I have joined a 21-Day Weight Loss Challenge for bloggers. It is a complete program designed by Dustin Maher, author of Fit Moms for Life. Even though I have a strong background in health and wellness, I have plateaued over the last few months and really wanted to push myself to meet my goals for the New Year.
The first day was great. I took the pictures, measurements, and prepared all the records so I can keep track of my progress. I have worked out every day since the challenge started on February 1. My muscles are sore but I feel very motivated to keep doing the workouts. Dustin’s workout plans are intense and really get the heart pumping even when just doing the strength training.
The big change in my food has been eliminating white flour, sugar, rice, and potatoes. Basically all the processed foods are out. Every Monday I will post the previous week’s menu. I’m not great at planning a whole week out so we will have to do retrospectives to show what foods I am getting.
The best part of all of this is my love affair with water has been rekindled. Before this challenge I would remember, usually too late, to start getting my daily water. It was becoming a bit of a struggle. Prior to the black hole of sleep deprivation that comes from raising twins, I was drinking upwards of 100 ounces of water a day. I am back to that level or higher now. It feels wonderful.
So I promised to share my photos and measurements with you so here it goes. In the interest of complete honesty, as a person who works in the health industry it is hard to admit that I got off track. I think the important thing it to realize I am working to make change and that is all I can ever ask of myself or my clients. So here goes:
(I am having some technical issues with my camera. I will get the photos posted as soon as I can get them loaded to the computer. Might have to retake them with another camera — Check back).
In the meantime, here are my measurements:
I will measure myself and take after pictures on February 21st and share my progress. Until then check back for regular updates. If you are a blogger, interested in Dustin’s Blogger Challenge he wants to do a new one every month and help 5,000 bloggers. Contact me for details if you want to be involved.
Wish me luck! I’m off to win some points, make a shopping list and find a gym class for the day.