KARVY09 has a fantastic challenge starting- just when I need it most!
The template is here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
And here is my first entry.
SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE START-UP
My starting weight is 218.
I'm going to make July and the rest of summer great by going home from work at a reasonable time, getting back into the activity habit, and eating more fresh, local produce than junk food.
My weight loss goal for the summer is to get back down to "one-derland" by the end of September and my parents' 50th anniversary party/family photo. If I am consistent and work hard, I know I can lose 2 pounds per week. However, I will be happy with whatever I achieve.
My fitness goals for the summer are 3 runs/week (2 weekday 30 minute runs, 1 weekend 45 minute run), 2-3 strength training sessions and regular stretching. I am going to run a half-marathon in January, and training officially starts August 13!
My nutrition goals for the summer are to track my food and stay within my calorie range, and focus on filling myself up with healthy, natural foods instead of eating whatever is convenient. I will pack my lunch every day except payday and I will work very hard to make dinner at home.
I often go off-track when I fall for the two "B words": busy and bored. I allow myself to think I'm too busy to shop or cook and when I'm at home, I graze mindlessly.
I am going to remain accountable this summer by tracking my food every day, talking to my mother and my trainer (my two biggest cheerleaders), and tracking running data with Nike+, and continuing this challenge until 9/26.
Will you be tracking this summer? If so, what are your daily calorie goals and weekly fitness minute goals? Yes, I will be tracking this summer. My range right now is 1200-1550 calories per day with 225 fitness minutes per week.
Sign here: I, JENELOPE/Jenna, pledge to eat wisely and slowly and avoid binging this summer whenever possible. I vow to drink my water and to turn to clean food for snacks as a first resort (fruit, nuts, veggies) but not feel horrible about myself when I eat too many "bad" foods, because it is not the end of the world. Whenever I don't feel like exercising, I will at the very least commit to a brisk walk.
SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK ONE: JULY 9-15
The first week of a challenge is always exciting, but I am going to commit to checking in every week until 9/9.
I need a challenge because I need to get re-accustomed to tracking what I eat and getting regular workouts.
By the end of this week, I want to feel more optimistic and mentally strong.
My big nutrition goal for this week is going to be planning every meal in advance and tracking every day.
My big fitness goal for the week is going to be getting all my runs in and at least one strength training session.
My big wellness goal for the week is going to be leaving work on time and cleaning my home. (Time to get my house in order- literally!)
My biggest challenge in meeting these goals will be my unique talent for making excuses and finding other things to do.
If I meet all my goals this week, I'm going to reward myself with new bottles for my bathroom.
If I don't meet my goals, I'm NOT going to get discouraged and quit. I will count every step forward as progress toward the end game.