Week 4 of 101 Days of Summer Update

While I took a short cut last week just asking the participants to update their week in the comments section, I got positive feedback from several of the participants that they liked being able to reply to someone’s comment, that I am sticking with it.

As you may have seen on my post yesterday, I finally reached my 10% goal, and am down 17.4 pounds since March.Β  Slow and steady wins the race. πŸ˜€Β  I also found a bunch of shorts and pants that I haven’t worn in a couple years – one pair of size 12 shorts are even too big. πŸ˜€

Participant Jacky is part of a CSA and for Father’s Day made strawberry cheesecake in a jar – perfect for a picnic – they looked amazing Jacky!

I belonged to a CSA in 2009 – but for the first several weeks I mostly got kohlrabi, and what they called “carrot bites.”Β  Really?

Satu joined our challenge, and since she doesn’t use scales, has decided that a picture is worth a thousand words – check out her weight loss in pictures here.Β  I just think its cool that I have a particpant who lives in Finland! πŸ˜€

My sister is still going strong in the exercise department – day 20 in a row of moving – keep it up Jenn!

Lori was bummed this past week because she stayed within her points, exercised, etc., and was up .9.Β  I will be the first to say, you can’t expect the scale to say what you want on the day you want – just keep on going and you’ll reach your goal – no giving up!Β  Send her some pep talks as we come into the 4th of July weekend – she’s kind of worried about the long holiday and all the food!

So how did your week go?Β  Are you on plan?Β  Try any new summer recipes?

Let us know!Β  Enjoy your Sunday – we have another beautiful day!

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71 thoughts on “Week 4 of 101 Days of Summer Update

  1. My week went well. I went to yoga three times at my new studio, and some of the other ladies there even recognized me & welcomed me back. It was nice! I celebrated my birthday yesterday, which was interesting to be all alone, but I made the best of it. I ran a lot this week, both outside & inside on the treadmill and my longest outside distance this week was 4 miles – halfway to my summer goal of 8 miles outside. My plan is to add .5 mile every week to my “long run” πŸ™‚

  2. Weighting For 50

    I’m clapping for your 10%. Way to go Biz!!!!!!!!!!

  3. yay you are doing so well! what an inspiration πŸ™‚ hope you have a great sunday!

  4. This week was wierd – scale says I lost 4 pounds but I feel just the same. I had a somewhat crazy week which started with the dept of health making a site visit to a property I manage for lead paint hazards around kiddos and then ended with a plumbing fiasco at same said property. I missed 4 days of exercise but that is not to say I did not run my arse off to and from handling all this. I hope it is a better exercise week. I am missing a key ingredient to weight loss – a food plan. Seems like I am just scatterbrained when it comes to meal planning.

    • Congratulations on losing 4 pounds – that is great! I am not great at meal planning either, and with 4 kids I really need to be better about it. Maybe I should make that a goal of mine.

    • 4lbs! That’s great!
      I’ve just started slowly getting into meal planning & it helps me feel in control. Baby steps.

    • Congrats on the 4 pounds, that is awesome! I struggle with meal planning too, I always say I am going to do it but never manage to. And eating out sneaks in way too much without the planning. Hope the rest of your work week is very uneventful.

      • 4 pounds is amazing Jody – but if I don’t meal plan, I am SOL – hope you get some time to meal plan this week πŸ˜€

  5. 17.4! You go girl!
    That’s amazing! Like you said, slow and steady! πŸ™‚

  6. Next week its on! Finally getting out of my jet lag-lag! Congrats on hitting 10%!!!

  7. Congrats on the 10%!! And good luck with getting in 50% of each meal as fruits and veggies.

    My week went really well exercise-wise again! I did BodyRock every day (except one day, I did 30 day shred instead). I still haven’t weighed in because I felt bloated on Saturday morning and a bad scale # always freaks me out. Maybe one morning this week I will weigh in. My clothes seem to be fitting better though so that is always a good sign. And I totally beat my nighttime chocolate-snacking problem. I did kind of replace it with other snacking though =/ That’s actually going to be my goal this week – make sure I’m not starving by the time dinner comes around so that I won’t need to snack afterwards. I should probably add in a mid-afternoon snack to limit the nighttime snacks. Okay, yep, that is my goal this week πŸ™‚ I will update next week on how it went.

    • Just remember the scale doesn’t tell all. The fit of your clothes & change in your shape are huge indicators too! Good for you for realizing that a bad weigh in might derail you a bit and backing off for a few days!

