Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Tuesday Report - Week #5

And again...just because I love this commercial...



Mostly I like it because our 5th grade boy thinks it's awesome to go around saying, "Hump DAY-EEE!" on Wednesdays. :o)

...and we're half-way through our challenge!

(Click here to see everyone's goals)

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Ariana aka "The Cake Runner"


Update: I am so proud this week because I ran 9.5 miles! That's half a mile from my weekly goal, but it's the best I've done so far. Also, I ran 3 miles without stopping, which is the longest I've been able to go since our baby was born. Hurray for progress!

Scripture Study: Averaged 4.5 pages a day this week. (I'm up to Alma 5)
Calories: Stayed under 2,000 calories every day this week. 100% 
Weight: 163 (Another pound down this week. 2 total!)

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Chelsea aka "The B-Ball Beauty"


Update: I don't know how I'm doing for my long term goals, but I am meeting my weekly goals. I feel like I am making a good habit now of reading at least five times a week and exercising three times a week. Now as far as my long term goal is concerned, I think I need to start eating less! :) I exercise, but I'm not changing my diet, so I don't think I'm going to be able to lose the five pounds I was shooting for. But, I'll keep on with my weekly goals and try to do even better to shoot for the long term!

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Aubrie aka "The Delightful Dixie Chick"


Update: Coming soon!

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Amber aka "The Charming Chemist"



Update: I didn't start any new PP experiences this week. Life was just too crazy! I'm still working on #1 though, so hopefully I'm not falling too far behind. 

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Becca and Daniel
aka "The Dynamic Duo"



Becca's Progress: Coming soon!

Daniel's Progress: Coming soon!

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The Helper


 

Update: I helped cheer up the baby when she was crying and helped her to fall asleep so Mom could get some chores done.

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The Impeccable Party Planner


Update: Coming soon!

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Melanni aka "The Diva of Design"


Here's how my goals went this week:
I was 100% on my scripture reading
Book of Mormon: Mosiah 14
D&C: Section 74
One conference talk or Ensign article each day

Weight: Back up to 137. Did not reach my goal of 134. I can't seem to not cheat at least two days out of the week. I need more will power! (and to throw away Halloween candy)
Eating: 5 good days, 2 cheat days

One good thing: I ran on the treadmill for the first time since having Corbin. I ran 1.5 miles in 20 minutes and it felt so good! I am not quite at my 6 week mark but I was itching to start running and I knew my body was ready. That was on Thursday. Sadly, we all got sick over the weekend (including Corbin, it's been horrible!) so I don't see running again happening this week since he and I are both still sick and I am so behind on laundry and everything else. Next week (Thanksgiving week) I will be at my official 6 week mark and hopefully will be healthy enough to run/exercise 3x.

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Riannon aka "The Motivational Marathoner"


Update: 

I met my goal of working out 6 days this week.
Did my strength training in the form of my first Crossfit workout ever.
I had a good long run of 8.5 miles, at a 9 minute mile pace.
My fastest run was 7:55. I just wasn't feeling very speedy this week.
Did not do my tempo run, unfortunately. I ran a fair amount this week but nothing other than the long run was long enough to count as a tempo run. I kind of forgot about it. 
Scale stayed the same. 

All this week I've been feeling really tired and lethargic, which is semi-normal for me this time of year, so I'm happy with what I did accomplish. Exciting that we are half-way already! That went by really fast. 

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Becca aka "The Sweet Sunshine Swimmer"




Update: Coming soon!

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Becky aka "Mayhem Momma"


Short term progress:

1. I had 5 workouts.  Still rocking at 100% total!!
2. This was a much better week.  100% portion control!  Yeah!  60% total.
3. I didn't have any cheats this week, so 100%.  96% total.

Long term progress:

1. My back pain has steadily been increasing, but I think it's owing to new sources.
2. My weight was the same this week.  -3 pounds total.

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Have a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Tuesday Report - Week #4

Check out everyone's updates this week!
You are all so uplifting and motivating!

(Click here to see everyone's goals)

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Ariana aka "The Cake Runner"


Update: So, last week I set a goal of eating only one treat a week. I decided to change that to counting calories. I know a lot of people don't like doing that, but I like it because I do a better job staying on track with it. It helps me to have concrete numbers to work with.

Tip: I know it's always important to stay hydrated, but especially when you're working out, and also when you're a nursing mom. Something I've found that helps me to remember to drink enough is to drink a glass of water right before or right after I feed the baby.

