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

Christmas Dress Challenge – Week Thirteen – The Dress!!

I’m sitting here at the kitchen table; my youngest son is here with me, procrastinating about studying life science for his mid-term; my husband and older son are outside hanging Christmas lights; my younger daughter is hanging ornaments on the tree and laughing at Whiskey Bob as he tries to attack dangling ribbons and doodads.  I love Sundays.

Weight:  Back to normal, 156.5

DO-IT:  The Dress. Done. In fact, I’m going to wear it tonight for a Christmas Party.  edit…jump ahead a few hours to party time…

The Dress That is a stunning red dress, if I do say so myself.  I ended up with a size 12 but oh gracious, it’s a snug 12! It’s still an entire size down from where I started in September. Just to let you know how hard I’ve been working out…no spanx under there, no control top hose, no shapewear.  Just a regular slip. And a very pushy up bra.

DO-IT: My  Weight Watchers points. Kept to the dailies, which are now 26. Thank you WW for looking out for me.

DO-IT: Earn 50 activity points a week. Yes! Oh my gosh, I’m back in business.  68 points this week, including a bike ride, two kettle bell training sessions and self-defense, and a couple of hours on the elliptical.

DO-IT: Consistency. I must be the most boring, predictable person on earth. Really.

DO-IT: Hydrate.  Done.  Lots of hot tea because it’s cold here, dang it!

DO-IT:Read a Book.  Bad Girl!  I didn’t read at all this week.  Well, not my book.  Instead I read a case study for my continuing education requirement for my engineering license, I read two infiltration reports for a sewer line project, and I read an environmental impact statement for a project site.  No ‘fun’ reading at all!

DO-IT: One update post a week. And yes, it was about my behind.

DO-IT: Link up to your weekly updates.  Done for sure, this week!

DO-IT:  Be supportive. Yes!  And I’ll visit you all this week, too!

Look! It’s me and Mr. Pea!

Wear a Red Dress!  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea

Christmas Dress Challenge – Week Twelve – Saving and Waving!!

This will be quick.  I got totally distracted today shopping for our Catholic Charities Angels – three little girls FUN! – and then decorating here at home, and then laundry and then I look at the clock.  I’m just getting in under midnight Mir’s time!

Weight:  Meh.  Officially weighing in 1 pound up at 157.8.   I also weighed in wearing my jeans and a heavy sweater instead of my usual bike skirt and tank. I’m calling it a hold.

DO-IT:  The Dress.Done.

DO-IT: My  Weight Watchers points. Kept to the dailies

DO-IT: Earn 50 activity points a week. Yes! Biking, kettle bell training, self-defense, lots of walking and four hours of trail building on Saturday morning.  In the rain. Which counts for double, don’t you think?

DO-IT: Consistency. I must be the most boring, predictable person on earth.

DO-IT: Hydrate.  Done.

DO-IT:Read a Book.  Oops.  Back to it, almost done.  I hope to post a review before the end of the week.

DO-IT: One update post a week. Didja see my blurb about plateaus over at the Christmas Dress Challenge Site?

DO-IT: Link up to your weekly updates.  Done for sure, this week!

DO-IT:  Be supportive. Yes!  And I’ll visit you all this week, too!

Smile and Wave.  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea

Christmas Dress Challenge – Week Eleven – Celebrations!!

Week Eleven ended with Thanksgiving Day, one of my most favorite holidays. I love taking  time away from work and spending my hours with family and friends.  The Pea Family had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. The kids were off of school, Mr. Pea and I took several days off of work, Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Twyla and the cousins came down to visit, Cherry Ames was home from college, and the weather was grand.  We have so much to be thankful for.

Tuesday I won second place in a Chili CookOff.  With vegetarian chili.  Seriously! No meat!  Shocking, I know, especially to the hardcore chili chefs in our office.  My veggie version is made with lentils and black beans, Very Tasty Indeed.

Sunday was my parents’ 48th Wedding Anniversary! Forty Eight Years!  My sisters and I spent some time on Thursday afternoon tossing out ideas on how we can celebrate their 50th.  So far the plan involves contacting someone at their church and getting their congregation involved, contacting family members far and wide and having everyone show up as a surprise and champagne.  We still have plenty of time to plan, right?

Oh!  On my time off, I finally finished working through several years of photographs, getting everything organized and ready for making scrapbooks. I found a picture or two of myself when I was heavy.

Before

Before:  not the most attractive angle.  This picture was snapped by The Architect during a field trip to the zoo…I think he was in fourth grade at the time.:)

After

After:  also taken by The Architect a few months ago at the parish Fall Festival.  More than 60 pounds lighter, and a bazillion percent healthier!

This week I weighed in at 156.9 pounds.  One tenth of a pound up from before Thanksgiving.  Here’s the rest of the wrap up for the week.

DO-IT:  The Dress.Done.

DO-IT: My  Weight Watchers points. I used up all of my weekly points on Thanksgiving Day for a glass (or two or three) of wine and some yummy goat cheese with pear preserves.  I skipped dessert – honestly, I didn’t miss it, but only because it didn’t involve chocolate.

DO-IT: Earn 50 activity points a week. Yes! Yes!  I’m finally feeling better.  The entire family went mountain biking twice this week, I got lots of walking in and a few rounds of weight training.

DO-IT: Consistency. Routine, other than Thanksgiving Day, which was celebratory!

DO-IT: Hydrate.  Done.

DO-IT:Read a Book.  Oops.  Didn’t even look at it.  I’m still miffed over the side swipe with the primitive eating theories.

DO-IT: One update post a week. Oh sadness.  I didn’t make it this week.

DO-IT: Link up to your weekly updates.  Done for sure, this week!

DO-IT:  Be supportive. Yes!  And I’ll visit you all this week, too!

Celebrate Life!  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea

Christmas Dress Challenge – Week Ten – Better!!

Week Ten is gone, and so is my cold, finally.  Ten whole days of misery.  I went mountain biking today and did okay.  I was just riding a slow pace on the kid track, but I was riding outside, and I was NOT coughing my head off.

This week I weighed in at 156.8 pounds.

DO-IT:  The Dress.Done.

DO-IT: My  Weight Watchers points. I did track, and I was well under all week long. Not from any sort of amazing feat of willpower, but just because I was still sick most of the week and just didn’t feel like eating.

DO-IT: Earn 50 activity points a week. Not this week, either, up until today.  I hate being sick.

DO-IT: Consistency. By the pure definition of the term, I was most consistent this week. I did the same thing every day – slept, blew my nose, coughed, blew my nose some more, coughed some more, ate a little, drank a lot of tea.  This week will be better for sure.

DO-IT: Hydrate.  Done.

DO-IT:Read a few more chapters of Refuse to Regain this week. Now the author is going on and on about primitive Paleo diets which I have yet to wrap my head around.  Yes, I generally eat low carb anyway, but I’m not completely ready to give up carbs totally and only eat what can be hunted or gathered from my local national forest.  I’m working on it.

DO-IT: One update post a week. Yes, even though it was a snarky letter to my cold.

DO-IT: Link up to your weekly updates.  Done for sure, this week!

DO-IT:  Be supportive.  I got through to a few of you this week, and I apologize for not visiting everyone.  Since I am finally feeling better, I have every intention of getting back to my regular rounds this week!

Stay Healthy.  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea