Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Look Great in 2008

OK, so I totally bombed and fizzled with the May Day Weight Loss Challenge. Shame on me. But it's a new season, and there is a new challenge. I'm a week late joining the challenge officially (announcing it here), but I've already begun implementing some changes. I am really serious this time. And I'm proud to say, I'm already noticing a difference on the scale!!!

But since I'm officially joining today, I will start with today's weight for the challenge. No, I'm not announcing the number, but maybe I will once I'm at my desired weight!

My plan of attack is the same as before - eat less/more healthy, exercise, get enough sleep, drink lots of water....but this time I want to stick to it! I've done really well with my eating this past week and have really increased my water intake. I have been doing sit ups for a few days, and this morning I walked a mile!

Yesterday I felt better than I have in 4 weeks (if you are not a regular reader, I've been sick for the past 4 weeks) and today I feel even better. I'm still having the MRI tomorrow to rule stuff out that was causing the headaches, but I think the worst is definitely behind me!

So I walked with my neighbor this morning and we will be doing that at least 4 days a week. We walked the mile in 30 minutes (there is some incline) and I was pooped! I'm embarrassed at how out of shape I am! Our goal is to eventually walk a 15 minute mile, and to be walking 4 miles.

I am feeling much more motivated this time, and already seeing a difference on the scale is making me very excited!

**Edited to add: I wanted to mention a big accomplishment for me this week. This may not seem big to some, but for me it was! One of my absolute favorite holiday treats are the Reeces peanut butter things. You know, eggs at Easter, trees at Christmas, pumkins at Halloween...
Well, I was in the store yesterday and spotted the pumkins. My first instinct was to reach for one. But I resisted! And I'm not even craving one (which is what usually happens if I pass something like that by.) My daughter spotted the M&M's and wanted some, so I let her have the treat, and I ate 5 of them. Just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. This is pretty big for me, as I have a huge sweet tooth! I'm quite proud of myself! And even happier that I'm not feeling like I've missed out on something! YAY!!!

I want to Look AND FEEL Great in 2008! If you want to do so too, then join the challenge! Visit Tales From the Scales.


  1. Wow, you are doing great! With resistance to treats and with goals. Walking a 15 minute mile is QUITE a pace! I've been walking for a long time and I still can't do it in under 20 minutes without getting shin splints!
    Path to Health

  2. OK, went back and figured it and it's walking at 4 miles per hour. When I do a varied intensity walk on my treadmill, my good, fast pace is 3 miles an hour and when I do a power walk pace, it's up to 3.7 or so. (And I am almost 6ft tall, so I have LONG legs!) So 4mph is probably doable, but I would do lots of stretching before and working up to it gradually so you don't injure yourself. :-D

  3. Jennifer, you're starting out great! You're already doing some good things in the area of exercise -- now if you add the hand weights you mentioned looking for in your comment on my blog, you'll be more balanced and will burn more calories.

    And that was a MAJOR victory resisting those peanut butter pumpkins and only eating five M&Ms. I know it makes me feel good when I can resist something I love or even just had a small amount.

    Keep up the good work! I bet you'll see results next time. :)

  4. Good luck!! and a big congrats for resisting today! That's always a big step!! You can do it!

  5. So glad you're feeling better, Jennifer! Hope it stays that way!

    And good for you--that is big, passing up a favorite treat! Seriously, I can relate, and that is no SMALL thing! Good for you!

  6. You sound like me with the May Day challenge. I didn't do too well either (I gained). But here's a new challenge and we can do it this time!!

  7. Oh my gosh, I could not agree with you more about the Reese's "shapes". They really are so much better than the ones that you just get everyday at the store. That is a major thing for you to have passed those up...GOOD FOR YOU!!

    Congrats and good luck this week!


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