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.
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 person...so 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
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. See...baby steps. That's what I'm going to focus on....wow, 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. ;)