Let’s Get Real: My weight loss journey {I thought I was going to DIE}

Feb 8th, 2012

Ok, so last week I told you my deepest and darkest, and you told me that you would like me to blog about my journey. You might be sorry. Ha ha. Just kidding. To those that missed it, I joined a local big loser competition with my besties. Today I will share what I’ve been doing this week. It all started Thursday morning with my alarm going off at 5:20 AM. I thought I was going to die. {AND, I will say that is definitely the motto of the week.} I woke up with a small moving lightning bolt in my vision. Yep, an oncoming migraine headache. I seriously thought, “Are you freaking kidding me!?!” So, I drank a butt load of water, took 800 ibuprofen and left for the gym. I couldn’t be the one to not show up on our FIRST workout. I drank a bunch of energy crystal light for the caffeine content to help the headache, and luckily I was ok. I wasn’t 100% by any means, but I was there. I’m actually super surprised that I didn’t have to quit the workout half way through because when I get a migraine, sometimes it can put me down for an entire day. Phew.

Our trainer {Terica Bishop} is awesome. She is super nice, and she makes us all want to work our butts off. We are tracking everything that we put in our mouth at myfitnesspal.com. She set up a work out schedule for us, and we were ready. Our team has so much fun, and I look forward to seeing everyone’s bright {sarcastic} faces every morning. I am super glad that I joined the team. It took a little coaxing from my friends because I was super scared of failure. But, it feels good to be part of a team. It feels good to work hard so that I don’t let them down.

It all started at the 6:00 AM Circuit Training class at the Washington City Community Center {Justin is the teacher} and in order to get into the class, you have to be one of the first 28 in the door. So, we were there {me and my big loser team} at 5:45. We had 28 stations that consisted of agility exercises, medicine ball calisthenics, running ladders, throwing around a freakin’ humongous rope they call “Jill,” jumping up and down, ab workouts…etc. Basically everything that my body CANNOT do right now, Justin made us do. I WANTED TO DIE, and I thought I was going to die. At the end of the work out I honestly thought I was going to throw up. {I had drank too much water trying to stop that darn headache}. But, I didn’t halle-freakin’ luiah. My heart was beating out of my chest. My face was as red as a tomato, and my lungs burned for the rest of the day.

BUT GUESS WHAT!?! I didn’t die. In fact, I was quite proud of myself at the end. Even though I had to stop and rest {a lot}, I still felt like I accomplished something.

The next morning was spin class. Yep 6:00 AM came WAY TOO EARLY, and once again in order to get a bike, we had to be there at 5:45. When my alarm went off again at 5:20, I thought, “SHUT UP, it is not already time.” I was soooo freakin’ tired. The first thing the teacher said was, “To those of you who are new, THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER’S CLASS.” She wasn’t kidding, and my butt still hurts. Ha ha.

Then Saturday we slept in a bit and went to Zumba at 9:30. It was a blast, and I’m sure I looked like a total idiot. But, it was a good workout and my face was red once again.

We took Sunday off, and enjoyed our Superbowl with shrimp, veggies, and absolutely no carbs the entire day. :) Monday morning was another class by Justin…I hate him (and love him at the same time). I died, and it sucked. Tuesday morning was Power X by Molly, and I was the last one done on each of the exercises.  But, I finished them, and they kicked my trash. I have never pushed my body to hard in my entire life as I have pushed it this week. I actually didn’t know that it could handle exercise like this.

On last Thursday, I went to the local hospital and had my body composition tested at the Gateway to Wellness center, and I sat in their “bod pod.” It was SHOCKING. It told me what % of fat I have, and I’ll just say that I am in the “Risk” category. It was good to see all those starting numbers even though they are quite embarrassing.  It told me how many calories I burn each day by just breathing (a little more than 1500 daily). It was pretty cool. I am still unsure of how many calories I should be eating every day though. I have been staying below 1260 calories (because that is what myfitnesspal puts me at). I have made an appointment at the Gateway to Wellness center to have my exact RMR tested (resting metabolic rate). I was pretty shocked that a test like that only costs $40.00.

Here is the frustrating part. I did actually “officially” lose weight {as far as the big loser competition goes thank heavens}, but when I weighed in the first time last Wednesday night I had shoes and stuff on. So, this morning, stripped down {took off my shoes, jacket…etc) the scale showed a loss. BUT, unofficially {according to my home scale} I have actually GAINED 1 pound in the last 7 days. Mathematically the calories in/calories burned ratio does not make ANY sense. I am not an expert {obviously} but this seems totally wrong. I did not cheat. I stayed below my calories, and I didn’t eat any sugar either. I worked harder than I EVER HAVE, and it seems like the pounds should be melting away. I am excited to talk to the dietician and get that RMR test.

Do you have any suggestions? Tell me all I need to know {but please be nice about it} because this is a SUPER sensitive subject.

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