20 April 2012

The Friday Report

So typically, now would be the time that I reported in on my weekly weigh in, but lately I've found that I've been spending way too much time with my scale obsessing about every minor fluctuation. 

Today I decided to get back to how I started.  Once a week I'll pay a visit to the scale and see how things are going instead of it being a daily obsession.  

Last Monday, I started a 12 week challenge on My Fitness Pal.  I think for the duration of the challenge, I'll stick with it's Monday weigh ins.  So no weigh in today. 

As for the challenge, I had a very successful first week.  I was able to burn over 3600 calories, I averaged over 12 glasses of water a day and I lost 6.6 lbs ending up the biggest loser (lbs) for the week.  I signed up to lose 36.8 lbs by July 2nd.  My own personal goal is to achieve that loss by June 21st.  Why June 21st?  That will be the one year anniversary of my epiphany.  That was the day that I went to the doctor, saw 390 when I got on the scale and realized that I had to make some major changes in my life.

When I'm successful, I'll have lost 150 lbs.  Here's hoping the rest of the challenge is as successful as the first week. 

14 April 2012

The Friday Report

Since beginning on this journey, I've been involved in a couple of challenges but so far they've all been individual ones.  This week,  I started the "Thin in my Skin" 12 week challenge on myfitnesspal.  This will be the first time that I'm "competing" against others to lose weight.  The prize? We'll all be healthier after 12 weeks and a few of us will be able to claim bragging rights.  I'm going to do my best to be one of the people bragging.

In addition to the weight loss goal, our moderator is issuing weekly challenges, such as drinking our water and burning a certain number of calories.  This week, I'm off to a good start.  Everyday this week, I've had at least 9 glasses of water and so far I've burned 1805 calories doing 194 minutes of exercise.  I plan to get to at least 2500 before Monday's check in.

And my Friday weigh in?  273.6.  I'm approaching another big milestone and I'm hoping to get there by the end of the month.  When I reach 265, that's just 8.6 little pounds away, I'll be able to say I've lost 125 lbs.  That's a whole person or a 2 year old riding a 2 month old horse or 25 yappy Chihuahuas or an Irish Setter chasing 5 housecats or....... you get the idea. 

04 April 2012

The Monthly Report

Plus? I lost weight in March.  Minus?  It's the least that I've lost since I started.

Am I seeing the beginning of a plateau or am I just slacking?  I've been doing a Lent Challenge, trying (unsuccessfully for the last few weeks) to eat 1200 calories a day but I've stayed under my regular 1500 a day (I'm mentally blocking last Saturday).  I'm exercising at least 3 times a week.  For April, I need to get back to at least 30 minutes of activity at least 5 days a week.  We'll see how it goes. 

Bonus?  The month ended on a really high note.  In 2010, Hubbard House, the domestic violence shelter here in Jacksonville, had it's inaugural awareness walk.  I'm a long time volunteer and was eager to participate.  But actually doing the walk was not an option for me.  I was the answer lady that day, working the information booth. 

Flash forward to last Saturday, the 3rd Annual Hubbard House Awareness Walk.  I not only planned on walking, I formed a team with the lovely ladies that I work out with at Fit Chicks (and Zach!). 

I worked check in so I was unable to do the first lap of the 3.5 mile walk but I was able to do the finish the second 1.75 mile lap with a few of my teammates in under 30 minutes. And???? I ran. Yes, I said I actually ran. Just a little ways and just to catch up to my teammates as I saw them passing by the starting line but hey, you have to start somewhere.

Did anyone notice just how coordinated I was?  LOL.  I even made a bracelet to match.  Hey I knew there would be pictures taken.