Well here it is!
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope everyone is happy and well and ready to have a great year!
I had a pretty good year for the most part. Losing 40 pounds was certainly nice. (haha) Some other personal stress and difficulties I was having have been resolved. But we did have some difficult times with my husband’s family this year – illnesses, injuries, and deaths – so we are looking forward to a new, happier year.
In SparkNews, I've finished my challenge to Kick August in December. Soooooooo, how did I do?
August vs. December, 31 days each!
Aug: Tracked all 31 days – Dec: Tracked 31/31 days
Aug: In calorie range 24/31 days – Dec: 25/31 days
Aug: Over 2000 calories 6 days – Dec: only 2 days
Aug: Fat in range 25/31 days – Dec: 26/31 days
Aug: Carbs in range 29/31 days – Dec: 30/31 days
Aug: Protein under range 4/31 days – Dec: 0 days!!
Aug: Protein over 90g 12/31 days – Dec: 13/31 days
Aug: Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – Dec: 25/31 days
Aug: Fiber in range 19/31 days – Dec: 22/31 days
Aug: Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – Dec: 9/31 days
Aug: Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – Dec: 28/31 days
Aug: Sodium in range 12 days – Dec: 15/31 days
Aug: Took vitamins 23/31 days – Dec: 31/31 days!
Aug: cups of water 152 – Dec: 246
Aug average 4.9 cups/day – Dec average 7.9 cups/day
Aug: fruits & veggies 137 – Dec: 186
Aug average 4.4 fruit&veg/day – Dec average 6 fruit&veg/day
August: worked out 3x a week – Dec: worked out 3x a week
August total worked out 13 days – December total worked out 14 days
August 569 total fitness minutes – December 582 total fitness minutes
Aug strength training days = 0 – Dec strength training days = 4
August total calories burned 4720 – December total 8980
August average burn ~1005 calories/week – December average burn ~1755 calories/week
It was never possible to exceed the tracking # of days, since there are only a max of 31 days in any month. But otherwise I only matched 1 goal, the rest I exceeded.
SAY WHAT. Sad there is only
, no goal exceeded sticker!!
Gold stars for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
What was the match? Cholesterol. And it was a close race, I wasn’t sure I was going to match even. It was tough with the holidays and all the rich foods. The other one that was close was fitness minutes. I burned a lot more calories in my December minutes than I did in August, but I was very close to not beating that 569 minutes. I went for an hour long swim yesterday, which pushed me over the edge. Not cheating, exactly, but a hail mary right at the end of the game, hahahaha.
I'm kind of amazed with myself right now. I figured I'd do okay and meet or exceed a few goals, but I'm kind of surprised I met Every. Single. One.
Because I love them so, LOOK, CHARTS!
This is the chart that started it all: the calorie differential. Those August weeks used to look so impressive, with their exercise calories burned bars getting bigger and bigger. Now they look so weeny compared to December, hahahaha:
Actually, this is probably the chart that started it all. I was still losing, but my weight loss felt so stagnant through October and November.
Here is the differential shown monthly. December is the clear winner.
Like I said, fitness minutes was a close race:
But calories burned is no contest!!
I'm doing SO MUCH BETTER at drinking my water:
Fruits and veggies are better too, though because I'm a crazy perfectionist, I think there's still room for improvement when I look at my average per day of 6...
I'm so happy I did this challenge. It was fun, actually, keeping track of everything and updating every day, and having something to work for BESIDES "maybe the scale will go down this week" helped me make better choices. I can remember a number of times where I made a point of refilling my water, or going grocery shopping when I didn't feel like it, or getting a salad, because I knew I needed water/healthy breakfasts/fiber/veggies/whate
If perhaps you have had enough of me waxing poetic about my motivational improvements and patting myself on the back, I'm guessing you want to know how much weight I lost?
I hadn't weighed myself precisely at the start and end of August, but based on the weights around those times, I lost ~7 pounds in August. From ~287 to ~280.
I started Dec 1 at 266.6.
I weighed in this morning at 256.4.
So I lost 10.2 pounds in December.
I also did measure myself on Dec 1 and Dec 31.
I lost 2" off my waist and 3" off my hips.
Oh, remember my size 18 pants I bought a few weeks ago just because I could get them on? The first time I wore them (a friend's pre-holiday holiday party) they were okay to get on and be standing but uncomfortable to sit for more than an hour. They were actually COMFORTABLE while I was home visiting family. I wore them twice, all day, sitting down, driving the car, etc.
Best. Christmas present. EVER.
The only thing left to do now is think of a challenge for January.
(something besides "kick December", hahahaha.)
I think a month is the perfect amount of time for me. Long enough to see results, but not so long I get distracted or bored. I have two in mind, I just have to choose and decide on the rules/parameters. I will let you know soon, probably after the weekend. I may make it a Jan 10 - Feb 10 challenge.
Finally I just want to say that I'm proud of myself today not just for losing weight or getting smaller pants, but because I set a goal that seemed daunting, and I did better than I ever expected of myself. I exceeded my own expectations, and that feels really good. For a long time I've had a pretty low opinion of me, and my ability to accomplish, well, anything. And I've just proved to myself that I Can Do It, whatever IT may be.
I hope everyone is happy, healthy, and hopeful today. If you gained weight over the holidays, please take a deep breath and put it behind you. Today is about beginnings and looking forward, and a perfect time to remind yourself you are so much more than the number on the scale. Don't make New Year's Resolutions that you'll just beat yourself up about later; go do something that makes you feel great about YOU.