Shedding Scales

When I was a child, I somehow believed that your age would determine your weight.  I knew that age and height mattered, but I didn't fully understand it.

So, I believed that if you were 8 years old, you should weigh 80 lbs.  At 9, you should be 90 lbs.

As of 2010, I reached 28 years and, though I eventually learned that wasn't the case, I probably could have reached 280 lbs if I kept at the same patterns.

Throughout my life, I struggled with my weight.  I hated visiting relatives just to have them comment on my fatty parts, and that would just make me eat more to compensate for my emotions.

That was my story.

This is now my journey.

My mission is to not let the scale rule my life, but to use it as a single aid in my weight loss.  While my goal is to lose at least 1 lb per week, I will recognize that some weeks are better than others.  I will also measure my Body Mass Index, as well as the sizes of my waist, hips, arms, and thighs.  In addition, I will also plot out my workout schedule.  I will also have a general meal plan for the week, depending on if I know I will be going out to eat or making meals at home.

I will update my progress on this page with the newest updates at the top.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Weight: 192.8
BMI: 33.1

I was fluctuating a lot above 196.  But last week, I got pretty sick.  It's been at least 2 days of going back to my regular diet, and I'm still below 195 now! Very excited about this progress!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Waist:  35 in (from 36.5 in)
Hips:  46.5 in (from 47 in)
Arms: 15.5 in (from 16 in)
Thighs: 27.5 in (from 28 in)

Well, it certainly has been a while.  I've lost 20 lbs since I started logging this over a year ago.  I'm actually really happy about that, even though it's not as fast as I would have like it.

I just got a hold of these Zaggora Hot Pants, which I'm going to try their challenge. I'm planning to wear it during my workouts for the next 2 weeks, and then I measure myself again.  I just got back from bootcamp, so I'm going to have to officially start this tomorrow.  Let the challenge begin!

Monday, October 17, 2011
Weight:  197.5
BMI: 33.9

YOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I can't believe I've finally made it to below 200!!!!
On October 14th, I did this slimming thing at a spa where they did some weird electrolysis thing then wrapped my body in a cream and plastic wrap to sweat stuff out.  But, I am so freakin' excited about this!!!  I feel a whole new energy to keep at this.

Meal Plan:  Smaller portions in general.

Workout Plan:  Somehow, my bootcamp friends have convinced me to sign up for a flippin' 5K.  A 5K.  I don't like running.  Not one bit.  And yet, they managed to convince me.  So, I will be starting training during bootcamp for this 5K that takes place in December.

Monday, August 29, 2011
Weight:  200.3
BMI:  34.3
Waist:  36.5 in
Hips:  47 in (from 48.5 in)
Arms: 16 in
Thighs: 28 in

Yo!!! I'm so excited that I'm at 200!!!

Meal Plan:  I've actually found that my appetite has gotten a bit smaller.  I don't necessarily have the desire to stuff my face as much as I can.  I've added a lot of fruits to my diet, and my meals have been smaller.  I'd like to keep at it.  Small changes at a time.

Workout Plan:  I've gone to bootcamp quite consistently.  3 days a week of butt kicking, with an occasional bootcamp challenge that kicks my ass every time.  In September, I'm going to start doing 2 dance classes again (this summer has been financially I've had to make a sacrifice...).

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Weight:  202.0
BMI:  34.7

Working hard at bootcamp, and trying to do better about bringing my own lunch at work.

Monday, August 8, 2011
Weight:  203.0
BMI: 34.8

It's been quite a while of not budging.  But there's movement once again.

Monday, May 23, 2011
Weight:  204.2
BMI:  35.1

Slow and steady.  Slow and Steady.

Workout Plan:  One more week of bootcamp, then rest. I won a bunch of belly dance dvd's, so I might do some more of that. Definitely need to reintroduce some regular pilates into my life, since the last class nearly killed me.

Meal Plan:  Figured out that I need at least 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables EVERY DAY.  I will try to do my best.  For some reason, fruit is definitely easier than vegetables in terms of access and meal planning.  But I think as long as I have a fruit or a veggie as part of my meal, I can commit to this. (Resource:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Weight: 205.8
BMI: 35.3

205, baby!! This is another big milestone. I'm feeling super energized by this.

Workout Plan: Stick with bootcamp and belly dance. Yoga on Thursdays. Cardio on Mondays and Thursdays.  When I can, Pilates on Saturday.

Meal Plan: Can't celebrate my weight loss by having more food.  I'm also experiencing first hand that being poor really limits or specifies my diet.  Let's see if I can make the most of it.

Monday, May 2, 2011
Weight:  206.5
BMI: 35.4

Okay, so, I actually gained about 4lbs when I went to San Francisco.  All that food was just too much to pass, and it was my birthday.  But I steadily lost it when I returned!

Workout Plan:  I did it.  I signed up for another FULL month of bootcamp.  It starts tomorrow.  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of Bootcamp.  Plus, I have dance class on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  I'm probably going to be exhausted on those days.
Meal Plan:  I really need to do better about getting more veggies in my system.  What sucks is that I feel a tight pinch in my wallet, so I can't really get tons of things.  I'm working on it though.

Monday, April 18, 2011
Weight:  207.2
BMI:  35.6

I'm in the process of weaning off my pescatarian/vegan diet.  But I'm worried that I'm just going to gain all the weight back.  I know that I have to be really really careful about what I'm ingesting.  Actually, I have to be really really careful about HOW MUCH I'm ingesting.  Not to mention, this is my birthday week and I'm going to be in California.

