Wednesday, January 11, 2012
ShrinkYoSelf 2012 - Week 2
Yes, it's already the 2nd week of the new year. And it's also Wednesday so that means it's time to do a weigh in for the Sisterhood. As I was watching The Biggest Loser last night I was thinking about how normally the 2nd week of any diet/exercise plan is a small weight loss week. I was also thinking about how to ensure that I wouldn't be disappointed if the scale reflected that this morning. I decided that I would look at it this way. If the men and women that are working out with Bob and Dolvett are only losing 4, 5, and 7 pounds I should keep my eyes focused on what I am doing and be happy with any loss this week. Regardless of the size of the loss as long as it is a loss I would be happy!
So I got on the scale this morning and I was indeed HAPPY!
Starting challenge weight: January 1, 2012 - 205.0
Last Wednesday's weight: January 4, 2012 - 201.8
Today's weight: January 11, 2012 - 200.0
So that means in 11 days I have lost 5 pounds! Yes, that's 5 pounds that I have shred from my body in just 10 days! Like the men and women on the Biggest Loser I wish I could have seen a number in Onederland BUT I did lose 1.8 pounds this week! I am going to be happy with that and continue working toward my goal of losing 10 pounds in the month of January and another 10 pounds in the month of February! Heck, I'm half way there for the month of January and I still have A LOT of month left!
So as far as the challenges for the week - we are supposed to be exercising a minimum of 20 minutes/3 times a week for vigorous exercise or 30 minutes/5 times a week for moderate exercise.
I am happy to report that I have done a minimum of 34 minutes of exercise for every day of this month! Yes, I have gotten up early (or not so early) and exercised! I am beginning to like exercising in the morning...shhhh, don't tell my head that! Yes, I still have a hard time actually making myself get started but once I do I like that it is over early in the day and I don't have to worry about it in the afternoon or evening!
I am following along with the 'hood groupthat Christy set up for 52 Small Changes. Last week was getting enough water! Clear, plain water! I do that one by drinking a minimum of 100 oz of water every day and was successful even on Saturday when I was out most of the day without access to extra water! This week's challenge - is getting between 7 & 8 hours of sleep a night! This is a HUGE challenge for me but so far I am doing it! Yay me! My goal is to go to sleep at 12 midnight and sleep till 8! Last night I got in bed at 12:03 and woke up at 5:34 but went back to sleep fairly quickly. I slept till my alarm went off at 8! Then I got up and got started exercising BEFORE 9!! Yay me! The night before I went to bed at 12:16 and slept THRU my alarm at 8 and woke up promptly at 9:01! Even though I got up an hour late I still exercised in the morning! Another Yay me! Normally I would have said "ugh I'm already an hour late, I will just do it later!" But the new me said "screw the schedule, exercising is more important!"
I'm running behind on my assignment for the year; my "Dear Me" letter. A letter written by the 2013 me telling me what great things my 2012 me did this year. I don't really have an excuse for why I haven't done it yet, I just haven't taken the time to do it yet. These letters take a lot of mental focus for me and I haven't had much of that lately! BUT...I am committed to doing it by Friday night! I will get this letter written and posted and linked up. I think it's a very important process to do this and it's kind of fun to think of what I want to do this year!
So how are your goals going for the year? Honestly, my health and fitness goals are going great but the others not so much! I guess I can only focus on one thing at a time till I get the hang of it, so I'm not beating myself up over it. I'm just going to focus on the accomplishments that I have made and keep striving for improvements one day at a time!