This week is the last week I’ll be doing “measure-in Mondays”. No, I’m not going to stop tracking my progress, but I AM switching from measuring on Monday to measuring on Friday!
My husband brought up a really good point on tracking progress, and how the weekend may come with some bloat (I’m terrible at tracking my water which tends to result in bloating).
Since today is Friday – and officially the last day of Summer, woohoo, bring on pumpkin flavored everything – it’s time to measure! The past three weeks I’ve seen an overall loss of 2.5 inches. Since Monday, I’ve seen a loss of 1/2 an inch.
My Fall quarterly goal (September/October/November) was to lose 2 inches around my hips, and I’m half of an inch from meeting that goal. It’s not even October yet!
Keep in mind, I haven’t really restricted anything except for not eating Taco Bell at the frequency I had been, which was twice or thrice a month. I also don’t generally eat red meat, but I had steak last week and I had regular bacon yesterday morning.
I’m also getting at least 6 hours of sleep at night, I’ve been doing stretches in the morning and evening, I’m tracking my water and meeting that goal almost every single day, and I’ve removed a lot of stressors that prevented me from losing fat this past summer.
It’s a slow process, but it is still going! Thank you for all of you who have stuck by me on this journey, and have an amazing weekend!
I wrote an extensive blog post on tumblr about how I was feeling during this month. It’s a little convoluted but check it out if you’d like. To summarize: February has felt very disorganized and unfocused. I don’t feel like I accomplished as much as I thought I would and I think I was unprepared, but on the plus side I gained muscle and lost fat at a steady pace which is exactly what I wanted!
I had a few really good outdoor runs this month and I’ve decided that March’s fitness goals are going to be centered around running. March will also be centered around mental health!
I definitely did NOT follow my nutrition or fitness rules. I danced quite a bit and learned some fun booty moves, but I didn’t manage outdoor runs twice a week. I drank alcohol twice this month as well and went 6 out of the 7 first days without caffeine. Despite all that I still managed to have an overall loss.
- Running outside twice a week
- Abs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- No alcohol or beverages with calories
No red meat
- Caffeine free the first seven days
- Eat fish twice a week
I’m proud to say that other than a mishap with a restaurant order, I stayed completely away from red meat! This transition is difficult, but definitely doable. Next month I’ll have a bit more in terms of what I can and can’t eat, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what!
My morning back pain isn’t as bad these days either. I had to sleep with a pillow between my knees a couple times this month but other than that and just feeling stiff in the morning, it’s been improving! I also feel a bit stronger in my arms, which is fantastic! I badly want to have visibly muscular arms!
The first pic is from February 15th, the second was from a few days ago! All aboard the gain train, am I right?
Thus far, February hasn’t been 100%, but it’s nearly over and tomorrow is a new day, a new start! Get ready, guys. Tomorrow’s post should be a blast!
In addition to doing my youtube videos, I’ll be posting with a little more depth into my journey. So hold onto your pants guys, this should be very interesting and entertaining.
This past week has been a rough one. I lost a friend who apparently never had any interest in us even being friends in the first place and befriended me to try and screw up my relationship (not realizing how honest my significant other is with me… about everything, literally). I can delve into that a little bit deeper, but until I have a moment to organize my thoughts on that, I’m letting it sit and stew in the corner.
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