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Day 422: As BLC25 winds down...

Monday, July 21, 2014

As usual, I absolutely loved my time in the BLC. The various challenges were fun and well thought-out. However, I didn't make much progress; in fact, I went backwards in some respects!

emoticon The best thing about BLC25 was my team. I feel at home with the Amber Amazon Warriors, but this time around, they really made me feel loved and supported when I needed it the most. It was humbling and very touching.

emoticon I did complete one excellent NSV ... I kept up the 12 week streak! I exercised at least 20 minutes 5 days a week for all 12 weeks. Super proud of myself!

emoticon My plan during the break is to keep up the exercise. My Fitbit makes that fun, counting my steps every day. (I was even in 1st place among my 9 friends the other day!) I also need to limit the sugar and overeating. I should definitely switch back to eating freggies instead of cookies, but I've had a very rough few weeks that sent me back to comfort food. Thinking about that and coming up with better alternatives is what I will do over the break.

See you next round!

  
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LOPEYP 7/22/2014 9:35AM

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Make a list of healthy snacks and keep those things handy. I find it helps when you don't have to think about something healthy to eat.


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IRISHMUM3 7/21/2014 10:48PM

    Great job on the NSV streak!

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Day 397: Week 8 Progress Report

Thursday, June 26, 2014

In accordance with my Day 350 blog with my BLC25 goals, I'm posting my weekly report of how well I'm doing reaching my goals!

emoticon Tracking emoticon

My Goal: 5 days/week of perfect tracking, 2 days/week of partial tracking

Perfect tracking: 4
Partial tracking: 2
No tracking: 1

Having spent the last few weeks hardly tracking at all, I'm happy with this! emoticon

emoticon Exercise emoticon

My Goal: keep up the 12 week streak (5 days/week, 20 min/day); try something new

Days exercised: 7
Days over 20 minutes: 5
Total time: 271 minutes
New exercises: my Wii game gave me some new exercises and yoga poses

The 12 week streak continues! emoticon

emoticon Yoga emoticon

My Goal: yoga 1-2 times/week

Days of yoga: 3
Time: 46 minutes

Exceeded my goal for the first time! emoticon

emoticon Strength Training emoticon

My Goal: "more of this" (haha, should've made it a SMART goal!); complete 30 day squat challenge

Upper body reps: 119
Lower body reps: 64
Core reps: 15
Full body reps: 120
Time spent on ST: 31 minutes
Squat challenge: 15/30 days
Arm challenge: 8/30 days
Core challenge: 6/30 days

I feel pretty good about the amount of time I dedicated to ST this week. I am going to restart my core challenge too! emoticon

emoticon Weight Loss emoticon

My Goal: 20 pounds in 12 weeks

This week's result: -1.8 lbs
Cumulative result: +1.0 lbs

Edging ever so closer to my start weight, lol! Revised goal is to show a loss by the end of the BLC! emoticon

emoticon Weekly Reflection emoticon

I'm still struggling with food, but overall I've tried to be more mindful of my choices. I've been getting up in the morning to work out for 15 minutes, and that's been really helpful for my energy levels too. Twice I have overslept; I should try going to bed earlier.

My friend and I recently chatted about our food issues, and she really hit a chord with me: I am a volume eater. This isn't a problem if I'm eating carrots or something, but it IS a problem when I'm eating cookies! We brainstormed some ideas for healthy/healthier snacks that I can eat in bulk to satisfy that part of my eating habits. I'm looking forward to trying them next week!

  
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IRISHMUM3 6/26/2014 5:30PM

    Great week!

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 6/26/2014 4:59PM

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TJMOAG 6/26/2014 4:45PM

    I like the way you have your planned your weekly goals. I'm trying to figure out my plan and focused more on tracking right now to get in the habit so this gives me some good ideas. I'm sure it was harder when you started so keep up the streak! emoticon

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Day 389: Week 7 Progress Report

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In accordance with my Day 350 blog with my BLC25 goals, I'm posting my weekly report of how well I'm doing reaching my goals!

emoticon Tracking emoticon

My Goal: 5 days/week of perfect tracking, 2 days/week of partial tracking

Perfect tracking: 0
Partial tracking: 1
No tracking: 6

If perfect and no were reversed, I would've done awesome this week! But no. No, I did not do anything awesome this week. emoticon

emoticon Exercise emoticon

My Goal: keep up the 12 week streak (5 days/week, 20 min/day); try something new

Days exercised: 7
Days over 20 minutes: 5
Total time: 146 minutes
New exercises: nothing this week

The 12 week streak continues! (Week 6 kept me on the streak too!) emoticon

emoticon Yoga emoticon

My Goal: yoga 1-2 times/week

Days of yoga: 2
Time: 30 minutes

Whoo hoo! emoticon

emoticon Strength Training emoticon

My Goal: "more of this" (haha, should've made it a SMART goal!); complete 30 day squat challenge

Upper body reps: 60
Lower body reps: 35
Core reps: 30
Full body reps: 110
Time spent on ST: 20 minutes
Squat challenge: 15/30 days
Arm challenge: 8/30 days
Core challenge: 6/30 days

I'm pretty excited about the full body reps that I did this week, but overall it's not enough ST for what I was doing before. I did get some ST in on Tuesday because it was incorporated with a workout video I did, but I didn't count that here. I am officially abandoning the 30 day challenges, but I'm hoping to restart arms and/or core soon. emoticon

emoticon Weight Loss emoticon

My Goal: 20 pounds in 12 weeks

This week's result: +1.6 lbs (from 2 weeks ago)
Cumulative result: +2.8 lbs

Still going in the wrong direction and it's pretty clear why. emoticon

emoticon Weekly Reflection emoticon

Yes, I skipped week 6's report. No, it wasn't any better. I'm sliding down a slope, and I'm having trouble finding a foothold so I can climb back up.

