Last week was a busy week for us so I didn't really have much time to blog. We had a combined birthday party for my kids so I had a lot of stuff to do to get ready. I am still on track with walking and eating. Last week I lost 2 lbs and so I am very happy with that.
I also feel like I can see some changes again. Measurements were about the same I think this morning, but clothes fit different. Must be changing in the areas I don't measure LOL. Since things appear to be slower lately, I am thinking of measuring less often again. Happy with the progress anyway!
Eating more carbs seems to be agreeing with me. I've been doing better with my sleep, water, and taking my vitamin. This week I plan to change up my strength training slightly. I have been enjoying the break from the dvd workouts and feel like I am back to normal. I got good results from the other workouts, but I was starting to get tired of it. Glad that I was able to complete it though.
For the past two months I have challenged myself to complete two 30 day workouts, Jillian Michael's 30 day shred and Ripped in 30. These were not my primary workout as I still walked and continued most of my normal strength training exercises. This was more to challenge what I could do.
I really enjoyed the ripped in 30 workouts even though some of the exercises really pushed me and there were a couple of exercises that I barely could do. I think the important thing that Jillian repeats is to not worry about being perfect and do your best but just to keep moving. In my opinion the hardest workouts were weeks 2 and 3. Week 2 was my least favorite. Week 4 was my favorite routine on this dvd. I really like how the cool down and stretches were repeated in each week. She did this in the 30 day shred although a different set of stretches. I actually really like the stretching routine for the ripped in 30 workouts and do it after I walk or other exercises too.
Here are the numbers for week 4 with totals of the whole 4 weeks in parathesis.
Down 1 lb (4 lbs)
0" from waist (1.5")
0" from hips (1.25")
.5" from thigh (.5")
0" from upper arm (.75")
0" from calf (.5")
0" from bust (.75")
Week 4's numbers weren't great, but overall I had very good results from this workout as far as measurements go. I only lost 4 lbs, but my other numbers were great and I lost 2% body fat too. If you read my February results blog, you know I was disappointed with the scale. I can't change that so time to move forward.
It appears that things have slowed down a bit with weight loss even though I don't feel like I am ready for them too. I am close to this goal, but already have another in mind. I'd like to still see an average of 2 lbs per week, but that didn't happen last month. There were some other things going on too that might have affected that. Hoping everything picks back up this week with a few changes.
Yay! It's time to celebrate. I have completed the ripped in 30 workout. Well, tomorrow is day 30 which is my rest day but you know what I mean.
Today I did my workout, arm exercises, and went for my walk/jog. Came in a little faster than Friday too, but not quite a whole minute. Still proud of a faster time and changing a few things definitely has helped with it.
Last night I sat down to plan what I wanted to eat this week and I got frustrated with it. It's not always easy. I had to go do something else for a while LOL. It then occurred to me that I just need to go back to focusing on the calories and not so much the protein and carbs. It was becoming complicated. Eating won't really change. I'm just not going to worry too much about the other stuff.
There has been an urge to keep things moving. I did not reach my goal when I thought, but I'm ok with that. Still with everything I just want to do things right when it comes to my eating and exercise. So that's been bugging me. Time to stop this and just focus on what has worked. This week's focus is going to be trying some new exercises, getting enough sleep, and cleaning.
Thanks for reading and I hope everyone's week is off to a great start! I am looking forward to a simpler routine this week. What do you hope to accomplish this week?
The other day I was thinking that I wouldn't weight until the first of the month. Then I realized it was February. The first is here now and since I didn't have the few extra days the other months have I had to weigh when I didn't want to. That time of the month and a few days after eating a big calorie meal after a slow weight loss month. Yeah, I was up a pound.
I'm refusing to let this get me down. It's trying to, but I am reminding myself that none of those things I mentioned usually help when it comes to the scale. For that reason I am not counting that 1 pound towards my pounds lost for February. I worked hard for those pounds this month and I think that 1 pound is not really there LOL.
Looking back at this month I have been asking myself what could I have done better. For the most part I have done everything right. I did realize that instead of having just two big calorie days like last month that I had three. And two of those days I had dessert which I had been avoiding unless it was a special occasion. Something else that probably didn't help was I was doing too many strength training exercises for a while there.
Here are the numbers for February.
Down 4 lbs
1.75" from waist
1.25" from hips
.5" from thigh
.75" from upper arm
.5" from calf
.75" from bust
2% body fat
I've mentioned in one of my other blogs that overall this month is a good month. Maybe not for pounds lost, but for inches lost. I've lost a total of 5.5" and 2% body fat in February. I went back to compare to January's numbers and I lost 4.25" and 1% body fat. Good stuff even though the scale was being mean.
Goals for March are to hopefully reach my goal weight, get into the 140's, finish the ripped in 30, and continue to improve on my jogging. I plan to do a different strength training routine once I finish the ripped in 30 workouts in a few days. I am also going to try to keep my big calorie days down to only once or twice a month.
Going to try to make March great and at the same time try to not push myself too hard. Thanks for reading!
Week 4 is really not that bad. I've got the press and pose move down enough to where it feels like I am doing it sort of right and the burpees are not easier but I've learned the motion of it. Week 3 was harder to me. Still looking forward to being done with the ripped in 30 workouts so I can just do something different.
I mentioned feeling like things were slower this month in my last blog. These thoughts are not bad and if anything they have me thinking of what I need to change. This week I've added more carbs and today I ate a little more protein. I've gotten more sleep the past two nights and plan to get in bed at a decent time tonight. I was watching a youtube video about losing belly fat and sleep was one of the tips. Another reason to go to sleep early on a Friday! I'm really tired so no reason needed LOL.
My jogging intervals went better today. It was really hard the other day so today I decided to change up the intervals a little bit by jogging my intervals earlier to avoid some of the points where I was tiring out quickly before. It worked and I have a new fastest time! I rearranged some of my extra exercises too.
Even though I probably sounded a little blah in my last blog, I do truly recognize how far I have come. Thanks for reading and happy Friday everyone!