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    AMYLOULOPEZ   103,319
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Nebraska 5% challenge pre-challenge items

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I am signed up for the 5% challenge on the Nebraska spark team. Here is everything I need to get started and focused.

Plans for exercise, meals, involvement:

1. Exercise-- 30 minutes 5x a week. I have a list what exercises I want to do. I will check them off as I do them. I will exercise after work before the rest of the family gets home.

2. Meals-- I use the SP meal plan. We grocery shop and plan meals for 2 weeks at a time.

3. Involvement-- I check SP at lunch and after work daily.

Updated goals:

1. Exercise consitently (5 days a week for at least 30 minutes). I will also meet my calorie burn set by SP every week and will keep track by tracking my fitness minutes.

2. Eat healthy. I will use SP meal plans. I will track my calories as well as my nutrients daily. I will stay in my set ranges. I will use SP daily nutrition report to keep track of how I am doing.

3. I will achieve a healthy BMI and weight. My goal weight is 116. I will weigh in weekly and post weight on SP. I will measure success in 5 pound increments. My goal for this 5% challenge is 7 to 8 pounds.

I weigh in on Saturdays so will have a more current weight on 9/29, but at last weigh in I was at 157 so I would like to be at 150 by the end of the challenge.

I am doing this challenge because I have progressive gained weight in the last 2 years after an injury at work. I have officially gained back everything I have lost. I have struggled with consistently exercising especially when my hip is sore. I definitely use it as an excuse to not exercise. I have also not been good about healthy eating. Before my injury I basically could eat/drink whatever I wanted because I would burn off the calories with no problem at work. Now that is not the case.

My triggers are boredom, stress, and alcohol. I eat more when I am bored so I need to find ways to keep myself busy when I home by myself. Stress is also an issue and there is lots of it lately. I have started incorporating more yoga and relaxation into my days. I also like to drink cocktails which skyrocket my calories. I have found light alternatives and lower cal options. I have also start carrying a water bottle with me all the time so I am less thirsty and don't grab a drink.

I am optimistic this will be the boost I need to get myself back on the right track. I know if I can stay consistent I can lose this weight. It will not only benefit my injury but my overall health.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HYJEAN 9/30/2012 1:41PM

    You have a great plan, hope I can keep up with you.

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SHEENADEE 9/27/2012 9:15PM

    Looks like a great plan and challenge! Best wishes!

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LLREED 9/26/2012 7:48PM

    Great plan, Amy! You certainly have done your homework on this one. I'm impressed that you shop and plan for 2 weeks at a time. I can barely get a couple days in advance.
I hear you on the alcohol, too. That's one thing I struggle with. I'm off it for at least a month; I have an appointment with a dermatologist the middle of Oct. and I want to rule out alcohol as the problem before I go. I'll probably drink a little that weekend as we'll be out of town and it's near my BD but after that will probably go without through the rest of the challenge.

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1MANKNEY 9/26/2012 7:33PM

    I am a very slow loser. I have finally gotten back to my WIO on Wii. Hopefully that will get me losing again.
I recently discovered that I am a stress eater. I really was not aware of it before. I find that sugar free gum is a help for me when I just want a good flavor in my mouth. Try it, it might work for you, too.
Good luck with the challenge. emoticon


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