Sunday, January 20, 2013
I can't believe we have started again already! Woohoo!!
Before the challenge officially started we were asked to create a plan for our 12 weeks challenge. What were we going to do to to achieve success, and what were our rewards going to be. At the time, I had to think about it. I mean, the plan I had for BLC20 worked really well (lost 12lbs), and I have continued to lose since the end (if only a little). So before I could share my plan I had to decide if I really wanted to change anything....After all, why 'fix' something if it isn't broken.
So, here is my thoughts on how to maintain success this round:
1. Plan - Continue to plan. In order for me to be successful, I need to plan my meals ahead of time. I also have found that planning and cooking meals on the weekend, saves time during the week, when I am tired and fed up and really just want to grab the closest thing for dinner.
2. Exercise. I did well last round, but I think I need to up my game. I want to try to get between 40-60 mins daily. This should be do-able, and even enjoyable. In order to do this, I need to make sure I get my schedule down...Which leads to number 3.
3. SLEEP! I need to go to bed early, so that I can get up early and do my first (longer workout). If I don't get the workout in first thing, I have a tendency to try a cop-out later. I end up doing it, but I end up trying to talk myself out of it. Well rested = Perky morning = good morning workout and no drama!
4. Water. Must keep drinking my water. Helps me stay refreshed and not feeling bloated.
5. Food. I need to eat protein at every meal or snack and I need to make sure I eat more often. The longer I go between meals and/or if I skip protein, sets me up for bingeing later on. Steady food and protein is better for me!
6. Support. I have to keep up my posts and blogging with my team. I really love them, and find I am more successful when I keep up with them.
7. Limit computer time. I use my computer to do a lot of time wasting things. I watch TV, read emails, play games, etc. Time I could use for other purposes. The more I sit in front of the computer, the less I want to do. SO....pull the plug. I will try to use my computer only for sparking, recipes and 30 mins of social stuff a day.
To help myself track....Here are some pics for the start of BLC21:
The differences may be hard to see, between these pics and the originals I took for BLC 20, but the differences ARE there...I'm good with that.
I am still thinking on my rewards. I don't know what each will be. That will have to come in another blog. For now, my plan makes me happy. And happy me = successful me. I can definitely live with that!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
OMG! Never thought it would happen. I broke through the plateau!
I have been fluctuating between 18lbs and 18.6 lbs lost for the last several weeks. This stupid plateau was starting to haunt me. I was so frustrated that I almost fell off my plan! I actually had to convince myself (just yesterday), that cheating wouldn't solve anything and that it wouldn't make me feel better. So despite my self-grumbling, I stuck with it....I walked, and did my videos, and ate properly.
Then, this morning, I got on the scale and the angels were singing!!! I finally went down!!! I am now at 20.3lbs lost. Ya Baby!
So, the journey continues.....And the next time I hit a roadblock, I will remember this moment!
Monday, January 07, 2013
Yeah!!! I got on the scale both yesterday and today...It's official. I am the same weight I was before my 3 week Christmas vacation!!! I am actually 0.6lbs less. Woohoo!!!
I was was really good the first 2 weeks. I ate really well because I couldn't exercise much given the weather. I drank my water. I was well behaved. Well, then the 3rd week rolled around....Let's just say I lost my mind! I ate more crap than should be humanly possible!!! I was terrified of what the scale would say. Apparently it wasn't as bad as I had imagined.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Wow! 12 weeks goes by in a flash! I remember back to the first week when I was taking 'before' pics. At the time I was super frustrated from pulling a muscle in my back. I was thinking that life isn't fair...I mean, here I was trying to start out on good path, and the fates throw in a pulled muscle which really restricted my ability to move. Funny how you can look back on something that seemed so important then, but is really just a tiny bump in the road.
All in all, I had good weeks, and I had some bad weeks. Sometimes I was chatty Kathy on my team page, and sometimes I was really quiet (or even absent). Sometimes I gave my all during fitness minutes, and other times not so much... So through this journey and 12.8lb loss, I ask myself what did I learn?
1) Going to bed early and getting a full nights sleep is super important. Sleep makes my body happy and helps it recuperate much quicker. Also makes me a less grumpy human being. Who knew!?!
2) Planning ahead is key. Whether it is planning my meals for the week, or planning how and when I am going to get my fitness minutes in, planning is essential to my survival!!! I cannot leave things that are this important, to chance.
3) The buddy system really works. I would not have had the success I did this round, if not for the kind support (and sometimes tough love) of my team! I love you Scarlet Starlets!!!
4) I am stronger and more capable than I think. There were many a moment (more so at the beginning) where I felt that I couldn't continue....'I couldn't finish my workout cuz it's too hard....I couldn't survive the week without diet soda....I couldn't run because my ankle isn't strong enough'....Etc. etc. etc. All those times I heard that negative voice, I had to make a decision - give up on myself or push through. Each time, I chose to push through....And you know what?! I could finish that workout....I did give up diet soda....I did increase the speed & distance of my wogs. ...I can do it! I am a strong and capable woman!!!!!
5) It's ok to be a little selfish. In order to be successful these past weeks, I have had to make a commitment to myself. I had to take a stand and worry about me first. And while that was a little harder at the beginning, it has truly paid off.
6) I'm worth it! I am worth the time and energy I have devoted to this journey (and will continue to do so). When people bring you negativity, just ignore it. You are worth it. When people pull a face or make comments...Take pride in the fact that you are doing something nay-sayers don't understand....And that's ok. Cuz I'm worth it!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Time sure flies when you are having fun! I cannot believe that week 6 is here already. It seems like it was just yesterday when we found out our teams. Wow.
I have to say, on the whole, I am happy with my progress. So far, 8lbs lost. Not too shabby. I'm drinking my water , getting enough sleep (crucial for me) , and I'm still planning (and sticking to) my meals.
The biggest downfall...or let's call it, 'Area of opportunity' is with my exercise. I like exercise, and I don't mind getting out there for a walk, wog, hike or whatever....But when I signed up for this challenge I was hoping to kick my workouts into high gear. There are a bunch of things I wanted to do - boot camp, spinning, kickboxing, etc...You get the idea. Unfortunately, dealing with messed up muscles in my back/leg...Has not let me exercise as much as I would like. I know. I know. I should be happy that I am able to get out at all...And I am....It's just a little disappointing that 6 weeks in, I am still dealing with this issue (although much improved).
So for the last 6 weeks, I'm going to stick to the plan I set out for myself at the beginning, but try not to beat myself up about the exercise. I will do what I can, and not get discouraged. As my team leader Andrea keeps telling me, go slow & careful, so that I don't make it worse. I will do my best!
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