Thursday, January 17, 2013
So the team challenge this week starts with us looking back at the past 5 weeks.
1. I have lost 2.5 pounds
2. I have done 1650 minutes of cardio
3. I have done 695 minutes of ST
4. I have participated in all the ITC's and all the team yellow challenges.
5. I am the crunch queen! I have done more than 4,180 crunches in the past 5 weeks!
How have the challenges been? Well I know I would not be pushing myself so hard if it were not for the accounatbility to my team. It's like having a personal coach saying "harder, harder". OK, "like" may not be the right word... but honestly I need it. I am a slow loser but would I be losing at all on my own? Would I have exercised every day over Christmas? I feel like I continue to get healthier. I am good at being consistent with ONE thing but often the challenes push me to be consistent at several things on the same day in the same week. It is not easy to stay mindful of my goals. It is like learning to multitask. Because I have to check back all the time to see what exercises are "on the block" for today I get to review daily that I am meant to be having water before meals or counting fiber and protein. I still have things to work on like water intake. I LOVE the blogs of my team mates. Lots of the team don't blog and I'm not getting to know them as well plus I don't see them pushing through the hard stuff. I am aware that some people work harder at this than others and I get to see the success but a couple just charge along without much contact with us and don't worry about the team challenges. If it works for them then hurray.
Are there things that don't work for me? Night snacking is sort of a necessary for me. I do need to stay honest and make sure it is an appropriate snack in quantities appropriate for me and at an appropriate time. I get confused with some of the tracking points especially when the goal is to track for 5 days and I'm tracking for all 7. Do I choose the best score days? Can I mix and match what days I tracked what? I personally would like a daily motivating thread rather than a venting one. Not that I have never vented... I have... but I seek out the inspirations every day to help keep me uplifted and positive. I do like the idea of helping each other out. If a team mate cannot do the cardio or ST then we pitch in and do a little more. I want to feel like everyone is doing their best during a challenge even if on that day it meant they could only make one small postive choice, I'd like to hear about it.
The next 5 weeks: Well of course I'd love to lose that last 4 pounds! I am excited about the cardio and ST numbers. I think in one past challenge I managed to get 1000 exercise minutes in one week! Most importantly I want to continue exercising and eating well. I would like to see myself eating better lunches and snacks. On the other hand I'll just keep doing what I'm doing because it seems to be working!