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Happy Healthy Holidays – Final Check-in Weeks 4 and 5


Things didn’t end up how I wanted, but I ended up weighing less than when I started, so that’s a good thing!  I will admit right here and now – the holidays put me in a “who cares” mental space, which is not good, but I know is normal.  I’m already back at it, but the lingering bad foods in the house are just killing me.  We have one final thing (triple chocolate cake and ice cream) which will be gone tonight.

My Australian friend was here during this challenge which got me off track, as did having Hottie home from work between Christmas and New Years.  Having him here was the biggest challenge as there were more enticing things to do.  Yes, I chose fun over fitness!  The good thing, though, is that we all (Australian included) decided to kick off a group challenge on 1/4 (tomorrow) and have recruited others to take part – so it’s turned into a Team USA versus Team AUS thing, which is fun!

New challenge kicks off tomorrow and it will be 10 weeks – INTENSE!  I’m not going to set any crazy goals, but have already decided that the end weight goal is 133 pounds.  That will motivate me, which I need!

Starting Statistics on 11/26/2014

  • Weight:  144.4 Pounds (lost 0.2 pounds between last check (11/22/2014) and today)
  • Body Fat %:  22.4% (lost 0.4% between last check (11/22/2014) and today)
  • BMI:  22.6

Goals for the 5 Weeks (Ending 12/31/2014)

  • Weight:  (Weight – 3.5 pounds)  140.8 Pounds
    • Ended up at 142.2 pounds after a holiday gain after week 4 wrapped up
    • Total lost:  2.2 pounds
  • Body Fat %:  (Current – 0.5%) 21.9%
    • Ended up at 22.3% after reaching my goal in week 4
    • Total lost: 0.1%
  • BMI:  22.0
    • Ended up at 22.3
  • Workout Days (in 36 days):  32 Days (26)
    • Ended up working out 26 days, missing my goal by 6 days (yeah, I got a little relaxed)
  • Strength Workouts:  10 workouts (2 a week)
    • Abysmal!  Ended up only doing 3 strength workouts
  • Trips to the YMCA:  15 days (3 a week)
    • Ended up going to the YMCA 10 days in the 5 weeks, which is pretty good

Week Ending 12/23/2014

  • Week 4 Statistics
    • Weight:   140.2 Pounds
    • Pounds Lost or Gained:  2 Pounds lost
    • Body Fat %:  21.9%
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.3% Gained
    • BMI: 21.9
    • Workout Days (goal is 7 days):  6 Days
    • Strength Days this Week:  1 Day
    • Trips to the YMCA:  4 Days
    • Time Spent Being Active:   5 Hours 34 Minutes
    • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  14,602 Steps
    • Miles Run:  25.61 Miles
  • Food: 
    • Wednesday – Smoked meats, green beans, creamed corn
    • Thursday – Butternut squash soup, smoked chicken
    • Friday – Steak tacos
    • Saturday – Turkey pepperoni pizza
    • Sunday – Pepper filets, green beans
    • Monday – Sushi and honey walnut shrimp
    • Tuesday – Christmas dinner!  Pomegranate chicken, mashed cauliflower, carrots
  • Exercise/Activity:
    • Wednesday – None – 10,000 Steps
    • Thursday – Treadmill running (21 minutes), power incline walking (44 minutes) – 14,800 Steps
    • Friday – Treadmill running (25 minutes), power incline walking (40 minutes) – 16,100 Steps
    • Saturday – Treadmill walking (25 minutes) – 11,994 Steps
    • Sunday – Bodypump (40 minutes) – 9,000 Steps
    • Monday – Treadmill running (61 minutes), walking (4 minutes) – 18,065 Steps
    • Tuesday – Treadmill running (57 minutes), walking (18 minutes) – 22,255 Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • Gotta hit it hard this week – make up for last week and hitting 141 pounds easily and then losing that improvement later in the week with sickness
    • Focus this week needs to be on strength training
    • On Thursday, I was 140.2 pounds and 21.9% body fat. If this sticks, I have met my goals for this period and I’ll revisit them for the final week
    • It all went to hell on the eve of Christmas Eve – used stats from Tuesday morning

Week Ending 12/31/2014

Week 5 Statistics

  • Weight:   142.2 Pounds
  • Pounds Lost or Gained:  2 Pounds gained
  • Body Fat %:  22.3%
  • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.4% Gained
  • BMI: 22.3
  • Workout Days (goal is 7 days):  5 Days
  • Strength Days this Week:  0 Days
  • Trips to the YMCA:  2 Days
  • Time Spent Being Active:   5 Hours 12 Minutes
  • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  14,421 Steps
  • Miles Run:  25.2 Miles
  • Food: 
    • Wednesday – Christmas eve dinner of petite pepper filets, chicken picatta, roasted carrots, maple buttered Brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes, apple pie, and cheese fondue.  Yep!
    • Thursday – A horrible Christmas dinner of 80’s food.  Enough said!
    • Friday – Artichoke heart pizza
    • Saturday – Frozen pizza doctored up!
    • Sunday – Christmas eve leftovers
    • Monday – Pizza, baked chicken
    • Tuesday – Date night!
  • Exercise/Activity:
    • Wednesday – Treadmill walking (60 minutes) – 16,648 Steps
    • Thursday – None- 6,510 Steps
    • Friday – None- 7,079 Steps
    • Saturday – Treadmill running (60 minutes) – 19,006 Steps
    • Sunday – Treadmill running (60 minutes) – 17,283 Steps
    • Monday – Treadmill running (60 minutes), ab work (12 minutes) – 20,000 Steps
    • Tuesday – Treadmill running (60 minutes) – ? Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • Our Christmas dinner on the 23rd started a really bad downward spiral, and I’m fighting to get back to 140.x pounds.  It’s going to be a stretch
    • I ate way too much gourmet popcorn – way too much
    • Too many sugar cookies
    • Too many big meals
    • But…. it’s the holidays!  I need to enjoy!
    • Goals not met, but I ended up 2.2 pounds less than when I started which is really good for the holidays! And my body fat was down 0.1% which is better than a gain!
    • Overall, I’m happy with this little challenge of mine. It kept me on track over the hardest weeks of the year!


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Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

8 thoughts on “Happy Healthy Holidays – Final Check-in Weeks 4 and 5

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  2. Not gaining over the holidays is a fantastic result in and of itself! I’m so excited to see what you’ll do over these next 10 weeks. 🙂

    • Join our challenge! We each are setting our own, personal goals for the 10 weeks. Mine will be an amount of weight or body fat, Hottie’s may be amount of workouts, my friend’s goal is a specific number on the scale, etc.

  3. Y’all know i am going team aus 😆🇺🇸👎

    • You should join in!

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      • ok tell me what is involved……

      • 10 weeks, starts today. You set your own measurable, attainable but not easy goal. Could be anything… Pounds/kilos lost, hours of working out each week, loss in body fat, run time, etc. It’s only your goal .. Each week, we set a bonus goal. We take turns doing this and it’s for the group. I’m starting with setting the groups goal of 12 minutes of ab work every week night. We run out Saturday to Friday so those tracking weight can weigh in on Saturday AM with a week of workouts behind them. Bonus goals will be set on Sundays/Monday (for you Aussies) for the week days but likely on Saturdays. We’ll test and check in officially at 5 weeks but I’ll be doing weekly status on the blog.

        Make sense?

        Most of us are tracking in myfitnesspal so have friend ed each other to help motivate.

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      • ok will look at this on my lunch break

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