Power of One Week 2 Check-in

Power of One Challenge
This week: -3.2 lbs
Challenge: -2
Overall: -28.8

That’s right – I’m down this week! Clearly I did something right this week. w00t! Some good habits are starting to take hold. I feel like they’re a bit tenuous right now, and that if I slack at all, they’ll be gone. So, the goal for this week is to just keep on what I’ve been doing, and be vigilant to not slide back.

Let’s look at what I’m doing right:
Eating: Much better this week than last. I kept up with my fruits and veggies – even picking f/v before going for other less-healthy things. I also resisted the urge for seconds at dinner the couple of times I wanted them this week. We’re keeping better things in our house, and keeping out the things that I binge on.

Drinking: Still off the pop this week – been off for 9.5 days; shooting for two weeks. There’s only been a couple times that I’ve been craving it, so this hasn’t been as much of a challenge as I thought it might be. I’ve continued downing the water, and I need to brew another pitcher of iced green tea today, but once I’ve done that, I’m confident that I’ll make my two week goal.

Exercise: I killed this week on this goal. I did my EA Sports More Workouts 6-week challenge on Thurs, Fri, Mon and Tues. Then on Saturday I did the Sisterhood Virtual 5k. And on Sunday, I was inspired by my marathon-running friends to do 26.2 miles on my stationary bike(!). Total for the week was 295 minutes.

Next week? Hopefully just doing more of the same.

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Power of One Week 1 Check-in

Power of One Challenge
This week: +1.2 lbs
Challenge: +1.2
Overall: -25.6

Okay, so that is a plus this week, but I know where it came from – New Years Eve and Day. I’m not going to focus on that part today…instead I want to celebrate the good this week.

Eating: Okay, so this wasn’t as good as it should have been, but I’m happy to say that the fruits and veggies goal that I worked on with the Tinsel Vixens in the Holiday Hoedown challenge has stuck pretty well. I’ve been getting in at least 4 servings nearly every day (yesterday and Sunday being the big exceptions).

Drinking: One of my healthier living goals was to give up Diet Coke (and other diet pop) for at least 2 weeks in January. I’m on day 2.5 as I write this. Instead I’ve been drinking crazy amounts of water (well, crazy for me – ranging from 64 to 128 ounces/day). I also made a pitcher of iced green tea yesterday, which will help on days I want something different from water. My chronic headaches are a bit worse, but that might also be from stress over my dog, who recently had knee surgery.

Exercise: I re-started the 6-week challenge on EA Sports Active More Workouts. I did that Wed, Fri, Mon, and Tues this past week. I also got out on my bike on Saturday! The weather warmed up to 55°, and I just couldn’t resist. That was an 11-mile ride. Plus I did a couple of other cardio games on my Wii Fri and Tues. Grand total? 226 minutes for the week.

Those are the positives – I also started looking into various rides that my husband and I could do this year. Not sure which ones we’ll opt for, and I’m still nervous about doing my half-century as an organized ride because I’m so slow (that, and doing it on unknown terrain). There are several with 25, 30 and 40-mile options, though, so those are a definite possibility.

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Power of One: Initial Weigh-in

Power of One Challenge

This week: +2 lbs
Overall: -26.8 lbs

This is our first weigh-in for the new challenge over at The Sisterhood. I’m so excited, because I seem to do so much better when there’s a challenge on. (So, okay, I didn’t really lose much during the last challenge, but I did develop some better habits, which is really important.)

Fine. I’m up. I thought I was doing better this week, but there were a lot of cookies. That’s all I’m saying. Mmmmm. Cookies. But, this is a new week. Christmas is over, and I need to just pass the rest of the cookies over to my husband. (Maybe just one more?)

For this initial post, the Sisters wanted us to write down our healthy living goals. I’ve actually been thinking about these for a few days now, wondering what I wanted to do in the new year, and what concrete things I should be doing to make mine a healthier lifestyle. One big thing is that I don’t want to go through another 50-mile bike training session while eating badly – if I’m biking nearly 1000 miles in a year, I should be losing more than 11.8 lbs (though I just had to look that number up, and I’m surprised I actually lost more than 10 lbs this year – I thought I was screwing up even more than that).

Without further ado, here are some of my goals:

  • Get back to my wedding weight by the end of the year (earlier would be nicer, but I want some slack so I don’t freak out and give up). That will be -23.2 lbs by the end of the year, for a total loss of 50 lbs from my peak weight.

    (I won’t get into how pissed I am about gaining 50 lbs since my wedding. Most of this was “thesis” gain – 40 lbs gained during the last 6-months of writing my PhD thesis. Yet another reason why that whole process may not have been worth it.)

