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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weekly Weigh In


Robyn: 

Well, back again.  Today’s post is all about honesty.  This time, I am up 1 pound.  I know that does not sound too great, but I will take it.  Let’s be honest – last week’s weight loss was all due to the virus.  So, if we are going to be honest (and I am), I am down  since the onset of the virus 1.6 pounds. So, to date, I am only down 3.8.  If I have to be honest (see, there is a trend), I am not happy with that.  Of course, I have had some setbacks along the way, some injuries, and some bad news over the past month (making for some long wine nights).  So, I guess its not terrible.  At least it’s a “down” rather than an “up.”

I am still not feeling up to exercising.  Falling on your tailbone is not a pretty thing and it’s a very slow recovery.  I am really hoping to get back to the gym next week (and that’s an honest goal).  I’ve also realized I am having a hard time motivating and keeping track of points without attending WW meetings. So next week, I need to commit to that as well.

Here’s to hoping for a fresh start (and a healed tailbone) next week! Today's recipe is for a pizza! You can get the recipe here



Nicole:

I’m back in the saddle this week. I’ve been going to the gym and continuing my classes. I’m also incorporating strength training exercises into the routine. I am down from last week (when I was a punk and took a PASS) but still slightly up from the last time I posted about my weight. As of today, I am down a total of 10.8 pounds. It’s working out to about 5 pounds a month, which would still get me to my goal weight by June. I will say that I am re-thinking the idea of a goal weight. I mean, you have to have one for Weight Watchers but I think rather than obsessing about numbers, I’m adopting more of an “I’ll know it when I see it” attitude. This time around, I don’t just want to lose weight. I want to be strong. Two minute planks? I want to do that without shaky arms. I want to be able to do full push ups (Note: I refuse to say “boy” push-ups), run for miles without being winded and do spin at full speed for the entire class hour.

Last night at the gym, I noticed I wasn't as winded during class as I was when I started in January. I can get through some high intensity routines and I can lift slightly heavier weights (mind you I started with 5 pound dumbbells). The progress got me thinking about assessing my overall fitness level and measuring the growth just like I’m measuring my body and tracking my weight.

In elementary school and junior high, at the beginning of each year, my Phys Ed teacher made us do a fitness assessment. We had to line up and see how many push-ups, pull ups, jumping jacks and sit-ups we could do in one minute. We did the same test at the end of the year to see how (or if) we’d progressed. I want to do something similar so I did some research and found The President’s Challenge Adult Fitness Test. The plan is to do the test this week and do a follow up every 6 months. Wanna join me? Please do and share your results in the comments. 

This week, in terms of food, I’ve finally crossed into (or put a toe into) the raw realm. I told you at the beginning of the year I wanted to try more raw food recipes. This week, I’m trying a raw dinner that isn’t a salad. You can find the recipe here. I'm also doing an expanded post on raw food recipes and useful tools so be sure to check back later in the week. 

Have you tried raw food recipes? Share your favorites in the comments. Here’s to a good, healthy, happy week. Cheers!

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