Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week 3 Update

I woke up this morning feeling heavy. Ugh. Never a good feeling, especially before a weigh in. I know it has to do with dinner last night. I didn't eat much, but I did have hummus, and that always causes me to feel heavier than normal.

My workout this morning was good. I'm really close to finishing Stage 6 of NROL4W. I've got 3 more workouts left in this stage. I'm happy with the progress that I've made so far. Today, I used 50 kg (110 lbs) weights for my split squats :) Yay!

Work, unfortunately, was a bit chaotic. Three of our teachers were out today for some reason or another -- two of them are going to be gone this entire week, so guess what that means? One of their classes is going to join mine for the rest of the week. I've gone from a lovely class size of 21-students (an absolute dream compared to previous semesters) to 43 students ... back to the drawing board to do new lesson plans for the week!

Anyway - on to my Week 3 update.

1. Weight loss goal: To lose 10 lbs by May 8th
This week I lost just over half a kilo (1.3 lbs), for an overall loss of 2.2 kg (4.84 lbs) since April 1st. I haven't set weekly weight loss targets - I just want to make sure that the overall number keeps going down and that I hit my 10 lb loss by May 8th. I'm taking it one gram at a time.

2. Non-scale goal: Make it through my list of things to do; Prepare for/Pass my PhD Viva
I'm still trying to make it through my list of things to do. I have made some progress in that area, but I'm ashamed to say that I haven't made as much progress as I have wanted to. The things I have done however are - finished reading through/commenting on the first 3 chapters of my thesis; sorted through my final batch of clothes; donated all the charity goods; commented on blogs, so all in all, not bad.

3. Exercise goal: I did really well in terms of exercise this week. I'm pleased to say I hit all my targets.
- Gym 6x/week - Done!
- Weight training 3x/week (4 if possible) - Managed 4 sessions (3 NROL4W and 1 Body Pump)
- Cardio 6 hrs of week (10 if possible) - Completed just over 8 hours of cardio this week
- Abs focus 3x/week - Did abs 3 times this week, including the ab blast class!

I actually have a new exercise goal to add. A few days ago I was debating whether or not I should register for a 10k run in November ... and finally decided to do it :) I just registered, so training for the 10k is an additional exercise goal. However, I don't plan on starting it until I come back from London. It's just not feasible at the moment to start a regimented program, but I'll see what I can do during my normal cardio sessions to start preparing :)

4. Nutrition goal
- Drink 3.5-4 L water daily - Done!
- Eat at least 1 serving of fruit daily - Ugh. Only managed 4 days of fresh fruit out of the 7. Must keep working on this!
- Greatly reduce carbs during dinner - Done. Only had carbs (wheat/grain based) once for dinner this week; the rest was lean protein and vegetables for the most part
- Track food & water intake on a daily basis - I'm being vigilant, but I still haven't been writing it all down. I'm too busy/tired with all the exercise!

Overall, not too bad for week 3. My goals for week 4.

1) Weight loss - just keep losing some weight; no pressure on a number - I just want to see the number go down.
2) Non-scale goal - Finish reading/editing chapters 4 & 5 of my thesis; I have a major task of organizing my data charts. I MUST get a start on this in order to get it done before I travel in May; Organize my bookshelf; Get my car papers done!!
3) Exercise goal - same as before; still try to get at least one class of pilates; body balance; yoga in
4) Nutrition goal - same as before

Hope everyone has a fantastic week 4!


  1. Sounds like you are making great progress on all of your goals. Good luck with 43 students - that is so many! I know you will have another great week though, keep up the good work :)

  2. Sounds like a very productive and successful week!!! Great job!!!

  3. I think you are doing wonderfully with your goals! Keep it up!!

  4. I admire your abilities for teaching. Sounds like everything else is on track too.

    :-) Marion

  5. Slow and steady can win the race. A few weeks of those 1.3 pound losses and you'll have 10 pounds gone! Good luck with week 4. :)

  6. you're doing awesome! Your weight loss is progressing and you're hitting your workouts. Eating is always the hardest for me too, but you're doing well there too - keep it up!

  7. I love that quote. It is very true.

    You are doing amazing. Almost 5 lbs! That's fantastic!

    You are going to rock that 10K.

  8. I think you have a very healthy outlook about your wight loss, and I'm trying to maintain that same frame of mind. As long as I'm moving in the right direction, there is no deadline. (But MAN, do I wish I could get to goal quickly and enjoy it!) I'm glad to see I'm in good company if I settle down and just adopt healthy habits and let my weight follow naturally, like you're doing.

  9. I hate waking up and feeling heavy or just plan fat and bloated, so I feel your pain. You have had a great loss though, looks like you are doing pretty well so keep it going!

  10. Love the quote at the end, and well done for the 10k sign up! It's a great distance. Look forward to some training.

  11. Great job with week three!

    Good luck on week 4!

  12. I love your organized brain... this is such a clear post. It feels like you're really in this game mentally and that you've got a good rhythm going. Sorry about your heavy day. Drink up, pee it out. ;)

  13. Forty Plus kids in a single class?? Mercy! You get a gold star this week just for that. I hope the other teachers return soon!

    Keep up with the fruit. It's full of vitamins and antioxidants that you need. :)

  14. You did great in week three! That is brilliant results you have. :) Week 4 will be good too!

  15. I hope your working towards your goals, especially your PhD progress. I know it must be so stressful for you right now. Good luck!

  16. Looks like you had a great week! Impressed that you planned and completed those chapters for your thesis. That nitty gritty stuff is the hardest.But just think how lose you are now. Have a great and productive weekend,


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