January 2013

Weight: somewhere between 78 and 79 kgs. (didn’t weigh myself this month but it has been hovering here for a while)

Switched from jogging to running. Where I used to jog for up to 3 minutes and then rest by walking for 5 minutes or more, I am now running for 2 minutes and walking for 1, increasing my actual running time. I am aiming for 30 minutes total cardio time, meaning I get a total of 20 minutes running.

Cardio: 10 times

Toning: 16 times (some days were both)


Photo taken Christmas Eve 2012.

February 2013

Weight: 79.3 kgs. (174 lbs.)

I have changed my diet. I am eating smaller portions, cutting out excess starch, and adding more fresh salads. I am also going to increase the amount of cardio I do by running 3 times a week instead of 2. I need to find a good toning workout.

Found the toning workout that I need. It is hard because it uses your body weight to get you toned up. Most of the moves I can only do a few reps of. It’s going to take time to be able to do it all but I love it already.

Had a bad cold this month so I skipped some days.

Cardio: 10 times

Toning: 9 times

March 2013

Weight: 77.3 kgs. (170 lbs.)

Changing my diet has helped a lot. I am down 2 kgs. this month, even though I didn’t get 6 days of exercise every week and changed my toning program mid-month.

I am trying out these yoga for athletes exercises. I think it will be awhile before I can do them all as I am not as flexible as I used to be.

Starting from the beginning of the month, I’ve increased my running time to 35 minutes – my goal is 40 minutes.

I did 9 full length push-ups on Friday (the 8th)! I’ve never been able to do even one, and I did 9 in a row with proper form! All those “girl push-ups” are starting to pay off. 🙂

Began this page and wrote two posts on my weight loss journey. You can find them here and here.

March 19th – upped my running time to 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes actually feel too easy but the second 20 make up for it. 🙂 To fit in the extra 5 minutes I just began getting up 5 minutes earlier. Simple.

Cardio: 13 times

Toning: 11 times

April 2013

Weight: 75.2 kgs. (165 lbs.)

Yay! My weight continues to go down steadily. In February I lost 2 kgs.; last month I lost 2.1 kgs., still roughly 1/2 a kilo a week. Not bad. If my weight loss continues at this rate, I will reach my goal in 5 months.

You can read this months update post here.

April 14th – Most of my pants are now looser than they were last month. I now fit into a pair of 3/4 pants and a skirt I was saving. A top that was tight in the sleeves is now looser.

Running is getting easier. Soon what I am doing will be too easy. Next month I plan to change around my exercise plan so that I can begin running for longer than two minutes at a time.

Experimented with running for longer time periods. I think I will be able to do the new plan I have in mind.

Cardio: 13 times

Toning: 8 times

May 2013

Weight: 74.8 kgs. (164 lbs.)

Not very much weight loss last month. You can read why in this month’s check-in post.

I’ve begun a new workout plan that is training me to run for 30 minutes straight.

May 20th – Running program complete, but I find it hard to complete 30 minutes straight. I will continue to build on what I have done already by running as much as I can each day until I can run for 30 minutes easily.

May 28th – Did 13 full-length push-ups without stopping.

Cardio: 18 times

Toning: 12 times

June 2013

Weight: 73.7 kgs. (162.1 lbs.)

You can read this month’s update post here.

June 4th – 14 full-length pushups in a row. And I was able to begin a second set, completing 6 full-length and the rest bent-knee.

June 12th – Am changing my workouts around as I am getting bored. If I don’t do this I’m going to stop exercising, and I don’t want that.

My change will be adding my toning exercises to my running days instead of having two separate toning days in a week. Those are the days I’m most bored with and the days I’m most likely to skip. Once I have my new plan I’ll lay it out here.

June 17th – I think I’ve got my new plan organized.

The kids have been stressing me out more than usual. I’m fighting off urges to stress-eat in the evenings, though lately I’ve not been very successful. (My husband should know better than to bring ice cream home and expect it to last the week!) It is definitely easier when there is no junk food in the house at all.

(Note: I will no longer be recording how many times I did cardio or toning exercises as I am doing some of both daily.)


Taken this month.

July 2013

Weight: 73 kgs. (160.6 lbs.)

This month’s update post.

This month I have taken some rest from my rather strenuous exercise schedule. I was at a point where I couldn’t wake up without feeling tired and my muscles felt exhausted. I feel better after this break, though I have to build up to my 30 minutes of running again.

We went for a short vacation this month. This was taken at a reptile park. I think I’ve trimmed down nicely.


August 2013

Weight: 72.4 kgs. (159 lbs.)

This month’s update post.

It is time to get back into a more intense exercise schedule. I don’t stress over it if I miss a day, but I’m trying to not miss any, because I really want to get to my goal weight.

In other news, when I went shopping recently, I found that I fit into a size small – x small for shirts, and I got a pair of track pants in size small. What a change from the size XL that I was buying at the beginning of the year!

Something new I learned this month was about diastasis recti, the separation of the abdominal wall muscles that is common in women, especially those who have been pregnant or had cesareans. (It can also be caused by exercising with poor form and being grossly overweight.) Normal abs exercises don’t work when you have this problem and can only make it worse. My gap is two fingers wide, so I began following the exercises mentioned at the link above in order to close it. If you are a mother and have not had any success in losing your tummy, I suggest you read the link and see if you have the same problem.

Despite my best efforts, I did not get as much exercise as I wanted this month. I was also sick for a while, which has led to a slight weight gain. (See below.)

September 2013

Weight: 72.8 kgs. (160 lbs.)

This month’s check-in post.

It is time to re-think my workout plan, make some changes. Will do so soon.

October 2013

Weight: 72.4 kgs. (159 lbs.)

I’ve not written an update post for this month (lots of reasons why not). Actually, I’ve been working on improving the quality of my exercise time. I’ve reached a plateau in my weight loss, so I’m changing lots of things. I’m doing more toning, especially for my arms.

Last month I did lose the 0.04 kgs that I had gained the previous month, but that was all, despite my best efforts. The solution? Build more muscle. My arms are starting to look nice. Once the gap in my abs is closed (see August) I will begin to focus more on them.

I’ve recently began to incorporate some yoga into my routine. It is more challenging than it looks, so I am going slow, but I love how it makes me feel.

November and December 2013

These two months were full of activity, and while I made sure to keep up with my exercise goals, I also had a lot of times when I didn’t exercise.  There was sickness, travel, and many other things that kept me from blogging about and updating my goals. I will do all that again beginning in Jan. 2014.

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  1. Hi there!! I think that your program is well thought of and you are doing great adjustments!! I wanted to give you a couple of suggestions: add asparagus to at least one meal a day!! It is an amazing fat burner and it is natural. Another one, for the weak arms, try push ups! Women should do them! There are a lots of variations so you have choices that adjust to you!! Keep going, you are doing amazing!!

    • Hi. I don’t think I’ve ever had asparagus. I should see if I can find it here. I am doing push ups with my toning routine. For a long time I did bent knee ones, so recently when I tried full length ones I was able to do 7 at a time. I was happy since before I couldn’t even get into the position for full length push ups. I still do bent knee ones to complete the sets but it feels good to see the progress happening.

  2. This is a wonderful journal on your road to weight loss. Your routine and programs are perfect for busy moms like you and me. My weight loss routine has tremendously helped me overcome some of my health problems like high blood pressure.

    • Yes, busy mom’s need easy solutions so we can keep our weight in check, otherwise it is so easy to let it go.
      Tks. for visiting.


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