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Getting ready for the Winter 5% Challenge

Monday, November 28, 2011

TERESA159 & THETURTLEBEAR had the right idea, putting all the pre-challenge assignments in one blog. I've been busy dealing with DD's eating disorder but decided to take some time to get these completed.

#1 Getting Ready
Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? - Since 1/3/11!
What is your exercise plan? - Going to up my ST this challenge.
Do you know what diet you will follow? - Will continue to track my food & stay within calorie range most of the time.
Do you know how to connect with your team mates? - I'm the ML for the Teddy Bears so I'll be doing a lot of interacting!
Did you put your Winter 5% Challenge Commitment on your page? - I'm going to after i finish this blog.

#2 Time to update your Spark Page:
I updated my page after the Fall 5% but am about to get into the Winter theme appropriate for the Winter 5%.

#3
List all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change:
I've definitely gotten a lot healthier & fit since I joined SP in January. I'm hoping to get to goal during the Winter 5%. Having lost over 57 pounds and gone from a size 16/18 to a size 6, I'm feeling stronger & more confident. My primary goal is to be really fit rather than to weigh a certain number on the scale. I've gone from a BMI in the obese range to a normal BMI.

#4
A "Trigger Food" is defined as the one that gets you off course for the next hour and you are not eating because you are truly hungry. List all your trigger foods: I don't keep things around that set me off but will buy them on occasion then throw them out (sweets mainly.)

#5
Please update your data in Start/my Goals & Progress. Calculate your 5% (goal): I'm about 4 lbs from goal which is under 5%. Not sure what I'm going to do about this as I'm aiming for fitness rather than a particular weight.

#6
Time to look at the diet plan, clean the fridge, tidy the pantry, make a grocery list and shop:
I've been doing this since January, healthy meals, fridge stocked with fruits & veggies, making new recipes.

#7
Is there something you eat often that you have learned to cut the calories on? What works best for you? Do you have something you can share with us?
I've cooked a lot of things from the SP cookbook & I get healthy recipes online or from my Eating Well magazine. I use turkey in meatloaf, egg whites instead of whole eggs, add more vegetables and eat more vegetarian meals.

I'm ready to have another successful 5% Challenge! Hope everyone sees lots of progress on all teams and really wish that everyone who signed up for the Challenge participates fully.
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