Now onto.....Challenge Updates!!
Let me begin by update with:
I plan to give myself a gift this holiday season. It is the gift of commitment to continue to move forward toward good health and renewed fitness by eating less and moving more. At the end of the season, my gift will be not only quantifiable in terms of pounds lost and miles cycled or walked, but will be the feeling of satisfaction and pride in my continued efforts to regain my health, even during the holiday season. To achieve my gift, I plan to adhere to the following action goals:
1. Track my food intake daily: I did this 7/7 days. If I do say so myself: I rocked this action point every day!
2. Stick to under 1500 calories on average a day: I stayed below 1500 calories per day all week!
3. Exercise, rigorously, at least 8 hours per week: I can easily check this one off, too. I exercised for about 10 hours, with 93 miles biked so far this week (my highest weekly total). I also did a couple of great and long walks.
4. Weigh in every two weeks: I am happy to report that I am down TWO pounds!!!!! Back to 178!
5. Plan for eating for the big holidays and other events during this challenge, including football games, Halloween, concerts, Thanksgiving and of course Christmas: I am going to the Lynx final game today. I plan to have a diet soda and maybe some popcorn, but that is it.
6. Continue to learn about what works best for me in this journey to better health, specifically losing and maintaining weight loss as we age and our metabolism slows down: Okay, still did not get to this....
7. Support and encourage other weight loss bloggers (including some butt kicking as needed): I am still making the rounds, but it looks to me like most of you are doing great!!
In sum, I think I am doing great for the Christmas Dress Challenge, too. I am going to take Thursday's Child's suggestion and just try the dress on once a month.
Another challenge: Some of you are taking up this challenge sponsored by Clyde and Jessica.
I think this will be a great challenge to make that pretty little dress even more of a reality.
It is simply called the "Fall 31-Day Challenge" and started on October 1. I think this challenge will help me focus on some tangible and real numbers that will ultimately pay off in that dress. Here is what I am going to do:
1. I would like to aspire to 300 miles of cycling. October is the last really good month of cycling in Minnesota. So, I am upping the ante. I am going to shoot for 26/31 days on the bike.
2. Walk: I want to increase my walking to get ready for winter. I am going to strive for 10 days of walking and a total mileage of 35 miles walked.
Finally: The best sporting news in the Twin Cities remains the WBNA Minnesota Lynx.
As a team they have given us something to stand up and cheer about!
Many of you know Shane from Losing it for the Family. He had great success in his weight loss, but was absent from blogging for a while. Let's give him a great welcome back!