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Week 18 Summary

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Hello Long Journey fans!

I had a spectacular week of hard work and goal achievements.  I am super proud of what I have accomplished this week.  Here we go!

Lessons Learned

  • MyFitnessPal for some reason wasn’t automagically adjusting my calorie intake based on my weight loss.  I have been eating 200+ calories more per day than I should have been.  I think I have that fixed now, glad I did some investigating and figured it out!
  • Tai Chi is fun, but still hard.  Just feel like I have the first movement down, and have begun working on the second.  I still enjoy it.  Hard, yet relaxing.
  • Arthritis is a bitch!  I have felt some improvement with the knee pain; however, my left hip has been causing me some serious pain.  I have managed to suck it up and keep moving, but today I decided to take a day off because I woke up with some serious pain right off the bat.  Maybe a day of rest will help.  We shall see.
  • Moving is starting to feel more natural, I look forward to my walks and don’t view them as exercise anymore.  I feel more energized and clear minded afterwards.

Week 18 Goals Check

  • Stay Hydrated “A+” I have consumed all the water and logged it.  This week I drank over 505 ounces of water, thats almost 4 gallons!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit “A+” Stayed with in my allotment and logged all the foods.
  • 10,000 steps a day “A+” I nailed it everyday!  This week I walked a total of 78,284 steps, that is a little over 39 freaking miles!
  • Get of the MAX train one stop early every commute day “A” Everyday, nailed it!
  • Walk home from the MAX train stop three times per week “A+”  I surpassed this one, I walked home from the train stop everyday!
  • Get out of my chair for a spin around the block three time a day “A”  This one has been hard for me because my work schedule has been so busy, but I did it, every day including weekends!
  • Tai Chi two times per week “A” I got this in there twice this week.  It’s slow going, but I like it and I think it will be worth it in the long run.  Once I get all the movements down, I think I might look into joining a group!
  • Practice my squat form every day “F” I didn’t do this at all.  No excuses, just didn’t do it.  This is something that I want to accomplish, so I need to get on it!
  • Stay off the elevator at work and take the stairs “A” I have been crazy about the stairs.  This week I got in 137 floors!  NICE!
  • Meditate four times per week “A” Got in my four days.
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated “A” Reflected everyday, can’t avoid that task list staring me in the face every day.
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook, posting my Fitbit Dashboard everyday “A+” I have been all over there interwebs.  Posting my 10k a day screenshot has really helped me stay accountable and do it!
  • One hiking/adventure day per week “A” I got some Mt. Tabor time in once this week, I wanted to hit it Sunday to, but there was a 5k race happening up there.
  • Lose 1 pound per week “F”  No loss, but no gain.  I am a little disappointed because I have been working so hard.  I just keep reminding myself that this is going to take time and I will have off weeks.  I just need to keep on moving!

Week 19 Goals

  • Stay Hydrated
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit
  • 10,000 steps a day
  • Get of the MAX train one stop early every commute day
  • Walk home from the MAX train stop three times per week
  • Get out of my chair for a spin around the block three time a day
  • Tai Chi two times per week
  • Practice my squat form every day, get it done Marci!
  • Stay off the elevator at work and take the stairs
  • Meditate four times per week
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook, posting my Fitbit Dashboard everyday
  • One hiking/adventure day per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week

There you have it guys!  I have been working really hard to get that 10k a day in there, my second week in a row!  I am taking a break today, my body needs it, but I will be back at it tomorrow.   I’m really enjoying my stair workout up at Mt. Tabor, I feel it instantly.  It’s hard work, but it doesn’t feel like hard work, I enjoy it so I will keep doing it!  Stairs at work however, feels like work and it’s tough some times, but I know it is for the great good so I am going to continue using them instead of the elevator.  I’m still investigating the kickboxing vs boxing in my area and deciding if its right for me and if I will be able to afford it.   Thanks for checking in and reading about my week 18 summary.   You guys are awesome!

Peace

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Week 17 Summary

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Hi Everyone!

Sorry this post is so late today, I have had a very busy day. I have so much to share with you guys this week!  I had such an amazing week filled with adventures, transitioning to my new job, kicking ass on my goals and earning tons of Fitbit badges.  Here we go!

