Fitness Friday Details:
Each Friday, Iâ€™m linking up with some awesome bloggers at JillyConyers.com and Wedonthaveitall.com. We motivate each other on our fitness and/or weight loss journeys. Weâ€™d love for you to join! If you’re a blogger, visit their sites to add your post to the linkys. If you don’t have a blog, leave a comment here and tell me what your goals are and how you did this week.
Well, it’s another cold week, but the snow is gone at least. I know those of you who are in the single digits or negatives are probably rolling your eyes when I say that 30s are cold, but hey! It’s what I’m used to! The weather is unusually cold for this area.
Last week I did end up not meeting my Winter Miles Challenge goal of 10 miles per week. I missed it by one mile! I was really disappointed, but my son was sick, so I just couldn’t get out there to run. I ended up taking Baby J to the ER last Saturday night where they treated him for vomiting, fever, and his throat (croup). He’s much better now, fortunately, but I think since I’ve already met my challenge for this week (woohoo!), I won’t take him out in the cold today or tomorrow. I’ll probably start taking him back to the family workout room in the base gym next week.
I’m also participating in the Lorna Jane Move Nourish Believe Challenge throughout the month of February. You can see me and others meet our daily challenges on Instagram. My account is emegburg. I’ll post a recap here later today or tomorrow.
With the snow, cold, and illness, it’s been incredibly frustrating this year at how difficult it’s been for me to meet my goals. I decided this week that I really do need to start focusing on what I do accomplish. I have a dozen reasons (excuses) to not exercise or eat right, but I’m doing it anyway. That’s a victory. Maybe it’s not as grand as I’d planned, but any progress is a GOOD THING.
I do have something exciting to tell you!Â Did you see last week’s Fitness Friday post? One of the things I brought up was that I’d come to the conclusion that I needed to eat more. I wasn’t losing weight anymore, and I’m also trying to build muscle. I decided to eat 700-800 more calories a day. It sounds like a lot, but turns out my body needed it. After being stagnant for weeks, I dropped 3 pounds! Eating less is not always the answer to weight loss.
If you want, please add me on MyFitnessPal. I use it to track both quantity and quality of my foods. It’s very helpful to ensure I’m eating enough protein and fiber, but not too much fat.
One of these days, I need to post an updated photo of myself! I’ll try to ask a friend to take one of me next week or this weekend, and then I can post it with next Fitness Friday.
Monday– Jogged 1. 8 miles and leisurely walked for about an additional 25-30 minutes.
Tuesday– Took a break from running and did a home workout for about 40 minutes.
Wednesday–Â Jogged 2 miles at an 8:40 pace, woohoo! That’s an improvement. I haven’t run that quickly since probably October or November. Also did some light core and arm exercises at home.
Thursday–Â Jogged over 6 miles and walked about 1 mile. Did some core and arm exercises at home.
Friday– Well, nothing yet! I’m planning on doing a home workout today and tomorrow. Yesterday was really hard to run. Actually, it’s been hard all the week with the cold. That wind really catches the jogging stroller! So home stuff this weekend, definitely.
I did meet my goal to workout 4 days this week, woohoo!
As I mentioned above, I held steady at 152 lbs. for two weeks, until I started eating more. I’m now at 149 lbs., woot woot! I don’t think I’ve seen the 140s in about 7 or 8 years! Of course my body composition is completely different than when I was younger, but that’s okay. I’m a mommy now, so I’ve had body changes. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to be toned and trim, but it means my body won’t look like it did when I was 20. Baby J is totally worth it. ðŸ™‚
The last day I posted measurements was my January 10 Fitness Friday post. My measurements are taken according to Weight Watcher’s Guidelines.
Previous Measurements (1/10/14):
- Height: 5â€™10â€³
- Weight: 154lbs.
- Upper Arm: 12â€³
- Abdomen: 34.5â€³
- Waist: 31â€³
- Hips: 38â€³
- Thighs: 23.5â€³
Today’s Measurements (2/7/14):
- Height: 5â€™10â€³
- Weight: 149lbs.
