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June 1, 2011 By Mel

Can you believe it’s time for the FINAL check-in for the May Your Way challenge?!? I don’t know about you, but May flew by for me! How did you all do with this challenge? Did you like having a shorter one this time around?

As a reminder, here were my goals for the challenge:

  • Track my food every day whether I stay 100% OP or not.
  • Drink a minimum of 48 oz. of actual water each day.
  • Log 250,000 steps for the month on my pedometer (that’s an average of 8,065 steps per day).

I actually did better than I thought I would with this one. For once, I managed to actually meet ALL of my goals!

  • I tracked my food every day. I definitely got off track with counting my Weight Watchers points after FitBloggin‘, but I still at least wrote everything down.
  • I ended up rocking my water challenge! My goal was at least 48 oz. per day, but I averaged about 64-72 oz. per day. This is one I definitely plan to keep up even though the challenge is over.
  • I also rocked my steps challenge. As I posted above, my goal was 250,000 steps for the month, but I actually ended up logging 264,446 which gave me a daily average of 8,530 steps. I’m still not quite up to the 10,000 steps per day recommendation, but I’m definitely closer than I’ve been in the past. This is another that I definitely plan to continue thanks to my Fitbit!

So, that’s my final update. How did all of you do on meeting your goals? Don’t forget to check in today!

May 11, 2011 By Mel

Time for another check-in for the May Your Way challenge.  How is everyone doing with your goals? I’m actually doing really well so far!  As a reminder, here are my goals for the challenge:

  • Track my food every day whether I stay 100% OP or not.
  • Drink a minimum of 48 oz. of actual water each day.
  • Log 250,000 steps for the month on my pedometer (that’s an average of 8,065 steps per day).

So, how am I doing?

  • I’ve tracked my food every day.  I’ve even managed to be 100% OP on all but one day so far this month and even that day wasn’t too crazy off track.
  • I’ve actually gotten in at least 64 oz. of water each day thanks to my discovery of MiO.  Have you guys tried them?  It’s a 0 calorie water enhancer and I LOVE it!
  • I’m doing GREAT on my steps challenge.  I should hit 100,000 steps so far for the month on Thursday.  I’m currently average 8,853 steps per day which definitely has me more than on track for meeting my 250,000 steps goal for the month.

Well, that’s my update.  How are all of you doing on your goals?

May 1, 2011 By Mel

Holy crap! Can you believe it’s May already?!! Is it just me or is this year just FLYING by? The one good thing about it being May already is that it means FitBloggin‘ is literally just around the corner — less than three weeks to go. Woo Hoo!

Another thing that May brings is a new challenge here at The Sisterhood. I don’t know about you, but I can sure use it! I need to good swift kick in the ass to get myself on the right track again. I came to the realization this weekend that it’s been nearly three months since I’ve made any real progress with my weight loss. It started mid-February with some birthday indulgences, followed by spending 6-7 weeks sick with flu & pneumonia, and lastly was just struggling to get myself back on track after I finally got well.

Since this is the May Your Way challenge, everyone gets to come up with their own goals. I’ve decided not to set a specific weight loss goal for this challenge. Instead, I’m just going to focus on healthy habits. I know if I do those things, the weight loss will come. So, here are my goals:

  • Track my food every day whether I stay 100% OP or not.
  • Drink a minimum of 48 oz. of actual water each day.
  • Log 250,000 steps for the month on my pedometer (that’s an average of 8,065 steps per day).

On my first goal, my intent is to stay on program every day. I’m giving myself the caveat about whether I’m OP or not just because I know I have the trip to FitBloggin‘ this month. Even though it’s a health & fitness blogging conference, I also know staying 100% on track can always be a challenge when travel is involved.

So, those are my goals. What are your goals for the month? If you’re interested, there’s still time to sign up for the May Your Way challenge.

Until next time …

April 6, 2011 By Mel

Well, there is no scale photo this week.  It was simply just too painful to take one when I stepped on the scale this morning.  I’ve had three completely out of control eating day as I’ve been dealing with some personal issues.  Even though I didn’t take a photo, I’m still coming clean with the results, so here goes:

Challenge Starting Weight: 260.8
Last Week’s Weight:
260.2
Current Weight: 268.2 Weekly Gain: +8.0 Total Challenge Gain: +7.4

There’s really not anything else to say other than to sincerely apologize to my challenge partner, so I’ll just leave it at that.  Until next time …

Mel

March 30, 2011 By Mel

Wow, I can’t believe we’re already FOUR weeks into this challenge.  Time has truly just become a big blur for me while I’ve been sick.  I’ve been working from home from the most part, so one day just seems to blend into the next.  Other than trips to the doctor(s) and Target for the medications and groceries, I haven’t really gone anywhere in nearly a month with the exception of darting out to my Weight Watchers meeting a couple of times to weigh in.  I did try to go to the office for a half day on Monday, but it was just too much still.  I’ve been working at home again the past couple of days.  By doing that, I can nap/rest as I need.

