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Thus begins the 5% Challenge... today.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

So, I've done my inital weigh in for the start of this challenge... it was bad - 245.5 - but that is down from earlier this week (Monday) where I was 248.5... so I have lost 3 lbs this week. I have been doing better food wise... but wouldn't ya know it that day one of the challenge is leftover pizza and chili day. :) Ok... so I opted to make the chili cause it's a chili kind of day... highs in the lower to mid-50's, overcast, has been raining but stopped... and we have the fire ring out for later this evening. Along with marshmallows :). You just gotta have chili on the first REAL fall feeling day of the year... well we do anyhow. :)

But I'm ready for the challenge regardless. My treadmill is out and in front of a big window... my exercise bike is still in front of the big tv... and ready to be used, and I actually know where my exercise dvd's are. :) The thing is... where do I fit in the exercise? I hate exercising when I have an audience. Just a thing I have, so after work is kinda out... evenings are an option, but dang that's not a good time of day to exercise. When the family is in bed, that's where I wanna be, too. So there's the morning... getting up 1/2 to an hour earlier than everyone else. I have done this before, but don't adore it, although I am ALWAYS glad I did it and got it over with for the day. I imagine I'll be doing a combination of mornings and evenings.

Food... I'm ready. Going to keep carbs low (under 100 for now) and calories within reason. Going to shoot for 1000 to 1300. I'm striving for higher quality and less quantity. :) After today's chili indulgence... I'm gonna be strict.

This is the 3rd 5% challenge I've done. I've not lost 5% at all on the previous 2. :/ It's time I do. On December 1st, 2012, the last day of this challenge... I will weigh 233 or less.

Dear Fat Renee',

Love, Thin Renee'

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    I have faith in you. You can do it. You will do it. And you will be marvelous for doing it! Now go get 'em
    2008 days ago
    You can do this, my dear!!
    2019 days ago
  • CYNDI1956
    emoticon i love your page emoticon
    2021 days ago
    Renee Making time always seems to be the hardest part schedule it in on your calendar then stick to it. I don't think anyone really likes working out in front of others. I'm with the others you can have chili for dinner. When we start to see this journey to ahealthy lifestyle as a chore is when we throw the towel in and quit. YOu can eat what you like in moderation emoticon emoticon forward its all about one day at a time
    2024 days ago
    I would strongly advise you to raise your caloric intake. You should always eat at least 1200 calories worth of food a day. Going too low on your calories will actually halt your weight loss efforts as your body goes into starvation mode and stores all of the food you eat... and you don't want to sit there and lose no weight at all while putting out all this effort to lose weight, do you? :)

    I presently have a goal of doing ten hours of exercise a week. My calorie range is 1350-1700. And I am losing weight while eating good, healthy meals. Heck, I can even have chili (and in fact, maybe I'll make some white chicken chili for dinner again this week... hmm.) You don't have to starve yourself to lose weight, nor should you try. :)
    2025 days ago
    I must agree with some of the other comments. You should enjoying things like chili along your journey to being healthier. Chili can actually be a healthy meal and very satisfying, it is harder when you start denying yourself things you enjoy. I also think that getting in the habit of exercising in front of others will be a good positive thing for your family to see. First off your setting a good example for your family and secondly they see that you are committed to a healthier lifestyle. YOU can do this. I LOVE the picture you put on here, I just downloaded that one for a phone background. You can do the challenge and all you set out to do!
    2026 days ago
    Your looking at it as if it should hurt. You can eat anything, even chili with in reason. I doubt that sparks people told you to go down to 1000 calories. It's not a healthy way to lose weight. Follow your calories on your nutrition tracker. If you feel its not low enough try doing more things to move. It doesn't have to be exercise. Try washing your car or raking leaves or do the heavier housework. Just pick up a challenging chore that needs to be done. You'll achieve calorie burn and get work done too. This is working really well for me. I am burning a lot of calories a day. I keep track with this site using the calorie burning tracker at http://www.healthstatus.com/calcula
    It gives you a whole new perspective on what is exercise. For instance at your weight driving for 30 minutes equals 118 cals burned. Check it out. emoticon
    2026 days ago
    YES - you can do this!!
    Slow and steady wins the race... just remember, if you consistently make the correct choices, it always pays off. So stay focused on the WHY you want to do this, and you will succeed!!
    As far as the exercising in front of others thing - although I can relate, I want to offer another perspective. I'd give a LOT to have 2 exercise machines in my home! Not having the space makes that impossible! And in front of a TV or lovely view - - wow! So, see if you can get over it and just do that exercise when your family is there. You can still be part of the flow of things AND the kids get to see mom exercise and make that important life choice (good); stick to her actions to acheive her goals (good); and stay committed to herself (real, real good!)
    OR - make the morning YOUR time. Get a great motivational tape (like maybe Joyce Meyer?) and play it while you exercise. That will start the day off so right!
    Those are just my thoughts, for whatever they are worth. Hope they support you, as they're offered with the best of intentions.
    Anyway, I know you are going to be successful.
    5% challenge - you got this!!
    2026 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/7/2012 1:23:39 PM
  • LIBRA73
    I hate an audience, too. When the hubs is at home or the kids, I go for a walk or run. I love getting my work out done in the morning. No more dreading it, it's done for the day!

    Good luck girl! I know you can do this!
    2026 days ago
    2026 days ago
    I know exactly what you mean about working out in front of people. My hubby does it all the time and doesn't care, but I hate it. Unfortunately, I am NOT a morning person, and I'm lazy after about 8:00 pm, so I do it anyway.

    Jealous of your weather, by the way - it was 86 here today and just doesn't feel like fall yet. I should be used to that by now but I'm not. (Florida)

    Looking forward to seeing how we all do with the challenge!
    2026 days ago
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    2027 days ago
    Go, Renee! You are ready to do this! emoticon
    2027 days ago
    2027 days ago
    Good luck Renee, you can do it.

    BTW, love your page!

    2027 days ago
  • JOANN1212
    u can do it!!!!!
    2027 days ago
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