Friday, June 17, 2011

Slimmer this Summer and 101 Days of Summer Challenges Update

We are still a few days away from the official start to summer but I'm already in summertime mode. I actually bought a bathing suit tankini top last week and didn't even cringe when I tried in on. How's that for progress? Not sure there will be any photographic evidence of said bathing suit but it's a SIZE 8!

I was so excited to find a few fellow mavericks out there who agree with me that not all rules are for everyone. As I was reading a blog post entitled "How do I lose weight and eat whatever I want?" by a new blog friend, KLA, I was thinking "Yes," "I agree," "Amen!," "Exactly," "I know," and then I got to the part where she referred to my post about Breaking the Rules. I love when great minds think alike. I really think once we stop fighting with ourselves because we aren't cruising along with ease, dealing with setbacks, aren't perfect or can't lose weight as quickly as others we are able to find what works for us individually. We are all unique and need to tailor our healthy habits to our lifestyle.

So, here's the stats on my Slimmer this Summer and 101 Days of Summer Challenges goals:

1. Stay hydrated:

As you can see from my Small Change Challenge post I did a little better this week staying hydrated. I actually got a little more than the 100 ounces in yesterday. I do need to try to drink more earlier in the day so I'm not up all night navigating the hazards to get to the bathroom.

2. Weigh in weekly:

Challenge Starting Weight (6/6/11): 151.2
Current Weight: 147.5
Total Challenge Weight Loss: 3.7

3. Stick to your exercise goals:

It's hard to believe that this is the easiest of goals for me. I've been hitting the gym for 60 minutes elliptical sessions, went to TaeBox twice this week and got lots of walking miles in. I'm still having some issues with my knee so I've been very careful not to aggravate it and had to modify some of the moves at kickboxing but I'm working around it and it's feeling a bit better now. I even went and got a better knee brace to wear to class to keep the knee more stable. Let's hope it heals quickly so I can get back to those high kicks.


Quitting is not allowed. Even when I reach my goal I will still have to be vigilant about my food and exercise habits. I know how easy bad habits can sneak back into my life and drag me back down off the wagon. I don't ever want to see those lost pounds again. I fought hard to melt them off and destroy them and I will not allow them to come back.

5. Keep blogging:

Hi, I'm still here!

6. Encourage others:

It's been so much fun meeting so many new bloggers. Some are new to blogging and some have been around for a while but are new to me. I'm still working on getting around to meet everyone but there are not enough hours in the day. If I haven't stopped by your neck of the net yet, please be patient, I'll be by to visit soon.

1. Get to goal FINALLY!

I'm getting closer and closer every single day. I still need to pinch myself sometimes when I think of how far I've come after struggling for SO long.

101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Starting Weight (6/1/11): 149.5 lbs.
Current Weight (6/17/11): 147.5 lbs.
101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Loss to Date: 2.0 lbs.

Starting Weight 11/2009: 242 lbs.
Current Weight (6/17/11): 147.5 lbs.
Total Loss: 94.5 lbs.

I only have 6.5 more pounds to melt off 'til I reach my goal of 101 pounds lost. My Wii bitch tells me I'm back in the OVERWEIGHT BMI range after seeing it drop into the NORMAL range for a minute but I'm right there on the line and will get back to *normal* in my typical slow and steady fashion.


I'm doing better and better getting enough water down but there is still lots of room for improvement.

3. C25K

This goal is still on hold due to the ol' knee injury. One of these days I'm going to make it through this program.

4. Start Maintenance

Not yet but I'll be there soon ....

Hope you are all making good progress on reaching your summer challenge goals. I look forward to hearing all about your tips and tricks to this weight loss game and what's working for you. I'm always interested to find new ways to make this journey easier or more fun.

Have a great weekend! Rock on and stay cool!


  1. Hooray for the size 8 swim suit!

    I love all your goals ... I've been afraid (yes, afraid :( ) to make goals because I only like to do stuff I *know* I can succeed at. But I'm realizing that your goals are not either success/failure, but reach for/reach further and proof that you believe in yourself. I need to believe in myself and set some goals.

  2. Yeah...BIG congrats for the swimsuit! The basic rule I need is "don't eat stupid things." Like a box of PopTarts. That isn't about hunger, or taking care of myself or taste. It's just being bratty!

    The only rules that work are the ones that you choose for yourself.

  3. I'm really impressed, you maverick, you. :) And to be THAT close, OMG, THAT CLOSE to goal weight: How exciting is that?

    I wave my pom-poms at you as you get closer and closer to whacking the fat demon down for good!

    Happy holiday weekend!

  4. You really had a great week. Congratulations on being so close to your 101 pounds off! Keep going strong!

  5. Hey maverick, thanks for the shout-out. Congrats on the tankini, you give me hope. I remain amazed by your progress and you are proof that you can lose weight without a structured diet. The other thing I'm amazed at is that you figured this out on your own. I needed a therapist to help me figure it out!

  6. Excellent total weight loss so far that is wonderful! Keep up the great work. I am excited for you!! Nicole

  7. Sounds like you are doing great with all your challenges. I'm hoping to do much better this week, I did get all my water I. Today, so that was a good start.

  8. You're doing great! It IS about finding out what works for us as individuals! There isn't ONE magical way for weight loss to happen, we just to find what works for us and MAKE it happen!

  9. Almost there! Great week!

  10. Hip, hip hooray! A size 8?! Awesome! Congrats!

  11. Size 8?!?! HECK YEAH!! And thanks for stopping by my blog!

  12. Yep, I am going to have to have a photo of you in a size EIGHT tankini!!

    I am so proud of you - you are so close!

  13. Wow! You are trully an inspiration! Keep up the great work!

  14. Holy cow! size 8...only in my dreams :) So happy for you!!! you're so close! Keep inspiring us!


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