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12 Weeks of Maintenance – Wrapped Up!

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It was getting pretty tough to focus on this 12 week challenge since I started PiYo 3 weeks ago – PiYo has  ended up taking quite a bit of time.  I knew my running would take a hit, and am honestly glad that it didn’t take a bigger hit than it did.  My goal was to run a minimum of 240 miles and I ended up at 229.77 miles prior to resetting running goals in week 10 to reflect the time required of PiYo and weather considerations (it is so wet and cold outside – I haven’t run outside in 3+ weeks, sigh).  I’m pretty darn happy with that and if nothing else, it reminds me it’s time for a new pair of running shoes  😉  I’ve definitely put 500 miles on the ones I’m currently wearing.  HA!

At the end of the day, most goals were met and I lost weight, if only 2.6 pounds (I did weigh 1.2 pounds less yesterday when I thought I was done with this challenge, but that’s OK).  My goal was to maintain, so any loss is a win!  I never went above 145 pounds and my body fat did not go above 24% – both of those were my highest-priority goals.  If fact, I lost 1.4% body fat, ending up solidly in the 21%-range (21.4% today) and I could not be happier with that!  I have never had body fat percentages this low before!  I think you can see the changes in the pictures – things really tightened up!

I almost spent 5 hours a week being active – and I have the PiYo challenge to thank for that.  I was slipping big-time on this goal but then PiYo started and it’s not a big calorie-burner, so I had to step it up to keep burning my calories while getting stronger and more flexible.  I ended up coming in under my weekly 5 hour activity goal by only 9 minutes a week – and when you consider my steps per day – I bet I met the goal.  I move a LOT chasing these kids around  😉

Another great challenge with most goals met!  I can’t always control how much time I can spend being active, but I can modify calorie intake to off-set those challenges and that’s what I did.  I’ve learned these last 12 weeks how to plan each day the night before, and to think about modifications when things don’t go according to plan.  A great thing to figure out, no doubt!

Summary (09/02/2015 – 11/25/2015)

  • Weight:   140.4 Pounds
    • Number of Weeks Meeting <=145 pound goal:  12 weeks
    • Pounds Lost or Gained (started at 143.0 pounds):  2.6 Pound lost
  • Body Fat %: 21.4%
    • Number of Weeks Meeting <=24% goal:  12 weeks
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained (started at 22.8%):  1.4% Lost
  • BMI: 22
    • BMI Points Lost or Gained (started at 22.4):  0.4
  • Time Spent Being Active (goal is 60 hours):  58 Hours 12 Minutes
    • Number of Weeks Meeting >= 5 hour goal:  4 weeks (average of 4 hours 51 minutes per week, which is very close to the weekly goal!  Only off by 9 minutes per week)
  • Miles Run:  229.77 Miles (averaged 19.14 miles per week, only off 0.86 miles per week)
  • Measurements:
    • Natural Waist: 27 inches (27.5 on 08/29/15)
      • Lost 0.5 inches
    • Belly Button: 31.5 inches (31.75 on 08/29/15)
      • Lost 0.25 inches
    • Hips:  35.75 inches (35.75 on 08/29/15)
      • Neither lost nor gained inches

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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!

6 thoughts on “12 Weeks of Maintenance – Wrapped Up!

  1. You have done SO well with your dedication to these challenges. I love it! The 21 Day Fix workouts are definitely more of a calorie burn, so I’m excited to focus on those for the next 3 weeks, but the PiYo is so great for strength & tone & stretch. I’m so glad you’ve been liking it as well!

    • I am really, REALLY loving the PiYo – it’s gotten me out of my comfort zone and I am WAY more flexible, and my abs and shoulders are showing the work I’m putting into them. It’s a solid program – but I figured it would be since I love INSANITY and TurboFire!

  2. Wow, good for you!

    I am getting ready to start my first 21 Day Fix challenge the Monday after Thanksgiving. Any advice for a newbie? My fitness level is “sedentary” — desk job and have only walked sporadically for exercise over the past 4+ years — and I probably need to lost about 60 lbs overall. (Though I’m obviously not hoping to lose that amount in 21 days: HA!)

    • Good for you! I’ve seen a lot of people have success with that!

      Honestly, my best advice is to make short term goals. These 12 weeks were too long. I’m used to 8-10 week fitness sprints and I’m in the middle of an 8-week one now and it’s flying by! Set an overall goal, but not a weekly goal for yourself. You’ll get frustrated when you miss a weekly goal (2 pounds a week, for example) and we ALL miss those goals. Set goals for the entire 21 days.

      And, I know fix has food plans worked in, but log all food in my fitness pal. I think that is the key to my success… I know what value each food has, and I think about every meal!

      Good luck! Are you blogging your experience?

      Sent from my Windows Phone ________________________________

      • Thanks for the tips! I have My Fitness Pal on my iPhone, so tracking my food there should be relatively easy.

        I hadn’t planned to blog about the challenge. Given all I have going on at work and at home, I think I’m going to be lucky to find the time to do all that’s required to complete the challenge — the meal planning and prep and workouts — without adding that into the mix. 🙂

      • Let me know if you want to be MFP pals!

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