Monday, November 29, 2010

Throw-Down-Challenge- Week 3

Well, I'm a little late on this but I need to post Week 3 results of our throwdown challenge. I weighed in at 170.4 for another gain. Leah also had a gain, but it was small and she is still way ahead of me. She has now lost 2.35% and I have gained .83%. So my goal for this week is to have a loss and get back to atleast even.
I am proud of Leah, as she has obviously practiced a lot more discipline in her eating than I have. I am proud of my exercising and figure the gain could be a lot more if I had not been so disciplined and exercised most days.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed mine. My husband had the whole week off and we were able to spend some much needed time together. He has been working 60-70 hour weeks the last few months so it was good to have him around. He will be taking a couple of weeks off in December, too. Woo hoo! This may mean my blogging in December may be sporadic, as it has been of late.

I'm hoping to get back on track with blogging in the New Year. I figure I made it a resolution last year and it worked out pretty well for me, so why not start anew with it in 2011.

Have a healthy week! I'll post the final Throwdown results on Thursday!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Throw-Down-Challenge- Week 2 (It's not good)

Leah created this lovely scorecard for our Throwdown Challenge. As you can see, I have fallen behind. I had a 1.5 gain this last week. Not good!
Leah, however had a 3.5 pound loss. I am so proud of Leah, who is continuing to work hard and make good decisions. She had a busy week and wasn't able to track really well, but still came out ahead in the challenge.
I was also busy and didn't track very well, but obviously didn't do as well with it.
Here is an update on my goals:

1.)I will walk/run a minimum of 3.25 miles, 5 days a week.
Well, it doesn't seem to be happening for me five days a week. I am really good about doing it four days a week and I'm actually okay with that. I think I will change this goal to walk/run 3.5 miles on four days of the week.

2.) I will ride the exercise bike for 50 miles a week (I usually do 10 miles in 40 minutes)
Again, I haven't quite met this goal because I seem to be only exercising 4 days a week. However, I'm not going to change this goal because I need to motivate myself to get on the bike at the end of the day if I missed my morning exercise session. I can just as easily watch TV and ride the bike as I can watch TV and sit on the couch. :)

3.) I will track my calories on sparkpeople and aim for no more than 1450 a day. I have decided that I will not track on Saturdays (hopefully it won't be my downfall).
Fail,fail, fail! No excuses here. I just have to do it!
Well, I sound like a broken record the last couple of months, but it's time to get back on track! Being the competitive person I am, I do not want to creamed in the challenge! In fact, I don't want to lose at all. :) That means I have a lot of work to do. If I do lose, I want to go down fighting.
I hope you all have a healthy, happy weekend!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Novemeber Throw-Down Challenge Update

Good Friday everybody! I hope you are all looking forward to a great weekend.
I should have posted yesterday, but my day got away from me. So here are the results from week one of my challenge with Leah:

Leah's current weight/ weight loss/percentage: 190, -1.5 lbs, .78%
Barb's current weight/weight loss/percentage: 167.5, -1.5 lbs, .89%

Notice these result may be different than what is on Leah's blog. She used the Fit Watch calculator, found here. I had not used that calculator and my initial results were a higher percentage loss. But I want to use the same calculator to measure as Leah so I calculated using the Fit Watch calculator, which seems to calculate lower than my own calculator and a couple of other sites. Hmmmm... not sure why. But it doesn't really matter, as long as we use the same calculator so it is fair.

It looks as if I won this week, by the hair of my chinny chin chin. I have to say I am sooooo proud of Leah. She is on vacation and still kicking the scale's behind! I think this means I better step it up myself, because Leah won't be on vacation for much longer.

I am very happy with my loss this week, though. I have been posting my weight on here every Wednesday for most of this journey. My last Wednesday weigh-in was 170.5, so since then I have lost 3 pounds. Not so shabby! Thursdays will be my official weigh-ins for the time being.

Well, I have to go now. I am giving two talks on Sunday for church and really should finish preparing them so I am not totally nervous because of I don't feel prepared. Who am I kidding? I'll be totally nervous anyway! But if I'm prepared, I may not come across quite so nervous.

