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Friday update: 1 week on SP!

Friday, January 11, 2013

I think I want to start a weekly recap so that when I look back I know what I was up to at this point in time in my journey. Part of my new plan to get healthy is to keep motivated using a variety of different strategies! I wanted to tackle 3 main areas of my life!
1) nutrition
2) fitness
3) overall health, stress level, sleep, etc.

I have at the moment 1 strategy (or program) for each!

This week my nutrition goal correlated with my new favorite weight loss book- the 4 day win. I posted about this in my previous goal. My challenge for my first 4 days (ending yesterday) was to track everything that I ate! I then rewarded myself everyday with an episode of my favorite TV show and a piece of dark chocolate. My 4 day goal is to make a yummy smoothie! So here is what I learned from my first challenge-
1. 4 days is the right amount to get you started and really motivate you
2. it is a bad idea to have dark chocolate in my house right now! Struggling with self control.
3. I am a pretty good tracker! I know I missed a few small things here and there but overall I think I did a great job.
My goal was simply to TRACK my food. Not to necessarily stay within my calorie range. However, I did find that I tended to make better choices when I really thought about having to write it down. And despite having some splurges I still tracked them! I don't expect a big loss this week because I would say if I had to guess that my overall weekly calorie trend will be right at the upper limit of my range or a hundred calories or so above it. BUT I do know that I have already started making better choices in this direction and I am excited to slowly lower my caloric intake. I am more likely to stick with a goal that is not drastic and quick.

I am doing great this week in fitness! Despite the fact that it was the first week of school, first week of work AND I am in the process of moving I still found time to get 2 gym workouts in and I have 1 more for the week planned on Sunday! I joined an awesome program called gympact which fines me when I miss workouts. It also pays me for every workout that I have done if I meet my goal funded by the people that missed theirs. What a cool idea! Therefore, I have 2 strong incentives- 1. not to lose money 2. to make some! Being that I am college kid poor....those are some pretty strong incentives for me.

Overall, I am getting back into running. I ran my first 5K in the late fall of 2012. I am so proud that I stuck with it and trained every single week. However, after my run I stopped training. I would like to be able to run more 5Ks and eventually work up to a half marathon. So this week, the training began again! Luckily, I am in much better shape now then when I started last time. I am really looking forward to running The Color Run which I am signing up for next Tuesday. I am even trying to get my boyfriend to do it with me! But I also plan on doing much more serious runs as well throughout the semester.

Other health goals:
I started the stress buster challenge this week! I love that sparkpeople has challenges- I think that is the greatest idea ever. Anyway, I am still in week 1 and my main tasks were to identify my current stress level, keep a stress journal, and identify key goals that I want to get out of the program. This could not come at a better time considering how much I have going on in my life right now. Here are my goals:
1) finish moving (this saturday!!) and when I do- keep a clean place by doing 10 minutes of cleaning and picking up a night rather than lots at once.
2) get back into the habit of meditation
3) get back into the habit of scheduling!
4) create a stress reliever kit (my favorite mug, a magazine or book, and a piece of dark chocolate!)
5) learn all I can to try to beat stress

Anyway, that is my Friday update! I want to try to remember to do this every Friday so that when I complete my journey I will be able to look back on every step of the way. Also, tomorrow is officially 6 months with Denny (and unofficially 11 months!!) Yeay!
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    Ask any coach about what to do if the team is suddenly not performing to ability. They get back to basics. Good on you for what you are doing and your great blogs.
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  • SPATTEN2001
    Weigh to go ... you have taken that all important first step .... keep up the good work ... you can do it!!!
    1927 days ago
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