Six weeks ago, I set some goals for the Summer Slimdown Challenge. Quite honestly, I kind of forgot about them. But here they are, with my thoughts about how Iím doing with them!
Strength train 3 times per week: Iíve been attending BodyPump class (Les Mills) at least twice a week Ė I would still like to get a consistent third day in. For those of you that arenít familiar with the Les Mills classes, I highly recommend them - itís a great workout and I always feel like I worked hard when Iím finished. Plus, thereís a lot of variety.
Limit sodium intake: Iíve been tracking my sodium and been pretty successful staying on the lower end of my range. On days I feel like I might have had too much, I try to drink even more water.
Run 3 times per week in addition to my other cardio: Iím pretty good with cardio. I love it. I typically do it 5-6 days/week. I have really only been running 1-2 times each week. Iím going to have to try to kick that up a notch!
Cut out diet soda completely: Iíve never been a huge diet soda drinker. At my worst, I might have had up to three or four a week. I did have a diet soda last week with friends, but Iím not keeping any diet soda in my apartment, and Iím not going to go out specifically for a soda, so I consider that a small victory.
Get weight into the 150s: Iíll hit this number within a reasonable amount of time. I feel pretty confident about that. So far, this challenge has been (what I consider) successful in terms of weight loss.
So for ďforgettingĒ about my goals, I think Iíve done a pretty good job so far Ė it can only get better, right?
Some other things Iíve come to realize over this time period:
Tracking food is not only helpful, itís pretty darn necessary. And Iím ok with doing it. Iíve also gotten pretty good at it and have been able to make some responsible choices in some potentially dangerous situations. Coming home and putting those choices in the tracker and finding out youíre still in your range is pretty great.
I love working out. Iíve never really hated it, but I could definitely make excuses not to do it before. Now, I could try to come up with an excuse, but Iím not going to be successful at it. I know how it makes me feel, and Iím not willing to give that up.
My head is finally in the game. I donít know what changed or why it happened or when the switch flipped, but Iím in this. Iíve never felt better about it.
Thanks for your awesome support! Your stories are inspiring and motivational and youíre all doing amazing on your Spark journeys!