Is it time for another weigh in already? It feels like these weeks are going by so fast! Actually, I am a little late in posting this since my official weigh in day is on Monday. However, I wanted to wait so that I could include the results of the challenge between myself and Julie (is that grammatically correct? 😳 ), which ended on Tuesday.
This week was a definitely improvement regarding time management! I was able to wake up at 4:30 each morning for a time of devotion to God (bible reading, prayer, and reflection), and then my workout. I was able to either do interval training or the Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo: Cardio Circuit, Vol. 2 DVD with my weighted vest on, each morning.
I definitely get a great workout and end up drenched with sweat and feeling refreshed and energized throughout much of the day! On Saturday, I was able to go through all the exercises in my proposed weight training routine so that I could determine the proper starting weights. I was able to get in a run on both Saturday and Tuesday (right before the end of the challenge). I’m definitely not in the same shape I was when I ran daily, but it was much better than a year ago.
I was really excited on Monday because that was the official start of my weight training. I had my push day, and it went better than expected. I still have to get comfortable with the routine so it feels more fluid (having natural rest periods helps with that), especially since I’m only using dumbbells, and the floor is my bench.
Eating went very well. I faced the usual temptations, but I was able to fight them – I think the challenge played a huge role in my ‘strength’. In fact, I was hit with a temptation that came out of nowhere, but I didn’t give in. Of course, I had to make a video about it! 😉
I have also gotten back into the habit of tracking all of my food. I’m using a different program, which has a lot of pluses and a few drawbacks (but it’s free!!!) and I think I’m going to stick with it. Seeing that something will take up 400 of my limited calories makes me think twice about eating it! Like this cup which has2 servings of natural peanut butter, which is about 380 calories…
I’m hoping that my renewed focus on tracking my food – especially macros – will make a difference in my overall health and on the scale.
Alright, let’s get down to business. So this week involved 2 weigh ins, since the challenged ended on Tuesday. First, here is my official weigh in video for this week:
Here are my numbers for the first few weeks of my 2nd year of weight loss:
11.19.12 – 241.0
11.26.12 – 237.0
12.03.12 – 236.2
12.11.12 – 236.2
12.17.12 – 233.4
So I still had a day left before the challenge with Julie was over. Rather than talk in detail about the challenge, I will just tell you that it was a lot of fun and it provided me with a lot of motivation! Actually, in order to announce the winner Julie and I did a joint video by recording ourselves on a video chat. Here is a link to the challenge announcement video, which I will try to embed below (because it was done using Google Hangouts, I’m not sure if it will work):
So as you can see, we both lost weight during the challenge, and I know that it had a positive impact on our workouts and eating! That was really the point of the challenge – to help us both get healthier. Of course I’m happy that I won, but I’m just happy that I gave it my best. So even though you can see who won, I would ask that you still watch the video, because we had a lot of fun making it.
We’ll see how my first week of weight training goes, and how well I can avoid all the Christmas desserts being thrown my way! Let’s hope I don’t have the typical “holiday gain” which most people experience at the end of December.
What are you doing to stay healthy as this year comes to a close?
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