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We began this journey by setting goals back in late October.
Then, we did our best to check in every week and provide feedback for how things were going. In case you missed any, you can read all past Fit Mommy posts by selecting that category in my ‘cloud’ at the bottom of the page.
So, how did I do overall? My goals were not super specific as I know that holiday times are difficult. All the flurry of activity plus temptation around every corner presents a definite challenge.
So….my goals….with comments about how they were or were not met:
(1) Make sure I’m getting at least 2 fruits and 2 vegetables in my diet every day. That’s a minimum, an amount I usually get in each day yet find more recent days being challenged to do so. I’ve been getting this done pretty much every day. Snacking on fruit at night keeps me from eating all the chocolate in the house.
(2) Drink a cup of water every 2 or 3 hours during the day. I figure if I’m up for 14 hours, I’ll get up to 7 cups in during the day. I’m feeling dehydrated more often these days and know it’s forgetting to drink plain water rather than a cup of coffee or tea. This was another one that I’ve typically been able to do. Although, I’ll admit there are days when I realize time has gone by without drinking plain water.
(3) Get up and move every day for at least 15 minutes with 3 or more days having more sustained exercise in it. Exercising could be the treadmill (Monday and some Wednesday nights while the boys are at karate class), Wii Fit, Wii Active or just plain dancing about with the younger boys. On the treadmill, I’m working at increasing speed (like 4 mph+ compared to the 3.3mph I used to do.) Since the boys stopped doing karate on base, I have not had occasion to hit the treadmill. Wii Fit has happened on a sporadic basis (including a few times this week.) Most activity has been dancing with Little J, chasing after him, or walking fast while shopping.
(4) Work on building up muscle mass through strength training exercises at least twice a week. This is part of the reason I’m not inclined to pick a weight loss number. Muscle is denser than fat and building muscle mass can sometimes decrease the amount of weight you lose. Of all the goals, this is the one that was not met well. Aside from some attempts at sit ups and push ups, I haven’t done anything to really target my muscles. I had visions of circuit training after 30 minutes on the treadmill.
(5) Continue to watch what I eat, but not be so restrictive to avoid all ‘treats.’ Days without a little chocolate leave this mama grumpy! This one was most definitely met. We rarely eat out and I am convinced that home cooked meals are far healthier than processed ones.
Also from that post was this comment: “I’d love to see 5 to 10 pounds come off my frame. And, maybe it will. It’s just that the slower paces of weight loss typically has me keeping it off easier than if it flew off quickly.”
Well….I stepped on the scale this morning and saw 167.8. I started the challenge at 172, so that’s FOUR pounds lost in 10 weeks. Not too bad considering I fell a little short on fat burning activities. I’ll credit Little J’s continued nursing to helping me burn off calories as well as the cold Alaskan weather.
While I know my ‘success’ is smaller than a few of the other Fit Mommies, I am happy with my progress. Baby steps will hopefully help me keep off the weight and maybe 2011 will be see continued improvements in health.
You can see what the other Fit Mommies are saying over at Got Chai?