Yes, I'm tackling another challenge even though I was overwhelmed during the last round of the 5% and the BLC. I didn't gain! And, with all that was going on during those months ---trip to the States, the sale of my parents' condo, heavy schedule at the language school, some issues with a friend that caused me some emotional stress --- I consider maintenance a success! Thanks to everyone who walked through those months with me and gave me their prayers and support.
Over the holidays, I also managed to maintain in spite of a case of bronchitis. I'm still coughing a little, but am ready to start gradually upping the cardio. Right now, I'm sticking to walking.
Sooo....I've decided to sit out a round of BLC (I DO miss the island, dear Azuritas!) and focus on the 5%. The next few months are going to be just as busy as last fall with plans to redo my bedroom and hallway next week, another stateside trip coming up in two weeks and some new responsibilities to look forward to when I get back. But I like the extra accountability of a challenge team and the encouragement of my Spark buddies, to get back on the losing track. 5% is definitely doable.
My fitness goals for the challenge period as a whole are simple - regular tracking and staying within ranges, at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, more on the weekends. I have a number of other personal and work-related goals, but will keep those for other blog posts.
Additional goal for this week: two trips to the gym to get in some ST.
When I get back from the US, I'll set weekly goals for the remaining challenge weeks. That should work!
Today, I'd like to get in the maximum exercise points for my team, the Firecrackers, since I won't get a chance to do that during the week. It's doable - I have to walk to town to do some errands, will get in a polewalk in the sunshine this afternoon, and will also go for a little ST this evening. Ready for take-off!