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A Week & A Half into the Eight Week Challenge

Friday, November 13, 2009

I'm a week and a half into this eight week challenge that is supposed to help me through the holiday season. In my first week I lost a half a pound, which is less than my regular target of one pound per week. I know I should be happy with any amount of weight loss, as I am still moving forward. However, my competitive nature is causing me to feel disappointed. I feel like I have somewhat let the team down, as I did not meet my target weight loss.

My weight loss progress definitely wasn't help by my food consumption last week. I just seemed to be having an especially hungry week and a bad weekend. During the week I just didn't seem to be satisfied, even with making lots of healthy selections that were high in whole grains, fruits, veggies, fibre, and protein. I just wanted more. Then this last weekend I spent two nights hanging out with a friend who's wife just left him. The first night we went to a hockey game with his family and the second we had a games night at his parents' place. So, both activities involved junk food, alcohol and minimal sleep, which wrote off the next day for activity too. Tuesday rolled around and the scale only moved a half of a pound. Right then and there, I resolved to have a better week this week.

So far so good. I've stayed in my calorie range all week. I've reached my calories burned goal for the week and have completed all of my strength training activities. I also have a run/walk planned for tomorrow morning, so I'll more than exceed my calories burned goal. As a part my challenge the team has some internal weekly challenge of walking/running 11 miles (17.7 km) and trying a new food this week. I'm 2 km away from meeting that goal, which will be accomplished less than half way through my planned run for tomorrow, and I have purchased some kale. I can't believe I've never tried it, but I'll search out a recipe for it tomorrow to make on Sunday with my pot roast. Anyone have any suggestions???

Right now I'm feeling comfortable with my accomplishments this week, but only time and the scale will tell.
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    I hear ya...weekends can be tough.

    But you have already taken action...GO YOU!!!!!!!

    With this kind of determination I am sure you will come top of your class at the end of the 8 weeks!!

    4262 days ago
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    Ah... alcohol is not fattening in and of itself, it's just empty calories that we enjoy... lol
    I am right were you are... it's funny... my blog a couple of days ago was lamenting that I couldn't keep myself out of the kitchen. I on the other hand, gained five pounds!
    We have a tendency to think when we eat badly and not like we think we should that it makes us bad people. I think over all as a group we lean towards perfectionism and if we don't do it perfectly this makes us "bad".
    Another sparker made a comment to me, on a blog, that made a lot of sense and I don't know why I never thought of it in that way before. This person told me even skinny people over eat once in a while. Why that was an eye opener for me I am not sure. Maybe it's just because if a person who is thin over eats and stays thin... why can't I?
    Each of us have our reasons for being overweight and I really believe that part of our process is changing our brains and mindset about ourselves. It's not just about losing the weight.
    I think you are doing a great job. I am proud of you for thinking about how to change things up. Keep up the fantastic work!
    4267 days ago
    Sounds like you made some awesome changes to counteract what happened last week. Don't get to down, the scale does start to move, plus I think your body starts to thank you by feeling better in the long run. I hope you enjoy your run/walk today.
    4270 days ago
    Sounds like you're doing great - the mileage and working out are fantastic. There will always be off weeks - and water retention or this or that. Keep up the good work!
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