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    Great Strides in Weight Loss – Week 10

    Fitness and Weight Loss Challenge for Moms

    This has been an interesting week.

    I'm getting back on track in redoubling my efforts. I had fallen into a comfortable state which in one way is a great thing and what we are aiming for – creating new, healthy habits that don't take much effort to implement, because they have become second nature.

    But at that point, it is important to make the effort to go a step up, both to keep your momentum and to continue to improve, and to fulfill your potential, no point in maintaining when you can excel, you only live once! 

    I don't know if I missed a week somehow, but we are doing our pictures and stats for the end of the 12 week challenge this Sunday. So I am going to be especially careful to stick to the plan this week! I'll keep you posted. 

    MY STATS WEEK 10 – Here are the main numbers that I am looking at…

    * Weight 126 lbs (amazing, not sure if this is going to stay, it's quite a leap from yesterday @ 127.5 but I haven't seen that 126 for a long time! :0) I am almost there! – my target weight was 124 although it isn't written in stone, in the end it is going to depend on where I seem to even out at when the belly flab is gone and I have built pretty much what new muscle I will be building)

    * Waist 71cm (same)

    * Belly Bulge 84.5 cm (I have been dealing with some bloat this week, so although strange that my weight is down and this measurement isn't, I'm not concerned. I think that I have lost water weight – see below.)

    MY STATS WEEK 9 – Here are the main numbers that I am looking at…

    * Weight 128.5 lbs (same, was at 128 a few days ago so it is hovering :0)

    * Waist 71cm (down 1 – I have lost a whopping 7cm, almost 3 inches from my waist since week one, totally amazing)

    * Belly Bulge 83.5 cm (going slowly but surely – a total of almost 10cm/4 inches, freak me out!)

    WINS 

    - had no major obstacles other than distraction through work etc so I missed an interval that I would have liked to have done. Other than that although it didn't seem that I was trying very hard, I still maintained my exercise schedule and reasonable eating habits.

    - started going out most nights with my daughters for a run/walk to do my intervals. I was getting bored with my usual routine so this is just in the nick of time. It's nice for the dogs too, although we can only take one as they are too interested in each other to let us get much running in if we take them all (we have 3 at various sizes and ages)

    - started drinking water again. I had been off of it because it just wasn't sitting right, but after making an effort yesterday, it seems to be helping already. I think I was starting to retain because I hadn't been drinking it. I also was snacking more than usual. I find a direct and huge correlation between how much I snack and how much water I drink.

    - I cleaned out the fridge! I can't tell you how much more appetizing and easier it is to find the good stuff, and to motivate me to want to create a good, nutritious meal. This is one of the cornerstones of success with nutrition and healthy eating. The other one is meal planning, which I have also been doing well with this week. 

    MISSES

    - besides the water and missing an interval workout, most things went quite well. I did have a day that I snacked a little too much on some candy that my daughter had in the house. It could have been worse, but none would have been better. Also a few days that I just wanted to eat all day long, but I think that was because I wasn't drinking water.

    - Not spending enough time at Club Fit Yummy Mummy. I am always inspired, always motivated and I always learn something new when I am there. Being quite busy, I wasn't there as much as I usually am and my focus was definitely not spot on as it is most weeks.  You should give it a look yourself, it's free and a thriving community of over 1,000 members, many of them with interesting and informative things to say. And of course Holly our fitness coach is there to answer any questions. Always a good read.

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    It is definitely the time of year to be getting back on board with a Fit Yummy Mummy 12 Week Challenge – I am counting down the days to being 10lbs lighter and 12 weeks stronger!

    Holly gives us assignments throughout the challenge, today it is to examine perfection and the effect that it has on our results – and how it can more likely than not cause more trouble than it saves. I am looking at that today.

    How about you. Has perfection ever brought you down in your efforts to lose weight or get healthier?