Here’s my weigh-in result for Week 4 of the challenge:

Challenge Starting Weight: 260.8
Last Week’s Weight:
262.6
Current Weight: 260.2 Weekly Loss: -2.4 Total Challenge Loss: 0.6

WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!  OMG, you guys just can’t imagine how excited I was to see this number this morning.  It’s been WEEKS since I’ve had such a nice loss due to being sick and on so many medications.  As of today, I’m finally down to just two now, so I’m hopeful the scale will continue to cooperate for the rest of the challenge.  Because right now, it’s a little depressing to realize I’ve basically only lost a half pound in the past month.  That having been said, I’m uber excited to be so close to dropping down into a new decade! *insert happy dance*

Until next time …

Mel

March 23, 2011 By Mel

So, this challenge is just not going as I had hoped.  If you can believe it, I’m still sick.  I went back to my regular physician on Tuesday who gave me a couple of new prescriptions and referred me to a pulmonologist.  Her office was in the same medical medical building as my regular physician, so I stopped by on my way out to book the appointment.  Thankfully, they had a cancellation for this morning so they were able to get me in right away.  The bad part, she let me know I have pneumonia and gave me even more prescriptions. Oh joy. So, this is what my bathroom counter looks like right now, well sort of.  I just realized that one of my inhalers isn’t in the photo.  On top of all this, I also have a Ventolin rescue inhaler for use as needed.

Anyway, here was my weigh in for Week 3 of the Spring In2 Action challenge:

Challenge Starting Weight: 260.8
Last Week’s Weight:
261.8
Current Weight: 262.6 Weekly Loss: +0.8 Total Challenge Loss: +1.8

So, the 0.8 I lost last week was back this week.  At this rate, my goal of getting down to 255 before the end of the challenge is probably impossible isn’t looking too good. Honestly though, given the amount of out of control eating I did last week, I’m very surprised it wasn’t a much larger gain. I did manage to get myself back on track though and today marks Day 3 of staying OP and tracking all my food. Go me! Hopefully going back on the Prednisone again won’t have a negative impact on the scale.

Until next time …

Mel

March 20, 2011 By Mel

Ok, so I’m (*ahem*) a few days late in getting my challenge update posted.  I was finally able to put in a full week at work last week after having been so sick and missing a good portion of two full weeks.  Amazingly enough, I’m actually still fighting it.  It’s the bronchitis that refuses to die.  On top of all that, my boss went to Germany on vacation, so I’m the acting Director until his return on April 4.  Instead of managing just one department, I’m now managing three with employees spread out across the entire country.  Yeah, no pressure there. LOL

I will preface this scale update by saying I have ZERO clue how the scale went down at my weigh in on Wednesday.  I’ve been completely off track for the past week.  I’ve been doing a lot of emotional eating which is never good.  It’s stemming from old memories cropping up and some current family drama as well.  The worst part?  I knew I was doing it and just didn’t care. On the good news front, I have a plan for getting back on track!

Anyway, here was my weigh in for Week 2 of the Spring In2 Action challenge:

Challenge Starting Weight: 260.8
Last Week’s Weight:
262.6
Current Weight: 261.8 Weekly Loss: -0.8 Total Challenge Loss: +1.0

Uhmmmm, yeah.  Given how much success I had in the last challenge, I’m not off to such a good start with this one.  Hopefully my buddy Tracy doesn’t regret asking me to be her partner. LOL

By getting back on track now, I’m hoping to minimize some of the damage before my next challenge weigh-in coming up in a few days. *fingers crossed* Even if I end up seeing a much higher number this week, I’ll totally deserve it given the way I’ve been eating. Right now I’m just focusing on the fact that the scale only measures my weight, not my self-worth. (Special thanks to Sara for sharing that gem a couple of months ago on Twitter!)

Until next time …

Mel

March 10, 2011 By Mel

Week 1 of the new challenge is in the books.  Sadly, I’m not off to a very good start.  I blame the damn Prednisone because my eating has been on track despite still recovering from being sick.  I’ll finish up the last of the Prednisone and antibiotics this weekend, so hopefully the scale will rebound for me next week.

Challenge Starting Weight: 260.8
Last Week’s Weight:
260.8
Current Weight: 262.6 Weekly Loss: +1.8 Total Challenge Loss: +1.8

My apologies for the blurry photo.  I’m not sure what’s up with that.  At least my toes look cute though. LOL

Until next time …

Mel

March 2, 2011 By Mel

Yay for Spring!! Ok, ok, I realize it’s not really Spring yet, but I sure like the sound of it in that button.

This week kicks off a new challenge for us here at the Sisterhood.  It’s the Spring In2 Action challenge where you pair up with a buddy and compete as a team.  If you haven’t signed up yet, you can still go here to do that.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a partner because you can either go it alone, or we can pair you up with someone.  It would be a great way to expand your circle of support by making a new buddy.  Just sayin’.

As for me, I’m pairing up with Tracy (she’s doesn’t tweet too much so I’m trying to shame her talk her into it by linking to her Twitter account to get her some new followers.) Oh, and she occasionally blogs over at Living Like a Princess, too.


