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2020 Spring 5% Challenge - Week 3 Review

Saturday, April 25, 2020

1. Jog outdoors 3 days a week for 30-33 minutes. emoticon emoticon

2. Walk outdoors on all non-jogging days for at least 10 minutes, until the fitness center reopens. 3 days

3. Cross train by cycling outdoors twice a week for 50 - 60 minutes. Nope, I spent Wednesday "baking" instead of "biking."

4. Use Essentrics videos daily for the duration of the "social distancing." 3 days

5. Monitor my fitness levels using heart rate. emoticon

Nutrition Goals:
1. Make a conscious effort to increase water intake. Eight glasses is hard for me. emoticon emoticon
2. Reduce alcohol consumption. I just don't want to.
3. Monitor trigger foods closely, follow Low fodmap guidelines. emoticon
4. Eat a Mediterranean diet as much as possible. emoticon

Accountability Goals:
1. Weigh-in weekly, Saturdays for 2020 Spring 5% Challenge Community. emoticon
2. Post exercise, LTGL goals every day. 6 days

Week 3 Total steps: 92,371

I still struggle with the 120 minutes of exercise dilemma. Last Sunday, I walked out on the river trail for 3 miles, and then the return three miles. It was long, hot, and somewhat tiring, but even that only took 113 minutes, my maximum heart rate only reached 129 BPM, and yet I was spent for the day. So how do so many people log 120 minutes day after day, and still not lose more weight? If I were to work for 120 minutes a day at an exercise heart rate, I'd lose my 5% goal without any food tracking. Are folks counting activity minutes for exercise minutes? I'm a long term exerciser, and if I can't work it hard for 120 minutes, how can people less fit do it? I know this sounds like sour grapes, but sometimes I feel demoralized.
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    Ugh! I hear ya! I only count the minutes that I am actively exercising. I still strive to increase my steps for the day, but I've slacked off. You've got this! You are an inspiration to me so don't give up!
    99 days ago
    Agree; celebrate what you can do and don’t stress over what you can’t do. Hope you had a great day in the emoticon
    103 days ago
    Thanks to all of you who read my blog and encouraged me when I was probably expected too much of myself. I need to stay grounded and realistic. emoticon
    103 days ago
  • JERICHO1991
    Great exercise plan! My exercise is longer in length but not as intense.
    104 days ago
    Great goals! 120 minutes in one activity is a lot! It takes me all day and several different activities to reach that. It seems in order for me to have a weight loss, I need to cut out all the junk food and alcohol too, which is very hard to do. Especially Saturday nights. emoticon emoticon
    104 days ago
    Hint - we're not doing the entire 120 minutes in one go - I do 10-15 minutes as early in the day as I can manage so my fitbit will start tracking time (it won't track time until at least 10 solid minutes done) then do another 10-15 as often as I can during the day, then another couple half hour walks after work.
    104 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    Making it happen emoticon emoticon emoticon oh emoticon emoticon
    104 days ago
  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    Awesome! Way to go!
    104 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    104 days ago
  • MUGABI123
    Awesome planning!
    104 days ago
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