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11 weeks to go.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Last week I weighed 138.4lb this week I weigh 137.4lb, leaving 4.4lb to goal.

This week was the last week of BLC25 and we now have a break until 17th September – that is 8 weeks!!!! BLC25 was very successful for me – this round I lost 5.6lb, I am faster and stronger than ever. Some other numbers:
19th May 2014
Morning heart rate - 56 bpm
Blood Pressure - 91/61
Hip to Waist Ratio - 0.74
BMI - 24.4

Measurements -
Waist - 29" (Belly - 38.75")
Hips - 39"
Bust - 30"/35.5" (under and on)
Thighs - R 21", L 21"
Calves - R 14.25", L 14.125"
Biceps - R 11.125", L 11.125"

21st July 2014
Morning heart rate – 57 bpm
Blood Pressure – 93/63
Hip to Waist Ratio – 0.75
BMI – 23.6

Measurements -
Waist – 28.5" (Belly – 37.5")
Hips – 38.25"
Bust – 28.5"/34" (under and on)
Thighs - R 20.75", L 20.75"
Calves - R 14.125", L 14 "
Biceps - R 11 ", L 11"

All of this leaves me more determined than ever to rock the next 8 weeks, and hopefully reach goal weight before the next round starts. From an accountability point I think I will redo measurements and fitness test half way through and again at the end of the summer (that is week-end of 16th / 17th August & week-end of 13th / 14th September). It also leaves me needing new bras; mine really aren’t providing the support anymore.

In other news – Hubby had a hospital appointment and his eyes imaged, he now needs to have both eyes lasered tomorrow. Work is really busy. Youngest broke up for the 6 week holiday yesterday.

So on to the main reason for this blog…..

Last week’s goals
1) Go for a walk 6 out of 7 days - emoticon
2) Run three plus times with a total mileage of 7 miles – 7.4 miles run so emoticon
3) Strength Train everyday emoticon
4) Drink at least 2.5l water daily emoticon
5) Eat below the upper calories set by Spark 6 out of 7 days and achieve a calorie deficit of 1,500 – I missed this one – ate under upper calorie range only 5 days, and only achieved a 500 cal deficit. Definitely a must try harder goal
6) Write for 10 minutes daily emoticon
7) Study for 6hours - still getting nowhere near on this goal, and it is really important. I need to assess what I am doing with my time this week
8) Walk 105,000 steps with at least 12,000 steps every day - I only made 102,000 this week
9) Read for 15 minutes 6 out of 7 days (not study materials) – arggghhhh no time and this one is just causing stress now, so I am going to drop it as a goal until I sort out some of the others.
10) Eat at least 3 freggies every day with a goal of at least 30 portions over the week. – at least 3 every day emoticon, but only 27 over the week
11) Get at least 7.5 hours sleep 4 out of 7 days (I think I get that much twice a week at the moment) - emoticon This is a good goal, and a focus I need for a while.
This gave me a score of 79% for the week, the lowest in quite some time. Time to refocus and hit my goals.

So this next week’s goals are:
1) Go for a walk 5 out of 7 days
2) Run three plus times with a total mileage of 8 miles
3) Strength Train 6 out of 7 days
4) Drink at least 2.5l water daily
5) Eat below the upper calories set by Spark 6 out of 7 days and achieve a calorie deficit of 2,000.
6) Write for 10 minutes daily
7) Study for 6 hours
8) Walk 105,000 steps with at least 12,000 steps every day
9) Eat at least 3 freggies every day with a goal of at least 30 portions over the week.
10) Get at least 7.5 hours sleep 4 out of 7 days

I can do this. I will do this

Thanks for bearing with me – Nuff said – movin’ on

  
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SHANTODD420 7/24/2014 3:34PM

    Wow you can do it and keep it up. You are truly amazing at every thing you accomplish each and every week.

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/24/2014 2:30PM

    emoticon I am always so impressed with your efforts, and they are paying off! I've been wondering what a belly should measure so I appreciate you sharing that info. Can't wait to see how you do with your goals next week and if you meet your goal weight by the end of 8 weeks.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/24/2014 11:07AM

    You ROCK! You are working consistently to better your health and maintain goals to keep you on track. I love that you reassess your goals at the end of every week to see what is working and what needs tweaking.

You CAN do this. You ARE doing it. Keep moving and have fun.

PS: Maybe you can make an appointment with yourself for 30 minutes at a time for study. Good luck!

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ZANNACHAN 7/24/2014 10:35AM

    Whew, lots of goals, but you can do it! congrats on being so close to maintenance. You can get there!

