Six Week Challenge Week one Weigh-in

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It’s weigh-in day… an official one.

This is the first week of the Summer Shape Up Six Week Challenge and I started off weighing 188.2. Today I stepped on the scale and weighed in at 185.4. That’s a total of 2.8 pounds so far.

I haven’t done this in quite some time. I’ve sporadically told you how much I weigh but I haven’t had official weigh-ins since before I did my student teaching. (In fact, my weigh-ins and measurements page needs a serious makeover.)

I’m feeling pretty good about the progress. It turns out I deadlifted my body weight the other day when I was lifting with Brent. The most I’ve deadlifted was 215 but that was when I was lifting weights every week, so I felt pretty good about that number considering I haven’t lifted anything for the past 4 months. My goal is to keep losing weight on my body and adding weight on the bar. I’m actually surprised at how fast your body can change. I’ve noticed this phenomenon during the holidays when the sudden change isn’t a good one. But I’ve never acknowledged how fast positive changes can happen too. I guess I’ve always just been too impatient to notice.

In just the past two weeks I’ve already begun the journey to building my strength back up again. I can tell a difference in the way I walk even. Running has gone from a struggling feet dragging plod to a confident smooth stride. I even did sprints with my husband yesterday and I wasn’t too far behind him in time. In fact, it felt really good to push myself and run as fast as I could. It reminded me of my old soccer days.

I’ve gotten exercise in one form or fashion every day this week. The weather is still a bit cool but that hasn’t stopped me from going on daily bike rides with the girls. Bridget and I, both write fiction stories and we have chats about our characters and where our stories are going while we ride our bikes. We’ve made a pact to have one story completed by the end of the summer each. Before we know it we’ll have ridden around the neighborhood for an hour chatting it up and peddling along. Penelope just rides along randomly shouting… “Bird!”… “Kitty cat!”… “That way!”.

We also have the neighborhood gardeners mapped out. I’ve been stalking their yards to see when they are planting their pumpkins and tomatoes. I had serious garden envy last year when I had planted everything by seed and had to wait for my plants to mature while they were already plucking fresh produce from their vines. That won’t happen this year. I’m just chomping at the bit to plant the rest of my warm weather plants.

I feel like I’m in a really good place right now. A lot of the time when I’ve made a conscious decision to lose weight I’ll tend to start to obsess over the things I shouldn’t be eating. With summer coming around the corner and the prospect of an amazing vegetable garden I’m just super excited about all of the fresh veggies I get to eat and all of the fun I get to have outside.

I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the beginning of Summer!

How did your first week go? Did you feel good about it or did you have to fight off some mental blocks? I always find the beginning stages the worst part. I tend to fight the whole process justifying why I shouldn’t have to make changes in my habits. But once I just give in to the process things just tend to fall into place and it no longer feels like a challenge… it’s just my new way of doing things.

7 thoughts on “Six Week Challenge Week one Weigh-in

  1. It’s time to get for real Nina. I have gained all my weight back that I lost when we did this last year and then some. Why I do this to myself… who knows. So frustrating but I am trying to get back to that person and get my butt up. We just got a puppy-Neo Bullmastiff… 13 weeks old and almost 40lbs already. I tried to walk with him the other day…POINTLESS. He went passed two houses and looked at me like “what the hell are we doing” I totally forgot about the potty training era of a puppy. UGH. Sorry just got off subject…So Nina I am doing this with you and will get my fat self motivated. Cheers!

    • It happens to us all Brandi… it’s like the circle of life. Don’t beat yourself up over it just do what makes you feel good and things will fall into place. xoxo

  2. Wow, you had great progress! I am so glad you mentioned how much you have been lifting because I was going to ask! You are a BAD ASS girl! I was sore after doing stiff-legged deadlifts with my 15 LB. dumbbells… haha. Ok, my progress – the past 2 weeks were frustrating because I was working my butt off (or so I thought) and eating perfect, and I lost a whopping 6 ounces. This week I worked out 3 days, one day of strength and 2 – 40 minute cardio sessions (walking all the way up the hill close to my house), and managed to lose 1.5 Lbs. Go figure! My eating has been mostly good, not counting the 6 mint Oreos and giant glass of milk I had last night. I am faithfully entering my food and exercise into My Fitness Pal and this really helps me stay on track. It’s kind of a fun “reward” to enter your exercise and see that you can increase your calories (if you want to) for the day, OR if you feel you over ate for the day, you can see how many calories you need to burn to get back on track. It’s a little personal challenge I give myself! I am SO totally with you when it comes to fighting the process. Somehow I need to figure out that once I reach my goal, this will all have been worth it! Have an awesome weekend! Looking forward to next weeks weigh-in. 🙂

    • It is nice to know that the harder you workout the more yummy stuff you get to eat. In fact it’s a must because if you cut back too much you will find that the weight won’t come off. Great job this week… I’m so glad you are doing this with me 🙂

  3. I’m down .7 pounds this week and I’m okay with that.

    You’re a total B.A. for deadlifting your body weight. I’ve only been able to do about 4×5 at 165 this week. I did, however, do one legged romanian deadlifts at 100 pounds. I find the RDLs so much easier for some reason.

  4. I lost 1.5 this past week, which considering how much birthday cake I ate on my birthday, I am ok with that! Stepped up this week though in the excercise department so hopefully that will show bigger results next week. I think people think I am crazy at work because I do the stairs 4 xs per day and have it on my calendar. I figure any extra “burst” of activity helps.

    ~Angelika

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