San Francisco Union Square – December 2009

Tracy is one of my dearest BFF’s.  We initially met online about a dozen years ago (OMG, where does the time go?!) and have been amazing friends ever since.  We’re practically like sisters, and even call each other that now as a nickname.  We talk on the phone almost every day and definitely email each other on a daily basis, sometimes dozens of times. LOL  We’ve vacationed together in Seattle WA, Portland OR, Edmonton AB, Mazatlan MX, Honolulu HI, San Francisco CA and the thriving metropolis of Quincy WA (population ~6000).  I think that’s all of them so far. LOL  We already have two more vacations planned, too.  We’ll be doing a Grand Canyon/Vegas trip in October and going on an Alaska cruise together next year.  So, as you can see, we truly are buds.  Love you, Sis!!

As many of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook already know, I’ve been sick as a dog for nearly a week.  It started out as a flu and went downhill from there.  I was back at the doctor this morning and she said that it’s turned into a severe bronchitis bordering on pneumonia.  Accordingly, I haven’t been able to do any exercise, go to my Weight Watchers meeting, work, or anywhere else other than the doctor’s office and pharmacy.  So, my starting weight for this challenge will be the same as my final weigh-in for the Power of One challenge last week.

Challenge Starting Weight: 260.8
Last Week’s Weight:
260.8
Current Weight: 260.8 Weekly Loss: -0.0 Total Challenge Loss: 0.0

Here are my goals for the new challenge:

  1. Weight Loss – Since this challenge only runs for 6 weeks and I’m sick right now, I think my weight loss goal will be to get below 255 pounds.  I’ll need to average losing a pound per week since seems pretty reasonable.
  2. Exercise – I’ll be participating in the challenge goal of completely the One Hundred Push Ups training plan.  This week may be a struggle since I’m still so sick, but I’ll give it my best.
  3. Take care of me! This one is extra important right now as I’m trying to recover.  My goal for this challenge will be to get in 64 oz of water each day and get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

Ok, that’s it for me.  If you’ve already signed up for the challenge, be sure to report in and link up on this week’s kick-off post.

Until next time …

Mel

February 23, 2011 By Mel

Well, here we are at the end of the Power of One challenge. I don’t know about you guys, but that sure seemed like a VERY fast 8 weeks. LOL

Here are the results from my final weigh-in:


Challenge Starting Weight: 274.0 Last Week’s Weight: 263.4 Current Weight: 260.8 Weekly Loss: -2.6 Total Challenge Loss: 13.2

Woo Frickin’ Hoo! What a great way to finish off the challenge. I think this is the best I’ve ever done in the Shrinking Jeans challenge. Things just really seem to be clicking lately and the MoJo is flowing.

Here’s a recap of the goals I set for this challenge as well as how I did with meeting them:

  1. Weight Loss – I would love to get below 260 by the end of this challenge, but that’s asking a lot. I’ll be happy with a 10 pound loss and anything above that is just an added bonus. – Well, I smashed my 10 pound weight loss goal, and almost met my dream goal of being below 260. I’m calling this one good!How will I get there?
    • Attend my weekly Weight Watchers meeting. – Yep, didn’t miss a single meeting during this challenge.
    • Track my food EVERY day. – Yep, I’ve journaled every morsel that’s gone into my mouth since Dec. 26., even on the splurge days.
    • Follow the WW Good Health Guidelines. – I’m still struggling a bit with getting in the healthy oils every day, but I’ve done really well meeting all the others.
  2. Exercise – Here’s my plan for activity for the challenge:
    • Participate in fitness challenges. – I managed to string together 35 consecutive days of exercise in John Bingham’s 100 Days fitness challenge, but then got sidelined by sciatica issues. Even though I broke my streak, I got right back to get in walks several times per week once my back was feeling better again. I’m just not officially tracking it with the 100 Days challenge now. So, not so good on this one.
    • Wear my pedometer every day. – Yep, I did once consistently up until about 10 days ago. I’m not wearing my pedometer as much now because I purchased a Philips DirectLife monitor. It doesn’t show my actual step count like the pedometer does, but it does allow me to set an activity goal for the day and see how I’m doing meeting that goal. I hit 112% yesterday. Go me!
  3. Take care of me! – How are some of the ways I’ll be doing this?
    • Get enough sleep. – I’m still not quite to where I want to be with this one, but it’s sooooo much better than it was prior to this challenge. I’m calling this one a success, but will still keep working on getting in a full 8 hours per night. My body just works so much better when I’m properly rested.
    • Me time. – When I first started this at the beginning of the challenge, I felt really guilty when I took time for just me because I would start running through a list of a thousand things in my head that I “should” have been doing instead. I’m happy to say that by the end of the challenge, I’ve learned that it’s OK for me to take that time. It’s helped tremendously in bringing down my stress levels.
    • Get my head in the game. – Given my success during this challenge, I would definitely stay this one was a success. I’m definitely doing a LOT better on making my health a priority which definitely equates to lower numbers on the scale.

    So, that’s my Power of One final recap. How did you do? Did you meet your goals? Be sure to report in and link up on this week’s finale challenge post.

    Until next time …

    Mel