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Week 7 Review

1 May

Well guys, I have officially completed 7 weeks. Check out my tracking & thoughts on week 7.

 1. Tracking

Here is a recap of my WW+ points for week 7. Overall, I did well & used 14 of my weekly bonus points.

Date

WW+ Points

Bonus Points

24-Apr

39

10

25-Apr

25

0

26-Apr

33

4

27-Apr

29

0

28-Apr

28

0

29-Apr

29

0

30-May

23

0

Below is a recap of my exercise for week 7. I worked out 3 times which does NOT reach my weekly goal. As you can see, I haven’t exercised for the last 3 days (I try not to “rest” two days in a row). Sunday was my intentional & scheduled day to rest but that wasn’t the case for Monday and Tuesday. I know it’s terrible & not encouraging at all, but I have just been “over it” the last couple of days. You can read more about that in my “thoughts” section below.

I also tried doing less weight machines and doing more reps on the ones that I do. I found that I was more “sore” the next day with that method, which to me means more progress.

Date

Cardio

Machine

Calories

Distance

Weights

24-Apr

55

Treadmill

3.59

355.6

N

25-Apr

51

Treadmill

3.37

337.7

10 x 12

26-Apr

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

27-Apr

50

Treadmill

3.23

326.4

10 x 12

28-Apr

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

29-Apr

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

30-May

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

For week 7 I lost…

1 more pound!

Total to Date: 9 Pounds Lost

2. Thoughts

I am feeling a little discouraged today because I was really hoping to be further along at this point. As some of you may know, my hubby & I have a big trip coming up in just 2 weeks! We are really excited but I had hoped to be able to fit into my ‘big girl’ summer clothes so I could avoid buying a new summer wardrobe. Unfortunately, I don’t think that is going to be a reality for me as they are still a little too snug for comfort & there isn’t much time left!

I had just hoped that, after 7 weeks of this, I would have more to show for it. Even if it wasn’t a number on the scale, I was hoping to at least be able to fit into some of my clothes or have lost more inches all around.

It is discouraging to think that 7 weeks ago I ate whatever I wanted & had an hour back in my day… and I was wearing the same clothes that I am wearing today. When I start to feel a little slimmer and try on a pair of pants (that were at one point too big), and they are still too tight… it makes me want to just forget it!

I know that I am just in “a funk” today and that in the bigger picture, I have made great changes to my health and to my body but as I reflect on week 7, I am not impressed and am feeling very much “over it”.  

I am really sorry to be a Debbie Downer today but my goal is to be honest and transparent with you guys about this journey – so that means I share joy in the great weeks & disappointment in the less-than-great weeks, right? For all of you who are working hard to reach your health goals, I hope you are having a more encouraging week than I am! I know that I have to stick to it & that is my plan – and if I keep up with this pattern, I should reach the “10 pound” marker at the end of this week so that is something to work for (or so I am trying to convince myself). Good luck to all of you as we start week 8!

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Week 5 & 6 Review

25 Apr

We officially have 6 weeks of this journey complete! I am so excited to have reached this point. Last week I didn’t post my Week 5 review so I am going to combine with week 6. For those of you who read my last post, you know there is not much to share for week 6 as I did not count points or work out for most of the week (you can read about that HERE):

1. Tracking

Here is a recap of my WW+ points for week 5.

Date

WW+ Points

Bonus Points

10-Apr

22

0

11-Apr

20

0

12-Apr

29

0

13-Apr

39

10

14-Apr

22.5

0

15-Apr

29

0

16-Apr

28

0

Below is a recap of my exercise for week 5. I am excited because I worked out between 50 – 55 minutes each time this week! Doing my ‘new’ treadmill work out has left me drenched in sweat each time & I sort of love it. I felt like each of these work outs were great!

I would like to incorporate more weight-lifting into my routine. I have been making a point not to lift weights two days in a row. With the way my rest days and non-weight days are lining up, however, I am only getting weights in about twice a week and I would like to increase that. I have also been increasing pounds as I am able to handle it so that progress feels good!

Date

Cardio

Machine

Calories

Distance

Weights

10-Apr

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

11-Apr

55

Treadmill

360.4

3.62

4 x 12

12-Apr

50

Treadmill

329.3

3.29

N

13-Apr

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

14-Apr

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

15-Apr

55

Treadmill

365.9

3.6

4 x 12

16-Apr

55

Treadmill

309.7

3.24

N

For week 5 I lost…

1 more pound!

