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January 1, 2015:

#BookBlogWalkers retired at the end of 2014. Please join #FitReaders starting in 2015! For more information, click HERE. I’ll leave this page up for those that wish to read about my fitness journey.

Welcome to my personal fitness journey. Please continue reading to find out how I’m doing and how #bookblogwalkers is making a difference.

My friend Felicia over at The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog started a program last year called Book Blog Walkers. The purpose of the online group was to encourage each other to walk a little or a lot each day. Felicia is starting the program again in 2014, and I’ve decided to join along. This page will be where I update what I’ve been up to, how I’m doing, etc.


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December 29, 2014

Here it is… my last #BookBlogWalkers post! I cannot express how much this group has meant to me over the past year. #BookBlogWalkers has been such an important part of life – truly helping me out of a huge funk. Knowing I have friends out there cheering me on, honestly caring about me and my health, well it’s made such a difference for me. I started this journey on January 6, 2014, and according to my MapMyFitness app, I’ve gone 818.5 miles in over 320 workouts for a total of 88,000 calories, having lost 25 pounds! That is about 200 hours of exercise in 2014. And those are only the workouts I logged on my app. It doesn’t include the times I’ve taken the stairs instead of the elevator, parked at the back of the lot, all my steps during the day, or when I walked instead of drove someplace. THANK YOU to all of my friends who’ve said encouraging words along my journey. It has meant so much to me!

And I’ve enjoyed it so much that I am proud to be co-hosting the event in 2015 with Felicia. Are you interested in getting fit or staying active in 2015? Click the image below to sign up. There is no hard commitment – only the desire to move with purpose and get support from your fellow readers. Starting in 2015, I’ll be retiring this page, but I will keep it up for those you want to read through my journey. I’ll have a new weekly post dedicated to the new challenge: #FitReaders in 2015.

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My week was pretty good. I throughly enjoyed the holidays and all the food and drink that came with it. But I got out and walked every day, which made me feel great. I had less than a pound weight gain and am still under my goal weight. Woot!

How was your week? Did you reach any goals or change up your routine? Are you making any resolutions for 2015? Tweet at me, or leave me a note on Facebook. I love to hear from you all!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 52 minutes walking
Tuesday: 31 minutes walking
Wednesday: 43 minutes walking
Thursday: 43 minutes walking
Friday: 31 minutes walking
Saturday: 16 minutes walking
Sunday: 55 minutes walking

December 22, 2014

Only a few more days left in 2014! I just can’t believe it’s almost over. How are you all holding up? I had a rough week – holiday stress mostly. I overate on a couple days, but didn’t let it get me down. My biggest disappointment is that for the first time since I started my journey back in January, I missed more than one day walking/working out. Last night at 9:00PM, the choice was walking or getting ready for bed, and I opted for bed. I needed sleep more, and I am okay with that choice. I know that it won’t become a habit to skip days, so I move forward into a fresh, new week with a smile!

#BookBlogWalkers has been such an important part of life over the past year – helping me out of a huge funk – that I am proud to be co-hosting the event in 2015 with Felicia. Are you interested in getting fit or staying active in 2015? Click the image below to sign up. There is no hard commitment – only the desire to move with purpose and get support from your fellow readers. Starting in 2015, I’ll be retiring this page, but I will keep it up for those you want to read through my journey. I’ll have a new weekly post dedicated to the new challenge: #FitReaders in 2015.

FitReaders2015

How was your week? Did you reach any goals or change up your routine? What are your fitness plans for the upcoming holidays? Tweet at me, or leave me a note on Facebook. I love to hear from you all!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 85 minutes walking
Tuesday: 47 minutes walking
Wednesday: none
Thursday: 46 minutes walking
Friday: 46 minutes walking
Saturday: 51 minutes walking
Sunday: none

December 15, 2014

How was your week? I’ve noticed that between my busy schedule and the not-so-nice weather, my walks are not as long or rigorous. I’m not feeling the desire to run/jog, but I am still getting out there for at least 30 minutes.

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of 2014! I started my #BookBlogWalkers journey on January 6, 2014 with two simple goals – track my food/drink intake and move with purpose for 10 minutes each day. Almost one year later and I’m walking on average over 40 minutes per day (45 minutes per workout)!!! I’ve lost 25 pounds and achieved my goal weight – maintaining since September. I’m so proud of myself when I look at where I was a year ago. And I honestly could not have done it without the encouragement and support of Felicia and the other #bookblogwalkers. Thank you my friends!

#BookBlogWalkers has been such an important part of life over the past year – helping me out of a huge funk – that I am proud to be co-hosting the event in 2015 with Felicia. Are you interested in getting fit in 2015? Click the image below to sign up. There is no hard commitment – only the desire to move with purpose and get support from your fellow readers. Starting in 2015, I’ll be retiring this page, but I will keep it up for those you want to read through my journey. I’ll have a new weekly post dedicated to the new challenge: #FitReaders in 2015.

FitReaders2015

How was your week? Did you reach any goals or change up your routine? What are your fitness plans for the upcoming holidays? Tweet at me, or leave me a note on Facebook. I love to hear from you all!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 60 minutes walking
Tuesday: none
Wednesday: 45 minutes walking
Thursday: 30 minutes walking
Friday: 36 minutes walking
Saturday: 32 minutes walking
Sunday: 35 minutes walking

December 8, 2014

I was pretty much able to get back to “normal” after the holiday weekend over the course of this past week. I did lose 2 of the 3 pounds I gained over the Thanksgiving weekend. I ate better, although I indulged at a local Mexican place with girlfriends on Saturday night. It was sooooo good. I got out and walked more my usual routine, although I feel like I cheated a bit because I counted walking in the Christmas Parade on Saturday as one of my workouts. It was only 1.5 miles and it took me an hour. *cringes* I don’t know that it really counts. I’m looking forward to trying to stick with things as best as possible again this week. With only two weeks until the holiday and parties swing into full gear, I need to be on my game this week.