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COOLMAMA11 7/24/2014 9:26AM

    whew, lofty goals, but you can do it! emoticon

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Silver Lining Challenge Blog (2) - Plan for the Break

Monday, July 21, 2014

The other part of the challenge for this weekend was to make a plan for how you will loose or maintain on the long summer break, and then post or blog about it.

For me this is easy. I have a main goal of being 133 lb by 13th October 2014, and I am going to achieve that by making a plan weekly, tracking it and then blogging about how I did to keep myself accountable. The detail of the plan my change depending on my commitments over the coming week, but will include:

1) Creating a calorie deficit x number of days per week and over the week as a whole
2) Increasing the number of Freggies I am eating
3) Drinking at least 2.5l of water everyday - no excuses
4) Running 3 or 4 times a week (mileage based)
5) Strength training 6 x per week
6) Going for a walk x times per week
7) Being active by getting at least 105,000 steps every week.
8) Getting enough sleep

Tracking, accountability, focus and flexibility = Losing weight.

I am looking forward to a successful break, I hope you are too.

Nuff said - movin' on

  
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SUSANELAINE1956 7/21/2014 9:03PM

    I love how goal-oriented you are and know you are going to hit your goal. I'll be here to emoticon with you when you do!

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JENSHAINES 7/21/2014 6:53PM

    And you are SO going to get there! You are emoticon !!!

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JDUBLANKO 7/21/2014 6:24PM

    Good goals...don't be surprised if 1 or 2 show up on my goals...lol emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/21/2014 1:32PM

    Love your plan, it is very SMART! Have fun during the break doing your consistency plan.

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ZANNACHAN 7/21/2014 10:59AM

    You can do it!!! Have a very successful break!

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SHANTODD420 7/21/2014 9:43AM

    You can do it good luck.

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COOLMAMA11 7/21/2014 9:08AM

    emoticon So much improvement as time goes on..you are well on your way!

Elaine emoticon

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Silver Lining Challenge Blog (1)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Week 12 of the BLC25 challenge has come round quickly, and we have been asked to blog (or post) about:

1) the best thing about your experience with the BLC this round or about the progress you made due to your participation in BLC.
2) at least ONE NSV (non-weight Related Victory) or accomplishment you did this round
3) about your plan for maintaining or losing over the BLC break.

I will deal with the 3rd one in a separate blog.

So the best thing about BLC this round / progress made:
Well the best things for me about BLC25 has been the progress I have made and the friends I have made. To be fair I put more effort in and as a result I have got more out.

So the progress I have made can be shown by my fitness test:
Crunches Week 1 = 58 (Excellent)
Crunches Week 6 = 44 (Excellent)
Crunches Week 12 - 53

Push-ups Week 1 = 15 (Average)
Push-ups Week 6 = 20 (Good)
Push-ups Week 12 - 26

3-minute step test Week 1 pulse = 98 (Good)
3-minute step test Week 6 pulse = 84 (Excellent)
3-minute step test Week 12 pulse - 73

Time for a mile Week 1 = 10minutes 34sec (Excellent)
Time for a mile Week 6 = 10minutes 59sec (Excellent)
Time for a mile Week 12 - 9minutes 7 sec

It can be shown in my weight
Week 1 - 143lb
Week 6 - 141lb
and as of this morning 137.6lb (here's hoping I don't gain between now and the official Wednesday WI)

And friends I am so blessed to be on Azure with my amazing team-mates past and present, but I am also lucky that as a member of Azure I get to travel and meet other teams. BLC is full of amazing women, and astounding men, each of who has something to teach me, about strength, or persistence, about humility, faith, patience, will-power, over-coming adversity. I have been inspired, and inspired others.

As for NSV's there have been many so here are a few
Size XS tops (XXS US)
Size S trousers that belong to my daughter
PB for 5k of 31:28 nearly 1 minute faster than my 2012 set PB
Climbing Snowdon
Trying Yoga
Eating more freggies
26 Full push-ups
Making time to write
Having a Blog of the day
Drinking my water
doing at least 105,000 steps a week

Lots to celebrate there and a great reminder of what can be achieved in just 12 weeks, I will blog my plan for the 8-week break separately, as I intend starting the next round even closer (dare I say it at) my goal of 133lb.

Nuff said - movin' on

  
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JENSHAINES 7/21/2014 6:51PM

    Oh my goodness, Marg - you are SUCH a rockstar!!! I feel so excited reading your blog! I'm going to be YOU next round! Watch me!!! Seriously... just LOVED reading this!!!

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COOLMAMA11 7/21/2014 9:07AM

    emoticon so much improvement as time goes on..you are well on your way!

Elaine emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 7/20/2014 1:06PM

    You are getting there! Woo Hoo! Keep going.

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ZANNACHAN 7/20/2014 12:04PM

    That's a lot of progress and some fantastic NSVs! Way to go!

