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Health Update #6 – Crystal Light Challenge

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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 February 12th through February 25th, 2012

I was really good the first week and pretty lazy the second week as far as exercise goes.  BUT, I lost weight!  Yay!  Here were my results.

Weight Watchers

I was getting 29 food points a day (now 26) 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 February 12 – February 18, 2012:

Sunday – 26 points
Monday – 36 points
Tuesday – 26 points
Wednesday – 34 points
Thursday – 26 points
Friday – 42 points
Saturday – 31 points

Total Weekly Points Used: 221 Points – WOOT!!!

Week of February 19 – February 25, 2012:

Sunday – 35 points
Monday – 36 points
Tuesday – 30 points
Wednesday – 26 points
Thursday – 34 points
Friday – 33 points
Saturday – 35 points

Total Weekly Points Used: 229 Points – Yay again!

I did it!!!  I am back on the Weight Watcher Points Plus Program 100%!!!  🙂

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 February 12 – February 18, 2012:

Sunday – Nope
Monday – Nope
Tuesday – Racquetball for 50 minutes
Wednesday – Nope
Thursday – Racquetball for 60 minutes
Friday – Nope
Saturday – Racquetball for 40 minutes

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

Week of February 19 – February 25, 2012:

Sunday – Nope
Monday – Nope
Tuesday – Nope
Wednesday – Nope
Thursday – Nope
Friday – Nope
Saturday – Nope

Total Weekly Times at the Gym: 0 times – Boogers.  Yeah, I sucked.

One out of two isn’t bad but I will never hit my goal of exercising 150 times this year if I don’t pick up the pace!!!

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.
  • 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, weighed 156.8 pounds last week, and now…I am at 153.2!!!  Yay, 3 month low!  I promised you a loss of at least 2 pounds over the last two weeks in my last update, and I am down 3.6 pounds!!!  This accountability thing really works!!! 

That said, my next update will have me down at least 2 more pounds – so 151.2 or less.  Let’s see if peer pressure can work its magic again.  😉

How did you do on your fitness goals?



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27 thoughts on “Health Update #6 – Crystal Light Challenge

  1. I actually set a goal to loose 5 pounds last year. I ended up loosing 3 pounds doing the insanity work out. It really is insane!

    This year I’ve been slacking off! I’ve gotta get back into it.




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  2. Glad to see you’ve made progress, Crystal! I finished Insanity last month, which was the main part of my goal. I didn’t get down to the weight I had hoped, but I think I gained muscle and I’m definitely in overall better shape now.




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  3. You’re doing great! I’ve been trying to lose 10lbs for the past 10 years. I commute to work 3+ hours a day (1.5 hours each way). I come home to a wife and 2 young kids who need to be fed, bathed, and put to bed. I’m pooped by the end of the day.

    Any ideas on how to find the time to work out?




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  4. You are doing great Crystal!! I can’t imagine weighing 153. I’d be a stick figure! BUT I’ve been working on this myself. I started my 30% Off challenge earlier this month and I’m down a couple of pounds just from cutting out Coke. I’ve been working out the past week or so and I’m loving it.

    Keep up the great work!




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  5. I got injured and have been slacking off getting back to n exercising but I’ve been OK w/ diet, so I’ve dropped a few LBs.

    @Iam1% – I have a similar setup (but w/ half the commute). I joined CrossFit and once I go a few times in a row it’s addicting (and cultish). It’s all classes so you’re in and out in an hour that you can “set.” I’d definitely look into that (maybe before work). While it’s not “found” time, it’s “set” time and a really motivating workout.




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  6. @Shondell, people keep mentioning Insanity but it takes way more will power than I have right now…

    @Daisy, feel free to jump back on with our little group! A bunch of people declared their annual goal here to start with and check back in every 2 weeks with these updates. 🙂

    @Jeffrey, it is hard to lose weight when gaining muscle, so yay for completing the program!

    @1 Percent, when I was working 3 jobs in college and taking 18 hours of classes in 2004 and 2005, I walked or rollerbladed at lunch and rollerbladed all over campus. Later, in 2010 and 2011 when I was trying to get down from weighing 180 pounds, I walked my job’s back parking lot for 20 minutes at lunch, walked the stairs for 5-10 minutes, and used the other 30 minutes to eat what I packed. So maybe doing the stairs at lunch would be the way for you?

    @Jessica, I am much shorter than you, lol. At least, from what I saw at FINCON11. I am 5’2″. So 153 looks healthy but I think my “OMG” weight would be 135 – anything less would make me look sick. I know I looked dang good for the month last year that I was at 145-150, so that would be fine for me too, but I think I need to aim for 135-140 to leave myself room to eat as much as I want during the holidays. 🙂

    @Nick, injuries suck. Yay for staying on track with a diet. 🙂




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  7. I start P90x today. We’re going rafting with a large group of people in July, so my goal is to have a rockin bod by then. The nutrition aspect of the program is the hardest, but probably the most important part, because it limits my calorie intake but also makes me think about what I’m eating. In all honesty I have splurged over the last week knowing this would happen. Oh, and I’m not measuring my success with pounds. We’re actually taking body fat percentage and inch measurements.




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  8. @Andi, with a program that builds muscle, calculating success by body fat % is just smart. 🙂 Good luck on being super in shape for rafting!

    I want to stay in the 135-150 pound range for several reasons – the boring one is simply health. I am healthier now than I was at 180. The more girly one is that I love feeling sexy around Mr. BFS.

