Sunday, October 21, 2012

Another Busy Week & GFFE Week 7 Summary

I barely remember anything from this past week except that it was stressful.

I think you can tell from my last few blog posts that having my dad here has not only changed up my schedule, but it has also wreaked havoc with my emotions.

The one thing I have realized is that I haven't figured 'it' all out yet. My lifestyle change is still a work in progress. The good thing is that I'm enjoying the process. It's been tough. It's been challenging. Above all, it's been rewarding. I'm now definitely more proactive in making positive changes in my life. I have more focus. I have more direction.

However, there are still lots of things that I need to work out - and most of them are emotional.

My lifestyle has changed. I have changed. So what does this mean? Does it have to mean anything?

I've heard that there are some people who worry about losing weight because they have always related to being overweight. That has been their identity and they fear not having that to fall back on.

I know that I don't have that fear, but I seem to have something else that is making me feel anxious.

I guess part of it is that even though I am making these changes for myself, and I am beyond happy with how things are going, I am still worried/concerned/aware of what others think of me. Perhaps the recent negative/ambivalent/somewhat unsupportive or enthusiastic responses towards my new lifestyle change has made me feel a bit hesitant or doubtful ... I don't know. I'm trying to figure it out.

Nonetheless, despite these issues that I need to work on, I know one thing is for sure -- I workout every single day and I eat well at every single meal.

Regardless of what else is going on in my life, these are two things that I do not want to compromise on - no matter what the cost.

I hope that I remain successful in these two tasks.

This week just flew by, but here's my Get Fit, Feel Epic Week 7 Update:

Week 7 (Oct. 15 - 21)

First of all, although I didn't set a weight target for this challenge, due to my progress in the Whole Life Challenge, I've been steadily losing weight. I lost another 2 lbs this week, making it a 15 lb. loss since Sept. 15th. I'm really happy about that & hope that I continue in the same manner!

1) C25K - I really, really wanted to complete Week 6 this week but it just didn't happen. I was achy all week from intense CrossFit workouts and I was never in a mentally focused place to give that 20 minute jog it's proper attention. I really hope that I push through and do it this coming week. There's not much time left and I still have 3 weeks of the program to complete!

2) Nutrition Studies - I got in one study session and managed to complete the first of 4 sections that I wanted to get through by the end of this challenge.

3) Core work - Better than last week. I managed 2/5 core work sessions. I really need to hit 5. Without a stronger core the rest of my workouts are suffering!

4) Balance - I attended 2 balance classes this morning but my morning yoga has been sacrificed while my dad has been here. I've been doing my daily 10-15 minutes of focused stretching, but I can't wait to get back to my regular yoga routine.

5) Gleason's - I'm halfway through week 3. I think I've just got 4 workouts left of the entire program. I should be able to finish it by the challenge. I had two proper boxing training sessions this week and part of the Gleason's routines were combined with those ... it's going well. I wish I had more time to focus on it more though.

This week's mini-challenge was to come up with a photo collage of different things. I will upload that tomorrow.

Dad is leaving tonight so we've got some last minute things to do ... and then I have to take him to the airport around 1 a.m. to catch his 3:45 a.m. flight. What a dreadful time! Not sure I'll get any sleep tonight (but what else is new?!)

Hope everyone has a terrific week!


  1. Hi PlumPetals! Congratulations on becoming a Zumba instructor! Also on doing 80 burpees. Geez, I feel like falling over from dizziness when I do about 15 of them.

    I do think it takes time to adjust to lifestyle changes. I remember one day when I was falling over with headstands while a gym jerk was laughing, and I realized I just didn't care anymore what he thought. It was so liberating. I don't think I can meet anyone's wishes, except my own. Plus, when I'm happy, it seems that my family is happier. So it has usually worked out to think about my happiness first.

    :-) Marion

    1. Thanks Marion!! I'm super-excited to start teaching. I hope I can start by November.
      As for the burpees - I still can't believe I did 80! Now to hit 100!

      Shifting my fitness focus and just thinking about what's good for me and how I feel is what I'm working towards. :)

  2. Anonymous12:08 PM

    Sounds like a tough week. Well done on your progress so far; you're doing brilliantly - you'll crack Week 6 of C25K soon enough. Keep going xxx

    1. Thank you! It was an unusually stressful and busy week, but I'm glad I got through it. Full focus forward this week!

  3. Looking forward to seeing your pictures tomorrow. Great job on the continued weight loss even under stress.

  4. Anyone who says she doesn't care what other people think of them, ever, is full of shit. I don't care what other people think of me, as long as it's true. ;) That is, PP, I'm fine with people thinking I'm a rigid, inflexible, health food fanatic gym rat who wants to rid the world of high fructose corn syrup and elastic-waist pants. ;)

    1. LOL I'm right there with you on the fight against high fructose corn syrup and elastic-waist pants!

      I'm focusing on what I think of myself right now. I think once I am sure about what I'm doing and how it affects all aspects of my life, the other people won't matter.

  5. Well done on the 15lb loss that's tremendous.

  6. Another fantastic week, super super job!

  7. Anonymous7:54 AM

    You are one very dedicated and focussed lady! Congratulations on the 15lbs loss, you must feel awesome:)

    Well done on fitting so much activity into an already packed and stressful week. I hope that things will be calmer for you now that your dad has gone, and that you can get a good night sleep!

    1. Sometimes things do feel a bit frantic, but still, getting my workouts in always makes me feel better regardless of other stresses!

  8. Well done PP! I love that you can recognise where you are in your life style changes - I think that means you are further than you think you are. Good luck with this week x x

    1. Thanks Sarah! I've been trying to be more aware of how to make the most of each day. Still lots of trial and error ahead though!


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