REFLECTIONS OF MY SUMMER... (itc blog - bl challenge)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Our inter-team challenge for my Biggest Loser Summer Challenge team is to create a blog about my reflections from the challenge so far. At the beginning of the challenge I posted a list of goals that I wanted to complete by the end of the challenge - mid August. Behind each I'll make my observation of how I am doing on that so far (with only two weeks left in the challenge).
Goals for this Challenge:
In 10 weeks I'd like to:
1 - Lose 25 pounds (only lost 9 pounds so far - had a few weeks where I either yo-yoed or stayed the same)
2 - Fit comfortably into any size 18's (I am in 20's in pants - some 20's are still too tight and size 2x in shirts which would be a 20/22 - but some 1x fit)
3 - Make ST a habit - 3x a week (haven't done hardly any ST since the beginning of the challenge)
4 - Finish reading Master Your Metabolism and the Superfoods Rx Diet (haven't finished either book)
5 - Continue training for a 5K (even after the race in June is done) (after the 5k was done I took off two weeks - just of running, not all exercise - and now I am in week 3 of the C25K program and doing well)
6 - Switch over to all natural and organic fruits and veggies (I have pretty much done that. I think I have decided that at this point we aren't ready for 100% natural or organic all the time. But all produce and most meats and pasta, rice, etc are all organic. I feel better eating this way and look forward to learning more about clean eating and cooking that way.)
7 - Eat more healthy on weekends (better portion control and less restaurants). (this past weekend I did a little better - ate more at home instead of restaurants - but I still didn't do well for MOST of the challenge and I really need some improvement in this area)
Normally I would think that what I didn't accomplish is pretty depressing. But I did accomplish some of the things on my list. Nine pounds lost isn't even close to 25, but it's better than nothing lost! And I still have a couple of weeks to go. It would be great if I could get to 12 pounds lost. Even though the challenge will be done mid-August, if I could lose another 3 pounds by the end of August (weeks 3 and 4) then I will get to 15 pounds lost this summer. I guess if I look at it that way it doesn't sound so bad. Summer can be a really hard time to lose weight with parties, cookouts, picnics, festivals (Milwaukee is KNOWN for their festivals and it's hard not to eat a lot there, lol).
I completed my first 5k. At the time I trained the way I needed to just to get through it, but I didn't use the C25K program. I just alternated jogging and walking. Now I am training myself to complete a 5k in the fall - and be thinner, run better and get a better time. I am proud of myself for taking of those two weeks and then getting back into the game.
I did switch over to almost all organic and some natural. My food bill is more, but I feel better physically and I feel better about what I am putting in my body and my family's bodies. I don't worry about pesticides on my produce anymore - and that alone is worth every penny!
Okay, so I am not wearing 18's yet. I feel good about where I am at. The difference from my top weight and now is very obvious in pics (posted in my photo gallery). I have lost quite a few inches now and it's starting to show both in the mirror and in my clothes.
Things I can work on to get the most out of my last two weeks in this challenge -
1 - Keep logging my food. I did better this last week when I logged every bite. I know it's hard for me, but I have been utilizing the fancy options such as creating a food grouping or the recipe builder and it's making the tracking a little easier now.
2 - Pick one of the books (Master your Metabolism or the SuperFoods Rx Diet) and finish reading it over the next two weeks. I am a fast reader so I should be able to get it done.
3 - Lose another 3 pounds by the end of the challenge. I think I can do it, but it's gonna hinge on #4
4 - Eat out only ONCE on weekends and drink extra water and watch portions. Weekends are not a free-for-all.
So, at the end of the summer I'll do another blog and update on my update! lol