Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Weigh to Go Wednesday

Wow.  Wednesday already.  Again. 

Wednesday means the week is halfway over.

It also means its time for my weekly weigh-in for the Power of One Challenge.

Starting today, it's also going to be the day that I share my ups and downs for the week...where I succeeded and where I didn't.

Starting next Wednesday, I'll have my "action steps" in place (thanks to an idea from Miss Kerri O) to go along with all my long term and short term goals.  You'll hear about the goals, action steps, rewards, etc. tomorrow and Friday.

First things, first.  My weigh-in. 

Power of One Challenge

Like the new badge?  Me too!  I'm going to use this each Wednesday.

Starting weight:  227lbs
Last week's weight:  222lbs
This week's weight:  221.4lbs
Total weight loss since the start of the challenge:  5.6lbs

I'm down .6lbs.  Not too bad.  It's a loss - and a loss is a loss.

I had really hoped to have knocked through into the 2-teens this week, but with the huge amount of weight I lost last week - I can't complain.  I was told to expect a little gain after losing 5lbs from being sick and basically being on a liquid diet - I didn't gain, so I'll hit the teens next week.

How did I do this week in regards to other "stuff"?

Well, I went running twice.  I was scheduled to go three times since last Wednesday - but I missed Monday because of snow.  I improved my pace and distance from the first run to the second run - that's good.

I've been eating well - all week.  I haven't had any set-backs.  I haven't given in to any temptation.  I've stuck to my meal plan - and eaten lots of veggies.

There are a few things that I need to work on this week.  The first thing is my yoga.  I am not doing it every morning - like I should be.  I don't know why.  I'm getting up early enough - even though it's not exactly at 4am.  I just don't have the urge to do it.  I'm not happy about it.  I made myself do it one day, and I felt great after.  I've just never really been a morning exercise I think that I might have to start doing the yoga in the evenings.  I'm going to try doing it tonight, before I go to bed...once all the kids are in bed and asleep.  I will see how I feel after - and see if it's something I will start doing every night.

I also didn't drink as much water as I'd like this week.  Not one single day did I consume near enough water.  I drank maybe 20ozs each day - not good.  I should be drinking 5 times that. 

OK, so there's the successes and the things I need to work on this next week.  Not too bad.  It's still very early in the game.

Yesterday, I spent a lot of time thinking about my goals.  I thought about how I want to achieve each goal, the time I want to give myself to do each of them...and how I will reward myself when they are completed.  I have some great input from people yesterday - and they all had some awesome reward ideas.

I've decided to break my goals project into two separate posts...cause I know that both will be long.  I will post short-term goals tomorrow, and long term goals on Friday.  This project is harder than I originally thought it to be.  Each time I start thinking about deadlines dates that I want to achieve the goals by, I get nervous.  I start doubting myself. 

I've always been a procrastinator - don't know why - and it's hard for me to stop.  While I can put off writing a paper until the night before it's due - I can't put off losing weight until the night before I place a due date on it.  I can't wait until the day before I set the date to run a mile in 10 minutes to train for it. 

I love the idea of putting a date on a goal.  I think it will help motivate me, especially if I have mini-goals that I'm checking off along the way.... it just makes me nervous.  How will I feel if I don't achieve the goal by the deadline?  I know I can just extend the deadline - but then, will I start getting in to the habit of continually extending the deadlines - and not feeling any pressure from the dates, whatsoever?

I don't know.  I guess I can only try.  I just have to think about baby-steps...not making my deadlines unrealistic.  It would be much better to complete a goal early than to give myself too little time, and not being able to complete the task at hand.  I know I'm not going to lose 80lbs in a few months.  I know I'm not going to be running a 5K in less than 30 minutes in a few weeks. 

I know I can lose 10lbs in 2 months...that's more realistic.  I know I can run a mile in a few weeks...that's more realistic. steps.  That's what I'm going to focus, don't you just love my inner pep-talks. 

OK - so, yesterday, I really had some great interaction and comments.  Thank you to those of you who took a second to respond to one of my questions.

Today, I'd like to know:
How many of you like dates and deadlines?  Doesn't really have to be weight loss focused - just in general.
If you do, what do you do to stick to those deadlines?
If you don't, how to you keep yourself focused and motivated?