    • I have heard horror stories about the 30 day shred and Body Rock and being very out of shape they scare me. : ) I understand about the scale number, I can feel so good about everything I’ve done and the number doesn’t equal what I think I’ve put out I lose my motivation. Good luck on your snacking, that sounds like a great plan.

  8. I’m still going strong exercising every day – still avoiding food at work INCLUDING a 5lb. Hershey chocolate bar a rep brought it!!

    I didn’t lose any weight this week, but my body fat percentage went down – so I’m excited about that!

    Everyone is doing great!!

  9. We rode our bikes to the store for ice cream. I was a good girl and got no sugar added fruit popsicles for 15 calories each!

    Been busy working like crazy. Tons of running around/arm power there. Also worked in the yard and swam in the pool.

    Just got some exercise stuff out of the storage unit. Hopefully will be putting it to use, instead of letting it collect dust.

    My goal for this upcoming week is to drink MORE WATER. My intake is down drastically since restarting work and being on the go all the time, not having easy access like I did when I was sitting at home all day. I’ve been trying to bring a refillable bottle with me everywhere, but I need to get better at it, and refill it more often. I’m sad to say that some soda, iced coffees, and sno-balls (shaved ice with syrup) from work has snuck into my diet in water’s place. Need to rectify that IMMEDIATELY!

  10. How fun and a great NSV to be able to go “shopping” in your own closet and find stuff that not only fits, but a few things that are too big. You’re on a great roll, Biz, and seriously inspiring me. My week has been better – definitely more exercise and cleaner eating. Not where I want to be, but not where I was either…definitely progress.

    Hey – I’m waiting for some before and after shots or your skinny-assed self!

    • I think just being better every week is a great accomplishment. That’s what I’m trying to do just to give me something positive to think about when I do have struggles. And tha is definitely progress.

      I agree, we do need some updated pics. I can’t wait until I can post mine, live it up!

  11. …that’s OF your skinny-assed self:)

  12. I had a great week – I was very consistent on getting to the gym, and overall was very pleased with the amount of homemade food I made. I had one lunch in particular that was all leftovers, but also all homemade – so quick but SO satisfying.
    –tomato soup made from tomatoes I canned last summer, with homemade ricotta cheese on top
    –mini cheese sandwich (the cheddar wasn’t homemade, I admit), on bread I baked and with the last of my overnight pickles
    –mini toast on my bread with blueberry jam my friend and i canned on Monday
    –smoothie with blueberries and homemade pineapple sorbet
    Super delicious!

    • Wow, your food sounds delicious! Homemade bread, jam and pickles, I am very jealous. I just got done with my lean cuisine, it lost a lot of its appeal after reading this. : )

  13. You are a true inspiration to all of us…now If i could make myself follow in your footsteps.

  14. Ah, my week. Well, I got back into the running with another 5 mile run, followed by a four mile run two days later, with some walking in between. I am struggling right now with getting my cross training and strength training in – this despite the fact that I know how much those would help with the runs. With it being summer I am having a hard time getting up early and getting it done before it gets too hot – I just want to stay in bed! I am frustrated and feeling a bit down on myself, but I am trying to fight it.

    I am with Biz this week – more fruits and veggies. I have neglected my eating since I started running. Good luck to everyone this week!

    • Congrats on the five mile and four mile runs. I am still stuck at walking and the elliptical so seeing this is such an inspiration!

  15. Congrats, Biz, on reaching the 10% milestone! I’m really curious about the new WW program. How different is it compared to the old one?

    Exercise-wise I had an excellent week: I’ve walked every single day, and on Thursday I had my highest step count (I use pedometer daily) ever: 16056 steps! I also worked out 3 times using my new whole-body workout program. (Let’s just say I sweated like a pig!) On the other hand, my diet has been less than perfect. 😦 It’s probably because I’ve been a bit moody lately, but I try not to worry about it too much. No progress pictures this week.

    • I went and looked at your whole-body workout by Flavia and that looks very intense. I am looking forward to reading more about what you think of it as you progress. Good luck!

      • I love the new WW program – its pretty much the same except its steering you away from processed food – so your once 2 point vita muffin top is now 4 points, but all fruit and most veggies are free! πŸ˜€

    • What a treat seeing all the signs. Some were so funny and so true, just ecilpxit! Hope you are feeling good and enjoying yourselves too! Not just making us happy! AuMillers PS the one sign looked like it was from Gunnison, CO? I went to college there for a time, and we were raised in Montrose, CO 60 miles from Gunnison.

