Mar 31, 2015

#4weeksfit {The Results}

At the start of March, Kristin and I set out to motivate ourselves and anyone else who was interested by doing the #4weeksfit challenge for the second year in a row. It was a great way to push myself, and I loved having other gals working toward their goals right along with me. Sorry for the annoying amount of times I used the #4weeksfit hashtag, but I loved seeing you all working on your fitness with me! Let's see how I did.

Goal #1 - Incorporate more/new healthy foods in my diet. I'm proud to say I nailed this one. I made all kinds of new variations on vegetables, tried brussels sprouts for the first time and roasted cabbage more than once as a side dish. It felt good to mix it up and I know I'll keep at this one.

Goal #2 - Lose 5-7 pounds. This morning was the moment of truth for me. And guess what?! I did it! 5 pounds lost in March. Now to keep those off and keep on shedding more weight!

Goal #3 - Get 8,000 steps a day. I know 10k is really the "recommended" goal but since I was averaging 4k in previous months, I figured I had to start somewhere. This month I averaged 9,924 steps per day. I had my half-marathon and touring of D.C. in there which helped my average, but also a couple days of driving in a car all day and a few days of not wanting to move a lot as I recovered ;) So I guess it all evens out. I definitely stepped up my game this month but hope to keep on improving.

Goal #4 - Run my entire half-marathon. I'm torn on this one. I came really close to running the whole thing. I did stop to use a bathroom once and I walked through a few water stations; then I had to stop and walk on a hill around mile 11, I think. I asked Jared how many minutes he thinks we walked, and he said only 5-10, so that felt pretty good. I'm still proud of what I was able to do!

So all in all, I did okay! All progress counts, even if it wasn't as much as you'd hoped or planned for. If nothing else, this month opened my eyes to a lot of things and motivated me to keep going strong and keep working on my fitness. You're never truly done working on yourself! I'm committed to being the best version of myself that I can be.

28 comments:

  1. AH! You did so great girlfriend!!! I'm seriously proud of you. A half marathon, all those steps, cooking new foods!?! AND losing 5 lbs? You absolutely nailed it. Can't wait to see how everyone else did!!!

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  2. You did so awesome on your goals!! If you only walked 5-10 minutes the entire time during your half I would definitely say you ran the whole thing in my book. I am so glad you tried brussels sprouts and liked them because they're on my list of veggies to try. Fingers crossed that I like them too.

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  3. Way to rock it out, lady! So proud of you!

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  4. Killer job on your goals, Erin. Thanks so much for hosting this. I was an epic fail, but it was still fun to follow along on other people's fitness goals. Keep it up and Happy April!

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  5. Stopping to use the bathroom and walking through the water stations definitely does NOT count as walking during your run. Trust me when I say this. The hill thing, probably, but not the other two. From experience I have learned that if you don't at least fast-walk through the water station, you WILL end up will water/Gatorade soaking your entire front :)

    In other news, AWESOME JOB on losing 5 lbs! I am really impressed and excited for you. Look at you go with your debt and your weight and your cabbage.... such a motivation!

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  6. Making sure I get to 10k steps a day is a biggie for me since I don't always get a chance to work out. So far, so good!

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  7. Way to go, friend!!! You killed most of your goals and should be super proud! Personally, I don't see how stopping for the bathroom or water counts as not running, so you should consider that a total win! Also, way to go on losing five pounds! Keep it up!

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  8. Yes girl!! You totally need to count that running the whole half marathon! You rocked it despite the crappy weather and hey! There is no denying mother nature when you need to make a pit stop at the bathroom, so that totally doesn't count against you. Also, running while trying to down a drink through the stations? No way. COUNT IT!
    You rocked the month of March! So proud of you!!

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  9. Good job girl! I think you hit all your goals. I agree that walking through the water stations and to use the bathroom doesn't count. In fact, many trainers recommend walking through the water stations to take a second and regroup. I'd say you hit it out of the ballpark!