As I mentioned before, I do not have any tracking for week 6. I did count points on 2 days but didn’t feel it was worth sharing considering I don’t have anything for the rest of the week. Since I only got one work out in, there also isn’t much to share there.

For week 6 I did not lose but I did maintain (well, I lost .2 pounds but I am not counting that!). Obviously, it is much more exciting to lose BUT considering the week “off” that I had, I am happy to not have gained!

Total to Date: 8 Pounds Lost

2. Thoughts

I am really excited to have completed 6 weeks of this journey. I feel like my body is starting to adjust to a healthier lifestyle and for that I am grateful! Although I gave myself permission to “slack off” a little during week 6 for my birthday, I am so ready to get back to my routine. It is nice to allow yourself some flexibility at times but, as the norm, I am truly enjoying a healthier lifestyle. I didn’t realize how much until I took almost a full week off. I cannot wait to get to the gym and sweat tonight! I am planning to really buckle down this week. With conscious healthy eating & great workouts, maybe just maybe I will reach the 10 pound mark at the end of week 7! Wish me luck (& good luck to you too)!

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Week 4 Review

10 Apr

Okay, guys! I cannot believe that we have already completed 4 weeks! I am not going to say that is has been easy because those of you following my blog know that it hasn’t been – BUT I am really glad that I have 4 weeks ‘under my belt’ & am getting ready for week 5!

1. Tracking

Here is a recap of my WW+ points for week 4. I am feeling pretty good about my eating this past week. I didn’t have any days where I had excessive unhealthy eating and I only used about 8 of my “bonus points” for the week (in case you all don’t know, you get 49 a week). You also get additional points for exercising but I do not ever allow myself to use those – it almost seems counterproductive to me! Here it is:

Date

WW+ Points

Bonus Points

3-Apr

33

4

4-Apr

24

0

5-Apr

33

4

6-Apr

29

0

7-Apr

27

0

8-Apr

28

0

9-Apr

24

0

Below is a recap of my exercise for week 4. I was able to make it to the gym 4 times this past week, which is within my goal/plan. Thursday night was difficult for me as I was feeling tired & worn out from the week. Fortunately, I didn’t completely destroy all of my efforts like I did last week (you can read about that here). I did decide to just exercise using the Gazelle at home instead of going to the gym. It was much less intense and I burned less calories than I would have burned at the gym for the same amount of time (1 hour), but I am glad that I got the exercise in either way! Plus, I got in some great workouts this week as well.

Date

Cardio

Machine

Calories

Distance

Weights

3-Apr

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

4-Apr

60

Gazelle

280

N/A

N

5-Apr

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

6-Apr

30

Elliptical

242

2.27

4 x 12

7-Apr

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

8-Apr

50

Treadmill

326.9

3.21

4 x 12

9-Apr

50

Treadmill

329.6

3.29

N

Guess what, you guys?! This week I lost….

2 more pounds! Woo!

Total to Date: 7 pounds lost

2. Thoughts

Watching what I eat & exercising is becoming a lot more natural for me now. It is not easier, that’s for sure, but I am starting to get in the mindset of “oh well – that’s just how it is”. On the days I really don’t feel like working out? I do it anyways. On the days that I am really craving a juicy bacon-cheeseburger that is about 30 points (which has been all this week, by the way)? I choose the grilled chicken breast instead. It’s not always easy and I’m not always a good sport about it BUT I always feel good about the choice after the fact.

Also, my last two work outs have been great! I have a new burst of motivation and energy and, let me tell you, I had no idea I could sweat that much. I think for the first time I experienced what they call a “runner’s high” – and I wasn’t even running the whole time! I am hoping that if I can put in work outs every day like my last few…I will see even better results!

Good luck you guys! I know that there isn’t always instant reward for working out and eating healthier foods BUT keep in mind how much your body will love, love, love you for it (& I’ll love you for it too)!