Have a great weekend everybody! I'll post an update on my goals on Monday.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Changing our Mind-Set

Good morning, everybody. Today is Wednesday, which usually means a weigh-in for me. But since Leah and I are using Thursdays as our official weigh-ins for our November Throw Down Challenge, my official weigh-in days will be Thursdays for the time being. I'll just let you all in on a secret, had today been an official weigh-in day I would have ROCKED this week. I did lose 1.5 lbs between last Wed. and Thurs. and since Thurs. was my official starting weight my loss may not be as great tomorrow. However, up until this morning I was pretty worried about my weigh in. Let's just say it usually always evens out. I guess that would be an argument against weighing yourself every day. The ups and downs can really get to you.

My thoughts today center around our mind-set. Have you been on a healthier living journey for awhile now, but still consider yourself an over-weight, over-eater and out-0f-shape person? Have you forgot to look at your progress along the way? Have you increased your exercise and still consider yourself the out-of-shape Sophomore in High School who came in last in the mile run in PE? (Oh, wait is that just me? I wasn't even really overweight, but still came in last. I did kick butt in the speed walking event, though).

Last week I laid out my exercising and eating goals for the month on here. One reader, Christina, warned against not taking in enough calories if I was upping my exercise. I read it and thought, "ppppphhh, I definitely take in plenty of calories!". Well, after feeling like I wasn't seeing the results on the scale that I would like for a couple of days. I went back to Christina's comment. I pulled out a book I own called, "Losing It!". I love this book, it is a no non-sense book about living healthily. No gimmicks, just good sound advice about eating more healthily and moving more. In the book, she has a chart to look up how many calories you should be consuming per day. It takes in account age, exercise habits and goals. I found my age (31-50) and my goal (weight loss of 1-2 lbs. per week) and then looked at the exercise options. The first being sedentary, the next moderately active and finally Active. I have been basing my calorie budget on being sedentary-moderately active during this journey, which would mean 1400-1500 calories a day. Yesterday, I decided to read the author's definition of "Active".

Here it is: "physical activity equivalent to walking more than 3 miles (or 30-90 minutes) at 3-4 miles per hour on most days of the week"

I thought, "Ha, that's me! I am physically ACTIVE!" Now, why had I not realized this before? I think we think of people who run 7 miles a day and train for marathons or triathlons to be the really active ones. I am not that active. How could somebody who is still considered overweight on the BMI chart be considered an Active exerciser? That was my mindset. So I have adjusted my calorie goals to be 1700/day. Now, because I have been too much in the "diet mindset" it scares me to death to think I should be upping my calorie intake. It really does. But I will trust it for this month and see what happens. Of course, this means I cannot let up on my exercise routine. Also, I realize that I should make those extra calories good ones. I think I'll add more nuts and peanut butter. Love those!

Have you noticed ways that you need to change your mindset? Take a look at yourself wherever you are at in your journey. You may still have a long way to go to meet all your big goals, but take the time to see how far you have come. Today I celebrate the fact that I walk/run 3.25 miles on most days and in the beginning just getting to 2.25 miles was cause to rejoice. And then after I do that, I ride the exercise bike for another 10 miles . AND on T/TH I add 45 minutes of strength training into the mix. Yes, I am physically ACTIVE! What will you celebrate?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Weekend Update

