It’s time to start up again…


We’ve been back from our honeymoon for a week, and it’s time I started back up on my weight loss journey. I’ve finished my  program with my dietitian, and it’s time for me to put everything I learned to use. I’m blogging about it to keep me accountable. My goal is a 5 lb loss by May 31st (although my big goal would be to lose 7 lbs as I’ve gained about 6 or 7 in the last month). I’m going to lose it by doing the following:

  • logging all my food on my journal
    • week 1: just log it all!
    • week 2: week 1 goal AND eat 4 servings of vegetables daily
    • week 3: week 1 + 2 goals AND stick to allotted servings
    • week 4: week 1-3 goals AND no sweets!
  • running 3-4 times a week:
    • one long run 60-90 minutes
    • two to three 30-45 minute runs
  • cross training twice a week (whatever, just get it done!)
  • drinking at least 6 glasses of water daily (I’ve been slacking with the water as well)

This month, I will also talk to my doctor about my heat/cold-induced asthma — now that the weather is heating up, I will need it again.

Do you make monthly goals? How does it work for you?


Week 2 : Shrinking Jeans New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge


So we wrapped up week 2, and I had a 3 lb loss!! I spent a lot of the week sick, so as you will see from the bits of the report below, I didn’t have a lot of activity except for the half marathon and the recovery quality workout on Tuesday. I did, however, log all my food, and for the most part, I remained under my calorie budget.

What worked this week:

  • drinking lots of liquids
  • getting lots of rest
  •  having friends to run the half marathon with.. right off the bat, one said “it’s just a long run with a bunch of people”
  • talking to my sister (my teammate)

Proud Moment

One proud moment this challenge so far was running the 3M Half Marathon while I still had a cold. I didn’t know if I had it in me.. walking around the house left me exhausted. I emailed my coach, who told me take to some DayQuil and said ” it won’t be as fun or easy but you could definitely get the work done because of your strength.” Except it was fun, and not as hard as I expected it to be. I was super proud of my legs for powering through the last mile and a bit, and achieving my PR!

My shiny medal

My shiny medal

Here are a few of the stats from my BodyMedia armband

Calorie Consumption - Week 2

Protein was low because of all the chicken noodle soup, toast, and orange juice consumed

Physical Activity per Day - Week 2

Lots and lots of rest…

Calorie Balance By Day - Week 2

6/7 days is pretty good…

What I’ll do differently next week:

  • Get all my workouts in — luckily this is a recovery week from the half marathon :D
  • Get more fruits and vegetables in
  • Eat more protein

If you’re doing a challenge or working on your New Year’s Resolutions, how did you do this week?

Week 1 : Shrinking Jeans New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge


The first week of the challenge FLEW by… I can’t believe we just had our first weigh-in yesterday.

In the first week, I lost 2 lbs, which I was very pleased with.

What contributed to my success this week:

  • having roasted vegetables on hand – I have a really hard time adding vegetables to my meals, so just being able to heat them up was fantastic
  • having a snack or two in my purse for when I was running errands. Sometimes errands took longer than expected, and I was glad when I got hungry
  • using a Camelbak glass bottle to monitor my water intake. It’s a lot easier to fill that up a few times a day, rather than trying to count at least 8 glasses of water
  • tracking my calorie intake on MyFitnessPal
  • talking to my sister about our struggles
  • having my running buddies to keep me motivated to do my runs, especially when I was tired or it was raining

Here are a few of the stats from my BodyMedia armband

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Calorie Balance Per Day

My goals for Week 2:

  • Log all my food intake
  • Try to do as many workouts as I can… I got a cold yesterday, which I’m fighting very hard since we’re only 3 days away from the 3M Half Marathon
  • Drink lots and lots of fluids
  • Complete the 3M Half Marathon on Sunday, preferably under 2:30, but if I’m flexible, especially if I’m still not feeling well

Do you make goals for each week?

If you’re part of the New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge, how was your first week?

2013: Shrinking Jeans Challenge – Goals

This year was the first time I didn’t go home for Christmas, so I missed on some serious sister bonding time. Even though we were apart, my sister, Diana, and I chatted on the phone and we texted when we could. A couple of days after Christmas, Diana texted me and asked if I wanted to do the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans New Year’s Weight Loss challenge, not knowing what the challenge would involve.

Since September, I’ve been having issues staying on the healthy eating wagon and as a result, gained about 10 lbs. That’s a lot! I’m sure some of it was water weight, but still… I felt I needed to get back to it. So I told her I would love to join the challenge, and we signed up as partners.


On New Year’s Day, we submitted our weights and decided to count calories using My Fitness Pal (my username is CeciliaHearts).

In preparation for the challenge, I wanted to try something new in this weight loss journey, so I did a little bit of research and decided to get a BodyMedia Wireless Link Armband to help me track my steps, calories burned, and calorie deficit. I went to Target to pick it up, and was pleasantly surprised that it was on sale!!

BodyMedia Link ArmbandThe reason I bought the Bluetooth version is that I can check my stats any time on my iPhone!

Bodymedia iPhone app

The next step was to come up with some goals for the next 8 weeks.

My goal is to lose 8 lbs in the next 8 weeks. I will do this by

  • wearing my BodyMedia armband up to 23 hours a day, every day
  • logging all my meals, snacks, bites, etc. using My Fitness Pal and having a calorie deficit of 300-500 calories a day
  • following my half marathon training to a T (including Cross Training on Wednesdays) which will take me to February 17th.
  • The last 2 weeks of the challenge will be filled with 3-4 classes at the new gym, either Krav Maga or AMPD, and Pilates and/or Yoga.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water (64 oz / 2L) a day

Our weigh-ins are on Wednesdays, and I’ll be blogging updates on Thursdays.

What are some of your goals for the new year?

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