16 weeks ago I made a goal to break 130 pounds before going on hubby & my yearly ‘adults only‘ get away… this year to Vegas. I wasn’t overweight, but I wasn’t healthy. I weighed in at 137.4, which isn’t extreme, but for someone five foot one, it’s not ideal. I wanted to feel better about myself and get below a number (130) that I haven’t been under since college. 8 pounds in 16 weeks doesn’t seem like much, but man was it a challenge. Working, upholding a household, taking care of a toddler, and fitting in the gym?! Yeah, it was a challenge. I had my off weeks where I gained weight back, and the Friday I forgot to weigh in… but I stuck to it.
This morning was the 16 week mark, and the ‘end’ of my fitness challenge. I did a ‘last chance workout’ (biggest loser reference!) last night and man did it help…
Break 130lbs by February 22nd.
Week 13 Weigh-in: 128.6… yeah, seriously. I smashed my goal! And the best thing about it is that it was a gradual process, and I made life changes that will help me keep the weight off. And honestly, I had weighed myself in on Tuesday, to check where I was at, and I was already at 129.6. Thursday I checked again, 129.4. So today sealed the deal. It wasn’t a fluke or anything. So proud of myself!
Weight Lost: 8.8lbs.
- Friday (2/8): 60min. HIIT 30 min, more cardio, arm machines, stretching
- Saturday: NYC
- Sunday: NYC
- Monday: NYC
- Tuesday: 60min. Zumba!
- Wednesday: 15min. @ home
- Thursday: 30min. mall strolling w/Avery
For my final week, I went pretty light on the workouts. We were away for the weekend, but I came back strong and went to Zumba, even though Erin couldn’t make it. And last night instead of hitting the gym late after Vinay got home, Avery and I spent the afternoon strolling the mall and stopping at the playplace there too ofcourse!
Calorie Counting: I have trouble tracking cals on the weekend. Chasing Avery around is hard enough, getting on a computer without him freaking out because a computer = elmo, is just not worth it. So I’m committed to calorie counting on weekdays and on the weekend I still watch what I eat, but don’t log it. Works. I’m starting to not be starved all the time. I think my body is adjusting to smaller portions and healthier food. At times thru this process I was STARVED. I mean I was dying to eat some chips or chocolate, but I resisted. Now I am rarely starved, and when I am, I know to have healthy snacks on hand, especially at work. I’m averaging 1300-1400 cals a day, which seems to work for me, especially since I eat 5 times a day. (breakfast,snack.lunch, snack, dinner).
Now that I’ve reached my goal weight, I’d like to maintain it, but to do that, I need to make another goal for myself (I know, type-A, goal oriented freak over here). 13 races in 2013. Maybe they’ll all be 5Ks and on the treadmill at the gym, but we’ll start small and train for a 5K and see how that goes. Plus I’ve been kinda pushing it at the gym lately, sometimes going 5 times a week. That’s become a stress at home, because between Vinay going to the gym, us spending time with Avery, keeping the house not a mess, it’s just too much. So I think 3x a week is more than enough. My goals going forward are going to be…
- Train for a 5K. (8 week schedule = Race end of April)
- Workout 3 times/wk. (Tues,Fri, Sat or Sun)
- Stay under 130
I’m sure I’ll be back with some training/race info once I get into this whole running thing….
I’ll be back after vacation with some much anticipated before & after photos!
Take a look back at my Weekly Progress:
- Week 1: Setting the Goal
- Week 2: Jeans are falling off!
- Week 4: Gym routine w/Vinay
- Week 5: Down 2 1/2 pounds!
- Week 6: I ran a mile!
- Week 7: Normal BMI
- Week 8: Hit with the Plague
- Week 9: Down 5 pounds!
- Week 10: New Shoes!
- Week 12: Count those Cals!
- Week 13: Down 6 pounds!
- Week 14: Hitting the Wall
- Week 15: Kicked the Plateau