Hello again my friends.
This month has been a roller coaster ride!
Especially for my hubby and my weight loss journey.
Hubby has pretty much quit on this journey. He hasn't been working out. I'm not sure about his eating since he has been working a lot. I know he hasn't been tracking his progress on my fitness pal. So I just dunno where he stands at the moment.
I have to tell you, in typical Erin style, I went hard the first week of this challenge. I lost 3 pounds. I was determined to reach my goals and I pushed myself.
Week 2. Well it sucked. My eating was all over the place. I worked out but not as much or with the ferocity I had been working out.
Week 3. Lets just say it didn't get any better. Week 3 was pms week. I always have horrible cramps. I always feel so weak and tired. I don't want to move during that week. Should I even tell you guys about the cravings? Anything sweet, fried, salty, you name it I craved it. AND yes I caved in and ate it. I did manage to do a few workouts that week. I did a little zumba and some treadmill work but that was it.
Week 4: My eating was better. I still didn't work out as much as I should have. However, this week saw a mile stone for me. I decided one night (i didn't really want to do anything but I did) to get on the treadmill. I started out at a slow 2.5 mph pace..just to warm up. Then I did 15 minutes at 3.0 mph. Then I did 15 minutes at 3.5 mph. Now usually 3.5 is my limit because if I go any faster I have to jog and I couldn't even jog for a full minute! However, I upped my speed to 4.0 mph and jogged for a whole 5 minutes!! I probably could have gone longer but I started crying at the realization that I was actually JOGGING! Then I slowed back down to 3.0 for another 15 minutes. THEN at the very end of my session I bumped that speed up to 6.5 mph. I jogged at that speed for a whole minute!! That speed is a 9 minute mile! How about that!!! Let me tell you I was on cloud 9! I also did some zumba this week.
Now for some results. Our "official" weigh in is tomorrow but I went ahead and weighed in this morning just so I can compare for my journal, my fitness pal, and this blog post.
On January 1st my weight was 163. Today my weight is 158. That is 5 pounds lost this month!
On January 1st my chest was 41.5 inches. Today it is 40.5 inches. One inch gone!
On January 1st my waist at it's smallest part (where you bend) was 34 inches. Today it is 33 inches. One inch gone!
On January 1st my waist around my belly button was 39 inches (yikes!). Today it is 37 inches. Two inches GONE!
On January 1st my hips were 42 inches. Today they are 40.5 inches. One and one half inches gone.
On January 1st my thighs were 25.5 inches. Today they were 24.5 inches. One inch gone!
So I have lost 5 pounds and 7.5 inches gone from my body in ONE MONTH!
Now I can only imagine what those results would be if I had been as diligent in weeks 2, 3, and 4 as I was in week 1. I bet I would have lost twice as much.
My goal is to reach 130-135 pounds. I remember on my 26th birthday I weighed 125 pounds (size 7) and I felt my best. I felt confident and beautiful. I am not putting too much into what my goal is at the moment. I know I will begin the maintaining phase when I get my body where I envision it.
The things that really bother me are the way my belly pokes out in front, the little love handles I have, and the weird back fat. I want to tone up my arms and my thighs but honestly those are the only things I have in mind. My tummy is my biggest issue. Some days (before I started) I honestly looked like I was pregnant because of how my tummy poked out. That is my main goal. I want a flatter tummy.
So my goals for February is to be more diligent on my eating and on my workouts. I have to get myself into a rhythm. I would like to lose 8 pounds in February. However, I will be glad for any amount I lose.
I also hope the cold weather breaks soon! I know if I can get outside and walk or work in the yard or even do a workout outside I will do better. I can't stand being cooped up in this house. It saps all my energy!
Well, I honestly can't think of anything else to write. If anyone out there has any suggestions for me please feel free to comment.
Sending many warm hugs to you,