101 Days of Summer: second week wrap-up

My second week has been ok. I have exercised and done 4 Feldenkrais lessons. I have even eaten sensibly and moderately, and I certainly feel a little bit lighter.

  • knee strengthening program x2
  • 30 min walk
  • 45 min joint mobility drill
  • 4 x Feldenkrais lesson

The only problem is that I only did my knee rehabilitation program 2 times instead of three.  For some reason the pain in my left knee was aggravated, and I did not want to make it worse. Now I wonder what caused the pain and what movements I should do differently or perhaps leave out. Bloody knee! If I did not have this knee problem, I could do whatever I wanted for exercise!

I also prepared my first new dish. I had chosen Biz’ Best Buffalo Chicken Chili to experiment with, and it was a good choice, because it was very easy to prepare. The chili is delicious and very filling,  it must be all the beans. I have enough chili to last for the next 3 days. 🙂A bowl of Best Buffalo Chicken Chili

I think I’m going to prepare the chili for my parents when I go home on vacation. My father is going to love it, because he loves hot and spicy foods.


I wonder if the weight loss strategy I have chosen will be successful. I haven’t  bothered counting calories or even kept a food diary, and that might become a problem in future, when I have other things to think about. Hmm.

Next week I will be attending  a conference for a couple of days. I have no idea what kind of food the conference venue is going to serve, maybe I should think of some kind of contingency plan before that.


Takeoff video for the 101 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge

Below is my starting video for the 101 Days of Summer Challenge. Take a note of my double chin and flabby underarms.

I don’t actually know how much I weigh at the moment (even though I can guess) and I’m not going to start weighing myself now. That is mainly because I do not want to get obsessed with scales. (I’ll write about that later).

Size 6 is my final goal and I think I need to lose 20-25 pounds of fat to reach that size.

My goal pants  are an old pair of size 8 (38) jeans. If they fit me comfortably when the challenge is over, I have reached my goal!


Here we go!

how is the dietI did not want to start my blog writing about weight loss, but it is a way to get started.

And is there any topic more universally shareable than his or her weight loss goals  and weight loss progress? I sincerely doubt that.  I think that the vast majority of men and women in the Western world can’t avoid getting intimately familiar  with the subject at some point of their lives.

I just hoped my first post and my first publicly announced goal would have been something more..um..noble. Now everyone is going to find out how shallow I really am!


I got involved with Biz’s 101 Days of Summer Challenge last week.

Every participating blog master and mistress (there are now ~50 participants) can set her own health and fitness related goals for the challenge, and I thought it would be a good way to continue my quest for a saner lifestyle.  Biz is going to keep track of us weekly and give us a spanking if we stray too far from our goals.

My goals for the 101 Days of Summer Challenge

  • dress size (pants size)  from 10 -> 8   (size 40 to 38 in Finland, or 12 to 10 in UK)
  • exercise consistently 4 times a week
  • Feldenkrais method exercises 4 times a week
  • learn to prepare 10 new dishes, preferably vegetarian

In case you wondered, I’m 5ft1in (155 cm) tall. (Imagine something soft and round, like a pillow. Or don’t imagine, because  you are soon going to have (a) visual proof soon enough. )

I chose these exact goals for many reasons. Even though I do not want to be shallow, I want to lose weight in order to look prettier.  And I think dropping one dress size in three months is doable, but not too hard.  I don’t want my whole life to revolve around weight loss and eating.

I decided that it is a good idea to try new dishes at the same time, because I tend to eat the same foods all the time and it gets boring. Finding new dishes should not be a big problem, because most of the participants are  foodies. ( I already have  two promising candidates I found in Biz’ and Marianne’s recipe collections).

To keep my body functioning and pain-free, I need some regular exercise.  I don’t know how much my exercise (and movement) regime is going to help with weight loss, but it is better than nothing. Doing Feldenkrais method lessons is NOT going to help, because they mostly involve lying on my back and occasionally some vigorous crawling.