Shannon Stacey

Back at it

I got sidetracked with RWA and a ton of other stuff going on and fell off the weight loss plan. Fortunately, I was lucky and didn’t gain any back, though I didn’t lose much, either.

Not sure where I left off, but this morning’s weight (178.8) is a new low. That puts my total loss so far at 46.2 pounds, with 8.8 left to go to meet the goal I set in January. (Since I’m not breaking the glass stones into pieces, there are 9 left in the “Pounds to Lose” jar.)

Part of me is already pushing to go for 150, but I’m trying to focus on 170 and maintaining that through quitting smoking.

I ordered the Power90 set (lighter version of the infamous P90x workout system), but I haven’t started it yet. It requires consistency, so I have it on the calendar for the Tuesday after Labor Day. I wish it was 5 days a week, though, and not 6. I’d rather not have the family watching. (The only TV is in the living room.)

Since I STILL, through 8 months and almost 50 pounds lost, haven’t done ANY exercise, it’s time.

I’m going to type that again. …almost 50 pounds lost. Holy crap.

So how are y’all doing? I didn’t mean to run off like that. I’m still here. Still plugging away.

9 comments to “Back at it”

  1. Katie D.
      · August 24th, 2012 at 9:41 am · Link

    Go you! I’m hovering just short of 20 pounds lost since March, though WW only counts what I told it at the beginning, which means I’m just short of 15 :) I’m pleased since I’ve adjusted some of my eating habits and my “workouts” consist only of trying to walk 5000 steps a day, and sometimes more. A possible case of plantar fascitis flared up in July which has derailed more intense efforts at exercise. However, I’m very happy to be in a new decade, and I’ve been steady in it for the last three weeks. Yay!

  2. Jean
      · August 24th, 2012 at 9:57 am · Link

    You are doing so well. I’ve gotten back into my efforts over the last month and a half, and I’m losing or holding my own instead of gaining. I think the biggest difference is cutting out soft drinks, which means I don’t care about salty snacks anymore. Which means, I don’t eat them. How simple is that? As simple and as hard as it sounds, I’m afraid. But so far, so good.

  3. Tracy S
      · August 24th, 2012 at 10:01 am · Link

    wooohoooooooo! Almost 50 lbs lost, that is awesome!!!!

    I am at 16.5 lbs lost. HOWEVER, since I started tapering off the medication I mentioned in the last update post (the cause of some of the weight I’ve gained), I’ve lost 5 lbs!

    I am now at the same weight I was at the last time I lost weight before I started gaining again!

    I have a pair of jeans I wore 3 winters ago comfortably, 2 winters ago not so comfortably, and not at all last year–I tried those on last night–they fit with a little extra room in the waist! WHOOT!!

  4. Vivian Arend
      · August 24th, 2012 at 10:30 am · Link

    You are doing awesome, and you look fabulous. 50 # is a huge success.

    I’ve been on hiatus since RWA as well, but maintained the 15# I lost. We’re heading into the P90X and eating better, again, next week once the house is empty of visitors.

    I hear you on the exercising in front of the family, though. My solution? I use the laptop and can workout in any room I want.

  5. Amy R
      · August 24th, 2012 at 4:55 pm · Link

    We are glad to have you back, Shannon (on twitter, too). I know you are a busy lady and I understand you can’t entertain us all the time, but we do miss you!

    My husband and I decided to start CrossFit (right now sans weights) and it is hard, however, I know it is all about the food! I would be more than happy to exercise like crazy if I could eat all the food I want….but I know that isn’t how it works. Good job to you, Shannon, and all the people leaving comments. Good luck to you all!

  6. azteclady
      · August 24th, 2012 at 9:26 pm · Link

    First things first: HUGE congratulations on your weight loss. GO you! And wishing you great success with the Power90.

    I haven’t really kept off any of what I’ve lost–it’s more like I’m yo-yoing (a few down then right back where I was). It’s annoying AND unhealthy and, much worse, I’m fully aware of it.

    So why it’s happening?

    I blame my job and stress, but regardless I’ll have to learn to cope with both, as things don’t look like changing any time soon.

  7. Lori
      · August 24th, 2012 at 11:42 pm · Link

    Wow!! So excited for you! You are doing great :)

    I’ve been walking and Oldest is threatening a weight regimen (he is a harsh taskmaster) and I want to start the 30 day shred again.

  8. Shannon
      · August 27th, 2012 at 8:17 am · Link

    Katie, that’s awesome! I find nothing keeps me on track like hitting a new decade. And walking is the very best exercise, so it’s much better than plopping on the sofa until the flare-up’s over.

    Jean, that’s a great step. Cutting out a “habit” beverage is HARD. I’ve actually slipped on that. I’d cut out Dunkin Donuts iced coffees (with all that yummy cream) for Polar Cranberry-Lime seltzer, which I love, but my stress-reflex is to drive to DD for an iced coffee. I need to stop. And not wanting the salt with it’s awesome!

    Woohoo, Tracy! That’s fabulous! Now you’re at the tipping point into “virgin pounds lost” and it’s a wonderful feeling. Keep it going and, when you waver, remember how awesome it felt to be in those jeans! :D

    Thanks, Viv. I hope to someday do the P90X because I’ve seen the results in real-life, but since I still have to work up the ambition to walk out to my truck for something I forgot, I’ll start with the Power90 and see how that goes. :lol:

    Amy, I’m glad to be back. I hate when I get so busy I’m away from my blog and Twitter. I even missed Facebook. I start feeling lonely and isolated and I hate that. I’ve got another month of crazy-busy, but I’m going to try to keep up better. Good luck with CrossFit! I haven’t heard of that, but I’ll go look it up.

    Azteclady, *hugs*. Stress and sleep have a huge effect on the metabolism. I hope things calm down a bit. If not, maybe a lot of healthy snacks through the day you can crunch. (When I’m stressed, I like super crunchy foods, like celery or the Special K chips.)

    Thanks, Lori! I own the 30 Day Shred. Tried it once and it almost killed me. (I was however, very unfit, my blood pressure was sky high and I wasn’t changing my eating habits, so it was bound to fail.) After the Power90, I might try it again just to keep things fresh.

    And we have to start walking as a family. We manage Mr S’s bad cholesterol pretty well, but we have a hard time keeping his good cholesterol up, so he needs to exercise. And the short kid’s BMI is a serious concern, so he needs to get out and walk.

    Now that the weather’s cooling, I’m hoping to fit in a walk each evening. And SK will be walking home from school this year, so maybe that will help.

    And I’m embarrassed, with all the gadgets I have around me at the moment, it never occurred to me to put the DVD in the laptop and exercise in another room. :lol:

  9. Bev Stephans
      · September 4th, 2012 at 8:50 pm · Link

    I’m so proud of you. Keep on keepin’ on.

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