Workout Plan:  30 Day Shred workouts + Turbo Jam Workouts Monday to Wednesday mornings.  When I'm in California, and depending on my schedule there, I'm hoping to take a belly dance class with a teacher there.  Also, I really need to practice my recital piece, so I'll probably be doing that there.
Meal Plan:  Continue eating mainly vegan, but I've already had some cheese, dairy, and meat...and I'm okay!  I just have to remember not to gorge just because I can eat everything again.

Sunday, April 3, 2011
Weight:  208.5
BMI:  35.8 

Waist:  36.5 in (from 37 in)
Hips:  48.5 in (from 49 in)
Arms: 16 in (from 16.75 in)
Thighs: 28in (from 29.5 in)

Yo!  I'm under 210lbs!!! Woot!!!
I also just bought a new measuring tape, and I've lost a little bit from each of my bits!

Workout Plan:  I've reintroduced pilates, which makes my body feel extremely happy.  I'm going to keep at doing circuits alongside my aerobic exercises.  There are 2 more weeks of Bootcamp left, and I have to decide whether I'd like to keep doing it.
Meal Plan:  Still on this god-forsaken diet.  I really miss cheese and meat, however, I'm not the biggest fan of cheating for no reason.  Only for super special occasions (like birthday celebrations, for example) will I consider it.  I do feel like I'm eating less in general, so I am feeling the progress.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Weight: 211.4
BMI: 36.4

I am so excited that there's movement to the scale!  I've been wanting to take my measurements, but I seem to have misplaced my measuring tape...or Mencken got a hold of it and is hiding it somewhere.

Workout Plan:  2 more weeks of Bootcamp, and deciding what do to after that.  I'm trying to add more calorie-burning circuits to my aerobic exercises.  I'm also trying to work out or move at least 6 days a week.
Meal Plan:  I'm managing to survive this diet, though I've been really wanting anything with cheese on it - particularly pizza.  I've added a lot more fish and a lot more Mediterranean/Middle Eastern type foods.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Weight: 212.4
BMI: 36.5

It had been another couple of weeks of no scale movement.  I just want to log it here when it does move.
Workout Plan:  I've added a weekly bootcamp session to my week for the next 5 weeks.
Meal Plan:  I'm on a very very difficult pescaterian~vegan diet that a friend is challenging me on during Lent.

Monday, February 28, 2011
Weight: 213.9
BMI: 36.7

Yeesh.  It had really been several weeks of not budging.  But I signed up for 5 sessions of boot camp! So, here's hoping it's the kick in the butt that revs up my continued progress!

Sunday, February 6, 2011
Weight:  215.3
BMI: 37.0

I am SO excited to be at 215! I didn't log in for last week, but I was at 217.2.  So, I'm glad that I'm making some progress.
Workout Plan:  Going through each circuit of Jillian Michael's No More Trouble Zones, one circuit right before cardio. Belly dance, Zumba, Turbo Jam Mix 3
Meal Plan:  More fiber, more protein.

Sunday, January 23, 2011
Weight:  216
BMI: 37.1

Workout Plan: Monday - Cardio + Abs, Tuesday - Belly dance, Wednesday - Sculpt + 20 min Cardio, Thursday - Cardio, Friday - 30 Day Shred or Cardio
Meal Plan: Start using a smaller plate. More fruits for breakfast, more veggies, yogurt as after-workout snack.

Monday, January 17, 2011
Weight:  217.3
BMI: 37.3

Progress is Progress.

Workout Plan: More cardio, with 1 day dedicated to sculpting.
Meal Plan: Seriously. Fruits for breakfast, more veggies!

Monday, January 10, 2011
Weight:  217.7
BMI:  37.4

Note: Well, I fluctuated quite a bit during the holidays.  I was up to 219 for a while, but then I got back to my normal routine last week.

Workout Plan:  More Turbo Jam (which I really enjoy), and doing 30 Day Shred workouts when I feel a time crunch.
Meal Plan:  Trying to get more fruits in my mornings.  Get the boyfriend and me to have some quinoa.

Monday, December 20, 2010
Weight: 216.3
BMI: 37.1

Workout and Meal Plan:  Well, it is the holidays.  I plan on eating really well and thoroughly enjoying myself.  My real plan is to not stress myself out over weight gain, but to also stay relatively close to this current weight range.

Monday, December 13, 2010
Weight:  217.5
BMI: 37.3

Workout Plan:  Turbo Jam on the same day as 30 Day Shred, separate dance/cardio workout as well.
Meal Plan:  Healthier snacks, smaller portions.

Monday, December 6, 2010
Weight:  218.6 lbs
BMI: 37.5
Waist:  37 in
Hips:  49 in
Arms: 16.75 in
Thighs: 29.5 in

Workout Plan:  Separate 30 Day Shred from Turbo Jam workouts, Turbo Jam on days when I have belly dance
Meal Plan:  Lean meat, more veggies, more fruits and yogurt as snacks.
Note:  I'm not too discouraged by the lack of movement.  I'm getting my period this week, so this is too be expected.

Monday, November 29, 2010
Weight:  218.6 lbs
BMI:  37.7

Workout Plan:  Turbo Jam, Belly Dance, Circuits with strength training and cardio, less sitting at home and more walking around.
Meal Plan:  Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds for Breakfast and Lunch, 1/4 Less in my portions.

Monday, November 22, 2010
Weight:  219.8 lbs
BMI:  37.7
Waist:  37.5 in
Hips:  49 in
Arms: 16.75 in
Thighs: 29.5 in

Workout:  6 days a week.  Circuits with strength training and cardio, Turbo Jam, Belly Dance, Pilates (bringing my laptop and DVD's with me for Thanksgiving weekend!)

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