12-Week Sprint to the Finish: Week 3

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It’s Week 3 on the Sprint to the Finish! How are you hold up? Are you still setting goals for yourself?

Remember: keep your goals reasonable and measureable so you don’t get overwhelmed, but you can still see clear progress.

I did well on my goals for the most part. I missed one of my strength training workouts because our family went to a local amusement park on Friday, but I got in lots of walking that day.

I ran a total of 14.12 miles last week, including my first-ever 6 mile long run, so I’m pretty proud of that. One thing that I thought was so cool about my long run is that I never thought about not finishing it or walking part of the way. I did stop twice for water, but it was 92 degrees so that was a necessity.

I told myself after mile 3 that the extra distance I ran for that mile was my extra mile. Once I got back to my normal route, everything else was stuff I do every week. I didn’t look at the last mile as the extra mile I was running this week; I just told myself that that one was already behind me. A psychological trick, but it worked.

This week is a light running week in preparation for my first 10K next Saturday.

I did great logging my food on My Fitness Pal. I was within my range (with exercise) all but two days, one of which was the day we went to the amusement park. Dinner was catered and wasn’t the healthiest of options. I think I would have done okay if I hadn’t come home and had a snack, but I was starving from all of the walking.

I haven’t been having snacks after dinner as often as I was, so I think that’s a good think, too.

I read another chapter in Reshaping It All, but my reading time is limited and I’ve been totally engrossed in another book I’m supposed to review in a couple of weeks. So, I haven’t done as well with my “mental” goal.

My goals for this week are pretty much the same as last week:

Mental. Continue reading Reshaping It All(in between reading the other book that I’m engrossed in).

Physical.Continue the first four-week portion of the strength-training plan (I finish it this week and move on to weeks 5-8), ab work, and working on pull-ups.

Nutritional.Continue logging my meals and snacks with My Fitness Pal.

What are your goals for the upcoming week? Did you meet your goals last week?

For those who are curious, here’s what I ate last week:


Breakfast: Flax cereal w/granola and banana
Lunch: Spaghetti squash w/pasta sauce, salad, sweet tea and blueberry crunch (We had my birthday lunch w/my in-laws. The blueberry stuff is something she makes with baked blueberries and oat bran on top. Yummy and low-calorie!)
Dinner: Salad bar at Jason’s Deli (Yum! Haven’t been there in forever…only had the one salad) and McD’s sweet tea that I smuggled in. 😉
Snack: Fruit Salad


Breakfast: Luna bar (before my run)
Lunch: Turkey burger w/pita chips and hummus, sweet tea
Dinner: My birthday dinner at Chili’s – grilled chicken (kid’s portion), corn-on-the-cob (no butter), side of black beans (mmmmm!), sweet tea and Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie (split 5 ways – I think I got 5 or 6 bites)


Breakfast: Flax cereal w/granola and banana
Lunch: Turkey, ham, roast and Swiss on whole wheat w/pita chips and hummus, sweet tea
Dinner: Persian Kofta Turkey kebobs w/cucumber dipping sauce, grilled corn-on-the-cob, roasted squash, roasted red peppers, sweet tea


Breakfast: Fruit salad w/granola and vanilla yogurt
Lunch: Chicken fajitas w/sour cream, black beans and sweet tea
Dinner: Grilled chicken, grilled corn-on-the-cob (It was so good the first time, we had it again!), pasta salad and Greek salad


Brunch: Turkey burger w/pita chips and hummus, sweet tea
Dinner: Hamburger, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, chicken strip (1), Mayfield sundae cone, sweet tea
Snack: Roast beef and Swiss sandwich on whole wheat, pita chips and hummus, sweet tea (I told you I was starving!)


Brunch: Buttermilk pancakes w/syrup, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage biscuit, sweet tea (Our weekly Saturday brunch is my planned once-a-week splurge.)
Dinner: Pork chops w/onions and mushrooms, spinach-cheese quinoa, roasted asparagus, sweet tea


Breakfast: 1/2 Panera Bread Cinnamon Crunch bagel w/low-fat hazelnut cream cheese, orange juice
Lunch: Ham/turkey/roast/Swiss on whole wheat w/pita chips and hummus, sweet tea
Dinner: Chicken tacos w/Pico de Gallo, guacamole, and sour cream, black beans, sweet tea
Snack: orange, peanut butter toast

How did you go on your goals this week? Leave it in the comments or blog about it and leave the link. I hope you’re reaching your goals!

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  1. Doing pretty well with my goals here too.  Exercised every day last week (5 days) including getting some time in on our new elliptical trainer which is an awesome way to change up my exercise routine and give my body a new type of workout.  I ate really well except for Saturday which was my son's 14th bday party (there were burgers, potato salad, cake and ice cream which added up to way more than my usual dinner calorie count, but I reined it in on Sunday to hopefully make up for it!).  I did sneak a peak at the scale in the middle of the week but basically stayed off it the rest of the time.  And… I lost another 1.4 pounds when I weighed in Friday so I was excited about that!  My goals this week are basically the same: continued food-logging all week on MFP, exercise every weekday, and stay off the scale until Friday morning.  I'd love to lose enough to get me down in the 160's this week – we'll see!

  2. Sounds like you're doing great, Christine! I wouldn't worry about Saturday. Those days happen and as long as you get right back on track, they usually don't hurt you too much. Congrats on a great loss last week and here's hoping you see the 160's this week! I always enjoying dropping down into another "tens' column." I'm hoping that my weigh-in this week will put me on track to see the 130's last week. It's been a long time since I've seen them on my scale.

  3. I just wanted to say hi and tell you how much I appreciate your posts.  They really keep me motivated to stay strong.

  4. I have not figured out how to fit exercise back in after taking a week and a half off for vacation. So frustrated. But! I am using MFP and am doing great counting calories and am at my lowest weight yet.
    One thing I need to figure out is how to maintain weight. I know how to lose, clearly I know how to gain!, but what does maintaining look like? Have you ever researched that Kris?
    I wanted to tell you I am in awe of your six mile run. Great job! And in that hot weather, no easy feat.

  5. Thanks! Those kind of comments make me feel so good. I hope I can continue to encourage and support those who are trying to move to a healthier lifestyle.

  6. Good job on sticking to the majority of your goals and losing weight this week! Yay! And, no, you don't precook the quinoa.

  7. Well, I've never gotten so far as officially maintaining, but in my experience trying to lose weight, maintaining involves consuming and burning about the same number of calories. Way back when, when I did WW when you got to maintenance, you got to go back up in points a bit. For me, I'm thinking it's going to look like cutting back to five workouts a week instead of six and adding a few more calories back into my diet.

    How sad does it make me that I've already commented to my husband that adding a few more calories into my diet may mean, for me, that I get an extra glass of sweet tea each day?!? I'm so excited about that possibility!

    Hopefully, by the end of the summer I'll be ready to maintain and can post some about my experiences there.

  8. I would if I knew it. I guess I'll have to ask my mil. She's kind of secretive about her recipes, though. Really.

  9. As far as I know, it's just baked blueberries and she uses oat bran on the top to give it some crunch. Really yummy.

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