Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Healthy Living Update & 2015 Goals

Remember my post about working out with a personal trainer? That was back in July and I was making good progress on my healthy living and weight goals for 2014. As we begin a new year, I wanted to share an update on my progress and my plans for 2015.

At the mid-point of last year, I had lost almost 17 pounds and was feeling healthy and strong. I had set a weight goal of being down to 150 pounds by July 18, however I did not reach that goal. I was at 157 pounds when we headed off for our unexpected trip to Ohio. A day after we returned, we flew to Canada for my birthday trip. Along with getting healthy and regaining my energy, I wanted to be in shape to hike during that trip . . . and we did! I felt great about getting in shape enough to complete several hikes, including two to the top of mountains.

The remainder of 2014, I did not lose any more weight. I basically lost and gained the same few pounds and am starting this year off at 158 pounds. Did you catch the three GREAT pieces of news in all that information?

1. I lost 16 pounds last year!

2. After losing it, I kept it off for the remainder of the year (over 5 months)!

3. I am much stronger and healthier than I was at the beginning of 2014! 

I've spent some time thinking about what happened and why I wasn't able to continue to lose weight during the second half of the year. I think it was a combination of several factors. First, I've read that after an initial weight loss, our bodies adjust and the weight comes off slower. Second, I did not have a definite goal in mind. While I still wanted to reach 150 pounds, I didn't have the added incentive of wanting to hike up a mountain to keep me motivated. Third, as I got healthier and my metabolism changed, my thyroid medication needed to be adjusted a couple of times before it leveled off. This along with the long hours Robbie was working after the company he works for was acquired caused me to feel a little discouraged and stressed. Fourth, I did not track my eating during those final months of the year.

And finally, while I continued to work out fairly regularly, I didn't try anything new and met with the personal trainer only about half the amount of time I had at the beginning of the year. Fortunately for me, Sherri was very understanding and encouraging despite the number of times I texted her the night before to cancel an appointment! (She even gave me this great Christmas gift - isn't it perfect that the body wash and lotion are called ENERGY! Thanks Sherri!)


With these thoughts in mind, I've set a new goal and made plans to accomplish it. I'm sharing these here today to keep myself accountable!

Goal - Lose down to 150 pounds by March 20!

Motivation - I chose this date because it is the first day of spring and the day we begin our first vacation of the year!

Plan for the next 11 weeks:
*Track all my eating, drinking & exercise using the My Fitness Pal app.
*Meet with Sherri (my personal trainer extraordinaire) once (or sometimes twice) a week.
*Ride the stationary bike (45 minutes) and complete ab & back exercises (15 minutes) three or four times a week at home.
*Attend exercise classes at our local natatorium at least three times a month to add variety and try something new.
*Weigh in once a week.

I know lots of people start the new year with resolutions to lose weight, but I decided not to wait. I actually started my plan last Monday and have successfully tracked everything in My Fitness Pal this week, had a great workout with Sherri, and completed three days of exercise here at home. And this morning (despite the fact that it is very cold, terribly gray, somewhat foggy and raining!), I got out and tried a low-impact water aerobics class at the natatorium. I'm excited to be back on track and looking forward to being in even better shape when our nephews (& their parents) arrive to join us for our vacation in March. Once we return from that, I'll re-evaluate and set a new goal, which will likely revolve around our vacation at the end of May.

Did you have any healthy living goals for 2014? How did you do? What are your plans for 2015?

13 comments:

Cheri said...

Funny you should post about this today as I was just thinking of emailing you and asking how it all went the second half of the year and what you were doing now. Thanks for answering the unasked questions! I'm still working on my plans for 2015 but this information definitely figures in!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great job! I lost a good amount of weight in 2014 and improved my eating habits a lot! I need to re-weigh myself and refocus on contined healthy eating and exercise. Your plan and self-evaluation sound spot-on.
Rinda

scrappyjacky said...

Sounds like your motivation has really returned....and well done on how well you actually did last year.

Jane said...

I want to lose about 20lbs still and I'm back on myfitness pal too.

alexa said...

That's very inpressive, and many congratulations! A relatively short term goal sounds more motivating that a year long one, too. You go, girl! And I have NO idea what a natatorium is ...

Becky said...

That's really impressive! I really want to lose some weight this year - last year was a hard one for us and I did a lot of comfort eating. I am starting to track everything I eat on Monday when I return to work with the aim of losing 14 pounds to start with by the first day of spring. I find exercising really difficult. I work full time and have a long commute so by the time I get home the last thing I want to do is attend a class and at the weekends I have all the chores to do that don't get done diluting the week! However, what I am going to try to do is go our during my lunch break at least 3 times a week for a half hour walk.

Good luck with your goals for this year and as Alexa says, I have NO idea what a natatorium is!

Sian said...

I'm cheering you on! You sound so energetic and ready to grab that weight loss ball and run with it. Very best of luck. You can do it!

Susanne said...

Congrats on what you've accomplished so far, and wishing you the best in getting the rest of the way there.

Melissa said...

A natatorium is basically a building with a pool in it . . . one of our local recreation centers has two large pools – a leisure pool & a lap pool. It also has a workout room with machines & weights and classrooms for various exercise classes.

Karen said...

Funny, I had no idea what a natatorium was either. It was a new term to me. I did pretty well with exercise and eating healthy foods this year, but my weight didn't budge. I suspect portion control is the culprit! We're on the road for another 10 days but as soon as I get home, both the diet and exercise are getting top priority!

humel said...

Well done, you! I love the My Fitness Pal app, it helped me keep an eye on how healthily I was eating when I wanted to lose the weight I'd gained after breaking my foot :) I've learnt that tracking is the key for me!

Wishing you all the best for 2015 x

Beverly said...

I count those as great successes! I lost 18 and have gained back 11. Because I now have health issues that the weight affects I have to take care of that and much more in 2015. I have no doubt you"ll be at goal in March ;)

Barbara Eads said...

It sounds to me like 2014 was a very successful year!! I think you have a very good idea about what are reachable goals for you. I have no doubt you'll reach them by March!! Keep up the good work! I'm there with you---only with much more work to do!! I try not to get discouraged and your posts help with that. I just need to be satisfied with smaller goals.