Monday, October 07, 2013
I'm off to the Swiss Alps for a 4-day retreat tomorrow. It will be a 7-hour train ride. I look forward to it - time to relax, read, listen to music and some sermon tapes, enjoy the scenery. Good fellowship, times of worship, food and fun await me at the top of the mountain!
When I get back, it will be time to start the 5% challenge - my goal is to lose 7.5 pounds. I can do that. Glad to be back with the Firecracker team this time around - some familiar faces among the members and lots of enthusiastic new ones, too!
Go, Firecrackers! and Go, Azuritas!
Thursday, October 03, 2013
I posted September goals but with two big challenges and various sub-challenges going on and multiple ways to track, report and - of course - achieve them, I'm not going to make a separate list for October. My Is that OK with everyone? Good! I'm glad you all agree with me on that one!
Basically, the plan is to stick to the plan. On the BLC (Go Azure!) we post Course goals each Wednesday, then report back the following week on how we did. Then we post what we need to tweak, add, or change up. Here's my update for the past week
1. Track food and exercise daily.
2. Coke Zero reduction. It was a bit more than the week before, but still less than it had been.
3. 30 minutes of exercise a day. If the feet are giving me trouble, then do seated cardio a la Coach Nicole or ride my bike.
I got new insoles and new shoes to help with the plantar fasciitis and it's getting better! Got in a couple of longer pole walks last weekend!
4. No eating after 9 PM. All but one day.
5. Take my vitamins! Missed a day.
6. Minimum 6 hours of sleep per night. 7 or 8 is even better. Got only 6 on two nights.
7. Blog once a week.
8. Post on the Azure thread at least 3 times.
9. Post BLC Weekend challenge stuff.
10. File my German tax return.
In the week ahead, I've also committed to 15 minutes a day of housecleaning and 5 short sessions of ST together with my Azure buddies.
On Tuesday, I take off for a 4-day retreat in Switzerland. REALLY looking forward to that!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
I've been back to tracking my food on SP this month and have been doing well about 80% of the time. As I think I mentioned in an earlier post, I do well at the beginning of the week because I plan and prep meals on the weekend. Pretty simple strategy that just involves making a big batch of something, portioning it out, and eating the "leftovers" for packed lunches and/or dinner.
Towards the end of the week, though, around Thursday when my stash of little boxes starts to run out, I tend to get off track. Solution? Increase that stash of little boxes! As I get back in the big batch habit, this will happen, but I'm also thinking of investing part of my tax refund in a small freezer, something I've been thinking of getting for a long time. My tiny fridge's tiny freezer doesn't hold much! I think it would also be a money-saver in the long run because not only can I freeze casseroles and portions of soup, I can stock up on things when they're on sale.
Along with just plain ol' tracking, I've also started measuring again. With some of my go-to meals, I had gotten in the habit of just eye-balling the ingredients. My burritos (the meal, not the little donkey, Deeva!) were getting bigger and bigger: just a leeetle more avocado, what was supposed to be 20 grams of cheese was probably more like 30 or 40, you get the idea.
That was OK back when I reached goal and actually needed to increase calories a bit for maintenance. But that was a couple of years ago, hello!?
On the BLC this weekend, we've been challenged to track every BLT - Bite, Lick and Taste - of the food we eat, so this is good encouragement to me to be honest with myself and with my best buddies, the Spark trackers.
Good weekend, all!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Gearing up for my first BLC as a member of the Azure Destinations team, and feeling a mix of trepidation and excitement. I'm sticking with my September goals but adding the 3-post-a-week requirement to the list.
Now, I'm on my way to bed after a very long work day. Today's summery weather was lovely but also made me tired, I think. These temperature ups and downs are hard on the system sometimes!
Looking forward to trying out my new insoles tomorrow and hoping that they promote the healing of the plantar fasciitis I've been dealing with the past couple of months.
AND writing myself a sign to hang in the bathroom so I won't forget the first BLC weigh-in tomorrow.
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