Saturday, July 16, 2011
Hello, my name is Sassacaia, and I'm a Starfish.
The Summer 5% Challenge begins today and this is my third challenge. Since my first challenge in winter, I have lost exactly nothing. Yes, that is the sad truth. But I have gained some great Spark friends and have had some very good conversations about weight loss, as well as enjoyed and appreciated the support of fellow travelers on this journey.
So why bother, some might ask, to do it again, when it hasn't worked in the past? Well, I believe it's going to be different this time. Do you want to know why? Well, let me just tell you!
It is summer! That means I can be active outside. I can walk all around my beautiful state, I can go for bike rides, I can go swimming. Oh, but it's summer, someone might say, it's too hot!! (That someone is often me!) I hate the heat and the humidity, but I have a plan for that as well! My new gym is air conditioned! It's true! So when it's too dang hot outside to even breathe, I can just zip on over to my new gym and get to work in there!
Why else is this time different? Well, it's summer and fresh fruit and vegetables abound. We are doing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) from a nearby farm in Wisconsin so every week I get fresh, local food. This past week we got such deliciousness as beets, carrots and basil! I enjoy the challenge of finding and creating new recipes using our CSA ingredients.
And this time is different because there are no major eating holidays in this 8 week time span; Thanksgiving and Christmas are still quite far off, and I have no birthdays to use as an eating and drinking fest. I do have a vacation planned in there but just a long weekend so nothing major or potentially dangerous.
I think the next 8 weeks are going to be the best 8 weeks I've had on Spark! Now please excuse me, as I need to get ready to go to the gym!