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‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2013 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my goal of hitting ONDERLAND before the end of 2013. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend.  This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss.  I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.

Week 28 was back to work, and as busy as this time of year can be.  We have one more week before finals, so things seem to be running at a fever-pitch.  Lots of meetings, collaborations, and grading to do.  I did fit in volunteering at Second Harvest Food bank with a group of colleagues, which made me feel great about giving a little bit back.  This week also brought the fruits of all of my online shopping in the form of the packages of gifts arriving at my doorstep.  So fun!  With all of this going on, I’m really proud of the fact that I fit in all of my workouts, too.

So, what did the scale show?!

When I weighed in this morning, I was 205.4, which is a loss of 1.6 pounds this week, and a loss of 71.6 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 109.6 pounds from my highest weight!! Another good loss this week.  The weather has turned quite chilly around here, which does make me want to “hibernate,” and eat more comfort foods.  I tried to find a balance of eating some rich and creamy soups, coupled with protein-packed salads. The other saving grace lately has been tea in the evenings.  I’ve become obsessed with David’s Tea, and if you took a peek in my cupboard, you’d think I was running the tea shop out of my kitchen.  Lately my favorite flavors are Gingerbread, Sleigh Ride, and Sweet Dreams. Because they’re all caffeine free, they help me get to my water goals, and they help keep me warm.  The sweetness of the teas also satisfies that nighttime sweets craving that sometimes kicks in.

This week I move to C25K Week 2, and in fact, I’m heading to the gym in a little while to complete Day 1.  Now that the days are shorter and it gets dark so much earlier, I’m so glad that the gym is an option for me to keep up with my training.  Today will be the first time I do the C25K on the treadmill, so we’ll see how that compares to the outdoor track that I’ve gotten used to.  I also want to fit in a few more classes, which I’ve gotten out of the habit of.  Here’s what I’m thinking for my workout plan:

Sunday: C25K, Week 2 Day 1
Monday: Rest Day (quick walk with Sofi)
Tuesday: C25K, Week 2 Day 2
Wednesday: Turbo Kick***
Thursday: C25K, Week 2 Day 3
Friday: Rest Day (getting the keratin treatment to my hair!!)
Saturday: Long walk with Sofi
Sunday: Santa Run 5K – I’m planning to do Week 3 Day 1

***The last time I took the Turbo Kick class, I was way out of my depth.  I stayed for the entire class, but I was huffing and puffing, and I wasn’t doing half the intensity that everyone else was.  I can’t wait to see how different the experience is this time.

This week I’m going to be doing a few things that will push me to new limits that I’ve never attempted before.  I know I’m going to be challenged, but I’m also going to be so proud.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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On Monday I went to my first class at 24 Hour Fitness.

I almost didn’t make it because of parking.  My usual club is closed for remodeling so I went to the next closest location who just so happened to have several lanes of their parking lot closed because of repaving.  Nice.  It’s hard enough to park there without this obstacle.  As cars circled and circled the lot, I decided to take a risk and park in a “30 minutes only” space; I’d worry about a potential ticket later.  I’m glad I did, because I made it to the gym in plenty of time to get in line for the class.

I’d been wanting to try it for a long time, but hadn’t geared myself up to take this high-energy class until this week.  I had no idea what I was in for.  CTLB talked about how much she loved kickboxing, but that she left the classes in a pool of sweat.  I read this on the 24 Hour Fitness website:

Learn kickboxing skills choreographed to energizing music. Using no equipment, this kickboxing workout incorporates a number of upper body punches and lower body kicks.  Most suitable to participants of medium to high fitness levels, but newcomers are always welcome – just let your kickboxing class instructor know.”

So when the teacher asked if there were any newbies, and I raised my hand along with a few other brave souls, she warned us that this class was much faster than a regular kickboxing class.  “Oh, great!” I thought to myself.  Still I was there, I needed this workout to stay on target with my plans, and I wanted to see how much I could do.

I’d watched the Turbo Kick class a couple of times as I was waiting to take other classes, and while it looked high-energy, it didn’t look more intense than some of the other classes I took.  This video shows an example of what I’ve seen, and what I was expecting:

Oh, if only that was the class that I was in!  I don’t know what it is about teachers at other clubs on “speed mode,” but this woman was so fast that even the regulars didn’t always keep up with her.  There was a girl in front of me who was really good, so I did my best to follow her lead, and I think I kept up pretty well.  Lots of bouncing, jumping, and running, and since my fitness level isn’t quite there yet for all of that, I did the lower impact version as much as I could.  I did watch that girl in front of me bouncing around and think to myself, “someday, that will be me.”  And I can guarantee that it will be.  Someday.

The moves in the class are repeated throughout, so once you learn them, and remember the combination of punches, kicks, etc. the class isn’t hard to follow.  It’s just fast!  Full impact jumping, punching, and kicking was too much for me to try to do at this weight, so I liked that the teacher showed the modified, lower impact moves to the class, probably because there were so many newbies.  But she was a drill sergeant – much more Jillian Michaels that I would have liked.  To me, if you can make a class fun and encourage the people to push themselves, that’s much more effective that screaming “PUSH!  C’MON, DO IIIIIITTTTTT!” at the top of your lungs.  But maybe that’s just me. Bottom line – I am looking forward to taking the class from a different teacher, but if this was the only class available, I’d take it again, because I really liked it.

I think that the more I take it (because I will be taking it again, weekly), the better I’ll get.  Even though I breathe harder (think: gasping for air) in that class than I’ve ever breathed in any class, I left the room feeling amazing.  About what I’d asked of my body and what my body was able to accomplish.  Those endorphins were running strong.  Plus, burning over 1200 calories wasn’t bad, either.

Oh, and the best part was, I didn’t get a parking ticket!  🙂

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