Monday, July 4, 2011

Sizzling Slimmer this Summer and 101 Days of Summer Update


Happy July 4th to my fellow Americans and a belated Happy Canada Day to my neighbors to the north. I hope everyone is celebrating their freedom by enjoying the weekend with friends, family, good food and fireworks.



We spent the weekend in Vermont working on the camp and didn't get much play time in but we got lots accomplished so it's all good. No BBQs or pool parties today either but we're planning on going for a bike ride tonight to get some frozen yogurt once it cools off a bit.

I'm a little late but here's my stats on the Slimmer this Summer and 101 Days of Summer Challenges:

WEIGH IN

101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Starting Weight (6/1/11): 149.5 lbs.
Current Weight (7/1/11): 148.4 lbs.
101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Loss to Date: 1.1 lbs.

Slimmer this Summer Starting Weight (6/6/11): 151.2 lbs.
Current Weight (7/1/11): 148.4 lbs.
Total Challenge Weight Loss: 2.8 lbs.

Starting Weight (11/2009): 242 lbs.
Current Weight (7/1/11): 148.4 lbs.
Total Loss: 93.6 lbs.

They aren't kidding when they say the last 10 pounds are the hardest to lose. I gained 0.9 pounds this week but I'm not stressing out about it. I've been working out, I've been eating well and I'm pretty comfortable maintaining this 90+ pound weight loss. Of course I'd love to get to my goal of 101 pounds lost and really start focusing on maintaining but I'm looking at this as practice maintenance. As you can see from my weekly weigh-in numbers it has never been a straight downward line of losses week after week. I lose a little, I gain a little, I lose a little, lather, rinse, repeat. It's all part of the cycle and I'll always be a work in progress.

HYDRATION

There were a few days last week I managed to get over 100 ounces of water down but I generally get at least the recommended 64 ounces so I think I'm staying sufficiently hydrated. Days like today with temps in the 90s makes it easier to remember to drink cool water.]


EXERCISE

Have I mentioned how much I love kickboxing? I've been going twice a week for months now and look forward to getting my ass kicked each and every week. Last week during class the instructor picked up a 20 pound medicine ball and handed it to me and told me to hold it for a while. The moves are hard enough without being weighed down with an additional 20 pounds but I pushed through it. I thought I was going to collapse after about 10 minutes with the ball when the instructor finally remembered I was still holding on to it. After class she apologized for picking on me. I told her it was ok, I needed it. The days I don't have kickboxing I've been logging in my usual 60 minutes on the elliptical. Those elliptical sessions seem so much easier now even though I've increased the level to 9 compared to 0 when I first started.

DO NOT QUIT

This fight is for life so I will never quit. It's just not an option.


KEEP BLOGGING

My little blog here is almost 4 years old and I'm still here! It was rough going for the first couple of years with hardly any progress but I think I've made up for it the past 20 months or so.


ENCOURAGE OTHERS


I'm still trying to visit everyone participating in the challenges but it's summertime and I'm trying to limit the time I spend indoors in front of the computer screen. If I haven't been by to visit yet, I'll be there soon. In the meantime, I'm cheering you on in spirit.

C25K

My knee still isn't up for running so the C25K is still on hold. Someday....

GET TO GOAL and START MAINTENANCE ~ FINALLY

Only 7.4 more pounds to lose 'til I get to my goal of 101 pounds lost. I have my eye on the finish line and can't wait to get there and start my journey of maintenance and healthy living for the rest of my life.


I'm getting ready to take a nice cool shower and then head out for some frozen yogurt.


Stay strong, be cool and rock on!

16 comments:

  1. I am so happy for someone like you who is so close and doesn't consider the job done. If you don't get to your goal weight, you will never know what it feels like. If you don't finish what you started then you never got to the finish line. These last few pounds will come off with your great attitude and all that activity is bound to help!

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  2. I practice maintained for 4 months. I always thought that would be frustrating, but I felt good and looked good, so it really didn't matter. :) Good for you for enjoying NOW. You're a whole lot more than a number!

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  3. Congrats on your progress to date - amazing! I've heard the last 15-20 pounds can be brutal - I'm approaching that point myself and finding it tough. I love what Cammy said - you ARE a whole lot more than a number :-)

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  4. Wow!!! You are doing great and are such an inspiration! I have been to 160 lbs and just cant bust through that mark to get the last ten lbs off. But you are right. Just keep at it and it will happen.

    Jennifer
    http://wecanlosethepounds.blogspot.com/

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  5. yOu have done so well mate, I'm darn proud of you, I know how hard it is to lose the weight.
    I just pray you keep it off.
    I have to start again.
    But I can and will do it.

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  6. You are an inspiration. I do not care if it took you 4 years to get were you are. You have done it and you are so close. Keep it up! Here's to another great STS week!

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  7. I needed this post!Thank you!!! hahahahahha!!! That cracked me up about the toilet seat cover! hahahaahahaah!!!!!!!!
    Have a PRETTY day!
    Kristin

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  8. Stick with it! You're doing well, I know about that "lather, rinse, repeat" progress. Oh well, keep going!

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  9. I have no doubt that you will have no problems maintaining when you've hit your final goal weight. Great job, such an inspiration!

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  10. This is going to be my mantra this week!

    DO NOT QUIT

    This fight is for life so I will never quit. It's just not an option.

    Hope you have a kick ass weekend!

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  11. Hi! This is my first time stopping at your blog. Wonderful progress you made--almost there. What a great figure now too!!!

    :-) Marion

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  12. I love the "do not quit" mantra also. I love coming here and reading your updates .... it makes me feel like it's possible for me too. :)

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  13. Having healthy and glowing skin is a reflection of good health.Good luck with your weight loss goals.

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  14. You continue to be an inspiration! Happy belated birthday and congratulations on inching ever closer to hitting your goal! This post really spoke to me because I will be turning 40 this year (in Dec) and I too have such dread about hitting this milestone while being at the highest weight I ever have been. That is why I have decided the fat stops here - I'm sick of the yo-yo dieting and rollercoaster weight loss attempts I have been on. Your blog has given me hope that this can be done - and that hard work pays off - no matter how slow the progress - at least it is PROGRESS! Thanks for the reminder that this can be done!
    Rochelle
    http://buttfatblog.blogspot.com/

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