Ready For Summer Challenge: Week 7 Check-In

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been neglecting this blog.

I felt like I got so off track that I just didn’t want to face the choices I had made or even think about food and exercise. I just wanted to tune out from it all.

For awhile, I didn’t want to read about anyone else’s success. I didn’t want to write honestly about my frustration and feelings of failure. I just felt stuck in this place of being really tired of being in my head so much and just wanting some peace of mind.

While in the midst of this, at the beginning, I ate a fair amount. That subsided though.

I knew this dark patch would eventually pass. Now, it has. I’m feeling more optimistic about things and ready to get back to it. The only issue is now, essentially, having to start right back at the beginning. While I haven’t gained all my weight back, my body is bloated and my sinuses congested from gluten consumption and I’m needing to go through sugar withdrawal (again).

I want to finish this challenge on a good note.

I’ve begun working out in a new way. I’m vowing to be completely honest about everything I do (or don’t do). I’m ready to document everything.

So, this week, my weight is 356.8lbs.

My goal is to move every single day (more details on that in future posts).

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Ready For Summer Challenge: Week 3 Check-In

It always amazes me how things can get thrown off track so easily.

Last week, I didn’t do a check-in because I ended up killing the power supply on my computer and had to wait days before I could get a new one.

While all that was going on, I got more and more off track with my eating and exercise.
It’s funny. Back in January, when I decided I was going to devote the whole year to focusing on weight loss, I never would have thought I’d lose $2,000/month of income in the blink of an eye and that my relationship with my best friend would change so dramatically within a matter of weeks.

I wish I could say I’m handling it all really well by still getting on the treadmill and keeping my eating in check, but I’m not. Yesterday, I got on the treadmill for the first time in a very long time. And while, on most days, my eating hasn’t been to an extreme, it feels like all the progress I made for the first ten weeks of this year seems to have fallen by the wayside.

The good news is, I haven’t gained back the weight I have lost. However, if I don’t get things under control, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

And in the midst of all this, I’m leaving for NYC on Thursday. It was trip I had planned back in December, when I had envisioned myself weighing a lot less by this time. A big part of me doesn’t want to go. I feel like shutting off my phone, shutting down the computer, and just staying in bed until I get some clarity or begin to feel better.

Maybe walking all over NYC will be just what I need. I have no idea how to handle the food situation while I’m away for five days.
All of this stuff keeps leading back to the same conclusion: When it comes down to it, I have to bring the focus back to myself and begin to take care of myself. That’s what makes me the most uncomfortable—having to face myself and to stop the neglect.

I’m not even sure what goals to set for this week. I suppose my hope is to move my body, keep documenting my food intake, and do what I can to feel better.

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Ready For Summer Challenge: Week 1 Check-In

Here are my goals and results from Week 1:

Weight loss goal: 4lbs

Result: 2lb lost

Non-Scale Victory: Be in bed by midnight every night this week

Result: I was able to accomplish this twice.

Exercise goal: 1 hour on the treadmill every day

I did two treadmill workouts and walked outside twice.

Nutritional goal: No ordering out for food, no fries, no potato chips, sticking to green smoothies

I didn’t do so well at this one. I did order out. I didn’t potato chips. I did have at least one quart of green smoothies each day.

Week 1 Mini-Challenge: Try a fruit or veg I have never had before. I may try fennel this week. However, I might wimp out and seek out some exotic fruit I have yet to try.

I didn’t try fennel or a fruit. Instead, I had sweet potato for the first time. (I had homemade sweet potato fries.) Thinking back, my assumption was that sweet potatoes wouldn’t have any flavor. I don’t know how I came to this assumption considering they are sweet potatoes. I liked them in french fry form. I’m not sure how they would be as mashed potatoes, but I’m willing to try them again as a rare treat.

Goals for Week 2:

Weight loss goal: 4lbs

Non-Scale Victory: Count calories every day and keep sodium below 1500mg

Exercise goal: 1 hour on the treadmill every day

Nutritional goal: No ordering out for food

Week 2 Mini-Challenge: Do a workout you don’t normally do. I know I might be overextending myself a bit, but I’d like to try a basic 30-minute kettlebell workout this week just to see how well I’d do.

How did you do this past week? Let me know.

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Ready For Summer Challenge: Week 1 Begins!

Ack! I’ve been spending so much time on YouTube lately, I almost missed out on discovering this weight loss challenge.

Since beginning ESM, I usually post a weekly update, but being able to share my weekly results and upcoming goals with a group of others doing the same thing will be a new experience and, hopefully, something cool.

To see my long-term goals for the challenge, check out this page.

Here are my goals for this week:

Weight loss goal: 4lbs

Non-Scale Victory: Be in bed by midnight every night this week

Exercise goal: 1 hour on the treadmill every day

Nutritional goal: No ordering out for food, no fries, no potato chips, sticking to green smoothies

Week 1 Mini-Challenge: Try a fruit or veg I have never had before. I may try fennel this week. However, I might wimp out and seek out some exotic fruit I have yet to try.

I can’t wait to see how others progress during this challenge!

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