Day 48 – 60 Day Challenge

Today was a good day, despite the fact that I did end up having 2 drinks instead of my daily allotment of 1. But I’m not really feeling guilty. I don’t drink much anyway, and I was still pretty close to my points target, even with the beer. And I did 90 minutes of essentially straight cardio (with some weights) so I felt like I earned it.

I think the things that I’m learning are that structure helps me and it’s definitely set me up to be successful so far in losing weight. But that it’s okay to go outside of the lines on occasion, especially when I’ve been pretty good and had a great work out. Another 4 mile run is coming up later today. Looking forward to it!

Date: December 18th, 2013

Days Complete: 18

Tracked: Yes

Worked Out: Yes. 30 minutes of running followed by a 60 minute total body challenge class

Feeling: In the groove

Day 47 – 60 Day Challenge

Had a decent run to start off day 47. As I continue to train for this half marathon, I definitely can tell my endurance is getting better as well as being able to increase my speed on my short runs.

I had made plans to go to a new (to me) pizza place with my friends Andrei and Gene. So I was proud of myself for skipping the pizza that was provided to our team at lunch and instead, do a salad. It was tough….the pizza looked great. But I knew I would have pizza in the evening and so it helped in skipping it at lunch.

Still feel like I’m making up for a weekend of not great “on plan” eating but I’ll get there…


Date: December 17th, 2013

Days Complete: 17

Tracked: Yes

Worked Out: Yes. Ran for 40 minutes

Feeling: Still a little sore

Day 46 – 60 Day Challenge

Today was a solid day. Weekends are always a challenge with eating but having work during the week helps keep me structured and it makes it a lot easier to stay focused and on track. Went back to CrossFit after a couple weeks off. Not intentional, just trying to find a time that works. Ideally I’d like to go a couple times per week.


Date: December 16th, 2013

Days Complete: 16

Tracked: Yes

Worked Out: Yes. CrossFit

Feeling: Hyped

Day 45 – 60 Day Challenge

Today was a relatively balanced day although I didn’t track. But I did manage to run 7 miles despite being very sore after Saturday’s weight lifting class. I was worried about the run because of how sore my body was, but I ended up being able to run the entire 7 miles without stopping. This is the most I’ve run several months (since my half marathon in June). I’ve been running pretty regularly the past couple months and I think that combined with the weight loss is really helping with my endurance. The best part was feeling like I could keep running, even after the 7 miles. Progress!


Date: December 15th, 2013

Days Complete: 15

Tracked: No

Worked Out: Yes. Ran for 70 minutes (7 miles)

Feeling: Sore

Day 44 – 60 Day Challenge

Day was sort of meh. Started off fairly well as most days do. I think my downfall was letting something emotional affect my choices in the evening. I don’t usually tend to be an emotional eater (although boredom can sometimes get the best of me) but there are times (like last night) where I have a “fuck it all” moment. Granted, I actually ate something that was relatively healthy. But I didn’t need to eat at all. I’m over it now. These moments are wont to happen. But hopefully they are few and far between.

Date: December 14th, 2013

Days Complete: 14

Tracked: Yes

Worked Out: Yes. 60 min weight lifting class called “body pump” lol

Feeling: Meh

Day 43 – 60 Day Challenge

Today was good. Until dinner. Granted, I think I keep forgetting I’m allowing myself to cheat every so often. And I did. I had a BLTA at dinner and a manhattan at a show. I shouldn’t feel guilty. But I do. I think even though I am allowing myself to splurge a few times a week (a necessity in life), I still feel like I should be good ALL the time. I need to get over this because I don’t feel like I should feel this way when it’s all a part of finding balance. Something I need to work on.

Date: December 13th, 2013

Days Complete: 13

Tracked: Yes

Worked Out: Yes. 30 minutes of running, 30 minutes of walking.

Feeling: Guilty. But trying to get over it.

Day 42 – 60 Day Challenge

Another solid day, even with a trip to Ali Baba for lunch! I love mediterranean food but I felt good about eating only have of the bread in the schwerma that I had. I also had a great run which made me feel good. My runs from earlier this week were a struggle (I think due to traveling) so I was a bit worried to get on the treadmill again. But I felt so good, like I could run forever. I kept upping the speed and was still able to keep going for 4.5 miles. Had a healthy salad for dinner to top off the day.

Date: December 12th, 2013

Days Complete: 12

Tracked: Yes

Worked Out: Yes. 4.5 miles on the treadmill

Feeling: Pumped. Keep seeing the number go down on the scale which is awesome!

Day 41 – 60 Day Challenge

Had a solid day back at home, at least in terms of food. Sadly I didn’t get a chance to work out, but I am okay taking a day off every now and then.

Trying to remember to add little snacks in during the day can be challenging. But I feel like it will help me to not feel starving at meals and also make sure my calorie intake stays at a good level. Almonds have been my recent go to. I usually only eat 7 at a time but it helps curb hunger, is good for me and not too crazy of calories (plus good fat, etc).

What are some great snacks you can recommend?

Date: December 11th, 2013

Days Complete: 11

Tracked: Yes

Worked Out: No

Feeling: Still jetlagged but at happy it’s at least warming up slightly. 🙂

Day 40 – 60 Day Challenge

Day 10 was what I would call a great maintenance day. I didn’t eat crappy food, but I ate slightly higher calories than I would had I been trying to stick with my plan. That being said I am not going to beat myself up. I think I did pretty well under the circumstances. I’m so glad I’m home now, though. Here’s to (hopefully) no more work trips the rest of the challenge.

Date: December 10th, 2013

Days Complete: 10

Tracked: No

Worked Out: Yes. 30 minutes on the treadmill.

Feeling: Happy to be home!

Day 39 – 60 Day Challenge

Breaking today in wins and losses:

WIN: Avoided unhealthy breakfast food. Had fresh pressed juice and a banana for breakfast.
LOSS: Considering I sat on a plane for 5 hrs, I probably snacked on more than I should. Nothing unhealthy per se, but specifically more hummus than I should have.
WIN: When I got to the hotel I forced myself to spend 40 minutes on the treadmill.
LOSS: Dinner was chicken pho at a Vietnamese restaurant. Relatively healthy but a big quantity.
WIN: We ended up walking about 40 minutes in the 35F evening after dinner. So at least my stomach felt settled before bed.

Not a great day but trying to celebrate the small victories.

Date: December 9th, 2013

Days: 39

Tracked: Yes, albeit a bit of guess work

Worked Out: Yes. 40 minutes on treadmill

Feeling: Meh