Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Year's Rez's revisited

So the results are in for the "Hofheins Hotties" biggest loser contest for this past week, and guess who won with a loss of 4 big ones and a weekly percentage of weight loss of 1.71? Yeah, that'd be me. Ü Feels good after a gain last week! Gonna keep on trucking, and am so blessed to have my sisters to help motivate and inspire me to keep doing better. On game day the other day, they were all talking about their workouts and you guys, they work so hard! All of them. I am so proud of them. All I could think was that I need to do even better.

As we are in February now, I suppose it's time to revisit the whole "New Year's Resolutions" thing and be accountable. So, without further adieu (you know, I don't even know what that word means...It just sounds wordy and smart-ish),...

-Exercise 4-6 days a week
Ok, on this one I really did well for the first couple of weeks! I had worked up to 50 minutes of really strong exercise with my heart rate in a really beneficial zone. Then I hurt my back, and it's almost like I'm living in fear of hurting it again because of the pain. Biggest Loser addressed this last night a little and I was actually crying, watching it, because I just seem to hold myself back because of that fear. I live in pain every day, but I feel like I'm letting fear of it control my actions. I have fibromyalgia, but even the doc--both the specialist and my regular--said the keys to managing it are diet, sleep, and EXERCISE. I will commit to at least 3 days a week of exercise, and post about it on those days.

-Drink more water/less diet coke (!)
This one has gone really well for me! I am drinking TONS of water and have cut the imbibing on diet coke down to about 2 cans a day. I don't know that I will completely stop drinking it, but drink lots of water to counteract (I know) the detriments. They say to drink half your body weight in ounces, and I think I'm there. I will commit to continue to drink water.

-Participate in a 5 and 10k run
Ok, so this one is an outstanding idea for a more long term goal, but I need to break it down into something I can account for on a more weekly-like basis. I think this one ties into exercise, so again, exercise to get in shape to train for a run this year.

-Track daily on
So this one went really well for the first week or two. I was tracking what I ate each day and my exercise. I am using a heart rate monitor which also counts calores burned and I was tracking each workout. I really like the way this website works, and it does all the work for you once you enter the information. I felt accountable for what I ate which really helped. I got a little off track. So I re-commit to track daily on livestrong.

It seems my goals are all dedicated to getting healthy, and in the month since I wrote them I've lost a total of 13 lbs. That's definitely progress and I'm grateful! Perhaps I could think of some non-fitness related goals as well. I'll be pondering...

Wow, that was making me feel so accountable! I think I need to smoke... Heh heh heh. :) Any ideas or suggestions or sharing about your successes or slips/re-committing are very much appreciated and welcome!


  1. So awesome on the loss! I know how hard you have worked for that and even with the back pain issue you pushed through and did not let it get you down for to long :-). During the last 20 months and 2 days you have tackled so much in your personal and work life. Learning what works for you and makes you happy is the key to success. I am so blessed you are in my life. Love you!

  2. Rachael--Wow, you know that it's 20 months and 2 days, even! What a good friend. Thank you Rachael. You've been with me since before day 1. On the biggest loser last night Jillian was working with this girl who had a back injury years ago and was afraid to push it in her workouts because of the fear of re-injury. Jillian had her do a back bend and was right there with her, spotting her, and said "now do it--I've got your back!" It really touched the girl's heart, and I thought about who in my life literally has my back. You popped into my head, and then I thought of all the people on my team who do that for me too. I know you have my back. I got yours too!

  3. Yay! So proud of you. That is so hard. I'm excited to hear of your progress and joy as you hit those hurdles one by one. So proud of you ladies! ;)

  4. You're kickin' it girl! Here in Milwaukee, I did the elliptical Monday night but it was being used by others on the other 3 nights I worked out so I did the treadmill. Tuesday I did 1.5 mi, Wedensday 1.65 and last Night (Friday) I ran for 2 miles (then went with one of my new buddies to an Italian restaraunt and ate too much (!).
    Love reading your blog!

  5. Carrie--thank you! Proud of you as well!

    Dad--Way to be! And I beLIEve while out of town, due to changes in altitude and such, that calories burned are tripled and consumed are actually counteracted by said variables... Ü Glad you read!