Wednesday, March 16, 2005

FFF Week 1 Results Are In!

FFF Challenge Week 1 Results:
I have lost 8 pounds people. You heard me - EIGHT POUNDS!! I know I know it’s probably mostly just water weight – but I will take it. I also measured body parts and the results for that are about ½ inch smaller in some places but nothing yet in others. So I don’t really know where this eight pounds came from – but as I said before – I will take it.

Here is what I have been doing to lose the weight:
I am tracking everything I eat as well as my daily activities. I have been trying to stick to about 1500 calories a day. I have been working out 5-6 times a week for about 45 minutes each session. I do about 30 minutes of cardio – usually on my treadmill then 15 minutes of weight training using the universal gym and free weights. I am lucky in the sense that I do have some nice equipment at home and therefore do not actually need to go to a gym to work out. Aside from this I am drinking a lot of water and taking a daily vitamin. I do have protein shake type stuff in my house as but haven’t started using that yet.

Things I have noticed:
I really hate cardio – I think I have mentioned that I hate and last week, my time on the treadmill was absolutely horrible. This week though I will admit that the treadmill experience of absolutely horrible has been downgraded a notch to now being simply incredibly unpleasant. My stamina is improving slightly and I have already noticed that I can do more reps and crunches than last week – so that is pretty cool.
I am peeing ALL the time – obviously due to the fact that I have been drinking a lot of water and caffeine free herbal teas. Actually the herbal teas are helping me with my food cravings. I have a sweet tooth and have been really enjoying Licorice spice, Chai, and Apple Cinnamon teas immensely.

Emma’s Birthday Party:
We rented out the local pool, which also has a party room facility to have Emma’s 8th B-Day party. As it was a pool party and NOT AT MY HOUSE I encouraged Emma to invite a few more kids than I would normally allow. She invited 20 kids. I thought at MOST maybe 10-13 would actually show up. Well – wouldn’t you know it - ALL freaking 20 of them came. It was total insanity. Jack took one for the team and hung out in the pool with the kids while myself and another kind parent who offered to stay supervised from the pool deck. Yes there were lifeguards AND all the kids were wearing life jackets but still, 20 eight year olds at play is a force to be reckoned with. At any given moment Jack had about 7-12 kids hanging off of him in the pool. It is amazing that they did not inadvertently drown the man – but he was a trooper and hung in there. My favorite moment was watching Jack go off the rope swing and cannonball into the pool – all the kids cheered at the resulting BIG splash. It was very cute.
The party afterwards went also well, though it did take a long time for Emma to open 20 gifts – good grief. But the kids were ravenous little monsters and ate all the cake, chips, sandwiches, and pop that I brought – so no tempting leftovers for me!

My trip to the city:
After the dramatic 8 pound loss weigh-in I then promptly took off for 2 days to go visit my best friend Holly. It was fabulous we chatted, drank too much sparkling wine and there may have been an *ahem all you can eat buffet involved… BUT – overall, I think I did pretty well and did not go too crazy with too much overeating. It was a very nice break from the kids and a nice visit with a good friend.

So now after my little two-day hiatus from the eating plan and work out regime I am whole heartedly back on the program and do hope to lose 2 pounds by the end of this week. It would sure be nice to see a 10-pound loss after two weeks.

Wish me luck!

41 Comments:

Blogger blackdaisies said...

wow ... 8 pounds already??!! I must totally be doing something wrong. I go to the gym everyday, I bellydance, I do yoga, I do aerobic classes, I do weights, I drink a ton of water and loads of tea and brown rice goodness. I lost about 10 pounds in two months. sigh. I suck. But yah for you : )

Yeah, I've learned not to over invite because I think only 1/2 will show up - they always ALL show up : p The boy better appreciate all the crazy birthday parties that have gone on ;-)

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Blogger darth said...

that is GREAT, lex!!! you must be completely psyched now!

it may slow down a bit the next couple weeks..but yeah, 10lbs looks definitely right there for the takin! uh..losing!

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Blogger Scott said...

Keep it up! I think the important thing is a) keep it fun and b) don't put limits on yourself, either positive or negative ones. If things are going great, don't be afraid to do more then you think is possible. If things don't go great for some reason, it ain't the end of the world -- ride it out.

Just enjoy your health, relish it, as well as the positive feelings you're feeling.

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Blogger chemgoddess said...

You Rock! 'Nuff said.

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Blogger FreedomGirl said...

Kudos! :O)

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Blogger Angry Orange said...

Remember to focus on the gains you made (feeling better, looking better) then focusing on the loss in weight.

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Blogger DrinkJack said...

If you want motivation on losing weight or at least a perspective, then go to a grocery store and walk to the potatoes. Fill a bag with 8 pounds of spuds, then carry it around the store while shopping. Just think, you lost that sack!

I totally agree that the numbers are not the main goal (unless you have money riding on it). You should definitely focus on how good you feel.

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Blogger Pink Lemonade Diva said...

Good for you!!!

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Blogger Texas Biscuit said...

Yea, you lost a sack! Good for you Lexa. Please write more soon - we miss you!!

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Anonymous honestyrain said...

you! go! girl!

drink jack has expressed true wisdom in his post to you. always with the wisdom, that guy.

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hmmmm disappeared in action - or the next blog is going to be a doozie!

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Blogger deanne said...

Well done!! I will have you in my thoughts as I stomp on the stepper machine, and nearly kill myself with weights etc.

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Blogger Bonanza JellyBean said...

Congrats on the 8 pounds! Doesn't it feel good?

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Just checking in.....hope all is well......we miss you!

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