Thursday, September 26, 2013
I'm doing a blog for a team challenge on the obstacles ahead, any fears about them and my plan to overcome them. I've talked about many of these things before but a fresh look is always a GOOD idea.
The interesting thing is my obstacles have changed three years into this journey. What used to be a HUGE stumbling block is now smooth pavement: fast food temptations, church pot lucks, grocery shopping on Sample Saturday, etc. I've conquered all those successfully. So what ARE my obstacles now?
BOREDOM - Three years into this journey I have to be more creative to keep things fresh. I just purchased some new workout DVD's that I'm beginning on Sept. 30 with some friends. I'm trying some new spark recipes to add variety to my diet. I'm doing NEW things in my life - new authors to read, new games to play, new crafts to make, etc. I can't allow boredom to be the catalyst to eating off plan.
HOLIDAYS - We have that running food fest of Fall Carnivals, Ocktoberfest, Halloween, Thanskgiving, Christmas and New Year's ahead and in that mix my birthday, my husband's birthday and our anniversary. I have to carefully plan and make WISE choices on special food days. Adding cardio to higher food intake days is a way to keep my "balance".
COUPONS/DEALS - Restaurants have become quite crafty at finding ways to get us to return. They offer ups deals on "complete meals - appetizer, entree, dessert". While these "deals" are a lot of food for the $ they are not deals for our journey. Any one of those three items is probably more calories than we should consume at one meal. MY strategy is to split a normal entree with my hubby and that's just right. So we save $ and calories.
BAD WEATHER CARDIO - I will admit that I love walking outdoors. I'm going to try walking outdoors even as the weather turns unless it's raining/snowing. I have double knee implants and can't afford a fall, but cold should not stop me. This means I will have to PUSH myself to get dressed and bundle up and go. Now I do have indoor EQ and a gym membership so I have many options but I feel that I get my best workout when I actually pound that pavement outside.
FEARS - I really don't have too many fears. Oh I DID back in the beginning, but now I'm confident that this journey is just about endurance and I'm closer to the destination than I am to my originating point.
I HOPE to be down another 10.6 pounds by Jan. 1st.
Away I go....