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Review of Weeks 3 through 5

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Again, it has been two weeks since my official blog check in. But in reviewing what has happened I am pretty pleased with my progress towards my healthy life style and my fitness goals.

Goal #1: Eat Better
I am making more conscious choices for sure! I still need to be more adventurous with trying out new SP recipes, and I definitely see a difference in the way I eat if I track my calories for the day versus when I don't.

-->Specific Touchstone: Track calories for the rest of week 6 until the halfway mark!
-->Try at least one new recipe (the banana bread is in the works tonight)!

Goal #2: Build Muscle
Even though I haven't been lifting weights, I definitely see muscle tone in my arms especially and in my thighs. I can't wait to begin a more strict weight lifting regime.

--> Specific Touchstone: Begin lifting at least 2x per week to start out into week 6 and beyond. This will work well with adjusted work schedule coming up (replace Zumba).

Goal #3: Run
I haven't done this OR looked into it. I need to find a race for reals! That will definitely be the incentive for me. I'm going to do a 5K and try and beat my PR from last year (April).

--> Specific Touchstone: Find a race and sign up already! Preferably, train for a race no earlier than SEPTEMBER. Then perhaps do another one in NOVEMBER.

Goal #4: Move emoticon
I have to admit, I am doing this the best of all my goals so far. I am working out doing cardio at least once a day and sometimes twice a day. I am doing Zumba and Kickboxing and also playing competitive outdoor volleyball. I need to keep this up for sure, even though some of my gym time may need to be sacrificed soon because of a change in work schedule. I can still do Kickboxing and Weight-lifting though, so it all works out!

--> Specific Touchstone: Continue the great work!

Goal #5: Lose It
Well, I have been losing pretty steadily! Since the beginning of this challenge, which began on Monday, June 20th (my first weigh-in was Friday, June 24th), I have lost 4 pounds -- from 179.4 to 175.2. This is a bit less than my hope (which was about a pound a week), but this is still better than nothing!

The frustrating thing is that I often see pretty big increases in weight during the week. I don't know if this is from not enough water, too many chips the previous day, or TOTM, but it has happened the past three weeks where I see significant changes on a Friday weigh-in, but over the weekend or by Wednesday I'm about 3 pounds more (nearing the 180 that I had started out at at the beginning of this challenge). Luckily, none of these weight gains have lasted over an official weigh-in day, though I am afraid that this week they will. I don't want to dread the scale but I hate when the scale doesn't match the effort I've put into things!

--> Specific Touchstone: I would like to see a weight loss on Week 6 (from 175 to 174 at least). If not, since it is that TOTM, then I'll want to eat carefully this weekend and make up for it on the other side during the Week 7 weigh-in.

Next check-in during week 7 to review week 6

Tips and Reminders:
1. Write down my exercise schedule every week (volleyball, 1-2x; cardio-kickboxing or zumba, 3-5x; weight lifting, 2x; running 2-3x)
2. When planning meals, keep my calorie count in mind! (Stick to yummy SP recipes for now, especially as I'm experimenting more and more with cooking.)
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