Month 4 Recap

Today starts my 5th month since I decided to make a change in my life. A change to be healthier, fitter, leaner, and more active. I can’t believe 4 months have sailed by already, and yet it also seems like a lifetime ago that I decided to make a change.

This past month has seen lots of challenges for me. My husband was home for some of the month which caused for some changes and adjustments in my workout routine, I went away for the weekend which again caused some adjustments to my plans, and of course I’ve been battling a respiratory infection that seems to want to hold on. Even, with these situations coming up,I’ve been able to keep going, and making sure to get my workouts in even if they had to change from what was originally planned, and I’m continuing to make healthier food choices.

This past month I’ve lost another 5 inches, which brings my total inches lost 21.  That’s pretty awesome, I’m down 2 pants sizes, and everything is definitely fitting me better. This month the number on the scale hasn’t really moved much, which is a bit discouraging, but I know I’m getting leaner because I’m still losing inches. I’ve lost a total of 25 pounds over the last 4 months, which is nothing to be upset about. That’s a lot of weight, and I know that I didn’t put the weight on over night so it’s not going to come off over night.  I need to be patient, not lose focus, and keep working. The weight will come off it’s just going to take time and hard work, both are something I have and can do.

I’ve made it through 4 months and know that I have a lifetime in me.

Month 3 Recap

Holy Cow! I can’t believe that it’s been 3 months since I started on this journey. And, it’s true what they say, after doing something for 3 months it becomes a habit not something that needs to be thought about. Actually, when it comes to exercise I think I’ve been in the habit for a while.  I get antsy when I don’t do my workouts as soon as I get up. I’ve found that the days that I’m procrastinating with the working out part of my day I’m more irritable and just feeling BLAH. But, if I just work out as soon as I get up I’ve found that I have a lot more energy and I’m in a generally better mood. Ahhhhh, gotta love those endorphins they are for real.

Anyway in 3 months I’ve done a lot.

  • I walk at least 10,000 steps a day
  • I can run for 10 minutes straight, and am working towards a 10 minute mile.
  • I work out every day but Sunday, but even than I get 10,000 steps in at the least.
  • At the beginning of the month I create an exercise plan for the month. It gives me a visual set of my goals for the day.
Month 4 Workout Program

Month 4 Workout Program

With the start of month 4 I’ve added a bit more to each day. I am ready to challenge myself a bit more.

  • I make healthier food choices every day.
  • I record everything that I eat
  • I make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • I keep this blog to hold myself accountable, and also so I can look back and see my triumphs and struggles when I’m struggling.
  • I have an actual journal that I right down what I eat and how my workouts went that day.
  • I also keep track of my mood and energy level daily and compare how I’m feeling in certain situations.

I think the blogging and journaling is one of my best tools it makes me think about what’s going on with me and around me, as well as giving me time to think about my feelings at the time.

In 3 months I’ve seen my weight decrease and my body slim down.

  • I’ve lost 23 pounds over the last 12 weeks.
  • I’ve lost a total of 15.8 inches.
  • 4.3 inches lost from my waist
  • 3.5 inches from my hips
  • 3.5 inches from my thighs
  • 1.5 inches from my calves
  • Nearly an inch from my bicep
  • 2 inches from my chest
  • Half an inch from my neck
  • Half an inch from my forearm

My clothes are fitting better and I’m down a size as well.

Still have a long ways to go but the results of the hard work I’m doing is sure paying off, and I can see the results. Dedication and perserverance will make it all worth it in the end.

Here’s to Month 4 and the next 3 month group of my journey.

Month 2 Recap

Today, is the start of Week 9 in this new life long journey, and well I can’t believe that I’ve already made it through 2 months.  It doesn’t seem like that long, but I think about all that I’ve accomplished already and changes that I have made that are now habit not something I have to think about I am truly amazed.

