Saturday, April 24, 2010

7 Week Challenge: Week 2

OOPS! I totally forgot to update about Week 2 of The 7 Week Challenge and my weigh in. Let's start with a quote as usual shall we?

Goals are not absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.
~ Robert H. Schuller


If we sit around on our backsides with no goals, no dreams, no hopes - are we really alive or are we just existing? And, if that is what we are doing, how can we hope to STAY alive? We've spent weeks, months, years doing virtually nothing besides shoving food in our faces and no plan to counteract those actions. And that is affecting our health.

Having goals, having strategies, helps us survive. By setting a goal for myself to lose weight and keep losing it, I have put a plan in place to SAVE MY LIFE. How about you?


So how did Week 2 go?

Goal #1 - Work out a minimum of 5 days a week - GOAL MET!

Still the hardest to achieve but I think that is because it is now so deeply ingrained to dislike exercise that I am having a hard time working around that. I'm getting there though. I think the key is to find something I actually enjoy, which I think I have. I actually LIKE going swimming. It's still a good workout but there's no pressure on my joints, which is great. And I'm beginning to enjoy my walks. It gives me time to be in my own head with my own special soundtrack on my iPod....and it burns off stress.

This is what I did this week:

Thursday - 40 minutes swimming (40 lengths) AND 1 hour AquaBlast water aerobics class
Friday - 1.5 hours at gym (3kms on treadmill, 5 kms on bike, weights circuit

Leg Press (62.5 kgs / 137.5 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps
Lat Pulldown (10 kgs / 22 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps
Abductor (48 kgs / 105.6 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps
Chest Press (30 kgs / 66 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps
Hamstring Curl (42 kgs / 92.4 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps
Tricep Pushdown (5 kgs / 11 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps
Shoulder Press (15 kgs / 33 lbs) - 3 sets of 15 reps
Bicep Curl (3 kgs / 6.6 lbs - free weights) - 3 sets of 15 reps

Saturday - 30 minute walk
Sunday - Day off
Monday - 1.5 hours housework at high speed and high intensity. Major sweat!
Tuesday - 45 minute walk
Wednesday - Day off

Goal #2 - Drinking more water - GOAL MET!

This week I was allowed a maximum of 2 glasses of Coke Zero a day and a minimum of 6 glasses of water. It's getting harder! I love my Coke Zero and I find myself wanting to drink it all the time. But the increase in water is helping.

As of Thursday, I am only allowed 1 glass of Coke and my water consumption needs to be upped by one glass a day. I'm totally on it!

Goal #3 - Tracking everything that goes into my mouth - GOAL MET!

Still doing well with this and it's actually really helping to see what good stuff is going into me and what stuff I need to avoid. I even went through the past week and highlighted stuff that wasn't worth it, didn't satisfy me or was a bad choice. Not as many highlighted bits this week as last, so YAY!

Weight Change This Week : - 800 grams (1.76 lbs)

Weight loss total to date: - 19.9 kgs (43.78 lbs)

I was incredibly frustrated with this weight loss...but only because it brought me to just 100 grams shy of the 20kg mark I was aiming for this week. Ah week.


  1. great stuff! I think I need to set more exercise oriented goals like you. How will you celebrate your 20kg mark???

  2. Well done - great week - the quote so true!
    Look forward to celebrating the 20kg next week.

  3. You are AMAZING.. I've said it before. Truly an inspiration to me. Thank you!

  4. I think you will see a difference with less of the Coke Zero. Apparently, there's something in the artificial sweetener that tells your body to retain fat. Gaaah! Bad!

  5. Great quote. Just think of next week when you can say "I've lost 20kgs!!"

    Like Becca said, you are AMAZING and an INSPIRATION

  6. Bravo, Maggie! Way to stick to it, woman. I am so proud of you!!

  7. You asked on my blog for tips on how to know when to jog n when to walk in the c25k. Truthfully I am not sure what I would do without my iPhone because I downloaded the c25k app that tells me Warmup Run Walk Run Walk etc. I hear the ding ding and then a cue and can listen to my music at the same time. I suppose you could wear a preset stopwatch but that'd get frustrating. I'm sorry I don't have more ideas. I'm A techno zombie. My iPhone is my 5th aPpendage. Much love!