Well, hello out there. I hope everybody is having a good Monday today. I know most people hate Mondays, in fact today my husband woke up with an upset stomach that he called "the case of the Mondays". Poor guy. Work is not so great lately and a new work week is not something he looks forward to. I am so grateful for how hard he works to support our family, while I stay home and take care of the kiddos and things around here. I digress.
Anyway, I hate to say it(and I sure didn't to my hubby), but I actually really like Mondays. And the first Monday my kids go back to school after their three week break is always wonderful. Today is one of those Mondays. So while it is pouring rain outside, I am sitting inside my warm house enjoying the quiet.
I have already done my 3.25 miles on the treadmill and rode the exercise bike 15 miles. I vacuumed and folded laundry as well. No interruptions, slowing me down. :) And now it is time to check in with you all and be accountable for the weekend and let you know how things are going in this first week of my "Throw down Challenge" with Leah.
The weekend actually wasn't very pretty. I did not exercise at all. Not Friday, not Saturday and never on Sunday. I ate really bad on Saturday. And did not track food at all. I'm glad I don't have to officially weigh-in for the challenge untill Thursday.
Why no exercise? I had committments to do other things in the early morning on Friday and Saturday and then the rest of those days were busy, so exercise was not really an option. The truth is, if I don't exercise first thing it doesn't happen the rest of the day.
Why the terrible eating? Well, one of my poor habits or family traditions that really should go away is how much I associate food, junk food, with big time sporting events. This past Saturday was a HUGE football game for my alma mater and so we just had to celebrate it! My husband said, "What is this the Super Bowl?". Anyway, my mom made her yummy taco dip and I bought the licorice and m & m's, plus my mom brought other stuff. She did bring veggies, but veggies dipped into the taco dip just aren't the same as tortilla chips.
So not only did I eat way too much, my team stunk it up! They got slaughtered. So sad. The game was over in the first quarter. :( Oh well, I still love my Utes!
So this week, I look to rebound from my poor choices. Weekends are always the hardest for me, which is why I never wanted Monday to be my weigh-in day. I feel like I've already started the week off great today. So watch out, Leah!
What about you all? Are weekends your hardest, too?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

It's On!

So, today officially begins mine and Leah's November throw-down challenge to see who can lose the most % of weight this month. Leah made the cute badge above. I'm glad she is so talented, because I am not! Our weigh-in days will be Thursdays and we will end 4 weeks from today on December 2nd.
My weight today is: 169
Leah's weight today is: 191.5
I think this is just what we both need to help us start the holiday season off right. Who doesn't love a good competition? I really want Leah to do well this month, but not quite as well as I do. :) Here's how I plan to win the throw-down and start the holiday season off right:
  • I will walk/run a minimum of 3.25 miles, 5 days a week.
  • I will ride the exercise bike for 50 miles a week (I usually do 10 miles in 40 minutes)
  • I will track my calories on sparkpeople and aim for no more than 1450 a day. I tracked for the first time in a very long time yesterday. I have decided that I will not track on Saturdays (hopefully it won't be my downfall).

Leah has some great goals herself, you can check out her blog here.

On the good news/bad news front. The good news is, I don't think my son has anymore chocolate left in his trick-r-treat bag. The bad news is I probably ate most of it (and I'm obviously a thief)! Sigh.

Have a good day everybody!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Hello everybody! I'm not sure any of you are even following me anymore since I have been such a sporadic blogger lately. I appreciate anyone who is still checking in on me. I promise to do better. This time I mean it.

My kids go back to school (after this latest three week break) on Monday. I should have more time to commit to blogging then.

Now for the numbers. Let me just say that the numbers are not great. This morning the scale read 170.5. That is up 3 pounds from the last time I recorded my weight. That means I GAINED 3.5 pounds in October. My first monthly gain of the year. :(

Well, I don't have much to say about it except that the reason for the gain is that I have totally been eating off plan. I have ate and ate a lot of Halloween candy. The self-discipline has not been there. Had I not been exercising the whole time, I can only imagine what the gain would be.

I was all prepared to post about how over the next two months my goal would be just to maintain where I am at right now and then start anew in January, after the holidays. Well, I think that may have been a bit of a cop out. I also saw on a couple of blogs that some people are doing a November throw-down challenge between themselves and one other blogger. I thought that is just what I would need to stay motivated! So I asked (challenged) the beautiful Leah over at My New Ending to do the throw down challenge with me. She has accepted! Leah is making us a badge now. Stay tuned for all the details.

The truth is, I am not at maintenance weight and should not be happy with maintaining. I need to learn to develop better eating habits over the holidays and now is as good as a time than any. I'm pretty sure I gained at least 5 pounds last year over the holidays, so something has to change.

I would love for you all to share your favorite "holiday eating tips" with me. I sure could use them.