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August Recap / September Goals

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

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I thought about not setting a weight goal because I don't plan on weighing in until September 1st (if I can help it), but I will say that I'd like to lose another 5-6 pounds like this month. That'd make me feel great and would set me up to be DONE with this plateau and under the 300 mark. Still, I'm not weighing in so I won't be able to stress over the numbers there. There are so many other beautiful numbers I can focus on - like fitness minutes! ;)

Weight August 1st: 304.2

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Weigh-in on September 1st put me in at 296.4, a loss of 7.8 pounds!
I'm going to go ahead and say that I've:

* Broken my plateau!
* Started losing weight again, finally!
* Reached a milestone! I am no longer that 300-lb woman. I'm an ALMOST 300 pound woman. *lol*

So, how did this happen? What did I do to get here? I stuck it out. Focused on being as healthy as possible, and let the rest just take care of itself. There's something to be said for putting the tools away for a bit when they're frustrating the crap out of you.

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So this month, and with sticking with my pattern/theme, I'm shooting for 888 minutes. *dopey grin* That would average out to almost 29 minutes every day. A marked improvement.

And how am I going to get there? I'm sticking with the following schedule for August.

Sunday - 30m yoga/PT stretches
Monday - Swim
Tuesday - NROLFW
Wednesday - Swim
Thursday - NROLFW
Friday - Swim
Saturday - 30 minute walk or run

I will try to make every workout I can without stressing myself if I miss one here or there.

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So, I didn't exactly reach my goal. 888 minutes. It should not have been hard. And had I been able to make that final week's push I would have made it easily. But whatever the hell was going around hit me last week and it hit me HARD. I couldn't STAND without getting severely dizzy, so working out was literally out of the question. Even Saturday when I started my Plank-A-Day Challenge I noticed some of the symptoms continue to linger, but I'm pushing through them now and still getting done what I need to get done.

Final count - 747/888

Honestly, I'm not all that pissed about it. It could have been better...but it could have been much worse. This calendar doesn't look that bad, actually...

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Eat more Paleo. Also, I've reset my tickers again on both MFP and Spark, so they have me at a lower calorie range. I'm not lifting as hard as I was months back, so there's no need for me to refuel at higher ranges. Still, I'm not going to stress if I go over now and again. I've been eating pretty consistently around 2000-2400 calories so dipping down to 1600 is going to be really difficult if I try to just go there straight on. Plus, I don't think it would be good for my body. So I'm going to allow myself the higher level of my range - around 1950 - and not stress if I go over a couple hundred calories now and again. In fact, my plan is to not stress at all, because that just leads me to binge/emotional eating. I'll be fine eating anywhere from 1600 to 2400 calories...and I still will try to hold myself down from raging if I get to 2600 on a honest to goodness "hungry day"...because we all have them.

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It was a free-form type plan, but it actually worked for me. There wasn't a crapton of emotional eating or feelings of extreme guilt. It has been difficult adjusting to the new lifestyle restrictions of my family members (who would've thunk it!?), but I'm trying to settle into finding a happy medium of obsession and moderation. That being said, I didn't really track my food in August because I found it was stressing me out. Whenever I did check in, I realized I was eating anywhere from 1500 calories some days to about 2500 others. I was generally in a good place, so I didn't much concern myself over it.

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I'm also going to work on keeping my "Weekend Projects" going around the house.

Also, I want to try to keep up my off-site blog. fitfatgirlblogs.blogspot

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- That didn't happen! *lol*
- But that did, for the most part. It's been challenging, but fun.

So, all in all, August was a pretty okay month for me. 747 fitness minutes. A mile swim success. 7+ pounds lost on the scale. And a milestone of 299 hit and surpassed.

All in a month's work, right?! ;)



September 1st WI: 296.4
October 1st GOAL: 291.4

Loss of: 5 pounds

(I'm trying to be reasonable here...)


Fitness Minutes: 1000
(250 per week for 4 weeks, which is about 5 workouts each week that last 50 minutes)

Basic Plan:
Sunday - Yoga
Monday - Swim
Tuesday - Bike
Wednesday - Run/Walk
Thursday - Swim
Friday - Bike
Saturday - Football Drills*

I ran football drills with Ethan on Sunday since he had the day off from games for the holiday weekend. I figured it couldn't hurt for him to see me doing what I was asking him to do and I thought it might ignite some competitive spirit in him. We gathered all our things on Sunday, headed to the HS football field, and spent the next 60+ minutes (we had to stop for a potty break) doing things I thought might help him on the field. We ran through his warm-ups first, just so he could see me doing them as well. We ran a lap around the track, did bear crawls and high knees - everything they force them to do at practice. We did a 20-yard-dash and timed out some planks and even ran one round of stadiums (running up the bleachers and back down again). My entire body was sore the next day (and today), but it felt really good to get out there and practice throwing and blocking and snapping the ball with him, and I think he really loved it. Plus, it's a friggin' Kick-Arse workout! So we're adding those in once a week this month for the benefit of both him and I.

