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New Season is on the Horizon!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

I love seasons. Each season brings new opportunities and new hopes. I have been doing the 5% Challenges for several years. I've lost track of how many. The challenges represent to me new season, new beginnings. I can begin anew to reach my goals. Sometimes it feels like I keep revisiting the same 5-10 pounds, but that's okay. The challenge keeps me focused on my fitness goals and thinking about other goals, too.

My goals are to track my food. I track my food using the WW Blue plan. I use Itrackbites to track, and I like doing points. They just seem to work for me. I like the idea of having zero point foods that are healthy for me to focus on every day. Right now I'm realizing I have to eat all my points, which Itrackbites encourages. Before on WW and also with calories, it was easy to keep my numbers low and then eat things off plan or eat too much. Now, I feel like I have to stay honest along with eating more food. I do less unplanned eating.

Another goal is to eat a balanced diet that is a combination of several plans, but mostly Mediterranean eating. I watch portions and I eat carbs. I found not eating carbs or lowering my carbs too much backfired. And again I would do a lot of unplanned eating and with some binge eating. When I eat enough variety, I find I am less hungry and have fewer cravings. I do limit carb foods like bread to usually one a meal. Recently with the all the fresh tomatoes, I had BLT's on bread with my husband. Nothing says Summer more than a BLT on toast. Summer comfort food! My husband likes to buy dense breads at the bakery which made it a even bigger treat.

Another goal is regular exercise. This makes me nervous as the season is shifting in my part of the country. I want to continue walking, but with my schedule it means walks after dark when I get home. My husband isn't always home to walk with me which means I miss a day or two. I've tried the walk videos, but I don't know if I do them wrong, but they seem to make my legs hurt. And I get bored with 6+ months of walk videos. I'll do them, but I need a plan of some sort that will keep me motivated.

I would like to branch out my exercising to include more toning and strength work. As I am transitioning my wardrobe and thinking about my clothing, I am aware that I'm not too bad size wise. But, I sure have some areas to tighten up.

And while we are on clothes, I am looking at my style and realizing that I need to freshen up things a bit. And with freshening up things, I am realizing I need to work on more self acceptance. Remember I said that it's okay that I keep working on the same 5 or 10 pounds. I'm thinking I need to be happy with myself at the weight I am at today. I will still eat healthy to lose weight and not gain weight. But, I'm realizing that I'm not terribly overweight. If I lose 5-10 lbs, I can be happy. If I lose more I can be happy. I am reaching the place where I am revisiting being happy with me, where I am at at the present. I would like to fit in my clothes better, but not necessarily go down size too much. I'm also tired of stressing over my eating plan and trying to find the "magic pill" of weight loss. In the end, I think it's being in a better place mentally and working on how I think.

Other goals I have for the new season is to continue to work on being more minimal. I listened to a video where the presenter talked about realizing that if things got really bad, she could pack up her family in an afternoon and move to a relative's basement. We live in a world with lots of disruption and "new normals". I hope it doesn't get to that place, but I am liking the idea of having less and not adding to what I have. I am learning to like living in a small place. It's less stressful.

What are your goals for the new season on the horizon?
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    Wonderful blog. Good luck on the 5% challenge for the fall. I joined but am waiting on a team to pick me now. :-) Good luck losing your 5%
    71 days ago
    I enjoy the transition between seasonal challenges too. It makes me reflect on what worked and gives me an opportunity to rethink my goals. I tried a kickboxing video the other day and enjoyed it. It was an intro video, low impact, and lasted 20 minutes. I’m hopeful it will help tone my “problem areas”. Keep Sparking!
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    89 days ago
    I love the transitioning seasons as well. Autumn is especially lovely: now that I am no longer on a "school schedule," I can enjoy it more. It still feels like a time of new beginnings without the hustle and bustle. I miss going out with friends, but I don't miss going out, just to be going. In other words, I'm fairly content even with the covid 19 restrictions.
    90 days ago
    Very well said! Great planning.
    I love summer tomatoes!
    91 days ago
    Great goals! My goals are to continue eating more veggies and try new healthy recipes while eating out less. I also want to make sure I walk most days of the week and get in some strength training 3x per week.
    92 days ago
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    92 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I totally agree about being happy with ourselves. I would like to lose another 10 pounds but have not put it on my fitness tracker. If I lose, awesome, if not I should be pleased to be my weight at age 65.
    92 days ago
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