Saturday, April 13, 2013

100 Day Weight Loss Challenge/Victory

This is a belated post about the 100 day weight loss challenge/victory that is being hosted by Colie's Kitchen. First of all, this should be a Friday roundup of week 1, but since I'm kinda just starting the challenge, this is my introductory post. If you want to see how my week went, you can check out the Friday Five post from yesterday :)

Our week in Kuwait starts on Sunday (so our weekends are Friday and Saturday) which means that today is the last day of my weekend. Somehow my Saturdays went from a day of relaxation to a day of 2-3 workouts. They're all group workouts so they're fun as well as challenging. Today I only went to 2 workouts - yoga in the morning on the beach and CrossFit in the afternoon.

Here's a snapshot of one of my yoga poses from this morning:

I was practicing the mermaid pose. I obviously have to work on it a lot more! 

We also tried out a few group poses - here was our plank tower. 

Ok, so now that I've finished the Whole Life Challenge and I've completed the Specialist in Fitness Nutrition Course it's time to work on the next phase of this year. The main challenge will be my eating habits. I know that I'll be sticking to my Whole Life Challenge style of eating for the most part, but I want to make sure I'm extra careful about what I'm eating, when I'm eating, and how much I'm eating.

Also, with just 9 kg left to hit my goal weight, I know that I'm going to have to step it up a notch in terms of my workouts. I know it may seem like I do a lot already, but what I want to focus on more for the 100 days is increasing my intensity and perfecting my technique. I want to make sure that whatever time I do spend working out is spent wisely.

So, what are my goals for this 100 day challenge? A lot of my goals will be the same as what I have planned for the 13 in 13 challenge, especially since that is a year long challenge. However, it never hurts to have a few specific targets to work towards.

The challenge duration: April 7, 2013 - July 15, 2013 (100 days)
Just looking at those dates I know that my biggest obstacle will be travel, especially in June and July. Still, I know that I've managed to maintain and even lose a bit of weight while on vacation so there's no need to panic too much. As long as I have a plan, I should be alright.

What I really need to do is focus on planning. I need to make more time before the week starts to do some extra veggie prep and make sure things like my food/menu are planned for the week. I generally do this, but sometimes I slack off. I know that as soon as I slack off things start to get messy.

Goals for this upcoming week (April 13-19): 
1. Have menu for the week planned out
2. Do at least 3 weights workouts (finish New Rules of Lifting Fat Burn II workout this week)
3. Do at least 3 focused cardio sessions (1 hour each)
4. Do at least 1 yoga/balance/pilates class
5. Track my food and note my exercise daily
6. Arrange my Fitness Nutrition files and come up with a plan for actually practicing
7. Post 1 recipe
8. Other stuff: Renew my car registration

In terms of keeping track of my weight ... well, I weigh myself daily. I've found that in any given month my weight can fluctuate quite a bit. My main goal is to end each month lighter than how much I weighed on the first day. So far I have been successful following this plan. From January 1st until today, April 13, I have lost 7 kg (15 lbs). I hope to continue on this weight loss trend. My ultimate goal in terms of weight loss is actually a jeans/dress size. I'd really like to wear a size 8 (US) (I think that's a size 10 UK) pair of jeans comfortably (no muffin top!!). That's what I'm working towards. I don't know at what weight I'll be able to achieve that, but as of right now, I think that's the most accurate measure for me versus a number on the scale.

Let's see how it all goes!!


  1. Anonymous1:04 PM

    US size 8 is UK and Australia size 12. US is always four sizes smaller in comparison.

  2. Those pictures are awesome -- I'm envious of your yoga pose, and the plank tower just looks awesome! You're doing an amazing job :D

  3. Sounds like some attainable goals & a great way to look at them. I wish I could get into Yoga but my mind just wanders too much that I just fidget too much & start to feel stressed out... LOL

  4. You are getting so close to your goal! I love the pyramid picture -- looks like a fun group! ^^

  5. love your yoga post...was it tough to hold that plank with a smiling face :)
    good luck with your last 9 kgs

  6. Looks like some great goals!! I have started weighing myself daily as well! My weight fluctuates DAILY so it's interesting to track it :)

  7. I like how you take your yoga outside. I think your goals are very realistic and should help you achieve goal weight.

    I reached goal the first of the month and celebrated with a few shopping sprees. I'm trying to get my mind out of weight loss mode. I weigh daily, too. I give myself a +/- 2 lb window, before I take action to correct the gain.

  8. It looks like you have a great start on your fitness goals. I also need to get a focus on my eating habits. Looking forward to looking through your blog and getting to know you more over the next 93 days.

  9. Love those poses!!
    Youre so close to goal. Thats awesome!!!

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