I'm also adding in biking. I don't know why...but I felt I needed to get out of the water a little bit before it gets old and I start hating it.

And, no, I haven't really set aside real ST time, but I plan on trying to get it in where I can. *shrug* What can I say? I can't be 100% perfect, so I don't even try any longer. I'm going to do what I can. Agree to what I know I can commit to...and then try to push myself from there.

Also, as I mentioned, we're doing a Plank-A-Day Challenge. I missed yesterday (seriously ticked me off, but whatever), but otherwise I started my planking on September 1st and was proud to still be able to go past a minute. Next goal? Hold it longer than 2 minutes. Other goal? Get to 1 minute on side planks (HA! I can do 20 seconds now and I whine the entire time! *lol*).


No more than 6 times eating out this month.
Pack lunches from leftovers or sandwiches.
Eat mostly Paleo, but allow some indulgences.
Track all food at least 4 days a week.
Stay around 2000 calories.


Drink 10+ glasses of water per day.
Blog at least 4 times a week.
Use weekends to organize the house STAT! I wasted last month. No more!

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    My September Goal is to get back on track eating wise.

    Awesome job on all your success in August. You worked hard and deserved every pound lost and all the other success.

    Football drills sounds like a fun way to exercise. One drill that I really like is called the "T drill" You run 10m forward, side shuffle 5m to the right, side shuffle back to center, side shuffle 5m to the left, side shuffle back to center, and back peddle to the start. Repeat as neccessary. It really helps with agility

    Enjoy your September goals!
    3165 days ago
    Great plan. You do a good job of reflecting and thinking ahead.
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    I also think August was a good month for you ! And... You rock. I'm pretty sure it's a blast to be able to say that you ain't 300 anymore!
    Congrats !
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  • SUGIRL06
    Way to go in September!!! You did amazing!!!! And great goals for August!
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    Woohoo congrats on breaking your plateau !!!! You did it and you rock. Here is to you and September. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3166 days ago
    GREAT August, here's to an even better September!
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    You did fantastic! And it certainly did pay off!

    Congrats! emoticon
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    Congratulations!! So proud of you! Even though you didn't hit all your goals, you did hang in there! And that is what is important!
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  • ERIN1128
    AWESOME on breaking the plateau!!!! That is HUGE! Woo hoo!
    3166 days ago
    So so proud of you!!! =)

    My goals are pretty simple, I am getting over this stupid cold and getting back on the track! I am still in Week 6 of Rookie to 5K training so I want to finish up the program this month and hopefully have a week at the end of the month to train outside for this 5K Mud Run I have scheduled on Oct 6th - My BIL told me to run in the sand at the beach and I think that might be wise since mud is way different than a darn treadmill!!

    Sept goals
    900+ fitness minutes (5K training + endurance training)
    Get outside for some running/training - step away from the treadmill, it's not real life!! I have to keep telling myself that!
    stay within my calorie range (1350-1600 cals)
    Lose 5 lbs!!!

    September is feeling good!!!
    3166 days ago
    Do the stickers on your calendar mean taht you've achieved something? You did FABULOUS in August!
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    Great weight loss!

    I always find it interesting and inspiring to read your plans!

    3166 days ago
    I am so excited for you on your weight loss! You have definitely earned it girl! Have a fabulous September!! emoticon emoticon
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  • MAGPIE17
    Woohoo!!! Go E!! You broke the 300 mark!! I'm sooo proud of you, girl.

    I have a 5K coming up at the end of the month (Sept. 30 - Canadian Breast Cancer Society's Run for the Cure) and a "Warrior Dash-esque" race (the BadA$s Dash) on October 6 that I'm working towards. The man and I did a TON of walking and hiking while on holidays, and we're going to keep the hiking up, hopefully! So my September goals are:

    -1500 fitness minutes
    -train like mad for my races
    -35 minute 5K race

    I'd also like to lose 5 lbs, but I'll be happy if I can meet the three above goals!
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    Congratulations!,,, I know how great getting under that 300 mark must feel, now you can finally move on. Its been a Long haul because i have been there too and I'm sick of it!
    I'm proud of you for sticking it out and never giving up!

    My goals for this week is to lose one pound. My goal for the month is to lose 5. My exercise goal is this week I'm going to try week one of running for a mile and see if my knees can handle it. Wish me luck!
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    emoticon and emoticon on the August goals!

    Time to kick September's azzarooni!
    3166 days ago
    WOWSER!! GREAT PLAN and congrats on you August successes too!!!

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