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).
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!