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Week 3 Review

4 Apr

Good morning, y’all! We have officially tackled week 3. I am going to be honest here and say this was probably the hardest week for me so far. Mainly because of my strong cravings for junky food & my serious lack of motivation to work out. In any case, here we are…

1. Tracking

Here is a recap of my WW points for week 3. You will notice that I did not count points on Easter. I have decided that for big events and holiday gatherings, I will not count points for 2 reasons. First, because it is difficult to calculate points when you are not the one preparing it & Secondly, because I think it is okay to enjoy special days without restrictions. With that being said, I still made conscious decisions to eat primarily healthy foods (larger portions of vegetables, avoiding breads, etc) but I did allow myself to enjoy some treats too. Since we already addressed last Thursday, I am going to go ahead and skip over that & pretend it isn’t there! 🙂

Date

 

WW+ Points

Bonus Points Used

27-Mar

34

5

28-Mar

53

24

29-Mar

29

0

30-Mar

32

3

31-Mar

Easter

Easter

1-Apr

23.5

0

2-Apr

20.5

0

Below is a recap of my exercise for week 3. Like I mentioned in my last post, I had an unscheduled day of “rest” and it decreased my weekly count to 4 days of exercise. Although it is still within my “plan”, I would like to work out more than that in one week. I will need to focus on it going into week 4 because if I continue on this pattern (week 1 – 6 times; week 2 – 5 times; week 3 – 4 times), I won’t be very successful!

Date

Cardio

Machine

Calories

Distance

Weights

27-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

28-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

29-Mar

55

E & T

421.6

4.01

4 x 12

30-Mar

40

Treadmill

265.5

2.59

N

31-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

1-Apr

30

Treadmill

191.8

1.96

4 x 12

2-Apr

45

E & T

293.3

3.05

N

And although I had a bad night on Thursday & didn’t count points on Sunday, God must have had mercy because I still managed to lose…

1 more pound this week!

Hey, with the kind of week I had, I am thrilled to have lost anything at all!

Total to date: 5 pounds lost

2. Thoughts

This week has been kind of “blah” in regards to this journey. I haven’t had much desire to work out. I have felt exhausted and I have had really strong cravings for unhealthy foods. I can’t tell you how many times I mumbled under my breath “I’m quitting my diet”…

BUT quit I did not. Maybe slip up a bit, but not quit. I am attributing all of that to my whacked out hormone levels and hoping for a great upcoming week!

I am excited to be entering week 4. I know the longer I stick to it, the more results I will have and I am looking forward to the day that I can feel the results instead of just seeing a number on the scale. I think that will help motivate me to work even harder!  Wish me luck (& good luck to all of you too)!

week 3

 

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Week 2 Review

28 Mar

*I meant to post this yesterday but time got away from me…so here you go!*

I can’t believe it has already been 2 weeks! As much as week 1 dragged by, week 2 didn’t seem nearly as dreadful…I mean, long.  See below for my tracking & thoughts on week 2.

 1. Tracking

Here is a recap of my WW points for week two. We already addressed the 16.5 bonus points I used in my “Weekend Oops” post, so just pretend like those aren’t there. No need to live in the past – shoo, shoo!

Date

WW+ Points

Bonus Points Used

20-Mar

23

0

21-Mar

19

0

22-Mar

36

7

23-Mar

33

4

24-Mar

34.5

5.5

25-Mar

27

0

26-Mar

29

0

& below is my recap of exercise for week 2. I am continuing to alternate days of straight cardio and days of weightlifting and cardio combined (on those days I usually do less cardio). Although I only worked out 5 days this week instead of 6 like last week, I still feel like that is great progress & is still within my “plan” to go a minimum of 4 times a week and maximum of 6. I think 5 is more realistic from week-to-week but I know that the more I work out, the better results I will get!

Date

Cardio

Machine

Calories

Distance

Weights

Reps

20-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

21-Mar

35

Treadmill

225

2.21

Y

4 x 12

22-Mar

50

E & T

352.3

3.4

N

N

23-Mar

30

Elliptical

225

2.18

Y

4 x 12

24-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

25-Mar

25

Treadmill

157.7

1.6

Y

4 x 12

26-Mar

50

Elliptical

403

3.78

N

N

So with all of that being said, I did lose…

1 more pound this week!

I know – it’s not a lot. I am trying not to be a Debbie Downer about it BUT I know this is a process and it will take time so I will take what I can get.

