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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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    Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!
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