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Weekly weigh-in: Week 23

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Having this weekly post has made me realize how fast 7 days fly by! It feels like just yesterday, I was posting my last weigh-in. This week was a bit crazy in the weight loss area. I have stuck with eating within an 8 hour window. Additionally, if I am not hungry around a traditional meal time, I haven’t eaten. This may sound like common sense, but my schedule is such that I eat at pretty regular intervals (3 meals a day). This change has been good for my mindset, because now I am noticing when I am truly hungry (and then I will eat something). If I am not hungry at dinner time, I don’t eat. I continued to focus on low carb selections, but also allowed myself a treat or two.

This strategy is seemingly working, because I am down 4 pounds since last week! A bigger milestone for me is that I am in a new “decade.” What’s a decade you ask? Well it’s how I think of 10 pound increments. My weight hasn’t been this low in 2015, so I am pretty pumped! In fact, I just realized that I am down 10.5 pounds since January 1! I definitely started the year out slower than I would have liked, but I am very happy with my recent progress.

Week 23 weigh-in (June 16, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 4.0

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 7.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

I am headed to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks this week, so I know I will have some beautiful hikes to report about next week!

How are your goals for 2015 going?! Are there any you wish you could re-start?!

Previous weekly weigh-in’s can be viewed here! 

Weekly weigh-in: Week 22

Another week, another weigh-in! This week I am pleased to document a loss! I have continued to focus on low carb choices for lunch and dinner (within an 8 hour window). I am also consistently going to the third floor for each bathroom break (those stairs really add up!), even though I didn’t get any formal workouts in last week.

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As I mentioned last week, I want to lose 20 lbs by mid-August, and my loss this week keeps me on track to accomplish that. This week I am keeping up the momentum and focusing on portion size too. I have also considered having one meal (most likely on the weekend) that is a “treat.”

Week 22 weigh-in (June 9, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 2.5

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 3.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

Previous weekly weigh-in’s can be viewed here! 

Weekly weigh-in: Week 21

Hmmm… Perhaps I should start calling these “monthly weigh-in’s”… 😉 Thanks for sticking with me through this process! Have you ever heard the sayings, “you can’t out train a bad diet” or “abs are made in the kitchen”? I have heard (or read) these phrases more times than I can count, but the sentiment never really sunk in. Until last week. My boyfriend and I had worked out a couple of times, I was trying to take the stairs regularly at work and yet my weight wasn’t decreasing at all. I think far too often I use exercising as an excuse to “indulge” in edible treats. Of course when one “indulges” regularly, it stops being a treat and turns into habit (that often continues on days when there is no exercising!). Ha.

Beginning - Tom's Thumb hike

The rock outcropping straight ahead is Tom’s Thumb!

This week I am focusing on eating low carb foods and eating within an 8 hour window of time. The time frame method was first mentioned to me by a good friend and is kind of like “intermittent fasting,” if you are curious. So far I have been doing Noon – 8:00 p.m. or 12:30 – 8:30 p.m. and it is working for me (I am surprisingly not hungry in the mornings). While at work, I am walking outside to another building and going to the 3rd floor for my bathroom breaks, with the goal of going to the 4th floor each time next week and the 5th floor the week after that. I am trying to take small steps daily (both literally and figuratively!) that will add up to the results I want.

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Weekly Weigh-in: Week 17

Hello, and thanks for dropping in for my weekly weigh-in! This past week went well! I did a good job of sticking with low carb selections and didn’t have any sweets (!!!). For those of you familiar with Atkins, I am not doing strict “induction,” because I have allowed myself a potato item here and there. I only had one meal that I consider “bad” and that was when I indulged in some tortilla and pita chips and dip. Otherwise, I have focused on veggies and protein. The mindset I mentioned last week of focusing on making good decisions each day is working well! I definitely need to get more exercise into my routine, so that is what I will be focusing on next.

Week 17 weigh-in (May 5, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since April 28): 3.5

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 3.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

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(Not So) Weekly Weigh-in: Week 16

My goodness, where did the last 5 weeks go?! If you remember, my last weigh-in was week 11 and I was taking a “free pass” because of all the celebrating I was doing. I didn’t mean to not check-in for 5 weeks (eek), but that seems to be what happened. I am checking in today with some good news. This week I have re-focused my efforts to eat a low carb diet and honestly, I am already feeling better.

I am also approaching my health with a little different attitude. As evidenced by my opening sentence, time flies by so quickly. Instead of focusing on my long term weight loss goal (which can be depressing and overwhelming), I am going to focus on making good and healthy decisions each day, with the confidence that those days are going to add up to weeks, months and years and that over time I will see the results I want. I am going to keep logging my weight daily and checking in here once a week with an update.

Week 16 weigh-in (April 28, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 0

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

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Anyone else have weight loss or health and wellness goals they are re-focusing on?!

Weekly weigh-in: Week 11

Years ago (before doing a low carb diet), I had some success with Weight Watchers. I remember they always gave you a “free pass” every so often where you didn’t have to weigh in, but could still attend the meeting. This week, I am going to cash in my imaginary “free pass.”

