Non-Scale Victories 07/10/14

I absolutely love linking up on a Thursday for Non-Scale Victories. It’s my very favorite thing to post because although the scale might not be very nice to you, something else can be going right. It is impossible to get everything right all the time, and this space allows me to celebrate those moments or accomplishments, big or small, that are often overshadowed by all of the negative things that we see or do.

For example, if you read about my weigh-in from yesterday, I talked about how I switched scales and wasn’t sure if the 2.6 pounds it said I had gained was accurate. Update on that story – I got a new battery for my scale and checked the differences between the two. As it turns out, my scale weighs me a pound heavier than the other scale. So I actually gained 3.6 POUNDS IN A FREAKING WEEK. Disappointment in myself is the understatement of the century. I didn’t even know it was possible to gain that much weight in a week, but apparently, it is.

Talking with my mom though, she really made me believe that the scale isn’t a fully accurate portrayal of our behaviors. I drink quite a bit of water (admittedly, not as much as I probably should), and my sodium intake isn’t even on my radar right now. Both of those things could seriously contribute to that number. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making excuses. I’ve eaten like crap more often than not during the past two weeks, and I definitely haven’t been consistent with my exercising. I’ve been participating in this link-up off and on for quite awhile now, and I think I’m just now really starting to understand the meaning behind it and how I can incorporate it into my life. The scale does not define me. If I make the best choices that I can most of the time, the scale will eventually reflect those positive behaviors. I supposed that could be considered a non-scale victory in itself, but I do have another – an update on my 10k training!

Last time I talked about my training, I had completed the first two days of the Couch to 10k training. As of now, I’ve finished through Week 5!

10K Training CollageI know that’s a little overwhelming, but I definitely need the proof that I’ve completed the day. If you’re looking closely (or can read it – oops), you might notice that there are a couple of days that are missing. That would be because I’m crazy.

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As you can see from my calendar, there are a couple of times that I went for a few days without training, which put me behind a little bit. The first half of the program is the same as Couch to 5k, which I’ve done before, so I didn’t think it would be a problem to skip ahead a little bit. I could handle it, right? Well, the day that I settled on just happens to be the end of Week 5…where they randomly throw a 20-minute-straight run at you. The week before you run for no more than 5 minutes at a time, and the week after is no more than 8 minutes. I normally don’t like to challenge myself like that, but my mom really inspired me. She’s running the race with me, and her thought was, “20 minutes? No problem if we do that together.” Well, she was right…about one part anyway. I did actually run the entire 20 minutes, without stopping once, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a walk in the park. That came after.

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My knees hurt…my legs hurt…I didn’t have my music…it was hot… all excuses that I was telling myself the entire time I was running. How did I keep going? Honestly, I’m really not sure, but I hope I can keep that strength going through the rest of my training.

IMG_2554Then this happened. I wasn’t lying – my knees really did hurt. Frozen produce for the win. No worries, they feel much better now. I do think new running shoes are on the horizon though. We’ll see how they do when I start Week 6 later today.

What are your non-scale victories?

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Back on the Binge Wagon: Non-Scale Victories 06/12/14

Originally, I wasn’t going to talk about this. Keep it a strictly celebratory post and just move on. That wouldn’t be real though, and above all else, that is what I hope to achieve here.

I’ve started doing my weigh-ins on Saturdays again. It gives me more time to sleep during the week and allows me the extra time to take my measurements and progress pictures. It also gives me more reason to stick to my plan on Friday night, which is always one of my biggest problems.

My weigh-in was awesome (11 pounds down!), and I was feeling really good about it. I thought that my success would help me stay on track for the rest of the weekend. Why would I do anything to derail the progress that I’ve been making these past couple of weeks?

Instead, I celebrated this milestone, in true Kristian fashion, with eating. Back on the Binge Wagon I go. Saturday night and Sunday were ridiculous. All of the leftover stuff from the open house last weekend? Yep, mine. Frozen pizza? Mine. Wine? Absolutely.

Like every binge, I felt really good when I was doing it. Followed closely by guilt and disgust. Did that stop me? Nope.

Where does the non-scale victory come in? Even though it started on Saturday and continued into Sunday, I stopped eating ridiculously on Sunday night. My brain finally started working and was able to say no. Even with the Johnny Rocket’s kid’s meal that I ate on Tuesday, I’ve been able to stay within my daily points every day this week. It’s a small victory but a victory nonetheless.

Onto something happier though – since last week’s post, I’ve officially completed Week 1 of Couch to 10k as well as the first day of the second week! I’m having issues with my phone though, so no pictures as proof. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Since I can’t use the app on my phone either, I’m planning to bike until Saturday when I should (hopefully) have my phone back. Then it’s back to training like normal!

Just because I needed it today.

Be yourself

Linking up with KTJ for non-scale victories!