How was your week? Did you reach any goals or change up your routine? What are your fitness plans for the upcoming holidays? Tweet at me, or leave me a note on Facebook. I love to hear from you all!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 46 minutes jogging/walking
Tuesday: 80 minutes walking
Wednesday: 36 minutes walking
Thursday: 38 minutes walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 60 minutes walking in parade
Sunday: 59 minutes walking

December 1, 2014

Wow! What a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I enjoyed myself and relaxed a lot. I also ate A LOT! Between the left-overs, extra desserts, and additional parties, I managed to put on over 3 pounds this week. However, I know that it’s only temporary, and if I have a “normal” week this upcoming week, I’ll be back down. Luckily, even with the added pounds, I’m still at my goal weight! And I did manage to walk all but one day this past week. So, I’m feeling pretty good about the week overall.

How was your weekend? Did you put on some extra pounds? What are your fitness plans for the upcoming holidays? Tweet at me, or leave me a note on Facebook. I love to hear from you all!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 48 minutes jogging/walking
Tuesday: 60 minutes walking
Wednesday: none
Thursday: 32 minutes walking
Friday: 45 minutes walking
Saturday: 43 minutes walking
Sunday: 31 minutes walking

Goals for December: Finally, with the start of a new month it’s time to evaluate my goals. My fitness goal for December is to continue moving with purpose for 30 minutes for at least 5 days per week, with no more than 1 day off per week, adding in  jogging when I can. Another goal is to track my food and exercise each day in December on the LoseIt! app. I also plan to maintain my goal weight for the month of December, even through the upcoming holidays!

November 24, 2014

I have to admit, I’m feeling a bit down. Life has been super crazy for me, and I feel like I’m only half-doing everything. You know how that feels? Although I’m mostly over my 2-week long cold, I’m still coughing; holiday preparation; kids’ sports and activities; housework… it’s all wearing on me. Unfortunately, I let all of life’s others keep me from my usual walking schedule. Although I still met my goal, I only got one long walk in and no jogging last week, and emotionally, that was hard. I use my walking time as “me time.” I recharge and reflect. I didn’t get what I needed from walking last week, and with today’s rain, I’m really feeling it. Hopefully with the holiday weekend, I’ll get in some extra walks.

How was your week? Did you accomplish anything that you are particularly proud of? Did you start a new exercise routine? Tweet at me, or leave me a note on Facebook.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes eliptical
Tuesday: 85 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 35 minutes walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 30minutes walking
Sunday: 43 minutes walking

November 17, 2014

During the past week, I continued to suffer from my cold. I did get out and exercise, but I took it easy – no running this week. I also gave into to some comfort food cravings, justifying the need because I wasn’t feeling well. Hopefully this week, I can get back to a more “normal” routine for both exercise and eating. Weight-wise I was up 0.8 pounds, but I am still well within my “comfort zone” and below my goal weight – seven weeks in a row now!

How was your week? Did you accomplish anything that you are particularly proud of? Did you start a new exercise routine? Tweet at me, or leave me a note on Facebook.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 85 minutes walking
Tuesday: 60 minutes walking
Wednesday: 46 minutes walking
Thursday: 76 minutes walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 20 minutes walking
Sunday: 45 minutes walking

November 10, 2014

This past week I was (and still am) struggling with a head cold. But getting outside in the fresh air made me feel better – while I was doing it. Since I’m still under the weather, I will continue to take it easy and walk instead of trying to push myself and go jogging. Speaking of jogging – I’ve signed up to “run” a 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving with my son. My goal is to jog the whole race.

Overall, I’ve been doing really well with maintaining my goal weight and fitness levels. In fact, I’m debating on moving my goal weight down another five pounds. My current goal weight is at the top of “accepted healthy” for my age/size/height, so I am thinking an additional five pounds would give me a bit of a buffer. My biggest fear is not achieving my goal, so part of me has a mindset of “leave it alone, but try without making it a goal,” which is fine, except then I’m not accountable. Have you ever adjusted a goal to make it harder, once you got to where you wanted to be? Tweet at me, or leave me a note on Facebook.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 48 minutes jogging
Tuesday: 81 minutes walking
Wednesday: 35 minutes walking
Thursday: 36 minutes jogging
Friday: none
Saturday: 41 minutes walking
Sunday: 45 minutes walking

November 3, 2014

I cannot believe that it is already November! How was your month? I had a pretty great month – after reaching my goal weight at the end of September, I kept at or below that weight for the entire month of October. I also integrated jogging into my workouts, one or two times each week. Although it was a goal to do the jog/walk thing at least two times per week, I found that sometimes I just needed to walk, and I’m good with that because I’m still getting out and moving. I don’t want my daily fitness routine to become a chore, so as long as I get out and move, I’ll be okay with myself and my attitude.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 52 minutes walking
Tuesday: 66 minutes walking
Wednesday: 37 minutes walking
Thursday: 48 minutes jogging/walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 30 minutes elliptical
Sunday: 31 minutes walking

Goals for November: Finally, with the start of a new month it’s time to evaluate my goals. Coming up for the month, I plan to continue my goal of walking/moving for 30 minutes/day for a minimum of five days per week with only one day off per week, with the addition of walking/jogging, when I can during the week (1 or 2 times/week). I also plan to continue to track my food. With the holidays quickly approaching and cold weather looming, I will need support more than ever to keep with this wonderful program!

October 27, 2014

Just a quick check-in for this week. The great news – 4 weeks at/below my goal weight! Also, since incorporating jogging into my walks two times per week, I’ve gone from jogging about 30-50% of the “walk” to jogging almost 4 miles! I think I’m going to sign my son and me up to run in a Turkey Trot 5K race on Thanksgiving!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 46 minutes jogging/walking
Tuesday: 90 minutes walking
Wednesday: 31 minutes walking
Thursday: 60 minutes walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 26 minutes jogging/walking
Sunday: 45 minutes walking

October 20, 2014

Another solid week behind me. I knew getting my time in was going to be difficult due to some personal/family commitments, so I actually got up early on Friday – 5:15 AM – and went from my jog before work! I did eat a few more desserts and dinners out than I should have, but I tried not to overeat. I’ve now been at/below my goal weight for 3 weeks!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 35 minutes walking
Tuesday: 45 minutes jogging/walking
Wednesday: none
Thursday: 65 minutes walking
Friday: 32 minutes jogging/walking
Saturday: 33 minutes walking
Sunday: 46 minutes walking

