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Jolly Holiday Challenge - Week 1 Progress

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It has been a tough week! Full of ups and downs, tough dieting, and brutal workouts. It was all worth it yesterday when I stepped on the scale and saw I was down 1.6 pounds. Even if I had lost .1 pounds I would have been happy, because of all the progress I have made physically. I can run OVER 1/4th a mile, my face looks smaller, theres almost no jiggle when I shake my arm.

I feel smaller, lighter, and stronger. The only downside - my appetite. I am SOOOOOO hungry. Honestly, I can't tell if I'm actually hungry or want to eat because it's a bad habit of mine. Last night I was on the verge of binge eating my way through the kitchen. I had a small snack of a handful of almonds and a large glass of water. I just had to suffer through my cravings, because I knew in the back of my mind it was because my boyfriend had made a pizza and bought a bag of ghiradelli peppermint bark squares (my favorite). It's such torture on my will power when I have a boyfriend who eats all my favorite terrible foods right in front of me. What would you do in this situation? How do I fight the cravings?

My fitness progress has gone well, I don't have any problems except that it's freezing cold and sometimes rainy. It's hard to get out and get my running in with weather like this. But here is how my weekly goals have gone.

Weekly Goals:
1. Complete my weekly couch-to-5k runs 3x a week
Completed this, and my love of running has grown.

2. Complete my strength training routine 3x a week
Completed this.

3. Try a new exercise (cardio or strength) once a week
I integrated jump roping into my strength training one day when it was pouring outside. i think I did 400 jumps (is that what you call it?)

4. Do yoga 4x a week
I did not do any yoga. I should have, I planned it every night. When night time rolled around and I was done with everything else for the day... I just didn't. This week I'll put more effort into this.

5. Drink 8 glasses+ of water a day
I did this. I do not like doing this, but I did.

6. Do my favorite hiking trail once a week
I kind of did this. It was a nice sunny day and really warm so I dressed accordingly. 3 o'clock rolled around and I was on my way out. Then, as I was walking out the door I was side tracked by a few favors for my mom. I got out the door and to the trails, stepped out of my car and my body cried. It was so cold! I pushed through it till I couldn't anymore, and ended my 7-mile hike 4-miles short. 3 miles is still good, I even tried to jog a couple times to keep warm, so in all I think I did pretty good. I'll dress warm this week.

7. Try a new healthy recipe once a week, and write a blog entry about it.
Didn't write a blog about it, but I tried a recipe for whole wheat blueberry muffins... so good. I'll try and write a blog about it, but I feel like a blog entry would be useless without pictures, and couldn't take pictures this week.

8. Write at least two blog entries a week
I did this! I never wrote a blog entry for sparkpeople before last week.

9. Find a motivational picture to post on my spark page
I found a couple of great pictures and put them on my page.

So, goal wise, I've had a great week. Could have done a little better, but HEY, I'm at least trying... and thats better than just sitting on the couch and doing nothing all week.

I actually accomplished one of my overall goals. I CAN do a 30 second plank. So I think I'd like to change that goal to a 60 seconds plank.

OK, enough rambling about my week. Stay motivated everyone, good luck!


  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAB2294 12/19/2012 7:40PM

    Wow, great work this week! And congratulations on the 1.6 lbs gone!!! Keep it up! :)

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UMBILICAL 12/19/2012 12:15AM

  Nice listing.

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5 Things I Noticed Today

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I noticed 5 amazing things today:

1.) I can run more than 1/4th a mile. I still can't believe this, a couple weeks ago I could barely run for a minute!

2.) My size 12 jeans are too big for me. I'm so happy about this because it means I'm one size closer to what most of my pants are (7-8).

3.) My collar bones are now more noticeable.

4.) My muffin top has shrunk, and my hip bones are more noticeable

and
5.) It's my dogs 4th birthday. He's made me such a happier person since coming into my life. He's actually my sister's dog but she couldn't have a dog at her apartment so he's been living with me for the last 6 months.

emoticon Charlie (named after Charlie from Always Sunny in Philadelphia)



Oh, and someone (besides my boyfriend) told me that my weight loss was noticeable. It was such a motivating thing to hear. I think I pushed myself harder during my workout just because I was so happy and pleased to have confirmation that what I'm doing is working.

  
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LOSER05 12/17/2012 10:00AM

    I'm happy for you emoticon

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CHEATH-EN 12/17/2012 9:59AM

    It's good to take notice of everything when trying to lose weight!!
Congrats on your progress!

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LATTELEE 12/15/2012 2:13AM

  Yea

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The next 10 weeks

Monday, December 10, 2012

So I am starting my first spark people challenge. I don't really know what to expect, but I plan on getting the most out of it as I can. I hope to lose as much weight as I can, while also staying motivated and accountable.

I struggle with keeping up on workouts. One bad week and I'm back to sitting on the couch or at the computer all day. For these next 10 weeks I want to focus on exercise and diet, instead of my weight loss. I will still weigh in every week, but I want my goals to reflect mostly my exercise and fitness achievements with a few dieting goals. I would like to have weekly goals and overall goals, so here they are:

Weekly Goals:
1. Complete my weekly couch-to-5k runs 3x a week
2. Complete my strength training routine 3x a week
3. Try a new exercise (cardio or strength) once a week
4. Do yoga 4x a week
5. Drink 8 glasses+ of water a day
6. Do my favorite hiking trail once a week
7. Try a new healthy recipe once a week, and write a blog entry about it.
8. Write at least two blog entries a week
9. Find a motivational picture to post on my spark page

Overall Goals:
1. Be able to Run 1 mile
2. Be able to run 2 miles
3. Be able to run 3 miles
4. Be able to run 4 miles
5. Complete couch-to-5k program
6. Do 10 REAL pushups (right now I can only do modified pushups)
7. Do plank for 30 seconds
8. Do not go over 1500 calories a day

All these goals are achievable, and I plan to complete each one. Over the next 10 weeks of this challenge I will work hard on these goals and hopefully achieve them all. ^_^

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAB2294 12/12/2012 7:54PM

    I love the way you're going about this! I've always been one to get discouraged and go back to my old bad habits after I have one crappy weigh-in. That's why I think your strategy is so smart; focus on the exercise and be proud of your progress. The weight loss that comes as a result will just be a bonus! I wish you the best in this challenge! You've got this!

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GIGGLEBOXGIRL 12/10/2012 9:00PM

    These are some great goals. Good luck in this challenge! emoticon

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JJZN85 12/10/2012 7:53PM

    i really like the way you have it all laid out. not to mention you are starting small and working to a large goal

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