September Weigh Loss Check In

This is a terrible picture.  However, if you are here for books, you can see lots.

Starting weight: 168 lbs.
Current weight: 160-162 fluctuating

I've decided that I am going to check in about weight loss on the blog about once a month.  So, for those here for book reviews, they won't be too overwhelming.

I've lost about 6 pounds in the past month, which isn't bad at all.  I would like to have lost more, but I am experiencing some other stuff that indicates that my body is changing more than the scale is reflecting:
  • My clothes, especially my pants are fitting more comfortably, although I haven't gone down any sizes.
  • I feel more comfortable in child's pose in yoga class, which is a big indicator for me.
  • I have more endurance while exercising, both in terms of cardiovascular and muscular strength.  I've been taking the same Pilates/Barre Fitness class for almost two years, and I'm just finally feeling like I can really do *almost* all the exercises without fatiguing.
So, I've been counting calories, trying to come in between 1300 and 1550 each day.  I write down everything I eat.  I also give myself one "cheat day," which is likely slowing my weight loss, but I don't care.  The challenge is not letting one become two, or even three, especially on the weekends.  I'm also working out a lot.  I do:

1. Two Zumba classes/ week
2. Three yoga classes/week
3. Two Pilates/Barre classes/week
4. One hip hop class
5. 1-2 cardio sessions at the gym

I am enjoying my current exercise schedule, although I will probably need to add some more vigorous cardio (lie running...blah) at some point.  I have lousy joints, so I have to be careful not to do too much to soon.  The big challenge is keeping it up into the winter, when my 7:00 a.m class starts to seem really early.

Anyway, I'm feeling pretty good right now, although there are some discouraging days.  Thank you all for reading, and helping me to stay accountable:)


  1. Congrats on the weight loss! You are doing the exact same plan I have done for a few years. The first time I did it, I set my calories too low at 1200; I lost much more weight when I set my calories at 1500. For me, the cheat day is key to staying on track. It doesn't work for everyone, as one cheat day can lead to a total breakdown of the plan. But I look forward to that day (usually Saturday) all's like my reward for doing well the rest of the week. Also, my perfect workout combo has been running (4 mornings/week) and yoga (2-3 times/week).

    Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  2. Wow, good for you! A cheat day is probably a good idea so you don't burn out trying to keep up with a strict goal all the time. Keep it up! :)


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