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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
    These are good goals/challenges! You can do it!
    1494 days ago
    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)
    1495 days ago
    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
    1495 days ago
    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!!!!
    1495 days ago
  • EMTFF376
    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!
    1496 days ago
    Sounds like you've got a great plan in place!
    1496 days ago
    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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    1496 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    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!!!
    1496 days ago
    Wishing you lots of luck, MUCH success, and congratulations on taking charge. We're here cheering you onward.
    1496 days ago
    4 pounds in 6 weeks is certainly doable. I'm cheering you on!

    1496 days ago
  • BREW99
    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
    1496 days ago
    Good luck my friend!

    1496 days ago
    I think the challenge will help a lot.
    You've got this!!
    1496 days ago
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