Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Day 4 of In Between the Challenges Challenge!
Thanks for all the encouragement on my last few blogs! I'm so grateful to have the support of my Spark friends. Among many things to be thankful for EVERY day and not just on the last Thursday of November!
What a long day this was! But planning ahead helped - I had lunch, dinner and snacks ready to go this morning. Knowing that I would be tracking helped me resist most of the treats that kept presenting themselves - cookies in the conference room where I taught in the morning, cookies and chocolate-covered peanuts in the teacher's room at the school. I had a small handful of regular peanuts as my afternoon snack - and tracked it (You snack, you track!).
The Christmas market officially opens in downtown Stuttgart tomorro
w but most of the lights have been strung and the decorated stalls have been set up, so I got to enjoy the scene as I walked to the train station this evening. I sure was glad to get home, though.
And even gladder to know that I can stay in bed a little longer tomorrow. It's a working day for me but I teach from 12 to 7 PM. My Thanksgiving dinner will probably be a turkey burrito :)
Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!
Food Tracked: Yes
Within Range (1250 - 1550): Yes, 1424
Cardio minutes/ Calories burned: 45"/ 222
Vitamins: Taken! (Day 4 for that, too - adding it to my challenge record!)
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
It's one of those evenings when that's all I have time for. Got home, fixed some dinner, checked the email, and came to Spark to trackety-track.
Then it's time to pack my bag, pack my lunch and dinner to take along, and lay out my clothes for my looooooong Wednesday. I leave the house at 6 AM and get home at 10 PM.
I may try to fit in a gym visit. I haven't been in weeks because of this cold/cough thing, but even if I can't do a strenuous workout yet, I can visit the steam room! :)
Food Tracked: Yes
Within Range (1250 - 1550): Yes, 1389
Cardio minutes/ Calories burned: 15"/ 74
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Winter 5% Challenge is starting on December 3. If you're looking for a way to keep your Spark going - or rekindle it! - come join up.
I didn't do too well in the weight loss department this time around because I caught a bad cold midway that limited my exercise and has lingered for 3 weeks. But I'll be back in shape and hope to meet my goals and bettersupport my team next time around.
The "5%" refers to the amount of your body weight that you want to lose during the 8 weeks of the challenge. As a member of the overall challenge team, you're assigned to a group of 50 Sparkers who motivate each other to meet the weekly goals of the team, in friendly competition with the other 9 teams. The main idea is to accumulate "Air Miles" as we fly virtually to exciting destinations all over the world. There is also a "Living the Good Life" challenge that changes each week, and other threads and extra challenges for those who want to participate. Weigh-ins are on Saturday.
Two steps to follow to join up. First, join the Challenge Team. Here's the link:
Then, sign up for a team on the individual threads. (I'm a Firecracker!) If you're a newcomer, you may not get assigned to your first choice team, but that's not too important. The important thing is to make that commitment to yourself and your team. Shortly before the challenge starts, you'll get your team assignment and further instructions. Then it's time to get moving!
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