I’m so excited to be finishing up week 3 of my Cinch journey! :) It seems like it was just yesterday that I started with the yummy shakes and meal bars. Some of the 50 bloggers have eaten all of their meal bars, but I’ve been hoarding the peanut butter and chocolate ones like they are bars of gold. I am going to eat one this week because they really help get rid of my “sweets” cravings. Read more about the Cinch Inch Loss Plan, if you’d like. Also, I’ll be getting measured again this week so I can let you know if I see any INCH results as well as the weight results.
How I’m doing this week
This was 6 weeks ago (I started Cinch 3 weeks ago at 246).
This is this week.
2.2 pound loss for this week, and overall, since I lost 0 the last two weeks.
I know I could be losing faster, but it seems that I had to figure out how to do things MY way on the Cinch program, while still doing the Cinch program. At first, it suggested that I eat around 1500 calories a day. I knew that was not nearly enough, but I did what the program suggested. I didn’t lose anything the first week. The second week, I tried to up my calories a bit, but I also started working out more, so I think it defeated the purpose because I still needed more calories.
This week, I have eaten 2,000 calories every day, and have worked out but not anything hard core that would require me to replace those calories. I’ve found that 2,000 is usually my magic number. One thing people don’t realize is that you have to find your magic number for weight loss. I posted on my fan page about eating 1,800-2,000 calories a day and someone came in saying “That is to maintain weight. You need to eat 1200-1500 to lose weight”. Um no. Bad bad bad advice!! I am 6’2″, 250 pounds (well 243.8 now!). Eating 1,200 calories would put my body into starvation mode and would probably make me very light headed and extremely crabby. So if you only learn one thing from my journey, it’s that it will be different than yours. Find your magic calorie number and the weight will fall off.
What my workouts look like
I walked 1-3 miles 5 days this week, mostly outside, which is odd because I hate the heat. But it’s so easy to hop on (and then right back off) the treadmill, I had to mix it up a bit. The walks weren’t super fast, but I worked up a sweat.
At the gym, I did 30 minutes of strength training 3 days. I mostly work my arms, because my knees are bad so I can’t do many leg exercises without hurting them.
My favorite product this week
Even though I love the chocolate peanut butter meal bars, I still love the shakes. They’re sweet and they really hit the spot. I mix them up all kinds of different ways and it helps keep me from getting tired of the “same” thing over and over. Check out the Best Shake Recipes.
Areas to improve
I really need to step it up on my walks this week. I’m going to start bringing weights, and walking faster. When I walk in the morning, I have to take the kids so I don’t get to walk very fast. But at night, Rach keeps the kids and I have free reign to be gone for as long as I need to. I have to keep focusing on my water intake, because even though it has been great this week it’s still a struggle each day to get in that 80-100 ounces.
Helpful free tool of the week
I downloaded a free pedometer app for my cell phone. It has helped a lot with tracking how far I’ve walked, because sometimes when it’s 104+ out (like it has been for the last 10 days straight), it feels like it’s been a mile but it’s only been 3/4 of a mile. So the free pedometer app has really helped me out! If you have an iPhone, just go to the app store and type in “pedometer”. There are lots of free ones to choose from.
I have been provided the Cinch program items in exchange for tracking my progress, but all opinions are 100% my own.