Time to get back I to challenge mode and this time I really decided to shake things up by selecting the "any team is great" option on the 5% Summer Challenge. I was a Teddy Bear for several challenges and once a Cloverleaf but I grew complacent and didn't challenge myself at all. So this time I'm doing it with a BANG!
As for real fireworks, I really wish they were controlled more so that there was one or two public displays at set dates throughout the year. Why? Because I've seen firsthand the painful fear in my dog who takes days to recover from idiots who randomly decide to "celebrate"! We invested in a Thundershirt for Maddy and it does work if we know in advance. Also, I'm involved in animal rescue and I've seen the results of different animals being injured.
So, I've explained to Maddy that "Team Firecrackers" is just a name but that his momma is going to "bing, bang, pop" during this challenge!
Anyway, to get back to my plan of attack......
My current weight is 225 and losing 5% of that will get me to 214 by September 27, 2013. I'm scared because up until now my goals have been rather vague and that hasn't worked!
Here is what I do right:
I enjoy walking
I drink my 8 glasses of water a day
I get 8 hours sleep a night
Here is what I need to improve on:
I need to be a more faithful Spark Friend
I need to log my food either here or on paper
I need to eat throughout the day so I'm not consuming all of my calories at night!
Here is what I'm doing right now:
I've joined Spark Coach
I've dug out my meal planning supplies!
Why do I want to lose weight? I'm obese and I'm just entering perimenopause. I know losing weight will help my overall self esteem issues and body image problems. I'm lucky my blood pressure is low, cholesterol is fine, and my blood sugars are normal but I don't want to think about the body fat around my organs.
I've lost weight before with Spark (I got down to 202 pounds) but seem to be afraid of crossing over into oneunderland! It is a mental stumbling block and I've made my therapist aware of it.
My trigger foods are junk food. Cupboards are cleaned out and I'm allowing myself Saturday night as my junk food night. Hopefully, in time I will learn to eat throughout the day and be less tempted at night.
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this challenge and I look forward to meeting some new friends.