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 !!