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Monday, March 5, 2012

Anytime Fitness - Biggest Loser Challenge - Week 6 Update



Week Six was amazing!  I am half-way through the Biggest Loser Challenge @ Anytime Fitness and I lost 4 lbs this week!!  *Happy Dance*  I actually haven't lost this much weight, in one week, in several months.
As I mentioned in the Week 5 update, I was armed and ready for the next week because I took the Weight Watchers meeting "magic, traveling, tracking journal".

I know that is a lot to say, but now matter what Mrs. Sue wants to call it, IT WORKS!  Thanks to me and my 4lb loss, the "traveling journal" still has a 100% success rate for anyone who takes it and uses it.  No kidding. 

What it does is it takes you back to day 1 of joining WW.  Pen and paper thing - tracking every bite or drink you intake.  That is the way everyone starts & honestly sometimes it is the way some people need to rededicate themselves to the program. 

Honesty is the best policy here.  You have to be honest with yourself or NO program you try will work for you.  If you are not doing what the program requires of you, there is no point in half-a**ing it.  I mean really.  You can say you can't afford it or you get bored at the gym or whatever you want to say, but truth be know you can find something you enjoy as an activity AND you are probably spending that money on something less healthy or productive.  Think about it.  Do you go to Starbucks once a week?  Do you buy junk that you really don't need at the grocery store?  Do you buy nick-nacks?  There are a million and one things people choose to spend their money on and I am not here to say don't go to Starbucks or spend your money on whatever you really want...you earn it. But, I am saying don't go to Starbucks all the time @ $6-8 a pop and then try to convince everyone that you can't afford to be healthy.  $10 a week spent on fast food or junk would more than pay for a gym membership or a fun class.

Fad diets don't work...we all have tried them.  You have to be real with yourself and admit that you will still want those foods like pizza or hamburgers.  It has to be a lifestyle change!  YOU HAVE TO WANT IT!

Why am I telling you all of this??  Well, it is because I have been on this journey since April 2010 and 2 years later I am still learing hard lessons about what I didn't do right along the way.  I was one of those people saying I couldn't afford it or I didn't have time, but honestly I can't afford to not be healthy or make time for myself.  I don't want to be a statistic.  I don't want to be taking 20 prescriptions a day.

Now - I get up at 4:45am every day to fix my breakfast and lunch then head out to my gym, Anytime Fitness, at least 3 days a week.  I take my breakfast and lunch because I am in control of what I eat now.  I control how much and how many points it is worth.  I still have what I want, I just choose for it to be fresh & not processed.  I have learned that I can make a Power foods sandwich at home for about 11 points and it is loaded, unlike a 13 point Subway sandwich that does not fill me up!  This sandwich I make for breakfast has so much good stuff on there I can hardly eat it without a fork and it takes me longer to eat, which is better to savor it and give your body time to get full. 

One day soon I will post a pic and a recipe...I promise.

The gym is going good.  I enjoy my time at Anytime Fitness.  I have been struggling with an abdominal muscle strain for quite some time now.  I know what I have to do to make it better and it requires a little down time from the weight lifting.  I can live with that, but I am also on a mission to lose my 1st 50 lbs by my 1 year anniversary with Weight Watchers on April 20th.

I have 8 lbs to go!


2 comments:

  1. I am so happy for you! Love the new blog too! Great colors. I am a HUGE fan of the paper journal. It is how I learned the program and got the weight off the first time. I find it is too easy to say I will log it in the iPhone app later. I do love the app, it allows me to check points when I am out and about without having to carry around the books. I find when I am actually writing it in the food journal I am less likely to fudge what I really ate. When I am using the app I get to the point where I say "i dont want to add anymore" or "i'll do it later" and just move forward. Maybe I am just old fashioned at heart.

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  2. Absolutely girl! I feel the same way. I love my phone apps, but it is too easy to not log it. I love the convience of finding points on the phone apps though. When I had the paper journal, I knew I had to fill it out completely and correctly because my leader was looking at it. I needed to be honest with myself as well. I dusted off my old journal and it is on my desk at work now, since that is where I spend most of my time.

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