Posts Tagged ‘12 Weeks’


12 weeks results

September 1, 2009

The twelve weeks are over, and I can’t believe how beneficial this program has been to me. I wish all that craziness hadn’t happened towards the end of it, because that derailed me a bit (which I think is understandable, given the circumstances).

Here’s the kicker though — I had my annual physical last week, and I told my doctor about the program. She gave me an EKG for the first time in my life so I could get some additional data for this program. It turns out that I’ve made it through 26 years of life without anyone noticing that I have a minor congenital heart defect! And if it hadn’t been for the BetterU program, I may not have found out for awhile since many doctors don’t consider an EKG a standard part of a physical for people as young as me.

I have an appointment with a cardiologist next week to have an echocardiogram, just to make sure the rest of my heart is healthy. I’m sure it is; the chances of this being an indication of anything bigger are next to nothing because of my age and health habits (not a smoker or drinker, etc.). Nonetheless, I’m glad I found out about it. Thanks, BetterU!

By the way, my bloodwork was so fabulous that my doctor wrote notes next to my cholesterol numbers saying things such as “excellent!” and “this is great!” with big smiley faces. This is the first time I’ve seen this doctor, and I’m happy to say I have FINALLY found a doctor in Cleveland that I like!

Now how about we hear about the results?

Conclusions from the end of the 12 weeks:
1. I did a really good job updating every week until life went haywire for awhile there.
2. Despite this, I kept up my goals as best as I could and did a pretty good job at it, even when on the road, travelling, and in the midst of chaos.
3. I still drink too much diet coke, but much less than I did before the 12 weeks (oh Diet Coke, why must you be so addictive??)

Results from the end of the 12 weeks:
1. I lost between 8 and 10 pounds depending on which scale you go by (I have a feeling 8 is more like it, but I’ll take 10. Why not?)
2. I lost TWO INCHES of my waist at last count. I can’t find my measuring tape at the moment, so my last measurement was about two weeks ago now. Since there is no reason for my waist to have grown, it could even be a little bit more by now. I think that is super impressive!

I think I’m going to keep this blog and update it with my continuing efforts to live a healthier lifestyle. It has been a fun journey, far more beneficial than I expected, and I’m not ready to let it end.

How do the rest of you feel about the program?


Week 6: Second verse, same as the first

July 6, 2009

I’ve decided that because week 5 was an absolute failure, I’m not going to be hard on myself and I’m going to give myself a second chance to get week 5 right. So I’m going to carry over the goals and get it right this time. To recap:

Week 5 6 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.

I tested a new recipe tonight and it was a GIANT success! I’ll share for those who are interested:

-cherry tomatoes
-grape tomatoes
-green onions
-campanelle pasta
-feta cheese
-hot Italian sausage

1. Brown sausage in olive oil
2. Sauté garlic/green onions on high for about a minute. Add in all tomatoes and sauté until the tomatoes begin to wilt
3. Boil campanelle pasta. Dump out excess water when pasta is al dente
4. Mix sausage and garlic/green onions/tomatoes into the pasta
5. Dump in a whole lot of spinach and mix until the spinach is lightly wilted
6. Sprinkle feta cheese to taste

This recipe is DELICIOUS. Dan couldn’t get enough of it. He passed up on key lime pie shipped up from Key West to eat more pasta. There is no greater praise, people.

And finally, an old magnet of Dan’s that I found buried in the junk on our fridge:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.


So here is to the new week! It will definitely be more successful than last.


Week 5: Mid-week update

July 1, 2009

I’ve had a bit of a set back this week — my car unexpectedly had to get some work done, so I’ve been unable to get to the gym. I wanted to go for jogs/walks outside but it has been raining all week. Zero for two! I’ve been doing lighter workouts at home of crunches and push-ups, but it is definitely not the same.

We’re heading to Pittsburgh to visit some friends, which will come with its own challenges. We tend to be pretty active when we visit these friends, but we also tend to eat out quite a bit with them, or not have control over what we eat at their house. We’ll see how this goes!

Happy Independence Day to everyone! I hope everyone has a safe, fun-filled holiday.


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.


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.

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!


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!).


Week One Results

June 7, 2009

Week one is officially over (or will be in a few short hours) and I made both of my goals! I had breakfast every day and managed to exclude refined sugars from them. I also managed to hit the gym four times this week. My original gym plan was two days of Centergy and two days of cardio, but I am a dork and misread the class schedule, so when I showed up at the gym today with yoga mat in tow, I was told by a very confused front desk lady that they don’t have Centergy class on Sunday afternoons. So I did some cardio instead. Which means tomorrow, the first day of Week 2, I will go to Centergy. Hurray! It seems like a good way to start a new week.

I will call to schedule my reward pedicure tomorrow.

As far as results, I was originally disappointed to see that I’ve actually gained a pound or two, despite all this healthy living I’ve been doing. Dan insisted I looked trimmer though, so I pulled out the trusty (hated) measuring tape. It turns out that I’ve actually slimmed my waist down over half an inch! And the same goes for my hips. Now I call THAT results!!


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