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Non-Scale Victories 05/29/14

Linking up with KTJ and Samantha for another non-scale victory!

I was thirteen years old, a seventh grader at the big bad middle school. I hadn’t learned that having curly hair isn’t so bad…and I certainly hadn’t learned the value of leave-in conditioner.

I was rotating five different t-shirts to wear to school. This was one of them.

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7th grade

Those were the shirts that I felt the thinnest in, the ones that covered up my stomach.

With my mom, I decided to do something about it. Weight Watchers allowed kids (13+) to sign up with a doctor’s note, so that’s what I did. I had no idea what it was or how it was supposed to work. I only knew that it was supposed to make me lose weight. They gave me this little booklet for me to write down my food, and I went to a few meetings after weighing in. I even lost a little bit of weight, mostly because I didn’t want to write anything bad down in my little booklet. That booklet got old pretty fast, and we soon stopped going to weigh-ins and meetings. I gained that little amount of weight back…and then some.

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8th grade

Nine years later, and those two girls aren’t so very different.

I’ve decided to start Weight Watchers again.

You may be wondering why I’m calling this a non-scale victory. I’m finally taking control of my eating, and I think Weight Watchers will give me the tools to do that. It will allow me a little bit more freedom and flexibility with my food while still making healthy choices.

We’ll see how well it works for the open house this weekend. I can tell you from experience, those cupcakes are fantastic.

Believe me, there will be pictures.

It’s almost Friday!

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Non-Scale Victories 05/22/14

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Linking up with KTJ and Samantha for another non-scale victory!

This week I’ve really tried to incorporate exercise into my daily routine again. For me, that means riding my stationary bike while catching up on my shows. Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelorette anyone?

Side note: If Maks and Meryl don’t get married and have beautiful babies, I will be way disappointed.

Anyway, luckily for me, those two shows are typically pretty long. This usually gives me about an hour or more on the bike.

My mileage

My mileage

Excuse the crazy face, but I had just biked 20 MILES. It was a big moment.

I know I’m not always going to have the kind of time to do this, but I’m certainly enjoying it while it lasts!

What are your non-scale victories for the week?

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Non-Scale Victories 05/15/14

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had any non-scale victories to share with you guys. Let’s be honest, it seems like it’s been awhile since I’ve shared any victories with you guys.

As you know, running and I have never been the best of friends. I even told you some time ago that I was giving it up. But…

I actually went for a walk/jog on Monday at my favorite park.

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I didn’t feel any pressure to run at a certain time, so I mostly walked. I jogged when I felt like it, and I stopped when I felt like it. IT WAS GLORIOUS. I also burned some calories!

 

IMG_2169This victory plus the return of beautiful weather has brought on what I can only describe as a mental episode. For some reason, I want to run a 10k. This summer. What the hell is wrong with me?

I haven’t decided for sure if I’m going to do it or not. The fact that I spent over an hour looking up potential races is neither here nor there. I am seriously considering it though, and I think I’ve talked mi madre into joining up too.

What do you guys think? Yay or nay?

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Non-Scale Victories 04/03/14

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a non-scale victory for you guys, so I’m excited to link up again!

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I’m slowly but surely adding exercise back into my routine – 3 days last week and 2 days (so far) this week. This is HUGE for me. Although I’ve had some success with just watching what I’m eating, adding exercise to the mix is absolutely key for me. I always feel better when I’ve been active, and it also helps me stay on track with my food. Since I’ve given up running (at least for now), it’s actually been a lot easier to get to the gym. The stationary bike is my absolute favorite, and it may sound odd but I really feel like myself when I’m doing it. I’m planning on adding the elliptical in here and there for a bigger calorie burn. Here are some of the workouts that I’ve done recently.

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Not a particularly good look for me. My hair and wind do not mix.

Not a particularly good look for me. My hair and wind do not mix.

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Non-Scale Victories 03/06/14

Linking up with KTJ and Samantha for non-scale victories!

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First, I’ve figured out that – at least for the foreseeable future – I need to count my calories. I talked here about how I was trying out ‘moderation’ instead of calorie counting for the week. Although it was really nice to have a break from the counting, I noticed a difference. Since I weigh in every two weeks, it wasn’t a scale difference. It was more about how I was feeling. With calorie counting, I was actually starting to see some results, and I was feeling great. Without it, I noticed that I was willing give in to some of my cravings when I usually wouldn’t. For now, back on the calorie-counting wagon I go!

Second, I fit into a new pair of jeans! Not new exactly, but they’re new to me. I got these bad boys in the fall from my roommate. They didn’t fit, but I put them in the pile for someday. That day is now! Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures when they didn’t fit, so you’ll have to be happy with the pictures of when they do! For future reference, I went ahead and took pictures of the next jeans that I want to get into, so there will definitely be a noticeable difference when they show up next.

