Sunday, August 28, 2011

Slimmer this Summer Week 12 Final Post

Well summer is drawing nigh and so is the Slimmer this Summer Challenge.  I enjoyed the challenge and loved that I had something to keep me motivated and on track.  Were their days that were off track and not fun, of course.  But overall I am pleased with the results.

My goals:
-Journal my meals
Over all I did pretty good about documenting all my food.  I had days where I was out and about where I didn’t access the computer and didn’t keep track.  I also had a handful of days where I wanted to eat foods I wouldn’t normally eat, but I tried to exercise moderation and be sensible.

Through this challenge I started using My Fitness Pal. I loved having this tool.  It was so helpful to me!  Much easier to get real with myself.  I will continue to do this over the next few months and onto the next challenge (will post details later)

-Be under 165g of Carbohydrates/day (with fiber adjustment)
This will always be a challenge for me.  I love food with carbs.  From veggies to sweets, carbs are what I love.  I know 165g of carbohydrates isn’t necessarily a ‘low carb’ diet, but it is a good guideline.  I will continue to work toward this as well.

-Exercise 5 times a week for 45-60 minutes
I faithfully exercised this whole challenge up until the end.  I even got in a good run yesterday.  I was 100% on this goal up until last week.  I hit a wall of exhaustion and I decided to rest before I got sick.  I am glad I did.  Although I did not get in 100% these last two weeks, I still got in 4 good work outs each of the last two weeks.

-10 glasses of water a day
Initially this was hard for me.  I have been dehydrated for too long!  Eventually it got easier and easier. I am glad this was a component of the challenge.  It helped me along the way!

-Run/walk a 5K in under 40 minutes GOAL MET!
Yeah, one goal accomplished!  After I met this goal I scaled back on running.  Over the past couple of weeks I started back up. I have a neck injury that gets most agitated when I run.  I was hoping to overcome my neck issues this summer, but it is still a work in progress.
Now when I run I push myself to do a 10 minute mile (but with slowing down once or twice for a short rest and drink of water. I am closer to an 11:20 min. mile), then walk another mile or so then finish off with another 10 minutes of running.

-Build a support network
Thanks to all who have supported and commented my blog posts along the way.  I have read and followed most of the other challengers this summer.  I tried to comment several times through the week and support others too.  Today for some reason again I was not able to comment on others blogs.  So just know I have been reading and I am so proud of all the work everyone has done in becoming healthier!!  I am so impressed and inspired by many of you!!

-lose an average of 2 lbs/week, 24lbs total
I lost a total of 13.4 lbs this summer.  11 under my goal, but I am happy with my results. I have more work to do, so I will keep trekking along!

This Summers Stats:

Measurement losses:
Neck: ½ inch
Chest: 2 ½ inches
Ribs: 3 inches
Waist: 1 inch
Belly: 2 inches
Hips: 2 inches
Calf: ½ inch
Arm: ¾ inch
Thigh 1 ½ inches

Beginning Weight: 201.3
Week 1: 198.6 (-2.7)
Week 2: 198.6 (0) No change
Week 3: 196.9 (-1.7) Total loss 4.4 lbs
Week 4: 193.9 (-3) Total loss 7.4
Week 5: 193.2 (-.5) Total loss 8.1   
Week 6: 193.3 (+.1) Total loss 8.0   
Week 7: 190.3 (-3) Total loss 11.0
Week 8: 191.7 (+1.4) Total loss 9.6
Week 9: 189.4 (-2.3) Total loss 11.9
Week 10: 188.3 (-1.1) Total loss 13
Week 11: 189.7 (+1.4) Total loss 11.6
Week 12: 187.9 (-1.8) Total loss 13.4

(22.1 loss since I began my journey in January)

Thanks for the awesome challenge Debbie and Mir!!!!


  1. Wow. WOW!! What a difference in the snapshots! Great work, Amber!

  2. Soaring efforts make for a successful challenge!! Kudos to you for you'd loss and your increased overall health! Stay strong!

  3. I am very excited about my loss of 14 lb. even though I didn't make the 20 lb. loss I had set as my goal. We will get there - the challenge just ended before we were done! What's up with that?!

  4. Great job! Thanks for sharing the before and after pics :)

  5. Great job on your loss and the 5k... I can really see the progress in your pics! I love myfitnesspal also, I'm addicted to tracking my food now & being under my goal:-)