Yes, I'm still here plugging away at working out, eating right, and trying to lose weight. I'll be honest, it's been tough the past few weeks with the holidays, some travelling, and a nasty stomach bug!
I gained some weight during the "off week," but was able to lose most of it during the holidays. I am finally back in the negative column.
I don't really have much of note to write about, I just felt like I should check-in and note my progress.
Briefly: the meal plan for challenge 2 changed slightly by incorporating additional food choices and allowing a little more flexibility. I found it to be a little overwhelming, however, and decided to stick with what I know and what worked, so I'm still basically following the meal plan from the first challenge. Unfortunately, I've been "cheating" here and there... during the first challenge, I did not waiver in following the meal plan... this time, however, I find myself sneaking bites of chocolate here and a few cookies there. I haven't been terrible, I just haven't been as strict with myself as I had been.
That said, I have still managed to lose a little weight. I'm pushing myself harder and harder during the workouts. As I mentioned in passing above, we traveled to North Carolina to celebrate the new year with some friends, and I was still able to do some serious "at-home" workouts. I've been slacking on the walking (ESC), but I'll get back into that routine soon. I joined the rec center just for purpose of being able to walk indoors when it's just too frigid to go outside. My family and I also suffered through a nasty stomach bug that helped me lose about 2 pounds... definitely not the way to lose weight.
Finally, a brief NSV (non-scale victory): About 10/12 weeks ago, before I started this challenge, I would stand in my closet frustrated because none of my pants fit, they were all too tight. This morning, I stood in my closet, frustrated, because none of my pants fit, they are all way too big and baggy! It is such a good feeling... a feeling that I wish I could bottle and save for the rest of my life.