Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Healthy You Check In

I said yesterday that I'd do a catch up post so here it goes.

The last week has been extremely busy for me. The end of the month always is as this is when my deadlines for one of my jobs always comes and I seem to need that pressure to actually get to work (in other words, I'm a procrastinator perhaps?). Top that off with a weird virus that hung around for a few days that left me headachy, exhausted and my body all achy and I didn't manage to accomplish much outside of looking after the kids and finishing my work. This means that I chose to ignore the points system for the weekend. I did make good choices for my meals though, but a few extra snacks snuck in there and then there's always a few bites here and there of the kid's leftovers. It also means that I did not cook ahead and plan meals (as was one of my goals from last week). Nor did I accumulate 32 APs (only 23). I'm okay with all of that though because at my WI yesterday, I was still down 3.4 lbs!

Now that I've told you all of the things that I didn't accomplish, I'll tell you what I DID do.
  • I took the YMCA's Fitness Challenge on Saturday. I was weighed, had my measurements taken, took a flexibility test, did pushups (19) and situps (33), did a chair sit on the wall (only lasted 29 seconds ACK), ran up down the stairs (19 times in 2 min) and completed 11 3/4 laps in 10 minutes. I will be tested again in 6 weeks!
  • I did some form of physical activity everyday last week except Sunday for a minumum of 20 minutes (and yes, walking my daughter to and from school counts, right?)
  • I more than achieved my goal of exercising for at least 1000 minutes in January. In fact, I didn't even start until January 7 and still made 1030 minutes!
  • I achieved my goal of being at 250 by Feb. 4th. In fact, I weighed in at exactly 250.0!
  • I've booked myself a pedicure for this afternoon to reward myself for my efforts!
February is going to be a bit of a different month for me. As my fellow Albertans will know, an election was called yesterday for March 3. I am working for Elections Alberta in the Calgary North West district and that job will start either tomorrow or Thursday. This is going to be weird for me because 1- I'm used to working from home on my own schedule 2- I haven't worked out of the home in ummmm 2.5 years 3- I'm going to have to wear "real" clothes LOL 4- My kids will be going to the dayhome full time and I feel like I'll hardly ever see them. But, on the flip side, I'm also looking forward to it. I won't be doing my contract work this month, which means I shouldn't have to spend all my evenings plugging away at the computer. I'm burnt out on that stuff and really looking forward to a break from it. I was really worried about how I was going to fit the gym in while working full time but I think we've just secured an office space right across the street from the Y!!! There really is no excuses not to go on my lunch break or something and get at least a 30 min cardio workout in.

So my goals for this week are:
  • Relax a little and spend quality time in the evenings with the kids.
  • Get out of the 250s for good!!
  • Get in all my fruits/veggies (did pretty good on this last week actually)
Longer term goals:
  • Acheive my 10 percent loss by March 15th - only 12.4 lbs to go!
  • Exercise for 1000 minutes during the month of February


Felicia said...

You are doing so well! You should be very proud of how far you have come!! Keep up the amazing work!!

Have a SUPER day!

Fergie said...

I am so inspired by all the exercise you are doing...it's motivating me to do some as well. Way to go!!!! Have a great week!

Carol said...

Wow! You've done a fantastic job!!! You sure do exercise a lot - I couldn't keep up with you!! Great job! I wish you much success for the next week. :)



Hanlie said...

Well done on the loss! You are doing great!

HappyBlogChick said...

Congrats on your exercise success!

You'll have to tell us how the meal delivery service works out. What a cool idea.

Heather said...

you did some great things this week so congrats! Im sorry that you are stressed out and feeling sick..hope things go well for you this comign week.

Cammy said...

What a great week! Hope your next week is just as fantastic!

Carolyn said...

Hey Holly!
I'm at the Heritage YMCA in Calgary here.. I"m assuming you're in Clagary too! IT's a great challenge, and I"m sorry to hear your guy didn't explain anything well.
Yep, you have to attend 4 days a week, 2 days cardio adn 2 days strength training (they shoudl have given you a sheet too that outlines a workout for you for the strength training... if he didn't giv eyou one, I can scan mine and send it to you). It all starts Monday, so you've got a bit of time! When you come into work out next Monday you should see a sheet hannging on teh wall somewhere(ours is in the weight area... on a bulletin board) and you check off your name and how long you were there, also what you did (strength or cardio). The sessions shoudl be an hour long each time. If you have any questions, just email me at Carolyn.aikens@gmail.com, and I'd be happy to help if I can!
I'm glad you're doing it too! It's a neat way to measure healthy success without speculation, but hard cold numbers!!
GOOD LUCK! Keep me posted on your success!!!

Scale Junkie said...

I know you are saying UGH at your results from the fitness challenge but I'm saying WOW!!!! You really on your way to being a great success story.

McQty said...

Sounds like you are doing amazing!! I have got to get myself back to the YMCA to my water aerobic class, I am missing it. You are quite inspiring!! Keep up the good work.