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Health Update #5 – Crystal Light Challenge and 10 Pound Challenge Update

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As I told you all towards the end of November 2011, I am posting updates twice a month here to keep me accountable for the $1200 a year for fitness that we are spending on Weight Watchers and our gym memberships. Yep, I am using you as my accountability partners whether you signed up for it or not, hahaha. I’m posting on the weekday closest to the 15th and last day of each month. Here is how I did for the past couple of weeks.

My Update for January 29th through February 11th, 2012

I was a little better than the two weeks before.  I wasn’t perfect but I am getting back into the habit of logging all of my food points into Weight Watchers and Mr. BFS and I are slowly hitting the gym more as well.  Here were my results.

Weight Watchers

I was getting 29 food points a day and 49 weekly points to use as I wished on food each week, so 252 total points. So, I am aiming for 250 food points or less a week from here on out. I have to use a minimum of 182 or I’d be physically starving my body – that wouldn’t be a healthy diet at all. Let’s see how I did:

Week of January 29 – February 4, 2012:

Sunday – 49 points
Monday – 31 points
Tuesday – 26 points
Wednesday – 47 points
Thursday – 27 points
Friday – 35 points
Saturday – 38 points

Total Weekly Points Used: 253 Points – Oops

Week of February 5 – February 11, 2012:

Sunday – 56 points (Superbowl)
Monday – 31 points
Tuesday – 33 points
Wednesday – 38 points
Thursday – 26 points
Friday – 43 points
Saturday – 45 points

Total Weekly Points Used: 272 Points – Crap!

I am happy I am tracking my points again, but I do need to dig in again to hit 250 points or less every week.

Gym Attendance

I set the goal to go to the gym at least 3 times a week when we signed up. I also have a bowling league Thursday nights and walk the neighborhood once in a while as well, but this is just about my gym attendance. Let’s see how I did.

Week of January 29 – February 4, 2012:

Sunday – Nope
Monday – Racquetball for 60 minutes
Tuesday – Nope
Wednesday – Racquetball for 45 minutes
Thursday – Nope
Friday – Racquetball for 60 minutes
Saturday – Nope

Total Weekly Times at the Gym: 3 times – Yay!

Week of February 5 – February 11, 2012:

Sunday – Nope
Monday – Nope
Tuesday – Nope
Wednesday – Treadmill for 40 minutes
Thursday – Nope
Friday – Nope
Saturday – Nope

Total Weekly Times at the Gym: 1 time – Awww, poop.

One out of two isn’t bad bud I now need to pick up the pace to hit my goal to exercise at least 150 times this year.

Weight Goals

Other than the diet and exercise goals mentioned above, here are some weight goals for 2012:

  • Weigh 145 pounds by April 9th, 2012 for the 10-pound Challenge I joined.  I am still at 156.8, so obviously, I am not there yet…
  • Weigh 135 pounds by December 31st, 2012.

I started at 155.6 pounds on November 28, 2011, was up to 159 after the holidays, have been at the low of 154 since then, and am currently weighing in at 156.8 pounds…again.  I am dead-on where I was 2 weeks ago. Not cool. My next update will have me down at least 2 pounds.  You can count on it.

How did you do on your fitness goals?

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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16 thoughts on “Health Update #5 – Crystal Light Challenge and 10 Pound Challenge Update

  1. I’ve been trying to lose 10lbs for about 5 years now, but it has been hard to commit to a gym routine with my work schedule. I get up at 5:30 and by the time I get home at 6PM, I am eating dinner with the kids, putting them to bed, then going to sleep.

    I try to balance it by eating relatively healthy and not snacking, but I haven’t lost the weight.

  2. I know you’ve got the tenacity to get it done. Once it bothers you enough, it will get done. I saw the results last year.

    I’ve been doing pretty well since the beginning of the year, getting in 5-6 workouts a week. I’m getting ready for my 5-mile race next month and then after that a half-marathon in October. Needed something to train for to keep me motivated.

  3. My husband and I have been using Weight Watchers Points+ since 12/27 and I have lost 12 pounds. I started at 147 and now am 135. My advice is to stick to your points! For the most part, fruits and veggies are zero, so fill up on those. I eat two-three bananas a day and usually snack on watermelon while cooking dinner. I also eat WW ice cream for dessert (the 2 and 4 point variety). I am alloted 26 points a day and track everything on my phone. Maybe you should think about each day individually and not think of it as “250 points a week”. Each day is a fresh start. Hope this helps.

  4. Just got to keep at it Crystal. You are doing great. I’m in the process of trying to dump a bunch of weight. The past few days a few things just clicked and the weight started coming off. Once you see a few pounds drop it will build your confidence that it is going in the right direction. I know it did for me. I don’t care what anyone says your mindset is a huge factor in reaching your goals. When you are discouraged or even mentally tired it is a lot easier to relax and not work at it.

    All the best


  5. I haven’t been able to exercise for the last 4 weeks because of the pinched nerve. Have I gained weight? I think so, but I didn’t weigh myself. My pants feel okay, but I think I gained weight. One thing I learned, it is very hard if not impossible to maintain your weight without regular exercise. My doctor prescribed something to reduce the inflamation and I hope to go riding this weekend. At least the pain is almost gone.

  6. Just keep on working hard Crystal and you will reach your goals before you know it!

    I have found that I exercise more when I have to. (Like physcial therapy.) Maybe schedule exercise into your day and make it a binding commitment if you find you aren’t meeting your exercise goals?

    Just a thought.

  7. Good for you for working toward your goals! It’s not easy, but I’ve found that recruiting a friend is key. It’s easy to skip going to the gym – but it’s harder to call your friend, make up a lame excuse, and cancel.

    PS – Remember your tweet about signing up to give a talk at the Financial Blogger conference? It inspired me to write a guest post on how to give a great conference presentation. Here it is!

  8. A healthy competition with my wife has kept us on track to a healthy lifestyle. We had a simple goal of walking/running 1000 miles in a year. It’s a fun & easy competition.

  9. I sympathize! I’ve been chasing the same five pounds for over a year. Drives me crazy! Keep working on the gym, exercise helps so much. 🙂

    My triathlon training kicked off a couple weeks ago, so I’m working out six days a week – finding time is the big challenge now!

  10. Doing ok – sticking with 2 to 3 times a week at the gym, and have finally lost a few more pounds (really really trying to cut out sweets!). I know you’ll get there Crystal. Your routine is still probably out of whack, and you just need time to get back on track.

  11. Don’t feel so bad about not completing your goals. At least you can recognize where you have done wrong so you can do much better later on!! Good luck 🙂

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