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5-Factor Fitness - Week 4 of 10 Report

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I am finishing the 4th week of the 5-Factor Fitness program I'm following and while I had a couple of skipped weigh ins and some slips, I am happy to report today that I am down 3.5lbs since the beginning and I have lost 5 inches overall.

Now to give you some perspective about the meaning of how one must never give up... last weekend I ended up having drinks and not eating well and one day rolled into three of 'cheat' days. The 5-Factor Fitness program has a 'cheat' day worked into the plan but not what I did. I didn't want to weigh in last Sunday, but on Monday I hopped on the scale and was so upset with myself. I started the program at 172lbs and was at 174!! emoticon

That prompted a lot of soul searching for me. I've been doing this for years now and as I blogged about earlier in the week, I was and am really ready for REAL and TRUE change in my life. I'm tired of feeling that way and I know only I could make the changes to live so I could 'feel good' about myself and my progress.

I jumped into a 100 day challenge to remain AF (alcohol free) which is what I believe my biggest barrier to achieving my health goals. While I do believe in the motto 'moderation not deprivation' - in the case of alcohol, I have now come to terms and admit that I can not be moderate at this point, so I have decided to abstain completely - for 100 days, or perhaps for good... I'm not sure and well - I don't need to worry about that now. What I do love about this challenge is it takes the thinking around the matter OFF the table now, so I can focus my thoughts on other areas that I can improve to reach my goals.

This morning's weigh in - I am at 168.5 after 6 days AF! I have lost a total of 5 inches since starting the program 4 weeks ago. I have been eating relatively well - I will admit there were some days where my hunger seemed to 'roar' emoticon

My workouts with this program are going very well - they are simple and this week my goal is to up the cardio at the end (the program calls for 5mins cardio warm up, 10 minutes ST with 2 superset exercises they chose per day, 5 mins core and then finish with 5 minutes or more of cardio). Yesterday I did 30mins of cardio at the end instead and this week my goal will be to do just that on every day - at least 20 to 30 mins at the end of each workout.

After I finish my 5th week, there's a guide to a level 2 for an additional 5 weeks which I'll be following. I'm honestly developing a love for Strength Training and can't wait to keep progressing! My reward perhaps at the end of this program will be to buy the Les Mills Pump workout/DVD. I did that workout at GoodLife and it was great, but challenging... but by the end of my 10 weeks I think I'll be ready for the challenge.

It's so true that when we do something we are passionate about, there's a river of joy that results!!

I won't lie in that I did have some tough moments here and there with cravings. Especially on Friday - as the old habit of the mentality it's Friday, payday, long weekend and I could so go for a nice drink on a patio with the sunshine out and everything... but I didn't.

I kept busy on Friday with other more productive things. Yesterday I went to the market to browse around with my 16 year old. My 12 year old is having a blast with her friend at Mont Tremblant - got some really cool pics of them zip lining yesterday. Today, we may just go sit on the patio at the sailing club and I'll enjoy a club soda and she a pop or something... and enjoy the view (if the weather cooperates). Tomorrow is supposed to be a rainy day so perfect time to catch up on some work (I am preparing to do a Microsoft Office Specialist exam in Word which has to be done before June 4) and some de-cluttering. There's for sure no lack of things to do.

And last but not least in the balance of my life... my new friend that I met in March - he has been very busy with work including a recent trip to Vegas and now he's in Italy so I saw him last on May 7th and won't see him until his return around May 30 - and we are not messaging in that time as he's very busy so it's like a hiatus... but he did say this to me which made me feel very good... "I am sorry about the past month. Work has been overwhelming - but you can be sure I will message you the day after my return and we'll definitely do some catching up." and THAT my friends is good enough for me... It simply gives the next 2 weeks to really focus on my program and commitments to my goals!

Life is GOOD!!
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  • AME4IT
    You've made great progress and have wonderful goals to work towards. It seems that things are starting to fall into place for you. emoticon
    2340 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Very inspirational blog. This blog in particular hit home for me personally. You write so well, and from the heart. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for taking the time to do this for us.
    2340 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Good for you for being so focused and for being on the right track! We all have those cravings from time to time but you stayed strong! Congrats on your success with the AF challenge thus far!
    2341 days ago
    you are well
    2341 days ago
    You are doing such a wonderful job on your program. It's not important to do it perfectly, but to do it. I am a fan of the Les Mills' programs too. I didn't realize you could buy the DVD's. I'm going to look into it.

    Keep up the good work!
    2341 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    emoticon Sounds like you are going strong. emoticon
    2341 days ago
    I'm so happy with you that you are in a really good place! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2341 days ago
    So glad you are having a great weekend!
    2342 days ago
  • CAMAEL100
    Sounds like you are turning things around for yourself. I think it was a good idea to take alcohol out of the equation for awhile so you can concentrate on the other things. We just need to convince ourselves that we can still relax or enjoy ourselves without it!

    2342 days ago
  • CATTI53
    Congrats on the weight loss and more importantly - the inches! Strength training really does tone you up and make you look and feel stronger.
    Just take it one day/step at a time. You will get there. We all slip up - the trick is not to focus on it for too long... admit it and move on. AND stay focused on the positive things you are doing.
    Have a wonderful day!
    2342 days ago
    I also am ready for a REAL and TRUE change in my life, and I feel lucky to have a chance to go through it with you. xoxo
    Great blog! emoticon
    2342 days ago
    I wish you success. Just take it one day at a time. emoticon
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    2342 days ago
    You are very wise to relizewhen moderation ISN'T necessarily the key. There are times when we have to look clearly @ something and realize that it is just plain better if we avoid it vs. "moderating". Good for you for hving the courage to realize this! It's not a flaw either. The flaw would be continuing to try to moderate something that you find too challenging to moderate.

    On the friend front -- it'll be long, but you have the right attitude! You know my Mom always told me, "If' it's to be, it will be." Used to drive me crazy, but now that I'm "older and wiser" I soooooo appreciate the wisdom in those words.

    HUGS honey and here's to a continued success on this journey.
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