October 13, 2014

Reporting in this week with some ups and some downs. Down: Although I am up a couple pounds this week due to celebrating my son’s birthday and my folks visiting, Up: I am still under my goal weight. And Down: I am sad to say that for the first time since I started #bookblogwalkers that I did not meet my fitness goal for last week. My goal is to jog/walk two days per week and last week I only ran one day. But that’s okay, because instead Up: I walked with my mom every day she was here visiting. So all-in-all, I feel like last week was a win!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 45 minutes jogging/walking
Tuesday: 70 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 38 minutes walking
Friday: 53 minutes walking
Saturday: 46 minutes walking
Sunday: 64 minutes walking

October 6, 2014

I’m happy to report that I had a great week! I kept up with my movement goals and ate responsibly. I had a small weight loss, which feels good. I am still worried that now that I’ve hit my “goal weight” I’ll start going up the scale again. Ideally, I’d like to lose about 3 more pounds to have a safe “buffer” around my preferred weight. 🙂 Keeping up with my exercise and consuming a reasonable weekly caloric intake will be the keys for the next couple of months, heading into the holidays and colder weather.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 45 minutes jogging/walking
Tuesday: 65 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 40 minutes walking
Friday: 34 minutes jogging/walking
Saturday: 40 minutes walking
Sunday: 36 minutes walking

September 29, 2014

Although I started off the month with mixed feelings, I am going out with a BANG! I’ve been working extra hard these past few weeks, and it’s paid off. I lost another 2.4 pounds this week, and I’ve once again reached (and gone below) my goal weight!! Yea!! Thank you to all of my twitter bookblogwalkers buddies who’ve been there, encouraging me and sharing in this journey! I feel like the extra movement of adding in some jogging helped a lot. In addition, I was able to cut out one “extra item” each day, which cut my weekly calories down by over 1,000 calories during the course of the week. Now I’m moving into a maintaining phase – but really, I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing and see where it takes me. No slacking off!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 44 minutes jogging/walking
Tuesday: 50 minutes walking
Wednesday: 37 minutes walking
Thursday: 82 minutes walking
Friday: 34 minutes walking
Saturday: 24 minutes jogging/walking
Sunday: none

Goals for October: Finally, with the start of a new month it’s time to evaluate my goals. My fitness goal for October is to continue moving with purpose for 30 minutes for at least 5 days per week, with no more than 1 day off per week, but also jog/walk at least two days/week of my workout. I’ve also joined one “fitness challenge” on LoseIt! for October to track my food and exercise for every day in October. And although it’s not a hard goal, I want to maintain my goal weight for the month of October.

September 22, 2014

Well, it seems that being back in a routine has helped me make better eating decisions. This past week was probably the BEST week as far as sheer calorie intake that I’ve had in many months. I did lose another 0.8 lbs this past week – which gives me hope that maybe I’m over that plateau. As far as my movement – I had another good week. I’m finding the jogging/walking days feel tough when I start, but I have a huge sense of accomplishment when I finish them. I’m hoping that, if I keep this up, I’ll be back at my “goal weight” in the next couple of weeks.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 45 minutes jogging/walking
Tuesday: 50 minutes walking
Wednesday: 40 minutes walking
Thursday: 37 minutes jogging/walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 43 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes hiking

September 15, 2014

Hi gang, how was your week? I’m feeling a bit better than I did last week. I’ve been able to keep up with some jogging during the week, and other than this weekend, I was really good with my food intake. I did go camping this weekend and managed to overeat several delicious items, but I was pretty active and even got in a hike. Last Monday I was away from home and didn’t get in an official weigh-in. So this week, I am happy to report a two week weight loss of 2.2 pounds. I’m still in that up two–down two pounds cycle, but I’m hoping to break that over the next couple of weeks and FINALLY get back to my goal weight. I think that is a little more doable now that summer is over and I’m in a routine – less opportunity to snack!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 50 minutes jogging/walking
Wednesday: 33 minutes walking
Thursday: 50 minutes jogging/walking
Friday: 30 minutes walking
Saturday: none
Sunday: 35 minutes hiking

September 8, 2014

It’s been a very busy weekend and Monday so far, but I wanted to make sure I quickly checked in. I was out of town, so I didn’t get to do my weekly weigh-in. That may be for the better, as I haven’t been to pleased with the scale lately. I did get in the walking and jogging, per my new plan. This week and upcoming weekend also promise to be very busy, so I’m just taking it one day at a time.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 48 minutes jogging/walking
Wednesday: 33 minutes jogging/walking
Thursday: 42 minutes walking
Friday: 35 minutes walking
Saturday: none
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

September 1, 2014

Well, I start off the ninth month of the year with mixed feelings. I am proud of all I’ve accomplished these past nine months. I went from NO exercise to walking – and even jogging – two to four miles almost every day! That is a huge accomplishment, and I am really happy with where my journey has lead me. However, since hitting my goal weight back at the beginning of the summer and then putting on a couple pounds during my 2-week vacation, I’ve never gotten back down to that goal weight. I just don’t get it. My caloric intake is on par with what I was consuming back in the spring, and I’m continuing to move almost every day. After what I thought was a good week this past one, I stepped on the scale this morning and found myself up 1.4 pounds. It’s very frustrating, and I don’t want it to get me down. I only have less than five pounds to lose, but it just doesn’t seem to happen. I’ve added some jogging mixed in with my walking, and I’ll give it to the end of this month to see if it helps. I must be patient, but it’s so hard sometimes. Any extra encouragement is appreciated!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 35 minutes walking
Tuesday: 65 minutes walking
Wednesday: 50 minutes jogging/walking
Thursday: 30 minutes walking
Friday: 48 minutes jogging/walking
Saturday: 45 minutes walking
Sunday: 45 minutes walking

Goals for September: Finally, with the start of a new month it’s time to evaluate my goals. My fitness goal for September is to continue moving with purpose for 30 minutes for at least 5 days per week, with no more than 1 day off per week, but also jog/walk at least two days/week of my workout. I’ve also joined one “fitness challenge” on LoseIt! for September to track my food and exercise for every day in September. And although it’s not a strict goal, I am going to try to really evaluate what I’m eating – try to cut out some of the over-the-top calories that I really don’t need to consume.

