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As the new year crept closer and closer, I began to think about a challenge for the year to come -- something that would really push me to my limit, but would have a payoff that made it worth it. I mulled and discussed and negotiated, and in the end I decided on the following:

* 100% adherence to a Slow Carb/Primal Lifestyle combination that will work well in our family. Basic principles are:
* 6 days per week
* No grains, no fruit, no dairy, no sugar, no white potatoes or corn
* Less than 50 net carbs per day
* Primarily organic meats and vegetables
* And on the 7th day, she rested (per Slow Carb guidelines)
* 225 minutes of cardio each week

Why cardio specifically? Because it's very, very hard for me. I have no trouble doing strength workouts or Pilates, so no reason to count those. But I hate cardio, and without a good motivator, I won't do it consistently.

My goals are specifically behavioral goals, not results-based. I hope to lose weight and gain strength and functionality, and I really want to get my blood sugar under control. But I would rather base the challenge (or the payoff) on performing the *right* behaviors *consistently*.

What's at stake? 3 weeks off work and a vacation! The challenge runs Dec. 1 to Dec. 1. Hopefully in Dec. 2012, I'll be able to do a whole lot of skiing!


Member Since: 11/27/2011

Fitness Minutes: 3,495

My Goals:
*100% compliance of the program outlined in my intro between Dec. 1, 2011 and Dec. 1, 2012
* 33% strength increase in deadlift, bench press, and squat in 2012
* Able to ski in winter 2012


My Program:
* Slow Carb/Primal Lifestyle combination that will work well in our family. Basic principles are:
* 6 days per week
* No grains, no fruit, no dairy, no sugar, no white potatoes or corn
* Less than 50 net carbs per day
* Primarily organic meats and vegetables
* 225 minutes cardio each week
* Crossfit/Powerlifting 1-2x per week



Personal Information:
I'm 43 years old, and I live on a little farm with my husband and three dogs in the Cascade Mountains NE of Seattle.

Blog:
http://www.melissa-c-alexander.com

E-mail:
melissa@reinventing-melissa.com


Other Information:
I love skiing, horses, dogs, and writing! I had a nonfiction book published in 2003, and I'm currently working on a novel -- one more thing I'm determined to get done during 2012.




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  • v TRUCKERWIFE2
    Just checking in. Miss talking to you.
    1436 days ago
  • v TRUCKERWIFE2
    Understand you are swamped. Miss hearing from you. Hope you are doing well. emoticon
    1493 days ago
  • v DOGSRFIT
    I meant to write to tell you how wonderful the animal communication workshop you attended sounded. I just got my golden therapy certified and one of the members is a "communicator." She gives the animals a blessing after every meeting which is so cool!!!
    1497 days ago
  • v RETRACING-STEPS
    Hi!! Oh good, I'm glad to hear that! I was afraid you got so discouraged that you dropped out completely. Which would be a shame because you were doing so well! Good for you for still going on despite being swamped, that's hard. I'm hoping I can too, when I get busy again.

    Not much new here! Just maintaining the running and weight lifting 6x per week. I keep it minimal so that I can stick to it. Always the same distance running, very very gradual increases with the weight training. An hour a day max of working out works for me for now.
    The only new things have been... Trying to keep up a streak of going to bed by midnight or 1am, also to drink 8 glasses of water per day, meditate for 10 minutes a day, eat two servings of fruit or vegetables, and listen to a 'motivating song'. I'm just trying to get a full week of doing all of that, combined with my workout efforts. I'm trying to be patient because I have to keep in mind, all this stuff is new to me, and habits can take months to make..
    Missed your inspiring presence on Sparkpeople! Good luck with the work!

    1501 days ago
  • v JUSTYNA7
    Hurray for more weight coming off! You are doing great, one day at a time. Justyna
    1509 days ago
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