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Weekly Goal Tracking (Week 4 of 12)


Friday, October 26, 2012

[x] Run/Walk #1 (25-30 min and stretch) - Tuesday
[x] Run/Walk #2 (25-30 min and stretch) - Thursday
[x] Run/Walk #3 (25-30 min and stretch) - Sunday
[x] Strength Training #1 (any duration, just do it) - Thursday
[_] Strength Training #2 (any duration, just do it)
[x] Cross Train #1 (30-60 min and stretch) - Wednesday, bike
[_] Cross Train #2 (30-60 min and stretch)
[x] Yoga - Tuesday, Sunday
[_] Clean the Living Room
[x] Water Change for Fish Tank
[x] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #1 - Tuesday
[x] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #2 - Wednesday
[x] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #3 - Thursday
[x] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #4 - Friday
[_] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #5
[_] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #6

Week 4 lbs lost (Oct 29 - Nov 3): 0 lbs
Total lbs lost (Oct 8 - Dec 31): 5 lbs

Weekly Preview:
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Well, I've officially lost 5 lb in the first three weeks of this self-challenge :) I'm fairly confident that none of this was water weight, too, because I have been using an OTC diuretic (pamabrom) 3 days prior to every weigh-in since week 0 (yeah it's a little OCD, but I want to be able to use the scale as a measure of true weekly progress, and it helps me eliminate the water weight variable quite reliably).

I am feeling really great... even though I am now usually sore and recovering from my workouts, I have more energy and find myself more able and willing to do household chores that I used to dread. I am also eating much more often, splitting up my meals and snacks into smaller portions and nibbling every few hours, with usually one or two larger meals per day... I think it's keeping my metabolism in burn-mode or something, because the more snacks I eat (within calorie range), the more weight I seem to lose.

This week I will be focusing on getting different cross-training in. The bike is great for my quads, but I also aim to squeeze in at least one aquatic workout; I love to do side-lunges in the pool to strengthen my often-neglected inner and outer thighs...it also helps build up my knee stabilizing muscles which will help prevent injury with my running. Speaking of running... I will be adding a 6th running interval into my routine (was doing five 1-min intervals before... I think I am ready for more).

I will also be sure to get my dose of sunlight each morning, as I find it to be critical to my sleep/wake cycle (when I miss it, I have a really difficult time falling asleep).

I am going to take measurements at the end of the week to show my monthly inches lost. Can't wait!

Weekly Reflection:
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So much for that sunlight idea... thanks, Sandy. I guess I will just need to make more use my SAD lamp this week.

We lost power Monday but it came on Tuesday, thankfully (I had just finished re-stocking the freezer after our extended power outage during the heat wave this summer, and I was scared we would lose it all again). I know there are so many people who had it worse than us... my thoughts are with you guys.

Calorie-wise, I didn't track late Sunday night/most of Monday. We went out of town for a concert (Rush--and they were amazing!), and then I slept in incredibly late Monday, after which the power went out. I don't think I went over my calories, but I'm not certain, so I will count Monday as my cheat day this week.

Flexibility: This week I had some tightness in my hip flexors. I decided to look up some stretching that would help loosen things up and help prevent injury. I ended up finding some really useful yoga poses that have really helped!

Info: www.sports-injury
-info.com/hip-flexor-injur
y.html

Stretch: www.youtube.com/w
atch?v=qKFJOTk-cUE

Yoga: www.youtube.com/w
atch?v=CsN1-bJZ6mk
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SKEPCHICK 10/27/2012 1:34PM

  Good work losing 5 pounds!

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BOOKWORM27S 10/27/2012 12:17AM

    Another 5 lbs. gone, way to go!

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MIDNIGHTER1 10/26/2012 11:30PM

    emoticon on losing the 5 pounds. Your goals look good.Eating the smaller meals does help with how you burn those calories. You seem to be in what we like to call,"Beast Mode" which means you are focused in on your workouts with high intensity.GRRRRAH!!

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/26/2012 9:10PM

    Love your goals and focus! Congrats on the loss :)

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LOTUSLIFE 10/26/2012 8:11PM

  This is all great news! The water weight issue really does make it hard to tell what's what on the scale. Both good and bad. I would love to have access to a pool. Swimming is the only exercise that doesn't feel like exercise to me. Good luck this week Jamie!!


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SHANSHE 10/26/2012 7:26PM

    GREAT job, congrats on the 5 pounds!
Shan

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