Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Weight Loss Update (Through Crazy Stressful Times)

What a whirlwind this last month has been.  After a fantastic vacation to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone, we settled back into a regular routine and got a quick dose of reality:

- Toby (pup) had itched a little cut on his neck until it turned into a giant infected spot (vet visit & twice daily fights to put medicine on the silver dollar sized spot);
- Work hit me square between the eyes with issue after issue;
- My car started making crazy noises and I found out I needed to buy 4 new tires; and the icing on the cake...
- We found out Husband had to have back surgery.

Travis had an appointment with his doctor the Tuesday morning after we returned from Wyoming where we got the news. After doing everything anyone could think of for a bulging disc in his lower back, the doctor said it was finally time.  That afternoon, the nurse called to schedule his surgery and said pre-op would be that Friday...and surgery would be that coming Tuesday!  So the next week after his surgery was spent working from home (such a fantastic perk of my job), helping Husband up and down, and making 2.5 gallons of ice cream for the Ice Cream Takedown I participated in this past week.  

Now is the first time I feel like I've gotten to take a breath since vacation ended.  (Can I please go back on vacation???)

The good news is that through all of this, my eating and exercising habits haven't flown out of control.  I'm excited to say I've now lost 40 pounds since April 5th, and I feel great!

Here are a few things to note from the past month:

Going on a super-active vacation does the body good!  I lost 4 pounds on our week long vacation, thanks to lots of hiking and little eating out.  We ate breakfast at home every day, packed our lunch (and snacks), and made sure to make it home in time for dinner.  We only ate out for three meals of the whole trip (at one, I had the Pub make me some brussels sprouts...the only veggie they had in the entire establishment).  I'm not the kind of person who wants to just lay on the beach for 6 days, so this was perfect.

I'm still running, and feeling better about it.  I'm still doing intervals and have slightly increased my running length, while decreasing the walking portion.  I try to do this 3 times a week.

Some of the things I've talked about in the past that I'm still doing:

- Walking every single day for at least an hour.
- Tracking every single thing I eat - haven't missed a day!
- Eating throughout the day (3 meals, 2-3 snacks).
- No foods are off you can probably tell from my recent blogs (ex: making 2.5 gallons of ice cream...).  The only things I completely cut out are caffeine & artificial sweeteners.

What are some of the things you do/eat/think about to live a healthy life?


  1. Ow owwwww! 40 pounds down - that's awesome Lauren!! Congratulations!

  2. Oh wow! 40 pounds - congrats! It's so awesome that you're so dedicated. This is the kind of inspiration I need to get me back on track with my work outs.

    xx Del

    1. Thanks so much! You can totally do it! One day at a time. :)

  3. Congratulations on your weight loss! That is awesome! My husband and I need your determination to kick-start us back to better habits. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I'm on a 40 pound post-grad school plan. I'm giving myself until next August (my wedding anniversary). I'm going a lot of the same stuff you are. I'm using fitbit and myfitnesspal to track everything.


    Rock Climbing! New Gym in Watertown...just in might be interested :-)

    1. Nice - that's a good timeline!! I've wanted to try fitbit. Let me know how you like it! Where's the new gym in Watertown?

  5. Congrats! That is so awesome. You are doing such a good job w/ your eating. Now that summer is over I need to get back on track~~

    1. Thanks Jodi! You just walked 50 miles - that's AMAZING. :)

  6. Interesting... I am trying, trying, trying to eat better but it sounds like more exercise is even more important. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Kate! Husband has lost 12 pounds while being laid up with back surgery. He's just been keeping his eating on you CAN do it either way! I think a mixture of healthy eating and exercise is best though. I find that when I exercise, I don't want to "undo" my work by eating junk. :)