Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shrinkvivor Challenge Check-In #2

What a week it's been! I knew I had my mind right for this challenge. I'd been working on my mental attitude ever since I heard this was coming. I asked myself questions like, "Is this how I want to look for the rest of my life?". And, "Is food - what kind, how much, how often - really the most important thing in my life? Really? Is that it?"

I knew what the answers were of course but I'd never really addressed my eating problems in that way and so brutally before. When the challenge started, I was ready.

I made myself a list of disciplines.

1. Bed by midnight.
2. No Quakes or Cakes
3. Shred Daily
4. Walk Daily
5. Weight Watchers Meetings Weekly
6. Fruits and Veggies on hand at all times
7. A glass of water every hour and fifteen minutes

Of course a couple of these changed a little. It's hard to be in bed by midnight when Mr. Right works until eleven some weeks but during these weeks I get to sleep late. I probably should have made that one that I'd get at least seven hours of sleep a night.

And the glass of water every hour and 15 minutes changed when the Shrinkvivor non-fitness challenge became drinking about 95 ounces of water a day. That system worked much better. For the timed water drinking, if I missed a glass, it was just missed. For the total ounces system I was able to get it all in no matter what.

Also, I changed the no Quakes and no cakes discipline a little. The Quakes were my nemesis and they're out but I do allow myself one Hostess 100 Calorie Strawberry Cake pack per day.

I've followed my weight watchers points religiously, shred level one every day and even dipped my sweaty toes into level 2, walked a minimum of 3 miles a day, and attended my first Weight Watchers meeting. Even when out of town this week for a couple of days I managed to get in every shred and every walk. This was due in part to a very supportive daughter who even went on my walk with me.

So what did all this dedication get me? Drum roll please. I lost 6.4 pounds this week. I'm so stoked! When I started the last Shrinking Jeans challenge I did almost as well the first week but I was a different person mentally back then. When I realized that I had gained so much after the end of the last challenge and before this one started, I knew it was time for a real change. And I think I've made that change. It's not as much in my body as in my head.

I think I see a shopping trip in my future


  1. WOW! 6.4 pounds is amazing!!!! I'm so proud of you Mrs. H. SO PROUD!!! You are doing an amazing job physically and mentally. You are SO there, and it's only going to get better from here. Remember, you probably won't lose 6.4 pounds a week, but it sure does feel good doesn't it!? And if you stay on track, those pounds will continue to go bye-bye!!!

    Keep up the great work!

  2. WOW! That is an awesome loss, Mary! So proud of you! You can keep this up. I know you can. Congratulations!

  3. WOW!!! Great job grandma!! That is sooo awesome!! Its also very motivating. I need to get on track too! I wish I lived closer that we could do this together and you would be here everyday to keep me motivated.....I'm saying all this as I have a dbl cheeseburger and lg fry from mcdonalds waiting for me.....blah! I think making a list is a great idea too! Oh and how are the meetings? I also wondered what they were like. I'm sooo happy for you! Keep up the awesome work! Congrats!


  4. You are my hero! You are awesome and amazing. I thought I did good till I read this. Now you have totally reinspired me for next week. See, you even help me when we are on opposing teams.

  5. Holy cow...amazing loss! Congrats and onto another great week!

  6. You are doing so great, I can tell you are in a totally different place mentally than you have been before. That is so awesome. It's so hard to find that place, and I'm so happy for you that you are there! I don't think anything is going to stop you this time!

  7. WHOA Girly, that is awesome!!! I am shredding as well and I loathe jumping jacks...LOL!


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