    But the most catty one is that I want to stay better looking than several people I am forced to see on a pretty regular basis that I actually don’t like much at all…yep, a few of the women and men in certain social groups annoy me and I found out that me losing weight annoyed them, so hahaha, I lost 20+ pounds. Yep, I have a catty streak. I am usually not proud of it at all but this time it pressured me into something good. 🙂




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  9. Your very courageous for posting all of your eating and exercise habits on the blog for everyone to see, but like you said, it helps keep you motivated. I am impressed by the points your sticking to each week, you must feel better and better about yourself not only for the weight your losing, but for making your investment in a weight loss program a good one. Keep it up!




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  10. Even with a week break, you still sound like you’re doing a great job! I slacked off over the weekend – and even the previous week didn’t do as well as I wanted. But I went back to the gym yesterday and I’m hoping to make it tomorrow also.




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  11. I haven’t exercised in 5-6 weeks thanks to that pinched nerve. I am trying unsuccessfully to hold my weight down. You see exercise (activity) is very important to staying healthy. I am hoping to get back to it soon. Exercise in weight loss is even more important because it builds muscle and increases your metabolism.




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  12. I’m trying out the Beach Body Power 90 bootcamp. I didn’t want to drop a lot of dough on it, so I bought the VHS tapes (yes I still have a working player!). There are 5 tapes in the package, 1 for beginning cardio circuit and abs, 1 for beginning sculpt (weight work and push ups mostly), 1 for advanced cardio circuit and abs, 1 for advanced sculpt and then they repeat the abs in a sep. tape. You are supposed to start light and work up. The two beginning routines are 1/2 hour each.

    Since I am used to doing at least an hour of structured exercise, I add 20 – 30 minutes in front of the tapes. It helps my old body warm up.

    The sculpt is pretty easy for me, except the darn push ups. The cardio is pretty intense – really gets my heart rate up.

    I already did one called Slim in 6 so I thought I was in pretty good shape (even though I certainly can drop a few pounds). These Power 90 are just different. I think I will be able to move on up to the next level in a couple of weeks (this is my second week of doing them).

    Sorry for the ramble….




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  13. Great job, Crystal. 🙂 I always feel crappy when I skip exercising and then it gets easier to keep putting it off.

    My goal for February was to lose 6 pounds, I think I’m close, but I won’t know for sure until tomorrow. I’ve been skipping exercise quite a few days this month and haven’t been as wise with choosing healthy foods, so we’ll see.




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  14. Hey Crystal, I know losing weight isn’t easy, but congratulations on losing so much, even just in the last couple of weeks. That’s exciting!

    I lost 30 pounds last year and would like to lose another 20 this year. For the first 2 months I’ve just been maintaining my loss but I need to get strict again.




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  15. I need to start working out on a regular basis. I really suck at it. And of course I gained weight because I was indulging on cakes and torts (no kidding!) So I decided that if I choose something that keeps me going to the gym, I can pull it off. Since I like running, I will stick with it for now and see what what happens.
    Congrats on loosing two pounds! Also, I have a huge respect for you to sticking to the points. I never could.




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  16. nice work on the 3.6 pounds! I’ve been slackalackin on working out lately; it’s hard to get the motivation back when you haven’t worked out in awhile. We’re going to be 100% DEBT FREE this month after our last student loan payment, so I was planning on getting a membership to the gym I love that has the Body Pump group fitness class. Lucky for me, they came out with a Groupon and I got 3 months for the price of one! I won’t have to get a membership for 3 more months now. I’m excited to be excited to work out again!




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  17. That’s fantastic Crystal! While exercise is definitely important, for me, I’ve also found really watching what I eat has had a bigger impact on losing weight. I’ve lost 6 pounds in the previous three weeks, but fell off the wagon this week, so I’ll be lucky if I’m not up!




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  18. Great job!! When I diet, I count calories and exercise. I found an app on the iPad that’s awesome, and I’m actually still using it through pregnancy to make sure I don’t gain too much.




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  19. Awesome Crystal! I love these updates. I’ve been slacking. My back went out on me and had me laid up for a few weeks. I’m amazed how much inertia takes over. Like Newtons said, ‘a body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest’.
    Are you eating healthier? My only complaint about Weight Watchers is that the focus is on points and not ‘what’ you are eating. Has that changed? Out of all the plans I do feel WW has the highest success rate long term.




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  20. @Kelly, thanks!

    @Young Professional Finances, did you make it back to the gym like you thought? I was bad over the weekend but will head over to the gym today for sure.

    @krantcents, good luck with the pinched nerve!

    @Marie, no apologies necessary! Good luck with the new set of tapes!

    @Jeff, thanks!

    @Jen, soooooo, how did you do?

    @Tackling Our Debt, I was just messing around and maintaining for most of January, so I really needed to buckle down again too.

    @Aloysa, good luck with the running!

    @Jessica, yay for the Groupon. And double yay for dedt freedom!!!

    @Charlotte, thanks!

    @Kris, wow, good luck with the next 19 weeks!!!

    @Ellen, yeah, I gained a tiny bit back last week but I think it was just the normal fluxes…we’ll see the overall results this coming Sunday…

    @Christa, if I ever am pregnant, I would eat whatever I want, so you are a stronger woman than me. Good luck!

    @Molly, Weight Watchers Online has whole sections of the point tracker program to keep up with the health stuff of dieting like portions of dairy, fruit and veggies, meat, etc. Although it boils down to “eat x points a day”, they do try to emphasize eating healthy – they just leave it up to you whether you listen or not. 🙂 Oh, and 99% of the 0 point foods are fruits and green veggies, so that really pushes people to eat healthier options…I ate a banana and 2 apples over a period of 5 hours yesterday just because I was craving sugar but didn’t want to go too far over my daily points on the first day of the week.




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