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Countdown to Summer 5% Challenge

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The 5% summer challenge is coming up quickly and I am 5 assignments behind so I am going to knock them all out in this one blog so I can check this off my daily list. I felt like I was very successful in the spring to summer challenge in every area except weight loss. I met all of my goals except the one that really counts - weight loss. I really think I am on the right track so I am not going to change much for the summer challengel

Assignment 1. What is my food and exercise plan for this challenge?
I will continue tracking and counting calories (1200-1500) while eating a modified Mediteranean plan. During this challenge I will plan my meals a week in advance and stick as closely to plan as possible. I will continue to monitor my steps with my fitbit and get at least 560,000 steps during the 56 days of the challenge. I will do Strength training three times per week or at least 24 times during the challenge.

Assignment 2. Update your spark page. Done

Assignment 3. Why do you want to lose weight?
My answer to this question has changed over my 7 years of sparking. I used to want to be thinner so that I looked better. As I age I realize I need to lose weight to help myself enjoy the last few decades of my life in a healthy way. I have 8 grandchildren and I want to continue to be active with them.

Assignment 4. What are your trigger foods or trigger situations and how will you handle them?
My trigger situation is the time between when I get home from work and when I go to bed. I live by myself Monday through Friday so I often start snacking to fill my time. I will set a new rule to only eat at a set table with appropriate dishware regardless of the food choice. I will try to be more aware of my food as I consume it. My trigger foods are really everything. I fight this by only keeping healthy food in the house other than when I am expecting the grandkids.

Assignment 5. What tricks do you have for cutting calories?
I add lots of vegetables to most of my dishes so that I have enough volume. I usually substitute bread with an orowheat 100% whole wheat sandwich thin. I sometimes even take them to fast food restaurants with me to change out the bun on an Arby's roast beef sandwich or a grilled chicken sandwich.
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JUSTYNA7 7/31/2013 3:23PM

    Good writing. I need to post these types of things on my fridge so I remember.

I find night time snacking hard. As soon as I get up from the table I am looking for something to take away with me to watch TV. It is my down time. I have such a hard time with this habit. When I don't watch TV is it so much less a problem so I think the association is too strong with the two. Yet I enjoy watching TV as well. It's something I will have to keep writing about. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Perhaps this will be my next blog thought.

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ELSCO55 7/20/2013 11:28PM

    Great

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CTUPTON 7/18/2013 10:02PM

    A wonderful, insightful plan. And I know you will do this. chris

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-CHERYL 7/18/2013 9:30PM

    I'm the opposite. During the week when my husband is working away from home I eat better because I'm eating for myself without having to cook big meals. When dh is home he's constantly munching and buying ice cream and that's when I blow it! My biggest issue is my portion size! Plus I stopped exercising and coming to SP.
We'll get there we just gotta keep going!

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GEMLADYONE 7/18/2013 7:17PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan, TT! I know this will be your challenge for making measurable progress! emoticon

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WWREFUGEE1942 7/18/2013 6:27PM

    I love your turtles! emoticon

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