Wow…. I can’t believe that I’m finishing up the first month of the FIT Challenge. 16.6 pounds. That number is hard to fathom. While I don’t know if I will be able to lose weight at that rate throughout the challenge, I’m truly excited about my start.
I had an email from my mom asking how much my kids weighed when they were born. It caught me off guard, but I figured out that she was trying to relate to me something close to being equal to my initial weight loss.
On Friday, I visited the Register building to get my pictures taken for the one-month update. Surprisingly, the paper moved its photo studio down from the 37th floor.
Following the photos, I got the opportunity to sit down and talk with fellow contestants Carla and Derek, as well as with Brandi, the editor of FIT Challenge. We had a wonderful discussion, and it was terrific to hear about how well each of them are progressing.
This week starts the second month, and as a result, I’ve realized that I need to ramp up what I have been doing while at NOMS. A couple of my cardio days last week, I was able to spend the entire time on the treadmill at or slightly above 4 mph for the 3-plus miles. I also spent quite a bit of time on the bike, giving me an opportunity to work things a bit differently.
On Sunday morning, I experienced my first “official” day of circuit training. My personal trainer Patrick Carmean kept me very busy going from the treadmill, to free weights, to weight machines to calisthenics, and back. Still struggling with push-ups, but I think that I’m starting to get a bit stronger as a result of this work.
I’m hoping to meet with the dietitian this week, as I’ve been sort of “winging it” with regards to my diet.
I’ve definitely embraced portion control, but I’m sure that I can do a better job than I am currently. I’ve been eating quite a bit of grilled chicken and fish, and while I haven’t cut bread from my diet, I have cut way back, and am eating bread that has much better “numbers” than what I’ve been accustomed to in the past. I’ve also found a drink that has become a staple in my diet; diet citrus green tea. It has been a nice bridge from the diet sodas that I drank for years.
Again, thanks to all of you for your kind words and support. I posted my numbers on Thursday evening, and had more than 125 folks expressing your support. While this is in many ways a solitary struggle, I truly appreciate your support.
Have a great week Carla and Derek!