Anyway, here are my stats for the challenge:
Starting weight - 249.8#
Final weight - 231.8#
In ten week, I lost exactly 18 pounds! I was pretty happy with this, especially since I had a week of no loss and a week with a small gain. The final results have not been posted yet, but I expect to be somewhere in the middle of the pack, which means I won't win any money. However, I feel like I won in that I stuck in for the entire challenge and met with some good success!
I posted a "before" picture here when I started the challenge, and for reference, here it is:
And here is the "after" picture that I posted on the challenge board:
All the lumpiness is there in the same places, but I can definitely see that I am narrower across the beam. I was happy to see such a difference in the photos because sometimes it's difficult to notice such differences in the mirror from week to week. I think I might plan to take another picture in another ten weeks to gauge my progress.
I am setting some new goals for myself in the gym. As I detailed here, I started the C25K program a while back to try to get back into jogging. After about six weeks doing the program (during which time I completed the first three weeks twice each), I went on the elliptical one day and then never looked back. However, my original goal was to become a runner again, and I don't want to lose sight of that goal. At the gym yesterday, I got on the treadmill to see if I could run a mile. I made it a half mile and then stopped, although I probably could have pushed myself to go longer. I did follow it up with some speed walking and was on the treadmill for a total of 24 minute, after which I got on the elliptical for 33 minutes. In all, it was a great workout, and I want to keep doing this so I can build up my running endurance. I might pick up week four of the C25K program at some point, but for now I am just going to hit the treadmill before the elliptical each day and see what I can do. Once I get to a mile, I feel like I can keep adding time and distance without following an interval program. If I find this to be untrue, however, I have C25K to fall back on and will certainly get back to it.
Yesterday was a day of excess, with two picnics on our agenda. I definitely enjoyed myself, but I am definitely ready to get back in the swing of things. I started the day my making a big pot of steel cut oats for the week, and after I eat some of that and let it sit for a bit, I am headed to the gym. Because I had yesterday off for the holiday, I have to work two weekdays this week, so my gym schedule will be messed up a bit. I want to get in a good workout today for that reason. Our yoga class doesn't meet tonight either because of the holiday, so I am planning to do a yoga DVD today to replace the class. It should be a full day!
Make it a great day, everyone!