Exercise · Weight Loss

Outstanding in October

I think an update on the September challenge I took part in on the Weight Watchers message boards is in order! For the September challenge my goal was to lose 8 pounds over the month and do 800 minutes of activity.

Well I didn’t quite make my weight loss goal. I ended up only losing 7.4 lbs over the month, but I’m still very happy with it and I wasn’t too far off.

But…I blew my activity goal out of the water for a final total of 905 minutes! Woohoo! That is over 15 hours of activity for me! I’m very excited by this. I don’t count daily walking or anything like that in my activity (even if I’ve walked more than usual) – it’s really working out at home to a video, the gym, or my walks up and over the mountain that I include so I am really stoked.

With the new month comes a new challenge. This one is called Outstanding in October. I’ve kept my weight loss goal the same: 8 pounds over the month, but I’ve upped my activity. I’m going to try to get in 1000 minutes! 

These challenges really motivate me, the competitive spirit that I am, however I’m a bit worried for this one already. The month is not off to a great start. I’ve made some poor food choices this weekend (a big pizza night with a friend & a whole bag of pretzels!) and I haven’t been able to get to gym because of a project I’m working on. I have been walking a lot and did get in an exercise video at home both yesterday and today, but I’m worried. I have a feeling I’ve gained this week. Oh dear – well Tuesday isn’t far off. I’ll let you know how it goes…

Exercise · Weight Loss

Slimming in September

As a way to motivate myself to keep active I’ve joined a group on the WW forums called Slimming in September. The way it works is we come up with our personal goals for the month of pounds lost and minutes spent on activity (exercise). These are actually great for me as by nature I am a very competitive person – especially against myself!

I did the August challenge as well and it worked well to keep me motivated and push me to get more activity into my day-to-day life. It’s one of the reasons I started my walks home from work and why I’ve  kept them up.  My goals for the August challenge were to lose 8lbs and do 600 minutes of activity. My final totals were 11lbs lost and 710 minutes!

For September  my goals are to lose 8lbs (which averages to about 2 per week) and I’ve upped my activity so I will strive for 800 minutes. I’m already on track with weight loss as I was down 3 last week.

The most exciting news is my activity. I was  bit worried about getting up to 800 minutes. My walk is now taking me only 45 minutes instead of the hour it used to so that means I have to get more exercise in to reach my goals. I don’t think this is a bad thing! So far it’s looking good – I’ve done 365 minutes of activity so far this month!

My Gym!

Most of it is my walking home and also my WW video at home. With the weather taking a drastic turn towards Autumn temperatures I’m thinking now is a good time to get back to the gym – so that’s where I spent my Friday night. I did 50 minutes on the elliptical (when I usually only do 35!) and 40 minutes resistance training. I want to be sure I’m including weights in my workouts from the very beginning – so that I am toning my muscles (which hopefully will be visible one day!), helping tighten my skin, and increasing my metabolism.  My plan is to get to the gym at least once a week over Fall to increase my activity.