Last week was my birthday and this week I am in a wedding, so I have been pretty busy celebrating! I am logging my stats below, but don’t really have any additional comments, but I still wanted to document this week (so when I look back over the year I can identify my strengths and weaknesses). I am reflecting on my progress (or lack there of) over the first quarter of 2015 and thinking about what I want to change going forward (more on that later!).

Week 10 weigh-in (March 24, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 7.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

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Weekly weigh-in: Week 10

Last week was spring break at work and I was lucky enough to spend the week in Chicago with a great group of students. While I had a great time on the trip (and was pretty active hiking around the city), I was definitely unfocused regarding my diet. This week happens to include my birthday (which I seem to be celebrating all week long!) so this week isn’t off to the best start either. I am trying to make good food decisions as much as I can, but also cutting myself a break when I enjoy a treat.

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McDowell Regional Park – Scenic Trail

Week 10 weigh-in (March 17, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 7.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 2+ 

I am counting my time in Chicago as 1+ hikes! 🙂 We also did a 4.5 mile hike on Friday after we picked Hank up from being boarded. We returned to McDowell Mountain Regional Park and hiked the “Scenic Trail.” The trail was appropriately named, because after a brief elevation change, the view was amazing! Plus, since it was a weekday, we had the trail to ourselves.

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McDowell Regional Park – Scenic Trail

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: Thanks to being in Chicago, I logged lots of steps each day, resisted soda and drank lots of water.

Areas of improvement: Getting more activity in – going to the gym after work. Focusing on low carb eating, especially during the work week (make my breakfasts and lunches ahead of time).

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Weekly weigh-in: Week 9

Hello! My weekly weigh-in is late this week, because I have been away from my scale! I was fortunate to travel to Chicago for spring break with some students from work and I just returned to AZ today. Instead of my typical Tuesday weigh-in, I will be going with the weight I logged on the Sunday before I left for vacation. 

Week 9 weigh-in (March 8, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 7.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: Over 2 full months without soda! Had omelette cups for breakfast each day of the week and brewed my own tea (instead of purchasing tea on my way into work).

Areas of improvement: Getting more activity in – going to the gym after work and hiking on the weekends. I also need to stop eating sweets. I acknowledge that it isn’t always the best to completely cut specific food groups out of ones diet, however, I have been reflecting on how I cut soda out of my diet and I feel like this same attitude / outlook could be helpful with sugar in general.

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Weekly weigh-in: Week 8

Hello friends! If only the number of times I thought about blogging (and blog topics) translated into blog posts, you would have a lot more reading material! Ha! 🙂 I definitely have a new found respect for all of those full-time bloggers I have followed over the years.

McDowell Mtn. Regional Park - Lousley Hill

All that being said, I am back for my weekly weigh-in and pleased to report a loss this week. When I review my results so far, I am pleased with averaging a pound lost each week, but I also know I can do better. Last week was a relatively good one regarding my eating and this week is off to an even stronger start. My birthday is around the corner, so my current mini goal is to be down a total of 11 pounds by then.

Week 8 weigh-in (March 3, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 1.5

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 7.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 1 – Lousley Hill Trail @ McDowell Mountain Regional Park. All of the photos in this post are from our weekend hike! The weather in AZ has been unseasonably cool and it was overcast all weekend which made for great hiking. It takes us about 45 minutes to get out to the McDowell Mtn. Regional Park, but it is worth the drive! The trails aren’t nearly as trafficked and the views are great.  

McDowell Mtn. Regional Park - cairn

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: Exactly 2 full months without soda! I enjoy omelette cups for breakfast (recipe coming soon) and I made a big batch on Sunday to get me through the week. I have also been brewing my own tea at home.

Areas of improvement: I have got to get back into the habit of going to the gym after work!

You know how much I love the start of a new month (so much potential!)! What goals are you focusing or re-focusing on in March?! 

McDowell Mtn. Regional Park - Kate and Hank

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Weekly Weigh-in: Week 7

Whew, this past week was a whirlwind – as evidenced by my tardy weigh-in post! I can’t believe February is wrapping up, although I am very excited for March! This is a busy time at work and I co-hosted a bridal shower last weekend for a dear friend (more on that later!), so my evenings and the weekend were busy (and fun!). All that being said, I am feeling comfortable with another “even” week. I definitely have areas of improvement, but I have started this week out strong and feel confident that I will have a loss to post next week.

Week 7 weigh-in (February 24, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since January 5 start date): 6.0

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 1

Other health-related items to celebrate in the past week: No soda since Jan. 3. We hiked at South Mountain on Sunday evening (and we have plans to go back out this weekend)! I only had sweets on Saturday at the bridal shower, otherwise I have done a good job of resisting sweets.

Areas of improvement: I have got to get back into the habit of going to the gym after work. Make my breakfasts ahead of time and plan my lunches. Taking pictures throughout the week to share on my weekly weigh-in posts. 🙂

Until next week, best of luck working towards your goals! 

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