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Shifting Gears

Sunday, October 28, 2012

So, our assignment LAST week was to do a re-evaluation blog of our BLC20 goals. I didn't do mine in time...oops. I'm doing it now, anyways, because it's something I want to do. Also, if I don't blog, I'll have to go clean something.

When I started BLC20, my goal was to lose 5-6 lbs. That would put me at my goal weight that I've been aiming for. I've lost about 1 so far (wow, bring out the fireworks). In the six weigh-ins remaining of BLC20, my goal is to lose one lb per weigh-in. I've never been able to do that before (at least since I've been losing the stubborn pounds), but it's my goal anyway. Why not?

I also think I need to adjust my goal weight to a lower weight. I can't figure out any way to give my reasoning that doesn't sound vain, but I just still feel awfully sturdy. I think I was meant to be an old time Nebraska farm wife. Anyway, I've mentally adjusted my goal weight to give myself a bigger goal to work for. Believe me, I'm still going to be having quite the celebration when I hit my original goal.

Here's what's going well from my original BLC goals:
I finished my half marathon
I'm still running
I'm still on the exercise streak!

I'm struggling with:
Meal planning
Strength training

Here's what I'm going to do.
1. Food
I'm going to work on planning my meals. Today I planned meals for the next few days. It was not fun. I think I'm also going to work on tracking my food. I tracked several days last week and was really surprised by how many snack calories were sneaking in there.
2. Cardio
I love cardio. I would do it all the time if I could. I'm going to keep running on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and probably a weekend day. I will also continue to attend evening gym classes as I can. Zumba and step aerobics are my favorites.
3. Strength
I WILL do strength training three times a week. I WILL do Manic Monday for the next six weeks! The thing is, I know how healthy strength training is, it's just a matter of making myself do it. Strength training will help me look slimmer and be more toned, strength training will make me a better runner, and strength training is what will help me be happy and fit when I am old. Hello, me!
4. Water
I have a big hangup when it comes to water. So I'm going with a simple goal here. I will start each day with a glass of water. I can heat it a little if I want, and add ginger or lemon if I want.
5. Relaxation
The more I learn about stress, the more I realize that being stressed is about the worst thing I can do to myself health-wise. And lately I've been under too much stress. I don't know what I'm going to do about it yet, but I'm thinking...

Well, that's about it for now. I'm ready to bring the fire for these last 6 weigh-ins of the challenge.

I'm gonna look gooooooood when I go home for Christmas!
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  • STUFFNEARTABOR
    Rock on!
    2997 days ago
  • NEVADAPP
    Great Plan!! You can do it!!
    3002 days ago
  • PATRICIA4472
    Hi - I'm supposed to comment on a blog of someone I don't know as well.... and happened to see your username on my Friend Feed, that LIVEDAILY had commented too -- and so I had to check you out!!

    I spent nine years living and working in Japan, and had both of my daughters in Japan - one born in Tokyo and one in Fukushima.... so Japan is still close to my heart. I'm going to check out your blogspot, too!

    On your goals for the next weeks of BLC20 - I think it's hard the closer we get to our goal weight. I'm at a plateau myself and hope to kickstart some change in the next weeks by adding two more fitness days that focus on ST. But I'm also trying to be gracious to myself and just keep at it even if it takes longer than the BLC20. I WILL get there!!! And the main thing for me is to get there and then stay there, rather than push myself to something my body isn't quite ready for. But each of us has our own pace and I know you'll find the right thing for you.

    Gambatte, neh!
    3002 days ago
  • LIVEDAILY
    Hi there! For this weekend's Wizard challenge BLC, I have to comment on a blog of someone I don't know...and I chose YOU! You did a great mid-BLC review! I was never a water drinker, and now I am at 12 a day, usually. Sometimes 10 and sometimes more. I found 2 large glasses that both hold over 16 oz of water. One is by my bed, the other in the kitchen. I start the day by drinking one! I have a 32 oz bottle that I refill. I always have something to drink no matter where I am!! lol

    Meal planning...to be honest, I could never do that on a regular basis. However, I DO track every single thing I eat!! One of the first things I learned on here (cause I'm still a newbie sorta), is how to plug in favorites. I tend to eat the same things for breakfast and lunch, just because it's easier and I can control it better!! Tracking will help you see which snacks are okay and which ones need to be switched.

    Strength Training...I love it almost as much as I like riding the recumbant bike! Find the exercises you LIKE to do. That makes a huge differenc!! That, plus the comments folks make about your new shape!! Talk about motivation!!

    You are SO going to make your goal!!
    3002 days ago
  • HBLACK5
    Congratulations completing your half marathon! I am starting to train for one, but it won't be until next September. My goal is to start training now and work up to it nice and slow.

    I struggle with meal planning as well. I can plan my meals for the day, but sticking to it is my problem! The past couple of days I have been really good about tracking my calories and that has helped to keep me on track. This way I am not tempted to eat something I have not planned for.

    I also wrote my weight loss goals on an index card that I have sitting on the counter in the kitchen. Every time I go into the kitchen I read them, which helps keep me on track as well.

    Good luck getting to your goal!!! emoticon emoticon
    3002 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2244567
    YES TRACK YOUR FOOD AND FITNESS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE SPARK SAY'S IT WILL HELP.
    GOOD LUCK ON YOUR SPARK JOURNEY WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU IF YOU NEED ANYTHING AT ALL JUST ASK.
    ONE DAY AND ONE STEP AT A TIME WE WILL ALL DO THIS.
    3002 days ago
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