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  10. Congrats! My goal each day is to do 7,000 steps and even then I don't always hit it! Good for you! Bye-bye 5 pounds!

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  11. Yay!! Go Erin!! Amazing job lady!!

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  12. Congratulations!!! Way to go on all your goals!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  13. congrats on all of this girl - you deserve to cross that 'run the whole thing' off your list, even if you stopped to walk a bit, you still did a half marathon and that's amazing. if you had tried to run through the water stops or the bathroom.. well, that would have been awkward!! plus, hills suck. haha!!

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  14. Good for you, lady! These are all huge accomplishments!!

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  15. Well done. You are an inspiration!!! I wish I lost 5lbs this month. I've plateaued a bit in that department but I've been doing a lot of strength training, so I'm telling myself it is muscle. I agree with other above that water and bathroom breaks are required walking. Quick review of my goals:
    (1) Get to the gym 17 times. Such a random/specific number. Alas, I came close but didn't make it. I'm still on my way to my year-goal of going to the gym 200x. I keep a tally on the goals board at my gym and I feel confident I’ll get there!
    (2) Reduce intake of sugar and carbs. Eh, I give myself another so-so on this one. My husband has such a sweet tooth and has been bringing home Easter candy. GAh!
    (3) Improve time on St Paddy's 5K and register for another 5K-10K. Again, partial success. I did improve my time! I averaged 8:36 min/mile on this race which is much better than my previous race paces: 9:12 (December 2014), and 9:14 (October 2014). I have not yet registered for another 5K or 10K but I’ve identified a bunch of options and am waiting for buddies to confirm. :)

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    1. Thanks, girl! Sounds like you did pretty well yourself! Resisting Easter candy is just about the hardest thing ever- so hold strong! ;)

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    2. Aww thanks! Have you ever seen Three Amigos? (if not, highly recommend! An oft-quoted comedy classic in both my family and marriage!) Anyway, running and resisting Easter candy have me thinking "gonna make it! gonna make it! gonna make it" ALL the time. :) Clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYD00DXZ9hk

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  16. You did great! It's so satisfying to try new recipes/veggies and find things you like and will be able to keep up... I should remember to do that more often. And walking through water stations is just smart! I'm bad about that and always choke.

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  17. You did awesome this month!! Great job! Also, congrats on the half marathon!

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  18. I'm impressed girl! I seriously did one half marathon and it was so trying on my body I vowed to never do one again. You did awesome this month!

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  19. Your 7 day step count was AMAZING after your half. You were waaaay ahead of me and all of my other fitbit friends! Good job going above your goal for steps!

    In my mind only 5-10 minutes of walking during a half is amazing - you should be so proud of yourself!

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  20. Y o u d i d a m a z i n g in March! :):) Quite proud of you and I'll be continuing to cheer you on via FitBit since we are friends and all! :)

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  21. Sooo happy for you. You actually achieved your goals. I wish I could do the same. I'm trying to lose 20 pounds. It's so hard for me. But let me try it your way. I'll copy your list and hopefully I can do it. lol

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  22. Congrats on meeting your weight loss goal! That's a huge deal, and you should be so proud. I don't think the bathroom or water stop breaks count during the half and after all you endured that day...making it to mile 11 without walking is majorly impressive. That was a rough one. I'd call it a victory for sure!

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  23. Sounds like you killed it friend! :) Going from 4k steps to almost 10k in a month is AWESOME!!!! And don't even get me started on your half marathon. BEAST MODE. :)

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  24. Look at you knocking out all your goals!!! Congrats! I need to step it up some for next month! Getting those daily steps in is so hard with an office job, I totally relate.

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  25. GREAT JOB! You did so great on all your goals, and you should be SO proud of yourself! I totally give you a pass on the half marathon. That was noooo easy race; that you made it to mile 11 is a huge accomplishment. Especially for only your second half! Great work this month :)

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  26. Way to go, Erin!! I think you totally rocked March! I need to get on the veggie train. I am interested to try some new ones!

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