Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet a Member - Melissa T, Weeks 25 & 26

Week 25 & 26

July 28, 2014 & August 5, 2014

Thoughts for the Week…

  • I’m a week behind on my blogs because we took a family vacation to Washington State for a week. I weighed in one day earlier than my normal Tuesday weigh in and lost 2.4 pounds of the 2.6 pounds I’d gained in the previous two weeks. Almost back to where I should be.
  • Washington State was amazing! Our first two nights were spent in Bellingham where my good friend, René, lives. The first night there she took us on a little 3-ish mile walk along the bay. What a beautiful view of green trees, water and mountains. The next day René’s goal was to take us on a “Best of Bellingham” tour. We started out at a little café for breakfast. I was very mindful in what I ordered…getting the basil tomato poached eggs on an English muffin and subbing fruit for hash browns. Delicious start to a day of LOTS of hiking! If you’ve never been to Bellingham, put it on your Bucket List. It’s so gorgeous there!
  • After our time in Bellingham, we drove south and spent the next 5 nights in Everett. My husband’s brother lives there and was having a celebration for his little grocery store that he’s had in the front half of his house for the past 25 years. Aside from the grocery store celebration, many family members traveled there too, so it was also like a 5-day family reunion. And we all know what there is at family reunions…LOTS of food and drinks! Long story short…I was very mindful of all of my food decisions and ended my vacation losing 0.8 pounds! I just kept telling myself, “I cannot relax my rules”.
WOD (Workout of the Day)

  • When we stayed in Everett, our hotel had a fitness room. I got up and worked out 3 of the 5 mornings we were there. This one took me just under 45 minutes. Here it is:

  • 50-40-30-20-10 (50 reps of each exercise, then run, 40 reps of each exercise, then run, ect)
    • Squats
    • Russian twists
    • Bicep curls
    • Sit-ups
    • Punches with 3-5 pound weights
  • Run a 400 (.25 of a mile) at the beginning, between sets and at the end.

Ponder this…

  • Summer is over and school has started up again. I’ve not seen anyone from school since the very end of May. Several people I’ve talked to say, “I didn’t even recognize you!” I don’t think I’ve changed that much. I went back to my food journal to see how many pounds I’ve actually lost over the summer. It’s only just below seven pounds. Maybe it’s one of those things where when you see someone every day you don’t recognize all of the changes until you’ve not seen them for a while.
  • Before school was out for the summer I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep my “routine” up during the summer because summer really has no routine. Or at least it never has in the past. This is the first summer where I didn’t “vege out” the whole time. I kept my routine of going to the gym. I kept being mindful of my food choices. It’s getting easier, but it’s still hard work. As Marty says, “Exercising and healthy eating is like a part time job.” If you have a part time job, you get extra money. Don’t show up at work, you don’t get paid. Just like exercise and eating. You treat it as a part time job, you’ll get that extra “money” in the form of losing weight, gaining muscle, feeling happier, being stronger, etc. You don’t show up, you don’t get “paid”. So, get to work!!