As the weeks continue to fly by during this challenge, I keep trying to challenge myself and make sure that I get the results I want. Week 9 was another week of dedication and commitment, and I was able to benefit from that in terms of my weight loss. Here's the recap!
-3/30/13: ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes, then did 30 Day Shred level 3
-4/1/13: 30 Day Shred level 3
-4/3/13: ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes, then did 30 Day Shred level 3
-4/4/13: swam laps freestyle for 30 minutes, 900 meters total
I'm finally done with the 30 Day Shred DVD goal that I set for myself, which was to do each level 6 times, or 3x per week. Now I can focus on getting more cardio in, but I still may pop the DVD in every once in a while to mix things up. Overall I can say that DVD definitely kicked my butt, but in a good way. Jillian Michaels is so motivating, so I might try one of her other DVDs at some point. Also, I'm up to running 2.5 miles at a time on the treadmill, which I'm super
proud of! It's so helpful to see tangible progress throughout this
challenge to keep myself motivated to continue. I'd like to get the point where I can run at least 3 miles without stopping and then sign up for a 5K!
Last weekend my mom was in town visiting, and it was Easter. My mom and I went out to eat Saturday night at Fogo de Chao, which is a Brazilian steak house. For anyone who doesn't know, that means the servers come around to your table with skewers of different kinds and cuts of meat and slice off whatever you request onto your plate. Basically it's meat overload, and there's also a pretty extensive salad bar for non-meat lovers. I did try to stick with the fresh veggies on the salad bar, which were delicious, but I couldn't resist trying the many varieties of meats the restaurant had the offer. The saving grace was that all the meat seemed to be just drenched in salt, which meant I didn't end up eating a whole lot of it. On Sunday we went to my cousin's house for Easter dinner, which was wonderful. I love spending time with my extended family since I don't get to see them very often. Dinner was wonderful and I made sure to keep my portion sizes in check, and was still able to enjoy a glass of wine or two! When weekends like this arise where I know I won't have as much control over my food options, I make sure to at least try and stick to normal portions and I definitely make sure to get plenty of exercise in so that I don't end up feeling guilty. I also kept my calorie counts in check for the rest of the week to make up for any splurging I had done.
My cooking experiments continued in week 9, and I tried out a skinny recipe for Chicken Florentine. It was a delicious casserole with chicken, spinach, and pasta. Two of the most voracious eaters in my friend group helped taste test this for me, and one of them wanted seconds, which I know is a good sign! I think I'm becoming more comfortable in the kitchen, but I'm still a beginner, so I don't want to toot my own horn too much. I'll post the recipe later this week, since this is one that everyone should try!
I'm happy to report that my weight loss continues, and this week I lost...
I'm steadily working my way toward my goal, and I'm now down 11 pounds in 9 weeks. Taking this challenge 1 pound at a time has made it so much easier, because my goal is reasonable and I've been able to see progress pretty steadily throughout the last 9 weeks. I'm so close to the end I can taste it, but I know there's a lot more work to be done. Here's to week 10 being just as much of a success!