Fitness Sistas update and the 30 Day Water Challenge

Friday, January 08, 2016

Thank you to all of you gorgeous Sparklers for the support on my last blog. We are two weeks into the health and wellness group (Fitness Sistas!) and we are KILLING it! I bought a new scale, one that measures body fat, body hydration, muscle mass, bone density, and BMR. It is really nice and seems to be pretty accurate. On day 1 of our group meeting we learned that we were all over 50% body fat, low on muscle, and dehydrated. These were all things we suspected but we actually had the proof. From those results we have been focusing on increasing protein, staying active, and H2O - I will say more about the water thing later.

Our very first meeting, I shared with them an article from Spark and supporting documentation from The Mayo Clinic. We focused on adding flax seed to reduce triglycerides and cholesterol. Myself and Tricia both brought in samples of flax seeds for the ladies to try. Our 2nd meeting we focused on Vision Boards and being intentional about our success. That was led by our girl Sarah and she was so inspiring! Here is a pic of my office-size vision board.

I love that Sarah had us create a smaller version that we can keep at our desk. I am usually losing the weight loss battle by mindlessly snacking out of boredom when at work. I love the saying, "Get Sad, Get mad, Get Ahead." It often frustrates me that I allowed myself to gain back nearly all of the weight that I loss with Spark in 2012 and 2013. Now I have to use that as fuel to get ahead, to go even further than I went two years ago. The smaller blue square says, "Dear Stomach, you are bored, not hungry. So Shut UP!" I love it.

Now to the good stuff. The weigh-in. When we were meeting with the former "Health Coach", she had implemented a Penalty Pot where a person had to pay $1 for every pound of weight gained. We decided to continue with that trend. I came to the meeting, pulled out the Penalty Pot, fully prepared to accept money but knowing that as a unit, we had supported each other throughout the week via email, chats, and impromptu meetings. I am SO HAPPY to say that of 6 people, only ONE of us gained weight, and she only gained .4 ounces! With that gain considered, we lost a total of 12 lbs in our first week of tracking! We have set a goal to lose 100 lbs in 12 weeks (11 weeks of tracking). It would require each of us to lose 1.5 lbs a week and I think we can do it!

Let's move on to the water. My future SIL found this 30 day Water Challenge on Pinterest and since we were all dehydrated, she felt it would be beneficial to us. We are supposed to drink one gallon of water a day for 30 days and take before and after pics. This is day 2 and suddenly the water challenge has morphed into the squat challenge! I have never dropped trow this much in my life! I am peeing like I am trying to put out a fire! As I type this, I have completed my 128 ounces of water but this is hard! Here is what I am learning:

*Start early. I began drinking water at dawn while feeding my son. By the time I took my shower for work, I was already 12 oz in.
*Go to the restroom before every meeting and before picking up the phone to call someone because otherwise, your bladder will betray you.
*When you are drinking this much water, the thought of drinking a sugary coffee makes your stomach feel like it is going to burst. I skipped the mocha today.
*In one day of drinking the gallon, I dropped a half a pound. Of course, I won't count it as a true loss until my Wednesday weigh-in but it was nice to see my body responding.
*Did I mention chafing???

As I leave you all, I challenge you to increase your water intake. I also wish you a great weekend. Here is a picture of my two loves to brighten your day:

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    Hi there! Great inspiration. Vision board....its March and I haven't done mine yet. Brought the board but....gallon a day?! Working my way back to that. Great job on getting it in. happy for you n hubby! Lil man is adorable....
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    1931 days ago
    I am so glad you are back! I've been hit-and-miss with reading blogs and responding lately. Lots of changes in our house, too.

    I am so HAPPY to see your son! I knew you were pregnant, but you weren't around for a while and I was a little worried. YAY!!!! emoticon emoticon

    I'm excited that things are going well with you and yours. Keep sparking because your light is bright!!!

    emoticon for you and your little cutie!
    1944 days ago
    You group sounds awesome and you all are on the right track! I have been focusing on my water and boy have I been in the restroom a LOT!!!

    Thanks for the pix! The baby is getting big!! Kisses to him!! emoticon
    1948 days ago
    and it did brighten my day love not only the photo but also how well you and your group are going
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    1948 days ago
    Good job with your group! Interesting scale! It's hard for me to imagine that it can possibly do all that!
    What a beautiful baby!
    1948 days ago
    Got this!!! (Sorry spark cut me off) Love the pic of your handsome guys!!! Absolutely precious! Great to hear about your world! Happy New Year beautiful! Xox
    1948 days ago
    I am so happy to read about your fitness support group!! Nothing stronger than a group of women set to encourage each other!!! The vision board is a great idea! I know work is a hard place to avoid all the unhealthy snacks but it sounds like you've
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    That's an AWESOME scale!!! What is it called? So cool!
    1948 days ago
    Water intake is a struggle for me as well and I have been toying with the idea for a while. This is just confirmation that I need to get serious about getting that gallon per day in...and out. The benefits in 30 days will be tremendous!
    1948 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Congrats on the weight loss of the group! You're doing a great job!! Beautiful picture! Happy New Year! emoticon
    1949 days ago
    Great pic and
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  • PRIN1978
    Nice pics. Good luck on the rest of your journey!
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  • MAYIE53
    Beautiful family. Great job on losing weight (through the holidays no less!!). I'm intrigued with the 30 day water challenge since drinking 8 glasses has been my goal for the 2+ years I've been on Sparkpeople. I really really suck at this and it's not because I'm not trying. One gallon of water daily seems even more daunting than a mere 8 glasses. I really don't know how you do it. For sure, a big deterrent for me is the running to the washroom all the time. Some of my jobs are outdoors and when it's extremely cold and no bathroom in sight . . . well, you get the picture. Starting early in the day is a good idea. Thanks for the suggestions.
    1949 days ago
    Super cute pick! I am so glad that your group is working out for you! Motivation is so crucial!
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