- Upper Arm: 11â€³
- Abdomen: 33.5â€³
- Waist: 30â€³
- Hips: 36.5â€³
- Thighs: 22â€³
I’d like to see my arms get bigger- with muscle! I’m not working hard enough at strength training. I’ve been saying I want to build muscle, but I’m not putting enough effort in. The weather next week doesn’t look great either, so my goal will be to just keep up with running (get at least 10 miles in), but work harder at lifting weights and calisthenics… do more sets of each exercise.
Great job! I lijmke that you are really keeping track .
Your Doing Awesome Love The Pic Of YourBoy Sleepirable!!
I Mean’t Love The Picture Of Your Boy Sleeping He’s Adorable!! LOL!
Hahah, thanks, Lisa!
Wow you are doing awesome! Awesome that you got to eat more and lose weight.
Thank you! And yeah, I’m happy about eating more too. =D I enjoy food.
very good progress for 1 month. I hope I can have time like you to have exercise, i need it!
way to go! I personally don’t run unless someone is chasing me,but you are inspiring!!
Hi Heather, thanks! I’ve actually never been a fan of running…I still don’t LIKE it…I just hate it a little less! But it was a challenge I wanted to conquer. What’s worked the best for me is running with a friend. It helps immensely!
Way to go! I’m 5’10” as well and about 30 pounds more than you :/
I look forward to watching your progress and inspiration ðŸ™‚
Hi, thanks for commenting! Well, I don’t know what your goals are or if you have any, but the biggest chunk of weight loss that I had was just by walking several times a week and watching what I was eating. A lightly active lifestyle did the trick for me!
Amazing goals to set, and with the determination and desire you will do it! Congrats on the lbs lost!! I too am on a weight loss journey, since october i am down about 20lbs. i would like to see 10 plus more go away!
Good for you! And that’s awesome that you did it during the holidays…I think that’s the most difficult time for a lot of people to lose weight (myself included).
It’s a great thing to motivate one another. Good luck getting to your goal!
Great progress! Now I must get my butt moving too. Thanks for the motivation.
I stuck with my fitness goals this week. Exercise is the easy part for me. It’s sticking to clean eating 80% of the time that I struggle with, but I’m working on it. And water!!
I’ll be interested to hear how increasing your calories turns out. ðŸ™‚
Water is also something I struggle drinking. I’d rather have coffee!
You are doing better than me. I haven’t been running because of all the snow.
I’m sorry to hear that! The weather is definitely making things difficult for people all over.
This is great! Congrats on your journey and it looks like you have all the support you need! I might have to join this one day!
You should definitely join! It’s great accountability.
Great job! I try also to workout 4-5 times a week.
Thanks, Tara, and that’s great to hear! What are your favorite exercises?
My fitness goals were a big crash and burn this week. We ended up driving 2000 miles for a job opportunity for my husband, so it completely derailed my diet and training. Congrats on all your success!!
Hi Courtney, well, that sounds like a good reason to miss working out! Hope everything goes well for you guys! And thanks ðŸ™‚
way to go, girl!
Great job! You are making great progress!
congrats, great job! I am struggling in my diet, getting discouraged – your post encouraged me!
I know it’s a rough road, but I think it’s great you are documenting it!
WTG with progress! Arm muscles are my fav ðŸ™‚
Wow, congrats. It sounds like a lot of calories to add in but it does sound like you needed it.
That’s a nice steady pace on your schedule. If I had those accomplishments on mine, I’d be one happy girl. ðŸ™‚
Looks like you’re making great progress on your goals! My only goals are to eat, drink, and be merry! ðŸ˜€
I had to rearrange some workouts this week but I get it all in. I do however miss running, haven’t ran since January. Springs coming soon right.
My arms are the most well developed body part, thanks in part to having short limbs :/ The best part of being tall with long limbs is the nice shape the muscle take rather quickly when worked consistently. Mine, get bigger just touching the weights ðŸ˜‰
Love this idea of fitness Friday! It’s a great way to get people motivated to get healthy and in shape!