Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday weigh-in

Here we go, another week with Shrinkvivor Challenge. We were charged with the following:

No fast food
5 fruits & Vegetables
count calories
Log your miles

Water was a challenge, I did it most days, but not all
No fast food, except for the kids, they ate pizza (delivery) while I had a salad.
Ate lots of salad, carrots and bananas this week. On average I hit my 5 servings.
Miles 13.18 miles (combination of walking/running with the C25K and the elliptical machine)

Last week: 182.4
This week: 183.2
Loss this week: + .8

Total loss: 4.0lbs

IT is so frustrating, because I was tracking my calories, and doing great on everything. I didn't get a ton of miles in, but I had some great workouts. However I am fighting off a cold and I think that has affected things greatly. I am sure I'll be booted off to Exile Island this week for sure.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday Weigh-In

Here we are again at another weigh-in day! I have come to look forward to these days, instead of dreading them, which is a good thing!

It was a rough week for me and my family as we were sidelined by illness. Since last weigh in, I was only able to head to the gym 3 times, and only 2 of them counted towards this weeks challenge for Shrinkvivor. Thursday, on my way to the gym, I received a call from my older kids after school care- Sarah didn't feel good. That workout was out the window. Thursday evening my youngest came down with the stomach flu. I had to stay home from work with her on Friday. Saturday, I managed to hit the gym before my other 2 kids came down with the same stomach bug. Sat night, both my husband and I got sick as well. Monday, I had to work late and just couldn't squeeze in a workout, especially after my husband stayed home all day with the middle child who was still sick. Finally, yesterday I took the day off of work to take my husband for an endoscopy. after he was all done, I went to the gym and had an awesome workout! So, only 3 workouts this week and the stomach bug. I really wasn't sure what I'd find when I got on the scale this morning.

The challenges this week were just that-a challenge. I tried my best with the water, but obviously got sidelined there by other things. We continued with no fast food, and I managed to stick to that without a problem-we did do carry-out for dinner twice, but the first time, I got a salad when the others had pizza, and the second time was sushi- I don't' think those should count against me :). Getting 5 servings of fruit & vegetables was more difficult. On the days I could eat, I did ok. I had a lot of salads this week, but not as much fruit as I should have. I definitely know that I need to improve there.

The physical challenge this week was to do a mile (walking or running) as fast as we could. I typically do the bulk of my workout on the elliptical machine, so I was bummed out that I couldn't use that. I haven't run since who-knows-when. I have never thought of myself as someone who can run. This challenge has changed that. On Saturday, I decided to just run on the treadmill to see what I could do. after a 2 min fast walk, I ran for a half a mile with out stopping, then I walked for the next quarter mile and then ran again until I hit the mile mark. I managed to run/walk a mile in 14:01. I was pretty impressed with myself! Then yesterday, I did my usual elliptical workout and then headed to the treadmill, this time armed with the Couch25K app on my iPod Touch. I started it with a walk and then when it switched from the first run back to walk, I felt really good, so I decided to just keep running until I couldn't anymore. At one point I looked down at the display and realized that I had already surpassed the half-mile mark and I felt great! I just kept running, through all the bells telling me to walk or run again. I ended up running for a mile straight, without stopping!! I couldn't believe it. I did it in 12:40! Once I hit the mile, I started following the bells to walk and run and I ended up doing a total of 2 miles on the treadmill yesterday. Maybe I can be a runner. My hubby, who runs (not a lot, but is working towards a half marathon), has challenged me to do a 5K with him in the spring...I'm so excited!!

So here are the numbers:

Starting weight 187.2
Last week 184.0
This week 182.6
Loss this week 1.4
Total Loss 4.6

Fastest Mile 12:40 min

Water Challenge- I tried, but I'm sure I fell short
Fruits & Veggies- I averaged about 3-4 a day, I NEED to do better
Fast Food- Avoided, except for carry out (Salad & Sushi-which didn't stay with me by the way)