Lessons Learned

  • Tai Chi is no joke!  I took some time to reflect on why I haven’t been keeping up with my Yoga goal and decided that it’s because I’m board with it. So I thought well, I have always been curious about Tai Chi when I see people practicing in the park. Looks like something I could do, reasonably simple. So I found a Tai Chi app on the old iPad and decided to take that for a test drive.  I wouldn’t say it’s hard, but defenatily not simple!  I have practice the first movement, three times, 20 minute sessions. It combines posture, movement and breathing. It’s also very surprising how well it works the muscles. With that said, I love it and will continue to practice!
  • Posting a screenshot of my Fitbit dashboard in my Facebook support groups has helped me suscessfully achieve my 10,000 steps a day goal. That’s right!  For the first time in a very long time I hit all seven freaking days!
  • Wunderlist is a terrific task organization app and has helped me not only organize my to do lists for work, but it’s been very helpful to help me reflect and achieve my daily personal goals. My goals are always looking right at me on my Android phone, iPad and Mac Book. Thanks for the recommendation on this, Kirk!!!
  • Squats are not easy. I was going to start a four week squat challenge I found. The pre-requisite needed to achieve the challenge was being able to do, at minimum two reps of 8-15 basic squats. Guess what, I can’t do that …. YET. I’m going to have the hubs help me out with my firm to make sure I’m doing it right and so that I don’t hurt myself. Once I have mastered my form and can nails those reps, I will be all over that challenge.
  • Stairs are evil but necessary to build strength and character.  For the past couple of weeks I have been tackling the Mt. Tabor stairs during my walk.  During my last round at Mt Tabor, I started incorporating the three little groups of stairs in the top ring, so which each lap of the loop, I would go up and down each set of steps.  That is a good workout. This week, I also started ignoring the elevator and work and using the stairs.  It’s exhausting, but I know it’s doing good things.  My legs feel stronger!  I also earned my Skydiver 1,000 life time floors Fitbit Badge!

Week 16 Goals Check

  • Stay hydrated “A+” – I drank tons of water and used my Wunderlist app to check off my required drinking amounts!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit “A+” – Enjoyed delicious food and logged it all and checked it off my Wunderlist.
  • 10,000 steps a day “A+” – I finally did it!  Nailed it!  BOOM! Done!  I also earned my Italy Life Time Badge of 736 miles i walked with my Fitbit and the D0-Gooder 25,000 steps in 3 days Fitbit Badge!
  • Get off the MAX train one stop early every morning “A+” – I did it everyday. It’s getting easier.
  • Walk home from the MAX train stop at least three times a week “A++” – My son, Bruce challenged me to do it four days, so guess what, I did!  Thanks for the motivation, Bruce!  I love you!
  • Get out of my chair for a spin around the block three times a day “A+” – This is something else that I added to my Wunderlist and even did it during the weekend. Nailed it!
  • Yoga twice a week “A+” – I didn’t do Yoga, I replaced it with Tai Chi and did that three times. I’m loving it and think I will stick with more so than the Yoga.
  • Meditate four times per week “A” – I meditated four times. My breaths are getting deeper and longer.  Feels good.
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated “A+” – Again, thanks to the help of Wunderlist, I love that app!
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook “A+” – I have been all over Facebook this week.  As I mentioned above, I started posting a screenshot of my Fitbit Dashboard in my Facebook support groups.  This has really helped me stay accountable and reach that pesky 10,000 steps a day goal.  AWESOME!
  • One hiking/adventure day per week “A++” – I totally rocked this goal.  I hit Mt. Tabor 3 times last week!  Myself and my new work team also volunteered our time up at Hoyt Arboretum where I helped cut up an entire tree.  It was good hard, sweaty work!  I loved every minute of it.  All that wonderful fresh air.  It felt amazing!
  • Lose 1 pound per week “B” – I only lost .7 pounds this week, but you know what, I don’t care, I feel excited and very proud of my hard work and everything I accomplished this week.

