Monday, September 14, 2009
My pastor has started a new challenge, which I am calling the "TUMC Lose It for Life: Do It for the Kids! Challenge."
We now have seven participants. We have pledged to lose as much weight as we can over the next three months. Folks at church are pledging money per pound that the team loses. Money raised goes to pay utilities for our new Indoor Play Park.
I've been in a slump, gained back some weight, so maybe a little nudging from the church will help.
For the contest, I've changed my weight ticker to start at Zero and go to 12 pounds. Why 12? Well, that's a pound a week, which is a stretch. Also, 12 pounds will put me Halfway to Goal! That would be a good landmark to reach.
How to begin? What to change?
Well, I suppose the best place to start is where I left off. Checking my Fitness page, I see that my weekly goals are to do a minimum of 250 minutes of Cardio to burn 1550 calories, and do 3 strength training sessions. That's a good place to start.
Also, I was tracking my food on My Pyramid, and keeping my average Energy Balance at, wow, -715 Calories. No wonder I was looking pretty darn good last spring.
I have some catching up to do. It will take a while to work up to a 700-Calorie deficit. Maybe this week I'll work on a -200 Calorie average Energy Balance.
So here we go:
Cardio, 5 times, 50 minutes.
Strength, 3 times, 15 minutes.
-200 Calorie Energy Balance
We'll try that for a couple of weeks and see how it goes.