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Friday, November 19, 2010

Challenge Updates

Challenge Updates:  The biggest loser ends this Sunday, then it's the Hot 100... Will need to find some new challenges, if you have an idea please comment!  I need to spice things up...

1.  Lose 36 pounds - lost 33 pounds to date, after my weigh in Sunday I will be revising this goal, woohoo!
2.  Workout a total of 5 times a week and go to my Kickboxing classes (counts as 2 a week) -  Still slogging away, for the most part I love it and look forward to the classes!
3.  Keep my blogging, my food plan and other stats up to date AND report on Friday's - no problem with my trackers for food and exercise.  Sadly I cannot keep up with blogs, I have to try on weekends but I know I will miss many special messages, it really bothers me... :(

at my local gym

1.  Lose 35 pounds (up from 25) - I've lost 33 so far with 2 days to go... it will be a nail biter!
2.  Don't quit the challenge - Currently I am neck in neck with Sheila for the lead out of 43 people!
3.  Attend gym classes regularly - Love the classes so there's not a chance I will miss it....

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanks Shane!

I'm coming down to the wire, 3 more sleeps and I weigh in for the last time for the biggest loser challenge at the gym.  I'm excited and nervous.  I hope I have broken through my stall cause I've lost 3 this week.  I am still tied with Sheila.

It's a fun rivalry but I would really like to win.  We are both in the same kick boxing class and our instructor keeps a close eye on us.  Sheila didn't attend on Wednesday so Ann took the opportunity to pick on me - she singled me out to the class and encouraged all to encourage me to work out hard, it was fun!  Then tonight we were both there.  Ann asked us what we are going to eat Sunday night to celebrate - Sheila said Chinese food, I said my normal meal because I am not finished.  I think everyone thought I was on drugs.  But this is just my first major challenge goal.  The next is for the Hot 100 and then my big birthday.  I am not settling for less this time.  My eye is on the end goal of being at my 20's weight by my birthday.  I see so much improvement in me but I also see there are a lot of pounds to come off.   The mirror doesn't lie (just wear Lycra shorts and top and you know what I mean, it shows it all).

Now the most important part of my post - I want to give a heap load of thanks to Shane for encouraging me on my last blog to work hard this week.  I was feeling really discouraged because of the stall and even though I wasn't going to eat dumb stuff or stop exercising, he said go harder, I have a shot so go for it!  I had already changed my plan this week eat less calories (for the week) and exercise more to have a larger calorie deficit.  That being said, Shane's push gave me a real boost so thank you, thank you Shane!

Now for sleep, be happy...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mixed Emotions :o

Hi all, it's been a few days since my last update.  The shopping was a ton of fun.  I spent way too much money but got some great bargains and made a major dent on my Christmas list.

I did quite well food wise over the weekend although I found it really tough as we ate in restaurants a few times. I am very grateful for my IPhone so I could connect and check out the calories, fat, etc of the menus.  This was a blessing.  I found it really hard to get some ideas of what I could have that would be in my allowance but after a lot of digging I did well.  I only did a short workout at the gym but as you can expect, we did a fair bit of walking.

I have to say I found it strange trying on clothes.  I think I was able to choose size 12 pants for the most part and medium shirts which made me really happy.  That being said, I found myself looking in the mirror and seeing a very fat person!  I didn't like how I looked in many of the outfits even though the tags say I have down quite a few sizes, I looked like I always did.  The feeling didn't last all the time but I noticed it over and over again.  I actually felt a little discouraged at times but I had to shake my head and tell myself that it's my brain not catching up with the changes I've made.

I at least got a few things that fit me better and will protect me against pants falling down on the hips (which actually happened when I was doing a presentation - I noticed I was wearing hipsters when in reality, the pants should be sitting on my smaller waist!  I'm going to take a few things in on the weekend as they will hold me over until I get to goal.

Now for the wait, I mean weight... I seem to have plateaued as I have been at the same weight for over a week. For the most part I am watching what I am eating and getting exercise but feel somewhat bloated and sluggish.  I'm trying to be patient and tell myself it's just the change in routine but as you guys all know, it's frustrating when you don't see any movement on the scale and you're doing all the right things.... All I can tell myself is be patient!!!

My biggest loser competition ends this week so unfortunately the stall has happened at a bad time but it is what it is.  I can only do my best and I want to be able to look back and say I did it the right way and gave it everything I had.  I am neck and neck with another lady so I think I will come in first or second.  I have to be preparing myself for the possible second place as I don't want to have to face it as a major set back in my journey.  Send a few good wishes my way if you can spare any... :)

Have a great night and I promise to get back in the blogging mood!