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Birthday Recovery

June 27, 2011

I have to say, I was going to update much sooner, but the update turned out to be a bad one and I was a little ashamed at how far astray I’d gone after vowing to kick some ass.

The sad truth is that today, when I awoke I weighed 201 pounds! I went above the 200 mark that I had so diligently fought against. It was not fun to see that big “2” come up again.

However, it has been the shocker I needed to get back on track. Today, I am going strong with calorie counting again. The past few days I have eaten and drank (alcohol) so much that I should be in a coma, but I am determined to get in control again.

I have to admit that eating greasy foods in excess the past couple days really hasn’t left me feeling to great. I am actually looking forward to eating less again and feeling more energetic, as opposed to bogged down and lethargic.

While this is certainly a setback and I didn’t succeed in achieving my birthday goal, I always say, you have to keep picking yourself off the ground every time you fall. It’s the only way to move forward.

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Birthday Countdown Revamp!

June 12, 2011

My birthday is now in 12 days – I will be 22!

To be honest, at 193 pounds (as of this morning) I am now the thinnest I’ve been since I was in the seventh grade. But, I am not satisfied by far. My goal is to be 150 pounds by the time I graduate college in December. At that point, I may or may not want to lose more weight. I am 5’5 tall, but I have no idea what my ideal weight is, or what my body remotely looks like underneath all of this extra weight. I am enjoying getting rid of more and more of it, though.

That said, I need some short-term goals along the way. I was, no doubt, ecstatic when I got into the 190’s and (hopefully) forever left the 200’s in terms of weight. But, I yearn to see the 180’s now.

So, here is the goal: 185 pounds by my birthday (June 24th). 8 pounds, 11 days. A lofty goal, certainly. But, can I do it? Hell yes!

One of my recent dinners - wings and past 😯

Lately, I have been kind of whimsical about my regimen of food intake and exercise. I have not forced myself to adhere to a strict set of rules, but just generally gone with not eating too much and exercising when I felt like it.

Luckily, I have gotten in the habit of going to the gym as much as possible without mandating a certain number of times per week. Still, my diet has seen much better days and I know I need a revamp, especially if I expect to hit 185 pounds by June 24th.

Rules for Ellen’s Revamp:

1) No alcohol (until my birthday, of course).

2) 8 glasses of water/day

3) Alternation between 1200 and 1500 calories (2 days of 1200 calorie limit followed by 1 day of 1500 calories)

4) 9 days of exercise out of the next 11

Let the countdown begin!

5.2

June 11, 2011

Just want to brag. I set a new record for longest run at 5.2 miles! Woo hoo! 10K here I come!

Brave Little Fat Person

June 9, 2011

I recently looked up my gym stats and found that I have been to the gym 17 days out of the past month! I was pretty impressed by this number myself. Still, I have been getting static with my workouts. I usually do about a half hour on the elliptical machine, and a half hour jogging. Occasionally I will include cycling (stationary). I try to get in push-ups and sit-ups too, as abs and arms are my biggest trouble zones.

I have known that I needed to switch up some things for a while though. I had been meaning to try out some of the equipment on the main floor (used for toning specific areas), but honestly, I have been a wuss about getting out in the middle of it all. With cardio equipment – treadmills, ellipticals, bikes – I know what to do. You get on them and go. With the massive variety of machines available for toning, I was a little scared to fumble around, not knowing how to work them, possibly looking like an idiot.

Today, I finally got over my phobia. As I was working out on the elliptical, I scoped out potential machines, and paid attention as different people used them so I would know exactly what to do. As the woman using the arm machine noticed me staring intently at her every movement, she may have thought it creepy, or that I was a lesbian – or both! But alas, after my cardio, I went out into the vast circuitry of equipment and got my arms working.

As I washed my hair later on, I really felt where I had worked my arms. It was difficult to raise them. Success! Maybe next time I can put my arms in a state where I can’t even raise a spoon to eat – bonus!

As I gain the courage to try new things and build muscle, hopefully I can transform into a Brave Little Thin Person.

Lunch Break at the Internship

June 6, 2011

I just had my very first day at my new internship at Clear Channel Outdoor. I am an advertising major, so I will primarily be working on creating billboards while I am here. The first day was a little mundane, to be honest, but my supervisor admitted that while this was the case, things would become more fun. It’s the “real world” though, as they say.

I had to wake up way before my prime – 6am, so I skipped out on breakfast for sleep. I was not so savvy as to pack my lunch beforehand, so when lunch hour came I had some serious decision-making to do, and the fact that by this time I was nearly starving did not help.

I scoped out a southwest grill (I love Tex Mex, Mexican and Southwest!), but passed it up, knowing that if I were to enter such an establishment with my appetite at the time, I would surely blow my calorie limit out of the water. Instead, I opted to stop by a Publix and pick up some fresh sushi from the seafood section.

