Weigh-In Wednesday: Week 23

kettlebellNo weight loss this week, but no weight gain this week. I need to recognize that this may be the measure of success most weeks now that I’ve lost the “easy” pounds.

I’m looking for a way to change it up a bit so I’ve returned to Timothy Ferriss’ 4-Hour Body. He encourages readers to include a kettlebell in their workout routines to stimulate weight loss and strengthen the muscles from the base of your skull to your Achilles tendons.

Ferriss always looks for the least amount of activity for the maximum result so I’m ready to spend a few minutes performing the two-handed kettlebell swing. After all, I bought a kettlebell when I first read 4-Hour Body two years ago, and it’s mostly collected dust. Now’s the time to give it a serious try.

Ferriss has videos posted on YouTube demonstrating the proper use of the kettlebell so I no longer have the excuse of not understanding the diagrams included in the book. I’m starting with a 10-pound kettlebell, laughably light…but I’ve got to start somewhere and hopefully I’ll learn proper technique so I can move to a heavier weight in a few weeks.

Hoping this simple change will kick start additional weight loss as well.

Weigh-In Wednesday – Week 4

LoseItlogoAdding cold water went well on the weekdays, but I didn’t follow through on Saturday or Sunday. I know I can make this change. I just need to work on making it a seven day a week change. The biggest problem on the weekend was forgetting to start the day drinking water. I met the goal of drinking 8 or more cups of water each day. It’s just starting the weekend morning that needs some work.

Logging success continues. Lose It makes this such a simple process that I haven’t forgotten to log food for two weeks! Now it’s time for a new goal, and this week I’m going to concentrate on exercise. I’ve been walking and even logging exercise, but I want to set a goal of at least three and a half hours of exercise each week. Not 30 minutes a day because I know that will be more difficult to accomplish. I’m not likely to exercise daily, but if I spread the goal over the course of a week, I think I can be successful.

It feels great to still be enthusiastic about a weight loss resolution! Looking forward to losing that first 10 pounds.

Weigh-in Wednesday – Week 3

So far, so good! All of the holiday eating pitfalls eliminated. Over a week of logging daily food intake. And best of all, I’m back to my pre-holiday weight. In fact, I’m a couple of pounds lighter than my pre-holiday weight!

The plan for week three may be a crazy one, but one worth trying since it’s so easy and painless. I recently saw a post regarding the benefits of starting the day by drinking ice water. That reminded me of the book, The 4-Hour Body, by Timothy Ferriss which I read a couple of years ago.

Ferriss’ book focuses on a variety of activities to make significant changes in your body. His plan for losing weight is based on odd combinations of food with only limited exercise. According to his weight loss plan, you need to start the day drinking 500ml (16oz) of ice water. This is to be done immediately after waking each morning with breakfast to follow 20-30 minutes later. The ice water stimulates your body’s metabolism since your body works to raise the temperature of the water and as a result burns calories. By simply drinking eight 8oz glasses of ice water, your body burns 70 calories. I know, that’s not many, but it’s easy so I’ll give it a try. One more simple step.