This month came with some challenges, that I was able to address and make a plan for.  I think that is truly the way to approach this.  Yes, there are going to be challenges, challenges occur with living, but as long as we look at the challenge, assess the challenge, and make a plan, you can get through it.  This month had Thanksgiving, travel with 10 hours in a car over 2 days, and being sick.  These are challenges, but by seeing them and planning out how I was going to deal with each one I was not only able to overcome them, but surprise myself as well. This year Thanksgiving week didn’t see me gorging myself on food that’s better eaten in moderation, I instead planned out ahead of time what I would eat and stuck to portion sizes instead of heaping mounds of the delicious holiday food. When I found out that I would be traveling I made sure to get up early and bust out more time on the treadmill, and packed snacks, water, and lunch for the drive.  It would be and was a more nutritious option then anything I would find at a highway stop.  With the cold that I’ve come down with I’ve been sure to get my daily workouts in and meet my daily goals, and not caring if I got more than the daily minimum in.  Also if I’ve wanted a nap I’ve taken one, but also being conscious of getting up and moving a bit as well.

This month was amazing for me I lost weight every week, even the dreaded period week, not much that week, but it was still a loss rather than my normal gain, and I ran for 10 minutes straight.  I never thought that, that would be something that I could do.  I also added more time to my Zumba days, and started doing a barre workout, that continues to kick my butt every time I do it.

  • Lost 8.4 pounds over the month. Add that to the 8.2 pounds lost in the first month, and I am down a total of 16.6 pounds
  • I lost a total of 7.5 inches this month.  Add that to last months 5.4 inches, and I’ve lost a total of 12.9 inches.  Almost 13 inches in 2 months.  I’ll take it!
  • I’ve increased my daily steps, miles walked, and active time

I’m excited by how far I’ve come in such a short time, and I can not wait to see what my results will be after month 3.  I’m making a change in my lifestyle, and so far I love it.

Monthly Recap

Yesterday, was day 28 of this journey, which means I have survived a month of being more active and eating healthier. Therefore, making for a healthier, fitter me.

This month I’ve gone from a daily goal of walking 5,000 steps to today where I’ve increased my daily goal to 7,000 steps. I’ve worked out 24 of the last 28 days, in addition to achieving my step goals.

In the past month I’ve seen my energy increase, found myself making better food choices, have completely excluded gluten, which my doctor is happy about, and have found several little ways to incorporate more activity into my life.

This first month hasn’t been without its struggles. There are days when I don’t want to exercise, but I make myself get up and do it anyway. There is no excuse for not doing other than being lazy.  And, well I don’t want to be lazy anymore. I’ve had a few days where I’ve craved junk, and sometimes I’ve caved, but I’ve kept it in moderation. I measure and weigh things making sure I’m only taking a serving size. Sure, it’s a pain and time-consuming, but not nearly as much of a pain as being overweight is.

Over the last 4 weeks I’ve lost almost an inch off of my body, and well that doesn’t seem like much, and I don’t really notice my clothes fitting, that’s still almost an inch of fat gone from my body. Along with this I’ve lost 8.2 pounds. That’s 2 pounds a week on average. I’m happy with that! I’m working hard to make a change, and sure would I have liked to have lost more pounds and inches, yes, but I also know that I didn’t become this weight overnight, and in no way will I become my goal weight overnight. I will have to work for it.

This first month has been a success and a learning experience. Every day I become a little stronger, fitter, and healthier. Every day I learn something new about myself, and see all the potential that I have. I will be the person I know I am. I’ve survived the first month of the rest of my life and am excited to see what month 2 has in store for me.

To keep myself motivated in the working out department I’ve been making a monthly workout schedule. Everyday has what I plan to do, and well I thought I’d share it with you.

I’ve started over with the Learn 2 Run app at week 6. Since I now have my treadmill I thought it would be best, so that I can start working towards that 10 minute mile. Right now I’m running between 3.5 and 4 mph. And, well that’s not anywhere near 6 mph. So I’m starting back at week 6 where I don’t run for more than 3 minutes at a time so I can start working towards that elusive 6 mph.  I will get it and I will run a 10 minute mile. And, I guarantee you that I will share it with all of you. It will be a proud moment for this girl, who use to cringe at the idea of running, and now I look forward to my training days.

So here’s to month 1 and onto month 2.