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BL 2015 "Spring Into Shape" Challenge... Pre-week Challenge Letter

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

So as part of our "pre-challenge" activities, I am supposed to write a letter to myself about my goals for the challenge, as well as how I plan to achieve those goals. So, here goes...


Dear Self,

This challenge will lead me up to my first "motivation"... my 2-week vacation to Florida at the beginning of May, which will include a Caribbean cruise! (I have a couple more throughout this year, including a huge birthday party at the lake in July, and a wedding in Vegas in October... but for now, I'm focusing on the first one) So obviously, my motivation is at an all-time high, as I know that I will be nowhere near my goal weight by the end of this challenge... BUT I would like to be progressing towards that point as much as possible!


So... what are my actual goals?

1. Reach my short-term goal of 10% weight loss (less than 249 lbs)

2. Fit into the sundresses that I purchased for my cruise 2 yrs ago when it was originally scheduled (need to lose b/t 1-2 inches from abdomen)

3. Think of working out as a "hobby" or "habit" instead of a chore or duty


So... how will I achieve these goals?

1. Follow my nutritional guidelines / restrictions set forth by Sparkpeople

2. Eliminate alcohol from my weekend splurges over the next 8 weeks

3. Keep healthy snacks & freggies on hand to prevent grabbing previous bad choices

4. Fully participate in 8-wk fitness challenge being held by my gym to keep workouts on track
This includes:
a. Attend at least 1 class at gym each week (Zumba, kickboxing or water aerobics)
b. Participate in 1 "Gym Circuit" strength class each week
c. Perform "partner weight workout" at least 2x/week w/ my challenge partner at gym
d. Complete minimum of 150 minutes of cardio each week (including class time, walks, swimming & cardio machines at gym)

5. All of these workouts will be scheduled as appointments on my calendar to help prevent me from blowing them off... plus I will be held accountable to my partner, not just myself


So... that's the "how-to's" and "what for's" of this new Spring challenge... pretty straight forward... "cut & dried" as my mom always said. In closing, I just have one more thing to include, and that is a little reminder to myself:

When I start to lose my motivation (and I will), remember this isn't just for "vanity" reasons, but also for my health.
When I start to get bored w/ the routine, remember there is always a way to mix things up and make it seem new & fresh again.
And finally, when I start to feel overwhelmed by everything I want to accomplish, remember that I got this... just 1 step after another & I'll soon be at the finish line!
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  • LDYSABELLA
    You've done a great job defining your goals a setting yourself up for success. I can't wait to face the Spring Challenge with you.
    2092 days ago
  • PANFRIEDTROUT

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the detailed /specific steps you will take to realize your goals. I'm really glad I read your blog because I can see that in my letter to myself, I missed a couple of things.

    as far as losing your motivation &/or momentum, one "trick" I'm going to try is to recall the very happy emotions I had deep within my being when I would reach a goal & say something to myself like this ~ "how cool would it be to feel that again? ok, if you want the warm fuzzy, you know what you need to do".

    so maybe that might help you.

    Proud of you!
    Neon Ninja Marie
    2093 days ago
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    You have a solid plan! And so much to look forward to. You go my Ninja sister!

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    2093 days ago
  • STILLMENEWBODY
    You have a lot of wonderful things happening throughout the year, lot's of motivation indeed! I wish you well Sonja, I know you can do it! emoticon
    2094 days ago
  • LETSGOPLAY
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    2094 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4447855
    This is great! You have a great plan. I'm so excited to be back on the team and to be a Ninja with you!!

    We can help keep each other motivated!
    2094 days ago
  • -ICANDOIT-
    Love your goals and your plan! You have great motivators, too and I know that will help you! I am here to help you along!!! Losing right along with you!
    2094 days ago
  • CBRINKLEY401
    Love the idea of scheduling workouts as appointments! I do better when I have actual classes to go to than when I'm on my own, since there's always so many other things that need to be done at home to distract me.
    Love the bright colors for your spark page background!
    2094 days ago
  • JUST_BRENDA
    S.M.A.R.T. goals!!!
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    Looks like you have tons of events to look forward to, and lots to be healthy for!
    Let's be LOSERS!!!!
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    2094 days ago
  • DTHOR6
    Awesome Goals! You can so do this, I look forward to being a looser with you!
    I'm on my second half of my journey as well and it seems a little harder than the first half. So This challenge will be good for the both of us I think.. I so can't wait to hear about your cruise!
    2094 days ago
  • HOT4FITNESS
    Wow!! Excellent goals my friend and a fantastic plan. I so look forward to hearing about your progress as you prepare for your vacation cruise!
    2095 days ago
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