Week 18 Goals

  • Stay Hydrated
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit
  • 10,000 steps a day
  • Get of the MAX train one stop early every commute day
  • Walk home from the MAX train stop three times per week
  • Get out of my chair for a spin around the block three time a day
  • Tai Chi two times per week
  • Practice my squat form every day
  • Stay off the elevator at work and take the stairs
  • Meditate four times per week
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook, posting my Fitbit Dashboard everyday
  • One hiking/adventure day per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week

I’m so excited about this week!  I did so much and had so much fun doing it all and earned some new Fitbit badges in the process.  Incase you didn’t get it, I’m in love with the Wunderlist app.  That thing is gold!  I’m going to continue kicking ass on achieving my 10,000 steps a day, hitting the stairs, my squat form and the Tai Chi.  Thanks for checking in and reading my awesome week 17 summary.  You guys rock!

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Week 16 Summary

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Hello everyone!

I had a great week!  I hit Mt. Tabor three times this week and incorporated the crazy stairs into my walk.  That is a butt burner!  I ate some really delicious foods and stayed within my calorie allowance. I feel really good about myself right now.  I have lots of energy and no inappropriate guilt.  It’s awesome!  Lets review the week.

Lessons Learned

  • Shell fish doesn’t have a lot of calories, it’s the melted butter that will get you!  I hit Red Lobster with my friend, Stacy last weekend for dinner.  I enjoyed lobster, crap and lots of shrimp.  It was a ton of food!  I went easy on the butter dipping and stayed way within my calorie intake and got to enjoy some popcorn at the movie later!
  • Mt. Tabor has lots of stairs.  I decided to incorporate some of the stairs at Mt. Tabor park into my walk.  Wow, feel the burn!  I am still a little slow at it, but I am doing it and I am actually enjoying it!
  • I have had this really weird worried feeling about losing weight.  I worry that I won’t be able to defend myself.  I know, totally weird right?  Like what am I thinking, my being overweight gives me an advantage if I get in a fight or something.  Really Marci?  I am not really sure where this is coming from.  Maybe a subconscious feeling due to my childhood abuse?  This feeling is really, really strange, but it’s been on my mind a lot.  During a conversation with my friend, Stacy about another friend getting into boxing, bells went off in my head.  I have been looking for something new and fun to add to my exercise routine and I have always been interested in Kickboxing.  So I have started investigating the Kickboxing options in Portland.  Maybe this will help me both physically and mentally.

Week 16 Goals Check

  • Stay hydrated and log it! “A+” – I drank all the water and logged it!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit “A+” – Nailed it and ate some really awesome food this week.
  • 10,000 steps per day “B” – I achieved this 5 days this week, which is an improvement over last week.
  • Get off the MAX train one stop early every morning commute “A+” – I did it every day!
  • Walk home from the MAX stop 3 times per week “A” – Nailed it, three times!
  • Get out of my chair at work for more spins around the block “B” – I can do a better job at this and more often.  I need to come up for air and step away from the desk.  It was just so busy last week.
  • Yoga two times a week “C” –  I only got one day of Yoga in
  • Meditation 4 times per week “A+” – I got five days in this week!
  • Reflect on my goals daily “A” – I wrote them down, reflected and checked them off on my board.
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook “A+” – My face is all over social media when I’m working out.
  • One hiking/adventure day per week “A+” – Mt. Tabor and it’s stairs three times this week!
  • Lose 1 pound per week “A+” – I lost 1.1 pounds this week!

Week 17 Goals

  • Stay hydrated and log it.
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit while enjoying delicious food.
  • 10,000 steps per day.
  • Get off the MAX train one stop early every commute day.
  • Walk home from the MAX train stop 3 times per week.
  • Get of my chair for spin around the block at least 3 times a day.
  • Yoga two times a week.
  • Meditation 4 times a week.
  • Reflect on my goals daily and keep my vision board updated.
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook.
  • One hiking/adventure day per week.
  • Lose 1 pound per week.