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Hydraulic Lola Flare – Size 11/12

What are your non-scale victories for the week?

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Non-Scale Victories 02/27/14

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Another non-scale victory for you today if you can call it that. It’s more of a shift in thinking.

As you may have noticed, I usually post a progress picture with every weigh-in that I do. When I first started this blog, there was no way in hell I was going to post pictures of myself like that. Me? Without a shirt? That’s way more than anyone should see of me. I don’t even dress like that when I’m swimming. I decided to go ahead and add them to my weigh-ins because very few people that I know were reading my blog at that time. It was like some secret journal that only a few of my closest relationships knew about (plus whatever WordPress strangers stumbled upon it). I was even fearful about those select few people knowing what I really look like, unable to cover up in jeans and baggy sweatshirts. Looking back now, I was an idiot. Like those people in my life would love me less or think less of me somehow because I have a few extra rolls? Ridiculous. I didn’t given them enough credit.

Over the past few weeks, I started posting my blog updates to my various forms of social media. I got to a point where I was ready for more than 3 people to read about my struggles. Someone might read something that I wrote and relate to it in some way. That’s the goal anyway. I also did it because I’m tired of caring. Not about my life or the people in it – I’m not a monster for heaven’s sake. Tired of caring what other people think.

I can’t wear those sweatpants to class because someone may think that I’m a bum.
I can’t wear my hair like that today because someone may think that I haven’t showered.
I’m wearing that makeup? Am I trying to look like a clown?

There came a time that I just stopped caring about these things, and I didn’t even realize it. Who cares if someone sees that I’m fat? Who cares if someone doesn’t like what I say? I certainly don’t. Not anymore. It really doesn’t matter. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a part of me that still questions myself every time I post something, especially when it shows me in a less-than-flattering way. That part just has to be ignored.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes.

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You can bet your ass that I’ll be wearing sweatpants to class today.

Happy Thursday!

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Non-Scale Victories 02/20/14

Another non-scale victories linkup today!

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  • Hello, I’m Kristian, and I’m a pop addict. I love it. Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper – even Coke if the place is stupid and doesn’t offer Pepsi products. All of that bubbly goodness. Fantastic. When I lost weight the first time (read about it here), quitting pop was what really started the process. I usually drank 4 to 5 cans of Diet Mountain Dew every day, and I just had to stop. Talk about headaches. Ugh. Anyway, I kept that up for a couple of years, but I started slowly adding pop back in when I got to college. It was never close to the amount that I drank previously, but I would go on “binges” (if you can call them that) for a few days and basically drink every Pepsi in sight. This usually happened when I was home for breaks. One of my resolutions for this year was to quit pop once and for all, and I’ve done it so far! I get the occasional Pepsi craving, but I’ve been able to resist. 50 days and counting!
  • Water. About the opposite of what I just talked about, I don’t drink enough of it. I know there’s a formula for how much to drink per day, but I just aim for a gallon. It’s easier that way. I’ve been able to drink the entire gallon for the past three days! It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a good start.

In case you think that it shouldn’t be called pop, welcome to Indiana!

Happy Thursday!

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Non-Scale Victories 02/13/14

Linking up with KTJ and Samantha today for more non-scale victories!

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I have two for you guys today, and both of them concern clothing. I actually love clothes, but you would never be able to tell with the way that I dress. I basically live in sweatshirts and baggy sweaters during the winter and oversized t-shirts during the summer – anything to be comfortable and make my jiggly bits a little less noticeable. With this in mind, shopping at this size is usually a nightmare. Nothing fits the way I want it to, and I always end up buying whatever fits instead of what I actually love. One of my favorite memories from the smaller-me days is going shopping with my best friends in Chicago and spending way too much money. Seems weird, but I was so used to buying everything that fit that I ended up with almost everything that I tried on. I want to get back to that point! Maybe then I’ll have to work on my money management problems…

My first non-scale victory is hopefully a step in that right direction. I was shopping for my internship interviews last weekend (today! eek!), and I wasn’t disappointed in what I saw in the mirror. I found an outfit that I actually like and would wear other places, and it is relatively stylish. I think. Anyway, I don’t think it had anything to do with my body looking better, but it had everything to do with my mindset. Even though I’m not anywhere near where I’d like to be, I’m making positive changes instead of continuing to say “tomorrow.” Actually doing something just makes me feel good.

On a similar note, I’ve had to start wearing a belt with my jeans! Since I haven’t seen a large difference in the scale, I kept trying to convince myself that the jeans were stretched out and just needed to be washed. I’ve washed them multiple times though, and the belt is definitely necessary! It seems silly, but I’ve been really excited to put my jeans on lately, just to see if I can tighten the belt anymore.

What are your non-scale victories this week?

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