Monday, September 22, 2014
In June, I signed up for an online 1,000,000 step challenge. It was simple: walk 10,000 steps a day for 100 days to reach 1,000,000 steps. I started off fine, 12,000 to low teens daily. Then I decided to see where I could go. My high for one day was around 26,000 at that time. I weighed 161lbs.
Over the course of the challenge, I increased my daily average steps and increased my personal best several times, with my highest of 40,578 in one day on July 31 while on vacation with my husband!
Today was day 100. Yesterday, I reached 2 million steps in 99 days! My final numbers:
total steps: 2,030,578
Best steps: 40,578
Daily average steps: 20,306
total floors: 3,769
best floors: 126
weight loss: 20.3lbs
Monday, September 01, 2014
Just realized I haven't posted a blog entry in a while! Lots of travelling over the summer, then back to school last week (as a teacher, I've been back about 3 weeks, but last week was students' first week back)
Eating has been pretty good this month. Not sure I posted it, but I had allergy testing in June. Already had gone wheat, peanut and egg free and mostly dairy free. In addition, no oats, cashews, no walnuts, no corn and lots of other strange things (honeydew?! Asparagus?!). Generally, it was either things I hate and never eat (Cayenne pepper- never have liked spicy food) or things I ate daily (oatmeal for breakfast). I also had my cortisol levels checked and began treating low adrenal function.
I have lost some weight over the summer. I'm down about 10 pounds, which I attribute to getting the cortisol levels in check and removing allergens. Less due to actual weight loss and more reducing inflammation, I think.
I've been doing a step challenge, and should hit 2,000,000 steps in the 100 day challenge that ends on September 21. During the challenge, I've increased my best day from 26,000 to over 40,000 in one day!!
Here is how August breaks down:
Total steps: 604,056 steps
Daily Average: 19,486
Highest day- 8/1 30,738
Lowest day- 8/31 13,558
-- yesterday was the ONLY day in August that I didn't get at least 15,000 steps!! I was disappointed, but we spent most of the day driving.
-- I had 14 days in August that were 20k steps or higher
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Daily question in the 5% challenge today was to tell your weight story. Thought I'd also blog it. This is just the basic weight gain, nothing detailing the outlying factors such as stress, depression, and relationships that may have encouraged weight gain and dissatisfaction.
As a child I was always small to average. In high school, though I thought I was fat, I realize now that I wasn't and was just influenced by the media and societies expectations of "thin". I've always had large thighs and a big butt, so I equated that to being fat.
After I had my first child, I had trouble losing weight until I went to work in a factory. With my second, I lost most of it. After my 3rd (a c-section) and 4th, I didn't try until the youngest was a year old to lose anything.
I spent years working out and eating "healthy" with no results. In 2009, I joined SPARK but took a few months to get started with it. From August to December, I lost 30 lbs and another 10 over the next couple of years and maintained that for a while.
In December 2012, suddenly I started gaining weight. Fast. In about 2-3 weeks, I gained 16 pounds. Lost a little at the beginning of January, then gained even more for a total of 30lbs gained over 8 weeks! After battles with different doctors, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism) and continue to work to regain my health.
I am working to ignore conventional diet advice. I feel like that is what kept me from losing the weight when my youngest was little and what caused my body to revolt against all I was doing (specifically, severely limiting salt in my diet, thus also limiting iodine).
Saturday, May 31, 2014
As always, a lot going on.
My son will be 19 tomorrow! What?! 19 years ago, I was at the hospital awaiting his arrival (1 week late, I might add!)
Tomorrow, our foreign exchange student, Anna, will be leaving. Her parents arrived via plane tonight and are staying nearby and will be coming around noon.
With these events and my 16yo graduating, I decided this deserved some kind of recognition. We are having a cook-out with our family, Anna's parents, and dh's parents at our house. My mom was unable to come and I didn't ask my dad and step-mom because she is in California at the moment (IDK if dad is with her or not).
I spent the day cleaning, shopping, cooking a little, and cleaning some more! My mil is making potato salad, chili, and a chocolate chip pound cake. I plan to grill burgers and hot dogs (though dh will probably take over) and have deviled eggs, cupcakes, and watermelon. Tomorrow, I'll put together a veggie tray and cut the watermelon.
We accomplished a lot today- cleaning the deck and picnic table that we haven't used yet this year, cleaning up the grill, and general wiping down of the deck table and cleaning the interior of the house as well. And only once did dh mutter "I don't know why we needed to do this here anyway" (we usually eat at his parents' house on Sundays and it was my idea to do it at our house)
Friday, May 30, 2014
After my post this morning, I saw this and had to share. Hope my girls can grow stronger from the changes, good and bad, that they are facing!
Get An Email Alert Each Time KIM--POSSIBLE Posts