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Weekend Wrap-Up (with Pics!)

Monday, July 16, 2012

So, where did we leave off? Oh, right. My confessional that I don't know how to be "skinny"... I learned this weekend that I don't remember how to be THAT fat either, which was a very good lesson to learn. :) I've been floating between this same weight range for so long, which is frustrating to say the LEAST for my weightloss efforts, but which also means I've gotten accustomed, finally, to life at this weight. I know this is what my body is always trying to do when I get to these big plateaus, and I figured as much in the beginning. I just wish it hadn't taken me QUITE this long. *lol*

Still, would an almost 500 pound woman volunteer to take 3 boys, all under the age of 12, for an all-day adventure in the city ALONE? Uhm, no.

Would that same woman be able not only to walk around all day non-stop with those 3 boys, but be fit enough to actually participate in the fun? Again...no.

So as frustrating as it may be to be 300 pounds still...I realized this weekend just how glad I am it's not still 400. (Took me long enough, right?!)

First, let's get this out of the way from Friday:

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Weight Last Week: 308.2
Weight This Week: 305.8

Loss of: 2.4 pounds!

Not too shabby! ;)

AND I lost about 1/2 a percentage of body fat again, though I'm struggling with the same percentage still because of some inconsistency in previous weeks.

As far as my challenges go:

Lose 5% -
The goal was to lose 5% in either body fat % OR weight by the end of July. I got off track there a bit, but that's okay. I can extend the deadline for this goal and keep working on that same 5%. I started off at 309.8 and 47.1%. Now with the body fat % I'm at about 47.3 right now, so no luck there. HOWEVER, with the weight I'm down to 305.8...a loss of 4 pounds. (Moving in the right direction! WOOT!) The goal of 5% would mean a loss of 15.5 pounds from that original number, so a goal weight of 294.3, so I still have 11.5 pounds to go to reach this goal.

Summer Accountability Challenge -
The goal is 285 by September 22. That means I need another 20 pounds in the next 10 weeks. That's tight, but still doable. I'd be alright with another 10-15 though and still be PLENTY happy with that! (Honestly anywhere between the goal above and this goal would make me so giddy with excitement and would be proof that I have broken through that plateau and can move forward.)

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Okay, now on to the fun stuff! ;)

So Friday went alright. I did not do my scheduled workout for 2 reasons. 1) I was running around like a chicken sans head. 2) I had a chiro appointment around 4pm. By Tuesday of last week I started to notice my hip/pelvic pain/soreness/stiffness had returned on my right side. I knew I needed to get in for another adjustment, so I scheduled an appointment and was in to see CC (Cute Chiro) by 4pm on Friday. He said it wasn't too bad and he was glad I chose to come in as soon as I started noticing the discomfort. He thinks by the end of this week things should feel a LOT better, but instructed me to ice after every workout this week. (I forget this way too much, so I need to stay on top of it this week!)

I did get the grocery shopping done and am better learning how to eat Paleo on a budget. My bill for groceries went down $50 this week without having to sacrifice my eating plan.

And this weekend, we got to try yet another new dish in my house.

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

I think this recipe is from PaleOMG.com. If you can't find it there, let me know and I'll try to track it down again (my notes are at home).

SO good! SO filling! The meatballs are a TAD too spicy for us, but we'll just lower the amount of red pepper flakes next time to 3/4 or 1/2 tsp and it should be just perfect. Even my VERY picky 10-year-old devoured this!

Saturday I took on one of the biggest challenges I've faced in a while. Three boys all under the age of 12. Hubs' aunt had a son later in life (she's not THAT old, she just had her son much later than Hubs' mom had him) so he fits right in with my boys. Logan is 12. JL (their 2nd cousin) is 11. Ethan is 10. Kinda funny how that works out! *lol* This cousin of theirs lives out in California - all the way across the country, but thankfully, they visit for about a week once every summer and all the boys have been able to grow up together. I think this was their best year yet as they're all learning to appreciate what little time they have to play and they've all developed very similar interests. Hubs' aunt kept hinting that she wouldn't mind a little time alone with her family and I knew she'd been picking up my boys all week to hang out with their cousin for the day (I was at work), so I offered to take Saturday.

