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Fitness Friday: Coming Back

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these posts. I’ll admit I haven’t been doing well with my fitness. There are a lot of excuses I could make, but that’s really all they are. So, I’m not going to even bother.

A couple weeks ago, I got a new fitness tracker, the Jawbone Up Move. It’s a basic model but it works for me. And I can clip it on my pocket instead of jut wearing it n my wrist, so it actually tracks steps instead of how many times I swing my arm. I also got a Zumba DVD at the same time. Regular workout DVDs tend to bore me, so I thought this one would be more fun. Of course, my knees crack and grind with every step of it, so I haven’t done too much with it, other than learning the different steps. We also got this mini stepper thing, which  have the same problem with my knees on it, but I’ve done that almost every day this week, between 500-1000 steps on it. Now, that the weather is getting nicer, I’ll probably be taking more walks, but I’ll use that on the rainy/cold days. ne upside of it is I can do other stuff, like reading blog posts or even some typing while I walk on it. I’d even set up a sort of “standing desk” one day. I find it easier just to hold my surface and use the on-screen keyboard when I’m on it, though.

Anyway, I didn’t track my weight for the first week I was making these changes. But, I have this week. So, that’s what I’ll use for my stats here.

Starting weight: 178.8 lbs

Goal Weight: 155 lbs

Today’s Weight: 177.4

Loss since last weigh-in: 1.4 lbs(in 5 days)

Total loss: 1.4 lbs

To goal: 22.4 lbs

I know numbers aren’t the most important thing when it comes to fitness & being healthy, but it is the easiest thing to track. And, personally, I need to see the numbers. I’m planning to post most weeks, and at least once a month. Some Fridays I’ll have something else to share, mostly a Fiction Friday post, but when I don’t have cover reveals or new releases(either my own or someone else’s) to share, I’m  planning to post my fitness progress.

Fitness Friday: Off Track

I haven’t completely fallen off track on my fitness stuff. I’ve still been doing the 30 day ab challenge. I’m on day 23 now. I should be through the challenge by the time the kids go back to school. Though I’ve found I can’t hold the plank position as I go. I can hold it for about up to a minute.

Snacking not going quite as well. Daughter’s birthday party was last weekend. We have leftover cake, ice cream, & potato chips(I might be snacking on salt & vinegar chips right now).

Trying to keep up with my water consumption, but haven’t been doing too well with that either. I try to keep 3 different water bottles filled and at hand. The first is easy, the latter is where I often fail.

I haven’t weighed myself since my last post.

7/17: 174

8/14: 177

Yuck. Now, it’s the time of the month where I tend to bloat up. So, I’m trying to keep that in mind. Still, seeing that number wasn’t fun. Definitely since that’s the highest I’ve weighed in at since the end of May. Hopefully over the next weeks I can get things back on track.

Fitness Friday: Turning Around

Last time I’d posted, I’d been a bit frustrated because my weight was going the wrong way. I decided to start weighing myself every week. Every dad is a bit too much, seeing all the fluctuations. But, I hoped weekly would at least show a pattern. So far, I’ve steadily been turning in the right direction.

What I’m Doing:

  • Water: Doing a bit better about drinking more of it. Still not where it should be
  • Exercise: I’m on week 2 of a 30 day High Intensity Interval Training Challenge. I actually had to stop in the middle of a workout the other day because as I was doing a set of thrusters, my knee made a crunching sound. And it hurt to squat down. I’m going to pick back up with today’s workout, though.
  • Snacking: Getting better with this too. I’ve been getting fruit, mostly watermelon & cantaloupe. Also some grapefruit. Cutting this up so it’s ready when I want to eat some. So, I haven’t been eating as much crap.
  • Planning Meals: Granted, these aren’t always exactly healthy. But, it does mean I’m not usually cooking from a box, and I try to keep from eating seconds. And then, there’s leftovers for lunch.


  • May 29(my last check-in on here): I weighed 177.6
  • 6/5: 176(pretty big loss for 1 week)
  • 6/14(forgot to weigh on Friday, but did on Sunday): 175.4
  • 6/19(not quite a week, but back on track): 174.8

So, in 3 weeks, I’ve dropped almost 3 pounds. And I’m back to where I was at the beginning of the year(the last time I stopped tracking was in March when I was down another 2 pounds). Definitely not where I want to be, but I know I won’t get there right away. Just need to keep at it.

