Weigh-in Wednesday – Holiday Hoedown Week 3

Holiday Hoedown Challenge

This week: -1.4
Challenge: -2.2
Overall: -30.4 lbs (!!)

(I didn’t manage a blog post last week, but I was down 0.8 lbs last week, so the total is -2.2 for the challenge.)

I’m trying not to get too excited, because I’ve been at -30 before and screwed it up. Let’s make it stick this time, mkay? In fact, let’s go ahead and set our sights on the next goal of -40! I can totally do it.

I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made this goal so soon again without the most awesome Holiday Hoedown team, the Tinsel Vixens. Here’s how I did on our team goals this week:

  • 3 fruits/veggies per day: I hit this goal most days, but struggled, as usual, on the weekends. I eat such crap on the weekends, and it’s always been an area I need to work on.
  • 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week: Got this one down – did a stationary bike workout on Saturday, tried a Bollywood dance workout on Sunday along with our Tinsel Vixen circuit, and did the Wii Fit last night.
  • Say something positive about ourselves each day: I’m not sure how I did on this one…I certainly managed it a few days this week, and I’m frankly crazy-proud of how a gingerbread project turned out, so I’ve been saying lots of positive things about that to myself all week.
  • drink 8 glasses of water each day: Totall fail on this one. A huge barrier to this one is that the water at work tastes like ass, so if I forget to pack water from home (like today…gah!), I’m stuck buying it from the vending machine. And if I’m buying something to drink from a vending machine, I’d rather have Diet Coke. Sigh.
  • do our Tinsel Vixen strength circuit at least once: did it on Sunday, though only did one set of each exercise. The exercises were: burpees, tricep kickbacks, bent over rows, bicycle crunches, straight leg crunch, military shoulder press, hammer bicep curls, squat w/inner thigh lift, butt lift
  • go one day without junk food: this was very, very hard, but I managed it on Monday.

From the challenge at the Sisterhood, they wanted us to come up with three things we would do this month to keep on track…here’s my list:

  1. Keep healthy snacks around the house. The truth of the matter is that I eat whatever is on-hand. If I have junk around the house, I eat junk. If I have healthy stuff around the house, I eat healthy. If I have both around the house….well, then it’s about 50-50. That means that will all the holiday treats and baking, I need to have lots of healthy snacks around to counter-balance the crap that’s on-hand.
  2. Remember that tomorrow is a new day. There was a time that if I strayed on my diet/healthy living plans one day, then I would let that be the beginning of a spiral back to full-time unhealthy living. The trick is to remember that tomorrow is a new day to live better. If I stray one day, and believe me, I will stray because I love me some holiday treats, then the next day I just need to pick up where I was before I strayed.
  3. Keep exercising! It’s so easy to believe that we are too busy around the holidays to exercise; for me, at least, it’s one of the first things to go when I feel overly busy. Not this year. It’s going to stay. It may not always be the longest workout I’ve done, but that’s okay because it’s better than getting out of the habit completely.

For the fitness challenge, in addition to minutes, we were asked to try something new. Well, I did it. I tried a Bollywood dance workout that I found on our cable’s free on-demand offerings. I was bad. I was really, really bad. But it was a lot of fun to try, and who knows? I might try it again…or not.

I just want to say that I have the best Holiday Hoedown team! The Tinsel Vixens have been so supportive and I’m sure that I wouldn’t be doing this well if it weren’t for them.


  1. xj said,

    December 8, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    You have done a great job this week and your loss is a reflection of your hard work! As for your 3 things…especially loving #2! Sometimes we just need to keep going despite any negative feelings/discouragements when we do stray!

  2. Jaime said,

    December 8, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

    I also love the remembering tomorrow is another day. Way to go on the loss!!!

  3. Brooke said,

    December 8, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    who cares if you were bad at bollywood – that’s the beauty of exercising in the privacy of your own home!!!

    great job on the 30# mark. no doubt 40 is just down the road.

  4. Erin W. said,

    December 9, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    it looks like you need to replace that 25 lb button on your sidebar with a 30 lb button!!! 🙂 such a great week for you 🙂

  5. AnnG said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

    This journey is more about the things we learn about ourselves than the actual weight loss, I believe and it sounds like you are being VERY successful in that area. AND you’ve lost 30 pounds which when you think about it is a TODDLER!! Good job!!

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