August 25, 2014

I continued my up-and-down this week. I am down from last Monday a little bit (less than 0.5 lbs), so that is a win, but mid-week, after I felt like I worked hard on my calorie intake and walking, I went up over a pound! I may have to go back to one weigh-in per week, since the mid-week weigh-in doesn’t seem to help. I did get in some longer walks, which felt good. I am still working hard to watch what I eat, as well. School starts back up this week, which means a tighter, more-stressful schedule. I don’t know if that will make it harder or easier for me.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 47 minutes walking
Tuesday: 75 minutes walking
Wednesday: 38 minutes walking
Thursday: 37 minutes walking
Friday: 47 minutes walking
Saturday: 30 minutes walking
Sunday: none

August 18, 2014

Well, this past week was a bit better. I got in a few longer walks and managed to eat better, but honestly, it doesn’t feel like I’m doing enough. I’m down a little for the week; less than a pound, which is better than up. But I feel like I’m at a place where I really need to put in a lot more effort to get back down again. I am still about 3 pounds above the goal I hit back at the beginning of summer, and I’d really like to get there and STAY there. I know that if I want to get there, I’m going to have to watch my caloric intake much more closely – sticking under certain limits each day, and I honestly don’t know if I can do that on a continual basis. Do any of you have a suggestion on how to do that (other than tracking, which I already do)? If so, let me know on twitter or Facebook! Thanks! I hope you have had a good week.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 35 minutes walking
Tuesday: 65 minutes walking
Wednesday: 0 minutes walking
Thursday: 45 minutes walking
Friday: 37 minutes walking
Saturday: 38 minutes walking
Sunday: 45 minutes walking

August 11, 2014

I had an amazingly wonderful time at Authors After Dark in Charlotte, NC! And I did walk EVERY DAY I was gone, thanks to the encouragement of my roomie and fellow walker, Ms. Liza Lou! We enjoyed the sites of uptown Charlotte and got outside everyday. Of course, I also ATE a lot of foods that I normally don’t, and I ended up with a two pound gain from last week. 🙁 Oh well… I’m back home, and I plan to walk a lot (I just started listening to the second Elemental Assassin book, Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep… it is so good!) If you see me on twitter, please remind me to keep it up!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 50 minutes walking
Tuesday: 40 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 45 minutes walking
Friday: 35 minutes walking
Saturday: 38 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

August 4, 2014

Another week has already flown by! I am feeling a little better than last week, especially since the scale is down 1.4 lbs. I still have a couple more pounds to get back to my “goal weight,” but this is progress. Of course… I leave for the Authors After Dark Conference in Charlotte, NC tomorrow… *gulp* As far as my calorie INTAKE this past week… I did MUCH better, and I feel like I made some great choices… for example, having a dish of ice cream OR a glass of wine, but not both. I also up’d my movement in both time and intensity, which helped. I intend to do my best while away so that I’m not set back a whole bunch when I get home. If you see me on Twitter or at AAD… be sure to check in with me to help keep me on track!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 35 minutes walking
Tuesday: 50 minutes walking
Wednesday: 35 minutes walking
Thursday: 45 minutes walking
Friday: 37 minutes walking
Saturday: 30 minutes walking
Sunday: 35 minutes walking

July 28, 2014

I’ve been back at home for two full weeks now. I’d hoped I would have taken off the excess weight I gained while on vacation earlier this month, but instead I’m finding myself going in the opposite direction. I am up 1.4 pounds from last week and a total of 3.6 pounds over my goal, which I reached just one month ago. I will admit, I’m feeling a little defeated this morning, even though it’s only a couple of pounds. I looked back over the past few weeks, and calorie-wise, I’m consuming on par with what I was doing before vacation. However, even though I’m making my minimum movement goals, I don’t have any really long walks (more than 35 minutes), which before and during vacation, I would do once per week. I need to shake the disappointment from my head and heart and just keep at it!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 35 minutes walking
Wednesday: 35 minutes walking
Thursday: 30 minutes walking
Friday: 30 minutes walking
Saturday: none
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

Goals for August: Finally, with the start of a new month it’s time to evaluate my goals. My fitness goal for August is to continue moving with purpose for 30 minutes for at least 5 days per week, with no more than 1 day off per week. I’ve also joined one “fitness challenge” on LoseIt! for August to track my food and exercise for every day in August. And although it’s not a strict goal, I am going to try to really evaluate what I’m eating – try to cut out some of the over-the-top calories that I really don’t need to consume.

July 21, 2014

One week back at home and things are looking good. I’m trying to stay relaxed and not stress over my “to do” list. I’m making sure I get my walking in and TRYING to eat more sensibly than while on vacation! I’m also trying to get in more reading time this summer, which I’ve managed to do so far.

I’m happy to report that I’ve lost one pound this week – which means only two more to go to get back to my goal weight that I reached just before vacation. I’ve also continued my food tracking and made my movement goal for the week. I even attempted some light jogging during a couple of my walks.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 27 minutes walking
Wednesday: none
Thursday: 45 minutes walking
Friday: 35 minutes walking
Saturday: 30 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

July 14, 2014

I am back! Last night, I returned home from a two week vacation with the family. Looking back, it was a great time, and I’m proud of the fact that I continued to walk almost every day AND track my food and drink. Most days I was well over 1,000 calories above my daily allotment, but I stuck with the tracking even when it would have been easier to skip it. All in all, I am up 3.2 pounds during the two weeks I was gone. Not too bad. Now that I’m back home and on a routine – and we won’t have happy hour appetizers every day – I think I will be able to shed those extra pounds in a couple of weeks.

My movement for this week:

Monday: none
Tuesday: 35 minutes walking
Wednesday: 40 minutes walking
Thursday: 35 minutes walking
Friday: 40 minutes walking
Saturday: 20 minutes walking
Sunday: 32 minutes walking

July 7, 2014

Greetings from vacationland! I’m starting week two of vacation, and all-in-all doing okay. I’m up 0.6 pounds this week and a total of about two pounds since vacation started. But I’m out there walking every day and tracking all I consume. I say that is a win!!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 37 minutes walking
Tuesday: 40 minutes walking
Wednesday: 38 minutes walking
Thursday: 43 minutes walking
Friday: 35 minutes walking
Saturday: 35 minutes walking
Sunday: 40 minutes walking

June 30, 2014

Can you believe the year is already half over?! I am more astonished that I have been tracking my food intake and exercising on a daily basis for almost six whole months! This week was a big one for me… after five months and 21 days, 172 days of logging my food, and 104 hours of exercise, I lost over 20 pounds and reached a weight I haven’t been at in a couple years. Even though when I started bookblogwalkers, my immediate goal wasn’t focused on weight loss, I hoped it would be the byproduct of my efforts. Now that I am here – nothing will change. I am going to continue tracking my food and getting outside to walk. The next couple of weeks will be a challenge as I am with my extended family on vacation at the lake! Wish me luck! 🙂

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 30 minutes walking
Wednesday: 45 minutes walking
Thursday: none
Friday: 30 minutes walking
Saturday: 40 minutes walking
Sunday: 40 minutes walking

Goals for July: Finally, with the start of a new month it’s time to evaluate my goals. My goal for July is to continue moving with purpose for 30 minutes for at least 5 days per week, with no more than 1 day off per week. I’ve also joined one “fitness challenge” on LoseIt! for July to track my food and exercise for every day in July. This will hopefully help me stay on track with better eating habits and continue to stay at this new and improved weight!

