Exercise · Weight Loss

Determined in December

A new month means a new challenge on the WW forums. This month’s challenge is called Determined in December. My goal for the month of December is to lose 8lbs and 1200mins of activity.  I realize this won’t get me to my Mini Goal #2 (to be be under 200lbs by 2011) but that’s okay. I’m going to leave my goal as is and get as close as I can. I have no intention of giving up. Getting under 200lbs is still a short-term goal whether it happens in the next month or in January.

The November challenge has ended and I’m happy to report that I lost 10lbs and did 1510 minutes of activity! Yippee! I surpassed both my weight loss and activity goals 🙂

Since September I have been tracking my activity in spreadsheets. I’ve never done this before, but am finding it a very useful tool.  It helps me keep accurate track of how much I’m moving and pushes me to outdo myself each month. I’ve decided to post my excel sheets for the last three months. My activity totals listed here for September and October are higher than posted on my Challenges page because I was taking a physical theatre course.  I wanted to keep track of this, but I didn’t think the exercise was intense enough to qualify for activity points.

Here they are. You can click on them for a larger view:

Exercise · Food · Weight Loss

Sanity Restored! Weigh-in Week 27

I’m back from the road trip to Washington DC! What an amazing weekend. It was my first rally and completely worth the 24 hours of driving over the weekend. Here’s a pic of the crowd – over 250,000 people!

And happy day, I weighed-in today and was down 2.0lbs! That puts me at a total loss of 31.8lbs.  Not only did I pass the 30lb loss mark, but I’ve also broken out of the 220s and offically in the teens! I am thrilled with my results this week.  That’s 3 bags of potatoes worth! I can’t even imagine now walking around carting that extra weight.

During my weekend away I’m happy to report that I made smart food choices. Usually a long drive would mean chips, pop, and other unhealthy snacks. Instead I brought along grapes, strawberries, water, and some dark chocolate to share with everyone.  Even while in DC I chose healthy options at the restaurants  – such as salmon and rice instead of a burger and fries, or a bowl of cereal with skim milk for breakfast instead of a muffin. I even left half the rice on my plate – I forgot how big restaurant portions are in the States!  I am very happy I was able to make healthier choices and still enjoy myself and not feel deprived.

I’ve also started a new challenge for the month of November on the WW forums. This one’s called Nifty in November and my goals are to lose 8lbs and do 1200 minutes of activity.  You can follow my progress on the page marked Challenges in upper right-hand corner.

My final stats for Outstanding in October were -4.6/8 lbs and 1185/1000 minutes. I had a slow month for weight loss, but I’m hoping I can reach my goal of 8lbs this month since I have 5 weigh-ins (hehe!), however I’m thrilled I surpassed my activity goal and hope to get even more in this time.