Monday, September 23, 2013

Shedding My Pirate Booty- One Month Update

It seems like I just started this whole diet plan to be healthy again, but it's been four weeks! Man that flew by, and I'm happy to say the weight flew off too.

MyFItnessPal calories burned for w/e 9/22

As I began week four I felt like I was becoming satisfied with fewer calories, but my weight loss seemed to have stalled. I decided it was time to recalculate my daily calorie target through My Fitness Pal. They are supposed to automatically do this for you, but it seemed like I was overdue. To my surprise I received MORE calories, woo hoo. Between that and my exercises for the #2WeekChallenge, I had a nice chunk of calories I could consume. Here's the breakdown of my past week.

Week Four Results:

Calories Burned Exercising: 818
Net Calories Consumed: 12,578/12,450
Weight Lost: -1 lbs, -16.5 lbs total
Current Weight: 211.5 lbs 

I would have liked to lose more than a pound this week, but I am still on target. Besides, I'm not ready to sacrifice 500 calories a day to lose an extra pound a week. Not yet. I would like to think I'm also gaining muscle from the strength training exercises I'm doing daily. Muscle weighs more than fat, so that could be playing a part in my numbers on the scale as well. 

I must add, I'm a amazed at how daily exercise has become a part of my routine so quickly with the Mamavation #2WeekChallenge. I didn't expect that at all. I feel so much better when I've completed a workout in the morning. It usually only takes 20 minutes or less too!

Please join me in my weight loss journey by adding me on 
MyFitnessPal and linking up your own weight loss posts here each week.


  1. Congratulations on losing weight! I am with you on the desire to not skip 500 calories per day to lose a pound BUT with that being said, I just completed a 10 week challenge, and even though I exercised 6 days most weeks, it appears that the most important factor affecting my outcome would have been food. I should have eaten less food in order to get better results. I opted to not skip the occasional glass of wine, and never passed up things I should have.

    Hindsight is 20/20, though, and my plan is to do even better for the next 10 weeks despite the next 10 weeks involving a lot of family and national holidays that involve cake and candy -- my two biggest weaknesses.

    Keep going with your exercise. I can't believe how quickly it can become a habit. Good for you for taking charge of your health in a healthy manner!!

  2. Great job!!! Such a challenge! Stick to it!

  3. Good job! I am in a rut myself, but this is inspiring!

  4. I'm sure I'll cut down the calories at some point, but I'm just not there yet. Chocolate is my weakness, so I have stopped keeping it in the house. I always tend to get on a healthy kick right before the holidays and do okay. I hope I can say the same thing after this holiday season. Good luck to you and I can't wait to read more about your 10 week challenge.

  5. Thanks Alli. I'm hoping sharing all of this on a public platform helps to keep me going strong.

  6. Happy to inspire! That's what got me going in the 2 week challenge. I saw others being so successful and though, why not me? Good luck getting out of your rut.

  7. Wine is my weakness, and like your chocolate weakness, if I keep it out of the house, I have a chance at success. I only just started this trend, though, so I have a few wine lbs. to release.

  8. crap - wine has been consumed more regularly since I gave up my caffeinated sugar beverages - so what you are telling me is I'm not netting a loss of calories and I can't have my wine replace the other addiction. Well, I'm screwed.

  9. Keep it up Elizabeth! I never know whether to say something in person when someone looks like they are losing weight (I had failed to read your weightloss updates) because I don't want it to seem like you didn't look just fine before. I saw a horribly unflattering picture of myself just this week and I am going to have to figure out what kind of weightloss regiment I can commit to - and soon.

  10. Yes, wine is a carb so it does wreak havoc on one's diet. But sometimes it's what I do after having a glass or two of the stuff that is what's worse -- I start snacking like there's no tomorrow, and I don't mean carrots and celery, I mean Fritos and cookies. And I don't even like Fritos!!

  11. Thanks Joann. I just saw myself on the news and wasn't so happy to see my rolls made an appearance too. I am determined to keep it up. I think I've gotten complacent with my weight, which is never good.

  12. All you have to do is make your wine swap have less calories. A bottle of wine is 500 calories, so make some skinny decaf lattes and you'll be alright.

  13. That's the worst when you eat something that wasn't even worth it. I've tried to remind myself of this when I'm feeling ravenous.


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