E2E Challenge – Week 2 – *Yawn*

*yawn* – I’m tired.  It’s been a long busy weekend, and I’m jealous of my kids who have tomorrow off of school!  Since my eyelids are drooping, this will be short and sweet.  Here’s my weekly recap.

1. Item of clothing and a picture of me.  Nope, Not done yet.  I  did get online and search a bit as spring clothing is being released, but that’s as far as it went.

2. Weight This Week: 159.9? What?  Up again?  Gads.  I need a break, body!

3. Goal Recap

Shed Five Pounds:  Actual poundage still heading in the wrong direction, but not for a lack of trying.  I ate well, and exercised plenty. I biked 50 miles during the week, two kettlebell classes, pilates mat work every day.

Do Five Pullups:  I can still do one.  And a half.

Firm Up the Arms:  Yep again.  Bryan taught us a new lift with the kettlebells for firming arms all around.  We shall see. I totally forgot to count the pushups, but there were a lot of them. I’ll put a note on the mirror to remind myself this week..

4. Books

Refuse to Regain.  I like it better the second time around.

I continued to read along with Jenny at  A Minute Captured.  Reading my my Bible is proceeding.

5. Catch up with the Challenge Buddy.  Hey Jo!! Yep.  She and I are both busy, but I did manage to pop by her blog a few times this week.

7. Visit Other Challengers:  I hit many of your blogs this week, prayed for those who needed praying over, smiled at all the successes, cheered for those of you who are persisting and carrying on.

8. I do hereby solemnly swear to NOT QUIT.  Amen.

Keep moving. Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea

E2E Challenge – Week 1 – Don’t Trust an Ancient Scale

Really.  There are some weeks when the scale just feels like a slap upside the head, a journey into the absurd, a lesson in ridiculous.

Seriously?  How does a person maintain through the holiday season and then gain five pounds in a week?  FIVE POUNDS??  Enough to make a person nuts, right? Right.  Except when the scale is a bazillion years old.

See, I peeked before my official weigh-in.  I went to WW, braced for the worst, that nasty five pound gain.  Then, THEN – Suprise!  Only a 1.3 pound gain per WW.  I wanted to hug the receptionist.

A gain though?  Perhaps my holiday indulgences finally caught up, right?  It’s okay.  It will be gone soon enough.  Here’s my weekly recap.

1. Item of clothing and a picture of me.  Nope, Not done yet.  I spent Saturday trail building – digging, swinging a pick axe, sawing trees and moving rocks.  Way more important than shopping, ‘kay?

2. Weight This Week: 159.3  Thank you once again, Christmas goodies!

3. Goal Recap

Shed Five Pounds:  Well, I sort of went the wrong direction this week.  However, I did stay within my weekly points, and earned 57 activity points biking, kettle bells, circuit training and elliptical.  It is what it is.

Do Five Pullups:  I accomplished ONE this week, and continue to work on the muscle building that will get me all the way to five.

Firm Up the Arms:  Yep.  Many reps of rows and lat pulls happened, as well as a hundred or more pushups. I’m going to count them this week.

4. Books

I did not start the The Smarter Science of Slim.  I did, however, dive back into Refuse to Regain.  I was too quick to brush her off last time around.

I did read along with Jenny at  A Minute Captured and dove into my Bible this year.

5.  Quote – posted.  In fact, I put it over in the sidebar where it will stay.

6. Catch up with the Challenge Buddy.  Hey Jo!! How’s it going

7. Visit Other Challengers:  I hit many of your blogs this week. Everyone is off to a great start!

8. I do hereby solemnly swear to NOT QUIT.  Amen.

Don’t trust a lousy scale. Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea

Christmas Dress Challenge – Week Fourteen – We Made It!!!

Whoot!  Fourteen weeks to a new dress size, and I made it!

Here’s the dress again.  Yep, it still fits the same this week.

The Dress

Here’s the Wrapup.

Starting Weight, 157.2; Final Weight, 156.5, a whopping total of 0.7 pounds.  My goal was a smaller size, and THAT I did, even if the actual weight didn’t show a spectacular drop.  My starting dress pant size was a loose 12.  I just purchased new dress pants, and they are a very comfortable size 10.  I have some older size 8 skirts in my closet that I wore this past week, without any of that pinching, binding “segmented worm syndrome”.

DO-IT:  The Dress. Done.

DO-IT: My  Weight Watchers points. Kept to the dailies 90% of the time, and worked off the extras those times that I didn’t.

DO-IT: Earn 50 activity points a week. Yes, with the exception of the week I was sicker than a dog. Lot’s of biking, self-defense, kettle bell training, kickboxing, P90x, Insanity and just plain old regular walking.

DO-IT: Consistency. Duh.

DO-IT: Hydrate.  Done.

DO-IT:Read a Book.  I actually did finish Refuse to Regain, and yes, there was plenty of useful information about maintaining in there that I still need to process and incorporate.

DO-IT: One update post a week. Yes, even an extra here and there.

DO-IT: Link up to your weekly updates.  Yes!  I missed the deadline one week, but left my link in the comments.

DO-IT:  Be supportive. Yes!  I’ve met some wonderful, strong and dedicated women in this challenge.  I’m delighted to call you friends.

What did I learn?  Nothing new.  But I did get reminded of two very important aspects of getting to and maintaining a healthy weight.  First, it’s not the number.  156 pounds is technically overweight for a person 5′-3″ tall. 156 pounds on me is very compact and toned.  156 on someone else with a more delicate bone structure would be overwhelming.   can’t let that NUMBER dictate my attitude towards my health and towards my body.  My trainer and the saleslady who helped me pick out smaller pants all tell me that I’m healthy and fit.  That I’m an absolutely normal, medium-sized person. My doctor tells me that I’m spectacularly healthy.  My diabetes is very controlled – my last A1c was 5.4.  My blood pressure is fantastic.  My allergies and asthma are not bothering me at all.   My cholesterol is slightly high (117 LDL), but it’s genetic, not a result of poor diet and sloppy exercise habits.  I take meds for it now, and expect my next checkup to be in a normal range.

Second, persistence is key.  Stubbornness is crucial.  Being  mule headed and determined will get you to a goal weight, not perfection.

 

Be persistent. Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea