The Longest Five Pounds


Have we talked plateaus yet? Let’s get started, shall we? Good news first. I am happy to report that I reached my next five pound mark and hit 60 pounds total and 263.4! Yay! Bad news…seems like it took FOREVER to do it. That’s ok. I am happy about it, but definitely reworking some things to get this train moving a little faster.

Ok more good news! The jeans I am wearing in the photo are a pair that my mom got me for Christmas. I thought they were super cute (Boom Boom jeans) but I could not get them on at all! Now they are fitting perfectly and I am going to wear them basically every day until they don’t fit anymore. Ha! For those of you that see me on a regular basis, don’t judge!

No, I will probably mix it up with a pair of new size 20 linen pants I got from the Avenue! Ugh, I can’t wait to stop shopping in big girl stores, but I am thrilled that I can walk out with pants at least. There were a few visits in the past where I couldn’t find ANYTHING that fit. No size 26, size 28. It was awful. Now if something doesn’t fit, I don’t get so upset because I am trying on 20-22. I refuse to buy any 24 because that is not my size anymore :)

Ok, so why so long with those pesky five pounds? Well for one thing, I haven’t been blogging. There was a graduation and family visiting which legitimately took me away from blogging, but then I just went on a mental vacation. It was necessary. When I am not blogging and PAYING ATTENTION to everything that goes in my mouth, more goes in my mouth. A binge may not be a trip through McD’s drive-thru or a visit to the local Country Donut shop, but a “binge” is a binge.

For a while it was LaraBars (curses to sweet Tracy M. who introduced them to me! ;). These things are horribly addictive and I suggest you refrain from keeping them in your home. I saw the ingredients of my favorite bar, Cashew Cookie – cashews, dates – and thought, “Oh, I can eat that!” Yes, I can, technically. But I have quickly realized that I should not. They are binge-worthy. So, they are no longer in my house but they actually are a great option if you are stuck on the road and just have to have SOMETHING. Most major grocery stores seem to have them.

Then it was just extra of everything. If one bowl of veggie chili is good, two must be great right? For some reason, the more you eat, the more you want to eat. That is just how it is. Your body gets really good at whatever it is that you are doing the most. Lately, my body is getting really good at bread, rice, and pasta. All 100% whole grain and “healthy” but still they slow the weight loss for me anyway. I keep saying I “need to cut, back to E2L 6 week plan, etc. etc.” but it hasn’t happened yet.

So can I really call taking too long to lose five pounds a plateau when I know I wasn’t eating what I should have been eating (for MY body) to lose weight a bit faster? Probably not. In fact, calling it a plateau factors out any choices I personally made to put certain foods in my mouth and instead blames a sluggish loss on the mysterious. Are there plateaus that are legitimate? Yes, definitely, and I have seen those too. But not this one.

I did reach one other milestone though yesterday. I decided at about 7:00 last night that I was going for a walk. This was a small accomplishment as I ended up walking 2 miles. Yes, it was harder than I thought it would be. Yes, I felt generally ill the whole time because it was still hot outside. But also, yes, I did it. Little celebrations. ~Amanda Rae

PS – Thank you to Carmen and Mom for getting my butt back on my blog!



Update! I Can Hardly Believe It


Good news! I am now down 55 pounds total to 268.4. Yay! More than that, I had two meals today that I did not want to  finish. What?!?! Who changed the great Earth to planet CrazyTown because this is definitely crazy.

Ok so I have been working to reduce my whole grains but this week and last week are just NOT the weeks for it. I took my final qualifying exam for my PhD last Thursday and this week I am heading into finals. So there are a lot of what I call “The 3 Ps” – projects, papers, and presentations.

There are also some positive things going on but as you all know, even good stress can make you wonky every now and again. So, with that said, my two meals I could not finish today both contained whole grains/starch. Still losing, but not as quickly as I would like. Like Dr. Joel Fuhrman says, the grains work against you when it comes to weight loss. I definitely found that to be true but happy that I am still losing. So, a few more days not thinking too much about whole grains, but then I really need to completely commit to the 6 week plan again. Flexibility…it is necessary sometimes.

So breakfast was mushrooms, onions, tofu, brown rice, spinach, and fresh salsa. All mixed together and tasted just like a Genghis bowl (favorite restaurant in my town). Then lunch was leftover corn chowder.  I ended up eating half of the breakfast and saving the rest for tomorrow’s breakfast. Lunch I basically made myself eat only because I knew I had class from 6:00-9:00 at night and would not get a chance to eat again until much later.

But this sensation, of putting BACK a portion of food I had full intentions of eating, this is a completely new experience. Forcing myself to eat so I would not get hungry later? Unheard of – especially at the end of a semester! Normally I would be zipping from drive-thru to drive-thru to get enough energy to get through it all. Today’s experiences…these are the little moments that assure me that I am on the right track. ~Amanda Rae

My Sister’s Fat Jeans are My Skinny Jeans

So yesterday I was doing a little Spring cleaning and decided to get rid of a bunch of clothes. After going through piles and piles of faded yoga pants, old college t-shirts, and unmatched socks, I came across a box of “skinny jeans.”

My sister recently lost over 100 pounds. We used to look the same, now we don’t. But I am looking more and more like her every day (39.2 pounds closer). As she lost the weight, she would give me her jeans along with a pep talk – “You are going to need these very soon too!”

She started out giving me size 22 jeans (I was still in a 26-28). Soon she was giving me size 20, 18, 16 while I was still in the 26-28 range. Size 14, 12, and 10 went to my mom who also has recently met her goal weight. Basically, everyone around me is making it happen! It only makes sense that I be next.

So I tried on the size 22 petite jeans (I am not really short but sometimes I can swing the petites). To my shock and awe, I got them on and buttoned! WOooooOOOoo!


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