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6 week challenge

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

As much as I wouldn't like to admit it, I have to challenge myself more. I've been maintaining my 35 pound loss for almost a year emoticon but it was unintentional because I was planning on losing 30 more.
I want my HIIT classes to be more rewarding, i.e. with actual fat loss and muscle toning, but they're not going to be if I don't make hard changes to my eating habits, so here's my challenge for the next 6 weeks:
-At least a 200 calorie differential 5 days/week
-Journal, meditate, play with the cat's toys (with the cat, of course), and/or text a friend instead of going over my calories at night
-No more sugar in my coffee
-Make my own wheat free, fruit sweetened protein bars and cookies instead of buying any.
My housemate said she wants to eliminate sugar from her life and I said I would too. I'm nervous about that, but I'm more nervous about the calorie differential. It'll require a level of honesty about my Calories In that I haven't been very level with.
We do our next strength assessment in my class in 6 weeks. My goal is to lose 4 pounds and an inch of belly fat. I know that seems like not enough, but even the smallest amount will feel monumental. I'll admit that my problem isn't a plateau in my weight loss, it's a plateau in my attitude and habits. So if I don't change them, I'm sure the only thing my increased strength and cardiovascular fitness will be good for is to throw a tantrum about how belligerent I am. My motivational thought for the next 6 weeks: Would I rather lose weight or make a fool of myself throwing a tantrum?
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NEWNAC304 1/17/2013 3:04PM

    These are good goals/challenges! You can do it!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/17/2013 7:43AM

    I know you will meet your goal soon. Just keep up this type of determination and stay clear of the tantrums since they don't burn
any calories. (smiling)

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TEXASFILLY 1/16/2013 8:39PM

    You build your success on one set of steps, goals, and challenges at a time, Sharon. A big CONGRATS on maintaining 35 lbs GONE! YAY! That is AWE~some! Just keep taking it one day at a time and doing your best~ that is all anyone can do. So proud of you, sunshine! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 1/16/2013 12:49PM

    You are so funny. Glad to hear that you actually play with a cat when playing with cat toys. I would also like to add that a really rip roaring tantrum probably has the potential to burn calories. I doubt you would want to throw one everyday, though. Somehow loses its appeal---don't you think?
I think the goal of losing 4 pounds and 1 inch of belly fat is excellent. It will make a difference and it is achievable. Knocking 200 calories from your eating 5 days a week seems also reasonable particularly if you are cutting back on sugar
You are one of the most determined people I know on Spark and I think you would probably become increasingly frustrated if you were not making new headway so I think it is great that you are setting new attainable goals for yourself.
As you know I have given up sugar. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get there. Your ideas of baking with fruit juice are good. In the end sugar is also pretty insidious and I think you are on a very good path considering getting off it.
I am rooting for you, my love!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!
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EMTFF376 1/16/2013 7:26AM

    Sounds like some seriously SMART goals! :)

I don't know if I could completely rid my life of sugar either. Kudos to you for taking on the task.

Have a great HUMP day!
Janette

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NEVERMIND2010 1/16/2013 3:55AM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan in place!

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NORASPAT 1/15/2013 10:12PM

    Just maybe Tantrums burn more calories.

Now that is a thought.

You are doing great which ever way you go. I am hoping to be able to get back to my walking daily for at least 4 miles. HUGS Pat in Maine.
PLEASE, be kind to yourself HUGS Pat in Maine.
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FROSTY99 1/15/2013 6:10PM

    Here is to a successful 6 weeks. Losing the sugar is hard. I had a headache for over 2 weeks when I started my very restrictive diet in Oct. I was ready to call it quits, but I stuck it out till just before Christmas so now I have to quit eating things I know I shouldn't. That first little bite is a killer-it sucks you in and you don't want to go back but I must.
emoticon We will have to keep each other honest and on track!!!
Pat

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IAMWINNING 1/15/2013 4:55PM

    Wishing you lots of luck, MUCH success, and congratulations on taking charge. We're here cheering you onward.

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DOOBRIE 1/15/2013 4:00PM

    4 pounds in 6 weeks is certainly doable. I'm cheering you on!

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BREW99 1/15/2013 3:55PM

    Challenges are great at assisting in a plateau . Glad I'm not the only one living on plateau'ville. Hopefully we all can get off the plateau island this year. emoticon

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CONTENTCHRIS 1/15/2013 1:39PM

    Good luck my friend!

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NATPLUMMER 1/15/2013 1:05PM

    I think the challenge will help a lot.
You've got this!!
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