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Pound For Pound Challenge

Those of you who still watch “The Biggest Loser” these days have probably seen the promotions for the Pound For Pound Challenge, a nationwide campaign to inspire people to lose weight by donating money to their local food banks.

Basically, for every pound you lose, 14 cents goes to buying food for the hungry in your community.

I don’t watch the show anymore (for reasons I won’t discuss right now), but I always thought that the Pound For Pound Challenge seemed like such an inspiring and rewarding thing to do and it was too bad that I couldn’t participate…until now!

You may remember that I recently reassessed my health and weight situation and decided it was time to get back to basics and lose the last few pounds that I never got around to after 2007.

Not long after that post, I got an email from a friend telling me about our very own “Pound For Pound Challenge” here at work and how I’d better start a team. So I did!

So now, starting February 22nd and running through June 30th, myself and four colleagues are going to lose some weight for a good cause.

Personally, I pledged to lose 10 lbs between now and June 30th and while I’m not 100% sure I’ll get there (fear of the unknown), I know I am going to try my best.

I am very excited to be participating in this challenge and I feel like it came at the right time for me. I’m also excited because two of my favorite brands, Larabar and Muir Glen Organics are partners 🙂

Having accountability (we have to weigh in at the gym) and a team to support and motivate you can make such a difference. Plus knowing that the pounds I lose are going to those who have less than me is something to keep in the back of my mind as I go along.

Speaking of accountability, I’m going to tell you my official starting weight now:

148.5 lbs (I have lost another pound on my own since last time I shared with you guys)

Assuming everything goes according to plan, I should be at or around 138.5 lbs by June 30th. We’ll just have to wait and see!

I will be reporting my progress every Monday 🙂

I should make it known that I am not a big fan of going by weight in numbers alone, so I will be closely monitoring other changes in my body as well, like waist/hip measurements, body fat percentage, etc. I need to get those done soon. I may even do before and after photos, who knows!

If you feel led to do so and it is healthy for you, I recommend participating in this challenge. I also recommend supporting your local food banks (click the link to find yours)! 🙂

Hip paranoia

Happy Wednesday! Yay, it’s potluck day 🙂

Last night on The Biggest Loser, Laura was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her hip. SPOILER ALERT! I’m glad the team did the “right thing” and sent her home so she could get proper medical treatment and I’m proud of her for being able to maintain her substantial weight loss while having limited exercise capabilities. How inspiring!

It seems like everytime I have some pain in a certain area of my body (usually the legs) I start to assume I have a stress fracture or other overuse injury. I have been running a lot more lately and I think last Saturday, at the 10-miler, I may have pushed it too much. A person should not go from averaging 2-3 miles a day to 10 (even though I walked and ran). I have a half-marathon next Saturday, the 25th, so I’m hoping this doesn’t continue. I just haven’t trained my body for the longer distances like I have in the past. 

While I don’t believe I have a stress fracture, I do believe I have some true soreness which requires less strenuous workouts. All day yesterday I had a pain that seemed to originate in my leg, between my glutes and hamstrings and as the day went on it seemed to shoot down to my knee (left leg only). Then when I woke up this morning, my hips hurt, but the pain from yesterday seems to have gone. I’m not in pain just sitting, but walking is interesting to say the least.

Question: When you have some soreness or a possible injury, can you “tell” whether its muscle or bone? I can feel a definite difference when I have a tight or pulled muscle compared to what I’ve had the past two days. This definitely feels like a sore bone if that’s possible. Maybe I’m just paranoid?

Either way, we’ll monitor and see how it goes 🙂

Breakfast this morning was a nice heaping bowl of Multigrain Cheerios with 1/2 cup strawberries and unsweetened coconut milk. I checked the nutritionals of the coconut milk last night and was glad to see it provides 30% Vitamin D, however, it only contains 10% of my daily calcium needs. Since I have bones on the brain, this is not the best, so I will probably switch to a better milk or milk alternative once this is done. I do take a supplement, but it doesn’t quite cover up for this.

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Morning Workout

I took another “easy” day today and did 15 minutes on the Elliptical, which felt okay on my hips, once I lowered the ramp (from 10 down to 6) and kept the incline between 3-5. Then I did 15 minutes on the bike while reading more of my new issue of “Shape” and then lots of stretching. I recalled my yoga practice, which has been lacking lately (coincidence?), and did some downward facing dogs and pigeon poses, which really stretched my hips for me. I also did some more “regular” stretching and everything is feeling pretty good right now.

Lunch and Snacks Preview

Mid-morning, post-workout, I plan to have ate this mini-Larabar 🙂

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For lunch today, I have a salmon burger with light mayo and a slice of whole wheat bread; some mixed veggies; and an orange.

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I’m so glad grocery shopping day is coming up soon! I may have to make a yogurt run today though, I’m all out after this one:

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I’m mixing the yogurt with 2 tbsp canned pumpkin, cinnamon and topping it with 1 tbsp sliced almonds. I came up with this snack the other night while I was “meal planning” something that benefits both the waistline and the grocery bill 🙂

Speaking of yogurt…The Fitnessista is giving away some Stonyfield/Oikos goodies, so check out her blog and get yourself entered ASAP!

Have a great Wednesday!