Monday, May 7, 2012

TWLC3 Update - 5/7

It's Monday which means it's weigh-in day. I lost .4lbs from last week, which I am happy about since that's 10lbs lost so far, but also I don't feel like it's enough for the work that I have put it. I'm not giving up yet though.

I can only assume the problem is the fact I keep slipping up and eating chocolate, or that I'm not working out quite enough. I downloaded an app called "Streaks" mentioned by one of the TWLC3 members to help me stay on track (thanks Aims!) I made several calendars including water intake, AM workout, PM work out, didn't eat chocolate to name a few. Every day I do said task I get to check off that date. I took a couple screen shots. . .
I've been doing really well with water intake
I designated Friday as an off day for my PM
workout, hence the arrow, and this won't
break my streak
I kinda failed at sticking to my eating plan
for the majority of the week
I really like the app and definitely get some satisfaction from checking off the little box and watching my streaks grow. Anything to help me stay focused!

I had my mom measure me yesterday, for the second time. Most measurements were the same as two weeks ago (boo) but I lost 1.5 inches on my thighs, 1/2 an inch right underneath my bust and 1/2 an inch around my neck. I thought these were odd places to lose, but I'll take it!

I've also finalized my goal and reward system with some inspiration from Laura @ Becoming the Odd Duck =)

My weekly goals (for now) are:
  1. Drink 80 oz of water everyday
  2. PM workouts 6 days a week
  3. Stick to my eating plan 5-6 days a week
  4. Journal my food everyday
  5. AM workouts 4-5 days a week
  6. Push ups 15x 4 days a week
  7. Crunches 50x 4 days a week
  8. No chocolate, except on Friday
To keep myself focused I'm going to do mini rewards on a weekly basis, slightly bigger rewards on a montly basis, and pretty substantial rewards for weight loss. If I don't achieve 80% each week, and then again for the month overall, I don't get to shop at all unless I have hit a specific weight loss goal.

Some ideas for weekly rewards: cheap Kindle books, nail polish, drug store make-up item, earrings, something in the $5-$15 price range.  

Monthly rewards ideas: mani/pedi, new workout clothes, high end make-up item, small kitchen item, something in the $20-$40 price range.

Weight loss rewards: These are big and pricey. I want to give myself major incentives to get this job done. Any previously purchased items have either not been worn at all, or I have only been allowed to wear once.

170 - Diane von Furstenberg Sunglasses (previously purchased)
165 - Fitbit
160 - Enzo Angiolini shoes (previously purchased)
155 - Badgley Mischka shoes (previous purchased and this was a goal I set about a year ago :-/)
150 - iPad
145 - new clothes
140 - Louis Vuitton purse that I have been lusting after for about 5 years. No goal weight, no purse. I have to make it something I really, really want, or I just won't focus enough to make it happen.

I also made a display on a shelf in my closet of both pairs of shoes, the sunglasses, some undies from Victoria's Secret that I haven't let myself wear yet and a T-shirt I bought in February that is not very flattering right now so on a daily basis I see the things I'm working towards.

There are a couple "mantras" that I have been keeping in mind the past week, one of which comes from a fellow TWLC3-er:

* "I just have to remember that losing weight should be a side-effect to being healthy... not the other way around." 
- Alyssa

* Another one that I saw on Pinterest: "You can be sorry, or you can be sore."

* And two from the Tone It Up girls: "Change is uncomfortable" and "A piece of fruit never made anyone fat."

Here we go, week 4!!

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