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Week Twelve, plus Bonus Round!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Well, I finished the week strong, after not doing quite as well at the start. All told, I lost 3 lbs, net over the course of the 12 weeks. 5 pounds, if you include the small spike up my weight took shortly after starting. I lost about a 1/2 inch from my hips, and a 1/4 inch from my waist. I also am pretty sure I lost a fair bit from my "gut," but below my waist so it wasn't measured. The fit of my clothes says I did.

Looking at that, it doesn't look like I made all that much progress for 12 weeks. However, in that time I improved what I was eating quite a bit (though I still have a fair bit of progress to be made in that area) and established an (almost) daily exercise routine.

I would say those are great steps, and have set me up to do even better in the future.

And, speaking of future, now that my 12-week fitness quest is over, the work-sponsored 6-week fitness challenge is starting!

There are 3 levels of prizes this year. $50, $75, and $100. Of course I want the $100, so I've got my work cut out for me. They have a formula for converting exercise to steps, and all goals are in steps. To get the top prize, you need to average 13,000+ steps per day. Building on the foundation I've spent the last 12 weeks establishing, I think I can totally do it. It'll be work, but I can do it.

If I manage to lose 2 pounds per week, I can lose 12 pounds by mid-July. However, I've set my goal at a much more reasonable 5 pounds. I think I can actually get that one.


Week Eleven

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Got sick, and had to take half the week off. And, of course, I ended up gaining back the weight I lost last week. Despite that, I do think I look thinner than when I started. I'll find out for sure next week, but I do think I made good progress even if the scale isn't showing it. Edit: even if the tape measure also doesn't show it, I KNOW I made good progress, because I have added a lot more exercise into my routine and improved my eating habits!

This is the last week of my 12-week challenge. I will write more of a wrap-up next week, when it's over, but the 6-week challenge for work starts on June 2. The goal for that, for the top prize (which, of course, I want emoticon ) is 13,000 steps/exercise-converted-to-steps. I think, even though I'm not getting that at present, the last 12 weeks have set me up well to be able to do that. And, I think increasing my activity again will result in really good progress.

Weightlifting, though on hold while I strengthen my core so I can do it safely, is still in the plan. At the moment, I'm expecting to start in the middle of July.

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Week Ten

Monday, May 19, 2014

Yay, the scale is moving in the right direction again!

Lost about 2 pounds this week. Keeping up with the morning exercise as well.
Still got some work to do, but overall doing much better. And I feel a lot better today, too.

2 more weeks left to go. Won't have lost nearly as much weight as I had hoped to, but I have made a ton of progress so far, and expect to get even more done in the next 2 weeks.

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Week Nine

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Well, mixed bag this week.

I'm still working on eating better. So far, I think I'm doing ok, but still not quite as well as I'd like.

I made a HUGE improvement with my exercise. On Wednesday, I started getting up early in the morning to exercise before heading in to work. So far, it seems to be working. I have time to work out, I'm getting in to work earlier, and as a result of that, I have a bit more time in the evenings with my family. Yay!

Unfortunately, my weight went up again.
Not going to panic yet. Just going to try to keep a good watch on what I'm eating, and keep up the daily exercise. And keep in mind that when you start a new exercise program, it's possible to gain weight temporarily due to your muscles holding on to more fluid.

So, I'll wait until the end of this week to see if I need to readjust something further. Here's hoping for progress!


Week Eight

Monday, May 05, 2014

Not much to report, really. I forgot to weigh myself yesterday morning and this morning, so I have no idea what my weight has done. Hopefully I can remember to do so tomorrow and edit with the update.

Didn't get anything in the way of exercise, unless you count taking Little Bug to the pool on Saturday.

Oh well. Life happens. Deal with it, and move on.
I hope to be able to get some more exercise in this week. It's been tricky lately, what with everyone being sick (The Baby has another cold. Poor little guy...), and work being crazy, and trying to stick with getting Little Bug in bed on time (hint: we haven't been lately, because of the aforementioned Life Stuff, and the results have not been good). The worst part is, the exercise classes I really enjoy are all at the time Little Bug needs to go to bed, so I can't bring him with me and give Husband a break. So, yeah. I'll figure it out.

Really looking forward to giving the weight lifting stuff a try. Sadly, I think it may have to wait until next week, because The Baby is sick, and I don't want to leave him with the gym's babysitters while he's sick. That's not fair to anyone.

In the mean time, I'll keep plugging away, as best I can. Healthy habits are good, even if I don't see results as fast as I'd like!

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