Monday, June 01, 2009
“Pick Your Poison” Challenge #1
CHALLENGE DURATION: Monday, June 1 - Monday August 31
THE CHALLENGE: This is a 3 month challenge in two parts. The first part of the challenge is to lose 10 pounds this summer. The second part is to pick to a goal from each category fitness, nutrition and emotional.
For my FITNESS GOAL
I have chosen "Cardio fitness activity 6 times a week, either at home workouts or the gym." This should be really easy for me. Key word here being "should" - but I've really been a slacker lately, in food AND exercise, so here's a great opportunity to get back on track and regain my focus!
For my NUTRITIONAL GOAL
I have chosen "Stop eating 2 hours before bedtime" This shouldn't have even been an option for me, since I "mastered" this one loooooong ago. HA!! Yep, been slipping there as well. Been slipping EVERYWHERE, in fact, so once again I get to say that this is a great opportunity for me to get back on track :D
Today is day 1 of this Challenge, obviously, and I have chosen, as my EMOTIONAL GOAL
"Blog on Spark at least 2 times a week on how (your) journey is going and all the ups and downs." I wonder if this blog entry counts :grin:
Oh, there was also a place to enter weight (of course) for this challenge. Since one of the goals is to lose 10 lbs (I haven't lost so much as a pound in 3 months time for years!!), I entered my "starting weight". I entered my starting weight going into the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp Challenge as well, and it's the same damn weight now! That 4 lb overnight weight gain when I quit smoking really did me in, emotionally more than anything. So I guess I really NEED something new to get me back on track. (I think I'll also use those Sweatsuit to Swimsuit workouts throughout this challenge, just because there were some new (to me) ways for using the resistance bands in there.)
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I'm having a tough time this week, staying focused, on track, remembering my name, etc. I'm not sure what's going on with me, but this week I'm just feeling overwhelmed. I can't keep up with all the places I'm "supposed" to be posting, so find myself feeling like just giving up, and quitting all my teams (except for 50 Plus For All, which is like my family). But I know if I quit the teams I'll be sorry. It's just that, right now, I need a little time to assimilate some of these changes. Like, what do I do instead of having that cigarette? Most of the time, I'm ok with that one...naturally, exercise is the answer. But that after dinner smoke is different, right? Gum helps with the need for oral gratification, but it also makes me swallow air, so that's not good. I need to figure out an alternative.
And the food tracking hasn't been going that well either. I *intend* to track everything, but...well, I've been forgetting some things. For instance, on Wednesday, I really thought I was tracking every single bite I put in my mouth, but then, during the night, I kept thinking of something I'd missed...and then ANOTHER thing, and yet another. On Thursday morning I went back to add those "extra" bites to my tracker, and the calorie count went from 1600 to 2850! And I was worried that I hadn't eaten enough!! This is NOT the norm for me, I swear. It is usually my practice to begin my day by planning my menu for the entire day, STICKING with that, and only adding extra foods if I felt I could "afford" them (based on the nutritional values). But this week I haven't been able to get my brain to focus on meal planning. In fact, I've been having a hard time getting it to focus on much of anything. Wonder why that is. Does nicotine make it easier to concentrate? Hmmmmm...
Anyway...there's more. The exercise. I'm either moving non stop all day, so that I don't get anything else done, or I'm not moving at all. It just seems as if I'm going from one extreme to another all the time lately. And I HAVEN'T lost those four pounds I gained overnight when I stopped smoking! Well, that's not really too surprising though, after looking back on my behavior these past two weeks. :Sigh: I think I've broken all of my "streaks" too :(
I just really need to get focused again. STICK with all those plans that I know work for me, and no more excuses or exceptions!
OK, thanks for allowing me to vent AGAIN. This week will be better.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
JUST IN CASE YOU WEREN'T FEELING TOO OLD TODAY:
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STARTING COLLEGE THIS FALL ACROSS THE NATION WERE BORN IN 1990.
THEY ARE TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER:
THE 'CHALLENGER' BLOWING UP.
THEIR LIFETIME HAS ALWAYS INCLUDED AIDS..
THE CD WAS INTRODUCED 2 YEARS BEFORE THEY WERE BORN.
THEY HAVE ALWAYS HAD AN ANSWERING MACHINE.
THEY HAVE ALWAYS HAD CABLE.
JAY LENO HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON THE TONIGHT SHOW.
POPCORN HAS ALWAYS BEEN COOKED IN THE MICROWAVE.
THEY NEVER TOOK A SWIM AND THOUGHT ABOUT JAWS!
THEY DON'T KNOW WHO MORK WAS OR WHERE HE WAS FROM.
THEY NEVER HEARD: 'WHERE'S THE BEEF?', 'I'D WALK A MILE FOR A CAMEL', OR 'DE PLANE BOSS, DE PLANE'.
MCDONALD'S NEVER CAME IN STYROFOAM CONTAINERS.
THEY DON'T HAVE A CLUE HOW TO USE A TYPEWRITER.
Do you feel OLD yet???
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I had promised to post this picture of "the chubby old lady crawling on her hands and knees", apparently because some people thought it might be motivating...???? LOL Well, I guess, but if you ask me, it's just plain funny! I was trying to *walk* up that little grassy mound, but couldn't gain any purchase on the dry grass, so ended up crawling. I guess I wasn't even able to stay on my hands and knees, now that I look at the photo that Chazz was kind enough to take to capture the moment. (sheesh)
THE APPROACH (dum de dum dum)
THE DROP - followed by THE CRAWL
Yeah, but the grass was still really dry from winter, and my hiking boots really didn't have much traction - at least not for dry, slippery grass. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it! I managed to avoid being committed that time, but I'm sure there will be plenty of other opportunities.
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