Okay, so there are some mixed results there, but I still feel like I had a really great week.  This week was also measurement week, I lost 3 more inches and a total of 4.1 pounds last month, nice!  Good things are happening!  I’m feeling good about myself, which has always been a tough one for me.  I had some great walks and but burning stair time at Mt. Tabor this week.  I also got to reward myself with some yummy foods, while sticking to my calorie allotment.  This week, I will be spending some more quality time at Mt. Tabor, I love it up there.  I will also be busting my ass to get those 10k a day in this week!  Thanks for checking out my week 16 summary.  I appreciate all your support and love.  You guys rock!

MarciRock

 

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Week 15 Summary

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Hello and Happy Halloween!

I had a pretty good week, didn’t hit some of my goals, but I consider the week to still be a productive one.  I have some concerns about my blood pressure.  After I started taking the blood pressure medication a few months ago, it came down to a nice low normal status.  I noticed this week that it is creeping back up and has been consistently  at a “high” normal on the chart.  Lots going on at work so maybe that stress is bumping it up?  I will continue to keep tabs on that and if it goes up much further, I will reach out to my doc.  Lets take a look at what I accomplished this week!

Lessons Learned

  • The extra walking from jumping off the train a stop early really helps wake me up in the morning.  I feel pretty energized when I walk into work.  Not sure my co-workers enjoy that energy as much 😉
  • Walking home from the train stop in the afternoon is exhausting for me, but I’m working on it.  I think my brain is pretty fried from work and then dealing with the wall to wall people on the train for 40 minutes takes it’s toll.  I feel better once I start walking, but by the time I get home, I’m beat.  I’m hoping that my stamina will build up if I keep going.
  • Meditation has really been helping me keep my mind healthy and stress level controllable.  I’m transitioning into a new role at work.  It’s been a little stressful.  The meditation has really helped keep that in check for the most part.  Deep cleansing breaths Marci!
  • Karaoke is pretty fun.  I got to hang out with some friends at the Alibi on Sunday night.  I got up there and belted out three songs.  It was totally fun!

Week 15 Goals Check

  • Stay hydrated and log ALL my water “B” – I’m drinking it, but again I am slacking on logging it.  Just do it Marci!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit “B+” – I went to a little send off party for a friend and consumed a few sweet and tasty rum like punch drinks.  I only had a 200 calorie deficit that day, but I logged it all!
  • 10,000 steps per day “C” – I missed it three days, but I got pretty close.  Still moving pretty good.  I will show improvement on this goal next week.
  • Get off the MAX train one stop early every commute day “A+” – Nailed it!  I have done this ever work day!
  • Walk home from the MAX stop 3 times per week “A+” – Exhausting, but I did it!
  • Yoga twice per week “C” – Only 1 day in again.  Not sure why, just get distracted I guess.
  • Meditation 4 times per week “A+” – I got in 5 days of meditation this week.  It is keeping me sane!
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated “B” – I did reflect on my goals, but again, I’m not updating my board and writing this shit down.  I think it was because my office was a total mess.  I got it cleaned up an organized so now I have a desk to sit at again.  I will be updating my board this week!
  • Keep posting on my Blog and Facebook “B” – I have updated the blog, but I haven’t been posting a lot on Facebook only because I worry about people getting sick of seeing my face.  So you tell me, do you guys still want to see my crazy face everyday?
  • One hiking/adventure day per week “A+” – Did another round of Mt. Tabor on Saturday with the hubs.  I love it up there!  As far as adventure, I think Karaoke is pretty adventurous =)
  • Lose 1 pound per week “B-” – I only lost .3 pounds this week, not a full pound.  I’m happy that I lost a little and didn’t gain any weight, but still didn’t hit the full pound.

Week 16 Goals

  • Stay hydrated and log it!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit
  • 10,000 steps per day – You can do it Marci!
  • Get off the MAX train one stop early every commute day.
  • Walk home from the MAX stop 3 times per week.
  • Get out of my chair at work for more spins around the block, posting about it on the Step-It-Up chat channel
  • Yoga two times a week – Just do it Marci
  • Meditation 4 times a week
  • Reflect on my goals daily and keep my vision board updated
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook
  • One hiking/adventure day per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week

Okay, so it’s a mixed bag of results, but still pretty good.  I got out there, I kept moving.  I am going to have a better week.  I will keep tabs on the blood pressure and keep practicing the meditation to get me through the work transition.  I appreciate you all stopping by to read my week 15 summary and cheer me on.  I really dig you guys!

