5% Summer Challenge
Monday, July 15, 2013
I'm looking forward to getting involved in this challenge. I missed the Spring Challenge completely and fizzled out about halfway through the Winter Challenge. Mostly due to lots of life changes going on through this year. I've gained back about 7 pounds from my lowest weight this past winter, but I'm not upset about that. When I finally reach my goal weight (or when I'm most satisfied with my body & health, whatever that "size" might be), I want to be flexible by about 5 to 10 pounds instead of focusing on a # all the time. Which is where I was at when I stepped back from focusing on weight loss this past winter. I didn't obsess over the scale or whether I got exercise or not as I knew I needed to put my focus elsewhere. I just tried my best to be healthy and as active as possible. That way, I wasn't stressing on being a certain size/weight. Anyway, while I'm still busy and have some life changes probably coming up soon, things are starting to slow down and I want to get back to working on getting closer to my goal weight again.
Recent changes in my life: New job is the biggest one. With the new job, it also includes a further and longer commute (although easier as I'm traveling away from the city instead of towards it). My hours are a little later than my previous job too, so that means I'm getting home later in the evening. But there are many plusses with my new job, so it does make it worth it. My other ongoing change is that we're getting ready to put our house on the market. This Thursday to be exact and then Friday morning we leave for vacation for 10 days (woo-hoo). It's been crazy-busy getting the house ready as we've done lots of painting, replaced some floors, updated appliances, cleaning, decluttering, packing and on and on and on. We still have tons to do plus pack for vacation this week, but as my husband pointed out, all the big stuff is FINALLY done and while we seem to have a mile long list of stuff left to do, we could give ourselves another month and be just as busy as we continue to find stuff to do. We just need to get done what we can right now and not worry about every single tiny little detail. I agree as I can think of a ton of little things, but what's important is that the house at least give a good first impression. People probably won't notice that the baseboards in the corner aren't completely dust free or every single window in the house is spot free. Or that spot in the bottom corner of the wall behind the couch needs touched-up. Anyway, not only are we hoping the house sells soon (an offer or 2 while we're on vacation would be AWESOME), but we also have the joy of finding a new home....closer to the new job! We're praying that all this moves forward quickly.
A big positive with my new job is that they're very, very focused on healthy living. All employees have the opportunity to earn reduced health insurance costs by participating in their wellness program. We earn points by being healthy and have a certain # of points to earn per quarter. If we meet those requirements, our insurance costs are much, much lower. As part of that, every quarter they do a challenge that can earn you a few points for that quarter. This quarter is the 1st quarter that I was able to sign up for the challenge and it's pretty cool. We have a list of 25 Healthy things to do during the quarter, including things like drinking 8 glasses of water for a day, eating 15 different freggies (not in one day), walking 10,000 steps a day for a week, etc. It starts today and I'm really excited about doing this. We also have a program in which they bring in a personal nutrition coach into work and we meet up with that person and work towards goals, whether weight loss, weight maintenance, breaking bad habits, etc. For this one, if you lose weight and it moves you from one category to the next (obese to overweight or overweight to healthy) then you gaine extra points Since I'm already in the healthy BMI range, I can't qualify for the extra points, but I do earn a few points each quarter if I continue to maintain that range. Something I believe I should be able to do.
Commitment. How much and how often will you exercise? What diet will you follow? How will you support your team?
1) How much and how often? 3-5 times a week, a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
2) Diet? Gluten Free (I'm gluten intolerant) and whole foods. I don't follow a specific diet, I just try to stick to natural, unaltered whole foods and listen to my body. I eat when hungry and stop when I'm satisfied. I've lost more weight and done it more easily and more quickly this way than following a calorie range/tracking diet.
3) I'll support my team by checking in often, commenting, encouraging and following my team members.