Tuesday, October 08, 2013
For the past little bit I have been prepping myself up for the Fall 5% Challenge!! I'm excited to get this challenge underway and push myself out of my comfort zone of doing absolutely nothing most of the time and make a change in my life and in my health!
So, though I have been reading them, and mentally doing some of the pre-challenge activities, I have not been actively writing all of them or updating my page or whatever else the activity stated.
So...here I go...
1. Exercise Plan
I have been a fairly stationary person for quite some time now. There was a time when I would regularly go for walks just because I enjoyed them. Ever since becoming a mother that has really slowed down for me. Since I am starting fresh with exercise being a regular part of my life I aim going to aim for small progress steps. Walk, at least 10 minutes a day. This shouldn't be too hard, as I often take hubby his lunch at work and instead of driving every day my son and I will walk more often than we normally do. With my three year old it's a slow walk, but we make it there in about 8-9 minutes and then we have to come home! There's 10 minutes! I can also walk to check the mail, which is about 7-8 minutes with my son along and back again! The goal of 10 minutes of exercise a day to start with is entirely doable!!!
I will also be adding some yoga in, daily, just a few minutes, and some belly dancing two days a week once I get more used to the daily exercise routine. I'm thinking about two weeks in I will add the yoga (10 minutes) and about two weeks after that I will add the belly dance (30 minutes)!
2. Nutrition Plan
Nutrition is another area where I struggle. I haven't been following a proper diet at all! I am a horrible snacker, especially late at night, and rarely pre-plan meals. If I do pre-plan something it's usually nothing more than, "tonight we are having chicken, tomorrow night it's gonna be pork chops." And when I grocery shop I don't have planned meals in mind, I more or less just travel the isles of the grocery store picking up whatever looks good. This doesn't really help a lot with trying to eat healthy foods. For the Fall 5% Challenge I am going to be following the 30 Days of Fit Food meal plans. I have already gone over this with my husband and he seems to be on board with the meals listed, which is a good start because he is very much an "I'm going to eat what I want when I want," sort of person. Along with eating good food I also have to start eating on a schedule. Right now I am often skipping breakfast and eating lunch and supper whenever I get around to getting them. I have to get up in the morning, make time for breakfast and eat lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 and supper between 5:00 and 6:00. This will be one of the biggest changes I have to make to start living a healthier lifestyle.
3. Update Your Page
I went through my SparkPeople page and updated pretty much everything! I added a new profile picture and I added a new fall background! It's all nice and autumy now!!!! It actually does make me feel good, makes me feel like it's time for a change in my own life as well, now that I have a new page to look at! I recommend everyone to do this periodically! It's great!!!
4. Win Today Check List
For the Win Today Check List I am going to be using the one that was provided as it is essentially right on with what I am looking to accomplish daily with this challenge and in my life. It covers things such as times for eating food, exercise, drinking water and sleeping. All good things to accomplish! All things I need to work on! I'm wrote this check list on a piece of paper and pinned it to the wall in my kitchen where I will be able to see it every day! That way I will always remember what my daily goals are and will be bale to form better habits around my goals!
5. Win Tomorrow Check List
I am also going to be using the Win Tomorrow Check List that was provided as it is another check list that is pretty much right on with steps I need to take to improve my quality of life and start making healthy living a regular part of my lifestyle! This check list is also written down on a piece of paper and pinned to the wall in my kitchen so I can see it every day. Also so my family can see it and help me stay accountable to it!
I want to lose weight for a couple reasons. One of the biggest for me is to actually be healthy. Having type 1 diabetes weight plays a crucial role in blood glucose management. I also want to have the energy to run around and play with my son. His energy is through the roof and I am often tired and unable to keep up for more than a couple minutes. I want to be active and keep up with him! And of course I want to feel better about the way I look. In May I will be performing the musical Les Miserables! It will be the first time I will be on stage in 8 years!!! The last time it was also in a production of Les Miserables! I am really excited about it and want to look amazing, even if I am just in a background role!
Oh gosh! Chips is my biggest trigger food. It's the one that I am always craving and looking for any excuse possible to buy a bag. I can sit down and eat a whole large bag of chips, by myself, in one sitting! That's awful!!! I will often curl up in my bed and watch a movie or tv show. I like the comfort of having something to snack on while I watch something on tv. To help me overcome this trigger food issue I seem to be having, I am going to limit the amount of chips I purchase and keep more fruits and veggies in the house that way when I start craving a snack I can always reach for something healthier. I also have been talking with hubby for a while now about wanting to make our bedroom tech free, other than our alarm clock. Without being able to lay in bed and watch tv I will probably watch a lot less tv and therefore crave the snacks less.
8. Know Your Numbers
Eek! My numbers!
Current Weight: 206.5 pounds
Target Weight: 196.2 pounds
By When: December 7, 2013
The numbers above could change depending on what I weigh in at on the starting date, which is getting closer! October 12th!
Goal Calorie intake: 1350-1700 daily
Goal Calories to burn: 730 weekly
I never really like looking at my numbers but it's time I started if I want to see success for this challenge!
So that's it, in a nutshell! I am getting excited for this challenge! I can't wait to get it underway!!