January in Review

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There have been a lot of ups and downs this month.  I wish my weight had been one of the downs.  Unfortunately, I’ve hit this yo-yo plateau.   I’m bouncing up and down about 3-4 pounds when I get on the scale.  It happens, I just have to push through it.

If you follow my Instagram and/or personal Facebook page, you may have seen most of these photos, but I wanted some visuals in this possibly wordy post.

Over the holidays, my weight shot up to 204.  My lowest weigh-in had previously been 195.  OUCH.  No workouts and eating everything I felt like.  Yuck.  I vowed not to see a 200+ number in 2013, so after December 31st, I just decided not to get on a scale until I was certain I’d gone back down.  That’s fair right?  If I don’t see it, it doesn’t count.  I’m going to keep telling myself that, okay?

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My favorite hot pink long sleeve and spandex pants.

I joined a health & wellness center on December 30th.  I chose the center because I needed a place that had workout equipment, weights and a pool.  The huge plus was that it offers free classes to all members: spin, yoga, bodypump and a bunch of others.

I also began group swim classes at the YMCA.  Every Wednesday night I have class for 7 weeks and there are 6 other people in the class.  The instructor is awesome at addressing individual needs.  I’ll be sad when it’s over.

02

I ran my first 5k of the year.  My time was 35:17, not bad for me and for taking a break from running for 2 months.

I sweated a lot.

03

I also got some new running gear, including this purple jacket that was on clearance.  It was the very last one in stock and my size (psst!  It’s a MEDIUM!), so it was meant to be!

04
Road Runner Sports is my favorite for running gear.

I took some random pictures of myself.

05
Feelin’ cute today.
06
Happy!
07
I ate a gross carrot.

I ran a straight 5k without having to walk for the first time in months.  I also did my longest “run” to date (there were a few short walking intervals).

08
First 5 mile run and burned nearly 1000 calories! Oh, and I like to knit sometimes, by the way.

And the biggest change is discovering Paleo eating.  I don’t want to say Paleo Diet, as it’s normally called.  It’s not a diet in the sense that most people think of, like Weight Watchers or Atkins.  It’s a lifestyle.  It’s like choosing to be Vegetarian or Vegan.  If you don’t know what Paleo is, Google!  The BASICS are eating meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.  No dairy, grains, processed foods.  Look it up though, I’m going to be writing more about it and posting my food recipes more often.

Since the end of January is here, I decided to take new measurements, which I won’t share, because I’m disappointed.  I barely made any progress since my last time measuring in November.  I ended December weighing 204 and Sunday I weighed 193, by Wednesday, I was 196.  As you see, yo-yoing.  I’m happy to be in the 190s, but my goal for January was to really push and get into the 180s.  I feel really good right now about myself, so I’m trying not to dwell and just push on.

The biggest difference that I noticed was my thigh and calf measurements did change between 0.5-1″ on each side.  I’m pretty excited to see changes in my legs!

I’m keeping running totals of my running, swimming and biking distances as well.

January Totals!
Run – 27.49 miles
Bike – 160.5 miles
Swim – 4050m

Here’s hoping that February is a great progress month!

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5 thoughts on “January in Review

    Authentically Angie said:
    January 31, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I find posts like this inspiring, and I am looking forward to recipes!

    Kay said:
    January 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Wow!!! You may not see the progress, but it shows in everything you say and do! You Rock!!! Would you have every thought that you could say I biked more than 160 miles this month??? Keep up the good work and you will make all your goals!! We love you!!!

      addiehayes responded:
      February 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

      That mileage will be going up every month too! Exciting!

    Kalli said:
    February 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I find that weighing myself more than once a week gets overwhelming, since yo-yoing is partially expected. I also get obsessive if it is more than that. Plus, at the end of the week– even a 1 pound difference is rewarding! Anyway, sounds like you are making really good progress 🙂 I was sad to see you call WW a diet though. I am doing WW right now, and I see it in a similar way that you see your new eating habits (a lifestyle that can lead to long-term changes, not something temporary). I am learning so much about portion control, listening to my body’s signals, and making healthy choices. I don’t feel like I am dieting, which is wonderful! I’m learning to develop healthier eating habits 🙂 Keep up the good work!

      addiehayes responded:
      February 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      I think of Weight Watchers as a diet “fad” because I don’t feel like anyone will do it their whole lives. I have never done it, but I know it does teach you good concepts. Does that make sense? If it is working to help you then that is great!

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