08 June 2009

Weight Loss Weekly

A breakthrough, Hooray!

Weight loss weekly is a weekly collaboration between me and two other bloggers who are also trying to lose weight.  Join us every Monday as we discuss tips and strategies and well as our highs and lows on our weight loss journeys.

A few weeks ago, the girls and I decided to take Weight Loss Weekly in a slightly different direction by setting weekly goals for ourselves as a way to hold ourselves more accountable.  We decided to focus for the first month or so on exercise.  For the first two weeks, I was STRUGGLING to meet my exercise goals (I did it, but it was solely because I knew I had to post my results.  There was lots and lots of grumbling each exercise day)  However, this week, I finally had a breakthrough.  Hooray!

My goal was to walk for 20 minutes, 4 times this week, do 10 modified push-ups on walking days and also to start the first week of the 200 sit-ups program.  Let me tell you, I was a little intimidated setting my goal last week.  Mainly I was afraid of the sit-ups and muscle soreness.  However, I persevered and not only met my goals, but exceeded them!

I walked 6 mornings this week!  Three 20 minute walks, and three 30 minute walks.  I exceeded my push-up goal as well doing 2 sets of 10 modified push-ups on two of the walking days.  I also completed week 1 of the 200 sit-ups program.  I did indeed have muscle soreness in my abs, but by the end of the week, it didn't seem so bad!  I did it, and without too much morning grumbling.  A breakthrough!  Hooray!

This week, I plan on increasing my workout goals by walking for 30 minutes 4 days this week.  I also plan on doing 2 sets of 10 push-ups  three days this week.  As for my sit-ups, I plan on repeating Week 1 of the 200 sit-ups program as I don't feel comfortable moving on and I think I started on a level that was too high for me.  I can feel myself getting stronger, but I am not ready to increase the repetitions yet.  Are you up for joining me?  Just e-mail me at joiecancook(at)gmail(dot)com and we can walk virtually together!



Sunny is out of town this week (hopefully keeping up with her exercise goals!) so it is just Bernie and me.  Check out what Bernie has to say, then pop over to her site to give her some encouragement!

"This week was definitely harder, and it's got me wondering if every day exercise is too much?" read more at Yo-yo No More

21 comments:

Jenn said...

That's so awesome!!!! I'm so happy for you!! Keep up the awesome work.

Cathy said...

Congrats on all the exercise! Makes you feel great doesn't it?

Robin Sue said...

Hurray for making and surpassing your goals. I NEED to start but I am so out of touch with it all. Now the kids will be home which makes it all harder to do. You are an encouragement to us all!

Angie's Recipes said...

6 mornings! Amazing how much you have already achieved.... I would very likely give up 2nd day...

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Keep up the good work. It's sure easy to come up with excuses for walking as the weather gets warmer (at least for me it is).
Sam

Calm In The Kitchen said...

Great job!

Trish said...

You go girl! Exercise is just the hardest part of weight loss, n'est pas? For me it is that is for sure! But one can see results that much quicker when does committ to it....ah...where is my exercise ball?!

Vij said...

Hi joie
Count me in! well I am planning to start with South Beach Diet, will lend them from my local library and gonna start with phase 1 pretty soon. Do u have any suggestions?

Patricia @ Brownies for Dinner said...

I tried the 200 situp challenge but fell off the horse. I may have to start it again. You've inspired me. Good luck and keep it up!

5 Star Foodie said...

Great job!

Maris said...

Congrats! I always feel a million times better when I exercise and these are great goals for you!

Reeni♥ said...

Yay!! Your doing so awesome!!! I am doing quite well with my exercising, too. Am back in a pretty set routine. Good luck this week!!

Berni at Yo-yonomore said...

Woohoo, sounds like you are really hitting your stride.
You've inspired me to start the sit-ups too. Can't wait to see how you go this week :)

Sunny said...

wow, i'm impressed, it sounds like you're doing great! all your hard work is going to pay off!!

Sophie said...

Wow,...you reahed it!! Well done, my friend!! Keep up with the good work,...Hey , hang in there,...!!

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

I applaud you for your dedication! You know a person's body gets used to exercise when done regularly. Good job! We have a virtual walk thing at work which is called GCC (Global Corporate Challenge) and the goal is 10,000 steps a day! It's a great motivation for exercise!

alwayswinner786 said...

Keep it up.
All the best.

Lori Lynn said...

Hooray for you Amanda!
We're cheering for you!
LL

Dragon said...

Way to go!

Kat said...

congrats on sticking with the plan. Are you doing regular sit-ups? I've read that they're actually not that good for you, too much stress on the neck and they can end up making your stomach look like a pouch. The 'good ones' are also much easier to do. You can find tips form Core program's abs exercises or from pilates (pilates ones aren't easy to do for a beginner, but they really do work).

Sarah said...

Congrats, exercise is definately a big part of a healthy life style!

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