MikeMe

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Week 14 Summary

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Hi guys!

I have had a very productive week. Lots of moving, some adventure and most importantly, I had fun!  I started taking Natur Mad brand Triple Flex with vitamin D3, Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM to address my arthritis concerns. Of course, it’s been nice and warm out since. We will see how it goes when the cool weather hits.  It’s been a great week. I feel like I’m back on track. Let’s break it down!

Lessons Learned

  • I love walking around the Mt Tabor trails. Lots of fresh forest smells and fresh air. Might be one of my new favorite walking spots.
  • The Ash Whitefly is a super annoying little bug!  I have been seeing them everywhere and I think I inhaled a few while standing in line at FrightTown. There were so many there, our hair was turning white with them. GROSS!
  • I’m not too old to party like a rock star. I hung out with the girls until Saturday night and didn’t get home until almost 2 in the morning.
  • Crock Pot Chicken & Dumplings is so good. I made a batch this weekend. Still was able to eat within my calorie allotment. Delicious!

Week 14 Goals Check

  • Stay hydrated “A+” I did miss two days of logging my water, but I did drink it!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit “A+”
  • 10,000 steps per day “C”  I missed three days, but much improvement from last week!
  • Get off the MAX train one stop early every commute day “A+” Nailed it!
  • Walk home from the MAX stop 3 times this week “A+” I walked home 4 times!
  • Yoga twice per week “C” I got one day in
  • Meditation 4 times per week. “A+” I got in 5 days!
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated “B” I reflected daily, but didn’t keep my board updated.
  • Keep posting on my Blog and FaceBook “A”
  • One hiking/adventure day per week “A+” I hiked the trails at Mt Tabor and ran through the haunted houses at FrightTown.
  • Lose 1 pound per week “A++”  I lost 2 pounds this week!

Week 15 Goals

  • Stay hydrated and lot ALL my water
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit
  • 10,000 steps per day
  • Get of the MAX train on stop early every commute day
  • Walk home form the MAX stop 3 times per week
  • Yoga twice per week.  Make the time Marci!
  • Meditation 4 times per week
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated
  • Keep posting on my Blog and Facebook
  • One hiking/adventure day per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week

Wow!  I’m pretty excited about my week, there was some slippage, but much improvement over the prior week.  I lost 2 freaking pounds!  That is so awesome.  I am so happy that this is still working for me after 14 weeks.  I’m going to have some fun this week.  I want to get up to Mt. Tabor again for some fresh forest air.  Thanks for reading my week 14 summary.  You guys rock.  I know I always say this, but it’s true, I can’t do this without your support.  You guys keep me motivated and strong. Thank you so much!  I dig you guys!

MarciFall

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Week 13 Summary

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Hi everyone!

I feel like I had a really awesome week.  I didn’t hit some of my goals, but still feel really good.  I’m three months into my journey now.  Wow, three months!  Doesn’t seem that long and yet it does at the same time.  This process is still working for me.  I’m moving, I’m practicing better eating habits and most of all, I am not hanging on to any “inappropriate guilt” as my friend Tawny calls it.  Lets see how I did!

Lessons Learned:

  • If I face a wall, my boobs now touch the wall before my stomach does, awesome!  LOL
  • I am starting to notice slight changes in my body.  I feel more comfortable in my own skin and my clothing.
  • The cooler weather is going to be a challenge for me.  It’s not even really that cool yet and already my arthritis in my hips, knee and lower back are causing me grief.  I’m not sure how to deal with this other than sucking it up and keep moving.
  • The Bose over the ear headphones make great ear muffs.  The last couple of mornings have been a little chilly, but my ears stayed nice and warm =)
  • If you build it, they will walk… with you.  I created a “step-it-up” chat channel in our office.  I post in there when I’m taking a quick spin around the block to invite folks to get out of there chairs and move with me.  It’s more fun than walking by your self.  There is also a little step count competition going on in there =)

