Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The BLC Sizzling Summer Challenge is coming to an end tomorrow. This is the time that we reflect on our summer and look back at those goals to see how we did. I just posted a blog this morning on the summer time fun I have been having with my kids and family. It really has been a great summer full of memories. But we did have some sad events as well, like my grandpa passing away. But going through experiences like that really makes you think more about what you have. It also gives you time to reflect on your life and be grateful for the time you are given.
When I started looking back at the summer challenge I was focusing on the scale and how I did poorly in that department. But you know what,... I am learning every day and each day I am getting closer to my goal just by keeping at it. Yes, I may not have lost what I wanted to lose but I gained other things along the way. Here is what my goals were for the challenge and how I did:
Goal #1: Break through this plateau I have been on. I want to lose at least a minimum of 10 pounds for this challenge. That means work on my part. I need to make sure I am TRACKING, TRACKING, TRACKING....! When I track ALL my food and stay within my range, I lose weight. Well I have been slacking severely with this so if I want to lose at least 10 pounds, I am gonna have to track. They really go hand in hand.
How did I do over the summer......
I did really good with tracking. But I didn't lose the amount of weight I wanted off and I don't think I have busted through this plateau yet. BUT... I am not giving up. I just have to keep trucking along!
Goal #2: Continue to keep a good balance between cardio and strength training. Lately I have been leaning towards doing more cardio and there is nothing wrong with that but I need to make sure I am getting in my strength training as well. At least 2-3 sessions of strength per week.
How did I do over the summer......
I did really good with this goal getting a good amount of cardio and strength in each and every week. I changed things up to keep my body guessing and I feel like I am getting stronger every day.
Goal #3: Be consistent with getting in all my water. I usually do great during the work week but when I am at home I tend to forget to drink water. I am going to use the rubber band method. Start with 4 rubber bands on the bottom of my bottle and move them up when I finish drinking a full bottle of water. My water bottle is 20 ounces so that will give me a good 80 ounces of water. Once I get used to this I can add more rubber bands if needed. I will keep a bottle at home and at work using the same method.
How did I do over the summer.....
OK, I didn't use the rubber band method but I stayed consistent with my water intake. Even on the weekends which is a huge plus for me. I can always tell when I am down a little on water for the day because I start to get a headache. But I stayed so consistent this summer that I really didn't have those days.
Goal #4: Watch my alcohol intake. Summer is usually the time when I tend to drink a little more. It is nice to have a glass of wine sitting outside on the deck or to have a drink sitting by the bonfire. But I like the fruity drinks and they usually have a ton of sugar in them. I ALWAYS see a gain on the scale after drinking a few drinks. Now I am not giving it up completely but I am going to be more mindful about it.
How did I do over the summer....
I can't lie.... I did have a few but I didn't go crazy either. Not that I am some alcoholic but I did enjoy a few over the weekends and when we went on vacation.
Looking forward to the Fall BL Challenge with my Diamond Friends! Keep shining in everything that you do!
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