Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday - January Recap

Pretty Strong Medicine
Can you believe we're already at the end of January? That we were making resolutions over 4 weeks ago? Time flies, friends. I don't really plan on talking about weight loss / fitness all the time on here so I'll be doing a recap at the end of each month to let you know how I did the previous few weeks. I know right now we still have a couple days left in January but Wednesday is my official weigh-in day so today is my last one for this month. So how'd I do? Let's find out...

First things first... I can't even begin to tell you how much Erica's point of breaking down your big goals into smaller, more attainable goals helped me. For the last few weeks I've strictly been focusing on January. If my mind ever started to wander ahead to the big picture, I had to reel it back in and just think January. I can't stress the importance of that enough... it was super helpful and I'll continue doing the same thing in February. I'm not worrying about how I'll keep this up long term or how I'll continue to juggle it all... instead I'm thinking about those 28 days of February. I can do anything for 28 days, even if I don't like it, which is the same thing I told myself all month long in January. My focus in January was on 4 things, and today I'll be talking about 3 of them (I'll do a separate post for No-Spend January as well as a more elaborate post on CrossFit).

H2O - towards the end of 2013 I had managed to kick my diet coke habit so this goal wasn't a far stretch for me. I did have to be mindful of it though to make sure I was getting in enough water each day. My goal was 100 oz. each day but as long as I hit 64 oz. I would be fine with that. Most days I found myself in the middle, or so I thought until I went back into my food journal and added it all up. Total for these first 28 days of January I drank 195 glasses (1,560 oz.) of water. That averages out to 55 oz. per day, which is obviously far less than my goal, but there were days where I didn't track my water so that brought down the average significantly. Overall my water consumption this month was a success, I just need to be more mindful in February of tracking it all and being a little more aware of how much I'm drinking throughout the day to try and push that 100 oz. mark as much as possible. Thinking back to just a few months ago, there were many days where I wasn't drinking any water at all so even though I fell short of my original goal, this month was a huge win in the water department. Next month I'll just aim to make it a little better.

Healthy eating - win, win, win. I've absolutely succeeded at eating healthy this month and dare I say that it's actually been pretty easy for me. I think the eating part of all this has finally clicked for me and the biggest reason for that is because I'm focusing on overall health instead of weight loss. I eat mostly clean and I track everything using MyFitnessPal. Tracking is absolutely another big key for me and this month I tracked 26 out of the 28 days. The two days that I didn't? Those were cheat days. And to be honest, I should have tracked those days, no matter how bad they were, because the second that I stop tracking, even if only for a day, it's very easy for me to fall off track completely. Luckily this month I was able to reign it back in immediately after those cheat days. And speaking of those cheat days, let's talk about them for a second. They included old bad habits... Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's, and pizza... yikes. I know I just said that I've been concentrating on my health and then I go and tell you that I ate McDonald's... but it's the truth and I'm not perfect. 3 bad meals out of the 84 meals I've eaten so far this month? I can't beat myself up over that. And to be honest, I'm pretty proud of the fact that I only had three cheat meals all month long.

CrossFit - Much more to come on this topic next week but yes, I joined CrossFit and yes, I'm still going. I was scared as hell, felt way too out of shape to do the things they do, but it's been a great choice for me. It's not all roses though as there are many days where I think "I don't belong there, I should just not go anymore" but when I'm there, I always leave with the biggest smile on my face. I'm stronger than those thoughts so I just keep going. I know CF is going to be a big factor in this weight loss game for me so no matter how much my mind tries to convince me otherwise, I am going to just.keep.going.
Ok, so down to the nitty gritty... the numbers...

With the fairly successful month I had full of mostly good choices, I lost 17.8 lbs. and 7.5 inches.
I'm very happy that the number on the scale and the inches have moved as much as they have this month... very happy. I'm just a little discouraged that it hasn't amounted to more noticeable change. That all takes time and I know that, I just need to keep trusting the process and the rest will come. It's just a never-ending frustrating process until you get to where you want to be! But these last four weeks? Definitely a success and I'm looking forward to even more success in the next 4 weeks!

Any questions on what I've been doing this month? Want to know more about my CrossFit journey or about what exactly I'm eating? Shoot me an e-mail and I'd be glad to answer any questions you may have!

Now that we're a full month into the new year, how are your resolutions / goals going? I'd love to hear!
Erica Ashley-Faith, Hope, Love


 

30 comments:

Angela V. said...

17 pounds!! Congrats!!! Even if you can't see it on yourself just yet, go find something that is 17 pounds. Carry it around for an hour, I bet you'll notice a difference then. :)

I can't wait to see your post/thoughts on CrossFit.

