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Monday, March 18, 2013

Taking Stock:

I have lost 18 pounds since starting Spark in November of 2010. 9 of those pounds have been in this round of BLC (beginning mid Jan, 2013), and I can attribute them to DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. First, I joined the 6 days/20 min a day exercise streak challenge (and actually took it seriously this time). Now, I generally take off Wednesdays, but exercise all other days, and usually 45 minutes or better at a pretty high intensity. Second, although I am not perfect with my food intake, I am now a fairly consistent tracker, and have been making strides at staying within my calorie range. Third, this challenge started after the holidays, but before I started camping on the weekends again, so the “environmental challenges” have been kept to a minimum. I am having a taste at doing something better than one step forward and two steps back, and I like it! Now, I need to figure out how to keep up the momentum when life throws more challenges at me.

The first thing I am going to do is to reevaluate my goal – where am I going?

GOAL: Reach goal weight of 150 by 10/1/2013. That is a time period of 6 months and 13 days, roughly 28 weeks (kind of love that time limit as it reminds me of the zombie movie “28 weeks Later” !) I have 38 pounds to lose in that time frame – a net of 1.4 per week.

Next I have to figure out how to accomplish this when it gets more challenging. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” definitely applies here! What I’m doing now is working, so, in a nutshell: DON’T STOP! That means, exercise remains the priority, without excuse…keep streaking! Second, realize that IT ISN'T A LIFESTYLE CHANGE IF YOU HIDE OUT FROM LIFE. It isn’t realistic to decide to never eat the food provided at a party because you don’t have total control over the calorie count, or engage in other such social avoidance plans. It works for a while, but always leads me to feeling deprived and resentful. There is a balance to be struck here, and that is what I have to find: the sweet spot.

Next up: I'm going to determine my rewards! Yay!
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  • GEORGE815
    Congrats on the weight loss. I am sure you will figure the rewards problem out.
    1824 days ago
    You are on a roll. Go for it.
    1825 days ago
    Holly - Well done! You are making those changes, slowly but surely. Just like figuring out where you could trim something in your calorie budget to allow for some red wine. You will find your "sweet spot". It's somewhere between the buffet and the watercress sandwich. Just keep the exercise going because THAT is an essential ingredient!

    1825 days ago
    Yay! Holly, you are totally right about the realism part of it. I am glad I don't have a party every weekend though, or I'd be in trouble! ;) But imperfect progress is what we strive for - that forward momentum, even if it's slower because of a good party :D That sweet spot can be hard to find, I Think I have it, and then sometimes not :D
    I'm excited to see your reward list!!!
    1825 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Great attitude, congrats on your progress, and great audit of what is working to help you achieve your goals! emoticon emoticon
    1825 days ago
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