Challenge Check In

Weight Loss|Get Fit Challenge Check In @themerrythoughtGuys, this month has been so much harder for me than doing this in January! I’m not sure if it’s because things have been pretty chaotic & busy this month, and I’m feeling a bit more stressed, or if it’s just not as exciting the second time around – haa! Whatever the case, I am struggling! And honestly I think I would have just given up by now because I’ve been so unmotivated – but these weekly check-ins here on the blog are keeping me holding on! So for those reading these posts – thanks for keeping me accountable and encouraging me!!

Here’s how my week went:

Weight Loss: 1 pound

Eating: sooo not good. I feel like I’m hungry all the time and when I’m stressed and grumpy, the last thing I want to do is think too much about what I’m eating. So I’m not making the best food choices. Not good, I know. I have done okay with no sugar – I must fess up and confess I did cheat this past week, and it wasn’t a pre-planned one 😣. I had a chai latte one night, yikes – sorry!

Active: this is actually going well for me. Thankfully, I’ve tried to view running as my time – it’s a stress reliever, some time when I don’t have to be worrying about getting things done, so I do pretty well keeping it in my schedule. And the weather is finally, finally getting nice around here, so that’s helpful. (Although, I’ll be honest, running in anything above 40º makes me feel too warm! I just hate running in snow & wind – the cold, perfectly fine for running to me!)

Arm Work Out: ughhh, still doing terrible with this! Again, just once this past week! Yikes, why can’t I get motivated for this?! I did add another “set” to my routine though, so I feel like there was a smidge of improvement.

How’s anyone else doing?? Staying motivated & strong? Anyone else struggling with eating well like me?? Here’s to keeping with it, even when we don’t feel like it! 💪

-Manda

The Start | Week 1

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  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 2:19 am

    Stefanie - I think you shouldn’t feel bad about the latte. If you feel like drinking a chai latte, then drink it. As long as it’s not every day. Otherwise – if so many things are forbidden or make you feel bad about yourself if you ate them – then eating loses its fun and joy. Eating healthy is important, of course, but for me the key is: Everything in moderation.ReplyCancel

    • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 1:26 pm

      Manda - Yes, I absolutely agree, everything in moderation! That’s my usual eating routine that I try to stick with most of the year. This month I was trying to avoid any refined sugar though, so it definitely was a “cheat” to enjoy a chai latte – normally I don’t feel that way though and enjoy a couple a month! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:49 am

    Lora Downie - Great job! I think it’s difficult for women to set month long goals of restriction – we have hormones, cravings that are just a natural part of life. It’s a daily intention to wake up and say I’m going to do the best I can for my health today. Sometimes that means a nap and a donut! 😉 Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just keep moving and adding in veggies wherever you can and love yourself through every moment. <3 I always say that self-acceptance at every phase is the most healthy habit we can nurture.ReplyCancel

    • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 1:30 pm

      Manda - Haa – yes Lora, that might be my favorite advice ever – “sometimes that means a nap and a donut!”! 🙂 Cause there are for sure certain days of the month when that’s what I need! I like the idea of having that daily intention- “I’m going to do the best I can for my health today” – I’m going to start including that thought in my morning routine! Thanks for the encouragement!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 1:43 pm

    Teri - For the weight loss thing, try drinking 10-12 glasses of water a day. You’ll have to work up to it. The was my game changer and if I don’t keep it up, I can tell it so fast at the scale.

    I’ve lost 80# upping my water to 12, following portion control, and just slightly increasing my exercise. It is SO worth it!ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 2:35 pm

      Manda - Wow – that’s awesome, good for you! Thanks for the water reminder, thankfully water is my most consumed beverage but I definitely could use to up my consumption a bit! I’m trying to remember when I feel hungry to drink water first, not just grab a snack!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 2:58 pm

    Bonnie P - I am on a holiday/visit in Europe and I have been eating…lots😝 and have gotten in one run. A fair bit of walking but it is hardly counting I feel. Back at it heavy when I return home. Thanks for sharing truth.ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 2:33 pm

      Manda - Enjoy that visit and that food – the workouts can wait! 😉ReplyCancel

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