Renee said...

Wow!!! 17 pounds? That is awesome!!
Also, the breaking bigger goals into smaller ones is soooo true! One step at a time!

Erin LFF said...

YAY!! I am seriously so proud of you :) Only a couple cheat meals all month is HARD, so major props to you there, and I'm definitely excited to keep hearing about your progress in Crossfit!! The water thing will keep getting easier and easier too. Probably about a year ago is when I started focusing on getting tons of water, and now I drink it all day long without even thinking about it!

faith baker said...

yay for an awesome kick start !!!! I would love to know what you are eating!! .. I totally wanna try cross fit after this baby- so I can't wait to hear your thoughts!! one of my goals for January was to go to yoga but I haven't yet :/ maybe I should put that on my to do list this weekend!!!

Tara S said...

17 lbs ... almost 18 !!!!
WHOA! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!

Samantha @ 24 to 30 said...

17 pounds in a month is crazy awesome! Great job!!!!!

♥ Marcy ♥ said...

YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR! 17 POUNDS IS FLIPPING AMAZING!

jackie said...

WAY TO GO!!!!!! This is so awesome!!!!
Are you still in touch with Alex (Skinny Jean Pilgrimage)??? I loved her cross fit journey and have been wondering how she is doing!

WinterBenson said...

Wow! I'd say you ROCKED January! Great job! I've always heard that it takes a while for you to notice your body changing, don't get down on yourself! You're obviously doing something right!

Becky said...

That is awesome Erin!!! I am so proud of you!!

And can we talk about water? 55oz is not bad at all!

I am so excited to see your February numbers :)

Cassandra Schmigotzki said...

Awesome losses all around for January!

Missy said...

That's awesome!!

Nicki said...

Holy Moley Erin! Awesome job I'm soo proud of you!!

Chrissy said...

Holy cow! Damn near 18 pounds! That's amazing. Wait to go Erin!! You should be so proud of yourself.

Meredith said...

Are you going to show some progress pictures? Awesome job in the diligent tracking which led to the great month of weight loss!

sisterkristian.com said...

Wow! So impressive! Congrats on the weight and inches lost!

Cari said...

So proud of you! Amazing work!!

JMc said...

I am so excited for you and so proud of you!! You are doing an amazing job. You may not see the difference as much yet but you will. It just takes time and sometimes you see it when you aren't even paying attention. So glad you've had such a great January :)

Stephanie Marie said...

Congrats on the weightloss! Your hard work is paying off. Also, well done on the water and tracking. I hope your Feb is as awesome as Jan has been.

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Erin said...

Those are great numbers!!!! woo hoo!!!!

WTG on working on and sticking with your goals! I think you did awesome! And Erica is wise, breaking big goals down into smaller, more attainable ones. WTG!!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

Congrats on losing almost 18 lbs in one month! You are rocking your goals!! Once I stop tracking on MFP, I fall off the wagon completely! I'd love to read a post with examples of what you eat on a given day...any new ideas to add my rotation of boring "clean" recipes are more than welcome!
Keep it up & can't wait to read more about Crossfit!

Marty With The Party said...

17 lbs is amaziiiiing! way to go! i'm very proud of you! all the parts are working together :] keep it up!

Liz @ Fitness Blondie said...

Damn girl, you are doing absolutely fantastic!Great job on the water, clean eating, and Crossfit. You are da bomb.com!!!

Amy {Write this Down} said...

Amazing progress for just a month. So proud of you for sticking with CF!!! What a way to start 2014!!

The Nanny Jenny said...

Wow what an amazing loss for January and you are so right about it just being more about getting healthier then the weight loss. It helps with the small and big goals in the end.

Beth said...

Congrats on hitting so many mini goals! Also, on the 17 pound loss, that is amazing :)

Ash Z said...

Great job losing in January!

Thanks for linking up - I love reading your blog :)

klh said...

Wow!! What a fabulous month you had!! I'm totally with you on setting the small goals…hate feeling overwhelmed! Keep up the great work!

Danielle K said...

You've had some amazing results this month!!! Keep up all of your hard work :)

Erica Ashley said...

We basically have the same goals and I could not agree with you more! I track my food using LooseIt and I just tracked my cheat day yesterday and almost died! But I am so glad I did and I am not going to worry about how many calories I consumed over...(ugh the chinese take out killed me lol). I also need to be more mindful of water! I can tell in my workouts when I have not drank enough.

Congrats on your successes! You are doing AMAZING and I can't wait to read about your success in February!

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