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Fall 2012 5% Challenge #1 pre-challenge

Monday, October 01, 2012

Why do I want to lose weight?

For me, this is about healthy lifestyle and quality of life as it affects my ability to do everything.
At 52, I am dealing with a combination of chronic health concerns that are often challenging to me, and I want to do all I can to prevent other conditions from occurring. Weight plays a role in all of these concerns.

Having read and researched each of my conditions, along with nutrition and exercise information through Sparkpeople, books, magazines, internet, and conversations with doctors, I still find it challenging to apply and take action on the many things I know about. Self motivation and consistency are my biggest challenges. With the right activities consistently performed, the benefits should occur naturally.

For this challenge, I am challenging myself to participate daily on the team logging, and do some sort of movement activity every day, developing a habit of physical activity, even on bad days (stiffness & pain). Sometimes, that may be only range of motion exercises, but also, strength training and aerobics 3-5 times per week. I want to get to that point where not doing it feels worse than doing it, so I'll be motivated based on that. I hope that this will gradually increase my energy level, improve length of sleep, and give me the momentum to pick back up with exercise when set backs occur.

My current exercise forms include Tai Chi, yoga, stretching, walking, stretch band exercises, other SP exercises. Now that the weather is cooler, my goal is to walk at least 3 times per week. My usual route is about 2 miles. I may need to modify that for days when I don't feel well. Shifting from doing the full route to a shorter route needs to be an option, instead of an all or nothing mindset.

Loosing weight is recommended for me by doctors, and beneficial to all conditions I am concerned about, from arthritis to blood pressure management, from depression to diabetes prevention.

I like to follow a diet based on SP guidelines, DASH diet, Mediterranean diet, and Anti-inflammatory diet, as these all have similar aspects and seem doable most of the time. I have to watch my portion sizes, and carb cravings that come up from hormone fluctuations, as well as a tendency to eat to distract from pain.

I plan to use huddles, spark goodies, visiting team member's pages, leaving comments, and an occasional blog of my own to support the team, along with consistent logging of exercise and LTGL challenge points.

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