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Falling for Fitness Challenge - Week Nine Update

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wow - we're already nine weeks into the challenge! I'm very happy with my progress since the challenge started. My goal is in sight! The trick is going to be to keep moving and burning lots of extra calories whenever I have a few free minutes.

This week's challenge was pretty straightforward. I put together four workouts - two of them involved walking and the other two were made up of workout videos and dancing. I'm not one who normally enjoys standing in front of the tv screen while I work out, but the horribly cold temperatures we've had here lately have made it necessary. I've found a few videos that I don't mind, so I'm sticking with those for now. I always track my food and exercise minutes so that part was easy.

Next week is going to be a big challenge for me. I usually allow myself to eat whatever I want right around Christmas. I absolutely cannot do that this year. I have too much self-respect to allow myself to go down that road again. The problem is that once I say "Why not go for it? It's Christmas!" It opens the door to other excuses like "These chocolates were a gift - I have to eat them!" and my favourite "I can't waste perfectly good food!"

We will be doing our grocery shopping tomorrow. I will have a complete list of every last thing that we are going to buy. There won't be any random grabbing of treats. Hubby and I will each choose something that we'd like to enjoy this week and if possible, we will buy only as much as we will eat for one serving.

On Christmas eve we are going to visit family for nibbles and a gift exchange. I am going to work out in the afternoon and then I will make spanakopita (Greek style savoury phyllo pastry with spinach and feta inside) to take with us. I am a vegetarian so no one else in my family will be eating the same thing that I plan to have on Christmas Day. That means I can cook just enough for my dinner that night plus a lunch of leftovers on Boxing Day. I am going to I'm going to budget my calories and cook only enough plan and track as much as I can ahead of time so I'll know when I'm about to cross the line between enjoying some treats and entering no man's land - the point of no return.

Don't get me wrong...I'm going to eat. I'm going to enjoy some foods that I normally wouldn't touch. However, I've learned my lesson more than once. I only need to look back as far as my potluck binge at the beginning of the month to see that overeating makes me feel like crap. I will not go there.

I am going to try to find some affirmations to help me avoid mindless munching. I have worked hard to get healthy and I'm not going to give that up again!

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