Tuesday, June 25, 2013
For the past two and a half weeks I have been participating in the Biggest Loser Challenge here on SP as a member of the Fabulous Feisty Foxes team. The goals I have set for myself are the following:
1) Exercise at least 5 times a week for at least 20 minutes.
2) Perform strength training (including at least 15 different exercises) at least 2 times a week.
3) Track my nutrition every day and stay within my calorie range at least 6 days a week.
4) Drink at least 8 cups of water and no more than 12 ounces of diet soda each day.
5) Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
6) Lose 20 pounds.
I am now assessing the progress I have made on these goals during the challenge thus far. I sometimes have trouble getting in exercise and I still get the feeling that if I can't exercise for at least an hour that it's not worth it for me to do anything. I had done a great job of avoiding this type of thinking for a couple weeks but somehow it has started to creep back in. I know how important it is for me to be consistent, and I clearly still have work to do. I haven't been getting in as much strength training as I wanted either. In general I will have to work towards making exercise a priority in my day.
I've done great tracking my nutrition and staying within my calorie range. I think I've only went over my calorie upper bound twice, which means I am meeting this goal so far. I've also been doing well with looking up nutrition information prior to eating out. I'm trying to abide by the rule to not make any changes that I cannot stick with forever, so I still go out to eat a few times each week. I'm teaching myself that going out to eat doesn't mean splurging and overindulging but instead making nutritious choices that leave me feeling satisfied. Progress on the nutrition front has been a great win during BLC!
I have been making strides toward drinking more water and limiting diet soda. I get in at least eight cups of water most days, and sometimes I drink even a few cups more than that. My diet soda consumption still needs work; I used to use it as a treat (with the thought that, since it is zero calories, it is a non-diet-busting way to reward myself) so it tends to sound really yummy to me. I am definitely making progress though, I've stopped having multiple large glasses of soda with dinner and I now track my diet soda consumption in my food tracker.
I need to do a lot of work on my sleep goal. For some reason I tend to tell myself that seven hours is enough sleep when I know I would be better off with eight. Slowly but surely...
I think I can make my weight loss goal for BLC! I'm not positive exactly where my weight will be for this Wednesday's weigh-in but I am quite certain that I will have lost at least six pounds total in the first three weeks of the challenge. If I can keep up this rate then I will lose at least 20 pounds! I would be so thrilled to make that kind of progress, it would put me only 15 pounds away from my goal weight. I can't wait to get there! I've learned a lot so far and I'm thrilled to continue on this journey.