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Spring 5% challenge!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I've said it once and I'll say it again... the move involved in something I get the more successful I tend to be. Soooo I joined my first challenge a few weeks back with my Done girls group! (Shout out to all you blooming beauties! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon )

I also joined a longer term Monopoly challenge with my 30's group.

So now... I am joining my third challenge. I have had a few setbacks over the last few weeks and figure this is another great way to keep me on track and help stay motivated while looking at my health and fitness more closely.

Even with the challenges I am already a part of, I have still had issues working out all the kinks. One week my eating is perfect but I miss a workout or two.. or three... or you get the picture. The next week I will do as much of my limited workouts as I can and then have 2 or 3 really bad eating days. Sometimes I'll skip breakfast... sometimes I'll only pick at food all day. Essentially I have the pieces of the puzzle but have been struggling putting all the pieces together. I am refusing to quit or to slack off, so I am hoping the demand of the Spring 5% challenge will help put those pieces together.

Before the challenge begins we were asked to decide on what nutrition plan and fitness plan we were going to commit to for a full 8 weeks. My first though... "um we have to have a plan? We can't just 'eat healthy'" This is where I learned about the SP Menu planner! (yeah I had no idea this existed, until now) I can muddle through breakfast and snacks, but also stumble when it comes to planning dinners. So this is part of my plan.

For the next two months I am going to use the SP menu planner to plan ahead all of my weekly dinners... many of which will also be left over lunches. This will help ensure that I stay within my daily calorie range and that I have no excuse not to track... the information is all already included. No muss no fuss! (I say that now) www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
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As for fitness... yikes. Well since I am still limited and start physical therapy next week I have to be careful with this one. So here is my new plan. I will commit to swimming or rowing (pretty much the only "cardio" type activity I can do right now) at least 30 minutes three days a week. Beyond that I will spend 3 days working on strength training. This will partially come from PT but also home exercises as well.

The challenge begins on April 5th, but I am going to spend the rest of this week and next week prepping for the next two months. My goal from my Blooming beauties challenge has me ending at 240 on 5/26/2014. This was before my injury and I am not entirely sure I will hit that... so I am adding a secondary goal of 240 on 6/5/2014.

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