I know, I know, it's been awhile since I've checked in. I also know that I say that a lot... but, I'm still here, and I'm still plugging away at this weight loss journey. I have not had nearly the success that I had in the first challenge, but I'm ok with that. I've lost a measly five (5) pounds (net) in the last 5 weeks. This past week, I barely lost any weight hat's because we spent the MLK weekend in Florida at Disney World, Universal, and Sea World... not exactly the healthiest places on Earth. I had hoped to do better than that, frankly, but it is what it is.
Final weigh-in is on Saturday, and it's highly unlikely that I will lose the last 15 lbs even as I subsist on fish and asparagus and then fast on Friday. Frankly, I think it was the fish and asparagus that doomed me last time and set me up for failure this time. As you may recall, I lost about 8 pounds in the last week, and then gained most of it back. I started this second challenge in a pretty deep hole because my starting weight for the second challenge was my final weight at the end of the last challenge. In essence, I had to lose over 25 lbs for this challenge. The way I look at it, though, if I had deferred this challenge to February, I probably would have been up at least 7 lbs. Moreover, it's hard to be disappointed in a total weight loss, to date, of almost 30 lbs.
So, I keep thinking about what's next for me. I've found a schedule and a routine that I like and can manage pretty well. Getting up as early as I do, does not interfere with my family time... mostly it just interferes with my sleep.
I really like most things about VIP, except the price. Because I'm unlikely to make my 20 lb weight loss, I will not get my money back. Again, that's ok. I never really expected to "get my money back," I was hoping to be able to continue working out either by rolling the money I paid up front into purchasing a membership or doing figure camp. I'm kind of off the figure camp idea, especially because I haven't lost enough weight. I'm not sure what my options will be in terms of purchasing a membership. I've heard from others at VIP that it is expensive. Given that VIP is not a traditional gym, only boot camp classes are offered, for me it seems expensive to spend almost $200 per month for a membership. But, we'll see. If they offer me a deal of some sort, I will consider it.
I'm also considering some alternative workout facilities. I recently purchased a Groupon to try Xtend Barre. I went with a friend last weekend, and the HIIT (high intensity interval training) class that I went to was just as intense as any class at VIP. I haven't tried the actual Barre classes, but from everything I've heard, those are tough too, in a different way. They also offer something called Xtend Suspension, which I'm told is using the TRX, which I love. I've registered for about 10 classes for the month of February and it only cost me $53, that should give me a pretty good idea of whether I want to continue doing that.
After Xtend Barre, I plan to give Orange Theory a try. The concept of this facility, which happens to be located in the same complex as the Xtend Barre facility, looks pretty cool. I'm a little concerned about the idea of running given the issues I have with my numb leg, but I want to give it a try. It's also a bit on the pricey side ranging from $15 to 25 per class depending on which package you buy. I'm also not sure how many days a week they will suggest.
I guess that's it for now. I'll check back in on Saturday after the final weigh-in, who knows, maybe I'll be surprised. No matter what, I'm thrilled with my accomplishments and look forward to trying to lose these last 10 pounds albeit at my own pace.