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Making May a Memorable and Marvelous Month!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

April was far from one of my better months and so I have spent time reflecting on what needs to change.

One of the biggest things I have come to grips with is that over the last year I have steadily increased my fitness minutes and experiences and I was attempting to continue to add new exercise which I was enjoying. I wanted to take some of my walking outdoors but was trying to add it to the minutes of indoor exercise. What I realized is I need to focus on getting balanced exercise but adding new classes and forms of exercise means letting go of others so as not to set myself up for failure setting goals which become unattainable.

Secondly, I have become lackadaisical about my nutrition habits. To be honest, I have cheated myself by slipping in extra bites and eating a snack and not recording it all or at all. It started slowly with learning to “cheat” but still getting losses on the scale. Then I started seeing gains on the scale but I could take care of them. Now I’m at a stalemate. I can do better than that. I am worth more than that. So I want to get back to that place when I started this journey and give 100% to myself this month when it comes to nutrition.
Giving 100% to me will make for a memorable and marvelous May!

Make you May memorable and marvelous. You're worth it!

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a.) Be in bed by 10 p.m. to get a minimum of 9 hours sleep.
b.) Ensure 1 hour mid afternoon quiet me time 5 days a week
c.) Turn computer off by 8 p.m. every evening.
d.) Leisure reading – Read 2 books this month emoticon

a.) Attend 5 water spinning classes per week emoticon
b.) Attend Strength training class 2 times a week. emoticon
c.) 4 outdoor walks/runs of minimum 45 minutes per week. emoticon emoticon
d.) Complete 1500 fitness minutes for the month.
e.) Sign up for the 5 km run for water with my niece for May emoticon f.) Go for 3 bike rides. emoticon
g.) Try a spinning class.

3. Nutrition
a.) Track all meals and snacks daily.
b.) Plan weekly menu and grocery lists.
c.) Eat within recommended calorie range.
d.) Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day.
e.) Exercise accurate portion control with measuring cups and kitchen scale.

4. Weigh Ins
a.) Weigh once a week rather than daily
b.) Loose 1.5 lbs a week for a total of 6 lbs emoticon emoticon
c.) Return to BLC22 with a lower weight than when I finished the BLC21

5. Motivation
a.) Stay connected with Spark Friends through status updates, spark pages, and team chat threads.
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    I know it's June and I am just reading your May plan but I Will catch up eventually. I too have been having to take a mental look at things and see if I am happy with what I have been doing and if it is where I should be. So I am slowly getting to that point, but not totally there yet. I love your plan it seems like Wow lots but it also seems a bit more balanced than you in the past. So I support your changes and look forward to reading the rest of your blogs and finding out if you have gotten to where you wanted to be in May.

    I am doing the BLC this summer too, but only as honorary so I can cut back during the summer to let my body heal this forever Ulcer so I can get back to walking again someday soon. I will be keeping stats for the team again and I will drop in with encouragement when ever I can, but other than that I need to pull back so to get my own balance. But I do maintain pretty close to my weight I lost on the last challenge and that makes me happy. I look forward to more updates on the challenge in your blogs as you go. Hugs my great Canadian Friend! Susan
    1715 days ago
  • TLG71567
    You are quite an inspiration. I can't even begin to image getting all of that done. Right now I am mastering the goal of 10,000 steps per day. I am planning on adding in a video workout or the wii when school is out. I hope your May is everything that you want it to be. You definitely deserve it. It looks like you are helping and inspiring a lot of people. You are a emoticon
    1747 days ago
    Hello - I know what you mean about to many exercises and the cheating , yikes it hard to be on such a strict schedule all the time with food and exercise. So I have decided for myself to include an extra meal on the tracker. To me its still confusing that I am not eating enough to lose. So with added exercise perhaps you need to increase you calorie level - just a suggestion. Cannot wait to hear about your 5K , how exciting !! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1754 days ago
    You have great insight and goals! You can't possibly fail with all that you've got going for you! You know exactly what is needed -- now go for it! emoticon

    It's a new month and new attitude!
    1754 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/2/2013 1:58:26 PM
  • KIMPY225
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    1755 days ago
    It's a new day & a new month. Time for a fresh start!! Great plan you have there.

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    1755 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Love your new goals. emoticon
    1755 days ago
    I like your goals, Maria! I hope you do have a GREAT month!!!
    1755 days ago
    Great goals and plan. You've got this!
    1755 days ago
  • RONI122
    I love reading your goals! I think May is going to be your month! Let's partner up to face the scale at a lower weight to start BLC22 off in a great way!
    1755 days ago
    Sounds like you've got a good idea of what you need to do to get back on track. I know what you mean about the nutrition. While I have tracked everything, the last few days I've gone over my calorie limit. I need to get back to planning and not fixing at the last minute when I'm already hungry. Thanks for the inspiration! I think you're well on your way to having a "marvelous May!"
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  • LJOYCE55
    You really have a long list of goals for this month. I wish you success on all of them.
    1755 days ago
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