Friday, April 16, 2010

Losing It (Week Eight)

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 6 days a week.
2) Drink 64 oz. of water per day.
3) Take-in less calories (and healthier ones at that).
4) Lose 20 10+ pounds at the end of 10 weeks.
5) Sit-ups and light weights (Weeks 5-10).

Here is the update for Week 8:

1) Treadmill 5 days this week (instead of 6), 20 minutes per day, 1.5% incline at 3 mph. In the old days, I would have "beaten myself up mentally." Not anymore! I forgave myself and the next day hopped right back on Tready. :)

2) 64 oz. of water per day. Check.

3) Food Choices. Good ones. I have to say that it was easy because of the accountability factor of this group. I was fired up this week to make good choices through Week 10 (which is just around the corner). I also have decided to join "Weight Loss Wednesdays" at Karen Ehman's blog after this challenge has ended. The accountability factor works for me. I also like that Karen has been successful in weight loss and brings God into the process as well.

4) Lost 1 lb. this week. (Total loss in 8 weeks is 8.5 lbs.) Total percentage of body weight loss is 4.75%. I have re-adjusted my weight loss goal since I will not be hitting anywhere near my original goal of a 20 pound loss in 10 weeks. And I am ok with that.

5) Sit-ups. 3 days this week. Light weights working on my arms every other day.

I had mentioned before going out to lunch with a friend and we both discovered that every time we thought about losing weight...we would gain. I am 5'2" and was "flirting" with 180 pounds. Not pretty. More importantly not healthy. I would step on the scale one day at 179. Then the next time 180. The next time 179.5. The next time 181. So you see the pattern that I was living.

I began this "Losing It" journey at 179 lbs. The only thing worse for me would have been 179.5 or more. I wanted to be able to firmly say, "So long," to the 180s. I am now on the cusp (a point that marks the beginning of a change) of firmly saying, "So long," to the 170s in the next week or two.

At the end of Week Eight, I am happy.

Please stop by to encourage the other participants at Giving Up On Perfect .
See you next week!


  1. Congratulations! I'm in the same boat as you weight and size wise ( I'm 5'1 and a half) and I look forward to saying " so long!" to the 170's as well. And kudos for writing your weight. I do not have the courage to write my actual weight yet. But I can admit it to you on here!

    Great job!

  2. Cindy, that's awesome! You should feel really good. Reaching those diet milestones are so encouraging. Keep it up! (BTW, I probably didn't mention that I'm moving from Brazil to the U.S. for one year while my husband finishes his graduate work--hence the packing up our things and storing them for the year.) Maybe next week you'll say "hello" to the 160s--you can do it!


  3. Thanks for your kind words Mel and Julie!

    Mel I have to laugh with us being in the same height/weight boat since MckLinky at Mary's gave us both the Number 4. We must have hit the link at the same time or MckLinky is psychic! lol

    Julie where in the U.S. is your destination? Can you tell I'm just full of questions today?

  4. Looks like you've done great with your goals. Awesome job!

  5. Thank you Mandi! I am a work in progress;)

    (Just as an update to my comment MckLinky dropped me from co-sharing number 4 to number 5. Technology plays me for a fool again. Sigh..)

  6. You are almost there girl! Well done! Well done!!!

  7. That's great! It looks like you're going to hit your 10 lbs goal! Great job!!

  8. The comment above was from me (Life As Mum). I forgot to sign out of the account I use for my photography site. : )

  9. You're doing GREAT! Saying "Goodbye to the 170s." LOVE IT!!
    I'm planning a party for when I say goodbye to the 200s. Gonna have celery sticks and Crystal Light. LOL!!

  10. Thanks ladies for your encouraging comments!

    Kathy, I think that's still one area that I have to mentally work on. How to celebrate without going overboard in the food department. (I love your comment about celery sticks and Crystal Light.) You are an inspiration!

  11. Cindy, you have been so inspiring to me throughout this challenge. I love that you're changing your mental habits as well as your physical ones - that's surely why you're seeing such success!

  12. Keep up the good work!! Maybe over the summer I'll move home and you'll catch all my illnesses and be cool like me and lose 30 lbs. v.v

    Great job on your weight loss though! I love how you're making it a lifestyle change rather than a diet. Wonderful point of view!


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