Sunday, April 22, 2012

READY FOR SUMMER Challenge Week 4 Check-In and Week 5 Goals

Whew, we made it through Week 4! My goals for this week were:

Weight Loss :: Lose at least 1 lb. 2 lbs just hasn't been happening.. so I'll lower my expectations.

This was a success, even though I am very frustrated. My weight has went up for the last two days and I don't really see a reason other than I was ovulating and had too much sodium. I know it wasn't from overeating as I've done great this week with keeping my calories in check. Here you can see my weights from this week.  

Sunday, April 15 :: 292.0
Monday, April 16 :: 290.4
Tuesday, April 17 :: 288.2
Wednesday, April 18 :: 287.2
Thursday, April 19 ::  286.4
Friday, April 20 :: 285.5
Saturday, April 21 :: 287.2
Sunday, April 22 :: 289.0

So, even though on Friday I was down a whopping 6.5 lbs for the week... today I am only down 3 lbs due to whatever is going on with my crazy body. I was really looking forward to saying I'd lost over 6 lbs this week. But, you know what, I'll take 3 lbs. That is great progress! 

SW: 293.8
W1: 292.8 (-1)
W2: 292.0 (-0.8)

W3: 292.0 (-0)
W4: 289 (-3)
CW:289.0 (-4.8) Total so far.  

NSV :: No Nutella! No chips! No sweets! No candy! AND Try for 3 days without Diet Coke.

OK, so this one I did really well with. But it wasn't 100% a success. I made it all week without caving into any sort of chips, sweets, candy, or even Nutella. But I only made it 2 days without a Diet Coke. Still that's pretty good. I'll take it.  

Exercise :: Work out at least 5x. Try to make one of those involve strength training.

Complete victory!!! I worked out all 7 days and had 3 days of strength training. 

Nutrition :: Track every single calorie. Even if I eat out, even if I eat crap, even if I go over.. track it! Be accountable for my actions!

Another VICTORY! I tracked everything. I kept my calories within my limits all week as well.  

Mini-Challenge ::

The mini-challenge for Week 3 was to visit every single participant and mention a few that stood out to you. 

I didn't have the time during week 3 to visit everyone, but this week, I did manage to visit every single page and leave a comment that I felt was supportive.  

It is really hard for me to pick a few that stood out because I feel like everyone has their own unique battle and has something  to offer as motivation or support.

But, if I have to pick... I'd have to say that PlumPetals is the most supportive person I have met in my weight loss journey thus far. She comments on every single blog post I share. That isn't an easy task as I blog every single night. I truly appreciate that. Just knowing that someone is reading helps me to be accountable. So thank you! 

Next, I'd have to mention my SIL, Melanie @ I'm No Chef. No, I don't mention her because she is my SIL and my Best Friend. I mention her because I know her battle first hand and her success should show everyone that you can lose weight no matter what obstacles lay in your path. What an inspiration! 

Maren @ From Cow to Wow encourages me to get outside and put my miles behind me in the great outdoors. I love to see the pictures from her hikes as they are gorgeous! 

and last but certainly not least is Wendy @ Eat.Sleep.Move . Wendy and I have been acquaintances since I started this blog. But, during this mini-challenge I found a video she made about how I am the one who inspired her to get back on the treadmill. Of course, I was dumbfounded. I just couldn't believe that I could be an inspiration to anyone. Since watching that video, I started watching all of her videos and wow! She is the juicing queen. I can't wait to learn more about it from her. 

The mini-challenge for Week 4 was to explain how you have Paid-It-Forward. 

This is a hard one for me. I really don't know what to say.  I guess one way that I pay it forward is by helping out family who can't care for themselves. In the past I have cared for both of my grandmothers and now I do as much as I possibly can for my Mom who is very ill.  If you follow along with my blog, you have probably read a little about that. As of right now, I am in the process of trying to donate a kidney to my Mom. So, I guess that qualifies. 

Now that Week 4 is over, we are on to Week 5. My goals for this week will be...

Weight Loss :: Lose 2 lbs. 
NSV :: Make it 3 days without Diet Coke.
Exercise :: Attempt P90X Plyometrics with my husband again. Make it further than the 21 minutes we made it last time.
Nutrition :: Track every single calorie. Even if I eat out, even if I eat crap, even if I go over.. track it! Be accountable for my actions!

Good luck this week everyone!!  Make it a great one!


  1. I'm so proud of you!! You are doing great!!

    How sweet of you to mention me!!! Made me tear up!! Love ya girl!!

  2. First of all, thank you :) I love reading your blog and I'm eager to follow your successes!
    Speaking of success, awesome work on EVERYTHING this week!! Sodium can be a killer when it comes to retaining water - I've been struggling with that as well.
    I hope you have a successful week 5 - keep up the excellent work with exercise and nutrition :)

    1. You are very welcome. I was just being honest.

  3. You are looking so great! You inspire me every time I stop by, way to go girl! 3lbs lost this week is fantastic!

  4. You're right and three pounds IS great progress. Keep up the good work and good luck with week five. :)

  5. Thank you so much for your kind words, it makes me happy to know that a few pictures can encourage others to go have the same amazing experiences I have!


  6. 3lbs is a great loss! Sounds like you had a great week! Wishing you a great week 5! :D

  7. You are doing great. I went up all week from my five pound loss last week and ended the week only down .2 pounds this week. 3 pounds is awesome.

  8. Look at you go! I'm totally impressed with the no Nutella thing. I can't go near the stuff, or I'll eat an entire jar!

  9. Wow! Three pounds. Excellent! Stay strong!