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The 21 Day Water Challenge: April 2016 Edition

21 Day Water Challenge

I have fallen so far off my fitness game, it’s laughable. With the demands of my new job, I’ve had trouble getting back into writing, let alone practicing self care. Luckily, one of my Facebook friends explicitly asked me about the 21 Day Water Challenge (#21DWC) for March and I promised her one is coming for April.

Since we all need to start somewhere, I’m starting small: by getting my water intake back under control. We all know that water does our hair, skin, nails a world of good but it can also aid in weight management. With all of this said, the April 2016 21 Day Water Challenge is starting on Monday April 4th. If you’ve been slacking or just need some encouragement, this challenge is for you.


Operation Bust Back Into Onederland

In my last post, I talked about resetting my hair regimen because I’m not seeing the results I want. Remember how excited I was to walk into Onederland? It was awhile ago and I’ve been skirting its borders for quite some time but I was a fairly upstanding citizen. Unhealthy behavior always catches up with you, though. Not exercising, not drinking water like it’s my job and overindulging have landed me outside of Onederland.

Looking back over my previous endeavors, I haven’t always set the most realistic goals. I’m not going to drive myself crazy or beat myself up but it IS time for a change. There are 66 weeks until my 30th birthday so I’m shooting for 1lb each week until then. If I can do this successfully, I will hit my goal weight!


Weigh-in Wednesday: Scaling Back on the Scale

I know as well as anyone that the scale is not the most accurate marker to track weight loss. Everyone’s weight fluctuates throughout the day and we women have the added bonus of our monthly courses that can make it appear we’ve had a setback.

Even armed with this knowledge, I’ve recently gotten hooked on weighing myself daily and sometimes *gulp* multiple times a day. I found myself doing this at time when my nutrition and fitness weren’t on point hoping for some magical result.


Healthier, Wealthier You Challenges: January Update

We’re 27 days in to the Healthier Wealthier You Challenges and I’ve been holding up pretty well. Here’s a quick recap of how I’ve been faring on the challenges.

1. Brown Bag Lunch: I’ve been bringing breakfast and lunch every day this month and will continue doing so. Sometimes it’s a salad, a sandwich, leftovers or even a Smart One meal. I’m trying not to go too crazy with the Smart Ones because they’re super high in sodium.


New Year, Same Awesome Me: Be Healthier and Wealthier in 2014!

I know the new year usually inspires loads of resolutions that, for many, last until February. Maybe March for the truly “dedicated.” Personally, this won’t be the case in 2014. Since I’m getting married in June, there are quite a few things I want to get in order for my big day and subsequent marriage. My list is topped by being fitter physically and financially. At the risk of falling subject to the “new year, new me” mantra, I’ve decided to name this group of challenges “New Year, Same Awesome Me.”


Weigh-In Wednesday: 7 Ways to Win at Zumba


Zumba was the first fitness class I ever fell in love with. I’m not a dancer but Zumba is a workout that masquerades as a party. It’s crazy to me that some people still haven’t tried Zumba because it’s crazy wild fun. If you’ve been considering it, here are 7 helpful hints for your first class:

1. Pitbull is going to be on every other song. So I hope you’re a fan. I’m not sure when it happened, but I’m pretty sure Pitbull is the unofficial spokesman for Zumba (Sorry, Beto). You may get the occasional salsa, soca, cumbia, or even hip hop song but Zumba instructors’ trust (and routine) is firmly rooted in Pitbull.


Weigh-In Wednesday: Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That (Kettlebell) Swing


 As I mentioned in my previous post, my cardio game is on point  but the strength training is sore lacking. I finally broke down and  bought a 15lb kettlebell and DVD in order to remedy that. I  ordered them Wednesday, had them by Friday and did my first  workout on Sunday.

The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells DVD  is led by Lauren Brooks, mother of 2. She’s super fit and speaks at  length about the benefits of KB training, the weight newbies  should start with and form for each move. When I did Sunday’s  workout, I went through the stretch, instructional section and 12-minute workout. She also features a full 40-minute rework out  that I haven’t dared to try yet.


Weigh-In Wednesday: Mini Milestones and Keeping it Movin’


I was aiming to lose 4lbs last month and lost 4.2! I was consistent with my thrice weekly workouts (yes, thrice), sometimes even going 4 times a week. If I had remained on track with my eating habits, I’m sure I would have lost more. October’s goal is to drink 96 ounces of water daily, stay within my caloric range and lose 6lbs.

Since my diet is the cause for concern, I’m focusing a lot of attention there. Adhering to my calorie intake is crucial but, in the past, if I slipped up I’d have trouble getting back on track. I’d spiral out of control, lose all my progress and have to start over. I refuse to let that happen again. If I have a less than stellar meal or day, I leave it in the past and start afresh. Bringing my own food is key because I know exactly what I’m consuming. I think that is what helped me lose what I did.


Weigh-In Wednesday: May Will Be a "Challenging" Month

Workouts: 0/3
Eating Habits: Kept on track 3/7 days
21 Day Water Challenge: Day 1, Round 2
This Week’s Weight Change: -1.8lbs
Overall Weight Change:-20.4lbs

I’m not particularly surprised by my weight loss this week because I was, for the most part, focused. I missed a few workouts and didn’t have the greatest eating weekend but I was pretty solid. I know it would have been a little more if I hadn’t gone nuts over the weekend.

Now that it’s the first of May, I’m ready to kick my efforts up a notch. In addition to restarting the squat challenge, I’m also back on the 21 Day Water Challenge, Intermediate level. Slowly but surely, I’m incorporating 3 workouts per week. By the end of the month, I’d like to be up to 4x/week. 

Overall, I’m really excited to reap the benefits of my little changes.  I am also making it a point to stay focused but be kind to myself. I find that sometimes when my changes don’t immediately yield results, I’m ready to beat myself or throw in the towel. My biggest challenge this month will be speaking positively to myself.

What changes are you introducing this month? Has your weight loss journey been going well? Which challenges will you be joining with me?


Weigh-In Wednesday: Time To Get Fit, Doctor’s Orders

Workouts: 2/3
Eating Habits: Kept on track 2/7 days
21 Day Water Challenge: Round 1 Complete 03/22
This Week’s Weight Change: -6lbs
Overall Weight Change:-18.6lbs

It’s been 3 weeks since my last WIW but I’m back on the ball. Whenever I fall all the way off, like I did last time, I usually don’t blog about it. I mean, who wants to hear about someone who can’t get it together? Besides, there’s only so much “You’ll get it next time!” I can hear without beating myself up. I love how supportive everyone is but when you’re in a downward spiral, only YOU can bring you out. 

I’m happy to say I’m out!

I visited a nutritionist on Sunday and it was an emotional experience. I know I’m out of shape but I didn’t realize to what degree. After weeping like a baby in her office, I strengthened my resolve to get back on track. I am loosely counting calories but focusing heavily on what I eat. Lots of fruits and vegetables and proteins. I’m going easy on the carbs and fatty stuff. I’m also tracking every bite on Sparkpeople. I also make sure to eat every 2-4 hours so I don’t overeat.

I raved about my FitBit  when I bought it and I still use it daily. I also purchased a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor. The image to this post is after today’s Fire 45 workout. I absolutely love it and know it’s going to be a great addition to my fitness arsenal. Once I’ve gotten more comfortable with it, I’ll do a full review. 

I fell off the 30 Day Squat Challenge but I will restart it and the 21 Day Water Challenge in May. Wanna join me? 

Do you consult a nutritionist for guidance? What fitness tools do you have to help you reach your goals?