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/20/2014 10:46AM

    You were amazing at the beginning of the round, and even more so now! emoticon

The improvements you have made in 12 weeks are wonderful, especially considering how fit you were at the beginning of the round. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you. You are a very inspiring person. Really looking forward to next round! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 7/20/2014 10:34AM

    WTG on a great round 25! Those numbers don't lie! Glad we got to know each other in my short time on the team...thanks for keeping in touch!

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COOLMAMA11 7/20/2014 7:43AM

    You are a force to reckon with M...you did so great this round, here's to another successful round 26! You are a great inspiration to me!

Elaine emoticon

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LWILKINS60 7/20/2014 7:28AM

    Wow, great progress in 12 weeks! emoticon

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12-weeks to go

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Last week I weighed 138.4lb this week I weigh 138.4lb, so still 5.4lb to goal. That is the 3rd week with the same number on the scale, I have a suspicion that sleep may be an issue, as I am struggling to get enough quality sleep in. emoticon

Last week was a Meh week, nothing much to make it stand out in my memory, even the lack of sleep isn’t really that unusual.

Oh yes I remember – hubby was due to have his eyes lasered on Thursday, but the machine at the hospital broke, so we turned up, waited around and then got sent home again with a new appointment on 24th. emoticon

Saturday I knocked 57s off my personal best (PB) for running a 5k. My previous PB was set in 2012, so that was huge. emoticon

Last week a couple of people asked about maintenance, and if I have a plan for maintenance………. Errrr not yet, but my little brain is whirring, and I have been researching the transition, I do know that they suggest goals for maintenance, and I have the ghost of two – something around tone and body fat, and finally getting round to doing a Triathlon.

So on to the main reason for this blog…..

Last week’s goals
1) Go for a walk 6 out of 7 days I always struggle more to fit in everything when I work from home, and I have that planned for Thursday - emoticon
2) Run three times least 1.6 miles (planned for Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday) emoticon
3) Strength Train everyday - emoticon
4) Drink at least 2.5l water daily - emoticon
5) Eat below the upper calories set by Spark 6 out of 7 days and achieve a calorie deficit of 1,500 – deficit 1800 emoticon
6) Write for 10 minutes daily - emoticon
7) Study for 6hours – I only managed just over 2
8) Walk 110,000 steps with at least 12,000 steps every day, - I walked over 12,000 steps every day, but only managed 106,000 and that was a struggle.
9) Read for 15 minutes 6 out of 7 days (not study materials) – only read 5/7 but without the goal it would probably be 0/7
10) Eat at least 3 freggies every day with a goal of at least 28 portions over the week. - emoticon

This gave me a score of 91.9% for the week, a slight improvement on last week.

So this next week’s goals are:
1) Go for a walk 6 out of 7 days
2) Run three plus times with a total mileage of 7 miles
3) Strength Train everyday
4) Drink at least 2.5l water daily
5) Eat below the upper calories set by Spark 6 out of 7 days and achieve a calorie deficit of 1,500
6) Write for 10 minutes daily
7) Study for 6hours
8) Walk 105,000 steps with at least 12,000 steps every day – (110,000 is a step or should that be 5,000 steps too far)
9) Read for 15 minutes 6 out of 7 days (not study materials)
10) Eat at least 3 freggies every day with a goal of at least 30 portions over the week.
11) Get at least 7.5 hours sleep 4 out of 7 days (I think I get that much twice a week at the moment)
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Thanks for bearing with me – Nuff said – movin’ on

  
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ZELLAZM 7/19/2014 8:39AM

    Great progress...even if it didn't show on the scale this week. Aren't you just about wrapping up the BLC?

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SPARKMEG77 7/17/2014 9:57AM

    Great job on meeting goals! I bet sleep may definitely be an issue as to why the scale isn't moving. Good Luck!

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COOLMAMA11 7/16/2014 5:47PM

    emoticon Marge..those are lofty goals to keep, and you have been doing awesome, that last little bit will go soon, "stick and stay makes it pay" but I know you must feel frustrated getting so darn close, you are an inspiration my friend!

Elaine emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 7/16/2014 3:11PM

    You are doing so well, don't let the scale make you feel any less than perfect.

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/16/2014 2:00PM

    Maybe you are just practicing for maintenance. emoticon This close to goal, ti has to be a lot more difficult to lose. I wonder if losing this way, with a few weeks of maintenance and then another loss, isn't a better way to go. Whatever, you are doing great!

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ZANNACHAN 7/16/2014 12:50PM

    You are doing well--I know how frustrating it is when the scale doesn't move (or moves in the way you didn't want it to) but look at everything you have accomplished! Yeah, sleep might well be the issue. It makes a huge difference for me at least.

