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Summer 5% Challenge Wrap up – Progress & Goal Check

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Today is the final day of the Summer 5% Challenge, so I wanted to record some statistics of my personal progress during these last eight weeks:

Weight - Down 10 pounds (7%) to 132 emoticon
Measurements - Down a total of 7.5 inches: emoticon
Chest (2)”
Waist (3)”
Hips (1.5)”
Thigh (0.5)”
Arm (0.5)”
Waist to Hip Ratio - Down from .84 to .81 (still an avocado, but getting close to a pear!)
Body Fat % - Down 1.7%

I didn't meet all my exercise goals...very skimpy on ST sessions, so need to work on that, but otherwise overall I'm pleased with the results of the last 8 weeks.

I think it’s strange that with these last 10 pounds, I’ve lost 2 more clothing sizes and 7.5 more inches! I can only think that it’s a combination of exercise and just the quirky way my body stores fat, LOL! I have 7 more pounds to my (new) final weight goal (which I have changed several times through this journey), but I’m confident that this time, it is really the final one.

Throughout this year, although I’ve changed up my fitness program numerous times and tweaked my eating patterns to get to better balanced nutrition, the one thing that has absolutely remained constant is nutrition tracking. For me this is the one non-negotiable thing in my program, and I've been streaking on this one for 277 days now! Everything else can be switched around, alternated, skipped, etc. to accommodate life, but not this one thing. If I don’t do that, the rest is a waste as I won’t take long to start fooling myself about what is “eating right”, and then not get the results I want.

The 5% challenges (and the emoticon A team) have been a great help to me this year with fun new challenges, supportive team mates, and a little competition to keep it interesting. I’m very much looking forward to the break, and then to the Fall 5% challenge. I’ll be once again with the emoticon A team, of course!
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