Wednesday, August 26, 2009

21 day challenge - final post

It's been a busy but good week. I'm down to 160.6, which is a 1.4 lb loss from last week. Probably would have been more, but had Girls Night Out last night. 'Nuf said.

I started my new job last week and have met some great teachers. It helps that my new job is in the elementary building that my kids attended the past 2 years, so I already know some of the staff and the principals. I've been setting up my room and moving boxes-that has to count for some exercise! However, the business and stress of starting a new job resulted in my not being very faithful on my habit goals this week. I've been remembering to take my vitamin, but I have to admit that the push-ups and sit-ups have pretty much gone by the wayside. I also took 5 days off from running since my legs/shins/knees have been hurting so much. I did run/walk my 3.1 this morning, but it still hurts. I've been hobbling around ever since. Maybe I need to go shopping for some new running shoes-too bad I spent my shoe money on new clothes for school :)

This was a great challenge, and I did lose some weight (at least I got down to .2 less than where we ended the previous challenge). I didn't make my goal of being in the next "decade" weight-wise, but hopefully I'll get there next week.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

21 Day Challenge-weekly post

It's been a busy week. Had a birthday (this was my 1st annual 39th birthday :-), went canoeing with friends, started a new job, and had my sister and her kids over for a few days. Weight-162 which is down 1.8 from last week. I've done "ok" on my goals for the challenge, but not stellar. I've taken my vitamin every day, but the push-ups and sit-ups continue to elude me a few days each week. I did get out of bed last night to do 20 each when I realized I hadn't done them since Monday morning. I'm also having difficulty with my running right now. I tripped and 1/2 fell (caught myself before I hit the ground) when running last week and when I ran on Monday, my right shin and left inner thigh/behind my knee KILLED. I could only do 2 miles and ended up walking the 3rd. Not sure if I pulled something or what. I didn't try to run today.

Am I feeling any different? I don't know. I do know my clothes are fitting better, even though the number on the scale really hasn't changed much. That's a better measure of fitness anyway, right???????

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

21 day challenge Week 2

Cedar Point is evil-world's best coasters/world's worst food! I've managed to do will with taking my vitamin every day (I found another bottle in the house that wasn't expired) but the push-ups and sit-ups are getting done about 5 days out of the week. I did some on vacation, but getting down on a hotel floor, even with a towel, kinda grossed me out. The massive quantities of water did not counteract the also massive quantities of park food (including funnel cakes and elephant ears, which I split 4 ways with my family). I'm up this week to 163.8 (a gain of 2.6 lbs from last Wednesday). What really sucks -- I had hit 159.6 on Friday, but between my twins b-day party on Friday night (pizza-but only 2 slices, and 2 small cupcakes), going to Red Robin for all of our b-days on Saturday (yes, I had a giant burger and fries), Tiger's game on Sunday (I did not eat at the game, but we had pizza for dinner), and then 2 days at Cedar Point -- I was pretty much doomed. Now I have my b-day coming up this weekend and we are going out again. I guess it's lettuce leaves and water for the next week for me!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

21 day challenge update

Ok, so I said I'd take my vitamin and do my crunches and pushups. I did all that yesterday-yeah me-and took my vitamin again this morning. Then I read one of my peeps posts about her vitamins being expired, so I thought I'd check mine. Guess full bottle of vitamins expired in December 2007. I love it when I waste money like that :( Guess I get to go buy some new vitamins today. Yippee Skippee!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

21 Day Challenge - Week 1

I'm super excited about this challenge. I've been reading some of the other gals' posts and you all have some great goals. A few of the suggestions are things I already do. I drink tons of water (never actually calculated how much, but it is many glasses a day). I also exercise regularly (cardio, anyway) and get lots of sleep (probably too much in the summer since I can sleep in). I've decided to focus on 2 goals:
  1. Take a vitamin every day. Like many of you, I have a bottle of vitamins in the cupboard right next to my cereal bowls. Instead of opening it in the morning, I just shove it off to the side. Time to start cracking open that bottle. I even took one already this morning :)
  2. Push-up and crunches. I'm planning to do at least 10 push-ups and 20 crunches every day. I think this is the only way I'm going to get rid of my High Gladys batwings (thanks, Grandma B for passing those down to all the women in my family) and my flabby gut (thanks to my twins and 50 lb weight loss years ago).

My starting weight for this challenge is 161.2 (up .4 from the end of the last challenge). This tiny gain is actually a big success for me. I just came back from a week in Washington DC with the family and ate lots of yummy food (crab cakes, anyone?). We also walked at least 5 miles a day, which I'm sure greatly helped keep the gain from being more than it was. I'm not planning to put too much emphasis on the scale this time around, but still hope to lose. Ending the challenge in the 150's (even if it's 159.8) would be awesome. But with our family plans over the next couple weeks, hoping to maintain may be more realistic.

I have some major eating challenges coming up which I'm trying to prepare myself for. My twins turn 12 this weekend and are having a sleepover party with pizza and cupcakes. We are taking them to a Detroit Tiger's game on Sunday (healthy food there-NOT) and then heading to Cedar Point Amusement Park for Monday and Tuesday (again, not the place for healthy food choices). Then, to top it all off, my birthday is the following Saturday. We are going canoeing with a bunch of friends and then bar-hopping afterwards. Who thinks of this stuff?????

Wish me luck, folks. I'm gonna need it!

Monday, August 3, 2009

I'm still here!

Got back yesterday from a week in DC with my husband and kids. Tons of sightseeing and even more walking. (We think we walked at least 5 miles almost every day, except the 2 days of driving. Did not run once.) Good thing about all the walking is it helped combat the eating. I tried to make good choices, and some days it was so stinking hot and humid that I didn't really eat much, but I still ended up gaining a little weight. I'm up 2 lbs from where I was when the last Sisterhood challenge ended. 162.8. Really, not too bad. I did not log any food or drinks while we were there. It was also so hot and humid, that I always felt really swollen. I normally take my rings off every night, but I couldn't get them off the whole week. Odd. We camped while we were there, which also meant hot dogs and smores a couple times. No food in the house last night resulted in Chinese for dinner. So maybe some of that 2 lbs is actually salt and water weight. (One can always hope). I did manage to find the best crab cakes I've ever had and I even ate a steamed blue crab. Both absolutely phenom! One of the non-food highlights was visiting The National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and getting upclose to the Space Shuttle Enterprise. This annex out at Dulles was probably our favorite place to visit and I highly recommend it if any of you are planning a trip to DC.

Now, back to the real world. It is time to get back on track and keep working on the weight loss.

I had grand plans to run this morning before taking my son to his Lego Robotics camp, but I woke up to a downpour and some thunder. I'm too much of a wuss to run in the rain, much less thunder/lightening, so I'm headed to the Y after I drop him off.

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