On October 12th I began my 6 week fitness journey aided in part by the Y Strong Community Challenge. The goal: Get active for 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. In addition to that, I've set a personal goal to lose 15lbs in 6 weeks or lose $200 if I fail to attain that goal.

My initial weigh in was 170.4lbs. At 5' 1" that is not a comfortable weight for me. Don't get me wrong, I still think I'm super cute. It's not that I think I'm ugly at a heavier weight, I want to be clear. But I am not as mobile as I'd like and I have severe back pain that worsens when I'm heavier. The plan is to lose 2.5lbs a week. Of course the body is complex and sometimes has a mind of its own no matter how hard you work, so I'm just doing the best I can knowing some weeks will fluctuate.

What I did this week- This week was cardio focused. I just wanted to get my heart rate up after months inconsistency. I alternated between high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and dance parties, each session lasting no less than 30 minutes. No weight training just yet.

What I ate this week- I said farewell to bread, but not to carbs in general. I don't believe in that. And I've added greens to every meal. I could stand to eat a little less than I have been, but it's PMS week, so I was a little lenient with myself. I had half a cocktail and two glasses of wine on Saturday because it was date night, but I've otherwise cut out alcohol.

Weigh In- Stepped on the scale this morning and watched the numbers stop going up at 166.8lbs. That's 3.6lbs down, which more than my weekly goal. But like I said, the body can be a trickster so I'm not going to get comfortable. Excited for the week ahead and next week's update!

I am definitely not a nutritionist, doctor, or personal trainer. I'm just sharing my personal journey and keeping myself accountable. And I'd love to connect with anyone also embarking on a fitness journey! We're all in this together, am I right?


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