Scripture Study: Averaged 4 pages a day again this week (I'm up to Mosiah 22)
Exercise: Only ran once, but I'm really excited that I ran 2.5 miles without having to stop! That's the furthest I've gone since our baby was born.
Weight: 164 (1 lb. closer to a healthy weight this week!)

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Chelsea aka "The B-Ball Beauty"


Update: I achieved my goals this week! I have been so glad that Ariana challenged me to do this.  My exercising habits are staying about the same, but my scripture reading is so much better! 

I have decided to just keep my scriptures on the floor right next to my bed so that I see them as I am getting in bed.  This makes it so that I see my scriptures, and it reminds me that I need to read. Even if it is late I try to read at least one chapter.  This has really changed how I feel about myself every day.  I feel more accomplished because I read my scriptures. I have loved this challenge and look forward to the next few weeks!

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Aubrie aka "The Delightful Dixie Chick"


Update: So this week was good. I ran 3 days of the week and then worked out at the gym on Thursday for 2 hours. For service I went to the Utah Food Bank and volunteered. 

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Amber aka "The Charming Chemist"



Update: This week I was still working on #1 (focusing on living the FTSOY standards for 1 month). Our stake also had Fast Sunday this week because of Stake Conference the week before, so I worked on #6, where you fast with a specific purpose in mind. 

2 things that helped me this week were 1) we had a YW get baptized on Sunday. It was great to be there to support her, and it helped distract me from my fast. :) The second thing that helped me was going to YW in Excellence on Sunday night. It was really great to see what my girls, and the other girls in our stake have been working on for PP. I was so proud of my YW and was motivated to keep working, learning and growing. There are always so many ways to improve ourselves!


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Becca and Daniel
aka "The Dynamic Duo"



Becca's Progress:

8 1/2 hours of exercise out of 37

Daniel's Progress:

10 miles run out of 50

We are clearly running behind our projected goals, but I'm starting to learn that this is not just about exercise. It is also intertwined with time management and coordination. Being a new, first time mom, I've found that the biggest challenge is making time to actually work out. It's interesting. On the days that I manage to get a workout in I also happen to be more productive. This leads me to my big tip.

Tip:

You can increase your productivity by planning your days in advance. It also helps to share your plan with your family. I found that when Daniel and I don't discuss our plan of attack for the following day that our goals just don't get done. Part of the reasoning behind it is that we will have conflicting plans in our heads if we don't talk them out. For example, yesterday we decided that I was going to get up at six and Daniel would listen for Maebelle while I was at the gym. We had all kinds of back up plans set in place. I was able to get a full workout in that day!  

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The Helper


 

Update: I am really good at calming our baby down and helping her fall asleep. My mom was really grateful when I helped our baby go to sleep yesterday so she could get some things done.

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The Impeccable Party Planner


Update:  Blech!  Okay THIS week I will do better.  I joined the Terrafit challenge with a group and today is day one.  Our team really wants to win so if I don't do well, it will hurt the whole team.  My new goal is to do the Terrafit challenge and to get LOTS of points.

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Melanni aka "The Diva of Design"


Update: This week I met my scripture goals.

BOM: Mosiah chapter 5
D&C: Section 65
One conference or Ensign article each day
I am down to 136 pounds.
My eating goals were ok. I did good for 5 days but ate more than one treat 2 of the days. I am determined to not mess up this week!
I have a short term goal to weigh 134 pounds next Monday. Maybe this will help me stay on track.

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Riannon aka "The Motivational Marathoner"


Update: I met all my exercise goals. My fastest mile of the week was 7:45. I got the long run in despite extremely cold weather (for Washington State, that is) of 32 degrees. I had one bad eating day (my first since I started this challenge) and am unfortunately up 1 lb this week but hey, that's within normal fluctuation, right? Overall I'm fairly satisfied with the week and am hoping the scale behaves better next week. 

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Becca aka "The Sweet Sunshine Swimmer"




Update: Coming soon!

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Becky aka "Mayhem Momma"


Short Term Progress:

1. I had five workouts this week, so still at 100%
2. I overate several times again, but my excuse is that I had a surprise visit from my dad!  Totally 
    worth it.  42% for the week, 47% total.  :(
3. We wanted to roast s'mores with our fire one night, so I had one cheat.  85% for the week, 95% 
    total.

Long Term Progress:

1. This wasn't a great week for my back pain.  :(
2. No weight loss, but no gain either.  That's somewhat of a miracle with all I ate this week.

