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Week 4 Results / Week 5 Goals

June 29, 2009

How is it week 5 already? We’re almost at the halfway point? That could be a little disheartening, but I won’t focus on the fact that I’ve barely made progress since week 2.

The State of the Union at the end of week 4:

The neutral:
-Weight still hovering around starting weight minus 4-5 pounds.
-Waist/hips still at week 2 state

The good yet possibly TMI depending on your sensibilities:
-I’m clearly still making progress on firming up some problematic areas. Dan walked by me this weekend and smacked my ass and hurt his hand.

Week 5 goals:
1. Add crunches/push-ups to my home fitness routine. I will do these twice a week instead of whenever I happen to remember, which is probably every 17-35 days. Harrumph, I say.
2. I WILL NOT LOSE MOTIVATION. If needed, I will seek motivation anywhere I can find if I feel my resolve weakening.
3. I will find and try out two new heart-healthy recipes this week.

Reward update:
The Piggy Counter is up to $30 after six workouts this week (three at the gym, three at home). That’s $30 towards a romantic evening out with Dan! Hurray! Now let me get another $30 in there this week, and we’re really getting somewhere.


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Week 4: Mid-week round up

June 26, 2009

This week’s activities thus far:
-A lengthy walk with Dan around our neighborhood
-Normal cardio-focused gym visit
-Special training session / strength training at the gym
-Another lengthy walk with Dan

I didn’t make it to Centergy this week because my wrist has been bothering me. I changed my workstation around and it seems to have helped, but since my entire forearm was swollen for a few days, I didn’t want to do any further damage to it by going back to Centergy stuff before my wrist was truly ready.

I’m not doing too badly this week. I just don’t feel as motivated as when I started the 12 weeks. I think I’m starting to lose momentum. At first, the 12 weeks were fun and exciting and something new — and now, four weeks into them, they feel more like a chore, a responsibility. I guess that changeover was inevitable, but how do I make it fun again?


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Week 4 Goals

June 22, 2009

I’m a bit disappointed with myself about Week 3. I did alright, but not stellar with my goals. It was an incredibly hectic week for a variety of unexpected reasons, which made it extra difficult to eat healthy foods, an extra serving of veggies, etc. But the great thing about Monday is that it brings the beginning of a new week — and I love new beginnings.

Week 4 goals:
1. Be active even on days I’m not going to the gym. So for those keeping track at home, that would be four visits to the gym and non-gym physical activities the other three days of the week. Because I don’t want to hurt myself, I’m going to do three days at the gym and three days of non-gym activities, and move to four days at the gym next week because I’ve noticed my ankles acting up lately if I do too much.

2. I’ve noticed that I have a tendency to nibble on snacks when I’m bored. So what I’m going to do is drink a glass of water when I think I’m getting hungry for a snack. If after that I’m STILL hungry then I’m actually hungry and will have a healthy snack.

3. My main meals will be at set times. Rather, between set ranges of time. That way I won’t skip meals like I do on busy days. Here’s the schedule I’ll be trying out this week:

Breakfast: Between 6:30 and 8 a.m.
Lunch: Between 12 and 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: Between 6-8 p.m.

Reward:
My idea for this week is actually a reward/motivation and I think I’ll continue it for the rest of the 12 weeks. Every time I go to the gym or an exerting non-gym activity, I’ll put $5 into a box. Physical dollars, not IOUs. And I’ll save them until my next vacation with my husband and use that money as “play money” — put it towards lodging so we can stay in a hotel a grade up from the norm, or for a night out on the town, or special event tickets. Think about it — on my current plan, that would be $30/week. So if we’re planning on a vacation at the end of the 12 weeks, that would be over $250 to just enjoy ourselves with… a good reward for me meeting goals and a good reward for Dan putting up with my complaining ;-)

Because I like graphs and piggy banks, I’m going to have a visual representation of this goal in progress on each related post. Onward and upward, ladies!


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Belated Week 3 Goals

June 18, 2009

Hello lovelies! I’m back from Miami and miss it already — the sun, the sand, the water, the people… I can’t emphasize enough how nice it was to speak with people in other languages again! That’s one of my pet peeves here in Cleveland. I’ve met people who think it is weird that I’m not monolingual.

But that is besides the point! I promised goals, and goals you shall have.

My week three goals were the following:

1. Continue goals from weeks one and two
2. Maintain my exercise routine while on vacation. I find that when I’m really in a gym routine it all goes south when I leave town. I didn’t want that to happen this time.
3. Eat healthy while on the road.
4. Find ways to reduce my stress levels.

