Making Excuses (and a Weigh In)

Honestly, I’m not sure where to even start with this.

Oh, I know, how about with my weigh in?

Starting weight: 252.6 (3/13) / recommitment: 246 (10/13)
Last Weigh In: 238.2 (1/30/14)
This Weigh In: 241.8 (2/7/14)

Loss This Week: +3.6 pounds
Total Loss: -10.8 pounds

That didn’t go so well and as soon as I saw the number the excuses started pouring out.

“Those steroids I took for my cough made me eat a lot.”

“I overindulged.”

“We ate out a lot more than we have been in a while.”

“I haven’t workout out in almost two weeks due to being sick.”

Shall I continue? No. You get the point.

Excuses have been made and I’m moving on.

(I came across my recommitment post from back in October and boy, was this the perfect time to re-read it!)

Time to refocus on my February goals!

I’m back to tracking food and water and making sure I get my steps in. Working from home makes it somewhat difficult to get 10,000 steps, so I’m putting together a plan to make sure I take a break and get up every so often.

When I go out of the house, I’ll be taking these portion control bags with snacks.


Now to make a schedule that I won’t quit.

How do you stay motivated? I am NOT a quote person, so it’s hard for me to remember quotes to keep myself motivated. Once I got sick I seemed to have lost my motivation, but I’m back to wanting to earn some of those dang stickers that I bought!

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  1. I try to think of short-term end goals – so, right now I’m focusing on working hard before my NYC trip in March. It’s easier for me to think of goals in terms of shorter blocks of time. i.e. I want to lose 5-10 pounds before my trip, rather than I’m still about 30 pounds from my goal.
    mindy @ just a one girl revolution. recently posted..2014 workouts, week 6.

  2. I too have had alittle lapse in motivation along with two weeks of illness and steroids. It does t do mich for your self esteem, but I just take it one day at a time. Starting out with better intentions today! Keep up the good work, it is a slow process,but your still making progress!

    • Thanks for the kind words. And you’re right, whatever sickness I have is kicking my butt. It just keeps lingering and I feel just so blah. Time to get rid of this cold and then get back into it slowly.

  3. I just weighed in for the Diet Bet with Mindy today… I was not happy with the scale, but I know I haven’t been putting the work in. I am with you on the refocusing!!
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  4. If you were taking steroids, that can cause water retention. I was taking prednisone for allergies last week and I “gained” about 1 pound and a half that was purely water retention (it is almost gone now). So it may not have been as bad as you think.

    • While I hope that’s what it was, I’m afraid that I’ll be back on the steroids this next week because this cold and asthma attacks just won’t go away. And thanks for keeping my head in check :)

  5. Lots and lots of pictures!!! When I’m feeling discouraged or like I don’t care I look at where I started and then at my progress pictures and I get excited again. At what’s to come and what I can’t wait to achieve. I made it down to the 180’s (lowest weight in my adult life) prior to getting pregnant and losing a baby. So that was another motivation for me… KEEP BUSY and get in the best shape of my life before trying again (I do have one daughter and she keeps me busy too). Get back on that horse!!
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  6. Hi! I’m so interested in your story! I had a bad fall on the ice 4 years ago and gained 30 pounds! It took three years to recover and then this year I could finally focus on diet and exercise to get the weight off! Keep on keepin on! (@KathyAMorelli) recently posted..Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Relationship: The Listening Door

  7. I quickly lose motivation then it gets tough .
    Gingermommy recently posted..White Chocolate Cupcakes

    • Yep, as soon as you start to fall apart just a little the motivation seems to go out the door, but thankfully I haven’t lost it all completely.

  8. I love that “…but I’m moving on” – – – so important because we all get stuck and then continuing to move forward becomes so difficult! Yay for keeping on! February isn’t even half-way done yet! (this little schpeel is for myself as well, lol)
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  9. I try to stay focused on short-term goals and celebrate when I reach one! Sending some SITS Comment LOVE!
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  10. I feel like winter kind of does that! I was very motivated, had a few setbacks and just didn’t have the same determination. It’s really hard to deal with just the ups and downs of life and trying to be healthy. For me, it is so cold outside, that I just do not want to even leave the house. Ugh. Awful. But you sound really motivated and committed…and small setbacks are all part of journey. You will get there! :) Very admirable how you’ve set up your goals and accountability. That will, for sure, bring success! :)

    Stopping by from SITS comment love! :)
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  11. Maybe, finding an accountability partner will work for you. Weight loss and fitness are hard, but I am sure that you can get back on track and stay on track. The portion control bags and eliminating excuses are great steps to getting back on the wagon. Good luck. Stopping by from SITS.
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  12. You can do it! Do you have a fitbit or a similar wearable tracker? I love mine and it really helps me stay accountable.
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  13. Sometimes you’ll have bumps in the road, but the main point is to keep going, right? I’m in the process of moving so my weight has been up and down and up again. I don’t consider eating out an excuse, but a reason and observation for the cause of the weight gain, and a point that can be worked on. For example I know I haven’t been making the best choices when eating out, and that has caused my weight gain, so now I’m making it a goal to really pay attention to the menu and pick lighter and healthier choices. Wishing you luck with your continued weight loss. I’m down almost 30 pounds myself and it feels amazing. Keep working at it!
    Julie S. recently posted..That’s what HE said Thursday- February 13, 2014

    • Congrats on the weight loss!! And thank you for getting me in check with eating out because you’re right. There are bumps in the road and those bumps can be helped by picking out healthier options. :)

  14. You are definitely making progress! :) Just let go of a bad week and focus on moving forward. Sometimes that’s easier said that done. I totally get it because I’m trying to get healthy myself. One thing that has been a help to me is my Fitbit. I like that it lets me know exactly how much I’ve moved, now matter how much I’d like to shout, “You lie!” at it sometimes. LOL! I’m afraid to step on the scale this week because I’ve been sick and haven’t exercised. I have tried to watch what I was eating but have been pretty lazy about it. Ack! I’m not a quote person either but I do have one that I love, “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” That one works for me. 😉 I wish you the best! :) Sharing the #SITSBlogging love! :)
    Joy recently posted..Craft Room Door Hanger with Mod Podge Rocks Peel & Stick Stencils

    • Sorry that you’ve been sick, I’m still getting over some kind of sickness. I love my Fitbit as well! And thanks for that quote, it does ring very, very true.

  15. I had a hard time at the end of January because of Chinese New Years–which focuses around food–but like you, getting back on the bandwagon :-) I love the portion control bags! I think that’s a great idea to keep track of what you’re eating and how much! #SITSBLOGGING.
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  16. Where did you get the portion control bags. Those are genius. We all have those set back weeks. Just keep moving forward. You can do it :)
    Kat Ryan recently posted..Bobbi Brown.. Uber Pink

    • I found them at Target. I almost passed them up because they looked like an unnecessary item, but I threw them in the cart at the last second!

  17. Ah! This winter has wreaked havoc on my exercise motivation too. But you’re so right….just move on, re-focus and get started again. Thanks for the boost! #SITSblogging
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  18. Don’t let a set back break you. Love that you are recommitting! I need to do that too! Stopping by from The SITS Girls.
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  19. Good job on the weight you lost so far! You can keep it up!
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  20. Another Kendra here! I like your attitude. I tried making tons of excuses for why I gained weight. I even went to the dr for testing my thyroid. I’m healthy I just need to work out too. I have to change it too.
    Kendra recently posted..A Perfect Rain Day

    • I thought my thyroid was messed up because I only have half of one, but the tests keep coming back normal, so it’s food tracking and exercise for me! :) Good luck on making changes!

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