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Winter 5% Challenge thoughts.

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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    I love the way you can stare down your shortcomings and find fixes for each one. I do think you will find inspiration to keep going by recording faithfully those fitness minutes. I know with the Fall Challenge mine really soared, and there's something about hitting the next level and getting all those WooHoos from your Spark friends that just empowers you. Good luck in the Winter Challenge--we're ret to go, aren't we!
    2242 days ago
    Let's do this! emoticon
    2242 days ago
  • NEWMAC2011
    Your ML double dares you! I know you can do it. You have a great plan and it is very helpful to see where we need to improve. I'm here to cheer you on along the way. Teddies are going to rock it!
    2242 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    emoticon I know you can! The winter challenge is going to be just emoticon emoticon
    2248 days ago
    You've done marvelous and I look forward to the added competition in fitness minutes when you begin posting more faithfully in December! 8-)) As you might tell, I love the LTGL challenges and these are settling into my daily routine (even though without the challenge, I fall within a more normal range). I get a little wacky regularly on water, freggies, and fiber. Looking forward to seeing some more great site with you.
    2249 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/24/2011 10:05:05 AM
  • RAC1027
    2249 days ago
    You did great stuff...with more ahead!
    2249 days ago
    You go girl...Teddy Bears are amazing and glad to be one with you. I dare you and myself to dig down deep in our Teddy Bear fluff and give our best for the Winter challenge!!! We can go through these holidays and lose, lose, lose...what a wonderful Christmas gift to ourselves!!! Smiles Barb
    2249 days ago
  • TERESA159
    Congrats on what you did lose during the Fall 5%. It's good to look back and analyze what worked and what didn't. Sounds like you are good at that! Am wishing you success in the Winter challenge and looking forward to your blogs. Even if you don't feel like you've got much to say, it helps the rest of us to read them. I like to log my fitness minutes because that in itself feels like a reward to me, like a big check mark on my list of things to get done that day. Then there's the monthly fitness awards you get and the total fitness minutes for the year number that I love to watch going up.
    Good luck!
    2249 days ago
    You are awesome!!! I look forward to being your teammate during the winter challenge I know you can do anything you set your mind to!!
    2249 days ago
    Triple Teddy Bear Dare you!
    2249 days ago
    Great job on your weight loss in the fall challenge! Best of luck in the winter challenge. emoticon Tracking those exercise minutes will become second nature once you start doing it. emoticon
    2249 days ago
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