Todays weight, 186 lbs.

Posting my Fat Picture

Not just another New Years Resolution!!!!

Starting point, ground zero

Hello, and welcome to my first blog for 40by40!  I am not totally new to the blogging thing, but this is my first jump into a public blog for all the world to see.  What better way to get some accountability and some humor into my life!!!  Like many of you, I have set a goal for this year to lose weight.  Not just any goal, though.  I will turn 40 this time next year, 2011….and I want to lose 40 lbs by the time I turn 40.  That is 3.3 lbs per month, which is attainable, yet challenging for me.  A little about me….

Without revealing ALL the details, I am a 39-year-old female who has struggled with my weight most of my life.  I was never what you would call fat or obese as a child, but I have always carried extra weight.  I have never been “little, tiny, and cute”…at least not since the age of 5.  As I hit my 30s, I started carrying even more extra baggage, about 60 lbs extra.  In the past year and a half, I have made some progress, dropping about 20 lbs.  However, I figure this is the year to make it the rest of the way.  I am not getting any younger, and the numbers seem to match up….so 40by40 was born!!!

The ultimate accountability is posting your fat picture for all to see.  I  posted a picture of me in my goal jeans.  I bought these jeans a few years back, when I was doing the “low carb” thing….and was at my skinniest for my 30s.  They are the low rider type, size 14.  I know that still sounds big….but they are really probably a 12.  Right now, I wear between a 14 and 16, depending on brand.  My goal is to make these jeans too big for me!!!

I plan to use this blog to document my progress, and to bring some humor to the situation that I know is not going to be funny most of the time.  I started back on “the wagon” this week, and I am already hungry.  I get cranky when I’m hungry, so watch out!