Thoughts on 72-Day Challenge - Team IndyGirl
Monday, December 31, 2012
I've been part of the challenge for 30 days. I didn't meet all my goals, but I have no regrets. It was a great experience, and I loved the positive atmosphere on Team IndyGirl and the energy of Joyful78 who iniated the challenge.
My original goals were to lose 2 lb. a week (8 lb. total). Instead, I plateaued this month and kept gaining and losing the same 3-5 lb!
I also wanted to watch my sodium and cholesterol intake. I've done pretty well staying on target. I'm learning which foods elevate my blood pressure. If I feel bad or lose sleep over them, I try to eliminate them from my diet! Two foods I've noticed hurt me: pepperoni b/c of the salt and fatty cuts of red meat (the leaner, cheaper cuts doesn't bother me as bad).
I've done really well with my personal Fast Food challenge. I went 22 days without burgers and fries. Then I had a chocolate milkshake and chicken rings from White Castle, I think? Didn't care for it much, which shows I'm on the right track! Now it's been 15 days and I am pushing for 30! Want to reward myself for 30, 60, 75, and 100 days of no fast food!!!!
I have learned soooo much this month, and I owe part of that to this challenge! November I was making a fresh start on Spark and everything was new...just getting in the groove to a healthier life. I was hyper-focused on everything and managed to stay on target. The weight came off pretty easily.
December was another story. The plateau and holiday temptations slowed me up a bit. I also think my daily weigh-in (which I *thought* I could handle) is actually making things worse. My husband even noticed this, and encouraged me to ease up to do a weekly or even monthly weigh-in. He doesn't want me to get down or in tears because of the numbers on the scale.
Thanks to the challenge..especially those who added hydration to their goals....I've been drinking 8 glasses or more of water each day! If I start to slack, my thirst signals kick in immediately. For so long, I was so dehydrated (drinking mainly soda and very little water) that my thirst signals shut down. It's good to get my body functioning more normally now...that's one more stepping stone to better health!
I did great on exercise early in the challenge, but kinda "gave up" the past couple weeks. I made my fitness tracker public for accountability, and plan to exercise today and make that a New Year daily habit!
Everyone have a blessed, Happy New Year!