Week 13: Wow, Holy Cow!

Quote of the Week: "Don't wait until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of each step you take toward reaching that goal."

Journaling the Last Week:

Silly side note: two weeks ago, I was talking about finally being able to enjoy looking at photos of myself. This week I found myself goofing around with the alien filter in Photobooth. Hahaha I must say, it was quite entertaining. :)

For the BIG news! I cannot believe the milestone I hit tonight!!! WHAHOOO!!!!! While I still have a ways to go, I reached a big goal today. FOURTY, 4-0, pounds lost!!! That means I am only 10 more pounds away from hitting my first major goal of 50 lbs lost and getting my reward of an upgrade to the Fitbit Charge HR. I am hoping that by transition week (2 weeks away) I will earn it. It would be an awesome way to start off phase 2 of this crazy journey!

Funny how gamification is just as rewarding for adults as it is for kids. I sat anxiously waiting for my badges to update! Just want to take a moment to brag about my loss and show off my fitbit badges!

In order to get as close to the -50 lbs goal as possible by phase 2: transition, I have set the following goals for myself:

1. I will hit AT LEAST my 10,000 step goal every day
2. I will drink AT LEAST 120 oz of water (160 oz is optimal) every day
3. I will do AT LEAST 10 reps of all of my resistance training exercises every day
4. I will sleep AT LEAST 6 (trust me that is A LOT for me) hours every night
5. I will go to the gym for AT LEAST 45 minutes every day


I made an observation today at the gym that was somewhat of an ah ha moment for me. When I first started this program, I would get the treadmill up to about 2.4mph and walk. While painfully slow, I still found myself tuckered out after about 45 minutes. About a month later I was able to go up to 2.8 comfortably and then shortly there after 3.2. I have been stuck at 3.2 for almost two months now. This morning I wasn't really paying attention to what I was doing. I was focused on the morning news on the TV above and slowly started increasing the speed to get my walk going. I hit a place that felt right and stopped increasing the speed. I looked down and realized that I was at 3.5mph! I have even been getting a little running in each workout too. I don't know why, but I have always loved running because I love that adrenaline rush you get. It reminds you that you worked hard. I cannot wait until I can actually jog/run longer distances.

On that note, I registered for the 2015 Great Santa Run in SF. I am so excited. A bunch of my team members from Kaiser and also some of my coworkers are signed up for it as well. Everyone is given a 5 piece Santa suit and runs the 5k as a mob of Santa's. Hahaha! It should be a lot of fun. I am also considering signing up for the BaHumbug run again this year too. Anyone want to join me?

Well, I should actually start getting ready for bed. I don't want to mess up on goal #4 above on the first day!! Nite all! Until next time...

End of Week Stats:

Steps Taken Last Week: 53,578 steps
Steps Taken Total: 755,832 steps

Distance Walked Last Week22.84 miles
Distance Walked Total: 328.79 miles

Weight Lost Last Week: 4.6 pounds
Weight Lost Total: 40 pounds

Inches Lost Last Week: 0.5 inches
Inches Lost Total: 27.55 inches

BMI Decrease Last Two Weeks0.9
BMI Decrease Total: 7.1

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