Time for challenge updates:
Track my food intake daily: Yes. Done all 7 days. Stick to under 1500 calories on average a day: My average was 1525, so great here. I actually came in under 1200 on four days that made it possible for me to have a higher calorie day, 2000, yesterday.
Exercise, rigorously, at least 8 hours per week: I exercised 5/7 days for a total hours of 8.5. My biking mileage is at 36, and I once again climbed those stairs 6 times or 588 stair steps altogether, plus I walked about 8 miles. I continue to include these core exercise from WB MD, too (twice), that are helping me to strengthen other parts of my body. Five full days of exercise!
Weigh in this week was on Thursday. Most of you know that I hit another "low" at 173. I have lost 7 pounds since starting these challenges in September with 40 pounds total lost since June 26, 2010.
Plan for eating for the big holidays: Well here comes the big holiday and one of my favorites: Thanksgiving. I plan to allow myself 2000 calories on T-day, so YES!, I will have a piece of pumpkin pie (a piece). Our dinner is always late, 6 pm, so on T-Day, I will eat lightly with generous helpings of salad and other veggies for lunch. We will have a tray of veggies, too, for appetizers that I will enjoy. I plan to bring some fruit (we still have plenty of Honeycrisp apples) for me to munch on as I play games with the GBS while the turkey is a-roasting. Plus it will be a warm Thanksgiving for us, so a-biking I will go later this week.
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: Yes. I am reading and learning more things about my body as I age.
Support and encourage other weight loss bloggers: Yes. I continue to do this.
All of the above helps me to meet my target for the Christmas Dress Challenge. I remain focused and moving forward.Only two more weeks to the holiday party where I will wear this dress!
Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you, for sharing with me in my journey to get fit and healthy. Have a great week. TTFN, Michele