Feeling Fly by The Fourth of July: Week ONE Update #FlybyJuly

So how did everyone do this first week?

I’m happy to report that I have had some success and I cannot wait to read about how your first week with the Feeling Fly by The Fourth of July Challenge went. So please don’t forget to link up your post below or let us know your results in the comments.

Also, don’t think that because we are already underway that you cannot be part of the fun! All it takes is a willingness to improve your health and fitness and a little commitment from you and we will welcome you with open arms. Read all about the challenge and then give it a go!

I thought I would recap my goals and let you know how I fared on starting to meet them:

My Goals for this Challenge:

  • Reduce my consumption of sugar and bread: Eat a balanced diet  I think I did pretty well here, despite date night this week which had me eating out and indulging in a few mixed drinks.  Keeping a food journal really helps! 
  • Exercise at least four times a week for 30 minutes minimum (include both cardio and strength exercises) I started out slowly on this front this week. I tried to squeeze in a walk when I could. Instead of sitting on my butt while waiting for the girls to finish dance class, I hit the streets with my earbuds in and got caught up on a few podcasts I enjoy. 
  • Lose 20 – 25 lbs at a rate of 2 lbs per week I’m on track here! Those following me on MyFitnessPal saw that I lost 3.3 lbs this week. Hopefully I can keep heading in the right direction.
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  • Drink more water I wasn’t keeping track before, but I do like water and will drink it when I’m thirsty.  I’d still like to see myself drinking more than I did this past week. I’m trying to keep my glass full and in sight at all times!
  • Do not skip meals and healthy snacks. You don’t have to tell me to eat. I knew that I wouldn’t have a problem meeting this goal. :)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. I’m also pretty lucky on the sleep front. I made a pact that I would go up to bed at the same time that my husband retires for the evening (10pm sharp!) He has to wake up VERY early. I do not. So as a by product, I always manage a solid 7-8 hours every night.
In other fitness related news, I’ve decided to give Insanity another go. I was working through the program last year at this time. I even blogged about my journey through Insanity (Part One and Part Two). I completed the program and had never felt stronger. 
Let me remind everyone: if you don’t use it, you lose it.  
I took the fit test today and my results…well…let’s just say it wasn’t as bad as the first time, but it was a lot worse than where I ended.  sad face. 
I’m not sure I will really be able to commit to working out six days a week (thats how the Insanity program goes–one rest day), but something is better than nothing. I never did a workout that made me hurt so bad, yet feel so good. So, here we go again. 
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About Christine Hutchinson

Wife. Mother of Four Girls. And one half of the blogging duo at More Than Mommies: A blog focused on Family, Love, Life, Balance and woman finding themselves again after donning the Mommy Title. Connect with Christine@MoreThanMommies.net

Comments

  1. Wonderful start and look at you losing over 3 lbs. I am still the same weight I weighed last week, but I do work out daily and my clothes seem to be fitting me a bit better each week. So I will take it :)

  2. I lost 2.4 pounds and only weighed myself this morning because I knew this post was going up! :) I didn’t do as well as I wanted diet wise and am still waiting for the time to exercise (I guess I’m going to have to MAKE the time, huh?) but I did lose . . . so that’s a bonus! I think the fact that I’ve really been pushing the water over other beverages has been a big help!

  3. Meredith says:

    I love that you are doing this–the coolest name for a fitness challenge I’ve ever seen. And go you for being off to such a great start! You rock it, woman!

  4. lablover22 says:

    Congrats on your success!! that is awesome! Water, diet and reasonable expectations of exercise- those are the keys to success for me and have been since I lost 42 pounds 6 years ago. You can do it!!

    vicky

    http://thepursuitofnormal.blogspot.com/

  5. Vicky! Thanks for the encouragement! and Way to go on keeping the weight off!

  6. Thanks Meredith! Now that my “baby” is turning three…I don’t think I can keep calling my muffin top “baby weight!”

  7. I try not to get hung up on the scale. It’s just a number and tool (one of them) to measuring success…but how the clothes fit is definitely a better indicator–I think. So GO YOU, Janine!

  8. WhenCrazyMeetsExhaustion says:

    Oh. My. Gawd. I don’t do ANY of these things, yet I complain about the size of my arse. I do have fabulous excuses, though: I can’t drink the daily allowance of water because I’ll pee all day.

    Please come to my house, grab me by the hair, and force me to walk with you.

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