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BLC #17, WUB Week 2

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Yay, end of week 2! And, for me and my sloooow metabolism and weight loss, I had an AWESOME week for loss.

** I actually lost two whole pounds this week! ** Amazing.

So, what's the difference? As always, exercise. I went from 75 minutes last week (and not done every day) to 285+ minutes of cardio this week (plus ST, stretching, and not including all the heavy housework I've done this week - more on that in a minute, though).

So, per my BLC #17 Fitness Goals of getting at least 250 minutes of cardio per week, I'm right on cue. Whew!

285 minutes. That's 4.75 hours of cardio. That's a LOT of cardio, but I know I need to do it if I'm going to see the scale budge. Consistency is also very important, and I have to do *something* I don't have to go crazy every day, but it has to be something (although it's good to give myself an occasional free day - we're going to be learning about overtraining this week during Week 3, and I wonder if there will be applicable advice for me).

Here's the rundown of what I did this week, fitness-wise:
Monday - Gym Day: 45 min Elliptical + ST
Tuesday - Free day
Wednesday - Heavy housecleaning (120+ min), incl. moving heavy furniture, etc.
Thursday - Biked 40 minutes @ 14-15 mph
Friday - Heavy housecleaning (60+ min), incl. lifting heavy boxes, etc.
Saturday - Gym Day: 0.5 mile warmup on treadmill + 40 min Elliptical + ST
Sunday (today) - Biked 55 minutes @ 14-15 mph

Regular housecleaning I wouldn't have felt okay counting, but the more I thought about it (and reflected on how freaking SORE I am from all the furniture moving, box lifting, and general reorganizing I did this week, not to mention all the up-and-down the ladder last week painting), I think I'm justified in counting the heaviest stuff. In particular, on Wednesday I was so knackered after it all (4 hours in total, over 2 hours heavy labor) I could barely move, let alone get my planned biking in. So, it gets to count... for this week, at any rate. :)

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Well, it's that time again... Let's recap my Week 1 Goals and see how I did!

1) Focus on my water (how convenient, it's a weekly challenge this week, too!). Get at least 10 cups per day.
-- Met every day except Friday. Oops! Only got 7 cups that day.

2) Keep taking the stairs everyday! Gotta beat that previous streak!
-- Done. Week 2 complete!

3) Do stair running at least once this week.
-- Nope. Didn't do it. :(

4) Take 15 minutes at bed time to relax by reading, resting, etc. I don't pray or meditate, but reading a pleasant story is very peaceful to me.
-- Umm... kinda. Some of the days. I need to work harder on this.

5) Get at least 6.5 hours of sleep each night this week (no more 4.5 hour nights!)
-- Done! It was tough, but I did it...

I also didn't do a What I'm Proud Of blog this week. Oh well... I exercised 4.75 hours. I'll forgive myself for that. ;)

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So, my Week 2 Goals? Here they are:

1) Keep getting 10 cups of water every day. Try to make all days.
2) Keep taking the stairs everyday.
3) Do stair running at least once this week. For real, this time. ;)
4) Take 15 minutes at bed time to relax by reading, resting, etc. This is REALLY important.
5) Get at least 6.5 hours of sleep each night this week, also REALLY important.

I'm not adding any other goals to my simple list of 5 until I've got these down pat. Keep it simple, change my life. That's the plan.

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I'm ready for Week 3! Oooh, and we filed our taxes today. I feel so on top of things. ;)

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