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I loved reading everyone's updates.
Thank you so much for doing this with me.
Have a wonderful week!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thursday

Scripture Study: Read Mosiah Chapter 12 (2 pages)

Activity: Parent teacher conference with The Historian's teachers. We are so proud of him. He is a wonderful student and great kid. I'm so grateful that we have him in our family.

Wednesday

Scripture Study: Read Mosiah Chapter 11 (2 pages)

Activity: Took Miss Sunshine, Twirly Girl, and Sweet Baby to their well-child/well-baby checkups. All three girls needed shots. Scheduled another appointment.

Young Women in Excellence. Received 7 of my 8 value ribbons. I've almost earned my Young Womanhood Recognition Award! I'm so happy!

https://www.lds.org/young-women/personal-progress/young-womanhood-recognition?lang=eng

Tuesday

Scripture Study: Read Mosiah Chapters 8-10 (5 pages)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Tuesday Report - Week #3

It's the end of our first month
with two more to go! I can't believe we're 
a third of the way through the challenge!

(Click here to see everyone's goals)

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Ariana aka "The Cake Runner"


Update: I got behind in my scripture study this week, but I know I can do better from now on. I'm still struggling with getting in workouts. I think I need to start focusing more on eating better because that's something I have more control over (compared to my husband's schedule and when the baby will cry). So all of you healthy eaters have inspired me to set a new goal of having one dessert or snack food (cookies, chips, etc.) a week. 

Scripture Study: Averaged 4 pages a day (less than I wanted)
Exercise: Only ran once and got in 2 miles (10 is the goal)
Weight: Still 165

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Chelsea aka "The B-Ball Beauty"


Update: I didn't meet my goals this week. I exercised twice and read three times. So far I'm only good for 1/3 weeks. Gotta do better next week!

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Aubrie aka "The Delightful Dixie Chick"


Update: This last week, I saw a girl walking home from church, and it was raining and cold, so I pulled over and gave her a ride home. Also, I went with the missionaries to teach twice last week. I went running pretty well, but on Saturday it started to downpour on us so we didn't run very long.

So, I started a goal a few days ago to be more grateful and to take time each day to write what I am grateful for. This is how much I have so far:


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Amber aka "The Charming Chemist"



Update: I have finished off the 3 weeks of Virtue #5, so I am done with that one, hooray! Now I am working on #1, which involves a month of focusing on keeping the standards in the For the Strength of Youth. They have updated the booklet from when I was in YW, so it was interesting to see the changes they have made. 

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Becca and Daniel
aka "The Dynamic Duo"



Update: Coming soon!
  
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The Helper


 

Update: I helped my mom this week by finding clothes for the baby to wear. I also helped the baby stop crying by singing to her.

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The Impeccable Party Planner


Update: I promise I will do better next week AFTER YWIE.  

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Melanni aka "The Diva of Design"


Update: I have had a horrible eating week (thanks a lot, Halloween!). There were 3 days, that I ate with wild and reckless abandon which is probably why I went up 3 pounds this week (139). I plan on getting back on track this week and eating healthy.

My scripture reading is still on track, though. 
BOM: Jacob chapter 7
D&C: Section 57
And I've read at least one Ensign or Conference article each day.
I hope I have a better eating report next week :)
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Riannon aka "The Motivational Marathoner"


Update: Another good week! I am down two more pounds, and I exercised six days of the week, including strength conditioning, speed training and a tempo run. The only bad part was that I wimped out on my long run. It was pouring rain and my friend only had time for five miles, and instead of going back out and running 3 more miles on my own like I had planned to do, I stayed at home and changed out of my soggy clothes. This week I am going to get that long run in no matter how hard it is raining!

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Becca aka "The Sunshine Swimmer"




Update: Somehow I forgot about my scripture reading goal and only read a few times. I felt the difference in my state of mind for sure.

I didn't eat any refined sugar even with Halloween. That's pretty difficult for a sugar addict. There are currently 2 bags of candy on my kitchen counter - not even a nibble.

Exercise has been minimal. I did my first at home workout, which is progress.

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Becky aka "Mayhem Momma"


Short term:
1. I had five good workouts, plus several extra hours of physical labor.  100%
2. This was a bad week for portion sizes.  I ate way too much several times.  3/7 so 42% this week and a 57% total.
3. At least I didn't do any cheating this week!  100%

Long term:
1. My back was hurting more at the beginning of the week, but it has subsided again.
2. I'm down one more pound.  Total: 3 pound loss.

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You are all doing so great, and I'm so lucky to have you for my family and my friends! I hope you all have an awesome week!