June 23, 2014

I happy to report that I had another successful week. I tried the “two weigh-ins” that I mentioned last week, and I was down 0.8 pounds for the week. I’ve now lost over 20 pounds since I started back on January 6, and I am only 0.6 pounds from my goal. I am heading off for a two-week family reunion/vacation on Saturday, so I am going to try to take my good habits with me!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 1 hour, 15 minutes walking
Tuesday: 50 minutes walking
Wednesday: 35 minutes walking
Thursday: 40 minutes walking
Friday: 35 minutes walking
Saturday: 17 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

June 16, 2014

Okay… so I made a very small change this week and it worked – maybe. One week does not set a precedent, but it was a positive start, giving me encouragement. Here’s what I did… I always weigh-in once a week on Monday mornings. Sure, I’ll step on the scale from time to time during the week, but not for the “official” measurement. For each weigh-in, I wear the same clothing and do my best to make it at the same time of day. The thing is, I know that on Monday mornings I tend to be up a little from the middle of the week because I tend to eat more on the weekends. SO… this week, I decided to have TWO official weigh-ins: one on Monday like normal and one on Thursday morning, with the idea that I’ll see some progress and keep that encouragement with me through the weekend as I make choices on my food intake. This week it seemed to work – last Monday, I was up one pound, which I attribute to my weekend away at RAGT. Midweek, on Thursday, I was down 1.4 pounds – shedding the extra vacation weight, plus a little. This was encouraging, and because of that I feel I made better choices over the weekend, which resulted in losing another 1.6 pounds for today’s weigh-in. That gives a total of 3 pounds for the week!!!

Whether my weight loss was helped by the extra weigh-in or not, I feel great because I made it past the plateau I’d been hovering around for a little more than a month. I’ve also continued my high-energy walking and feel great. Listening to audiobooks has definitely helped me go even further because more than once I needed to “just finish this chapter” while walking. With that in mind, I’m off to hit the road and get a walk in after I post this. I hope you are a little inspired by my post and get your movement on, too!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 33 minutes walking
Tuesday: 65 minutes walking
Wednesday: 37 minutes walking
Thursday: 35 minutes walking
Friday: day off
Saturday: 48 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

June 9, 2014

I just returned from a wonderful long weekend away for the Annual Reader Author Get Together (RAGT) in West Chester, Ohio. I spent four days catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, talking to authors, and discussing books. Of course, there was also a lot of eating and drinking! But the big news… I walked EVERYDAY while I was gone! Thanks to my roomie, Liza, we were able to get outside and get our move on. I did eat a lot, but managed to only gain 1 pound! So I call that a win!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 65 minutes walking
Tuesday: 68 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 40 minutes walking
Friday: 30 minutes walking
Saturday: 30 minutes walking
Sunday: 15 minutes walking

June 2, 2014

*contented sigh* That is me… in the sunshine, which along with warmer temps, has FINALLY made an appearance this spring. I am happy to report that I’ve been doing lots of outdoor moving – still mostly walking, but I spent some time doing weeding and yard work this weekend as well. Looking back at May, I did a great job of sticking to my fitness goals and steadily increasing my daily and weekly movement/exercise. My eating habits were not so great, although I did track every calorie. I am at the same weight now as I was a month ago, which tells me that this may be where I’m going to stay. Yes, I could lose more. However, my goal has always been to make changes that will stick and work within what I know I can keep doing. I could go on a strict daily calorie allotment, but once I lose the weight and start eating more, my weight would climb. I’m not giving up – I really would love to lose about 5-10 more pounds, but I am very proud of what I’ve done in five months and where I’m at now!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 35 minutes walking
Tuesday: 50 minutes walking
Wednesday: 47 minutes walking
Thursday: 35 minutes walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 80 minutes walking (2 walks)
Sunday: 30 minutes walking, 60+ minutes yard work

Goals for June: Finally, with the start of a new month, it’s time to evaluate my goals. My goal for June is moving with purpose for 30 minutes for at least 5 days per week with no more than 1 day off per week. I’ve also joined two “fitness challenges” on LoseIt! for June. The first is to track my food and exercise for every day in June. The second is to lose at least 3 pounds during June. Also, I am still part of the challenge I started in May to lose at least 5 pounds before June 21, 2014. This will hopefully help me stay on track with better eating habits, but it didn’t seem to make a different in May!

May 26, 2014

I am writing this in the midst of a long weekend (here in US), one in which over-eating seems to be built into the plans. Yesterday we had our annual neighborhood lobster bake get-together, and I did over indulge. Steamers, lobster, beer, chips and dip, hot dogs, and so many desserts. We finished the night with a campfire and s’mores! Yes… I ate a lot. But I also went for a 2 mile walk! And while I’m up 0.8 lbs for the week, I know it’s all because of one day, one that doesn’t happen all that often. Today I will be back out walking and the calories won’t be so high.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 45 minutes walking
Wednesday: 40 minutes walking
Thursday: 30 minutes walking
Friday: 40 minutes walking
Saturday: 30 minutes walking
Sunday: 35 minutes walking

May 19, 2014

Another week and feeling great! I’ve continued to make my fitness challenge goals and the eating improved some this week. I am down 2.8 lbs this week, but I’m taking that with a grain of salt. If you look back to the past couple of weeks, I’ve been up and down that same couple of pounds. Am I at my “plateau?” I am not ready to say yes until I’ve spent a few more weeks working at my health.

