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September Streaks

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Tomorrow is another weigh-in, and I'm not expecting to lose any weight. I won't surprised if I've gained a little either. Between my hip injury, a gig which occupied my weeknights, and being out of town for Labor Day, I have only worked out twice in the past two weeks. But now I'm back and my hip is feeling much better, so I'm ready to get my butt in gear!

I would be lying if I said I was perfect in my diet this past week. I went over my calories by an entire day's worth of calories twice. But, I was accountable for everything I ate. And, whereas I am used to going way overboard whenever I am on vacation (if one day is bad, I just decide to go all out for the rest of the trip too...), I was pretty good about keeping focused. Friday night wasn't the healthiest. Had two large beers and some mini corn dogs at Buffalo Wild Wings with my boyfriend's coworkers. And even though Saturday's meals involved Johnny Rockets and Taco Bell (my boyfriend's family decided on these), I made healthier decisions. I didn't give into my cravings for a milkshake at Johnny Rockets and got a tuna sandwich instead of some overly fattening burger. At Taco Bell, I usually get a meal and eat the entire thing myself. This time, I split a two chalupa meal with my boyfriend. Even though my 1500 calories were made up of unhealthy options, and I went overboard on my fat intake, it was a lot better than it could have been.

Now, we are in a new month. I've decided that every month, I want to create a challenge for myself in nutrition, fitness, and my overall lifestyle. I have dubbed this month Soda-Free September. I have been able to go a couple weeks without soda since starting back up with SparkPeople in July, so I'm not TOO worried about it, but it will still be a challenge. With late night gigs and early morning students (I now have a 7:30am student on Tuesdays...oy...), I know I will have some exceptionally long days. I'm going to try and stick to black coffee on those days that I really feel like I need a pick-me-up.

For my fitness goals, I have joined the 10 minute fitness streak challenge. I actually joined two weeks ago, but since I got injured on the first day, it hasn't exactly been successful, haha. But it will be better this time. I don't expect to get to the gym every day, but on the days that I don't, I have strength training and yoga. And I'm NOT going to do that thing where I say "well, I got 60 minutes yesterday so it's okay if I don't today." No. There are no rollover minutes with this. I am going to work out every day for four weeks, and some days I'm going to have way more than ten minutes.

I need to employ this no rollover philosophy into my lifestyle challenge as well. I had made a fastbreak goal to clean or organize 30 minutes every day. Well, there were days that I did no chores. If I went three days without cleaning, I would clean for two hours the fourth day. Problem is, I wasn't making much of a dent on getting my apartment more organized. It takes no time to put dirty dishes in the dishwasher or put my clothes away (either in the laundry bin or back in the closet if I planned to wear them again before washing). But, I wouldn't do this, so then my entire two hours would be spent with dishes, cleaning up the piles of laundry, and organizing whatever mess had accrued in the living room. So, just like my fitness challenge, no matter how much I clean one day, I still HAVE to do thirty minutes every day. Unless, of course, I am out of town, in which I don't really have that opportunity.

Those are my September Streaks. It's going to be a Soda-Free, Spic and Span, Steady Session (there aren't many s-named synonyms for consistent workouts) September.

Good luck to everyone!
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