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5% Winter Challenge: Diet and Exercise Plan Update

Friday, January 24, 2014

I feel that I should log in here my slight change to my diet and exercise plan for the 5% Challenge. It's pretty similar to what I blogged before, however I now have an actually plan in place. I recently signed up for a 30-Day Burn program offered by one of my favorite health and fitness guru's, Dr. Josh Axe. He advocates following a clean, wholesome, organic diet while limiting/eliminating sugars and utilizing Burst Training (his version of HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training or Tabatta Training) as an exercise program. The 30-Day Burn that I joined is giving me 4 weeks of meals plans as well as manual for turning on our fat burning switch. Plus a private FB group for support and questions. Anyway, I just started the program on Sunday and have been doing really well with my eating as well as doing the Burst Training. I love Burst as it is 20 minutes of burst of high intensity exercises. You do a set of exercises for 45 seconds, 30 second rest and then another set for 45 and so on. There are about 6 different exercises targeting a certain area of the body that you repeat 3 times giving you a 20 minute workout. Each workout targets a different area and you incorporate muscle building with cardio. I really enjoy the workouts and the time I spend is great for this busy, working mom. He also has a great warm-up and cool-down that I utilize and I can add in 10 minute strength training SP videos as well.

Anyway, I wanted to do this update for this challenge. I can already attest to seeing big changes in my first week and am anxious and excited for tomorrows weigh-in.

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SHARON10002 1/26/2014 12:22AM

    Sounds really good, and that's great that you are seeing changes quickly to keep you motivated! Good luck!

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COFFEELS 1/25/2014 12:49PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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SHERYLP461 1/25/2014 8:37AM

    Way to go! Glad to hear of your changes!

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MESEATURTLE 1/24/2014 9:15PM

    Awesome !!!!

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/24/2014 4:12PM

    I've been reading up on HIIT etc. to start working into my program in the next month or so, the results people post are amazing. Best to you with continued results!

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A_SIZE6 1/24/2014 9:48AM

    I am doing the 5% winter challenge too as well. team teddy bears. this is my first one. awesome idea on the strength training vidoes

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2014 Winter 5% Challenge - 8. Strategize

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Reasons my Diet/Exercise Plans have not worked well in the past:

1) Time, time, time.... I work a full-time job and have 2 young kids at home. In order to not pay for daycare, my husband works opposite hours from me so my evenings are busy with my 2 kids. I also live about an hour from my job, so close to 2 hours of my day are spent commuting. I got in really early so I can be home in time for my husband to go to work, so getting up early to exercise is very difficult.

2) Bored... I don't find exercise that exciting, even doing something that I enjoy. I prefer curling up a to a good book over going for a bike ride.

3) Eat well all day....snack before bed... I'm pretty good at eating healthy for breakfast and lunch but then at the end of the day after the kids are in bed, there is nothing I like more than relaxing on the couch with a glass (or 2) of wine, my favorite cheese crackers and some good sharp cheddar cheese. And continue eating beyond my allowable calorie range.

So, those are probably my top 3 challenges I have in my life. So how can I get past them??

1) Time. I need to force myself a minimum of 10 minutes of exercising a week. I will post my Win Today Checklist somewhere that will help remind me to do my exercises. If I squeeze them in early in the morning, then I'm done. If not, I can find a point in the evening to do them, even if I wait until the kids are in bed. I also need to commit myself to my new BurstFire DVD that I purchased last month. I can do this!!

2) Bored. Do something different every single day. That at least keeps things interesting.

3) Snacking before bed. I need to recommit to counting calories during the day. If I have any left over at bed time, then premeasure my snack and that's all I get.


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MAWMAW101 1/17/2014 9:22AM

    You will be in my thoughts as we start this challenge. I am the grandma who wishes I could relieve you of some of your duties and give you some "mommy time"! Having had 4 boys and 1 girl all before the first went to Kindergarten, I feel you stress.
All the very best to you!

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2014 Winter 5% Challenge - 7. Triggers

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Trigger Foods: Cheese and crackers, Mac and Cheese, Potato Chips Hmmmm....not much else for me.

Sources of Trigger Foods: Grocery store.

When I reach for my trigger foods: After a long day of work and after the kids go to bed I like nothing more than relaxing with a glass of wine and salty snacks.

My stragedy to avoid these triggers:

1) Weigh my food out before eating it to make sure I'm staying in my calorie range for the day.
2) Limit the number of days each week that I can partake in my triggers.
3) Find another way to relax in the evening.


2014 Winter 5% Challenge - 6. Motivation

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Assignment 6 is to write about what motivates me to lose weight.

1. Get healthier - I am blessed to be a pretty healthy person overall, but it never hurts to be as healthy as possible as you never know what may come your way.

2. Set a great example for my children - While I know I can't force my children to live how I want them to live, I do want to do my best for my children. I hope they see me being healthy and will want to follow my lead as they get older. At their current age of 5 and 2, I am lucky that they love to eat fruits and veggies, but I hope that it will carry through into adulthood. If I tell them all the time to choose healthy food options, I want them to see me do the same thing.

3. Love how I look in clothes. I have lost a good deal of weight since joining SP and shopping for clothes has become more enjoyable than it used to be. However, there are still some outfits that I have no felt comfortable enough to wear yet and my hope is to get a great looking body, no matter what weight I'm at, so I can be happy wearing those outfits.

Those are my top 3 reasons for being here and as I continue reminding myself of these motivations, I hope I can finally reach my goals.

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ROXYZMOM 1/7/2014 1:08PM

    Those are great motivators! I especially love number 1 -- numbers 2 and 3 can't be there without it!

See you at the challenge!

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2014 Winter 5% Challenge - 5. Win Tomorrow Check List

Monday, January 06, 2014

Got my Win Tomorrow Checklist made and ready to go.


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