Friday, March 5, 2010

Losing It (Week Two)

I have joined Mary at Giving Up On Perfect in the "Losing It" weight loss challenge.

My plan is basically to eat less and move more.

1) Get on the treadmill 5 days a week.
2) Drink 48 oz. of water per day.
3) Take-in less calories (and healthier ones at that).
4) Lose 20 pounds at the end of 10 weeks.

Here is the update for Week 2:

1) This week I increased my time on the treadmill from 15 to 20 minutes, 5 days, 1% incline at 3 mph. On Wednesday I was "dreading treading," yet made myself climb on and 4 1/2 minutes in was "in the groove." I learned that if I just start moving...the positive feelings will follow shortly thereafter.

2) Drank over 48 oz. of water per day. Water isn't so bad after all. (Yet Diet Coke is still my favorite liquid refreshment.)

3) I did go out to eat lunch on Saturday at Chili's with my wonderful husband.  I ate 1/2 of my bacon cheeseburger and fries and brought home my leftovers for lunch on Sunday. On Wednesday, I visited another blog where people were saying that they go online and look up menu items to see how many calories are listed so they can make a smart choice on what to order. I went online and Chili's bacon burger (not with cheese like I had ordered) was listed at 1080 calories. YIKES! That was just the burger no fries included. Now I'm wondering if I'll drive myself nuts looking up menus online or if I should stick with my "ignorance is bliss" thinking. I did enjoy the burger and fries...

4) Lost 2 lbs. this week. (Total loss in 2 weeks is 3.5 lbs.) Hooray!

At the end of Week Two, I am hopeful.

If you care to join us, go to or just stop by to cheer on the other participants. See you next week!


  1. Looking up menu items online is both depressing and empowering. Just the way we prepare the SAME items at home saves SO MANY CALORIES!

    Next time, get it without a bun and with veggies instead of fries. Still get the taste without the calorie load!

    We're actually eating at Chili's tonight so I'm gonna go check the menu...eeeeek.

  2. Great job! Yes, eating out is tricky--so many hidden calories. BUT you still lost and that's fantastic.


  3. Great job! I totally relate to #1. I always tell myself I can just walk for a little while. Usually a few minutes into it I want to run and push myself a bit more. Keep up the great work!!

  4. Great job! Sounds like you are on the right track. I know, it's so depressing to find out how many calories are in the foods we like from our fave restaurants. And like someone else above said, if you force yourself to exercise usually you can get in the groove after a few minutes.

  5. Cindy, great job! I've found that looking up nutritional info BEFORE going out to eat is helpful; looking it up AFTER going out to eat is depressing! :)

  6. Eating out is my downfall. You're doing great! I admire your determination!

  7. We just joined a gym near our house and in between my house and work. I plan to go there each day after work. Thankfully, I get off at 4, so I can still be home by 5:30. I can't wait to start!

    Eating out is my downfall too! Keep up your great work!


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