Tuesday, July 9, 2013

40 Pound Challenge Week 4

Do you know your habits? Do you know what you revert to over time? Sometimes that 21 days to instill a habit cannot compete against YEARS of habit. And that is how week 4 went with me. I reverted back to old habits. I didn't stick to the great habits I was developing in week 2 and 3. And it showed this week on the scale. :-(

Here are my overall weekly goals:

increase my protein levels (approximately 79 g per day) 
eat approximately 1500 cals per day 
work out 3-4 days a week
Day 21/July 2, 2013
* Under in calories (-145)
* Over in protein (+10)
* 60 minutes on stationary bike

Day 22/July 3, 2013
* Did not count, surely over
* Did not count, surely under
* Missed workout because I forgot to pack pants for the gym

Day 23/July 4, 2013
* I did fine at the picnic I went too, it was the drive to and from that I did poorly (drive was 5 hours total)
* No workout

Day 24/July 5, 2013
* Planned cheat day
* No workout

Day 25/July 6, 2013
* Did not count, not perfect, but closer
* No workout

Day 26/July 7, 2013
* Under by about 100 calories
* At protein requirements (79)
* 30 minutes TRX
* 35 minutes treadmill, inclines

And last week's goals?
1.  KEEP FOOD/EXERCISE JOURNAL EVERY DAY Nope. Not even close. Two days total.
2. Be at 1500 calories 6 out of 7 days. Two days. The days I tracked.
3. Reach 70 g of protein 3 days out of 7 days I got 2 out of 3 days. Not bad considering the two days were actually over that.
4. Workout 4 out of 7 days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Monday) I managed Tuesday and Monday. I would have gotten Wednesday if I hadn't forgotten my workout pants...
5. Lose weight. Nope. Sad.

Rather than losing this week, I gained. I knew it was coming. This week I am up 2 pounds from last week. I'm happy it's not more, which I honestly anticipated it would be. I can come back from this. I will not allow week 4 to drag into week 5, week 6, week 7, etc. One bad week does not define my challenge! Onward and downward!
Goals for this coming week:
2. Be at 1500 calories 6 out of 7 days.
3. Reach 70 g of protein 3 days out of 7 days
4. Workout 4 our of 7 days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Monday)
5. Lose weight.
Might as well go for the same ones from last week since I didn't reach them. This week I will reach them!


  1. Those are great attainable goals! I'm sorry this last week didn't turn out as planned, but you have a great attitude moving forward into this next week!

    1. Thank you! I'm working on staying positive as I have a tendency to skew negative. Hoping the positive attitude allows last week's poor showing to roll off my back and not take hold. :-)