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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Weekly Weigh In

We're back for another Weekly Weigh In. We're both getting to know things about ourselves during this process and are making progress (whether through weight loss or lessons) each week. Here's what happened since the last time we weighed in. 

Robyn: 

Unfortunately, I do not have much to report this week.  Down .2.  Unacceptable.  As a positive, I am starting weight watcher meetings this coming Saturday.  So hopefully, looked for new and improved Robyn (and Robyn’s weight, and blogposts) in the coming weeks.

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Now that the weather is hopefully shaping up, I am planning to get back outside, start walking and yes – eventually sign up for the 10k coming this early summer.  Now, if only, we could fast forward past tomorrow and Thursday when the weather is not going to cooperate.

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For this week’s recipe, I made Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette and a baked sweet potato. It was delicious.  The longer you marinate the chicken, the better it gets.  As an aside, my sister attempted this recipe with boneless thin chicken breasts and it was less successful.  The recipe is compliments of Giada De Laurentiis and you can find it here.

Nicole:

Dear plateau, DEUCES! Woo-hoo! I’m off the plateau. The plan to buckle down and incorporate high intensity exercise into my routine worked. I am down 2.2 pounds this week. I also finally made a decision to buy what I can admit is a glorified pedometer and purchased the Fitbit Flex. It’s helping me keep track of steps, sleep and caloric intake, which is great but it serves a better purpose. It is forcing me to look at how inactive I am (even with exercise) and challenging me to get in10,000 steps a day no matter what. Well, it’s not literally forcing me…there’s no electric shock to my wrist if I’m only at 6,000 steps but I like the challenge. Having the ability to check my steps on the app has led to me walking more during the work day. Instead of going to the bathroom closest to my office suite, I walk all the way across my company’s campus and back. I get about 3,500 extra steps a day like that. If I have a deficit at the end of the day, I hop on the treadmill. I feel good going to bed knowing I’ve gotten in 5 miles of walking on top of my yoga, Zumba, HIIT or strength training.
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Now, I just have to keep the momentum going. Last week, I gave tips on breaking through a plateau. I followed some of the steps and incorporated two new workout routines into my schedule, I added more reps and heavier weights (from 5 lbs. to 7.5lbs. dumbbells for most exercises and up to 10lbs. on a few) to my strength training routine. I also tried to pre-plan my meals and stay hydrated. This week, I’m going to keep up with that and I may try to incorporate some metabolism boosting foods as well. Here’s to continuing down the path away from the plateau.

This week’s workouts are toughies (at least for me) from Neila Rey. I love her visual workouts. I plan to do each one twice in addition to my normal routine (enjoyable) workouts. Here they are:  






















This week’s recipe isn’t so much a recipe as a great time saving, healthy meal I found. I went out in search of my Don Lee Farms Veggie Patties. They didn’t have them. Bummer. I walked the aisles looking for some quick alternatives for lunch or a lazy dinner and found Frankly Fresh’s vegetarian stuffed grape leaves. I like to add a little lemon and can eat them warm or cold. Their website is currently being revamped but here's a photo (Credit). You can find them at Costco. 


Hang in there this week. Our goals are within reach!! 

1 comment:

Robyn said...

HA! speak for yourself! my goals are no where within reach!