Ugh on your husband's surgery getting rescheduled. At least they were able to fit him in relatively soon.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/16/2014 11:35AM

    Congrats on another successful week. You are doing great! Yes, I know it's frustrating to have the scale (stupid inanimate object) stall that close to goal. However, you have not given up. You are moving strong and working towards your goals. You are learning maintenance now. You are still exercising, eating well and living healthy. Your goals are not all about weight loss to me they are building a healthy well rounded life.

Have fun this week!

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GLMOM2 7/16/2014 9:56AM

    Great goals!

You are almost to goal weight! emoticon

How emoticon is that! Think about how great that accomplishment will feel!!

emoticon Go for it!!

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13-weeks to go

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Last week I weighed 138.4lb this week I weigh 138.4lb still 5.4lb to goal, but I count that as a win for last week.

I seemed to achieve less than normal last week, I was off work from Wednesday until Monday, as it was my birthday on Sunday, and I had planned to go away for the weekend. Wednesday my eldest had a taster day at technical college (16+ education), so I was on-call as her taxi, then Thursday hubby had an appointment with the ophthalmic specialist; his right eye is still deteriorating, and he has another dose of laser treatment booked for this Thursday, his left eye is worrying them too, and he is now booked in to have dye images of it taken on the 21st July, the possible side effects of that are quite scary.

Friday was manic, the Explorers put back the time they were leaving which impacted on hubby and me, but we go away alright, and I blogged about our expedition up Snowdon with lots of pics, if you are interested here it is ……. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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So on to the main reason for this blog…..

Last week’s goals
1) Go for a walk 5 out of 7days to allow me to rest after climbing Snowdon – I managed 5 / 7 emoticon, but the days I didn’t work were Thursday and Sunday which gives me food for planning thought
2) Run twice least 1.6 miles (planned for Thursday and Tuesday) – actually Friday and Monday emoticon
3) Strength Train 5 out of 7 days so I can have a rest over the weekend of my birthday - did 6/7 only resting on Saturday emoticon
4) Drink at least 2.5l water daily – yep 3l daily emoticon
5) Eat below the upper calories set by Spark 5 out of 7 days and achieve a calorie deficit – 6/7 and deficit (just) emoticon
6) Write for 10 minutes daily - emoticon
7) Study for 6hours – still not managing this – this week I managed 1hr 30 minutes
8) Walk 105,000 steps with at least 10,000 steps everyday - emoticon I walked over 40,000 steps on Saturday
9) Read for 15 minutes daily (not study materials) – only managed this 5/7days
10) Eat at least 3 freggies every day with a goal of at least 28 portions over the week. – I got 28 portions over the week, but one day only managed 2 portions

This gave me a score of 90.9% for the week, at least it is over 90%, and as I haven’t achieved perfection yet it makes me think my goals are about right.

So this next week’s goals are:
1) Go for a walk 6 out of 7days I always struggle more to fit in everything when I work from home, and I have that planned for Thursday
2) Run three times least 1.6 miles (planned for Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday)
3) Strength Train everyday
4) Drink at least 2.5l water daily
5) Eat below the upper calories set by Spark 6 out of 7 days and achieve a calorie deficit of 1,500
6) Write for 10 minutes daily
7) Study for 6hours
8) Walk 110,000 steps with at least 12,000 steps every day, I was lazy a few days last week because I knew I only had to hit 10,000 steps
9) Read for 15 minutes 6 out of 7 days (not study materials)
10) Eat at least 3 freggies every day with a goal of at least 28 portions over the week.

No reason not to aim for the moon, that way I will at least land in among the stars

Thanks for bearing with me – Nuff said – movin’ on

  
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ZELLAZM 7/12/2014 4:06AM

    WTG - love seeing all those emoticons!

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/9/2014 11:58PM

    Great job, as always. 40,000 steps in one day - amazing! Good luck this week. emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/9/2014 1:10PM

    WOO HOO! You are rocking along. I am so proud of your progress. Congrats on conquering Snowdon. You had so much going on last week and you maintained a better than 90% on your goals. Fantastic!

Continue having fun as you progress along.

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EMSSBEARS 7/9/2014 12:16PM

    Great goals you are close to maintenance what plans do you have for that? I am really curios because I will ne at that point soon myself I hope. I love following your progress it is exciting to watch.

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 7/9/2014 11:26AM

    emoticon You are rockin' those goals! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 7/9/2014 6:43AM

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STONECOT 7/9/2014 6:08AM

    This near to your goal weight, are you planning for maintenance yet? That's the bit that most seem to trip up on. It can be a difficult transition, and one that I've never managed yet!

emoticon so far! I'm about 10lbs behind you, so I always watch your progress with great interest!

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