60 in 60 blog

Week 1: Getting started

Terry and Erica Farrell

Record staff

 

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.

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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?

T: Beer,

T&E: TGIF.

 

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