Thursday, 12 January 2012

Spring chick challenge Week 1 Check in and Week 2 Goals

Right time for the bad news!!

Weight: 13 Stone 5Lbs (+3lbs)

So in theory I've put on 3lbs! In reality I'm just heavier because I'm now weighing myself in the evening. I am heavier but I'm not going to take this lying down. I will be weighing myself in every Monday after Work (roughly 6pm) and will stick to it. There may be another bump in the road when I receive my digital scales but hopefully after that I will be able to see my BMI and fat ratios etc etc. Much more accurate!

Arms: 12.6" (-0.4")
Chest: 35" (Same)
Waist: 32" (+1")
Stomach: 41" (+1")
Thighs: 23" (same)
Calf: 17" (+1")

So not the best week measurements wise but again not gonna let it get me down. Been a trying first week!

Things to discuss and/or consider...

What worked?
I've managed to do all my exercises, which I'm quite pleased with.

What didn't work?
I didn't keep to my calories at all, need to get motivated in this area again.

What can you not wait to do again?
I can't wait to run 2km again and even further!

What are you never going to do again?
I won't try and stop eating bread all together. I don't eat a lot as it is! So it was a bit silly!

Discuss your biggest obstacles and how you over came them.
My biggest obstacle is the food. I see all my friends eating nice things and find myself saying oh one or two won't hurt!! I think I'm deluding myself.

Did you receive enough support? Or do you need/ want more support?
Everyone on the Blog is being really supportive. My support at home is waning, so I may talk to them and tell them I'm struggling etc. It may help. My friend Nikki and I are talking about it, which helps. It would be great if I could find someone in the area, who is trying to do the same thing.

Week 2 Goals

Stick to Calories as much as possible.
Feel positive. Do some visualisations on goals etc
No Chocolate (after last weeks Choc Fest)
Try the eating with alternative hand challenge

So all in all I'm going to take a leaf out of Maren's book and remain positive. I can do this, no matter how long it takes. 

On another note

I'm currently suffering from an injury. I suffer from a tight calf muscle in left leg, which is currently active and causing me a lot of pain. I've realised why it's happening, I'm not stretching enough after my runs :( Silly Emily! I know!

So I didn't exercise yesterday because of it and probably won't for a few days. I'm trying to not get down about it. What exercise can I do that won't put strain on my leg?

Also any remedies? I'm currently stretching it out every 3 hours ish. A friend is also going to massage it this weekend (She's doing a course in sports massage). 

Thanks to you all,

Emily x


  1. Unfortunately gaining does occasionally happen but what is most important is what you do after the gain and you seem to have a sensible plan, babe.

    We all see people eating what they can and want and not putting on weight and we feel jealous and think if they can do it why can't I? So, we eat it and then feel guilty afterwards. It is really weird how we change our eating habits depending on who we are with. I really notice it in myself.

    Aww, you mentioned me. You know I am always here for you. I love you, always have and always will! :)

    For exercise that won't hurt your leg, maybe Yoga or Pilates or something that doesn't target your leg but maybe your arms and tummy. At the gym maybe just concentrate on your core, arms, back and chest, rather than legs and cardio. If you want to do cardio the rowing machine might not be too bad on your leg? It also targets your tum, bum and arms! Good all rounder!

    I would have nice hot baths and invest in some deep heat!


    1. Thanks hun. Definitely going to have a lovely bath this week, if I can get the water hot enough :D

  2. Weighing in in the afternoons now will make a change to the scale for a little while so dont sweat the apparent 3lb gain.
    Gentle walking is always a good go to activity.

    1. Thanks! I went for a nice small 7 mile walk on Sat heehee :p But not stressing too much!

  3. As long as you're seeing an overall downward trend over time, no need to get worried about a small gain here or there. So many factors can play into that. I know for myself, if I weigh myself at night versus in the morning there is normally a 3-4 lb discrepancy.

    1. If by the end of the month I'm still gaining, then I'll panic but thank you for your words of support :D

  4. Stretching is something I never even think about doing at the gym, which is so crazy thinking about it, yet if I play football then I stretch for about 5-10 minutes before I play.

    Good luck with your goals for week 2!

    1. Stretching is very important Tim! tut tut :p

  5. Sorry to hear about your injury. I know what you mean about needing more support at home. I hope the massages help. I love massages...! Congrats on the running. Where do you track? Have a great rest of your week.

    1. When you say track.. do you mean food? If yes I track on Livestrong... I haven't done it in a while but I have begun again today.