Friday, September 16, 2011
Tomorrow begins segment 2 of my 20-days-at-a-time approach to accomplishing some goals. As you may recall, the first segment goals were:
*Drink only water or milk
*No fast food
*Burn 200 calories per day
*Exercise every morning
As I confessed in my Week 3 in Review blog, I have not met the above goals perfectly. At some point of another, I have violated all of them. Boooo!!!! The exercise was the hardest part and the one goal that I had the least amount of success with. The water/milk goal and the no fast food goals were the two I was most successful with. So, cheers and jeers and now...
It's time for Segment 2 which will run from September 17th - October 6th. My goals for this period are:
* Take my vitamin supplement daily
I'm very often forgetting to take my vitamin in the morning. So, I want to make this a priority and incorporate it into my plans for the next 20 days.
* Water/Milk FIRST
Like I said, I really did well with this goal the previous 20 days and would like to continue it. I believe it has increased my appetite for water. BUT, I do want something else to drink sometimes...especially at night. Soooo, this segment I will allow myself to have other drinks only AFTER I have had at least 8 cups of water/milk. (For me, the one cup of milk I normally have in the morning *does* count toward the completion of my water quota for the day, and it's nutritious and good for me too.) This gives me an added incentive to get all my water in if I desire to have something else to drink.
* SPECIFIC Fast Food Ban
The previous 20 days I put a ban on all fast food. I did well, but sometimes I struggled when I wasn't prepared as well as I should have been. I struggled with not having a healthier "fast food" alternative, like Subway. So, this time, the fast food ban remains on places like McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Checkers, Five Guys, Taco Bell, etc. but SUBWAY is allowed. It's the only "fast food" allowed this go round. I found that the first 20 days did force me to prepare better, which subsequently allowed me to track better. So, I'm going to continue with this one, with that slight modification.
* Burn at least 1000 calories per week.
This really does break down to 200 calories per workout (for 5 days) which is what my goal was the first 20 days. BUT, the difference this time is that the goal takes into account what my body may or may not want to do. It gives me a little more flexibility in my mind. Sometimes my body/mind may want to just walk for a long time at a slow speed. But another day, I may want to jump rope or walk uphill (10% incline) for a higher calorie burn but for a shorter period of time. I know that 1000 calories a week is very conservative, but exercise is a struggle for me STILL. I believe that this imbalance between my eating and exercising is one of the biggest reasons why I am in the place I am right now. There MUST be balance and I have to find a way to get this exercise thing down at the same time as I have the eating down, and vice versa. My long term success depends on it.
and last but not least...
* Strength Training 3x's per week
This was a goal when I participated in the EPIC challenge with my San Antonio sparkteam. I made great strides but I never really had great success in this area. Out of the 4 weeks that it was a challenge goal, I maybe met the goal ONCE! So, it's time to work on this again. I'm tired of flab. I deserve a good butt. It's like a human right! LOL (This is a leftover joke from my "Make Love to the Butt!" blog. You had to have read it to get it. LOL) I deserve to have a flatTER stomach and non-wagging arms too. But, they aren't just going to be handed to me on a platter. I've got to work for it. I know this. BUT.... There shouldn't be a "but." So, that means that I must make this a goal and I've got to seriously work toward it. So, that's what I'll be doing these next 20 days!
And, that's it!! Nothing really new. I'm *building* upon my goals each segment, so that hopefully they will just become a part of me.
On another part of the same note, weigh-in for the 20-week to New Year Challenge that I'm doing with SALLIE51 and some other sparkers is this Sunday! I'm NOT looking forward to it. I have pretty much stepped on the scale every day, unofficially, and my weight has been the same. This morning, it even went up 0.2 lbs. So, I don't know what it'll be Sunday. (I won't be blogging about it either. Check my Sparkpage on the side for the weight loss updates for the 20-week to New Year Challenge.)
When I shared with a client recently how it took me all of 2010 to lose 20 lbs and that so far this year, I've only lost 10 lbs. she told me that she had a friend who lost about 60 lbs but it took her 5 years to do it. She proceeded to explain that that same friend has kept that weight off for the last 10 years! It really encouraged me. (I guess slow and steady does ultimately win the long term "life" race.) But at the same time it discouraged me. (I don't want to take *that* long to lose this weight.)
BUT, I'm continuing on. That's all I can do. I'm just CONTINUING on in this journey and learning what I can along the way. As the title of my SparkPage says, I'm still trying, testing, pressing and learning... I shall continue to do that and I shall continue to STAND!!