90 Day Challenge: Not an overnight success, and that’s okay

Week 2

Ok, so I confess, this isn’t going to be easy.

Even on week one, while I was crazy motivated, life can get in the way. Sure, I could beat myself up in this blog post (and a former me probably would have), but I’m not going to. Rather, I’m going to be honest about the week and celebrate the successes.

Diet changes yield instant results

First, I committed to not eating bread or baked goods, and to cutting out refined sugar. I also committed to track my food and aim to eat more lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables. And I have to say, I did pretty well! I journaled my food, as well as notes about what was going on that day. I did eat more fruits and vegetables, though I am still working on the lean proteins (unfortunately, chicken fingers are much quicker to cook for a busy family with a 3yo than chicken breasts–must plan ahead!).

I did not eat one piece of bread in the week, nor a doughnut or baked good from my “coffee shop office”. And this change has had the biggest effect so far, I believe. Stopping eating bread coincided with a 3.6 lb loss this week. Though I did track food (and stick to my Weight Watchers points target), I have never lost 3.6 in one week before. This is huge motivation to continue to give up the bread and eat less processed food.

[And as an aside, Weight Watchers works well for me when I stick to it, but I don’t have time to attend regular meetings, unfortunately, not with baby napping twice a day, work, working out, running my eldest to preschool, day home and swimming lessons. But I do use the tools to help me manage food.]

So I will stick to the food goals I set out in the first week and will see what continues to happen.

Finding an exercise routine in a life without one

When I worked a 9 to 5 job and didn’t have children, creating time for other activities was normally as easy as just scheduling it in. But my life now involves putting children and their routines first, working around them and my clients’ schedules, then trying to fit the rest in. I don’t work full time hours during work days any more, but rather spread it out over days, evenings and weekends–days tend to blur together in a juggling act of work, kids, housework and exercise (it’s all starting to gel though, thank goodness!)

This week, some days it wouldn’t be until 8:30 pm when I’d manage to fit some exercise in; other days I managed to get a 10-minute workout done by 9:00 am. But I think developing a routine schedule is part of what September is all about, as kids go back to school and “normality” resumes. In our house, school is only just beginning, so it’s going to take some getting used to. Unfortunately, this meant that I didn’t fit all of my 10-minute workouts in, and on days when I did other activities, to be quite honest, I was just too darn tired to pick up that weight.

So, I am committing this week to trying to establish a better routine for the 10-minute workouts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon or evening. I made a mistake in my understanding of what Chris was asking for at first too. He wanted me to aim to do the 10-minute workout twice a day (I’d thought three initially), so I am tweaking my exercise goal for the remainder of the challenge:

Exercise goal for 90 days: 20-60 minutes of activity, six days a week

Here is what I actually accomplished this week:

Day 1 – Blitz workout with Chris
Day 2 – 2 x 10 minute workout
Day 3 – Rest day (legs were killing me from Day 1!)
Day 4 – 30 minutes on elliptical; 15 minutes on recumbent bike; 1 x 15-minute workout (and a 20 minute walk with my girls and time at the park)
Day 5 – 60 minutes of hot yoga
Day 6 – 1 x 10-minute workout
Day 7 – 1 x 10-minute workout

As you can see, there is room to improve. But you can also see coinciding with the 3.6 lb loss this week were days when I at least elevated my heart rate for 10 minutes. In addition to these workouts, I also spent a lot of time packing up our house, as we’re having it painted this week and hope to put it on the market by the end of the month. So life is busy!

Starting weight: 211 lbs (size 14/16)

Current weight: 207.4 lbs (my pre-pregnancy weight was 208.0, so you can imagine how happy I am to finally break through that!)

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Comments

  1. Awesome job! I can empathize with many of your challenges. Keep,up the good work and I look forward to your next post.

    • Thank Vaughn! I know I’m not alone in my life of multiple demands and many hats. I hope others see through my challenge how important it is to put yourself (and your health) first sometimes.

  2. Great job! It is hard to schedule exercise in when there are so many other things that we prioritize before our gym time. I like how you kept up with the exercise even though it was tough!

    • Thank you Miranda! I keep thinking (hoping? praying?) that life will slow down a little. But we’re trying to move house during harvest (my husband farms part time), so I’m not sure what we were thinking! I am doing my best. Thank you for your encouragement!

  3. Woot! Yay for loss and pre-pregnancy weight busting. Changing eating habits is so hard but it really works. I think it’s more important than the exercise in weight loss (but that’s important too, especially for overall health). It was when I changed my eating habits a few years ago that I dropped the weight I wanted to, and once I had switched it was pretty easy to stick with it. Cheering for you!

    • Thank you dear friend! It’s really tough to stick to it every day. But it’s breaking a very long standing habit of eating the wrong things. My goal is more good days than bad ones.

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