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State of the Weight Wednesday: The Best Laid Plans

It’s a late State of the Weight, but better late than never, right? Right.

If you’re just tuning in, State of the Weight is about more than just the number on the scale. It’s about making small, easy changes you can live with.

State of the Weight Wednesday, Finding Walden

Y’all. This week.

I was jazzed after last week’s SOTWW check-in. Totally pumped to hit the gym and be awesome and lose a couple more pounds because I am so close to my goal!!!

And then life happened.

I did yoga on Wednesday and cardio on Thursday. My plan was to take Friday off from the gym since we were going to visit Dan’s parents to hit up a local festival. I watched what I ate during the day so I wouldn’t overdo it that night. And I didn’t. Then Saturday was my mom’s birthday, so we headed up there to go out to dinner with her.

And then we got home and Emma was running a fever and as soon as I gave her some Motrin she puked all over the both of us.

Then Dan had to work on Sunday and since Emma was sick, I couldn’t take the kids to the gym. And then Joshua climbed in bed with me Monday morning and puked all over me. So no taking him to the gym that day either. Or on Tuesday because he was still running a fever.

Could I have gone to the gym in the evening on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday? Yes. Absolutely. But by the time the evening rolled around and Dan was home, I was exhausted. Just wiped out and wanting nothing more than to get in the bed and pass out not knowing how the night would go or whether or not I would need to change a set of sheets and how many times and are the back-ups all clean?

I know when I like to go to the gym and I know that when fall TV starts up again, going in the evenings will not happen. It can’t. So when I can’t go when I like to go I don’t go.

(Completely not sure this is related to what I was saying, but I have a wicked awful case of brower tab ADD right now and I just read this post about “Fitspiration” gone wrong and I really liked it and I’m leaving it here for you guys, too.)


I made a plan last week and didn’t stick to it. I’m getting really kind of awful about sticking to a plan. I really wish a personal trainer were in the budget right now, but since that’s not an option, I’ve got to figure something else out.

I don’t exactly know how to make myself go to the gym when I physically cannot go there, either because I’m exhausted, it’s dinner time and someone has to feed the children, they are sick, I am sick. I don’t know.

I’m grumpy.

Also still 196 pounds.

Weekly Goal: Do whatever it is I think I can do
Weight Goal: Still 7 pounds to go to reach 31 pounds gone.

What were your successes and setbacks this week? Leave them in the comments or leave a link to your SOTWW post.

State of the Weight Wednesday, Finding Walden

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Saturday 21st of September 2013

I was coming here to suggest Gym Pact but see someone did. Say I tell myself four days and skip the first three, I really push myself to go because I don't want to pay the $15 if I miss another day that week.


Thursday 12th of September 2013

I have an app on my phone called Gympact; you set up weekly goals and pledge a certain amount of money along with it - for example, my pact is 4 days a week, $25 each. If you *meet* your pact for the week, you get some nominal amount (think like $2), BUT if you miss, you owe whatever you have pledged. So if I miss once, it costs me $25, twice = $50, etc. I keep planning to write a blog post on it, and other apps that have helped me (I'm down 40 pounds from January), but I thought you might want to check it out.

I've never had to pay yet, but I *did* get paid - I put $20 I had accumulated into my PayPal just to make sure it worked and there were no problems...

Jess R

Wednesday 11th of September 2013

I completely agree with you: if it's not when I wanted to go, I won't go to the gym. I know it might not work, but working out at home works for me. It took me a while because you have to find a routine or videos you like, but in the end it's been way worth it for me. My gateway video was Jillian Michaels 30 day shred--only a 20 minute workout and it's full body (easy for me to fit in to my schedule). When I needed to pump things up before the wedding, I got Leandro Carvalho's Brazil Butt Lift--completely changed my world! It requires more time to do the workouts but for the first time in my adult life I was completely and totally in love with how I felt (took 6 months)--and I never stepped in a gym. I even did this workout when we were homeless for a month before we moved to Hawaii. I did it in three different hotels and three different parents' houses; but again, this workout required more time than 30 Day Shred.

I totally recommend Jillian's work out for a busy mom--I think you'll really like it.

Fionnuala Darby-Hudgens

Thursday 12th of September 2013

I completely agree! Working out at home has been a great solution. And 20 min total body workouts are the best to fit in around kids.

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