Week 13 Goals Check:

  • Stay hydrated “A” – I have been drinking plenty of water, but again, I fail to log it sometimes.  Log the water intake Marci!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit “A+” –  Did this all while enjoying some delicious BBQ!
  • 10,000 Steps per day “C” – I got my 10k in 3 times last week.  I wasn’t just sitting around tho, there were some really close days.  Still feeling pretty good about my movement.
  • Yoga twice a week “C” – I got one day in there.
  • Meditation three times a week “B” – I hit it three times this week.
  • Reflect on my goals every day “C” – This was hit and miss for me.  I need to keep updating my board.
  • Keep posting on my Blog and Facebook “A” – No problems with this one.
  • One hiking/adventure day per week “C” – I didn’t hike or really have an “adventure”.  I did do a 24 hour long BBQ cook that was more like an experience.  It wasn’t really physically challenging other than staying awake and more like a mental challenge.  I plan on getting a hike in this week.
  • Lose 1 pound per week “A+” – 1.2 pounds gone!  Done!

Week 14 Goals:

  • Stay hydrated and log all the water Marci!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit.
  • 10,000 steps per day.
  • Get off the MAX train one stop early every commute day.
  • Walk home from my MAX stop at least 3 times this week.
  • Yoga twice a week.
  • Meditation four times per week.
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated!
  • Keep posting on my Blog and Facebook.
  • One hiking/adventure day per week.  The hubs and I are talking about hiking around Multnomah Falls area next weekend.  I really need to update my winter hiking gear to give myself some more hiking options this season.
  • Lose 1 pound per week.

And there you have it, my week 13 summary.  It’s a mixed bag.  Didn’t hit all the goals, but I still feel good about what I did accomplish.  I have added a couple more goals to the mix this week to help me get those steps in.  I’m hoping that my chat channel at work will pick up speed and help me keep moving.  I’m worried about how the cooler weather coming will impact my moving.  I think it’s just going to be a suck it up and get it done situation.  If any of you have any recommendations on how to fight the arthritis pain, I would appreciate your feedback.  Thank you so much for checking in and reading about my long journey.  I don’t think I could do it without you guys!

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Week 12 Summary

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Hi everyone!

So this last week was a total wash.  I just focused on getting over what ever bug I got.  I didn’t really start feeling like my old self until this last Monday.  So I’m not going to go into the lessons learned and the goals check because it was a complete loss.  On the bright side, I’m feeling tons better!  I got my flu shot yesterday, so hopefully I don’t get nailed with any thing too nasty in the future.  Okay, so felling good and time to get back at it!

Week 13 Goals

  • Stay hydrated
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit
  • Back up to 10,000 steps a day
  • Yoga two times this week
  • Meditation 4 times this week
  • Reflect on my goals every day
  • Keep posting on my Blog and Facebook
  • One hiking/adventure day this week
  • Lose 1 pound per week

Okay, there you have it, lets move people!  I have to say as I look at those goals, I guess I didn’t completely fail last week.  I did eat within my calories, post and had a couple meditation days and I only gained .2 pounds (could have been way worse).  Go me!  Last week was also measurement check in.  In September, I lost a total of 5 pounds and 3.5 inches!  So that is something to be proud of and I am!  Okay peeps, thanks for checking in and reading my brief week 12 summary of the long journey.  Next week will be much better, I promise!

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Week 11 Summary

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Hi everyone!

It’s not been a very good week for me.  I didn’t get much done this week.  Thought I was just tired, but ended up catching some kind of bug that has just wiped me out.  I hate writing this, I feel like I have disappointed everyone.  I guess I just have to look at it as not every week is going to be perfect and I just need to keep on keeping on.  Here we go…

Lessons Learned this Week:

  • I’m going to have good weeks and bad weeks.  Hopefully more good than bad!
  • I need to cut my self some slack when I’m not feeling well.  I tried to hurry getting over what ever this bug is and I think I made myself worse instead of resting and getting better.