    • Thank you! This is like the results you used to post about 12 yrs ago and we love it. Round by round with all the stats it doesn’t get any betetr than that. Thank you again.

  16. Well, I managed to get my exercise classes in! Boot Camp (30 mins) on Mon., Power Sculpting (1 hr) on Tues were so intense that I had to take Wed and Thurs off to let my body rest…I was SO sore!! Friday, one hour of body sculpting! The scale? A big fat πŸ˜› However, my stomach is feeling a little flatter, and I’m definitely getting stronger. Haven’t seen much difference in my clothes yet.

    Goals – drink lots more water! I got dehydrated Tuesday (muscle cramps, headache, etc) and it was not fun. Continue with at least 3 workouts per week.

    • Congrats on all the exercise, sounds like you are doing great! I imagine the scale will catch up with all that effort you are putting in soon. Good luck on week 5!

  17. Congrats on your 10% – you’re doing so good. And awesome about the shorts- such a great feeling!!

  18. My week was hard, as I haven’t been able to really exercise due to my sprained ankle. I’m trying not to let it get me down, though! I’m determined to make this week better. πŸ™‚

    • I had the same problem this week with an injury. Something like that is really out of your control, so it wasn’t like you just didn’t do it to be lazy. : ) Good luck with this week!

  19. I love these posts! And I’m totally going to check out the cheese cake recipe- YUM! Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend

  20. I met my yoga and walking goals this week. It gets easier and easier to remember to do both. I’ll be glad when June is over, it’s been a horrible month for me. Although my dad has been really sick, what’s been really hard was losing our 16 1/2 year old dog, Duchess. Since I’ve always been a SAHM, she and I were always together and I am really missing my friend. It’s awful how attached we get to our pets isn’t it

    • I am soooo sorry for your loss. I have a dog that is the world to me and I dread how hard it will be to let him go one day. Hope you have a much better week, sounds like a really rough time.

      • So sorry for your loss too – our dog is the first one I’ve owned and already he’s having trouble getting up the steps sometimes. 😦

  21. Congratulations on your continued weight loss! I love the feeling of being able to fit into my old clothes! I’ve never heard of carrot bites. They sound fun, unless you have to peel each and every one! Those strawberry cheesecakes did look good!

  22. My week wasn’t perfect (period sweet monster and boozing at a wedding) but I was consistant with exercising. I’m finally to that point that it is just a part of my day. I don’t even have to think about it. I also wore some skinny jeans that I haven’t worn since last year! Talk about motivation!

    This week I WILL:
    Up my workouts. I started throwing in a few C25K workouts in there to boost my metabolism
    DRINK MORE WATER! Why is this so hard!
    Be mindful when it comes to sweets (I’m horrible when I’m hormonal!)

    Have a great week everyone!

    • Congrats on usch a good week. I can’t wait for the day when exercise is just a daily habit for me. I have such a hard time motivating myself to do it now. I agree with the sweets = hormone time, I am the same way.

    • For me this is a relatively easy qtuoeisn, but has a pretty complex answer. The specialty I have actually looked forward to working with is OB/GYN. I find that the ability of a woman’s body to produce a child, endure the amount of abuse it takes during a pregnancy, and the amount of pain endured during delivery is amazing. The joy of being able to be present as life enters the world is truly one of the greatest moments in life. To me that would be the best possible option. I also would love working in the operating room with a surgeon. I have experienced the OR quite a few times, and have been on both sides of the table. I have to say I would love to work with any surgeon in the OR except for Orthopedics. The reason behind that is the surgery’s are pretty brutal when it comes to the skeletal system. Having been in the OR with an Orthopedic surgeon and seeing the use of the saws, hammers and other heavy equipment in order to perform the surgery just sends chills up my spine. I know that type of surgery is not for me. I think my favorite surgeries have to be that of the abdominal cavity. The specialties that I would least like to work for are few, and for simple reasons. Pediatrics is not a specialty for me since I have four children of my own. My Aunt is a neonatal nurse practitioner and I followed her in high school and saw the good, the bad, and the ugly so I can honestly say I could not emotionally handle that type of position. Podiatry is also an area I could not see myself working. The reason behind this is pretty silly, but here goes, I very much dislike other peoples feet especially if they are not well kept. I know in the medical field you will encounter feet on a daily basis, but I could not mainly work with feet on an everyday basis. My last specialty is Orthopedics for the reasons I noted above about the barbaric nature of the surgeries and treatments for the musculoskeletal system. Its just not for me.