  • Train for and bike another half century this year. The goal here is to do it in less time than my first half-century. I don’t care how much faster I do it – it could be 10 minutes, it could be an hour. The point is to become a stronger cyclist.
  • Throughout the year, average at least 3 workouts per week, at a minimum of 30 minutes each. I’d like 1-2 of those workouts to involve resistance training…this could be as simple as doing the EA Sports workouts, or I could pull out the Buff Bride workouts again, if I get bored of EAS.
  • Abolish pop for two weeks in January. I know I won’t give it up completely forever…I’ve tried that before, and then binged on Diet Coke for weeks afterward. The key here is that I need to regulate it better. I want to start by quitting for 2 weeks. Maybe I’ll see that I don’t need it…hopefully I’ll at least figure out a way to live with it peacefully.
  • Limit the sugar. This can be a huge one. It means cutting out the cookies and candy, but also looking at the pre-packaged foods I eat. I already refuse to by sweetened applesauce or fruits packed in syrup. Now I need to look at other places to cut it. I find that I become addicted to sugar, which starts a whole bad cycle of craving and eating.
  • Eat only when I’m hungry; have only “firsts” at dinner, then if I’m still hungry an hour later, have a healthy snack. These seem like such easy things, and they were habits for a while…the last time I lost 30 lbs, and it was easy to lose those 30 lbs…I felt like I wasn’t working at it at all. It just takes a lot of conscious effort at first.

Okay, that’s all I can think of off the top of my head. They sound so reasonable, and yet it’s a little daunting when I look at them all at once. But one thing at a time.

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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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Weigh-in Wednesday…and a letter to myself

This week: +2.2 lbs
Overall: -25.8 lbs

Dear self:

I love you…I really do. I might not always show it, and I might get mad at you from time to time, but I really do love you. And I want us to be partners, rather than enemies. Do you think we can do that? Because, I just feel like you want to sabotage us sometimes.

Here’s an example. I know that it seems easy to grab a handful of chips or a couple of leftover Halloween candy bars when you need a snack. I don’t want to deny you that snack, if you are truly in need of a bit of food. But, do you remember a couple weeks ago? No? Let me remind you. A couple weeks ago, when you wanted a snack, you actually grabbed an apple, cut it up, and added a little cinnamon. Wasn’t that tasty? And really, it’s not that much more work that just grabbing a handful of something else. Here’s the kicker…that week? Yeah, we *lost weight*. I promise you that it’s not a coincidence that we lost weight that week. Your better choices brought about the loss.

I think you see where I’m going. I promise you that if you start to make better choices, you will start to shed some of those extra pounds. I know that we have formed some really bad habits together, and we both feel like those habits are better than making good choices, but this is where we need to both make a pact. We need to promise to treat each other better, and to start making those better choices more often. I know that there will be times when a bad habit slips past, and that’s okay because we’re not perfect. When it happens, though, it’s not an invitation to continue the bad habit, but an opportunity to learn from it — why did we slip? can we avoid it in the future? how can we set ourselves up for success in the future?

I know its not going to be easy. I get that. But we need to decide to work together, rather than against each other. Does that sound like a deal?

Love,
Me

My new walking/jogging outfit!

P.S. I should mention that my heel is doing better – not 100%, but much, much better. I’m a little nervous to go out walking/jogging after work since it’s already dark by then now, but I’m going to get out either Friday or Saturday. My plan is to just *walk* my route, with heel stretches before and after, and see how I feel after that. I don’t want to give up the idea of c25k, but I do need to listen to my body, so I’m going to take this really slow until I know I won’t be limping full time.

Oh, and in the meantime, I got a new outfit for walking…how cute is it??

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Shrinkvivor Challenge Final Check-In

Shrinkvivor Exile Island Member!

This week: -4.2
Challenge loss: -6.6 lbs
Overall loss: -28.0 lbs

So, maybe last week’s gain was mostly due to Mother Natures little monthly gift afterall. I mean, I have been doing better this week – watching what I eat more, eating more fruit, drinking more water – but I don’t know that it was 4lbs better. No matter, I’m happy!

The good news is that I tried to start C25k last week…the bad news is that I’ve injured my heel, so am now out until I can get it feeling better. I wrote a little about that on Monday: Running? Really?. I’m still onboard for the Virtual 5k over at The Sisterhood, but I may be walking it…we’ll see how my heel comes along. (On a positive note, it is feeling better since last Friday, since I’ve been rolling a tennis ball under it and an ice-filled water bottle, so I have some hope.)

Plans for this week include continuing to eat more fruit and drink more water, and going easy on my heel.

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