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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!

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  • JAB2294
    Wow, great work this week! And congratulations on the 1.6 lbs gone!!! Keep it up! :)
    1889 days ago
    Nice listing.
    1890 days ago
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