Today, they say, is the last day to sign up for a team of your choice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mys
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.
to everyone doing the 2013 Winter 5% Challenge!