So far so good! I’ve done a good job with the continuation of goals. I maintained my exercise routine while on vacation, albeit there was zero centergy and elliptical. I made up for it with swimming and water sports! Got a healthy tan, too! I no longer glow in the dark, but will again after a month or two. Harrumph.

I indulged a little bit in foods I simply can’t find here in Ohio, but nothing too crazy. Pastelitos de carne, croquetas de bacalao, batidos de trigo… YUM. And in moderation! Really just a taste of each of those. And I ate healthily the rest of the time, too, so overall much better than I’d have done before these 12 weeks.

Stress is bad for heart health and your waistline, so I’ve been looking for ways to decrease my stress levels and have found a few ways. I’m becoming less guilty about occasionally telling my husband that I need me time and disappearing into my sunroom for a couple of hours with a good book or knitting. I normally read 4 or 5 papers a day and I tend to get stressed out from too much news, especially given that I work in the industry anyway. I took a “news fast” while on vacation and it was glorious to ignore everything going on in the world for a few days. And I’ve found that by lightening up a bit on a regular basis, it gets a lot easier to brush things off that would have had me fuming otherwise — stupid people on the road, especially hated chores, and, please forgive me, going to the gym.

That’s all I’ve got for now!

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Victory Toes!

June 12, 2009

I’m leaving for Miami early tomorrow morning, so posting may be a bit lighter until I’m back in the middle of next week. I WILL find a computer so I can post my weekly goals on Monday, however.

But until then, a few glorious days of sun, water sports, old friends, and, I suspect, copious amounts of wine.

I leave you with an image of what I like to call “Victory Toes” from Week One (just don’t stare too closely at my feet; their whiteness might blind you):

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Week 2: Mid-week round up

June 11, 2009

Remember how I said that I’d actually gained two pounds during week one? I was wrong. Dan told me that he noticed that the scale was adding 2.8 pounds to the actual weight that day. I’ve only recently decided to weigh myself, so he’s the one who knows the ins and outs of it anyway.

So I weighed myself this morning and was in for a big surprise — I’ve actually LOST three pounds since the start of the 12 Weeks. Crazy!

In other news, I’m still keeping up with my goals. My second trip to the gym for the week was yesterday, but my knee started hurting after 20 minutes on the elliptical and I decided to not push it. So when I got home, I asked Dan to time how many crunches I can do in two minutes. So far: 66! I still stink at push ups, though.

I’ve been loading up on fruits and veggies this week, and in fact had a lovely salad with a delightful garlic-lime-cilantro dressing. Three of my favorite things minced up and mixed together? SIGN ME UP!

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Week 2 Goals

June 8, 2009

Time to make goals for week two!

Goal 1: Maintain Week 1 goal of breakfast every morning without refined sugars. Hit the gym three times this week. I think I need to alter my workout schedule to alternating between weeks of four workouts and weeks of three workouts, just so I don’t completely burn out. Last week has caught up with me; I came back from Centergy class tonight as my first workout of week two and passed out from complete exhaustion. So Dan recommended I take things slowly to get my body used to that much gym time. Two-three visits to the gym per week to four visits a week is a pretty big jump!

Goal 2: Add a serving of fruits/vegetables to my daily intake. I started tonight with an extra big heap of green beans with dinner. I’m not too fond of green beans, but that’s life, I guess. I get apples tomorrow. Wheeeee!!

Goal 3: Allow myself one can of Diet Coke per day. I’m fairly sensitive to caffeine, so I know if I just cut it all out I’ll get endless caffeine headaches, so gradual is the name of the game. I’ve already been working on this for the past two weeks and I think I’m ready for the plunge into the one-a-day rule. I’d admit how much I’ve already cut out, but I’m actually a bit ashamed. Let’s just say that my office keeps a giant fridge full of free soda for all workers and I took full use of this work perk.

Reward: I’m not sure what my reward should be this week; I’m a bit stumped. I’ll be in Miami at the end of the week and should take advantage of that. One of my favorite places to buy jewelry is a tiny kiosk in the airport (I realize how unlikely that sounds, but they actually have really good, affordable necklaces. I got a lovely red coral necklace last time and it is beautiful). However, that kiosk is in a different place every time I fly through MIA and no one ever seems to know where it is.

I’d say that I’d take the luxury of a whole day to myself to sit in my sunroom with a shiny new book, but I know myself. I’d feel guilty doing that and would be cleaning the kitchen by lunch time.

I’d say I would get a couple new skeins of wool — they have lovely new malabrigo in the yarn store — but I have too much yarn in my stash anyway. Hmm. This IS a dilemma.

Does anyone have reward ideas? I feel like I skipped straight to heaven with a pedicure reward for week one (and I get it on Thursday!).

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