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5% Challenge Assignments 1-4 catchup

Friday, September 21, 2012

Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?

Yes. Walking is my main exercise so shoes are always at the ready. I have a mat and various DVDs for exercise at home.
What is your exercise plan?
I intend to exercise a minimum of 30minutes a day and to incorporate more ST into my days than at present.

Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
We have already embarked on a plant-based regime and will continue with it. As well as buying products like dried legumes (oh joy, our local shops have been rebuilt!!) we have
planted some vegetables in the garden (it's Spring here) with an emphasis on leafy greens and beans.

Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
Some are already friends and I will respond to message boards, look at sparkpages and blog as much as possible

Did you put your Fall 5% Challenge Commitment on your page?
Yes, and the rest of the page is updated.

Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight

I want to maintain (rather than lose weight) between 64 and 68kg. If I go lower than 64 on the new eating plan that will be all right. But 68kg. is my absolute highest limit.

1. It's healthier.
2. It's easier to be active, especially in hot weather.
3. I like wearing well fitting, smaller clothes.
4. I'm more comfortable travelling.
5. I no longer suffer indigestion.
6. I see it as a path to maintaining independent living for longer than if I were heavier.
7. It will help me to work on improving my balance.
8. I like the feeling that I have helped myself to weight loss.
9. I'm aiming to be able to worry less about calorie intake.

List ALL your trigger foods. Situations and Strategies.

I have avoided most of my trigger foods for so long now that I don't know if they will fire my appetite any longer! These were potato crisps, chips, savoury crackers - anything fatty+salty. Nutritious things like broad beans and nuts I keep as part of a meal and measure and weigh. Now that I eat so many bulky vegetables and fruit I feel so full that the trigger effect of these is suspended. As long as I eat a lot of low-density food I think this will last.
The test will come when we are away from home for 2+ weeks. This is during the challenge and my commitment to it will keep me on track.We are already planning how to get the vegetables and fruit that are our diet staples so that we don't have to rely solely on bought meals. When we do have to buy we intend to get salad, plate of vegetables, soup and any bread will be wholegrain.
As well as being away from home, stress, social situations, and putting off unpleasant tasks have, in the past, sent me off course. Now I can fall back on being nearly vegan as a reason for refusing what I don't want - most salty/fatty foods have animal components or are processed. I don't eat roasted,salted nuts anyway. Again, I'm usually too full of vegetable matter to be able to fit in any extras, and this will be evident to any food pushers I encounter! Stress and procrastination I can reach for a piece of fruit; at least if I overdo it it will be on something healthy! I am aiming to tackle the left-over, put-off jobs one per day.

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