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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monster Fit Club: Week Three

Welcome to week three, you guys! It sounds like everyone did a fantastic job last week. Let's weigh in:

This week I lost 1.5 lbs. That is a total of 6.5 lbs. so far! I am now 13.5 lbs. away from my goal of 20lb. total weight loss.

I think I was expecting to lose more weight this week because I did so well the first week. Of course, I wish I would have lost more, but I know that it is a healthy amount to lose. So I am satisfied, and I am feeling great.

I am continuing to count calories and stayed within my calorie budget all week, and I was very proud of that! I even went out for Mexican food on Sunday and stayed under my budget for the day. As far as workouts go, I did not reach my goals. I did both of my strength routines, but I missed one of my three runs. I also did not do any of my P90X ab workouts. With this new week, I am getting back on the saddle, y'all!

One thing that really helps me get through a workout on the treadmill is either an awesome playlist or watching TV. I workout at home, so I don't have one of those awesome cardio theaters like most gyms have, which means I have to turn the volume WAY up to be able to hear over the machine. This doesn't bother me, but when my husband and the neighbors are trying to sleep early in the morning, it can cause problems. Does anyone know of any equipment I can purchase where I can watch TV while wearing earbuds and not disturb others? If you do, let me know in the comments or tweet me!

So how did you do this week?! Put your progress and suggestions in the comments and let's discuss!

DISCLAIMER: As always, please consult with a doctor before starting any diet or weight loss program. MOBFD is not responsible for you having a heart attack or anything. DEAL WITH IT!


  1. I've lost a total of 10lbs now, which I'm thrilled about.  I know more than half of it was just holiday bloat, so things will slow down from here on out.  I weigh about the same now as I did when I lost a few before my sister's wedding in October.  I don't look any different but I feel great. 

    Well, maybe I don't feel that great.  My spinal steroid injection failed.  I'm doing physical therapy and my lady is insisting I only walk and bike for 15 minutes at a time right now.  Not exactly a recipe for weight loss.  Ugh. 

    Let mr again recommend the My Fitness Pal app.  Good stuff. 

  2. I recently got my percent body fat calculated and it basically looks like I shouldn't really lose much weight, maybe 10 at the most. I would say it would be good for everyone to look at their body fat percentages to see if their weight loss goals are realistic. I've always wanted to get to that 120 pounds that seems to be like this ideal weight, but I learned that my base weight (absolutely no fat, just bones and organs, etc.) is 114 pounds so there is NO way I'd be healthy if I wanted to be 120 pounds.
    I think I lost a pound this week, but I haven't been at home to look at my own scale so who knows. Anyway, still eating much healthier than I have before. And I've done some sort of cardio everyday for the past week.
    Now I just want to do some more intense cardio and strength training. I want to get my endurance up so I'm going to try and go to the gym now that school has started and do some intervals on the machines.

  3. You could try Hulu Plus--it's $8 a month, and there's an app for your iPhone. I watched TV on my phone with my earbuds in and it worked fine (although it stopped to buffer once or twice). The only downside is, no live TV. But otherwise it's very cool!

  4. Nightmare, I think it might be as simple as hooking up a headphone jack from your TV to your equipment. I don't know exactly how it works, but they do it at Planet Fitness where I work out, so it can't be that difficult, I'd imagine?

    I will post my weight loss and so forth tonight.

  5. 3 pounds. Slow start but I only started last week. Elimination of Beer was the biggest step in the right direction

  6. 5 pounds total! Slow and steady.

    I've been doing EA Active 2 and the elliptical on my off days plus eating healthy while avoiding old fad-diet traps. I wanted to add in more elliptical, so...

    I had an epiphany in the shower last night: LOSTercising!!! 42 min on the Elliptical each morning watching an episode of LOST. Thanks to Netflix I can go 5-6 months this way, plus fight off my no-more-LOST depression. I started this morning and it was GREAT! Remember Boone with the pens?!? Crazy Boone.

    Plus I've been shoveling, a buttload of snow.

  7. I think there are "blue tooth head phones" that you can connect to your personal computer. Otherwise I recommend these as they are long and strong. Be careful with the tip however, as it tends to pop loose if you pull it out of your ear-hole too hard.

    By the way: I will have my column on Thursday since I have to supervise test today & tomorrow.

  8. Again, I'm not relying on my scale because the readings skew so wildly (that will teach me for buying the cheapest one at Target). Does anyone have recommendations for getting valid readings from a digital scale, or should I just suck it up and buy an analog one?

    Anyway, I've lost an inch off both my waist and hips this week, so I'm calling it a success. Yippee!

    I'm still managing to work out at least 5-6 times per week, and I've turned into a big Jillian Michaels fan. I've also started investigating the streaming content available on Netflix and found a fun one: 10 Minute Solution: Kickbox Bootcamp with Keli Roberts. It's no Cobra Kai, but it may inspire me to join a dojo yet!

    In terms of workout videos that I've detested, The Trainer's Edge: Long & Lean Yoga with Baron Baptiste made me irrationally angry: I started yelling at the screen and then turned it off entirely. The workout by itself is not bad, albeit challenging (I've done yoga for 2 years; I'm certainly no expert but I'm pretty strong, and this tired me out), but the guy talks so darn much that it makes it hard to concentrate. He also provides almost no modifications for beginners, and scandalously, he's quite gropey with his female demonstrators!

    Seconding Shellbomber's re-recommendation of For me, it's made it more like a game ("I'm still hungry, so what can I fit into my diet that won't put me over my calorie count?" and "If I do 20 minutes of yoga, then I can eat more at dinner"--can you tell I'm a glutton?), so I really appreciate that.

  9. I have been bad, but I began my diet in earnest today. My exercise regimen is embryonic, but it's started. I'll let y'all know if I lose any lbs. If I start looking good, I'll post a picture.

  10. Pro-tip, from someone who goes round and round with weight. At a certain point in your fitness regime, scales will only discourage you, because you will start to build muscle mass (as long as you're exercising right) and that will cause you to either stay at the same weight or gain. I would recommend investing instead in measuring tape, or paying careful attention to how your clothes fit. It's not foolproof, but it's a good measure of whether or not an increase on the scale is fat or muscle.

  11. Just got back to my apartment late last week. Received my yoga videos and mat (pro-tip: the wrapper on the mat gave me a link to a free workout download!), and I've just ordered some proper workout shoes.

    I've been cutting down on the eating, stopped drinking soda completely, and developing a taste for the teas. It may take a while before I update on actual weight loss for I don't have a scale, but will continue to update on workout frequency and such :)

  12. I'm down 4 lbs.

    I got to keep chugging along.

  13. I lost 1 lb. this week, but I'm not unhappy nor am I surprised. I worked out less and ate slightly more unhealthily than I have been, so it was to be expected.

    I am proud of myself, though, that I handled some stressful situations without emotional eating, which I've been prone to do in the past.

    This week I feel like I'm back on track, more or less. I've started using the Wii Fit again at night, which I think makes a big difference. I am going to try to focus on stress management techniques such as journaling so that I'm not tempted to use food as comfort.