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August Challenges - And On To September!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


SLEEP BET - I blew past my goal to average more than 7 hours of sleep a night! I averaged 7:49! I'd guess that I had been getting 6.5 - 7 hours. I am a person who has always needed a lot of sleep - 8 to 9 hours. The range for August was 5:40 to 9:38. The extreme short time was after I worked an overnight shift. I am not feeling terribly energetic generally, but I do feel worse after a night of only 6.5-7 hours of sleep.

I struggle mightily with figuring out rewards. Yet, I know that just doing it because 'it's the right thing to do for myself' doesn't motivate me. I couldn't find a 'Life is Good" tshirt that spoke to me. I dislike shopping, running around, even looking around much online. I eventually designed and bought online a t-shirt that says "Can Do!". I will post a picture when I get the shirt. And since I like bright colors and don't mind wearing similiar shirts, I may use for future rewards my own Can Do! shirts in rainbow colors with iron on transfers. :)

I am going to continue this challenge, with the goal of averaging more than 8 hours of sleep.

CALORIE BURN BET - I met this challenge to burn more calories than I consume on at least 51% with a score of 57%! My reward for this was plants for my butterfly/bird/bee garden - scored a sale so I was able to get 6 1-gallon plants!

Calories in and emotional eating are challenges for me - just going for a burn greater than calories in, no matter how small that deficit is, is a victory for me. My calorie deficit averaged -102. Not great, and leaves me tempted to make the next CBB about upping that number. But I really feel I need to continue to focus on just having a calorie deficit for more days. There will be time after I get the calorie burn concept down to work on improving the calorie deficit number. DH suggested going for 66% of the days in September (20). I have 75% of the days (23) stuck in my head. While trying to up the burn average seems like too big of a jump for me right now, I think having a reach goal of 75% or 23 days is doable.

Future rewards besides the shirts could be more plants or maybe fancy-schmancy candles that I could never justify in the past.


As many of you already know, I miss "real" running greatly - running races, especially half marathons. And I miss long distance hiking. I will continue the home PT for my knee, the limited run/walking as allowed. And I start PT for my previously mentioned feet and lower leg problems. Maybe this will help the knee situation. Ahem, *a.n.y.w.a.y.*, I need a fitness goal, as this loosy-goosey no-goal race way of life has not been working well.

I hesitate even to write this as I've avoided getting serious about these types of fitness for years. I did the Spark People push-up and crunch one-minute fitness tests.

I could not do a single pushup. When I did the on-your-knees pushup, I did 6. I've always known that my arm strength relative to my height/weight was poor. What's weird is that I am one of the stronger (and/or more willing) people at work to lift stuff (carefully) and do carryouts. I am hoping my goal is not too much - do 6 regular pushups by the end of the month.

As for the crunch test, I did 8 crunches. I would like to double that.


Sleep Bet: Average 8 or more hours of sleep each night.

Calorie Burn Bet: Burn more calories than I consume on 23 days in September.

Exercise Bet: Do 6 pushups and 16 crunches when I retest with the SP fitness tests.
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