Winter has set in to Minnesota. As I write this post it is 6 degrees outside!! We also had some snow and icy rain this week; a true wintery mix. Now I knew this weather change was coming because I lived in Minnesota for over 22 years, but, I never became so accustomed to exercising outdoors as I have since I started this journey in June. This week, I did get one bike run in (a mini; and don’t worry Anne H, I was safe) for 3.5 miles. I also walked about 10 miles all together. While the walking is up; biking is down. I know that I will be able to bike outdoors off and on through the winter, but not regular like I did and would like. So, in my ninth week: I am revising my goals for the 100 Hot Challenge so that I ride an exercise bike at least 15 miles a week. While that is not the sum I am used to, it is a number that I can realistically do and will keep my biking up. When the roads are clear and clean where I live, I will try for outdoor time as well.
I am going to adjust my goal of weight loss for the challenge, too. Twelve pounds is just not in the cards for me. I am going to shoot for 8 pounds off by December 31 (this is a week date change, too). I am more than half way there, so I think this target is more realistic for me.
Water: I am doing really well with this. But, here is another place where I am going to challenge myself. I am a diet soda addict (Okay, I admit it). I drink 2-3 cans of diet Pepsi a day. So, my challenge is to decrease my diet soda intake to 1-2 a day.
Here is the rest of my update:
I lost a total of 4.5 pounds since the Hottie Challenge started,
so I am getting closer to this target.
2. Biking and walking: This week I rode my bike for 3.5 miles. I walked about 10. While my walking is up from my usual target of 8, I want to push myself to do 15 walking miles next week (weather permitting). As I wrote above, I will target 15 miles on the exercise bike for next week, too.
3.Take care of myself each day by eating less, moving more, and
eating plenty of fruits and veggies.
I continue to take good care of myself.
But, I slacked off this week some what. I ate plenty of fruits; but, only twice did I eat a big salad. Next week I will plan on making salads the night before so that they are easy to go.
4.Have more 1200 calories days in a week than 1500-calorie days.
Not so good this week. Most days were 1500.
I guess after my victory over Thanksgiving, I became too relaxed.
5.Drink more water. Definitely a habit.
Now I will increase this challenge for me by trying to limit my diet sodas to 1-2 a day.
How about you? How are you doing on your goals for the Hot 100 Challenge?
Have a great week end everyone and stay strong in your journey!
PS: Kenz over at All the Way is sponsoring a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Swap. I see it as a great way to keep me merry and bright as this Holiday season (and for me the end of a semester) surround us. Plus, it is a way to give a little to someone else in bloggyland. This is also an example of how I am pushing myself to do things that I never thought about doing before. It is not about the "presents" but the gift of cyber-friendship spread across bloggy land. So, great idea, Kenz! How about you? Wanna join up, too??