What was really surprising to me is that I “ate what I wanted” at our cookout on Saturday, and I found that when I entered all the food, it really wasn’t so bad. While I know that I have no problem being able to eat way above my “daily allotment,” I find that my new “normal” isn’t as bad as it used to be. Does that make sense? We’ll see how this coming week is… Memorial Day weekend is always a big challenge. We have an annual neighborhood block party on Sunday, plus a family cookout on Monday. I think if I limit the amount of beer and munchies, I’ll do better than I have in the past.

Also – new shoes… I went last Monday and exchanged the pair I had bought. I like these MUCH better. I just need to go get some larger inserts for them (today, hopefully). What I’ve realized is that I’m going to have to go back to buying the more expensive running shoes now that I’m walking so much. It’s worth the extra $30-50 to have better support.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 45 minutes walking
Tuesday: 30 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 30 minutes walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 30 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

May 12, 2014

Well… I did try hard to eat within my allotted calories and make good choices this week. And I did a pretty good job until the weekend. Between the calzone on Friday, bacon cheese burger on Saturday, and the lasagne and key lime pie for Mother’s Day… I was up 2.2 pounds for the week; therefore negating all the hard work from the week prior. I’m not going to let this get me down. I am still so much more fit than I was a year ago, and I feel great.

I broke down a bought a new pair of sneakers/running shoes on Saturday, but after having to cut my walk short Saturday evening because they rubbed too much, I’ve decided to take them back this week and try a new pair. I detest breaking in new shoes, but this was beyond the norm for me. I did manage to meet my goal of walking at least 30 minutes on 3 days this week – to include one 5.25 mile walk that took me one hour and 15 minutes! I am truly enjoying the nicer weather!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 45 minutes walking
Tuesday: 75 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 40 minutes walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 25 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

May 5, 2014

The beginning of May is finally here, but our weather still isn’t cooperating. Although this morning there is some sunshine, we have been unseasonable cool. I’ve still got the flannel sheets on the bed! However, I have been able to get outside and walk for the most part. There was one day that it was really raining and i used the elliptical – which felt good to try a different exercise. I think over the summer I’ll work on changing up my exercise routine.

This past week I was super conscientious with my eating habits: not starving myself, but really making an effort to eat better. And it shows. When I weighed myself this morning, I was down 2.4 pounds! That felt good and has inspired me to try hard again this week.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 45 minutes walking
Wednesday: 20 minutes elliptical machine
Thursday: 30 minutes walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 30 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

Goals for May: Finally, with the start of a new month, it’s time to evaluate my goals. Now that I can “easily” walk two miles, and I’ve found taking one day off per week is “okay,” I’m going to mix it up a little. My goal for May is moving with purpose for 30 minutes for at least 3 days per week, with at least 20 minutes 3 days per week, and no more than 1 day off per week. I’ve also joined two “fitness challenges” on LoseIt! for May. The first is to track my food and exercise for every day in May. The second is to lose at least 5 pounds before June 21, 2014. This is my first “I want to lose weight” goal/challenge, but I feel it’s time. I’ve been working hard to get into better shape, and losing additional pounds is part of that. This will hopefully help me stay on track with better eating habits.

April 28, 2014

Can you believe it is the end of another month already?! WOW! I’ll update my May monthly goals next week, but until then…

I had some BIG wins this week – I went through my closet and found some pants (jeans, capris, linen slacks) that I love, but couldn’t fit into all last summer… guess who can wear them now?! The jeans I’ve not worn since January 2013! That feels really good. I also bought some new summer pants in my “regular” size and not the “bigger” sizes!

I kept track of my food intake, and per my usual… about 2,000 calories over my “losing weight weekly allotment.” I know that if I really want to get serious about shedding lots more pounds, I’ll have to cut back on the caloric intake, but for now, I’m good. I did gain 0.6 pounds this week, which I will admit made me a little sad. But it’s not going to stop me!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 45 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 50 minutes walking
Friday: 20 minutes jumping in trampoline w/kids
Saturday: 30 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

April 21, 2014

This week was a good one. More of the same – but good. I’m finding that I am averaging at least 2 miles each time I walk. I’m also allowing myself one day off, but usually it’s because I’m uber-busy. I’ve continued to keep track of my food, and even with the festive eating on Easter, I managed to still lose 0.4 pounds!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 30 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 30 minutes walking
Friday: day off
Saturday: 55 minutes walking
Sunday: 50 minutes walking

April 14, 2014

Another week down with more success! I am generally walking longer and longer, and still trying to get outdoors even if I can’t go for a walk. I tracked my food, and while I still had a few days that were WAY over my “budgeted” caloric intake, I’m generally making good choices. Overall, I was down 2.2 pounds this past week! Unfortunately, I did drop out of one LoseIt! challenge – eat one meal per day in a mindful manner. It’s been a struggle with my busy mom schedule, and I found that I wasn’t sticking to it every day. I dropped out because this particular challenge is an “honor system” challenge – assuming that if you track a meal every day, you are doing the challenge. I was still tracking my food, but not meeting the requirements daily. Therefore, I left the challenge, but I will continue to think about the purpose of the challenge and be more mindful when eating!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 25 minutes walking
Tuesday: 60 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 35 minutes walking
Friday: 25 minutes walking
Saturday: 10 minutes yardwork
Sunday: 35 minutes walking

April 7, 2014

The weather is FINALLY getting nicer, encouraging me to spend more time outdoors! It feels so good to walk without the heavy weight of layer upon layer. Overall, the past week went well. I kept up with my goals, with the exception of walking/moving on Friday. On most days I was very mindful of my caloric intake, trying to make better choices. Friday and Saturday were odd days out when I hosted a GNO on Friday and went out for dinner and drinks on Saturday. I was down a pound from last week – which means I lost the weight I’d gained the week before. One disappointment was the movement/step tracker on the LoseIt! app. Unless I want to pay an annual service fee, the step counter only records the steps for the current day, and once the day is over, the information is lost. So I’m not using that feature at all.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 45 minutes walking
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 30 minutes walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 25 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

March 31, 2014

This week was a challenge for me. I had a couple of stumbling blocks, but it isn’t going to deter me from keeping up with the challenge! First… on Friday I did NOT do any sort of “movement with purpose.” I have no excuses, other than I will say that I didn’t knowingly skip out. I had a busy day and honestly didn’t think about it until the next morning. Second… for the first time in a while, I gained weight this past week. It’s not unexpected. I ate A LOT this week… at least 3000 calories over my weekly amount. I’ve been overeating for the past couple of weeks, so I knew this would happen eventually.

