I’m back from Hawaii! I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but I’ve got a couple of things I need put in writing before I forget. The first is my fitness challenge! I created this mini-goal because I needed motivation to get back in shape. My aim was to eat healthier, exercise regularly, drink more water, lose a bit of weight, and tone up. So how did I do?
GREAT! Not perfect – I didn’t nail every goal every day or even every week – but it was definitely an improvement and I’m proud of that.
Also, I lost 15 pounds! What’s that look like? Here’s a (mildly embarrassing) before and after:
Pretty great, right? The best part for me is that my arms got smaller. I have what I call ‘noodle arms’ – they don’t have any muscles in them, they’re just wobbly like wet noodles. Don’t get me wrong, my arms still lack muscle, but at least they’re not as fatty!
Here’s how I did with each individual goal:
1 Hour Workout – 4 days a week
- SO CLOSE! There were a few days where I did a bit less than an hour, but I did manage to work out 4 days a week and it works out to over an hour average.
1 Hour Yoga Class – 1 day a week
- SO CLOSE! I fell off the wagon the last few weeks because my schedule got too crazy, but I did this one most of the time.
5000 Steps – 6 days a week
- DID IT! Okay, so looking at the chart below, it doesn’t look like I did it. But I actually averaged 6800 steps per day, including my cheat days. To me, that’s a success.
Eat 3 Meals – 6 days a week
- ROCKED IT! There were only two days I didn’t eat breakfast and they were in the last few weeks when my schedule got turned upside down. I’m forgiving myself for those.
Prepare Food at Home – 5 days a week
- NAILED IT! We ate at home so often, we kept forgetting whose turn it was to pay. That felt awesome.
Eat More Veggies, Whole Grains, Lean Protein, Non-fat Milk, and Yogurt
- SO CLOSE! I didn’t always get 4 servings of fruit/veg in, but I did incorporate more of them than I was previously eating. I also stuck with lean protein and whole grains most of the time – I even whipped up a homemade Bolognese with ground turkey and whole wheat + flax penne pasta. I drank chocolate milk after workouts and found all kinds of creative ways to use Greek yogurt.
Drink 48 oz of Water – 5 days a week
- Total Fail! I hardly ever made it to 48 oz. In fact, my maximum capacity for beverages seems to be 40 oz. And in the last few weeks, I was so sick of plain water that I switched to Crystal Light.
1 Cheat Day
- I stuck to it! One and only one cheat day a week, almost always Saturday. I still ate things that were ‘treats’ during the week but I made sure I was either under my calorie goal or I worked out a bit extra. I probably went a little overboard, though it didn’t seem to harm my progress.
Speaking of which – beyond the goals stated above, I used MyFitnessPal and FitBit to set a calorie goal, so there was more to the ‘diet’ part than I wrote about. It was fairly strict, though if I stuck with lean meats and veggies, I had no trouble staying under it. It made me realize how poorly I ate before, that’s for sure!
Overall, I’d say this fitness challenge was a success. I’d definitely recommend it to someone just starting to get into a healthier lifestyle, because I think it helped me build some better habits that I can use in the long term. I found some healthy treats that I really liked and got creative with my workouts, for example. I plan to keep up the exercise routine for sure – we need to start training for our bike trip next year!