Challenge Update – 2 months in

I’ve been really quiet, but that doesn’t mean I’ve totally fallen off the wagon.  I’m proud to say that July was a pretty kick ass month for me.  I’ve rocked my Super Summer Challenge sheets!  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go to Back to Her Roots blog and check it out!

In July I lost almost 8 pounds as well as several inches.  I drastically reduced my soda intake.  Like majorly, I was drinking several coke’s a day and now I’m probably averaging one a week.  That is many calories saved people!  I’ve been so happy with this challenge and how great it’s been at motivating me, that I’ve decided I’ll start a new very similar challenge at the beginning of September to get me through the end of the year.

So what changes have I made and what things do I really think the challenge has helped me with? There are lots of areas I think I’ve improved on, but these three are what have made the biggest impact in my opinion.

  1. As i mentioned I cut way down on the soda consumption.  I get 10 points for any day I limit myself to only one soda.  I get 50 points for each day I don’t have any soda.  And I get 75 points for no soda for a week. (that’s only happened once.)  Also, I get points for drinking at least 8 cups of water a day, that helps keep the soda at bay too.
  2. Planks.  I need to work on my core strength in a major way.  The challenge has really helped me with that.  I’ve set a reminder on my phone to do a plank every other day.  I’ve been pretty consistent with that and have even planked on the off days at time.  At the beginning I could BARELY hold a 30 second plank.  Now I can routinely hold a one minute plank and have worked up to 80 seconds so far.  Once I get up to a 90 second plank the point value goes up to 75 points!
  3. Tracking my food.  I get points for each day that I track EVERYTHING I eat.  I get more points if I stay within my calorie goal range.

This challenge is for body AND mind, and I haven’t done as great at establishing as many good routines on the mind side, that is something I will want to concentrate a bit more on for the fall.

Anyone want to join me for a fall challenge?  I could post copies of my fall challenge point sheets at the end of this month.

Challenge update – 2 weeks in.

I spent the last week in paradise.  Seriously a week in an amazing house on the beach with my mom, my brother and his family and my little family.  It was GREAT and as I was tallying up my Super Summer Challenge points while I was there, I learned just how good vacations are for my mind.  My mind points for this week were at least 50% higher than last week. (If you have no clue what I’m talking about, I highly suggest you go check out Back To Her Roots and read up about the awesome challenge she created!)

The view from our vacation bedroom

The view from our vacation bedroom

Now, the body part of the equation?  That didn’t go quite as well.  I didn’t eat absolutely horribly, but i didn’t track one bite and I really didn’t think much about what I was putting in my mouth at all.  Aside from a few planks, a stretching session, playing around in the pool and a couple of strolls along the beach, there was little activity.  I’m still on track to be able to meet my goals for the summer. But I REALLY need to pick it up a notch to get the results I want.

Another revelation from vacation is just how big I’ve actually gotten.  When I see myself in the mirror, I know I’m woefully out of shape and need to do some serious work.  But seeing a picture of myself REALLY shows just how bad things have gotten.  I took most of the pics, so I’m not in many.  But as I was browsing through the photos my husband took today there were a few of me wading in the ocean with my little girl.  And wow, it was eye-opening for me.  I’m not “just a little chubby” as  I’d like to imagine.  I’ve well beyond that point.

With that in mind, I’m ready to jump back into things this week.  I went to a couple of  classes at the Y the week before vacation and really enjoyed them. (One was a Zumba class, the other a Hip Hop class.)  I definitely plan on going back at least twice this week.  And beginning no later than next weekend I will start the couch to 5k program as well.

Tomorrow will begin with a trip to the grocery so that I can have everything I need to eat well this week.  I made a small list of goals for the week,  (I get 25 mind points for that!) I created a menu of lunches and dinners for the week as well.  Hopefully this little time spent planning and prepping will spell success for the rest of the week for me.

How’s your summer starting off?

 

It’s a start

Is anyone else doing the Super Summer Challenge from Back to Her Roots?

I’ve been pretty excited about the challenge since I first read about it.   I’ve been in major need of some sort of motivation and this just seems to be the right thing at the right time.

The customizable templates that Cassie provided worked great for me.  I used some of the items that Cassie had on her list and added plenty of my own.  Then, because I’m a total nerd, I printed them out and took them to the office store to be laminated.

I’ve hit a few items on my list so far today:

Drink a cup of tea (10 points) and eat a meal outside (10 points).

Tea with breakfast on the back patio

Greek yogurt with fruit and granola.
Greek yogurt with fruit and granola.

Limit myself to only one soda for the day.

Track everything I eat for the day. (I use MyFitnessPal)

I never said I met my calorie goals for the day :) but I DID track everything.

I never said I met my calorie goals for the day 🙂 but I DID track everything.

It’s not a stellar start, but it’s not bad either.  I still have a few hours left before I go to bed, maybe I’ll earn some more points during that time.  (My first goal is to reach 5000 points, my ultimate goal is to reach 10000 points by the end of August.  That will be TOUGH.)  I need to average about 110 points per day to reach my goal.

Overall, I’m pretty okay with my first day of the challenge.  How did you spend your first day of June?

challenge time!

The last few weeks I’ve been a sloth pretty much.  Zero exercise, poor food choices, and lots of soda.  Guess what that means?  I weigh WAY too much.  I know I need to get back on track, but I’ve had troubles with motivation.  Well, i ALWAYS have trouble with motivation, but it’s been especially bad.

If you read my last 14 by 40 update then you may have noticed that I have registered for a 5k in September.  Well, I didn’t just register for it, I’ve also annoyingly harassed fellow high school alumni to run or walk the race too.  The 5k is in my hometown and in the last year or so I’ve noticed that there are quite a few runners among my Facebook friends that are from my high school.  I thought it would be fun to get a big group of us to do the race together.  I’ve had lots of interested parties, not many have registered yet, but there is still plenty of time for that.   What I’m trying to get at, is now I have a goal race that I’d really like to be in better shape for.  Think high school reunion in running clothes.  Yikes!  I’m hoping that will be a motivator to get me eating better, and start tackling the couch to 5k program yet again.

Something else I’m taking part in to help me reach my goals is this awesome Super Summer Challenge that Cassie from back to her roots has created.  I think it’s a great match for me.  I’m not going to explain it in depth, because she already has on her blog, but it’s basically a way to work in all sorts of healthy choices into your summer.  Here’s why I like this challenge.

  1. It’s totally customizable.  Cassie has her tasks listed, but they are totally personal for her.  Her task list is a fantastic starting off point to create your own list.  I’ve deleted some of her tasks, added some of my own, and moved some things around to different point levels.
  2. The tasks aren’t just exercise and diet related.  There is a list for “body” points, but there is also a list for “mind” points as well.  I need that right now.  Yes, I definitely have work to do in the exercise and food realm, but I also have some work to do in the basic “taking-care-of-myself” category as well.
  3. It’s very flexible.  There isn’t a strict workout schedule or diet to follow.  I have a list of almost 100 tasks that I can choose to do whenever I want.  I think this may help me keep from getting that “well, I didn’t do my workout today, I’ve messed it up so f*&# it, I’m going to go eat an entire cheesecake now” attitude.
  4. Cassie made super cute printables.  I mean, who doesn’t love a cute graphic thermometer  to color in as you reach your goals???

The official challenge begins June 1st, so if you’re interested there’s still time to download her awesome printables and customize your own list.  You can even sign up for peer accountability on her blog.  Cool right?  If you decide to join in on the fun, let me know so we can check in with one another!