Weigh-in Wednesday – Holiday Hoedown Finale

Holiday Hoedown Challenge

This week: 0
Challenge: -0.6
Overall: -28.8 lbs

I’m happy…sure it’s not my best challenge weight-loss-wise, but normally this time of year I’m not worrying about my eating at all, and gaining weight. That, and the Tinsel Vixens were more about the healthy habit. While I didn’t meet every single goal every single week, I was improving every week, and is that what this journey is all about?

This week I only managed 40 minutes of exercise, which is pretty sad, But, I did walk around the National Zoo on Friday, then up and down King Street in Alexandria on Saturday, and then I stood all day Sunday (from about 9AM to 9PM) baking cookies. Plus I gave away most of the cookies, leaving just enough for me and my husband to have a few Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Another of the Tinsel Vixen’s goals was to get 4 servings of fruits/veggies in each day. I managed that one I think 5-6 times this week. Monday I even went nuts, getting about 7 servings…yay me!

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Weigh-in Wednesday – Holiday Hoedown Week 4

Holiday Hoedown Challenge

This week: +1.6
Challenge: -0.6
Overall: -28.8 lbs

You have *got* to be kidding me. Almost back to where I started this challenge. I know why…I know exactly why. It’s because I did something that made me cry on Sunday, and then I blogged about it on Monday, which made me cry all over again, then people left me very nice comments, which made me cry even more. When I cry, I eat. Yup. And I don’t eat carrot sticks and apples when I cry…I eat sugar and fat.

Well, my group is not focusing on the scale for this challenge, so let me celebrate the things I did right this week.

  • Eat 4 fruits/veggies per day This one was kind of hit or miss for me. The good news is that I think I got at least 3 in every day except Sunday, which is an improvement over pre-challenge me. My challenge is that if I don’t start first thing in the morning, or at the very latest with a fruit-based mid-morning snack, then I’m really fighting a losing battle. Let’s say I was 4/7 for this one.
  • Exercise at least four days this week for 30 minutes each day Got this one in the bag. I was a little bad about getting this in late last week, which meant that I had to exercise Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to make my goal, but I did it. Got in 186 minutes of exercise this week!

So, even though the scale wasn’t reflecting it, I think I did pretty well this week.

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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.

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Weigh-in Wednesday – Holiday Hoedown Week 1

Holiday Hoedown Challenge

This week: ?
Challenge: ?
Overall: -28.2 lbs

Even though the Tinxel Vixens aren’t scale-based for this challenge, I was going to weigh in every week…but I’m at my parent’s house with a strange scale. According to theirs, I’ve lost over 10 lbs this week, which is definitely not the case. Dad says the scale is off 5-6 lbs, but also doubt that I’ve lost 4-5 lbs this week, so we’ll just leave it as a question mark, and say that I’ve maintained.

I did really well on last week’s goals, we wanted to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise for 3 days, 3 fruits/veggies per day, and no negative self talk. I got in the exercise, and I’m pretty sure I got in all my f/v (maybe down by one on Sunday, but I think I snuck one in without paying attention). I’m not sure how I did with the self-talk…I think I minimized it, but wasn’t paying close enough attention.

This week we’re going to keep the last week’s goals and add something…I think it’s 8/8-oz glasses of water per day, though there was also some talk of adding dairy. I suppose we should get that sorted out (or, really, I could just do both because it’s not like that would be bad for me).

Hope everyone else had a great week, and has a happy Thanksgiving!

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Weigh-in Wednesday (a day early) – start of the Holiday Hoedown

This week: -2.4 lbs
Overall: -28.2 lbs

I think my little letter last week helped! I actually read it a couple times this week to remind myself what I needed to do, and it kept me making better choices this week (not *all* the time, but more often than I would have otherwise). So, I’m down again, and I can see the 30# badge in my future very, very soon!

I’m on the best team for the Holiday Hoedown challenge – the Tinsel Vixens! We’ve decided to focus our efforts on getting more healthy rather than focusing on the scale. That’s not to say that I don’t need to lose weight, but I’ve found that I do so much better when I don’t make the scale my focal point. I think this comes from the years in high school where I was on various diets (usually Weight Watchers). I would pin my self-worth each week on what the scale said – if it went down, I could feel good about myself, if it went up, I didn’t like myself very much. It became very hard to live with, because we all have ups and downs (and plateaus), even when we are doing all the right things most of the time. Later, I took off most of a decade from dieting, because I saw how unhealthy it was mentally. I wanted to learn to like me for me rather than for what the scale did each week. I think, in the end, it made me a stronger, more confident person…even though I haven’t succeeded in my weight-loss goals.

So, anyway, it is time to focus on forming better habits – working out regularly (yes, I did that while training for the half-century, and I kept it up for several weeks after we did the ride, but now I’m struggling again with the turn of the season), eating better things, being nicer to ourselves. I trust that the better habits will show something on the scale, but even if they don’t, just forming the habits will make it easier when I do focus on the scale again.

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