This week for my 5% challenge we are challenged to eat a healthy breakfast everyday. My habits already included eating breakfast so I decided to spend the week really paying attention to my breakfast and how I feel later. I have read a lot of research about oatmeal being high in staying power and it has often been my go-to breakfast. I use old-fashion oats, 1T. ground flax, and 1 T. chia seeds. I usually cook my oatmeal with 1/2 cup of fruit (usually blueberries) and water. I top it with sweetener and slivered almonds if I have any. I love this breakfast but if I have been staying within my calorie range I find myself hungry within 2-3 hours. This morning I had 1 egg scrambled with 1/2 link of Johnsonville turkey sausage and a whole wheat sandwich thin. I am now going on 3.5 hours since breakfast with no serious hunger. Hmmm... I might have to start doing the eggs on a more regular basis.
I am sorry to say I am not off to a good start for 2014. I was off vacationing in Florida when the year began so I never sat down and wrote any goals for the year. My vacation weight maintenance was successful and I began to get a bit cocky about my ability to do this by rote. I have not gained (I don't think) but I have started to develop some less than stellar habits.
So......today I start a new streak. My goals for the year are to average at least 10,000 steps per day with at least 10 flights of stairs. For the 5% challenge that means 560,000 steps and 560 flights of stairs. I will track daily and stay within my ranges. Also during the challenge I will average at least 3 strength training workouts and three flexibility workouts per week or 24 of each during the challenge.
You may have noticed that I did not set a weight loss goal. While I would love to lose my 5% I understand that I do not control the speed of weight loss. I can only control what goes into my mouth and how much energy I expend. What my body does with that is not up to me. This saves me a lot of frustration.
Back on November 4 I set some lofty goals to complete before I leave for my Christmas vacation on Dec 20. I had two weeks of illness that put me behind but here is how I fared:
Complete 1125 squats : Completed 1130
Complete 1125 table pushups : Completed 1125
Complete at least 500,000 steps as per my fitbit : Completed 456,061- 45,000 short
Complete at least 450 flights of stairs. Completed 459 flights
So I fell short in steps but I think I will continue counting them until I meet my 500,000 which should be about 5 days. This afternoon DH and I will be headed out on a 3000 mile road trip (RT) which will culminate in spending 10 days with our four children, 3 of their spouses, and 8 of our 9 grands. It should be a fabulous, chaotic time. Merry Christmas to all!
Back on November 4 I set some lofty goals to complete before I leave for my Christmas vacation on Dec 20. Illness sidelined me so I am somewhat behind but I am working to catch up.
Complete 1125 squats - completed 772
Complete 1125 table pushups - completed 795
Complete at least 500,000 steps - completed 316,592
Complete at least 450 flights of stairs- completed 316
Today with 10 days left I still need to complete 353 squats
330 table pushups
134 flights of stairs.
I am within site of hitting all of them except the steps. If I can get in a couple of marathon walking days I might still hit my goal but I also have a lot of paid work to get finished before I can take 10 days of vacation. If I don't hit my goals by Dec 20, I may just extend my time and finish them while on my vacation. The driving days will be difficult to hit my steps but the vacation days should be a cinch.
Back on November 4 I set some lofty goals to complete before I leave for my Christmas vacation on Dec 20. I was doing quite well until I got sidelined with a nasty attack of shingles two weeks ago. For those two weeks I did very little physical activity so consequently I am seriously behind on my goals My goals were as follows:
Complete 1125 squats
Complete 1125 table pushups
Complete at least 500,000 steps as per my fitbit
Complete at least 450 flights of stairs.
Today with 18 days left I still need to complete 640 squats
640 table pushups
237 flights of stairs.
I am still pushing to complete my goals. I can do it by increasing my steps to 15,000 per day and my stairs to 14 per day. Here is to giving it my best shot.