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Game plan for 5% Spring Challenge

Sunday, March 20, 2016

This is my first blog EVER! I really hate writing knowing that someone else might read it and critique it, so this is a big step for me.

I am super excited about the 5% Spring Challenge that is starting on Saturday! I love the information and direction that I've gotten from the boards this week. I've kind of neglected to write down most of my assignments in black and white, so I figured why not do it in a blog. :)

So the challenge is to lose 5% of my weight in 8 weeks. My goal is going to be 12 pounds. A very doable goal as long as I stay committed.

My exercise plan is going to be walking 3 days a week, strength training 2 days a week, one day of yoga and a rest day. I signed up for a 12K back in the Fall with the intention of training through the winter to be prepared for it. That didn't happen. So I'm planning 2 walks during the week to work on speed and a long walk on the weekend to work on endurance. The mileage will be increasing until the race on May 21st, which I believe is the date the challenge ends as well. For my strength training, I would like to use the kettlebells I bought a few years ago. I'm going to search Sparkpeople for some workouts using them. Yoga is not my favorite, but I know I need to work on my flexibility. I've got a great DVD that I'm going to be using for that workout. It has three different levels I can work up to, but the first one is challenging enough for the moment!

For my nutrition plan, I'm going to follow the Sparkpeople dietary suggestions. I'm going to track my food daily, and focus on fresh food vs processed foods as much as possible. I already am in the habit of planning our dinners for the week before I go shopping, so that should help.

A daily checklist was suggested. I didn't really think that this was something I needed to do, but after thinking on it, I think it might be a good tool to use to keep me on track later in the challenge. I'm going to post my daily checklist on the dry erase board that's in our kitchen.

A checklist for tomorrow is definitely something I need to use. I'm always rushing around in the mornings, so if I can make myself do it the night before, it would be a lot less hectic. My checklist is going to be: meal planning for the next day, packing my lunch bag, and packing any exercise equipment needed for the next day. This is also going on my dry erase board.

10 Reasons Why I Want to Lose Weight

1. To be healthy
2. To be able to do activities with my kids
3. To be comfortable in the clothes that I wear
4. To be able to shop anywhere I want
5. To be happy with my appearance
6. To be comfortable in my own body
7. To have more energy
8. To lower my blood pressure
9. To not be so self conscious
10. To know that I have control over food instead of it having control over me

Now to list my Trigger or Red Foods. I don't want to say I will never eat something again, because I think you can have anything in moderation. However, I know there are foods that I need to restrict and be aware that when I do have them, they tend to make be binge. The list for me is:
garlic bread
fast food
I can't say I will never have these foods again, but I will say, I will be mindful of the amount and situation in which I'm eating them.

Well if you've stayed with me this far, I appreciate it! Like I said, I'm very excited about this challenge, and look forward to what the next 8 weeks will bring. Good luck everyone and if you're interested in signing up, here's the link:
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