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The Season Of A Healthy Me( AKA The Winter 5% Challenge) Part 1

Friday, January 10, 2014

I have updated my page and my profile picture in anticipation of this challenge. I chose this picture of the female warrior because she is strong and beautiful but also she is is looking ahead to future battles and not back at past battles. This is how I am approaching the Winter 5%
Challenge, I will not look back at pass challenges, this is the challenge that starts my healthier future. I have dusted off my stationary bike,gazelle, and put fresh batteries in my Wii. I have my
shoes ready (Santa bought me a new pair) and my Fitbit Force is ready to record my steps!!!
I went through my kitchen and removed all of the unhealthy snacks and I will be grocery shopping next week for healthy foods. I will be going through Spark recipes,my cookbooks and health magazines for new healthy recipes.
My diet plan is to stay within my calorie range and to increase my consumption of veggies. I also plan to cut way back on processed foods and cut back on my wine. my exercise plan is to get at least 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week and add strength training at least twice a week. I really need to work on the strength training.
I am not a list maker as far as my fitness is concerned,I find I tend to became to fixated on completeing the list and then I become upset if I don't complete that days exercise. As I am an all or nothing type of person this makes me feel like a failure and it becomes a viscious cycle.
I have however decided to make a weekly list of all the things I did right. I tend not to appreciate myself. So this is als the season of loving myself. I do however have a few things I do to make it easier to plan my day. I plan my dinners out for two weeks in advance. I make sure there are quick and healthy things on hand so I will not skip breakfast, such as yogurt, fresh fruit, and healthy cereals to name a few. I am doing all of this to get healthy and oh to lose weight. To be honest all of this started to lose weight but then became all about getting healthier. Don't get me wrong I still want to lose weight, losing weight will help make it easier to breathe with my COPD, it will also help my knees from aching so much. I also want to look good in my tie dye dress again!!!! I want to have more energy and confidence. To lose the weight I have to watch my triggers. I have given this a lot of thought, I do not have trigger foods..... I have trigger emotions. Lonliness and stress are the biggest, when these hit I go grazing and I have discovered that any food will do. I perfer salty foods or ice cream but if these aren't available I will find something else....anything long as it isn't healthy.
I have to learn not to sweat the small stuff, sometimes I stress over things and realize that they aren't worth getting worked up over. I am sure the world won't end if I don't run the vacuum every day. I probably wouldn't be so lonely if I actually got out of the house and met people. So I will work on these things to keep the triggers away.
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    Sounds like you're getting your plans together! You know I'm here for you and have your back! From one all or nothing gal to another, let's rock 2014!! This is our year sister!

    Oh, by the way, if you ever feel lonely... you know how to get me!
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    1617 days ago
    I liked seeing all the names of my old team, posting on your page. You have determination and will rock this thing!
    1618 days ago
    Great blog . . . you're on fire for good health, girlfriend! You can do this!
    1618 days ago
    Mo I'm with you we will succeed no matter what I am going to be 60 in July can not go through an other year of missing out on healthy. Must be more on track. Good luck and see you at the end. Ok friend always. Lucie
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    1618 days ago
    You are ready! Me too. Let's go!
    1619 days ago
    Mo it's great that you know how you tick and can make it work for you. I agree it seems like weight loss is the focus but getting healthier is more important.

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    1619 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    This is great planning and I know you will do well in the challenge. I so love all your profile pics!!!
    1619 days ago
    Are you sure this wasn't my blog? Your plan is great for the upcoming challenge emoticon
    1619 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    Sounds like you have a good solid plan. Much of what you've written could have come out of my head too.
    1619 days ago
    I can relate to so much of what you've written. I too am an all or nothing person, which can really mess things up some times. It's something I'm always working on. Making a list of positive choices is a great idea - I'm going to steal it! I'm trying to focus on being kinder to myself as well, especially when I look in the mirror, which is when I tend to be my harshest critic. I'm also working on letting go of the small stuff. In my case, I need to lighten up on my kids when they haven't picked up every article of dirty clothing, homework, etc. It's not that important in the big scheme of things.

    You are a kind, thoughtful, supportive person. I have faith in you!

    1619 days ago
    Fantastic blog! Sounds like you've really done some great planning to get ready for this challenge. Like you, I tend to get obsessed by lists and feel like a failure if I don't accomplish each little thing. What a great idea to make lists of all the positive things you've accomplished rather than what needs to be improved! I think you're really ON to something here! emoticon

    Good luck on this start to a healthier, fitter, happier you!
    1619 days ago
  • 144AUTUMN
    You can do it!!!
    1619 days ago
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