  23. Hey everyone! I am having a really hard time with this challenge. My son is now 9 weeks old and not on any kind of schedule yet. He rarely naps in the afternoon once I’m home from work. As a result, I have not been working out or eating well at all. I am exhausted and I’ve frankly been feeling sorry for myself. I know I’m not the only one with kids. Does anyone have tips on how to fit in a workout and cooking with a new baby? My boyfriend and I are alternating time with him rather than doing daycare. James goes to work when I get home so one of us is with him all the time. I haven’t even been taking him on stroller walks lately because it’s been brutally hot even in the evenings:(

    My goal this week is to do some sort of physical activity at least 3 days this week and to clean up my eating…somehow.

    • I wish I had some advice for you but I do not have a baby at home, just an annoying dog that gets in my way when I’m trying to exercise. I know there are workouts out there that are specifically for “baby and me” where you actually exercise with the baby. I’m not sure if 9 weeks is too young for that or not. Good luck with your week!

    • Girl! As a mother of 3 kids, my advice is…give yourself a break!! These first 12 weeks are THE hardest b/c of their crazy sleeping (or not sleeping!) habits, and it definitely takes it’s toll on mom and dad. Most important is to take care of yourself so you can stay healthy and take care of the little man. So, sleep when you can and maybe get some things stored in the fridge/pantry/freezer that are easy and healthy meals. Some of my favorite options are: make a huge fruit salad and keep in the fridge (whatever fruits that are in season – chop them up and throw them together in a container). A friend did this for me when I had my last child and we all loved it, and it was so convenient to reach in and have a healthy snack/pick me up. If you like yogurt, make some smoothies (spinach/walnuts/blueberries/yogurt is my favorite) – these are quick and easy to whip up and will give you the energy you need. Don’t worry about preparing big meals right now! If someone offers to help, have them cook for you πŸ™‚ I had a couple of friends bring meals over and that was better than any baby outfit or anything they could have done. Ok…this is getting long but I just know so well where you are and what you’re going through! I don’t know abt exercise…except even little bits add up (10 minutes here, 10 there…) do what you can when you can and you’ll see that the time builds up. Do you have a Wii? And before long, your little mister will be on a regular sleeping schedule and you will feel like a new person! Hang in there!

  24. Congrats on reaching that 10% milestone! I didn’t make any progress on the scale this week but continue to keep fighting the good fight. I’m a firm believer in the slow and steady method even though sometimes I wish it wouldn’t be SO SLOW. You can see my challenge update post at http://finallyfiguringitout.blogspot.com/2011/06/101-days-of-summer-and-slimmer-this.html

    • I’m with you there….slow and steady is fine, but show me a little something! Trying not to obsess over the scale, because I can definitely tell I’m getting stronger, but I really want the number on the scale to SHRINK (along with my pants size!)

  25. Biz, congrats on your 10%!!
    This week I’m going to continue getting back to the gym. I realized I need to go right after work because if I don’t, then I won’t go. Will also continue w/ drinking more water and watching my carb intake.

    Have a great week!!

  26. Congrads on your weight loss!! You are doing such an awesome job! Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  27. Congratulations on getting your 10% this week! That’s awesome! You really are an inspiration. πŸ™‚

    Thank goodness for this challenge! I have had a lot going on these past couple of weeks and this week continues to be crazy busy. I usually use this as an excuse to give up exercise and then my diet generally falls apart after that. But thanks to your challenge, I’m keeping these things a priority too and I managed to get in all of my exercise and maintain last week! Thanks, Biz!

  28. Congrats on your 10%, that is awesome.

    I completed one of my goals this week, I lost 1.2 pounds and I was very happy with that. I did not do a great job tracking my points, usually breakfast and lunch, but it was enough. I did try to watch what I ate at dinner, just didn’t measure or count anything. Goal #2 was sidetracked by an old injury flaring up. I’m trying not to look at it as a failure though, since it wasn’t my laziness that kept me from exercising, it was truly out of my control.

    Love reading about everyone else’s accomplishments, this is a wonderful challenge that is really helping me. Thanks Biz! Here’s to a great week #5!

  29. Rachel Palmieri

    I got back from Stockholm over a week ago but have not gotten back into the swing of things yet…at least the healthy things…I promise to blog a bit today and get back on track with everything else. Hopefully next week’s update will be better! Congrats, Biz, on the 10%! And I like this format for updating…it’s really nice to see everyone’s comments!

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