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Winter 5% Challenge. My road map.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Today, they say, is the last day to sign up for a team of your choice.
After that, may God have mercy on your undecided soul.

I've been doing these challenges for a while and to me it's even better than blogging. To look back over the years and see the weigh-ins from all those challenges of yesteryear is inspirational. It reminds me of where I started from and it's reassuring to see that what once was a big deal isn't so much any more.

I've gone from my highest of 260 pounds in 2007 to 180 as of this morning. So why am I coming back for another 2 months of Dawgie (hoping) fun? Because yesterday for lunch I ate a piece fried chicken, 2 pkgs of coconut cookies and washed it down with a Bud Light. Not the end of the world, especially considering I walked 3.6 miles to brings that tastiness home. But this journey requires consistency and when I look at last week's weigh-in of 177 and compare how I feel this weekend to last I know my journey isn't over. And big shocker: it never will be. Not if I want to keep enjoying all the things I presently enjoy. To me I liken exercise/becoming healthier to going to work: somewhat enjoyable but the benefits are why most of us keep showing up. These benefits make this thing called life more vibrant and pleasurable. Speaking of pleasure (WARNING: TMI), sweating on your partner after only a few minutes of "sensual massage" ain't cool. Doesn't happen anymore, or at least... Anyway, that's just one of those benefits I want to keep like going on long walks and only needing one aspirin instead of 2 Aleve or beating my son up and down the stairs when he rides the elevator and I take the stairs or taking back pants recently purchased for me for the next smaller size. The reasons are numerous and I'm not giving them up or back. Selfish? Hell yeah! But some things need to be selfishly protected, for our own well being and those we care about. And by selfish I mean making time for your exercise or eating what you know is the better choice more often than not, despite what others say.

GOALS for This Winter 5% Challenge:
1. Run 2 Miles (doesn't need to be all at once) every other day,
2. Walk at least 35 minutes at least 5 days a week (gotta make my GymPact, I'm now wagering $20 bucks per missed workout!),
3. Continue to drink plenty of water/fluids,
4. Eat at least 2 pieces/servings of veg and fruit per day and post it.
5. Lift weights or myself.

Some of these are easier than the others but for the 2 months of this challenge I'll make them happen because one of the most important gems I've learned in my 40 years is that happiness is a process and rarely a destination.

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  • EJOK170
    Excellent blog and approach! There was a bit on NPR today about incentives that work with healthy lifestyle and the only one they mentioned was losing money. So your gympact app is right on target.

    I didn't go to the gym this am but after reading 2 of your blogs you bet your #### I'll be there this evening.
    Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon
    1732 days ago
    Kirk, what an awesome job you've already done! There's no way you will NOT reach your goal. You have grasped the fact that this is a lifelong journey. The goals you have set are reasonable and achievable. I see onlym success in your future. emoticon emoticon

    1732 days ago
    You're so very right . . . it's all about consistency. It's about what we do over, and over, and over again (and when no one is watching) as to how we'll maintain these new bodies we've come to know through our diligent SparkPeople goals. Keep up the great work! I look forward to rockin' our 5% challenge together. Make our teams proud! Hug, hug -- Evelyn
    1735 days ago
    great goals!! emoticon
    1738 days ago
    You have summed it all up so beautifully. Your words make me feel happy about the struggle of getting there - it's just so worth it!
    Here's to all of us rising to the challenge and accomplishing great things for ourselves. This is NOT being selfish. There is no doubt about it, the spill-over effect is enjoyed by our loved ones and everyone we meet.
    GO DAWGS GO!!!
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    1744 days ago
    You are so right about wanting to hang on to the benefits of the healthy life style. I never want to go back, so the only way is forward!
    1748 days ago
    Those are really reasonable goals. And it's so true about having to stay on this journey. If you're anything like me, it's easy to get side tracked. I've been trying to get out and run 3 miles every other day, then try for one 5 miler (like SLOW). Yesterday was run 2! Yeah, only run 2. So I haven't even made it through a whole week yet. Thank GOD the Shamrock 1/2 filled up the week before I signed up. No way I would have been ready.

    Great job blogging. I'm looking to get down to 150 and really get some fitness this soon as this horrid weather is over. What the heck is this anyway? Snow, then a heatwave??? :)

    Take it easy and good job getting down to where you're at. It's a big deal!
    1753 days ago
    Congrats on losing all that weight! See you on the Dawgs! emoticon
    1753 days ago

    I can't wait for the challenge to begin, either!! I need to write out my goals on a "dream board" of sorts to look at and reference as we travel on our winter journey and after reading your very well thought out blog, I will today! I am looking forward to seeing you 'round the kennel!
    1754 days ago
    Great blog!
    1755 days ago
    Awesome I know you can do it.I love your attitude (and your chimp!!) The Quote from Christopher Reed is one of my favourites "Once you choose hope anything 's possible"I do get the one of the greatest moments in life quote because my life is filled with physiotherapy.I don't run like you but I walk albeit with a cane and that was something they said I would never do again.I lift weights too.When someone says you can't prove them wrong !
    1755 days ago
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  • BILL60
    Good luck and don't forget........."KICK BUTT".
    1756 days ago
    Best wishes on reaching your goals. I hope to get in on the Spring challenge. : )
    1756 days ago
    Great Goals for the challenge! Really love your new back page! Here we go Winter Challenge!!! emoticon
    1756 days ago
    Great goals! I've been trying to figure out mine. I'm looking forward to getting started.
    1756 days ago
    Great goals
    1756 days ago
    Those are some great goals! You can definitely do it! I'm so anxious for this new challenge to start! I miss the motivation from previous challenges and a little anxious about joining a new team this time around. But we can do it! That's for sure!
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    1756 days ago
    Love your goals!! I can't wait to have that feeling, being in Onederland!! It's still so far away!! I know you will do well reaching your goals!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1756 days ago
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