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Need Help with Determining the Right Goal for Challenge

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Today I signed up for the Superior Fusion 10-Week Weight Loss Challenge which starts tomorrow. I have mixed feelings - excited and nervous! I decided to do this challenge to keep my focus and determination in check. Also, I think it is a great way of staying motivated with support!

There are two pots. In the first pit, the winners are determined by total body mass loss. The top three winners that are placed in first, second and third get $500, $300 and $200, in that order. In the second pot, the winners are determined by most inches loss.

With that said, I know in a similar contest that my friends were in that the winner lost over 12% of their mass. Now, according to those statistics, if I try to lose 13.8% of my body mass, I have to lose 30 lbs in TEN weeks. That is three pounds a WEEK! I already think two pounds a week is intense but THREE pounds! To be honest, I do not even know if I know how to lose three pounds a week besides possessing the drive, determination, and motivation! To be honest, I want to shoot for a higher goal such as 15% so I can make sure I get the 12%.. When I am focused, driven and determined, I can usually do two pounds a week as SP recommends. For this contest, that would be 20 pounds. But that is only like 10% of my body mass...

What do you think my body mass goal should be? 15%? 12%? 10%?


New Year Resolution

Monday, December 28, 2009

With the new year, 2010, approaching, I have noticed my dedication and passion have been burnt out. I just do not care. I am not sure if it is because for the last four days I have had the stomach flu. I think it all comes down to that I love food - all kinds, good and bad. Also, I know I will try to keep losing weight but as of right now, I need to take a sabbatical, a break.

With that in mind, my New Year Resolution for 2010 is to live healthier. This insists of utilizing portion control, eating healthy foods (fruits/veggies), and working out consistently. My one goal for 2010 is to run and compete in 5Ks. In October, my sister, Nicole, and I are going to participate in the CASDA 5K which was my first 5K that I walked. I am very excited to train and participate in it together.

Good luck everyone in 2010 with achieving your goals, big or small!


A Different Kind of Plateau

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I am a strong believer that when losing weight, we reach two types of plateaus: physically and mentally. We all are familiar with the physically plateau where if we do not have variety in our work out routines than we bodies plateau.

The other plateau, mentally, is one that I think I am currently dealing with. I think alot of us deal with this plateau. Emotional eating and being bored are signs of being mentally plateaued in my opinion.

With this said, I think it is safe to say that I am on a plateau mentually and will not be stepping off until I am good and ready. Now let me explain why I think I am on a plateau. I have been the 220 range for probably around a month now. Yes, part of it could be that I have not changed up my routine. I think the other part is I am not sure if I am ready to not be 220 anymore.. I remember last week when I looked at the scale and it said 219. I felt scared.. seriously! So, I sabatoged myself. Than yesterday after work a guy jokily said he wanted my number.. (still not sure if he was serious or not, lol) and than I immediately tried to sabatoge myelf. I ate half a bag of Doritos and a half a box of Swiss Rolls Cakes - not exactly "healthy" food but I wanted it anyhow. Well, I woke up at 6 am today with my body in a tizzy with an intense stomach ache. I step on the scale everyday and today I was prepared myself to have gained weight. I lost a pound! Haha!

Anyhow, I have come to the realization that I am not ready to be "small" or "skinny" or "fit" or whatever you want to call it. I don't know how to deal with the guy attention or feeling good about myself or having tons of energy. One way or another, I will overcome this obstacle.. it just may take some time.. *sighs*


How Do You Know When You've Offically Fallen Off?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

How do you know when you have truly fallen off the weight loss wagon?

It seems like there are so many times that I have "fallen" off but I still muster on. I still muster but just not with as much enthusium. Like I still eat right.. I still exercise.. at what point do I know I have fallen off? When I gain my weight back? When I eat crappy all the time? When I don't exercise? When I don't attempt it anymore? When do I call in the support troops?

I mean like I haven't worked out consequectively for two weeks now. I have been crazy busy with the end of the semester and than finals. Part of me is like that is NO excuse.. if it is important to me, I will make it a priority.. But than I still eat right but if I have a bad day and go all crazy with eating terrible my body has a tizzy. My gall bladder has really painful cramps and tends to wake me up in the early morning hours.. like between 2 am and 5 am. So, again, I ask you how do I know when to go in the troops or if it is a just a mishap or a false alarm?


Support - It's Important!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Recently I participated in a 5K Run/Walk with merely no support. It really opened my eyes on how much I depend on support. On Saturday, I almost did not go but than friends on here and my family members sent me messages of support in one form or another. This got me to thinking about how people would be asking me how the run went. I thought about the excuses that I could offer for why I did not go when people were spending their money on me. The excuses seemed.. lame and weak! I eventually got out of bed and got to the race just in time to check-in (I pre-registered).

It was okay. I did not do anything spectacular but I did finish. I did decide that I am going to wait to run the half marathon in June and try to focus my goals towards running a full 5K and than focusing the goals on actually competing in the 5K races. Maybe after I have places a few times, I will be ready to move onto big races - like a 10K or aHalf Marathon. I think this way when I complete in the Grandma's Half Marathon - I will feel so much more accomplished and ready!!!

This got me to thinking about how much I do lean on support and really miss it when it is gone. I realized that this past summer my support really helped me. When I was laying in bed on Saturday, I realized if no one is supporting me - I am there supporting and proud of myself. It is not like I will be too busy or have other obligations that I cannot support me.

On that note, I know it is just me.. I guess I know I will never - NEVER - give up. I may temporally stop for a couple days but usually it does not take much to get back on track.

See you all on the journey..


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