If you don't really care either way...
Do you work out better first thing in the morning, or later in the evening?
Do you have to have a routine, or can you work out whenever you feel like it?
Lastly, do you think it's important to have a set time each day (or other day) to work-out, and why?

I can't wait to read your responses.  You have no idea how much your comments help.

Till next time.  ;)


  1. I'm like you -- I'm a procrastinator, and that doesn't work with weight loss! However, right now I'm doing something a little different, and that's Dr. Oz's Move and Lost It program -- on the website, I entered my info and my goal, THEY told me the date that was realistic (in May). And so I track my food intake on there every day. There are online "coaches," but I haven't quite figured that out yet. But -- I've lost 2 pounds in less than a week -- so I'm very hopeful!

    This cold weather is really interfering with my running, which is what I love to do, but I am committed to doing indoor walks if I have to. My natural inclination is to exercise later in the day (meaning evening), but I've had to modify that to meet the needs of my family, so I usually get it in before I have to start cooking dinner. That works for me.

  2. Hmm, dates and deadlines. Well, I guess I like them, mostly because without them I'd find it very easy to slack and not have a goal in mind. Weight-loss wise, I'd really like to be around 40 - 45 pounds lost (I know it's a lofty goal) by Memorial Day. I'm having a mini family reunion with my siblings (who live on opposite coasts - I live in the midwest.

    As much as I'd like to not be, I'm definitely a morning workout person. If I don't workout first thing in the morning, chances are very good that I won't. I have to have a routine or else I'm just toast. I'm a creature of habit (but I guess we all are).

    I don't know that it's important to have a set time to workout if you'll actually do it. If you're not one of those routine-driven people, it might work for you to do it whenever.

    Have a great day, Joanna!

    Goodbye, Fat Girl!

  3. You're doing great!! I'm having huge issues with my water, too... I just don't like water, wahhhh! But I'm going to try this week to drink more of it anyway!

    I hate deadlines. My work is very deadline-driven, and causes me all sorts of stress. BUT, they are necessary.. without them, I'd put everything off indefinitely! lol

  4. Congrats on your weight loss so far! You are doing very well. I am having some problems for about 2 weeks. But I can answer your questions from my past year.

    I don't like dates & Deadlines. The only reason is because it puts to much pressure on me. My household is overwhelming at times and I don't need the extra stress. I take it day by day and do what I can, because this isn't a race, it's a really long trip!

    I work out in the afternoon after all the children are in school. I have a routine for the works out I do. I think that you have to have a frame of mind that you will work out today. Say it when you wake up and at some point during the day, take the time and do it.

    I hope I have helped some :)

  5. Hey! Good luck with all your goals! sounds great! I actually really like deadlines.. not sure why, but they help me stay on track and i have something to aim for besides the end of the year, etc..

    As for a workout routine.. i STRONGLY engourage one. They say after you do something for 21 days it becomes a habit. I personally do better running in the afternoon or night because i don't have other things on my mind and i can completely focus on running or lifting, etc..
    Keep up the good work:)

  6. hey lady!
    Great job on the loss!!!!!!
    Good job on sticking to the running plan and I know you will be running a mile in no time!

    I like to set mini goals, along my journey I have not set the big target goal weight for the very reason that the big over all number is just too daunting. The mini goals are reachable and motivating for me. I like to keep deadlines on them too to further stay focused. I celebrate when I reach each one on time!

  7. Thanks for all the great responses and opinions, they have definitely helped with my goal planning.

    I am now excited to post my plans tomorrow and Friday - you gals all have such awesome input. :)

  8. sounds like you've got a good plan of action laid out. i HAVE to have a training plan. if i'm not working toward a race, i do horribly about getting all my workouts in. i crave that structure.

  9. "While I can put off writing a paper until the night before it's due - I can't put off losing weight until the night before I place a due date on it" <------- That is ME. To a T. I am a huge procrastinator, but the funny thing I am not when it comes to a training plan for a race. Once I know the date, and I have my plan outlined, I can surprisingly stick to it. Maybe that means that all I should do it run, and just blow off all the other menial tasks of life? Probably not :)

    Congrats on another loss this week, and WOW on your overall loss! Amazing!!

  10. Great loss over the past couple of weeks!
    Goals are important to me. Sadly I haven't set enough of them and stuck with them.


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