I took all three boys to the Clay Center in Charleston, which is a small science museum. (Small for me...I grew up in Columbus with COSI! *lol*) There is a planitarium there, which is always fun, so we had a FULL day planned. We got to the Clay Center around 11am, got out tickets, and headed off to explore. We checked out every single area they had, watched a show on bears, and then watched the planitarium show on Jupiter (VERY interesting). After a long day there, we finally left around 3pm and I took the boys to the mall to eat at the food court and shop for something cool to take home. (They took out the museum's gift shop about 2 years ago...totally bummed the kids out to learn that...me too, actually!) It was a LONG day, but everyone got along great, I got to know my sorta cousin, and the boys all had a blast! (Logan slept on the way back and JL kept complaining to his mom later how tired he was *lol*)

Here are some highlights:

See?! I wouldn't have even chanced that 100 pounds ago. And good thing too because I'm sure I wouldn't have fit either. I raised myself almost all the way to the top of the pulley. Ethan said, "You've got those strong muscles, Mom! You can do this no problem!" *lol* They always have more faith in me than I have in myself.

This is JL. I learned he's a great kid with a wonderful sense of humor. ;)

All 3 boys in the Hurricane Simulator. I told them I already did that...a few weeks ago when that storm blew through and we lost power for almost a week. *lol*

Logan and I. I love that my 12 year old still randomly hugs me and is always willing to take a quick pic with me just for the fun of it.

All three kids actually working together on one goal! SHOCKING! *lol*

The old me wouldn't have even TRIED to squeeze all 4 of us in the photo booth. The new me said, "Let's do it!" and we did. *lol*

My absolute FAV pics from this weekend. Three great kids being silly.

Okay...maybe this one is my favorite. *lmao* Anyone who knows Jenna Marbles (YouTube) will understand this one. For everyone else...you won't laugh QUITE as hard, but it should still be good for a chuckle. I love my kids! :)

By the end of the day I was pooped! We rushed home and got our swim gear as Ethan's football team was set to have a pool party from 6-8pm. Too bad a storm was blowing past and none of the kids got to swim. *pouts*

We were home by 7:30pm and I vegged out for the rest of the night. T-I-R-E-D! *lol*

Sunday I worked with the Hubs, which ended up being boring for the most part, and then we went to a cookout at my MIL's house, which Hubs and I ended up leaving early because we were both exhausted.

So, yea...long weekend.

Did I get all my workouts in?

Do I hate myself for it?

I had to back off on the Rockin' Body because of the hip shaking. I have to be careful of things like Zumba and other dance routines when my alignment is out of whack.

As for my Sunday run? I swapped it out for about 5 hours walking around the Clay Center and the Mall chasing around 3 boys. I think that's a fair trade.

I'm going back at it again this week with the same goals, but with the understanding that I'm healing from my adjustment and may have to take it a little slower than full-speed-ahead.

I'm also going into it with hope for this weekend! My kids are being picked up by my mom on Thursday morning to go down to see my neices in SC. They will be gone Thursday through Monday, so the Hubs and I have a weekend to ourselves. It took us ALL WEEK to figure out what we wanted to do, but I think we've sorted out a couple fun, active, and romantic days Saturday and Sunday. That means my weekend workouts will have to adapt a little bit (in fact, like this weekend, it will probably include a lot of walking that I won't even log as exercise), and my eating plan will be a little more flexible to accommodate, but I'm not too worried. Next weigh-in is Friday, anyhow...so technically, all this will go to next week's account! *lol*

emoticon Nutrition Goals
Still sticking to around 2400 calories daily average.
Still eating mostly Paleo. (I went off this for sure this weekend and PAID FOR IT! UGH!)

emoticon Workout Goals
Monday - Laps & RB
Tuesday - C25k W2D1 (again) & RB
Wednesday - Laps & RB
Thursday - C25k W2D2 (again) & RB
Friday - RB


emoticon Other Goals
* Sleep more
* Plan this weekend with flexibility in the plans
* Prep for a Friday shopping trip to ON
* Get some work done
* Relax and READ!
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