Friday, December 02, 2011
I can't believe that I'm already so behind on the Winter Challenge. It hasn't even started and I already feel so behind. I haven't even finished all my pre challenge assignments.But I have something to blame that on. Not having my laptop for a few days can do some pretty strange things.. I still managed to log on, on my iPad, but hated SP on the iPad. Everything just took so long. Anyhow.... none of this goes to say that I am not ready to start the challenge. I'm completely charged up and ready to go.
I still have to talk about reasons I want to lose weight though. All the same reasons as last time. Nothing seems to have changed here and I doubt that any of those reasons will ever change. I also doubt that any of my reasons are any different from anybody else's reasons. I just want to lose weight for all the right reasons. Still, good health is still my main reason. Ofcourse, clothes and being able to fit into normal sizes is another very strong motivator. There is nothing quite as sexy as being fit though . This is true at every age, and I don't want to grow into a fat and sick old lady. Thats just not happening for me.
Trigger foods. I have to do a lot of thinking here, because I don't think I really have any trigger foods. Maybe cheese and nuts to an extent,but not really. Actually my main trigger is food itself. I eat very healthful,clean food. Well, most of the time anyway ! I just eat too much food. Unfortunately there is such a thing as 'too much of a good thing' ! I rarely crave sugar and When and If I do, its easily satisfied with a bite or two. After that sugar sickens me. I'm truly grateful for that. I love some nice dark chocolate though.
My triggers are more about eating when I'm bored rather than about what I eat. I do tend to snack mindlessly sometimes,especially when I don't have an agenda. Thats what I am going to work with this Winter. Everytime I start my silly mindlessness I plan to do 20 reps of any' pre planned for the day' exercise or go for a walk around the block. Hopefully this should serve as a reminder to shut my mouth.
So how am I going to cut my calories ? Now thats the million dollar question ! I have worked out a few basic 'go to' meals for most of the time. The hard part of course will be sticking with them,because I can be very impulsive. Gotta fight that. I also find that I need to save most of my calories for dinner because I just can't get to sleep on an empty stomach. So its going to have to be very light eating through the day. Earlier I was eating well both night and day. That just tips the balance and doesn't work.
The main reason that I have not succeeded in the past is because I have the 'tomorrow' or the 'monday morning' or the 'first of next month' mentality. I think its time to wake up and smell the coffee. Literally...because today is a 'real' day and its here..so why am I waiting for tomorrow all the time ? What is it that I can do 'tomorrow' that I can't do today ? So I'm gonna 'just do it' right now anyway. I also loved my friend JENN245's idea of having a card for each day that reads 'Day 1',' Day 2' etc. That way you start paying attention to each day because those days are counted. If you blow it for whatever reason , you still can't wish the day away and you tend not to blow it completely. Its all too easy to say "What the hell, I'll start right again tomorrow". But see this time 'tomorrow ' is going to stand up and be counted. Its also what our very own THETURTLEBEAR always says "Just for today ". So that is going to be my plan of action from now on. Its going to be 'Just for today', and that 'today' will have no way of disappearing out of sight from the back door. That 'today' is going to be fully accountable.
I have put on a little weight since the Fall challenge ended. I'm about a pound up and I don't like it because I have been pretty much sticking to my calorie range and doing my exercise. But I do know that there are a thousand variables and being hypothyroid and menopausal doesn't help either. But I am going to stick with it anyway,because I know that it will move soon. It has to ! Plus my weight does seem to have a fear of challenges ..so lets see how far we can push it this time.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I lost a little under 6pounds in the Fall 5% Challenge. I should have lost 8. Despite the shortfall , I was elated. Elated to have lost at all. So now I'm all charged up and getting a little impatient for the Winter 5% Challenge to start. I'm taking these few weeks in between to mull over the Fall Challlenge and see what I could have done better. The answer is a loud,resounding "Lots !!!".
I aim to keep my calories well within the SP range for the Winter Challenge. In the Fall Challenge I was always aiming for the upper end and often ended up overshooting it. Sometimes I overshot it by plenty. So this time Im going to try and aim for the middle at about 1350 calories per day. Hopefully then overshooting it will become more and more difficult to do.
The other thing is my carb levels. I need to take eating more protein at lunch a lot more seriously. The day I eat a protein heavy lunch , I find absolutely no excuse to snack. The day I eat a carb heavy lunch , I'm hungry in two hours and am constantly looking for excuses to snack. Very low carb does not work for me because I cannot sustain it. Even though I lean towards lower carb , I do need to eat lots of vegetables and fruit.
I exercised pretty much everyday through the Fall Challenge. I enjoy exercise and it truly empowers me. I always feel in control when I exercise. Cant say the same for when I don't. Exercise is not a challenge for me, even though I believe that less, but higher intensity exercise is more for me. I can still quite comfortably sustain an hour or two spread out over the day. What has been a challenge for me though has been to log in my exercise. I have religiously logged in my exercise points on the team forums but have failed to do so on my Fitness Tracker. So sometimes after exercising like a mad man all month my Fitness Trackers tracks 250 monthly minutes. it just about cracks me up. I hate to look at my exercise minutes and find I have hardly done any exercise at all. So thats one thing thats going to change. I'm going to make logging in exercise my next new habit. Perhaps it will motivate me to take it to another level.
I resolve to keep doing my minimum 30 minutes of cardio daily. Plus atleast 3 strength training sessions a week. I will also do a 100reps of any one exercise (usually the Exercise of the day ) every day. I also like to throw in a few HIIT sessions as often as possible.
All in all, my exercise is going to stay at pretty much the same levels. Not willing to stress my body beyond that point,because I don't want it to sense danger and hold on to all the fat for dear life.
My SP friends and community have become almost sacred. I did and will continue being a part of that community. During the Fall Challenge I did not blog enough and did not think enough about my weight loss journey. I just went along with the flow. This time around, I plan to pay conscious attention to this path. I plan to pay attention to what works for me and what doesn't.I also plan to share it along the way. So I plan to blog more.
I plan to post regularly, especially my fitness minutes(I promise !! ) and update my LTGL points. I plan to join each and every one of the team challenges.
The bottom line is that I hope I have learnt what went wrong with the first challenge and what I can do better this time. Above all I plan to lose 5% of my weight , which equals 8pounds, during the Winter Challenge. Is there anyone out there who is going to dare me to do it ??? Well, I could sure use that dare !!
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