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Monday, 23 June 2014

Losing it and Winning - Week 7

Well another week has gone by in this weight loss challenge.  I worked harder this week than the last few weeks and results are showing. I'm happy with my results this week.

If you are new to this series, I wrote a little bit about my 12 week challenge in this post.
Here are the recaps for week 1week 2week 3week 4week 5 and week 6.

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Here are my measurements as of  Sunday, June 22, 2014:

Weight:  153.2 lbs
Bust: 38" 

Waist: 32" 
Butt:  38"

I lost exactly 4lbs this week!!  I was darned happen with that loss.   My waist has has also gone down 2 inches from last week, which is another bonus. My other measurements went down as well by an inch or two. I'm finally getting the hour glass shape I've always wanted. yee haw

Here is my original starting weight and measurements as of Sunday, May 4, 2014:

Weight:  172.3 lbs
Bust: 41 1/2"
Waist: 39 1/4"
Butt:  40"

Overall since May 4, 2014, I'm down 19.1 lbs and 7.25 inches off my waist, 3.5 inches off bust, and 2 inches off of butt.  I've had several people also comment on muscle definition in my arms and legs too.  When I look in the mirror I notice the tummy bulge is almost gone. All these things put together are motivating me to continue to work hard and stick to my menu plan.


As I mentioned last week, I am currently dealing with a hip injury and this week I pushed my self hard. In the evening I was definitely feeling tenderness in my hip, although the constant burning feeling is now gone. Which is a good thing.  I went to see the chiropractor for another adjustment and he also said it was ok to "work harder" but to be aware of the pain.

I dealt with the evening tenderness and morning stiffness, by using a roller  on my hip, rolling out the front, the side and back of my hip and legs. Since all the muscles are interconnected, I tried to roll out each muscle for 2-3 minutes at a time to really loosen them up. I was careful to stay off my sciatica while rolling, because I had aggravated it last week.

I also looked up stretches that I could do daily to really loosen up the muscle. There are several yoga stretches that are perfect for those tight hip muscles. Here is a link to the one I used.  I'm also considering signing up for some hot yoga classes at a studio here in town, so I can get a deep stretch. The studio that I am considering has an offer of $40 for 1 month of unlimited classes for new people. I think I might need the extra help with stretching as I get into this last month of my challenge. In case you are wondering, I have done hot yoga a few times before and I really enjoyed it.

This past week, I also had an ice pack on the inflamed areas of my hip as often as I could for about 15 minutes or so.  I stayed off the ibuprophen, as I didn't think I need it.

I managed to get in 6 HIIT classes in total, 10k run on tread through out the week (i added up my totals for the week), 2500m row on rower and I did a personal workout most days of the week. Of course this is all in addition to walking my dog and keeping up with busy teenagers and very busy almost 8 year old.  It was a busy week to say the least!

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Well that was my week in a nutshell. Some days are harder than others, but I'm taking it one day at a time. It helps when I hear the compliments from family and friends who haven't seen me in a awhile. :)

What motivation tools do you use to get you through the tough days?

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