The 5% Challenge Weight Loss Challenge
Saturday, January 29, 2011
The Winter 5% challenge just ended on Friday, but a new one begins in February. The 5% challenge is a team based endeavor, where individuals try to loose 5% of their body weight. The teams record points for exercise and other healthy behaviors each week and have a friendly competition between teams. It helps encourage me to exercise, track calories, etc. dependent on the week. Recently we were encouraged to track and keep our sodium under 2,300 mg. per day. I did it a few days, and the days I was over, I was closer than I was previous weeks. It gave me the encouragement to try, without feeling too bad if I didn't make it. For me, it is hard to keep it that low, as I do eat frozen pizza once a week, bottled pasta sauce once a week, etc. I did discover making my own microwave popcorn.
1/4 cup popcorn thrown into a brown paper back, 1/2 teaspoon of oil poured ontop, fold over the bag a few times, and put in microwave for just over 2 minutes and then add in some seasoning of some sort and you have low oil and low salt popcorn. For me, I can only eat low fat popcorn, but I can't buy low fat and low sodium popcorn, so this helps. Yummy too, dependent on what seasonings you have. My husband also tried for the first time making no sodium yeast bread. The comment from the book we read is that you can make it low sodium, but let it rise in a cooler spot and make sure it doesn't overrise. Turned out well actually. He did a denser wheat bread that tends not to rise as much normally. Now I just need a good low sodium pasta sauce recipe! Or something as simple as a frozen pizza, that is lower sodium. Been looking at store bought crust, to see if they seem lower, but can't tell with cheese and all.
If you would like to join us during the next 5% challenge, here is the link. www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
I do highly recommend it. For me, it encourages me in my healthy endeavors without the guilt.