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Weeks 26 and 27 in Review

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I can't believe a half a year has passed since I got serious about pursuing a healthy lifestyle again. I started to type weight loss, but I really didn't focus on that until a few weeks ago. It has been more about focusing on single habits, getting those under control, maintaining them, and moving on to the next trouble area.

Looking back over the past six months, I know I have accomplished a lot. I went from forcing myself to drink 5 or 6 cups a water a day, to easily drinking 12 without even thinking about it. I have consistently eaten within my calorie range, and looking over my Summary Calendars, I can count on one hand the number of times I have not met my calorie range. I have learned to add more protein into my day, and have gotten my fiber within range for a week's time. I am still working on the day to day there.

I realized today that I have done at least 20 minutes of cardio everyday since June 22nd. That is a new streak for me! emoticon Cardio is definitely my favorite forms of exercise. I am still not where I want to be on the strength training, but I am doing it at least twice a week. I want to get it too three. This past week I burned 4137 calories in cardio, and the week before 4188. I have a deficit of at least 500 calories per day, and as many as a 1000 on a day I do the 6 mile walk with Curves. Six months ago I wasn't even close to these numbers.

Our dog is going to need surgery this next week, and my routine is going to be altered in some significant ways for 10 to 12 weeks. After my immediate concern for how I am going to manage her and what we need to do to make her comfortable, my next thought was how am I going to get my exercise in. I have worked out a plan with my husband that ensures I can still get to Curves 4 days per week, and walk at least 3 days per week. I think I can still manage a fourth walk on a weekend day around his schedule. Even six months ago I would have used this set back as an excuse not to exercise. Yay for healthy habits!!!

As for current habits I am working on....

My focus areas for the last two weeks:
1) Protein intake /fiber intake/calorie range
2) Eating planned meals
3) Sleeping 7 hours per night
4) Weight loss

Week 26
1) Protein low of 62 grams high of 119 per day emoticon
fiber: 6/7 two under one day, within range for the week
calories: mid-range all week
2) Planned meals: 40%
3) Sleep: 4/7
4) weight loss: lost 3 pounds emoticon

Week 27
1) Protein: low of 68 grams and high of 91 per day emoticon
fiber: 5/7 one under one day, one over one day within range for the week
calories: 6/7 over range on the 4th of July
2) Planned meals: 40%
3) Sleep: 5/7
4) Weight loss: stayed exactly the same to the ounce of last week

Focus for the upcoming two weeks:
1) Protein/fiber/calories
2) Eating what I plan to for the week
3) Sleep at least 7 hours per night
4) Weight loss

Looking forward to a successful few weeks!
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