Terry and Erica Farrell
The following is our first blog entry to our 60 in 60 challenge. For those of you who missed our column last week (see bit.ly/1LqaMVq) Erica and I have embarked on a journey to lose 60 pounds (combined) in 60 weeks (concurrent). We will have weekly online updates and monthly submissions into the Record newspaper.
Terry: Well, we got through the first week and we lost 4.8 lbs between us.
Erica. Thanks to Thanksgiving, I lost some of those pounds twice.
T: I told you not to weigh yourself on Monday.
E: I couldn’t help myself. I will try not to do that again.
T: So far, the changes we are making are maybe not as tough as we thought they might be. What do you think, Hon?
Erica: it’s getting easier. The first few evenings were hardest for me. It has become quite a habit to grab a snack before bed, and convincing myself not to do that was hard at first, but I think I am winning now.
T: So, no cheating?
E: No! How about you?
T: Full disclosure – I succumbed to a Dairy Milk with jelly beans inside on the second day. But that’s really not fair. Because it’s chocolate and jelly beans together. It should almost be illegal!
E: I remember that. We actually had that discussion at the checkout. I couldn’t talk you out of it.
T: That’s because it’s a two for one deal: jelly beans and chocolate.
E: It was not! It was a chocolate bar.
T: With jelly beans inside.
E: Anyway, it was a cheat!
T: Yes, and I am proud to say that was the only cheat I had this week. I even turned down a Hot Chocolate’s chocolate that was being distributed to all the staff after the BC Shakedown on Thursday.
E: What else did you do this week?
T: Well, we started by spending more than $200 on footwear….this weight loss thing could get expensive. I did get some good advice from Sarah at Extreme Runners.
E: We did save $80 by not eating out tonight. So how were the new shoes?
T: I started my running routine again. I ran/walked a total of 90 minutes. Right now I am running 6 minute cycles then walking for 3.minutes and repeating that 4 times. I will increase those numbers every couple of weeks and figure I should be back to a 30 minute run before Christmas. I also played 45 holes of golf, (which is about 40km of walking). How about you?
E: Well now that the weather is a bit cooler, I am able to take the dogs with me when I am out and about seeing clients. When I get a break between clients, I take the dogs for a walk instead of going for a coffee (I think the dogs are really enjoying it). I also accepted an invitation to go for a hike up on Paradise Meadows. I must admit my very first inclination was to say no because they were leaving at 8:30 and in my book, that’s too early to think of anything but coffee. But then I remembered that I am on a journey to fitness, and turning down walking opportunities is rather a U-turn. So I went. It was an 8km hike with 3 other fabulous ladies, and I felt so proud of myself afterwards that I actually did it. I’ve checked out one gym too – mostly because I wanted to sit in the hot tub afterwards.
T: Before we close I must address the question from your brother.
E: Oh yes! You mean the one if I gain 10lbs and you lose 70lbs is that still a successful mission?
T; Yes, that’s the question. I guess technically it would be a success, but only one of us would feel very good about it….I hope.
E: I have one more thing I want to say too.
T: I’m all ears.
E: Yesterday, I was tempted to stop at the 7/11 and buy one of their meatball skewers (I love those things). But two things stopped me. The first was that it was weigh day today and I didn’t really want to sabotage my efforts. But the more powerful reason was that we are doing this together and so if I sabotage myself, it is really sabotaging both of us. That’s why doing this together is so much more powerful than me doing it on my own. I am more motivated not to let you down than I am to let me down!
T: Wow, that’s a lot of pressure for me to keep driving instead of stopping for a donut when I pass by Tim Hortons. But I guess all I have to do is think about what you just said. So inspiring. BTW What’s that you’re drinking?!
E: Long Island Iced Tea. What’s in your glass?