Congratulations to all of us! We made it through the first five days! How did you do this week?
I realize we probably didn't lose that much, ounces even, but hey. We probably all ate pretty well, counted calories, points, consumed an occasional cookie we won't tell anyone about (oh that was me?).
The first week is all about getting into the groove of things, like figuring out what workout schedule works and what kind of health food everyone else in your family will settle for and telling everyone in your life what you're doing so that they won't try to sabotage you. (And by the way -- this took me weeks of convincing for people to actually believe me "this time" --because there's been so many times -- and they're finally on board. And whew, too. That's one of my biggest downfalls. Someone just needs to offer me a burger or a donut or ice cream and fuggedaboutit. I fall right off the wagon. Now they don't even try.)
This was a weird week for me. I am going to D.C. today to see my six-month-pregnant sister (I have procured waterproof mascara because I have not seen my sister with a belly yet - ever!). Anyway, that means I get four workout days this week, plus Sunday's Virtual 5K. Which is 5 total, not six like I try for. And I really had to improvise, squeezing it all in. Monday was a 1 mile run which was supposed to be much longer but something went wrong and well, it was only a mile. Tuesday was a great almost 3 mile run. Wednesday was a long workout; arms, chest, back, legs--usually I split this up into three separate workouts. Thursday I worked out with my dad's WII Fit and MAN was that fun! I did slalom, ski jumps, hula hooping, tight-rope-walking, jogging, it was AWESOME! Except for the part where they measured my BMI.
I got in 45 minutes of actual sweatyback workout, my thighs burned and I wanted to keep going! But the system (me) started breaking down so I had to call it quits.
OK here is what my scale said today (I had to weigh-in a little early because I have to get up at o-dark-hundred for a flight) ..
(drumroll please): a big old 0-point-five.
That's 1/2 a pound. Why? Guess. Yep.
My body picked this week to have my very first, 7 month post-partum, um, visitor. Yay. So I had a little water and PMS. Maybe that's why, maybe it's not. Sorry, I know it's a little TMI.
But since we're being honest here.
So, yes let's get to the good part: this is how the drawing will go this week. Everyone -- bloggers and non-bloggers alike -- anyone who is participating in the Summer of Me must leave a comment with how much weight they lost (and no worries, you don't have to publish for the world your actual weight, just the loss).
Then, I'll draw the winner at random and announce the winner on Sunday. Please make sure I have a way to get a hold of you, either through your blog or leave a comment with your e-mail address if it's nowhere on your blog or if you don't have a blog.
You are probably all wondering, how will she know I really lost x pounds?
You're right. I won't.
I'm counting here on the honor system. I really am. I really and truly believe that all of the women right there on my sidebar, all of you who are doing this with me are genuine, honest women who want to lose weight to better themselves, to become healthier moms, wives, sisters, aunts, and daughters.
I truly believe that no one is here to say they lost weight just to get a prize. I mean, sure, you can tell me you lost 3 pounds when you really lost 2. But please, please, do your very best not to. That's why we're here. In fact, if you gain because of some indescretion or vacation or whatever, that's what this sisterhood is here for! To get you back on the wagon! If you only lose .5, again -- we're here to motivate you! I know this is hard and tedious and there are days when you push yourself until you feel like you're going to die or keel over or throw up or eat your arm instead of that donut.
Just think though, when you are in the middle of it all, in the thick of it on the treadmill or in your living room sweating to Pilates or taking that step class: there are 30 other women in this challenge doing the same thing. Likely at the very same moment as you. Somewhere in the world.
So please. Be honest with us and yourself on this one. Above all, yourself.
That being said, I do know what the grand prize is, and I have to say. It's pretty cool. I will be announcing it in July and I believe it will be quite a surprise, from our wonderful sponsor of our wonderful prize, MarketLeverage. I'll just say this: work your butt off this month. (And of course, be honest!)
Finally (sorry for the long post -- they won't all be this long) today, leave a comment, sign the linky!
NOTE ON MR. LINKY: If you have a post on your weightloss, go ahead, use Mr. Linky too so we can all visit you! However -- you may notice you don't see the linky on the list when you go pull it up at Blenza.com. No worries! All you have to do is this: while you're signing the linky here, click "subscribe" where it tells you to right here. And it will be there when you go to the Mr. Linky site. Confusing enough? Apparently they don't add new ones anymore -- you have to actually subscribe. E-mail me if you have any problem. I will come by and visit everyone as soon as I get off the plane in the early morning and throughout the day.
The prize for this week, remember is a cool tee-shirt from our wonderful sponsor, One More Mile. Along with a Sun-Ripened Raspberry Body Wash, Lotion, and Bubble Bath and Loofah.
Good luck!! Hope everyone did well! If not, there's next week!