Week 11 Goals Check:

  • Stay Hydrated A+ No problems here.
  • Walk 10,000 steps per day D – I got my 10,000 in only 3 times this week… boo!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit B – I missed it one day, but only by 60 calories =)
  • Yoga 3 times per week  F – Didn’t get any Yoga in this week.
  • Water Zumba/Swimming one day per week  F – Didn’t get any swimming in.
  • Meditation 4 times per week  C – I got two days of meditation in.
  • Reflect on my goals every day  B – I reflected, more on what I wasn’t getting done.
  • Keep posting on my Blog and Facebook  B – I didn’t post every day.  I should checkin even when I’m not doing things so I can keep my spirits up.
  • One Hiking/Adventure per week  A –  Went up to the Gorge to watch the super blood moon lunar eclipse.
  • Lose one pound per week  D – I only lost .2 pounds this week, not shocking news based on my lack of achievements this week.

Week 12 Goals:

  • Get my energy back!  Pay more attention to myself and get better this week.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit.
  • Walk 8,000 steps per day this week to give myself a little break to feel better.
  • Yoga two times this week.
  • Meditation 4 times per week.
  • Reflect on my goals every day.
  • Keep posting on my Blog and Facebook.
  • One hiking/adventure day per week.
  • Lose 1 pound per week.

Okay, there you have it.  It hurt a little to have to write this, but I am glad I did and feel better for it.  I am going to get better, get my energy back and get back on track.  I’m not perfect, I’m going to fall once in a while and that is okay.  This process is helping me focus and hold myself accountable.  I got this.  Thank you everyone for sticking in there with me and reading my week 11 summary.  I need your support and kind words to keep me moving.  Love you guys!

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Week 10 Summary

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Phew!

It’s been a busy, exciting, challenging and crazy week!  I been dealing with some energy and pain issues, but I am still fighting the fight and feel like I packed a ton of things into this week.  I did not hit some of my goals, but I don’t feel horrible about it.  I still did a lot of stuff!  Lets break it down!

Lessons Learned this Week:

  • Just because I walked a 5k the week before this doesn’t automatically make the one this week easier.  Dumb assumption Marci!  I figured since I already had one under my belt, and the weather would be cooler that this would be a breeze.  WRONG!  At about the two mile mark, my upper back (of all places) completed cramped and seized up on me making it difficult to move or breath.  I had to stop a couple of times to stretch it out and was beginning to worry if I was going to make it to the finish line.  Well that thought started to completely piss me off after going so far already!  I sucked it up and did it, I made it across that freaking finish line!
  • Massage therapy!  My back was pretty sore and tight the day after the race, so I hit my friend, Tawny up for some massage loves.  That helped so much!  She even found some places where I didn’t realize I was hurting and fixed them up.  Thanks Tawny!

Week 10 Goals Check:

  • Stay Hydrated – A+  I have been drinking tons of water and tracking it in my app!
  • Walk 10,000 steps per day – C I really slacked off on this one.  I got in 10k only 4 days this week.  Yikes.  I need to improve on this stat!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit – A I came pretty close a couple of days this week, but I did it!
  • Altered Yoda 3 times per week – B I got two days of Yoga in there.  Found a new app that lets me pick my exercises to avoid irritating my injury.
  • Water Zumba on day per week – B I didn’t do water Zumba, but I did get to the pool and swam some laps.  I also threw in some hot tub and steam room time for the win!
  • Meditation 4 times per week – A Nailed it!
  • Reflect on my goals every day – A+  Last week I said I was going to come up with a different way to do this, and I did.  I totally revamped my vision board and had some fun with it.  I have even bigger plans for this in the future =)Week10
  • Keep posting on my Blog and Facebook – A+ I have so much fun with this.  You guys are great!
  • One hiking/adventure day this week – A++  I attended the Empire of the Sun Concert out at McMenamins Edgefield where I danced my ass off.  The following Sunday, I did the 5k Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure.  I annihilated this goal!
  • Lose 1 pound per week – A++  I lost 2.7 pounds this week!  AWESOME!!!  That is a total of 32.7 pounds gone!  *POOF!*

Week 11 Goals:

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Walk 10,000 steps per day.  Really Marci, you need to get on this one.  Do it!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit.
  • Yoga 3 times per week.
  • Water Zumba/Swimming one day per week.
  • Meditation 4 times per week.
  • Reflect on my goals every day using my mad, creative arts and crafts skills.  Have fun with it!
  • Keep posting on my Blog and Facebook.
  • One hiking/adventure day this week.
  • Lose 1 pound per week.

