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Archives for February, 2009

10×10 Results – Lent Pledge

OK – time for some results!  I started the 10 x 10 challenge 10 weeks ago at 162.2 pounds.  During the challenge I went up as far as 165.? pounds and as low as 157.0 pounds.  I ended the challenge at 157.8 pounds.  That’s a loss of 4.4 pounds.  I didn’t hit my goal of 10 pounds.  I’m disappointed I didn’t do better but it’s not a total loss.  I’m tracking my food again.  That helps immensely!  I have to know how much I’m putting in my mouth because otherwise little bits of this and that add up way too quickly and pretty soon I’m gaining a pound here and there. Ugh.  So, yay for Fitday!  And for keeping myself under 1500 calories/day!

Now for the other part of the challenge.  I wanted to lose 10 inches.  In total, I lost 3.75 inches.  Not too shabby!  I lost 1.5 inches off both my hips and waist.  I’m super excited about that!  I lost 0.5 inches off my chest and 0.25 inches off my thighs.  Not too bad at all.

The one part of the challenge that I’m most disappointed in is my lack of exercise.  I must, MUST, get back into an exercise routine.  Not only do I have races coming up (already signed up for the duathlon in May with more race registrations to come!) but I can not lose all the weight by diet alone.  And even if I could, I’d then be just as unhealthy as I am now.  Sure, I’d be down some unhealthy belly fat but I wouldn’t be fit.  I want to be fit.

So, that all leads in to my new challenge.  The Lent Pledge.  Now, technically I’m Lutheran, not Catholic but I grew up Catholic and only switched to Lutheran when I married Kris and we joined a church together as a family.  I still have those Catholic roots though.  When I was growing up I always gave something up for Lent.  This year, instead of giving up a vice for the Big Man, I’m going to try to better myself in a different way.  I’m going to pledge to Him, to myself and to you guys to work out every day for at least 20 minutes.  Now, I’m not perfect, even though I try to be (heh) so I’m going to give myself an out just like any good Catholic does (heh).  Catholics can take Sundays off.  There are 6 Sundays between now and Easter (not counting Easter).  So I’m going to give myself 6 off days in the challenge. It’s my goal to work out every day for at least 20 minutes but I can take any random 6 days off (not necessarily Sundays) and still call myself successful during this pledge.  I should be able to find 20 minutes to spin, elliptical, run, or Shred it every day.  Right?

To start the pledge I spun for 25 minutes tonight.  Look at me excel!  Anyone else want to pledge themselves to something during Lent with me? Leave your pledge in the comments!

Oh, and I’m also pledging to post here at least 3 times a week.  This blog is so sad right now!  Don’t worry I have blog post ideas brewing…

Week 9!

Only 1 week left in the 10×10 challenge!  This morning I weighed in at 157.2 pounds.  That’s a 5 pound reduction from 9 weeks ago.  Not the most stellar of progress but down is down.  I can’t beat myself up too much about that.  I’m still fighting the exercise inertia.  This past week I exercised 2 times.  So, for this week my goal, for the last week of the challenge, is to exercise a minimum of 4 days and to lose 2 pounds.  There – I can do this.

And I have a new challenge for myself in the works.  Hey – if this one got rid of 5 ugly pounds of fat, then maybe my next challenge can do even better!  Stay tuned for details!

Exercise Inertia

You know how an object in motion tends to stay in motion?  And how one at rest tends to stay at rest?  Remember that from Physics 101?  Well, I think we can all agree that the same theory applies to exercise.  When you’re in the groove, working out regularly, your body craves those endorphins.  You look forward to those work outs.  You have more energy.  You feel better about yourself.  Your health and fitness improves.

And then you miss a few days here or there maybe to nurse an injury or to recover from a big race.  Or maybe something stressful came up in your life and something had to take a backseat and that something became your work outs.  And guess what – now it’s been months and you just can’t seem to get back into any sort of schedule.  Your exercise is hit or miss.  Your fitness levels are noticably decreased.

That has been me the past few months.  I’m working out sporadically. (Last Monday night and Saturday morning for example but other than that?  Not much.)  I’m trying hard to correct this.  To make plans and goals and deals with myself.  So far?  It’s not working.  I’m going to keep trying and if I can’t get myself together, I’ll create another little challenge for myself.  The 10×10 challenge, while not entirely successful did get 5 pounds off me or so.  And that’s a good thing even if it’s not as much as I would have liked.

Is there anyone else in the same boat as me?  Any one else struggling to find the time and energy to just go do it?  Just get that little bit of exercise in each day until you’re back in the groove and craving more?

Week 8 – 10×10 almost over!

Only two more weeks. I, uh, doubt I’m going to make that 10 pounds lost goal. I KNOW I’m not going to make the 10 inches lost goal. Today I weighed in at 159.4. No worries though. I was 157.6 for four days before that. Then, yesterday, I had three alcoholic drinks (after not drinking anything for over a month!) along with pizza and cookies (that were fresh out of the oven – hey Day 1 will do that to you, ya know?), quesadillas, etc. Let’s just say the eating was definitely over the top. Today though I’m back at it. Calories are being tracked and I’m sure that 159 is temporary. Plus – I have my work out clothes on! And I’m going to be putting in at least 20 minutes (either elliptical, bike or 30 Day Shred) before bed tonight. I will. New page being turned here people. It’s time to get both nutrition and exercise back on track!

Week 7 (late)

OK, so I’m late in posting this. It’s not as bad as you think though. OK, so my brother was in town over the weekend and there was lots of snacking and not much careful dieting. I know, I know. Bad. Anyway. Monday I was at 158.8 pounds. Not too bad. Only up about a 1/2 pound. I’m back to tracking calories and working my way back down. Food is all good.

Now exercise? I just can’t seem to get it together. I want to exercise. I need to exercise. I feel better when I do exercise. And yet? I’m not exercising. All my weight loss these past weeks has been due to my nutrition. But even if I can diet my way down to 145 I’m still going to be squishy.

I don’t want to be squishy.

And Grandma’s Half Marathon registration opens on February 18th. I need to start cardio training now so I can work on endurance and speed and getting miles in starting in March.

This is it February. Time to get back to it.