January Thoughts and An Impromptu Weigh-In

by Lisa on Tuesday: Jan 29, 2013

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s hard to believe that January is about to end! That means that it’s officially time to look back at my January mini-goals and see how I did.

Goal #1: Joining Diet Bet – Done! I joined, that’s for sure, and the bet certainly kept me motivated throughout the month to make healthy decisions. I need to submit my official last weight in the next 48 hours, but as of right now I haven’t quite reached the last of my 4%. HOWEVER, this morning I saw the lowest weight on the scale that I’ve seen in quite a while (since mid-November in fact, and even then I only weighed that little for 1 day).

An Impromptu Weigh-In!

Speaking of weights, why not do a weigh in?
Starting weight: 162
Current weight: 156.8

Total weight lost: 5.2 pounds
Weight left to win diet bet: 1.3 pounds
Weight left to reach my goal: 21.8 pounds

So, as you can see, even though it looks like I might not win the bet, I’m beyond happy that I was able to lose more than 5 pounds this month! That’s more than I’ve ever been able to do in one month before while trying to lose weight. I have high hopes that I can continue this trend into February, especially with bootcamp lasting another 7 weeks for me.

Goal #2: Tracking Calories – I did this very consistently for about the first two weeks of the year, and then off and on for another week or so, and then it kind of fell off the map. However, I think it did what I needed it to – got me thinking about making good food choices.

January has been a tough month and I’m happy that I’ve been able to work so hard on all fronts with some results to show for it. I will do an update on my final Diet Bet numbers in my next post!

Did you set any goals for January? How did they go?

Ice, Ice Baby

by Lisa on Saturday: Jan 05, 2013

We had the coldest week yet this winter this past week, and that followed the first significant snowfall of the year. What does that equal? Lots and lots of snow, covered with ice and a very unhappy walking commuter (aka me). My whole walk to work was iced over and I was convinced I was going to slip, fall, and break a bone every day. Thankfully, I didn’t, but I’m a little apprehensive about the rest of the season.

Waking up on Thursday morning, my phone told me that it was 7 degrees with a wind chill of -4 (Fahrenheit)… ouch!


Before I write anything else, I want to send a big thank you out to Erika from Newlyweds on a Budget for hosting me as a guest poster yesterday. If you want to read about how I paid off $95,000 in student loans, click on over!


The first week of the new year is off to a roaring start, and I’m already feeling pretty good about my resolutions. If you recall, I set out to do specific things in January to get me started, and so far so good. I’ve been tracking my calories every day since the year started and cutting way back on sweets and treats. I’ve already seen a difference on the scale, which I’m hoping isn’t a fluke.

I think I’m going to bring back the Saturday weekly weigh in that I started a long time ago on my old blog. So, on that note, here are my stats:

Starting weight on 12/30: 162
Today: 158.6
Difference: 3.4 pounds

Weight left to lose for the Diet Bet (by the end of Jan): 3.1
Weight left to lose to reach my ultimate goal: 23.6

It feels like a long way to go, but I haven’t seen such significant results on the scale in such a short time in a very very long time. I know my starting weight was a little high because it was immediately after Christmas and I had probably gained a few pounds just for that reason. Also of note, that weight on 12/30 is the most I have ever weighed in my life, which is pretty scary. That’s one of the reasons I’m so determined to make a change!

How was the first week of the year for you?

We’re going to Vegas, baby!

by Lisa on Tuesday: Apr 17, 2012

D and I have been talking about going on a trip to Vegas practically since we met nearly 3 years ago. For one reason or another, we just haven’t been able to get a trip planned out and kept pushing it off… that is until now! In less than 2 months, we’ll be heading out west to gamble and take a week off from life. I’m extremely excited, as I’ve always wanted to go. For one thing, I’ve only ever been to one location in the west and that was a quick 2 day business trip to Seattle. For another thing, I enjoy casinos, playing cards, the excitement, the noise and the opportunity to eat at exotic new restaurants!

I downloaded a countdown widget for my phone and I’m letting this trip be a new goal for my Ms. Marvel Project. I want to lose at least 5 pounds by the time we leave. It would be great if I could do more than 5, but I’m being realistic here, based on how I know weight loss + Lisa ends up usually going.

Here is my new starting point:

Today’s weight – 147.6
Goal weight – 142.6

I have two months to do it and with some motivation and inspiration I know it will be possible.

Over here in Boston, it’s been pretend summer this week with temperatures getting up to almost 90 degrees yesterday. The drastic changes in weather have been taking a toll on me and I’ve come down with a bit of a cold, mixed with some lovely spring allergies. Needless to say, I’ve been sort of miserable as a result. I need this cold to go away at least a little before I jump into my new workout routine.

Anyone out there been to Vegas? Any suggestions for fun things to do while we’re there??

Ready to recharge

by Lisa on Friday: Feb 03, 2012

Hello everyone, and welcome to your Friday!

It’s been a long week, filled with working lots of hours on very mentally challenging code. I’m glad I get to give my brain a few days off to recharge itself, and we have lots of fun things planned: D’s sister is coming over tonight for her birthday and sleeping over. Then tomorrow, my family is coming over and having lunch with us. I haven’t seen them since New Year’s Eve, so it will be nice to catch up.

We spent last night doing some last minute cleaning around the apartment to prepare for all our guests, and I did our food shopping as well.

Despite all the craziness, I did manage to get in 2 workouts so far this week (Monday and Tuesday), and unless something ridiculous happens in the next hour, I’m going to go and do workout #3 during lunch today.

This week, I got very fed up with my eating habits. It seems like no matter how much I WANT to eat well and avoid temptation, I spend every day arguing with myself about it and rarely win. So on Wednesday, I decided to do an experiment. I told D that I would message him everything I ate that day, as a way to keep myself accountable, and he would do the same with me. Doing that actually did work. For instance, after lunch that day, I immediately wanted a snack, but I though to myself that if I had one, I’d have to report to D. It stopped me from eating one!

However, this was only a temporary experiment. I was looking for a way to kick start a streak of “eating right”. Did it work? Well, I did pretty good yesterday and today has only just begun, so I guess we’ll see what the weekend brings.

As for weight? I’ve seen 144.8 a few times over the last week/week and a half (starting weight: 146.8), but it still fluctuates up a lot. I’ll do an official weigh in tomorrow.

It’s blog hopping Friday!

young and restless

Getting to Know You

Bringing back the official weigh in

by Lisa on Saturday: Jan 14, 2012

After posting yesterday, I thought to myself: Why not bring back Saturday weigh ins? I think it’ll be nice to have weekly accountability on the blog, so here are this week’s results.

This week’s weight: 145.4
Goal weight: 130
Starting weight: 146.8

Difference: -1.4 pounds
Pounds to go: 15.4

Looking at the numbers actually makes me feel better about things, because there’s actual progress there!

Last night, D and I did some furniture rearranging in the apartment. We bought a new TV stand for the game room so that we could move our old flat screen in there. It involved moving the old TV stand out of there, putting the new one in with the new TV and then taking the old TV stand and putting it into our bedroom and finding room in a closet for the old dinosaur TV that was previously in the game room. The whole project was a workout in itself and now our rooms look nicer and are more functional.

Today we went to the gym first thing in the morning, but the workout was TOUGH. It’s been really cold and windy here lately and as a result, everyone has been blasting the heat indoors. This made for some extremely dry air inside the gym, making it hard to breathe and causing my nose to be incredibly stuffed up. I guess that’s one of the hard things about being in the depths of winter.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!