Sunday, July 18, 2010

Update Sundays

In an effort to try to keep myself on course, both with blogging and fitness, I have decided to start a series called "Update Sundays".  It only seems fitting since Sundays are the first day of my workout week and the day that I check my weight and measurements.  Theoretically.  Since I have started this series, it's my way of being accountable to actually check my status.

The past 2 weeks have been a total bust for me for my workouts ... between the weather and the furnace going ka-futz, and running on very little sleep, I decided to shake it off and start on Day 1 again.  I did not, however, take my measurements or weigh myself this morning because I slept in and my day started off on the wrong foot.  But I changed that and will take my stats tomorrow.  Besides, yesterday was a COMPLETELY screwed up day.  It's my free day, and I took full advantage.  That's one thing I'm going to have to adjust.

So this is where I am now ...

These pics were actually taken a couple of weeks ago but it's pretty much where I still am.  I'm proud of the progress that I've made to date but this year has been tough.  When I started in March of 2009, I was on track and working hard for 9 months straight, having missed about 6 days altogether.  This year I feel like I've been struggling the whole time.  The important thing, tho', is that I'm persistent and I'm not giving up.

Today while I was working out (after a 2 week absence basically), I decided that this was it.  I will not lot anything get in my way.  I also want to make sure that Barry's workouts are consistent.  We always seem to have too much to do at night and end up running too many errands and his workouts suffer and that's not right.  So we'll have to figure things out.  I not only want to be a good example to him, I also want to make sure that I support him the way he deserves to be supported.

In 12 weeks (October 9th), a couple of my goals are to lose 10 pounds and 3 inches off my tummy (which is, as you can see, where I carry a LOT of my excess fat.  The 10 pounds ... I'm not sure about that given the heavier weights that I use.  Because muscle is so much heavier than fat (4 times heavier), all I really care about is the measurements and how my clothes fit and how I look.

I have 7 weeks before the wedding and the dress I want to wear looks great except for my tummy.  I've lost a lot off my back (it got really bad), firmed up my butt (I've always had a flat butt ... probably from spending too much time on it) and firmed up my chest (that's a heavy load you know ... it needs to be strong LOL) and got some muscle back into my arms and legs.  The scale says I've only lost about 10 pounds ... but the amount of actual fat that's been removed has been a lot.

I just hope that, although this blog started out as a way for me to be accountable and has changed enormously, I can help others who are struggling with their weight.  I hope you can learn (as I can too even tho I know it ... just have to remind myself) not to beat yourself up on eating something you shouldn't, missing a workout, scale not moving, whatever.  I'll keep you updated on how my progress is going ... not to say "look what I've accomplished" but rather to say "look what can be done" as well as "oh well" when I don't make as much progress as I want to.

I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you.  You have been so supportive and I appreciate your encouragement always.  And I, in turn, can encourage you and prop you up when perhaps you are a little discouraged.

Here's to a great Week 1!


  1. Here's to a great First week !!!

  2. Ok... I'm going to let you in on a little secret .. You are human!!!
    I think your openess - is very inspirational - for those of us who are falling behind the goal - we know we are not alone... and that its ok to start over and not give up!!!

    I think you have a great attitude, just keep moving foward - the tummy will be gone before you know it.

    having the wedding is a great target .. I know you can do it! I look forward to seeing your post about the wedding and how beautiful you felt and looked - on October 10 (ok 11th)

    Thanks for your visit and sweet words -- Don't forget to pick up your award!! ...xo HHL

  3. YAY! I am so excited to be invited along for the ride. I personally think you do not look bad at all ;)! But I know its also about health and there is always room for improvement. I am here to support you as best I can though comments! :) Like I have always said the main point is to never give up to always get back to it even if it has been 2 weeks. I am proud of you missy :)! I wish you the best of luck on your journey and for the days were you are feeling down, I shall be here..

  4. Honey, the only way you can fail is if you quit and you never have. I know you can do this, we can do this. I wouldn't worry too much about the scale and just go by how you look and feel. Hopefully our schedules will slow down a bit which should also help.

  5. Sandy,

    You have "propped me up" and I hope I can do the same for you.

    I'm not into the numbers right now, I just want to feel strong when I'm walking or lifting (I'm tired of the jiggle ;-> )

    My goal is to be healthy. I want to show my girls it's not about the size it's about being strong and healthy.

    You are well on your way. You are such an inspiration!!!

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  7. Excellent post! I wish I could be more positive about things but I just about lost my mind the other night and now I am determined to shake off the weight.