Wednesday, December 12, 2012

One Day of Christmas Blog Challenge :)

Jenny over at created a 25 days of blogging challenge. Since I'm not particularly good at keeping up with these challenges, I figured I'd just pick a few that I wanted to answer!

1. ELF! Is there any other movie with watching every year? Well, Charlie Brown. And I've never actually seen A Christmas Story so I guess maybe that too.

5. Christmas of 2012 my boyfriend gave me a Tiffany & Co necklace. I seriously never take it off unless I have to. It's actually starting to look a little dingy but it's held up tremendously. 

11. My family has this tradition of making gifts "from" famous people. An example would be a nice cooking pot might be from Paula Dean or a trendy shirt would be from Kim Kardashian. I think it's really fun and I plan on continuing it once I have a family old enough to understand.

22. Oh man do I love eggnog. I look forward to it every year. This year has been difficult because eggnog is SO caloric that I haven't really indulged. That's made a little harder by the fact that I work at Starbucks and have unlimited free eggnog. Wahhh.

So that's all for that :) Now a Kristen update. I had a huuuuge loss two weeks ago after being sick and not having an appetite. The week after, my eating was more normal (well, WW normal) and I went up three pounds. I realize that that was just my body readjusting after being sick but it was still sad to break the "haven't gained" streak. This week I hope to lose those three pounds but we will see! Slow and steady wins the race.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Shrinking Kristen Is Actually Shrinking?

I know people have said it time and time again, but there is no secret to weight loss. For the most part, it really is a simple concept - eat less and move more. Burn more calories than you consume. For such a simple concept MY GOSH is it hard! I believe for me it's mainly psychological. There are really very few foods that taste "worth it" for big time splurges. Yet, it has taken me this long to get the drive to lose weight. For the past few years, I have HATED the way that I look in clothes. And people treat you differently when you are overweight. That's just the way it is, I think.

I started college around 155 lbs (and thought I was chubby then) and had a thriving social life. Through a series of events, I transferred schools, went through some personal issues, and began gaining the weight. There was about a solid year of me being somewhat of a recluse. I wanted SO BADLY to have friends and live the normal college student life but I just couldn't do it. There were numerous diet attempts. I think another one of my problems is/was an "all or nothing" mindset. I was either 100% healthy eating and working out or I was binge eating fast food. There was no happy medium. Just failed attempt after failed and attempt and depression.

Again, I'm hesitant to say that this time is IT. I've been in this place before. But the thing it, it's working. I've been faithfully tracking and counting points. I've been eating healthy foods probably 80% of the time and 20% of foods that fill the need of keeping me satisfied and binge free.

I stopped a binge the other night.I was working on a huge assignment and was feeling rather snacky. I decided to order a pizza. I got the 10 dollar deal from Pizza Hut because it really is a great deal - a medium pizza, 5 breadsticks, and 5 cinnastix for 10 dollars. As soon as I ordered it, I regretted it. I didn't need it! So I calculated out the points for two pieces of pizza and three breadsticks. After I ate that, I destroyed the rest of the box with mustard. I felt awful wasting food, but I felt that is was the best way to keep me accountable. It worked though!

Here is my sad pizza :(
When I weighed in on Friday, I was SHOCKED at the results. Down 5.8 more pounds. This brings me to a total of 21.2. I'm just .8 away from my 10% which was a goal that I thought MIGHT be possible by New Years. My sister bought me the Activelink as an early Christmas present and it's done wonders with helping me move more. My sister and I have been trying new recipes like crazy and I have not gone to bed one night feeling hungry or unfulfilled.

Shrinking Kristen is actually shrinking. I see it the most in my ribcage area and my face. My work pants are also fitting looser. I'm not down any sizes just yet but I know to just be patient. I'm hereby declaring it - this is it. This is the time where it will work. It already is!

Awkward mirror pic. I've never been great at taking pictures of myself!