Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Where am I? (Volume 2)

It's Tuesday! Know what that means? It means that twenty-four states are holding caucuses or primary elections. But that's not what this post is about ... Tuesday also means I do a "where am I in my weight loss journey" stats check for the Healthy You Challenge.

Weight loss since last Tuesday: 0.4 lbs
After this past weekend, I'm shocked to see any kind of loss. Since I expected a gain, this wee little loss is a happy surprise. Hey, I'll take it! All the little losses add up over time, right?

Weight loss since fall 2007 (most recent leg of weight loss journey): 13 lbs
I gave myself a 10 lb badge last week, so 2 more lbs until my 15 lb badge.

Total weight lost (entire weight loss journey): 27.6 lbs
I gave myself a 25 lb badge last week, so 2.4 more lbs until my 30 lb badge.

Slowly but surely I'm taking this weight off. I have 2.4 lbs until a couple big milestones ... I'm not going to try to take that much off in one week, but I'm going to set a mini-goal to lose 2.4 lbs by the Tuesday after next. Losing 1.2 lbs/week seems completely possible, but it also seems like I'm going to have to focus.

As far as other goals go, I'm doing a little better when it comes to exercise. I'm not awarding myself an exercise badge, though. This past week I didn't meet my minimum 3x/week cardio 2x/week strength training goal. But yesterday was the start of a new week, and I have confidence that I'll acheive that goal this week. Now that I'm doing the couch to 5k program, I'm a lot more motivated.

It's not too late to join me and Ashley and jb in the couch to 5k program. We're doing this together so that we can support and inspire each other. I'm only at the end of week 1, personally, and I think Ashley and jb are about where I am. I expect before too long we're going to end up on different weeks since it is a self-paced program, so if you start out now you're still very much running with the pack, so to speak.

Having a structured, specific goal of "I want to run a 5k by following this program" is definitely helping me focus, and it's given me a sense of purpose that I didn't have before in regards to exercise. In all honesty, I'm a little intimidated by the idea of running 5k. I don't see myself as a runner. But I've looked around and I see how many other people have done this program and met their goals, so I know I can do this. To everyone who did this before me, thanks for setting an example and giving me hope.

Anyway, last night I did week 1 day 2 of the program. But wait, there's more! Afterwards, I did an hour of strength and cardio intervals since Monday is the night I work out with a trainer along with my husband and a friend. That's 90 minutes of exercise, my friends! Yay!

I'm a little stiff today. Gee, I wonder why?


Felicia said...

I think it sounds like you are doing AWESOME!! Keep up the amazing work!!! You are SO doing it!

Have a SUPER day!

Kate said...

Great Job on writing out your goals. I think it helps you stick to them if they are written out like that.

1.2lbs a week is totally doable!

jb said...

You're doing great! I'm sure you'll be able to achieve your mini-goal. I totally agree with you about the benefits of Couch to 5k. Since I've started, I feel so excited to exercise because there is a definite fitness goal to focus on.

Katschi said...

Your very focused and motivated. I like that! I look forward to seeing your progress.

Linda said...

WELL DONE! You are doing really well!!

RE-Comment: I WISH I HAD GOT A PIC OF THE UPS GUY...teehee he was one good looking hunk of man.

Hugs hun xx

jb said...

Oh, almost forgot to ask! How did you find the second day of C25k? I found it pretty difficult, but I was able to get through it without dropping dead on the treadmill, so that's nice =P
My next day is Thursday, when's yours? If I'm not mistaken, you'll be starting the second week, right? Be sure to let me know how it goes.

Angela said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. Wow, You are doing great. Good luck with your weight loss and I look forward to reading more of your blogs.

HappyBlogChick said...

Thanks for the support, guys!

jb, I'll reply to your question back on your blog ...

Ashley said...

You are doing so great!

Thank you for that invitation for the Couch-to-5K. I did Week 1, Day 1 earlier today-- I Loved it!
Keep up the fantastic work!

Heather said...

congrats on your loss this week, you are doing a great job!

Blubba said...

I will definitely be joining you on the Couch to 5K challenge! Thanks for the invite!

Living to Feel Good said...

Your losses are awesome! Losing it slowly is better anyway, so I am glad you are not upset about that.

WAY to go on the 90 mins!! You're rockin' it!!

Amy said...

Definitely can do the 2.4 in 2 weeks. Yes- must stay focused. Keep up the exercise...stay OP...drink drink drink your water.

Anonymous said...

I love the Couch to 5K program, I think it's an awesome way to get fit for people (like me) who started out pretty sedentary.

Thanks again for the welcome to the HYC. You're doing so well, your success is very inspiring! :-)


Hanlie said...

You rock! I'm so doing that in a few months' time! I must just get my weight down a bit and get fitter. I've had a look at the website and it looks doable in due time!

Scale Junkie said...

I think you are doing a fantastic job! I really think you will see success in your couch to 5k plan its something I plan on following once I get a bit further down in weight because there is a 5k in my future!

rupa said...

Great loss....and great going....kudos to the efforts and focus...I need to learn a lot from you

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