Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I weighed in this morning and I have lost 8 pounds on the spring challenge. I have 3 pounds to go for the 5%, but I am hiking 5K daily, cut back on calories, and I will cut my toenails to get there!
Tonight we are seeing long time friend for dinner. I haven't seen him for a few years so it will be interesting to see how we are doing.
We are setting up the next challenge. This is the way the new team is described, co-writer JAVALOVERTOO.
Welcome to the Summer 2010 5% Community Board May 9th 8 Week Challenge. If you are new to weight loss challenges or have done them before, this is the one to start and FINISH. The 5% challenge is an 8 week challenge where we strive to loose 5% of our own weight. Through out the 8 weeks we keep each other motivated by being on teams and competing in challenges. In the past the challenges have been things like food tracking, sit-ups, learning about fiber and getting in what you need, logging cardio minutes, etc.
Your teammates are there to help and support each other and motivate you to work towards your goals. When things get tough you have your team to turn to. When you are doing great you can motivate and encourage others.
JAVALOVERTOO wrote - I did the 5% Spring Challenge, it was my first ever, and I met a lot of amazing people who motivated me to loose over 7% so far! I look forward to the next one!!!
Please join us!
I hope you are having a great week too!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Yesterday was an Oops Day. I ate too much, I skipped the gym and then rewarded myself with a Dove bar. Bad, bad, bad! Today I weighed my food, ate small portions, hiked 5K and recorded it all and tada! I have a calorie differential of -1,906. I think the last couple of days represents future maintenance and how to stick to a diet. We can all have an Oops Day, but it's what you do the day after that counts.
My Star Fish Team 5% Challenge weigh in this week was so inspiring. JNICHOLE23 lost 3.09% in one week. I lost 2.68% this whole challenge, however it is 6 pounds. But I want to get to the 5% so I am pushing hard. Maybe this will be the week I lose 3.09%
Have a great week!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I commented on LOVESCAMPING's Blog. I was not a frequent blogger, but I am making the time to do it now. I want a clear trail of what I am doing so when everything clicks, I know how to keep going.
I focus on staying positive. I maintain a list of 3 Things to Look Forward To, which I set up as a daily reminder in Spark Planner and get a daily email. Current - Going to Drayton Valley with hubby and friends in May, going to the ABBA tribute concert in May, hubby and I buying new leather jackets when I hit 199 pounds June 30th.
On my teams I made a topic - 3 Things to Be Happy About Today. It makes me think about the positives in my life and see what others are happy about. It fuels my happiness.
We went to a play last night. At the theatre, I realized when May 1st rolls around, it will be a countdown till this time next year when we move to Vancouver. I was sentimental knowing many things we like to do here, we will be doing for the last time. Like the short drive to the theatre, which has the best acoustics in Canada (as per Leona Boyd), parking right in front, walking in and seeing friends and acquaintances mulling about. But... still better to leave and get on with the next chapter in our future home!
Today was an off day. I didnít sleep well last night, so I skipped the hike, but did some cleaning, got a few groceries, cooked the meals, played canasta and watched Celebrity Apprentice. I logged my food and was over in my calories.
Looking at the food, I was indulgent. Breakfast was toast and omlette with veggies (ham and cheese added 160 calories). Lunch was lentil soup (2.5 oz of extra lean hamburger added 166 calories) and turkey sandwiches. Dinner was salmon, brown rice (1/2 cup too much 113 calories) veggies, salad and Dove bar (340 calories! YES!). Easy to see where the extra calories snuck in!
Without these foods I would have been in the low to middle of my calorie range where I usually stay. But when I am tired the extras slip in. So with perfect 20/20 hindsight - I will not add cheese to future omlettes. I will cut back on the ham. No more hamburger in the house. A single serving of brown rice will suffice and it will be years again, till I have a Dove bar!
As of today I am off regular whole wheat bread and switching to sprouted whole wheat bread which saves 20 calories a slice. Also I must remember to use low calorie cream cheese on sandwiches, not margarine.
I am spending less time Sparking and have it as a reward/rest when I have completed other things such as exercise and work. This week I start planning next years move and the sale of our house.
I want to be efficient with the move and be happy when I unpack on the other end. I want only the things we love and need. As I go through our things I will think about :
1) GREBJACK's suggestion - The river is rising, a flood is coming and you have one hour to gather your most cherished belongings and fill your car and your husband's truck. What would you take?
2) A catastrophic event occurs and all your things are gone. Would you replace that item with the insurance money?
Have a good week everyone. Enjoy the outdoors and be happy!
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