Total to Date: 4 pounds lost

2. Thoughts

So last week I talked about how I was just CONSTANTLY in pain after utilizing muscles my body didn’t even know existed. This week it is MUCH better. Mostly noticeable on the days I do weights but if I stretch really well, it helps to relieve the tightness (if you work out all the time & already know this, please pretend like this is brand new information).

As far as my body goes, I feel like I can tell that I am starting to slim up a little. I know, I know – none of y’all can & it’s probably just all in my head.

But let me tell you how my pants are organized by size: Awesome pants. Big girl pants. Fat pants. Right now I am in limbo between my fat pants and my big girl pants – meaning my fat pants are getting loose but my big girl pants are still too tight. SO, although one belt has already given its life for this cause (may she rest in peace), I am tightening my belts the tightest they will go until I can officially move down a size. I know I still have a ways to go since it’s really only 2 pairs of pants that are STARTING to feel a teensy bit loose BUT that’s still good news and, again, I’ll take what I can get.

Good luck during week 3 to all of you joining me! & if you said you were going to join me but are really eating bacon-cheeseburgers for dinner and avoiding the gym like the plague…then, c’mon – don’t leave me out here to die alone! Get going – chop, chop!

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Week 1 Review

21 Mar

Okay, guys. I officially have 1 week of “getting healthy” under my belt. Whew!

I am going to share below 1. My tracking from this week for Weight Watchers as well as exercise & my results and 2. My thoughts on this new (& currently achey) lifestyle!

1. Tracking

Here is a recap of my WW points for week one. For those of you who do not know, you get an allotment of “bonus points” each week with the program. You can use them all at once or spread them out over the week. I am trying not to use them at all but it is nice to have them – I used about 6 of the bonus points my first week.

Date

WW Points

WW Bonus Points

13-Mar

19

0

14-Mar

19

0

15-Mar

31

2

16-Mar

24

0

17-Mar

27

0

18-Mar

31

2

19-Mar

31

2

 

& here is a recap of my exercise for week 1. I am a little impressed with myself for going 6 out of 7 days! My goal is to alternate days of straight cardio and days of weight lifting with less cardio.

Date

Cardio

Machine

Calories

Distance

Weights

Reps

Machine

13-Mar

35

Elliptical

278

2.63

N

N

N

14-Mar

40

Elliptical

257

2.52

Y

3 x 12

5 arm

15-Mar

45

Elliptical

340

3.28

N

N

N

16-Mar

20

Treadmill

110

1.25

Y

3 x 12

5 arm, 2 leg

17-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

18-Mar

45

Elliptical

340

3.28

N

N

N

19-Mar

20

Treadmill

115

1.28

Y

4 x 12

3 arm, 2 leg

& although this is only noticeable to my scale, I did manage to lose *drumroll please*…

3 pounds during my first week!

Not too shabby.

2. Thoughts

Okay, y’all… do you know that working out 6 days in one week HURTS? I mean, ouuuch! At first I was like “ohh yeah – this hurts so good!” but last night I slowly forced one foot in front of the other, plopped down next to Matt and wailed “when will this pain ennnnd?!!” I know – dramatic.

In all seriousness, it has made me so aware of my body. Go to give a high-five? Ouch. Type on the keyboard? Ouch. Reach for a plate out of the cabinet? Ouch. Bend over to pet the cutest kitty you’ve ever seen? Ouch. You get the idea. And don’t even talk to me about walking up the stairs.

Going into this first week I was excited and motivated to begin this “journey” (as I am calling it) – and much of that was thanks to y’all for all of the positive feedback and support!

BUT it didn’t take long before I was dreading the gym and fighting off a bad case of the munchies – especially carbs. How many of you would love to eat an ENTIRE loaf of French bread right now? I know, me too.

I joked that I would just do “yoga” in my pjs at home: take a little nap – stretchhhh – watch some TV – stretcchhhhh.

BUT – with the whole world counting on me, I fought off my munchies with healthier choices & I forced my little tooshy to go to the gym. & just so I am clear here, yes, it was ABSOLUTELY worth it!

I am bracing myself for week two! I know it takes time to create a habit so I have to stay focused! I hope you all start week 2 with this little motivational speech from my husband in mind: This is what separates the winners from the losers! Or in this case, the losers from the gainers….Yikes! 😉

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