5% Challenge Goals
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Today began the newest 5% Challenge that I am participating in. I also started another 28 Day Bootcamp this past week. I found last challenge (which was my first) that the combination of the two challenges helped me focus on the exercise portion. I am hopeful it has the same effect this time around!
My 5% weight loss goal is 7.88 pounds. I am rounding up to 8 pounds for my expected loss. To do this successfully I will:
1) Stay in the low to mid-range of my calories. Since I changed my weight loss goal a couple of weeks ago, the system has upped my calories per day. This past week I gained a 1/2 a pound. I know, I know I can fluctuate that much in an hour, but I have been eating the additional calories in junk food. If I stay in the lower end of calories I am not as tempted to eat chips and candy.
2) I will burn between 1800 and 2380 calories a week in cardio. This requires that I do cardio 5 days a week for at least 45 minutes.
3) I will do strength training at least 3x per week in addition to the lower back exercises I am required by my physical therapist to get done daily.
4) I will participate in all of the weekly challenges to the best of my ability. I want to contribute to my teams success.
So why am I doing this? I want to get to a healthy BMI for one. Before the first challenge, I was starting to find myself making excuses not to exercise. I found that the challenges helped me by making me feel accountable to others for my actions. I obviously need that to motivate me! I don't have a weight goal in mind as much as I have a BMI number I am shooting for.
My second reason is to be finished with physical therapy and the pain that sent me there in the first place. I need to strengthen my core and the muscles that affect my SI joint and lower back. If I can develop a healthy relationship with exercise I can do both of those things.
Finally, I want to develop life long habits that will keep me on a healthy path. I have been lucky. I don't need to take medication for anything but my asthma, and I want to keep it that way for as long as possible. High blood pressure, heart disease, and a few other chronic aliments run in my family. I don't want any of them..thank you very much! So I need healthy habits to replace some well not so healthy.
I am looking forward to this challenge and am excited to be on a new team....go A TEAM!!!