Ultimate Loser – ReCap and Long-Term Plan

My work’s Ultimate Loser Challenge wrapped up two weeks ago and sadly my team didn’t even make the top 10. I believe we finished losing about 1.6% weight overall. Not bad – but not great. In the last week of the program, I gained 2 additional pounds which finished me at 204 – an overall loss of  6.6 lbs from my start. It’s frustrating to see that scale inch back up, especially since I was so excited to drop those 8 lbs in only 6 weeks. I felt great and was really proud of myself.

But then I was getting drained and burned out from all of the running and put working on a side burner. I also started eating whatever I wanted – so the weight of course will creep back up. I still have lots of time before meeting some of my goals and really just need to focus on those goals and get back on track.

What have you done to stay motivated? What are some great recipes to try when shedding those pounds?

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Ultimate Loser: The Final Week – #10

This is the final week for weigh-ins at work through our Ultimate Loser competition. I think my team overall has lost 2.2% of weight … not spectacular, but hey it’s something! I’ve been struggling really bad over the last two weeks with motivation and the desire to stay on  track and haven’t been getting in great work outs or eating properly. It’s been a bummer, but I’ve also noticed that my overall energy has dwindled and I think that’s because of my lack of good food and exercise over the past few weeks.

Last week I gained 1.8 lbs over the previous week with my all-time low during the challenge at 202 lbs and I was back at 203.8 last week. This week, I was at 204.4. Steadily moving up and it’s freaking me out. I’m still at an overall loss and the athletic trainer at my work gym told me that I still should be proud of my accomplishments and my weight gain from last week wasn’t really “anything” since it was merely ounces. Still, after seeing a 202 one week and a 204 two weeks later, I definitely left that weigh in with a frown on my face.

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Ultimate Loser: Week 9

Between food posts and work out posts, I probably have you really confused and wanting to slap me. That’s ok – that’s half the battle in life anyways – the struggle to want super delicious food and to be lean and fit.  I know that’s always been a problem for me, growing up in a household raised by a woman who showered you with food and love and it always worked out because I was soooo active as a kid. But now as I’m approaching 30 this year, I can feel myself start to slow down. I can sense a small shift in my metabolism. I can tell when I get tired (even though I’m out of shape) quicker. And that has me worried.

I’ve steadily lost weight now for the past 8 weeks and that’s been great! Even on my worst days (and weekends) I’m seeing at least a 0.4 lbs weight loss.  I have been really worried the past few weeks because I’ve been mainly just running to lose weight. I haven’t been adding weight training, I haven’t been taking extra classes, I haven’t really been eating the BEST I can. Which if you can tell from all of those statements, means I haven’t really learned a long-term weight loss plan/life-style change that’s sustainable. This past weekend, I ate a lot. A lot more than I did in LA and Ohio. I had a big breakfast, paired with a lunch at Stir Crazy and even had more food on Sunday. With only playing 1 game of volleyball and doing a 45 minute run on Friday, that really wasn’t going to counter-act the food consumption I took in.

Weighing in today was a little bittersweet. I gained 1.8 pounds over the week, which means I was absolutely correct in knowing that I need to go back to moderation and need to start CONSISTENTLY putting in workouts. I was immediately fine right after weighing in, finding myself shrugging and saying, “I knew it was going to be like this – I ate bad this past weekend.” A few minutes later it hit me that I’m going in the exact opposite direction that I wanted to on the weight loss journey and with only 10 weeks until my 30th birthday and 15 weeks until my wedding – I have some time but also am starting to feel the time crunch a little to make it to my goal of at least down to 180 by the wedding. With 15 weeks to go – that means a little over 1.5 lbs per week. I’m upset about the weight-gain but I know that I CAN do this!

A little dive into my workouts – I ran on Friday but was feeling some pain in my right hip so cut my 58 minute run/walk short to about 42 minutes. I have been struggling in Week 5 of the couch to 10K program. I can’t make it through the full 2.5 minute runs, or I start to hurt in my legs … and it’s just getting tougher. I want to be able to breeze through this before Week 6’s 73 minute run/walk with 3 minute runs – this is my dragon to slay.

This week’s work out is for your booty – so get to it!

Ultimate Loser: Week 8

This was a tough past 2 weeks for my diet and exercise regime. After returning from LA and having about 3 days to acclimate back to my daily routine, I was off to Ohio with JP for a weekend visit with her family.  There are tons of yummy eats along the way and little time to actually do a good workout, so I was worried right off the bat for our 4 day adventure. Right before we left, I went for a 68 minute run/walk which was Week 5, Day 1 of my couch to 10K program. I knew I’d have to repeat it when I returned but I needed a good burn before I even launched into this weekend visit. I ran at the nice treadmills at work since they seem softer but realized that I forgot socks as soon as I was changing for the run.

Big mistake. I had my newer shoes with me that can be a bit tight to begin with but figured I’d be ok since I’ve run lots of times in my other running shoes without socks with no issues. WRONG. I was good for about 70% of the run but then my right foot started hurting pretty badly on the in-step. I seriously figured I was probably bleeding all over the place but with 20 minutes left, I just wanted to finish. By the end of the run, my left foot was aching too. I didn’t dare remove my shoes until I got home from work, where I found three massive water blisters on my right foot and a smaller water blister on my left foot. It took all weekend to heal.

Werkin' it on the treadmill. Always wear socks!

Werkin’ it on the treadmill. Always wear socks!

Do you use ElectricMile to track your running mileage? I do. It’s a handy dandy little app on my iPhone that I use to track my runs – length and time, and every week I get a report emailed to me on my weekly results. Last week I had 2 workouts, for a total of 6.35 miles and 1 hour and 34 minutes of running. It estimated that I burned 1220 calories, but we all know the calories are never accurate.

After my run, we crashed around 11:30 PM and woke up bright and early at 2:45 am to make the 6 hour drive to the middle of Ohio. We boarded our little Ella and brought Chance with us. Mr. Safety loves to wear his seatbelt when riding in the back seat. No joke, the dog gets into the seatbelt on his own.

Safety first!

Safety first!

We had a great time in Ohio, visiting with JP’s mom, dad and sister and precious Cashew. Lots of good laughs, lots of wedding decorations were purchased, and JP and her mom and sister even cranked out the major pieces for our invitations! Success!

This is a pic of an outlet mall. I took it because there's a massive ridiculous pink bunny that sits in front of this place. I missed the bunny.

This is a pic of an outlet mall. I took it because there’s a massive ridiculous pink bunny that sits in front of this place. I missed the bunny.

How did you do on last week’s workouts? Did you complete the tummy burner that I posted? If so, how did you like it? This week’s workout is targeting the thighs… let’s get to it!