Thursday, May 27, 2010

So Far - So Good

I'm a few days into my 20lbs in 10 weeks challenge and so far the results are good.  Three pounds lost since I started.  I'd love to hit that 20lb mark as soon as possible, but even if I do I will still maintain the same workout routine through the whole 10 weeks.  The food journal I'll need to make a commitment to use for at least 3 weeks.

I'm loving my treadmill!  I can use it at anytime during the day or night that is convenient.  Don't have to drive 10-15 minutes each way to and from the gym.  That time is better spent actually on the treadmill.  Not only am I using it for true workout time (3.4 - 3.8 mph), I am also using it at a slower pace (1 - 2 mph) while watching tv, making business calls, reading, researching and taking notes.  If I had a laptop then I could use that as well.  It's been real easy to put a board across the siderails to use as a desk.  I have to warn you though - it's much easier to write at 1mph vs 2mph.  :o)

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Treadmill & New Challenge

Well, this month has not gone as planned regarding the weight loss.  The reason?  The execution of the plan was extremely poor.  I have maintained pretty well though having only picked up 1 lb (still time to lose that by the end of the month).

We at the house decided to go ahead and buy a treadmill and cancel the gym membership.  At the gym that's the only piece of equipment we were using anyway, and the gym had gotten so busy that we found ourselves waiting to use it.

The treadmill was delivered on Friday.  It's now set up and has had some use already.  And I decided a new challenge was in order since the past 5-7 weeks had been busy, hectic, and somewhat chaotic. 

I've decided that I'm going to shoot for 20lbs in 10 weeks.  The last day of July I have an event that I'm cohosting.  There's no need to lose weight for that, but I just thought it was a nice timeline to coincide with a new challenge. 

So - instead of the 1lb minimum each week, it is now 2lbs per week.  Very doable.  I've got my food journal back out on the kitchen counter and will be using that.  And with the treadmill in the house I will hit that at least 5 days per week for a workout.  I will also be using it at other times just to burn off a few more calories.

I'll try to post little updates on here more often than I have been.  Wish me success.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

What A Month!

Alright, time to update.  The month started out real well......then life got in the way. 

Within the first few days I had lost my goal of 4lbs minimum for the month.  And I thought that it was going to be a great month - maybe realistically 8-10lbs total for the month.  Well, that never happened.  After the first few days of the month a relative broke their hip.  Which meant that we were going to be taking in their adult mentally impaired son and dealing with his very picky, mostly unhealthy, eating habits.  The relative is doing fine and living with us for a few days and I am slowly getting back on track, but my meal adjustments have been a challenge to find a good balance for all involved.

I will be going back to a food journal for the month to make sure I get my mind back in the groove.  And considering the first few days of the broken hip saga where I put on 5lbs, I still consider this month a success because I still squeeked out my goal.  I'm now down to 244.5 (goal was 245) and nearing 30lbs lost since Nov '09.  My goal for this month will change slightly:  Instead of my normal "4lbs" for a month I want to see 239.  And then hopefully say "goodbye" to the 240's forever.

This is an important week.  I want to make this week a rededication of the habits and lifestyle I'm been working at achieving.  I'm proud of myself for being able to at least maintain during the difficult part of this past month.  I was able to meet my goal and maintain.  And for that I am proud of myself.