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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!!!
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  • _THEA_
    Great goals, Missy! I too suffer from low back pain and have since the birth of my daughter almost 18 years ago. I find that the best thing you can do is to strengthen your core to manage the pain! You're on the right track with committing to the 5% challange and the bootcamp! I find that when I'm on two teams it helps keep me in check too! Looking forward to being teammates on the A-Team this round!! :)
    2703 days ago
  • CO-CREATOR
    Great goals! I wish you all the best!
    2703 days ago
  • XHOOSIERLOSER
    Love your goals!
    2703 days ago
  • FUTUREHOPE49
    Very good commitment and goals! like you I used to have lower back pain. My physio gave me exercises to do and they have rreally helped. No more pain. I still do them every day after 5 years.
    Good luck with the challenge. emoticon
    2703 days ago
  • RELISA4HEALTH
    Hello, I stopped by to read one of your blogs.
    I am so proud of you. You have set for yourself wonderful goals and in your writting I saw that you are very clear about how you will accomlish this.
    Exercise is an area I have to get back in place. I am at this time working on getting back with the program in how I eat.
    I wish you much success.
    Relisa
    2704 days ago
  • CAMELA_55
    Awesome goals!
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    2704 days ago
  • DEVRIES51
    Great blog, best of luck to you with your goals and in the challenge.

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    2704 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/20/2011 9:47:32 AM
  • SEEMAINE
    emoticon goals!! emoticon
    2705 days ago
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