Week 10 summary complete!  As you can see, it was a mixed bag of accomplishments, but I feel like I did some awesome and fun things this week.  I keep my focus and move forward.  I will get those steps in this week and keep moving.  Thank you all for your support and holding me accountable.  This is truly working for me and has been mostly fun at the same time.  I couldn’t do this without you!  Thank you!

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Week 9 Summary

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Hello everyone!

I made it through week 9!  Man, that was a tough one.  I had to deal with some lack of sleep issue for a few days.  Got in some power house adventures and just all around craziness in general.  I didn’t hit some of my goals this week, but I still feel really good about what I did accomplish.  Here we go!

Lessons Learned this Week:

  • Walking a 5k wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  I think with the combination of heat, no shade and burning blacktop did not help the situation, but I did it!  I finished the Color Run (walk)!
  • I can enjoy my smoked, delicious meats on my long journey and still lose weight!  Thats right, I did a big cook last weekend and we ate baby back ribs for three nights.  Yum!
  • Getting of the train 1 stop early helps rack up those steps!  I started doing this on my way in, in the morning when its still on the cooler side.  Not too far and it helps wake me up.
  • Squirrels love to stop and pose for pictures.  On my morning walks to the train, I encounter squirrels practically every morning.  I have been taking snaps of their cuteness and sharing them with my friends.

Week 9 Goals Check:

  • Stay Hydrated – A++  I drank tons of water last week.  The only thing I need to do better here is making sure I am entering in the app to track it better.  I know I drank plenty tho.
  • Walk 10,000 Steps Per Day – B  I missed two days, I did make up for some of that on 5k walk day tho 😉
  • Maintain a 500-Calorie Per Day Deficit – A+  Feels so natural now and I ate some pretty awesome food this week.
  • Altered Yoga 3 Times Per Week – F  I didn’t even try.  No excused, I just didn’t do it.  The shame!
  • Water Zumba One Day Per Week – F  Nope, didn’t happen.  My bad!
  • Meditation 4 Times Per Week – A  Nailed it!
  • Reflect On My Goals Every Day – C  I didn’t check on my board that much this week, which is why I probably didn’t hit some of my goals.  I will get that straightened out.
  • Keep Posting On My Blog and Facebook – A++ This one is no problem.  You guys are so awesome!  I love all the likes and the support you provide.  Thank you!!!
  • One Hiking/Adventure Day This Week – A+  Totally nailed this one, I did a 5k with one of my best friends and went to the beach and walked on it for almost 2 miles with the hubs and my daughter.  Nice!
  • Lose 1 Pound Per Week – A!  I lost 1.1 pounds this week guys!  I have lost a total of 30 pounds now.  AWESOME!

Week 10 Goals:

  • Stay Hydrated.
  • Walk 10,000 steps per day.
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit while still enjoying delicious food.
  • Altered Yoga 3 times per week to avoid irritating my chest injury.
  • Water Zumba one day per week.
  • Meditation 4 times per week.
  • Reflect on my goals every day.  Think I’m going to come up with a different way to do this.
  • Keep posting on my Blog and Facebook.
  • One hiking/adventure day this week.
  • Lose 1 pound per week.

Okay, so I didn’t hit all of my goals, but as you can see, I still packed a lot in there.  This week is going to be a busy one too.  I have a concert on Friday, which will consist of lots of dancing.  I also have another 5k this weekend, Race for the Cure.  It’s going to be a very challenging week for me, but I know I can do it because you guys have my back!  I have to give a special shout out to Coni!  She stuck through that grueling sweaty 5k mess with me.  Thanks Coni, love you tons!

Well thats a wrap everyone!  Thank you checking in and reading my week 9 summary.  I really dig you guys!

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