The 2011 Summer 5% Challenge will be starting this Saturday. It will be my fourth 5% Challenge; however, I have yet to lost my 5% during any of them. I'm also halfway through the BL Summer Slim Down Challenge, and I am not going to meet my goal in that challenge. So as of today, I am making a commitment to myself, that for the next 8 weeks I will follow my eating and exercising plan.
Eating Plan: Vegetarian Weight Watchers
This is my Achilles heel, my downfall, my biggest issue. I just have such a hard time following my eating plan. Maybe if I think in terms of it is just 8 weeks I can succeed. Who canít control themselves for 8 weeks?? I am making a commitment to myself to faithfully track my food and follow my plan for 8 weeks. Can I do it? I hope so!!
Exercising Plan: At least 10 minutes each and every day
I have discovered how to make my exercising fun! I have Wii Fitness Plus and Wii Walk It Out, and I love those games! They donít feel like boring old exercise! So if Iím in a funky, pissy, I-donít-want-to-exercise mood, those are my go-to exercises. I also just purchased several new exercise dvds: beginner yoga, exercises specifically for back pain, basic step aerobics, and 30 Day Shred. I have an upper body routine and a stretching routine that I like, and I will put together a core routine and a lower body routine before Saturday. So, I have plenty of choices and no excuses! I am making 10 minutes a day my goal, but I do plan to exercise more than that.
To help me succeed, I am writing down my reasons why I am here on SparkPeople, why I am doing this:
1. I want to be healthy. Seriously. As in, feel good, pain free, do whatever I want to healthy. My husband and I attended a funeral a couple of months ago, and I saw a lot of people I hadnít seen in ages. These people are MY age, that I went to school with, hung around with, shared dreams with. And several of them wereÖold. Not as in age, because I am 49 and I donít think that is old. But in their bodies, and consequently in their minds. They couldnít get around very easily, they talked about all their various illnesses and competed with each other to see who had more health complaints. They reminded me of my grandparents! And my friends, I refuse to go there. I want to be like my hero, a 90 year old stitching friend of mine who goes to all of the embroidery guild seminars, brags about driving a dually pick up truck on her farm, and is just a dynamo!
2. I want to shop in the regular size clothes department. Womenís size clothes are fugly. I want to be cute!
3. I want to quit snoring. I have to share a room when I go to the stitching guild seminars, and I donít want to ruin my friendships.
4. I want the firemen or other rescue people to be able to pick me up if necessary without hurting themselves. (Yes this is an irrational fear of mine.)
I know if I keep trying, I will succeed!