We're supposed to post this as an update to our SparkPages but I really hate how tiny the text and space is on the side of SparkPages. I don't find it aesthetically pleasing. Until SP decides to change the layout, I'm not going to fiddle around with those parts too much.
I participated in the 5% spring challenge as a member of the Cats team. For those of you who may not know, the goal of the challenge is to lose 5% of your starting weight over the course of 8 weeks. The spring challenge was perfect for me because the 5% weight loss got me very close to my goal. In fact, I not only lost 5%, I actually met my goal weight. When I started the challenge, I was in the middle of a weight loss plateau. I credit participating in the challenge and picking up running with helping me to break through that plateau.
Q: Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?
A: Yep! I have pretty much everything already as this is my second challenge but there are a few more things I think I might pick up since fitness accessories are almost addictive as regular accessories. With this recent heat wave, I think a new moisture wicking tank top might be a good idea and some short running shorts. I’m also thinking of getting a CamelBak. Google it, you’ll understand why it’s called that
Q: What is your exercise plan?
A: Run ~3 miles 2-3 times per week with either walking or the elliptical as my cross-training activity on the in between days. Take 1-2 rest days per week.
Q: Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
A: I'm not really following a "diet" anymore. Even before when I was in weight loss mode, I didn't do a "diet." I ate sensibly, which is what I will continue to do. I will continue to track my food and eat balanced so that I get enough fat, carbs, and protein (I struggle to eat enough fat). How much I eat each day will be dictated by how much physical activity I do that day.
I'm not really a fan of SparkRecipes or recipes in general. I like experimenting and letting my imagination run wild. With it being summer, fresh produce is easy to get so I imagine there will be a lot of creative salads and stir fries this summer. I also do plan on eating (even) more fruit in my daily diet than normal due to everything being in season. Can't exactly stock up on fresh fruit
Q: Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
A: Without a doubt!