Sunday, September 4, 2011

101 Days of Summer Finale

Time flies even faster when the weather is warm or scorching hot and humid. Those were the quickest 101 days of the year, huh? Hard to believe Labor Day is tomorrow. Before we know it there will be Halloween candy to tempt us, and then the big feasting holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, will be right around the corner. Then we'll be making those New Year's resolutions/goals again. Will yours be the same as every other year? Are you in a better place than you were last year? What do you need to do to make positive changes and reach those goals? Let's make the most of the remaining days of 2011. We're not getting any younger, you know.

So, here's my final stats for the 2011 101 Days of Summer Challenge:


6/1/11 101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Starting Weight: 149.5 lbs.
6/10/11 Weigh In: 148.2 lbs.
6/17/11 Weigh In: 147.5 lbs.
6/24/11 Weigh In: 147.5 lbs.
7/1/11 Weigh In: 148.4 lbs.
7/8/11 Weigh In: 146.4 lbs.
7/15/11 Weigh In: 146.4 lbs.
7/22/11 Weigh In: 147.9 lbs.
7/29/11 Weigh In: 145.7 lbs.
8/5/11 Weigh In: 145.5 lbs.
8/12/11 Weigh In: 147.7 lbs.
8/19/11 Weigh In: 148.6 lbs.
8/26/11 Weigh In: 149.0 lbs.
9/2/11 Weigh In: 147.3 lbs.

101 Days of Summer Challenge 2011 Total Loss: 2.2 lbs.

Starting Weight (11/2009): 242 lbs.
Current Weight (9/2/11): 147.3 lbs.
Total Loss: 94.7 lbs.

I was relieved to see a loss this week after three straight weeks of gaining. Even though I still haven't reached my goal of losing a total of 101 pounds I am slowly making my way to the finish line at my usual lightening turtle speed. As much as I want to see that goal number on the scale I'm pretty content where I am now. Losing another 6.3 pounds isn't going to make too much of a difference in how I feel but I'm still striving to get there.


I've been staying sufficiently hydrated but haven't been paying much attention to how many ounces I'm taking in.


Have I mentioned how much I love cardio kickboxing? I'm disappointed that I'm not going to be able to make these classes when I go back to work in a couple of weeks. The gym where I take the classes is a 20 minute walk from my new office so I would need a good 2 hours to get there, change, take the class, shower and walk back. The other gym I go to will be less convenient too so I'm going to have to do some research and find a new place to sweat. Lots of changes on the horizon but, as we all know, everything changes and we need to learn how to embrace the changes, good and bad.


I've come too far to ever give up. Quitting is NOT an option!


I don't plan on going anywhere although I have been giving some thought to starting a fresh new blog once I hit maintenance.


Rah, Rah, Shish, Boom, Bah!!! I may not have been the best cheerleader but I'm always cheering you on in spirit.


I still haven't gotten past Week 4, Day 1 of the C25K program but I'm not so hesitant about running anymore. I'm going to complete this program one of these days.


I still haven't reached my goal but I know I'll get there, slow and steady. I only have a little over 6 pounds to lose to reach my goal and it is statistically possible I could do it before I go back to work on the 19th *fingers crossed* It would certainly tie up my time off with a neat little bow. I'm extremely proud of all that I was able to accomplish while hanging out in the unemployment line. Now I need to find a way to make it all work while working.

Thanks to Biz for organizing the 101 Days of Summer Challenge again and a big thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported me on this journey. We are in this together and we will reach whatever goals we set as long as we never give up trying.

Stay strong, be cool and rock on!

Peace Out!


  1. As always - spoken like a true weight loss champ! You always manage to inspire! I'm fretting over the Triple Threat (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) but am hopeful that I can make some changes for the good before they arrive so that I can manage getting through them better. Here's to positive thinking!
    Here's wishing YOU much success in dropping those last pounds before you begin work. Hope you figure out the gym situation and find a class that is as good as (or even better than) your kick boxing class!

  2. Hi MB! I'm going to be very pro-active this year against the over-eating of the triple-combo holiday season. It is either I attack or be attacked.

    You seem to be doing fine for all of the big changes.

    :-) Marion

  3. Yep, you're zipping along now! :) When I was fighting for my last five pounds, I saw it as a "settling in" phase. Kind of getting used to the new, improved me. I think that's what you're doing as well and that it will serve you well in the longer term.

  4. Yep, we can't give up! I love that you say 6.3 isn't going to change the way you feel, but I still get that you want to see that number - and I know you will eventually!

  5. Keep pn moving 'till you reach the finish line. Stay focus and more motivated for your goals, I know the road to a healthy path is not easy but with extreme determination nothing is impossible. Good luck.

  6. If you fancy a new challenge I'm starting a new on up, maybe it can help you get over that final finish line? The details are here:

  7. Come to think of it I don't even remember what my new year's resolution was! I also never realized that we have the same goal in the amount of weight we want to lose in total. I hope that I'll be content when I reach close to my goal too! I love your whole mentality about weight loss. It's refreshing!

  8. Hi MB! I have a few anti-stress ideas for you.

    The thing I would say to you that I've learned from a stressful job is: Do NOT give yourself 100% to your job. Keep a little of yourself reserved. I've learned that I still do the same quality of work with 85% of myself and keeping that reserved amount. Plus it helps to avoid burn-out.

    Further, being overly stressed or worried about work quality does NOT make better work quality. If anything, it makes things worse. I've had to learn to be slightly more *unconcerned* about the results of my work to get the best results. Less worry makes better work because your mind is then free to think about the work.

    Lastly, my stress breakthrough, which I am going to elaborate on in a post, is that for many years now, I've been trying to superstitiously will success for my work--the same way as fans try to will the Packers to win football games while in front of the t.v. In reality, the superstitious stress does nothing. It's humbling, but all we can do is our best. We can't use extra stress to will all of the external factors in our favor. If we let go of this kind of stress, life gets less stressful.

    You'll do fine, MB. Give yourself permission to think about other things until your job starts. Maybe view these last few days as a vacation.

    :-) Marion


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