What does this mean? It tells me that if I truly want to lose more weight, I need to stop the excessive eating – no Quarterpounders from McDonalds! no five extra pieces of chocolate because it’s in the house! no late night snacks! These are things that I don’t need, but I let myself indulge in way more than once or twice in the past few weeks. So my goal this week – to cut out some of the extras I’ve picked up in my weekly diet. I can have chocolate – just not five (or more) pieces at a time!

One big positive… Today is the final day in the LoseIt! tracking challenge. And I am happy to report that I made the goal by keeping a log of all of my food and activity each day in March!! Yea!

Also, I noticed that the LoseIt! app now has a movement tracker. I don’t know how accurate it is, but I’ll try to keep my phone on my person during the day and see what it says after a week of trying this.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 45 minutes walking
Tuesday: 30 minutes walking
Wednesday: 15 minutes walking
Thursday: 30 minutes walking
Friday: none
Saturday: 5 hours downhill skiing
Sunday: 25 minutes walking

Goals for April: Finally, with the start of a new month, it’s time to evaluate my goals. I have been going back and forth on whether or not I should raise my daily movement challenge. I have decided to go ahead and move it up to moving with purpose for 20 minutes each day. I’m already doing that most days, but I have to also remember that some is better than none. So, I can’t just do nothing on a day I don’t think I can fit in 20 minutes – those are the days I do 10 or 15 minutes. I have to remind myself that it is okay if I don’t always make 20 minutes, but I should do my best! Also I joined two “fitness challenges” on LoseIt! for April. The first is to track my food and exercise for every day in April. The second is to eat one meal per day in a mindful manner, i.e. no cell phone, no TV, no reading, put my fork down in between bites. I’m hoping this second challenge will help me cut back on some of my extra food consumption.

March 24, 2014

This week was a good week, in that I met my goals. But a few nights of takeout and a trip to Trader Joe’s worked against the all the positives from walking. I ended up not gaining or losing weight this past week, and I’m okay with that seeing as I didn’t eat well at all. Here’s to trying a bit better this week! (First I have to get the lemon bars and salted chocolate butterscotch caramels out of my house!)

My movement for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 30 minutes walking
Wednesday: 15 minutes walking
Thursday: 50 minutes walking
Friday: 15 minutes walking
Saturday: 30 minutes walking
Sunday: 45 minutes walking

March 17, 2014

Wow! I can’t believe that I’ve been doing this for over two months! Walking truly has become part of my lifestyle. I look forward to getting out there-even in the cold-to get my minutes in. I was able to stay on track for another week, and I lost 2 pounds!!! I’m now down over 12.5 pounds since I started.

My movement for this week:

Monday: 40 minutes walking
Tuesday: 35 minutes walking
Wednesday: 20 minutes walking
Thursday: 20 minutes walking
Friday: 30 minutes walking
Saturday: 20 minutes walking
Sunday: 20 minutes walking

March 10, 2014

Another week under my belt, and I’m feeling good. Adding the “extra five minutes” to my daily walks was easy – in fact, I tried to do 20 minutes each day, instead of my minimum of 15 minutes. I know I’ll get up to 30 minutes per day in a few months.

Speaking of belts, I’ve had to make a new notch in mine because my pants are so loose! The scale was in my favor this week… dropping 0.6 pounds, even with the night out for margaritas and birthday cake. I managed to meet my goals once again. 🙂

My movement for this week:

Monday: 25 minutes walking
Tuesday: 25 minutes walking
Wednesday: 20 minutes walking
Thursday: 30 minutes walking
Friday: 20 minutes walking
Saturday: 25 minutes walking
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

March 3, 2014

What a great week this past one has been! First… I was selected as February’s random winner and spotlight over at the official BookBlogWalker site!! Thanks so much to Felicia and the book blog walking gang! The support they provide is amazing.

Second… It was my birthday (Feb. 27), and I spent much of the week on vacation in Florida! Continuing from the prior week, I spent a lot of time outdoors while in Florida, walking 2-3 miles at least, every day. It felt so good, and I will admit, I’m not so anxious to walk now that I’m back home, but I keep on moving!

My week: Went really well! I moved for at least 10 minutes each day and tracked all of my food – including the birthday key lime pie I had! I was just about 2,000 calories over my budgeted amount, which came mainly from one big day (lots of pizza and a couple vodka tonics!). Now that I’m back home, it will be less tempting to eat “vacation” food. The big news is that even with the higher-calorie week, I LOST WEIGHT OVER VACATION!! I am down 1.4 pounds over the past two weeks! I don’t know that I’ve ever lost weight while on vacation!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 65 minutes walking
Tuesday: 30 minutes walking + visit to the zoo!
Wednesday: 45 minutes walking
Thursday: 40 minutes walking
Friday: 15 minutes walking (back home now)
Saturday: 35 minutes walking
Sunday: 25 minutes walking

Goals for March: Finally, with the start of a new month, I am upping my daily movement goal to moving with purpose for 15 minutes each day. I’m already doing that most days, so I feel good about keeping it up. Also I joined a “fitness challenge” on LoseIt! to track my food and exercise for every day in March. Again, I’ve been doing that for the past couple of months, so I feel good about that goal.

February 24, 2014

I’m on vacation and what a wonderful one it’s been so far! And thanks to #bookblogwalkers… I’ve been getting out and walking (a lot) every day! Even my 10-year old son has joined me. We’ve had some great bonding time while walking. This is the first vacation I’ve been on in YEARS where I’ve exercised at all – let alone every day! I’ve also been keeping track of all of my food – good, bad or ugly (those vodka tonics are a lot of calories! LOL) Anyhow, I feel great! I cannot report a weigh-in for this week because my folks don’t have a scale, but I can report my movement:

Monday: 50 minutes walking
Tuesday: 10 minutes moving in place at hotel room
Wednesday: 30 minutes walking
Thursday: 60 minutes walking
Friday: 35 minutes walking
Saturday: 50 minutes walking
Sunday: 50 minutes walking & 1 mile “walk” with BG

February 17, 2014

I think that my actions are a week delayed. My point… the week ending on February 10, I did really well with my caloric intake, and I “moved” way more than my minimum goals. I lost 0.8 pounds. This past week, I didn’t do well in the eating category, and my movement was more on the minimum side. I lost 1.6 pounds! So, maybe my “good work” gets delayed by a week – make sense?!

