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30-By-30 Week 1

Happy Friday!  Pretty much from now until my birthday in June, I’ll be weighing in on Fridays and reporting back to you all for my 30 By 30 goal.  My friend Kristen is also doing a similar challenge with me so check out her blog posts also at Livin’ Life in Louie!

30By30

Measurements*

Weight: 179.4 lbs – Down 1.8 lbs. Total of 1.8lbs lost.

WeightGraph-2014-01-03Blue is actual, red is 30By30 (1.25lbs per week lost)

*Note:  I will take full measurements approximately every month.  Weight is not the only measure of success.  I also measure body fat, inches, and how my clothes fit.  I will report these measurements as they come up!

Nutrition

I haven’t been tracking calories this week but I have been working on eating just enough to feel satisfied when I eat.  I have also been working on cooking more and relying less on eating out or premade foods. 

FoodCollage_2014-01-03DSC_5676Braised Pork Chops with Cherries from One Pot of the Day

Exercise

  • Friday – Total Body Weight Lifting routine at the gym
  • Saturday – 3+ Mile walk with Jennifer from Sweat Pink!

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And that was it for the rest of the week.  I have no excuses.  I had some bad habits this week but that is to be discussed below…

Sleep Quality and Duration

I got a new FitBit!  I had the FitBit Zip because it was cheaper but quickly learned that I really missed the sleep tracking function and the timer function of the original FitBit.  When I was at the mall after Christmas, I found the FitBit One at Brookstone for 30% off and jumped at it!  I am so happy to be able to track my sleep again!

My sleep is awful.  I sleep too long and not enough.  That is, I sleep for more than 8 hours but I get less than 5 hours of actual sleep according to my tracker.  I already knew that I was a light sleeper and that I moved around and wake often.  I think this is directly related to my lack of exercise, as I sleep poorly when I am inactive during the day. 

Sleep-2014-01-03Mostly blue is what we want!

How I was Feeling

I was pretty lazy this week, I will admit, and that makes me feel not-so-great.  So this week was a great example of what doesn’t work for me.  I also had several random food reactions that I wasn’t able to pinpoint.  So overall, not a great week for me.  I was feeling jittery too from my lack of exercise.  I get antsy when I don’t move around enough!

Things I Did Well

I was really happy with my eating, even if I didn’t track it.  I had some treats here and there but I didn’t overindulge. 

To Work On

While I had a good start on my nutrition, I need to really track my food again.  I also need to work on better sleep which includes exercising a bit every day.  I get restless when I don’t exercise.   

Tasks for Week 2

  • Track my food every day.
  • Exercise 5 days.  Walk on rest days.
  • Stay in bed for 8 hours only, no matter how much sleep I got.

Until next week!

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