Monday, May 16, 2011

Slimdown for Summer - Fitness Challenge

Here we are again for another check-in for the Slimdown for Summer Fitness Challenge.  Eight weeks seemed so far away in the beginning and there are only two weeks left of this challenge.  

I think am doing pretty well on the program overall, keeping to the eating curfew of 8pm - most nights it's even earlier but some nights you'll find me scarfing my last snack at 7:57.  This has in six weeks become habit for me as did the 64oz. of water a day which I never thought I would get used to in the beginning, now I can tell a difference in how I feel if I haven't had a couple of bottles by noon. This of course is a cinch on the mornings I actually get my ass to the gym workout. 

I'm sure I won't be winning the competition and this is okay with me..I am feeling better, losing inches and making better habits for myself and my kids (they try and keep up with me on the water) through this process and I am happy that I found Fun On A Dime at just the right time. To me, this is winning in itself. (Clich√© I know, but winning just the same!)

I have been doing better with the points getting 37 out of a possible 45 last week with 7 bonus points.  Each week there are different bonus points and last week's were for logging your food intake each day with a journal.  I found an online program called LOSE IT that I had already been using to track all my meals, workouts and weight with and they calculate for you the calories for meals and workouts and let you know how many more calories you can eat in a day based on your goals.  I would recommend using a program like this because as long as you keep up with it, it holds you accountable for what you are doing in your routine.  I have found that I have a pattern of working out hard the first three days of the week and then after Wednesday kind of slack off most weeks.  I have done only one of each Thursday, Friday class and only two Saturday classes. 

Just now really sat down noticed that actually.  

Still, of the 54 days I have been at the gym, aside from the hour personal training session, I have 27 classes in, have done the dreadmill 6-ish times and managed to hold on to the eliptical a couple of times here recently so not too shabby for someone that came off a 5 week unemployed, unmotivated, sluggish, sedentary slump.**  My three month membership at the gym ends the 23rd of June, which is also coming quicker than I thought. My initial goal of 60 classes may not be met but I am going to do my best to come close.

I started the gym the last week of March and in seven weeks have lost over 10 pounds and 7 and a half inches. You can find my MEASUREMENTS here if you are interested in my progress.  I am almost fitting back into my jeans.  Believe me, the day I do, there will be a post of all posts because I am a bit pissed cheesed off that after losing what I already have, and seeing real physical results in the mirror, I still get only as far as one leg in and just know I don't want to struggle getting them the rest of the way on...needless to say, I'm glad I still have at least 4 weeks before summer weather really gets underway around here.

Anywho, I am excited to tell you that I am starting a NEW CHALLENGE with my friend Kim at What's That Smell? - Accidental Mommies that starts a week from today with a bunch of other bloggers that are also receiving this new program.  Here's what I know:

It's an 8 week program that I think will give me that boost I need to get me away from 150 - which at 5 foot half an inch on a good day is NOT a good thing - and back into my jeans. 

Each blogger participating will document their progress and at what level they are using the program.  For instance, I will be using it in addition to going to the gym, others will be replacing their previous routines or just starting out so it should prove interesting.

This will also continue me on 3 - 4 weeks after my gym membership is up.  

I don't want to give too much away because I don't have all the details and I have a post in the works to let you in on it so stay tuned! 

P.S. It could involve taking actual before and after pictures and/or vlogging so be aware of what you are getting into..

**I only do the dreaded machines when I show up late for class or sometimes on the rare occasion my sister happens to talk me into it.


Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

There is something empowering about posting a before picture and taking progress photos. It also adds accountability and I found I worked harder because I wanted to be able to put up a picture that showed changes.

Great job so far though!!! said...

whoot whoot...good for you, just saw your tweet on this, I'm trying to loose a little too like (15 pounds), hard to do when your food bloggin! Keep up the good work.

Shawna said...

Thank you for posting this blog. I am now starting my own program to lose this dreaded baby weight and then some! Thanks again for the inspiration!

Phases Of Me said...

Well, my baby is grown, so I can't even lie to myself that it's baby-weight. I'm just overweight. I'm only 5 foot tall and tip the scales over 150 lbs (we won't discuss how MUCH more ::SIGH::).

I pulled up the links tho. I've been needing to do SOMETHING, and it just seems harder to go it alone. The only other person in the house with any real weight issues is one of those "happy with who she is" types. That's great for her, but I'm NOT happy.

The Vloging thing scares me. I do NOT like pictures, videos, etc, but that does seem to be the way the blogging world is moving, so we'll see.

Great post! Thanks for sharing your progress with us, I know that can be hard too sometimes. Keep it up!