Sushi can be a really great option as it fills you up and is often low in calories. My particular sushi choice was 66 calories per roll. I also have some other go-to favorites for eating light on the go. Here are my top choices:

1) Wendy’s chili – 210 cal (sm) 330 cal (lg)

2) McDonald’s Southwest Salad w/ Grilled Chicken with dressing – 420 cal

3) Taco Bell hard taco – 170 cal/taco

4) Starbucks Venti Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato – 160 -200 cal (I have not found a definitive value for this)

10 Little Changes

June 1, 2011

Me (I'm on the right) being ME at my new weight!

When losing a large amount of weight, it can be frustrating. You want to be thin NOW! Or, at least I know I do! Although I know how misleading it can be, I tend to weigh myself on a daily basis. Of course, the number varies only slightly from day to day, only inducing more apprehension.

I try to put things in perspective a bit though. I have lost about 80 pounds now, and it took me 3.5 years! But, overall it has been great as it led to gradual permanent improvements in my lifestyle. Thinking back on it, I can’t believe how different I am today from the person I was when I began my weight loss journey.

10 Changes in Ellen Kramp’s Life Since 2008

  1. I can fit into normal-width shoes now
  2. I no longer eat entire half-gallons of ice cream in one sitting (in part due to the fact that they no longer give you an entire half-gallon’s worth! But no, I really don’t).
  3. I can run, and run for multiple miles. In 2008, I could barely finish a quarter mile without stopping.
  4. I have TONS more energy! I used to sit around watching T.V. hours a day. Now, I am always on the move.
  5. My ring size has gone down 3 numbers! It used to be difficult to even find my ring size.
  6. I get attention from guys. Not that I am a guy magnet, but I used to be invisible at 272 pounds!
  7. I can shop at normal stores and in normal sections! I was previously a size 22 and finding my size in any sort of fashionable clothing store was a MAJOR challenge. Shopping used to make me depressed. Now I am a 14, and can shop nearly anywhere! I love it!
  8. I don’t have to worry about fitting into roller coasters! I used to have such large hips that I just barely squeezed into the seat. Now my bum fits with ease!
  9. I actually like some pictures of myself! I used to HATE pictures. As the weight comes off, there have been a growing number of pictures of myself that I actually don’t hate!
  10. I’m more ME! It is a bit of a cliché, but the weight really does hide a person’s personality, for various reasons. The weight makes it very hard for you to express yourself, whether it’s not being able to find the clothes that actually fit you AND your personality, or not having the confidence and enthusiasm to be outgoing. For me, it was both of these things.

Even though I have not reached my end goal weight, at 195 pounds now I have still achieved a lot of little things along the way. Every time I hit the gym or avoid overeating, I know I am taking a step toward reaching an even greater level of inner happiness.

New Shoes – Shoes of Love!

May 27, 2011

So, my dad and I have never been completely on the same page about life, and especially exercise. I have been a chubbster since I was in diapers, so I used to hate exercise, to be honest! My dad would try diligently to get me into different active hobbies, most of which I despised. Once, he took me to a giant lake as a seven-year-old and forced me to jog around it. Afterward, we went to McDonald’s – to get only water! Meanwhile I mumbled beneath my breath about how I wished I could have a pop (or soda as I have now been conditioned to call it).

Lucky for me, or so I thought at the time, my parents were separated and I lived with my mom, who would give in to my every gluttonous desire.

Many years upon years later I have began correcting my ways. Obviously, I eventually realized that my love of sweets and grease and distaste for exercise were causing me to be fat and unhappy and began working out and taking responsibility for my diet. Ergo, this blog!

So, as you may or may not know I ran my first 5K race last weekend. It was a long-time goal I had been dreaming of and I finally did it! I couldn’t have imagined being able to actually run it when I was at 270 pounds!

Well, when my dad heard about this, he was thrilled! He is a very unemotional type of guy. As my mom and I have joked, the closest thing to his heart is his checkbook (of course there is some underwriting here I could mention about child support, etc. but you get the drift). So, while my dad may not have exactly said the words, “I’m proud of you”, I could really tell he was, not only from the tone of his voice, but the fact that he sent me a check to buy new running shoes and enter more races!

Today, I went to Rack Room and tried on nearly every running shoe in the joint. I was starting to get funny looks from the sales lady who kept walking by, her beady eyes scanning me up and down. Nonetheless, I came out of the store with a great pair of comfortable running shoes – a brand I have never worn before, Avia (any thoughts?). I wore them to the gym today and they felt amazing! With them, I’m sure I will run many more miles!

I knew that finally running the 5K would be a big accomplishment, but running a little ol’ 5K has helped me come a long way further than 3.1 miles.