Friday, June 24, 2011

101 Days of Summer and Slimmer this Summer Challenge Update

It's officially summer here in New England but it certainly hasn't felt like it the past few days. It's been cool, rainy and dreary but I'm sure the heat and humidity will be back soon. They always say if you don't like the weather in New England, wait a minute, it will change.

Here's the stats on my Slimmer this Summer and 101 Days of Summer Challenges progress:


101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Starting Weight (6/1/11): 149.5 lbs.
Current Weight (6/24/11): 147.5 lbs.
101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Loss to Date: 2.0 lbs.

Slimmer this Summer Starting Weight (6/6/11): 151.2 lbs.
Current Weight (6/24/11): 147.5 lbs.
Total Challenge Weight Loss: 3.7 lbs.

Starting Weight (11/2009): 242 lbs.
Current Weight (6/24/11): 147.5 lbs.
Total Loss: 94.5 lbs.

I weighed exactly the same today as I did last week so no progress on the weight loss front. There were a few days of eating out, including a father's day dinner, so I'm pretty sure those extra calories are the reason why. No worries, staying the same is better than a gain, right. I'm hoping to see a nice drop next week or the week after, or the week will happen. Still just 6.5 lbs. away from goal. Oh, so close.


Getting 100 ounces of water down every single day has been really hard. Other than a couple of cups of coffee or tea, water is the only other beverage I drink but still find it difficult to get it all down. I've worked up to 4 days this past week so there is still room for progress. I still drank a significant amount of water the other three days (at least 60-70 ounces) but didn't quite make the goal of 100 ounces. The good news is I haven't hit any hazards on my numerous nighttime visits to the bathroom.


I've been working up a good sweat with hour long elliptical sessions, long walks and kickboxing. I used my sturdy new knee brace at kickboxing Tuesday and it seemed to help. The brace was sweaty and gross when I peeled it off but if it prevents me from injuring myself it is totally worth having to wash it every day.


I'm in this fight for life. There is no way I'm ever going to give up.


Hi, I'm still here!


I've been trying to get around to everyone's blogs but there are so many challengers and so few hours in the day. If we haven't met yet, I'll be knocking on your blog door soon.


I haven't been able to make any progress on this goal since the knee is just not up to running. Someday....


I'm not there YET but I'm close enough to see the finish line although there really is no end to this journey. The battle will continue since I know how hard maintaining a weight loss can be.


Maintenance is where I always slipped up in the past but I think I've learned enough this time around to get it right and not backslide again.

Have you been making progress towards your goals? Have you tried anything new or had any mental breakthroughs? Tell me. I want to hear all about it.

Stay strong, be cool and rock on!


  1. Okay I have to laugh because I grew up in New England and when I moved to the Midwest I first heard that saying about the weather. But, about here!

    I'm excited to have someone with me on the hard maintenance road!

  2. I can't wait to be 6/5# from goal. You are awesome.

  3. You are doing great - and maintaining is a victory in my book!

    I've been adding fresh sliced fruit to my water, and even sliced a cucumber in one big glass - makes the water go down that much easier - I do great while sitting at my desk with the water, its over the weekend that I never think of it.

    Happy Friday!

  4. You are so close to your goal, same as me 5.2 lbs left for me. You've done amazing, you are dong amazing. Keep up the great work.
    Take care and have a blessed weekend.

  5. My mental breakthough-I totally took exercise out of my weight loss equation. In the past, if I stopped losing weight, I stopped exercising. Now I am committed to exercise for it's own sake, totally seperate from anything the scale says. I can't tell you what a difference it has made in my attitude.

  6. Never giving up is the key, loved the post - very motivational. I think it's time I'm off the couch and out the door for a good brisk walk. I haven't caught up on blogs in a week though, they're so helpful to read!

  7. Great job all the way around! Maintenance is the best part of weight loss!

  8. sounds like and looks like you have been doing amazingly!
    Keep it up :)

  9. Good for you. Those last few pounds are the toughest and then maintenance!! You know what's coming and seem prepared and ready for the challenge.

  10. Not trying to sugar coat, but your before and after pictures are inspiring. You look great.Gracie

  11. You're doing so well! Glad to see the exercise is going well despite the hurt knee.

  12. Wonderful work! Careful on the knee injury - those can knock you on your fanny!

  13. Your doing great! Awesome job finding ways to exercise around a knee injury, make sure to keep resting it though! There's nothing worse than further injuring an already annoying injury. Fabulous job!

  14. Another great week for you. Now I see what you mean (your comment on my blog) about being a slow loser. Well, you have also stuck with it. Remarkable to be 94 pounds less. Have another good week on STS challenge!

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  16. Karen: Maybe they say that about the weather everywhere, except Aruba maybe. We'll get down this road together.

    Natasha: I never thought it would happen but as long as you keep fighting you will get there. You're awesome too!

    Biz: You are so right, maintaining is a victory but it's always nice to see evidence of our hard work on the scale. The weekends are the problem for me too. It was much easier when I was sitting at my desk all day with a bottle within reach at all time.

    Julie: Should we race to the finish line? If I were a gambler (which I am), my money is on you for the win since I'm in the slow lane behind the ol' ladies.

    Maureen: I think once we make that connection that exercise is more about taking care of our hearts and our health and not all about the weight loss there is a mental shift. It makes a huge difference in how I tackle my workouts now compared to back in the day when I would dread every single minute of every single workout.

    Miss April: I hope you got out for that walk. If not, get out for one today and never give up the fight!

    Diane: You are a perfect example. Thanks for showing me how it's done.

    FatGirl: Thanks! It took me a long time to get to this point but I think I finally got it figured out.

    Downsizers: I hope I'm prepared to go the distance.

    Gracie: Thank you! After reading blogs for years and not losing a pound I never thought I would be able to inspire anyone. I'm glad I never gave up the fight even though at times it seemed like an impossible battle to win.

    Debbi: I think it's important to listen to our bodies and know when to push it and when to back off so we don't injure ourselves.

    Angela Pea: I know, I've been knocked on my fanny a few times. BTW: I tried to link through to you but keep getting an error message, any idea why?

    Jackie: You are absolutely right. I've been there, done that with injuries before and certaining don't want to do it again.

    Michele: I truly believe slow and steady is the way to go. Keep crawling along and don't worry about how far away the finish line is, we'll get there when we get there, there's no big prize for fastest time, just ask Cammy who invented the Tippy Toe Diet. Just keep taking you're own small steps in the right direction.


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