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Monday, November 05, 2012

This weekend's challenge includes make a meal and exercise plan for the upcoming week. On the surface, it sounds easy, smooth sailing. But like being on the ocean in a small boat, sailing is easy when the water is cooperating, the winds are manageable, and there are no hurricanes lurking in the far seas, ready to swamp you.

My stratigy is to stay on plan. I came across a month's worth of healthy, almost-clean eating, recipes, which I will use. They include some favorites, like tuna salad and pasta, but also some things that I have been afraid to try on my own, like eggplant. However, I looked up a good SP recipe, so I'm ready to explore. This is part of my plan because I tend to eat the same things over and over, get bored, then get lax about what I put in my mouth.

It has been pointed out to me that I've been eating a lot of processed food lately. My only excuse is that life has been emotional, the hurricanes that are lurking in my particular area of the seas. So I will take a stab at monitoring my sodium intake, and find ways to lower it.

It has also been pointed out to be that I tend to walk a lot. While that is not a bad thing, again, it is a habit that I tend to fall into because it is easier on my knees than any other cardio exercise. I will speak to my trainer to see if we can mix it up a bit without hurting anything. I will stick to my regular schedule of going to the gym 3x a week, plus cardio 5-6 times a week.

As mentioned in the chat thread, I have given up chocolate for the next 4 weeks, which I have been sticking to. I have also made a goal, with a reward of getting my hair cut and colored, if I lose 9%, which will take me to under 200#. Rewards are not a big part of my weight-loss journey; for some reason, I feel guilty rewarding myself. So this, again, is charting unknown waters, but taking care of myself needs to be a priority.

I have learned a lot thru' these weeks of the challenge, and I know it will help carry me through.
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