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After the Color Run.

September 2015 - 3 months | 25 lbs lost


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Fall 5% Challenge! I'm excited to try my first challenge... and keep my momentum going strong.

I'm stringing together more and better health habits, from confronting my sugar addiction to focusing on "real food" to reshaping my body (and spirit) with physical activity.

Regular exercise works as my building block. When I exercise, I'm more likely to stick with ALL my goals. Tracking my food is the ONLY way I've successfully lost weight. My biggest challenge is an "all or nothing" attitude. I need to strive for consistency and sustainability... NOT perfection.

REALISTIC goal setting (storing long term goals here). 1 lb per week loss is realistic and achievable. Some weeks will be better. Some worse. I always seem to go 2 steps back; 1 step forward.

I also like setting smaller (less than 10 lb) incremental goals. I'm an achiever. Regularly feeling like I've reached a goal keeps me motivated. Staring at a months-long endpoint defeats me. So... my plan is:

Goal #1: 12 lbs lost (211 to 199) deadline: July 20th
ACHIEVED! 199 ON JULY 6TH!!!!!!!!
Goal #2: 9 lbs lost (199 to 190) deadline: Sept 21st
ACHIEVED!! 189 ON AUGUST 12TH!!!!!!!
Goal #3: 8 lbs lost (190 to 182) deadline: November 16th
ACHIEVED! 182 on October 14th--long plateau broken at last!!
Goal #4: 7 lbs lost (182 to 175) deadline: January 4th
Goal #5: 6 lbs lost (175 to 169) deadline: February 15, 2016

Member Since: 5/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 9,565

My Goals:
Achieve a level of fitness (and the healthy lifestyle) that will take me gracefully through the next busy decade and beyond.

To finally learn how to sustain a healthy lifestyle, rather than 3 months on... 3 months off...

My Program:
Fall 5% Challenge

Nutrition: Eat Clean (no specific diet, but using Spark to track my macros)

Fitness: Exercise 45 minutes, 5 days a week. (Strength 2-3 days / week; running 2-3 days / week; light cardio, yoga, classes on the other days.) 1 to 2 solid rest days each week.

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Busy working mom living in the beautiful Wisconsin countryside.

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There are two kinds of pain you can control ~~~ the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Author Unknown

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