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We’re now one third of the way into the 12 week challenge.
I woke up thinking I would hate the number on the scale. So, I decided my birthday suit might be in order so I couldn’t say my winter jammies caused the weight gain I expected. Admit it! Most of us have been there trying to minimize the number we’ll see on the scale. I used to wear the same outfit on Weight Watchers day at work just so clothing could not be a factor. Call it the scientist in me trying to control as many variables as possible.
So, I got onto the scale expecting one number to reflect my yo-yo sleeping habits during NaNoWriMo. Instead, I got a much lower number than I anticipated. And here I thought my Wii Fit board was off by 5 pounds (lighter than my scale, that is) yesterday. Ladies….I barely want to type the words for fear that I’ll jinx myself for the remainder of this challenge.
But, here it goes….
Okay, now that I’ve confessed, I will have to work doubly hard to keep it there.
If I add back 2 pounds for clothing (which might be an overestimate), that puts me 3 pounds lighter than when the challenge started. It also means I am 6 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight with R. Since I was 10 pounds from my goal in Weight Watchers, that means I’ve got less than 20 pounds to be at a weight deemed healthy by the professionals. That number would still be on the high side of things, but far better than the 224 I used to be before having kids.
As for this past week…
- nutrition was okay, although I’d like to fit more veggies into my day.
- water consumption is staying up thanks to the Brita filter sitting on my kitchen counter
- exercise is still less than I think it should be right now. I had a nice session with my Wii Fit Plus yesterday (30 minutes of aerobic stuff followed by 5 minutes of balance fun.) Plus, there’s the general running around after a toddler and dancing with him (Wiggles dancing IS a workout!)
- what I’ve decided is a key factor for me is sleep. And, if I don’t get at least 8 hours of it, the scale can go up by almost 3 pounds.
I do want to share about something else I’m trying for over the holidays: the 2010 Eating Free™ Holiday Free-For-All. Below is some information about it from the press release on SheBlogs
In an effort to help women and their loved ones eat, drink, and be merry—and not gain a pound—between two major “diet sabotage” dates—Thanksgiving 2010 and Super Bowl Sunday 2011—EatingFree.com will offer its online service for free starting Monday, November 15, 2010 until Sunday, February 6, 2011.
In addition to free use of the Eating Free online service, users will receive a free three-month-long Holiday Weight Management Support Package that includes access to recipes and sample menus, useful tips emailed daily, weekly radio podcasts, and monthly educational webinars led by Eating Free founder Manuel Villacorta. Geared to provide an “added boost” in helping people get through the season’s particular challenges, the entire package is valued at more than $500 per person. Personal coaching is available for an additional fee.
I just signed up a few days ago and was surprised that IF I really work at it with a goal of 1.5 pounds lost per week, I would be at my goal weight in approximately 3 months. Wow! Now I just need to conquer the seasonal affective disorder that is knocking at my door and really put forth an effort if I want to be a skinny minny. (Typing that just gave me a blog post idea for the future….there’s a reason why I’m nominated for the not coming soon category in the Homeschool Misfit Awards this year!)
Now that I’m feeling a bit psyched over my scale encounter this morning, plus the feeling of everything getting a little tighter along my sides (not my belly, though), I just might feel more motivated to really go for the gold. Seeing the challenge prize posts on Got Chai? is just icing on that motivational cake.
Here’s hoping the pot luck we’re attending in a few hours won’t completely undo my progress!
You can head on over to Got Chai? to see how the other Fit Mommies are doing. If I read correctly, there’s still time to join up on the challenge, too. Weight loss is only one aspect of this challenge. In the end, we want to be in good health for our families more so than how we look in a pair of jeans. Although, the idea of being slim should we ever have occasion to done a swimsuit is quite appealing.