The numbers are poor for reasons that make sense. I'm not tracking, my physical activity level has dropped, and I'm being generally lazy. There are no good reasons for any of this. I did it, and I need to fix it. I am committing to perfect tracking most days this week (most days = 4 days or more). Maybe if I see the stuff I'm putting in my mouth, I'll think harder before I put it there next time. I have also, for the past two days, gotten up a little early and worked out for 15 minutes. This is something I've wanted to do, and I'm glad I've started!

  
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IRISHMUM3 6/18/2014 4:46PM

    Getting up early to work out is a very good step in the right direction. :)

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LOPEYP 6/18/2014 12:05PM

    Accountability is the first step. You are well on your way. emoticon

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LOVELESMILLS 6/18/2014 10:05AM

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Day 380: Fitness Test Results

Monday, June 09, 2014

emoticon Fitness Test emoticon

Since it's week 6 of the BLC, we had to repeat the fitness test that we did in week 1. I'll be posting my results from both as comparison.

The link to the test is here:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_articles.asp?id=1112


Here are my results:

Week 1:
The Push-Up Test (Modified Push Ups): 19 in 1 minute
This ranks me as "average" since I'm in the 30-39 age range.

Week 6:
The Push-Up Test (Modified Push Ups): 21 in 1 minute
This ranks me as "average" again.

Week 1:
The Crunch Test: 20 in 1 minute
This ranks me between "marginal" and "needs work" for a woman under 35.

Week 6:
The Crunch Test: 25 in 1 minute
This ranks me as "marginal" - yay!

Week 1:
The 3-Minute Step Test: 112
This puts me between "average" and "below average" for a woman aged 26-35.

Week 6:
The 3-Minute Step Test: 110
This ranks me as "average" - yay!

Week 1:
The 1-Mile Walk Test: 19:15
This puts me as "poor" for being over 17:00 at ages 30-39.

Week 6:
The 1-Mile Walk Test: 18:59
This still ranks me as "poor".

I improved on all of my results! That makes me very happy! I still got cramps in my thighs (and arms) on the push-ups, but the stomach cramps during the crunches weren't as prevalent. I may be able to improve on my 1-mile time; I had some calf cramping when I started out today. I need to do more stretching!

Overall though, I'm happy with these results! emoticon

  
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EUEK098 6/21/2014 3:37PM

    You did great!!!!

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IRISHMUM3 6/10/2014 12:45AM

    Progress is great!

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JAMBABY0 6/9/2014 10:35PM

    good job

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EMMACORY 6/9/2014 10:23PM

    These are all great NSV! Hope you did a happy dance! emoticon

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Day 376: Week 5 Progress Report

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In accordance with my Day 350 blog with my BLC25 goals, I'm posting my weekly report of how well I'm doing reaching my goals!

emoticon Tracking emoticon

My Goal: 5 days/week of perfect tracking, 2 days/week of partial tracking

Perfect tracking: 0
Partial tracking: 3
No tracking: 4

Uh... yeah. This week was the hardest for me mentally (and for no real reason), and I completely failed at all things tracking. emoticon

emoticon Exercise emoticon

My Goal: keep up the 12 week streak (5 days/week, 20 min/day); try something new

Days exercised: 6
Days over 20 minutes: 6
Total time: 255 minutes
New exercises: nothing this week

Miraculously ... The 12 week streak continues! emoticon

emoticon Yoga emoticon

My Goal: yoga 1-2 times/week

Days of yoga: 0
Time: 0 minutes

I really needed it, but I didn't do it. emoticon

emoticon Strength Training emoticon

My Goal: "more of this" (haha, should've made it a SMART goal!); complete 30 day squat challenge

Upper body reps: 220
Lower body reps: 25
Core reps: 210 + 45 second plank
Full body reps: 10 + 10 minutes of pilates + 1 minute bear crawl
Time spent on ST: 33 minutes
Squat challenge: 15/30 days
Arm challenge: 8/30 days
Core challenge: 6/30 days

Thanks to some TNT and the WEC, I did do some ST this week. I'm still not back to any of my 30 day challenges, but I think the squat one is a bust. I'm not sure my knees or hips can take anymore. emoticon

emoticon Weight Loss emoticon

My Goal: 20 pounds in 12 weeks

This week's result: +2.8 lbs
Cumulative result: +1.2 lbs

Ugh. Now that I officially weigh more than I did when I started this challenge 5 weeks ago, I feel discouraged. Not surprised. Not upset. I understand why it happened, and I need to change it. emoticon

emoticon Weekly Reflection emoticon

I'm in a bad spot! All thumbs down (minus the fact that I am still in the 12 week streak). No good habits (except the exercise). I believe next week we'll be redoing the fitness test, which means I will redo my measurements. I think I'll improve on the fitness test because I have been increasing my strength training. As for measurements ... I don't wanna!

I am feeling better, so I think I'm getting out of my funk. It's just going to be hard to get back to tracking. (For what it's worth, I have been measuring things - just not logging them. Of course I've also been shoving sugar into my mouth.)

  
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IRISHMUM3 6/5/2014 9:11PM

    emoticon You can get back on track. Progress, not perfection. Recognizing where you are faltering (tracking) and succeeding (measuring food) is the right way to go.

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LADYOLIVER 6/5/2014 4:53PM

    emoticon. Make it a deliberate act to make those changes. Let's Go emoticon

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