How I Fit Workouts Into My Hectic Back-to-School & Work Schedule

Posted by Keriann Lowry on September 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM

The kids and I have started back to school. I mean that quite literally. Not only do I make sure that my children are up and ready for class, but I also work at home, run the household and take two college courses online. It’s a busy life! When school is in session, there’s very little, if any, spare time in the day. It all adds up to a very tired mama at the end of the day. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a demanding schedule like this! I’m in awe of those who take on all of these roles for their families, day in and day out. Which I guess means, I'm in awe of myself! Yay Keriann!

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Topics: Fitness Motivation, Goji Challenge, Gamified Fitness, Weight Loss

Celebrating the Non-Scale Victories in My Weight Loss Challenge

Posted by Leigh Conducy on August 18, 2015 at 10:26 AM

A week removed from my Goji Challenge and I still find myself focused.

Non-Scale Victories (NSV) 

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Topics: Cardio Distraction, Fitness Motivation, Goji Challenge, Gamified Fitness, Weight Loss, Rewards and Incentives, Stay in Shape, Travel and Fitness, Diet, Nutrition

I Lost 8.5 Inches But Didn't Lose Any Weight! What?!?

Posted by Keriann Lowry on August 14, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Its weigh-in day and you are looking forward to seeing the weight loss progress you made during the week. You have done everything possible to make sure you stayed under your daily allotted calories, you worked out everyday, and sometimes twice in one day. Your heart is pounding in your chest from anticipation of stepping on the scale and seeing the reward for all your hard work. You slowly step on and close your eyes. You look down expecting to be joyous and all you see is that you weigh exactly the same as you did last week. No weight loss! You feel the disappointment wash over you and step off.

I know exactly how that feels because that is what happened to me during the third week of my Goji Challenge to lose weight in 30 days! At first, I was pretty disappointed with that my fitness progress plateaued. After the shock of it wore off, I started to think about how my clothes are fitting better. I can also see a noticeable difference when I look in the mirror. My face looks thinner and I look happier. The question I start to ponder is, why in the world does the scale not reflect what I am feeling and seeing? I have come to the conclusion that the scale is a liar. LOL! I am only joking. There are a number of reasons the scale is not reflecting what I am seeing. During these times, I have decided to focus on my NSV, better known as non-scale victories.

At the beginning of my 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge, I took my measurements and saved them to compare with future measurements. I then took my three week measurements just to compare to my first week and I was blown away! I have lost a total of 8.5 inches; 2” off of my waist, 4.5” from my hips, 1.5” off my arms, and .5” from my legs. I had no idea you can lose so many inches without it reflecting on the scale. I have lost a total of 5 lbs. (including losing weight while on vacation - Definately a NSV!) and I feel so much better than when I started the Goji Challenge. I feel stronger, I feel healthier, and most importantly, I feel proud of what I have accomplished so far. I know that I am going to continue to lose pounds and get healthy. My body will shed the excess in its own time, and the best thing I can do is continue to stay positive and focused and work hard to get fit and healthy.

During the final week of my 30 day weight loss challenge, I will continue to keep my food journal, make sure I get my cardio workouts in and, to shake it up a bit this week, I plan on adding strength training to my exercise routine.

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Topics: Fitness Motivation, Goji Challenge, Weight Loss, Diet, Nutrition