Fitness Friday: Two in a Row

I actually posted for Fitness Friday two weeks in a row. First time for that. Not a whole lot to report. Last weekend there was a good bit of eating out. I worked at one of the gates for a local track on Saturday ripping tickets. Since I had to be there early afternoon, we stopped and got lunch from Burger King on the way up. I grabbed a hot dog and drink from the concession stand after my shift, although I didn’t eat all of the bun because the bottom half was moldy. May just skip that the next time I work there. Then, we stopped at McDonald’s on the way home(at like midnight). I don’t remember what we did for lunch Sunday, but we went and got ice cream for dinner. Not exactly healthy meals. I’ve been sticking with mostly sandwiches for lunch(would do salads if we weren’t out of lettuce) and something small for dinner. And I’ve done something exercise-wise each day(except for today). Tomorrow we have a family reunion to go to. It’s at a private campground and there’s a little water park there too. I’m going to try to control how much I eat, but my will power tends to be weak when all that food is sitting out there. And there will be a lot of running around after the kids. And we have another family reunion to go to on Sunday.


Starting weight: 165.2

Last week’s weight: 166.8

Today’s weight: 166.4

Weekly Loss: .4 lbs

Total Loss: still up just over 1 pound. But, it’s coming down at least.

Fitness Friday: Back and Forth

I haven’t posted an update in three weeks. I always mean to, then for one reason or another, I don’t. I do really need to get better at that. Our month of picnics is finally over. Hoping that means I can do better at keeping on track. I had gone back up last week. I think at least part of that was a monthly issue. I’ve been curbing my urge to snack, drinking more water, and doing at least some exercise every day. Some days that’s working out with DVD and walking on the treadmill or sometimes just walking on the treadmill. Yesterday I didn’t do either, but it was the kids’ last day for vacation bible school, so they were putting on a show at the end of it. My MIL has been taking them in, but I rode in with them last night(my husband came when he got out of work). And since I had about 2 hours to waste, I walked around town for about half an hour.

Starting weight: 165.2
Last week’s weight: 170
Today’s weight: 166.8
Weekly loss: 3.2 pounds
Total loss(gain): 1.6 up from my starting weight, but getting closer.

Fitness Friday: Joining In

When I first heard about other people posting for Fitness Friday, I wasn’t going to bother joining in. I figured I was still doing good, wasn’t too far over where I wanted to be. I’m really not sure what happened, but I’m certainly not there any more.

When I had my son, a little more than 2.5 years ago, I told myself I wasn’t going to get back to where I was when I got pregnant with him. I wasn’t overly heavy, really just about at the high end of normal according to BMI. But, I wasn’t happy with myself when I was there. During that pregnancy, I had gestational diabetes so I had to watch what I ate during that last trimester. And I didn’t even gain a total of 10 pounds by the time he was born(and apparently I’m not much of a gainer during pregnancy. I didn’t even gain 20 with my daughter and didn’t have to restrict what I ate). So, right after he was born, I was actually a little more than 10 pounds under what I’d been at the start. Like, I said I was determined not to get back to that. And wanted to lose even another 10 pounds. Well, I did managed that. Got down to about 25 pounds less than what I weighed when I got pregnant with him(both of them actually, because I weighed the same at the beginning of both pregnancies then lost after daughter was born, but gained it back).

At the end of last summer, when my son turned 2, I was down to 142 pounds. And I was happy there. Was just trying to maintain that. But, I got lazy. That’s really the only way to put it. I stopped tracking what I was eating. Stopped working out regularly. Just stopped doing pretty much anything. And slowly the weight has crept back up. And I’m not happy about it. And I only have myself to not be happy with. I’ve gone from 142 pounds at the end of last August to 166 last week. It’s unacceptable. So, I’m getting back on track now.

I’ve been doing good the last week. Have been keeping track of what I eat on My Fitness Pal, and for the most part have stayed within my calories. My biggest problem seems to be snacking. So, I’ve been trying to get control over that again. And for the most part, I have. Try to stick with 1 snack between each bigger meal. And I’ve worked out every day this week. I did something to my foot on Monday, I think. Not exactly sure what, but it felt like I pulled something on the inside/bottom of my left foot. I worked out to my Gold’s Gym Sculpt & Burn DVD on Wednesday when it was feeling better and it started to hurt again. So, I’ve stuck with walking on the treadmill the last couple of days.


Starting weight: 165.2

Goal: 145


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