Anyhow, I did make my goals for yet another week, and that still feels good. I ate a lot – I was about 2,100 calories OVER my weekly intake. It wasn’t one big binge, either – I just ate a lot every day. My goal this week is to try and be more mindful and think “do I really, really want this?” before I put it in my mouth. I am heading to Florida on vacation on Wednesday – so it will be extra tough! But with the warmer weather, hopefully I will get in more exercise.

My movement for the week:

Monday: 15 minutes shoveling
Tuesday: 16 minutes walking
Wednesday: 16 minutes walking
Thursday: 90 minutes shoveling
Friday: 20 minutes shoveling & 15 minutes walking
Saturday: 26 minutes walking
Sunday: 22 minutes walking

February 10, 2014

Another successful week! And two big “wins” for me. First – on Friday, I was wearing my “big jeans” with a belt on the tightest hole, and my jeans were loose! Second – Saturday was a stressful day. That night I started to get ready for bed – even had on my PJs – when I realized that I had not done my “10 minutes.” So I threw on my snow pants and jacket, then I went for a one mile walk around the neighborhood! That felt great!

I tracked all of my food this past week, and I was only 176 calories over the weekly total. I did lose 0.8 pounds as well. I tried hard each day to push myself a little more, going above and beyond my “10 minutes.”

My movement for the week:

Monday: 60 minutes walking – 4 miles!
Tuesday: 20 minutes walking
Wednesday: 75 minutes shoveling
Thursday: 10 minutes shoveling & 16 minutes walking
Friday: 1 hour downhill skiing
Saturday: 15 minutes walking
Sunday: 4 hours downhill skiing

February 3, 2014

Wow! I can’t believe we are already into the second month of the year. I am happy to report things are still going well on my get fit journey. This past week I continued to meet my goals and am happy to report a 2.4 pound loss from last week. I was over my weekly caloric intake by about 1,200 calories, but I made good decisions and didn’t ever feel like I overate or went crazy. I was able to get out and do a little more walking than normal, and it felt great.

My movement for the week:

Monday: 32 minutes walking – over 2 miles!
Tuesday: 30 minutes walking – 2 miles!
Wednesday: 15 minutes walking
Thursday: 67 minutes walking with friend – almost 4 miles!
Friday: 1.5 hours downhill skiing
Saturday: 20 minutes of walking around the mall after dinner
Sunday: 15 minutes walking during halftime of Superbowl!

Goals for February: I’ve decided to stick with the same goals I had in January. I will move with purpose for at least ten minutes each day AND I will track what I eat each day. I am still using the LoseIt! app on my phone/web to keep track of the food and caloric intake. I am being mindful of what I eat, but I am not forcing myself to stay under a specific or set number of calories.

January 27, 2014

This past week was a bit rough because my daughter (BG) had some health issues, but thanks to #bookblogwalkers, I did get my movement on every day. Other than a fun day of skiing with my son on Monday, I didn’t do much above and beyond the minimum, but that was better than nothing! I also continued to track my food intake. I was 420 calories over my weekly budget. I lost 0.6 lbs this past week, and I am now down 3.8 lbs since I started on January 6! That means something is working, right?!

My movement for this week:

Monday: 4.75 hours downhill skiing
Tuesday: 15 minutes walking
Wednesday: 10 minutes on the elliptical
Thursday: 15 minutes walking while BG was in physical therapy
Friday: 15 minutes walking
Saturday: 15 minutes of walking
Sunday: 15 minutes on the elliptical

January 20, 2014

My second full week of moving and getting fit is completed! Once again, I am happy to report that I accomplished my goals for the past seven days. I recorded all of my food on LoseIt! and was only 240 calories over my weekly budget – that’s a huge improvement from a week ago. Again, I am not trying to lose weight, but rather make better decisions.

I also moved for a minimum of ten minutes each day. Here is what I did:

Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: 10 minutes on the elliptical
Wednesday: 10 minutes walking while kids were in karate
Thursday: 25 minutes walking while BG was in physical therapy
Friday: 60 minutes of downhill skiing as chaperone of ski club
Saturday: 15 minutes of snow shoveling
Sunday: 15 minutes on the elliptical

January 13, 2014

One week down! I am happy to report that I completed my goals for seven days in a row! Using the Lose It! app on my phone, I kept track of everything I ate this past week. The worst day was Saturday, when we went out to a fancy restaurant to celebrate my friend’s birthday. I had to make some assumptions on food and calorie content, but I wrote it all down. I noticed that knowing I had to write down my choices did sway my decision to eat or not eat something on more than one occasion.

I also moved for a minimum of ten minutes each day. Here is what I did:

Monday: 25 minutes on the elliptical
Tuesday: 10 minutes on the elliptical
Wednesday: 20 minutes walking while kids were in karate
Thursday: 20 minutes walking while BG was in physical therapy
Friday: 60 minutes of downhill skiing as chaperone of ski club
Saturday: 10 minutes on the elliptical
Sunday: 30 minutes walking

It felt great to just get up and move, and with my expectation and goal of only ten minutes, it was easy to just keep going and do more than ten minutes. I also didn’t dread having to go “exercise.”

Although losing weight is not a primary goal or focus right now, I am doing a weekly weigh-in, and I was down 0.6 pounds this week. Let’s see if that trend holds up as I continue to move!

January 6, 2014

I have two goals for January:

  1. Track what I eat. I use the LoseIt! app on my phone. It also has a web component. At this point, I’m not focusing on trying to be at or under a certain calorie count, but rather I just want to start tracking my intake. I find that if I have to take the time to write down what I eat that I am more aware of what I’m putting into my body, and hopefully, this will help me make better decisions.
  2. Move 10 minutes each day. This will be tough for me. Emotionally and mentally, I’ve not been in a place to do this for at least nine months. My goal is to either walk, exercise or use my elliptical for a minimum of ten minutes each day. I have little motivation, so I could really use some encouragement and accountability. Anyone want to be my conscious and text me each day?!

Okay, I’ve set my goals, now to get to it! Be on the look out for my updates and tweets.  Thanks!

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