Friday, April 9, 2010

Losing It (Week Seven)

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 7:

1) Treadmill 6 days this week, 20 minutes per day, 1.5% incline at 3 mph. Check.

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

3) I had a better week with my food choices. I had lunch out once and had a BIG salad. (Do you remember that Seinfeld episode with Elaine's BIG salad?) Mine was delicious with mixed greens, dried cranberries, bleu cheese crumbles, hazelnuts, grilled chicken breast and an herb dressing (served on the side). Also had 1/2 of a small corn muffin and 1/2 of some kind of wonderfully textured bread. Should I be concerned that I eat bread that I have no idea what it is? Anyway. Since I was not hungry for dinner, I fed my Wonderful Husband and Son, hopped on the treadmill for my usual 20 minute walk...then started feeling a bit hungry. I ate a small bowl of lowfat vanilla yogurt with Bear Naked granola. (OK, I started this thought with Elaine's BIG salad and couldn't wait to end with Bear Naked granola. Sometimes I just have to laugh at my food life!)

4) Lost 1 lb. this week. (Total loss in 7 weeks is 7.5 lbs.) Total percentage of body weight loss will be posted on Week 10. I have re-adjusted my weight loss goal since I will not be hitting anywhere near my original goal of 20 pound lost in 10 weeks.

In the "old days" I would be mentally beating myself up at this point and eating more to try and stuff that disappointed feeling. Yet since I'm approaching this as a lifestyle change and not a diet, I am staying focused on my health benefits. I went for my annual exam yesterday and one of the questions asked was, "Do you exercise?" I replied, "Yes, I do." I laughed and said that I was really proud to be able to say that. The nurse looked at my chart and said, "Last year you said occasionally." I laughed again and said, "Wow, I was an optimist last year!" This year is my year of actually exercising instead of  "occasionally" which meant "just thinking about it."

5) Sit-ups. Probably 3 days this week. Wow! Are you picturing me doing sit-ups for 3 days straight? Stop it! That would be so very wrong! Light weights working on my arms every other day.

At the end of Week Seven, I am fired up!

Please stop by to encourage the other participants at See you next week!


  1. Wow. I read this post and wanted to go hop on the treadmill. You are doing such a good job with this challenge. Every time I read your updates I'm encouraged to try harder. Way to go!! I'm rooting you on!

  2. Great week girl! Keep it up!

  3. I always look forward to coming here and reading about your progress. You're such an inspiration! And you have the right mindset. It's all about like change. And not beating yourself up and keeping up what you're doing. I am SO IMPRESSED with your workouts, consistency and commitment.

    You go!!

  4. Thank you ladies for your encouraging words! I am learning to be kinder to myself as I grow older. (After all, beating myself up mentally, then eating like crazy hasn't worked for me in the past.)

    Also, I'm learning from the book "Me, Myself & Lies....A Thought Closet Makeover," by Jennifer Rothschild. It's a good study I'm doing with a friend and it's made me very aware how my thoughts quickly turn negative toward myself and I'm now able to "head them off" and fill my "thought closet" with God's Word and works. After all, He loves us and forgives us. We should be as kind to ourselves.

  5. Ya! Fired up is good!! You are doing great!

  6. You are doing great! Isn't it amazing what a difference your attitude makes in your progress! We have to be nice to ourselves or we don't get anywhere! Congrats on the 7.5 pound loss!

  7. Good for you!!! Looks like your plan is working. Keep it up!!!

  8. Cindy!!! You are doing SO WELL! And I love how excited you were to tell your doctor you exercise. That's awesome!


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