Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weight loss struggles

I’ve been incredibly busy these past few weeks, in a good way. This fall has been the season for travel. I mentioned last month I was in Las Vegas for a bachelorette party and Atlanta for the Black Girls RUN! race. I was also in St. Louis hosting a friend’s baby shower, and this month I’ll be in Kansas City participating in a wedding.
Phew! On top of all my travel plans, on September 15th I decided to set the goal for myself of losing 10 pounds by October 13th. How’s that coming along? Miserably. I was down 3.5 pounds at the start of week two, which is good, but by the end of this past week, my weight loss was flat. I don’t expect to reach my goal by the end of this week, but I will continue to work on losing. As part of my weight loss efforts, I tried a new workout during my St. Louis visit. My sister has been raving about the classes at Title Boxing Club, so I joined her as a guest at the Creve Coeur location. Wow, it was bananas. I’m not a huge fan of upper body workouts, so I expected it to suck going into it. We actually ended up working our entire bodies. In between punching sequences, we did other intervals: running laps, lunges while holding medicine balls overhead, reverse crab crawls, and more. We also worked our abs at the end of the workout. I was pooped by the time the hour was over. It was a great workout though. I loved punching the crap out of that bag! There just happen to be a few locations near Chicago, I would love it if another location popped up closer to the city.
To help with weight loss, I also stopped drinking beer. I haven’t cracked open a cold one in over two weeks. This is quite the accomplishment since I love beer! I have however still enjoyed red wine (It’s good for heart health, right?). This week I started using a new app on my phone, Lose It! This has been an eye opener for me to realize that even with exercise, I was consuming too many calories for weight loss. I would like to lose 20 pounds overall, but I’m taking it 10 pounds at a time. I think varying my workouts and the use of this app will help to keep me on track to meet my goal.

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