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Summer 5% Challenge Commitment

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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 emoticon

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 emoticon

Q: Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
A: Without a doubt! emoticon
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    3011 days ago
  • KATHRYN1955
    Great planning....that is at least 75% of the battle. And congrats on reaching your goal weight! I am still working on that first 5%....have gotten a little lost over the last week, but am going to blog abut that!
    Take care,
    3011 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Great blog - congrats again!
    3012 days ago
  • SAL2525
    Awesome job! Love your blog! Sal
    3012 days ago
    Good blog.
    3012 days ago
    Losing 5% of your weight loss goal is something that I think everyone of us can to because it's attainable. And having an answer for every question listed above shows that you have a well thought out plan. And with the summer here I love the idea of fresh fruit! emoticon
    3012 days ago
    Ya know, I hadn't even thought about just trying to lose 5% until I read your post. Thats a really great idea. I need to lose 106 lbs and its so discouraging that I hardly even try but 5%, well that would only be 11 lbs. Or if I lost 5% of my total body weight it would be ..yup, still 11 lbs. What a great idea. I think I am going to go for it!!
    3012 days ago
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