I did it! I lost more than 20 lbs in this, my first VIP challenge. I know I haven't checked in here for over 10 days. It wasn't because I stopped or faltered or cheated or anything like that. I simply dedicated all of my spare time to working toward my goal. In my book, I smashed that goal by losing 23.6 lbs in 6 weeks. AMAZING!
Let me back up-- The last time I checked in here, I had set a goal of losing 4 lbs in week 5. I did not quite make it as I only lost 2.9 lbs, leaving me with 4.8 lbs to go for the final week. I lost 8.2 lbs this last week! Again, amazing!
Here's what I did: First, I upped my ESC to over 1 hour every day. I couldn't do it all at once, I had to make time 30 minutes here, 40 minutes there, etc, etc. For the last 10 days, according to my Jawbone, I averaged 22,826 steps. Second, I followed the VIP Emergency Instructions. I think I mentioned those a few posts ago. Essentially, the instructions were to eat fish and asparagus for every meal (5 servings) for the last four days of the challenge. On the day before weigh-in, I did a mini-fast. I ate nothing after 11:00 am and drank only 16 oz of water, 8 oz of black coffee, and a Smooth Move tea at 4:00 pm. For the record, the Smooth Move tea did nothing for me. Third, I believed. I set out to prove to myself that I could do this... workout 5 days a week at 5:30 am, eat clean, and lose 20 lbs, and I did it, and then some! I'm very proud of myself. I haven't felt this proud of myself since I passed the bar exam in 1998.
What's next? Another challenge. Yep, that's right. I'm doing it again. 20 more pounds need to go!