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Starting the Spring 2018 5% Challenge

Friday, April 06, 2018

It's time! Tomorrow is the first day of the new Spring 2018 5% challenge. I'm returning on the Shooting Stars team. This team has stood beside me in good time and in bad. They have seen me through the death of my mom and my dog. They have encouraged me to get below 200. I'm really looking forward to this journey with them. I have done about 5 of these challenges and while they are motivating and fun, I have not lost 5%. However, I think this time I just might do it. My mind is in the right place. I will increase my exercises from just walking 4 or 5 days, to walking every day, even if it's just 10 minutes around my apartment building. I'm going to finally use mt Planet Fitness membership twice a week, and start doing some core work. I hope by the end of the challenge I'll add yoga and strength training, but one step at a time. I've learned if I set too ambitious goals, I don't meet them and get discouraged and even depressed.

My nutrition goals are to plan healthy meals and snacks and to cook at least 4 days a week. I've done this in the past, but I've just gotten out of the habit. It's just so easy to go to Taco Bell for a grilled chicken taco with no cheese, and under $5. My weakness is for Mt Dew. Before I started caring about my health, I used to drink 4 or 5 a day. When I decided to make a change I count down to 1 or 2 a day. When I was at my best, I would ration myself to 3 swallows after lunch and dinner. Believe it or not, I was able to do it. Just enough for a sweet taste and kept my cravings at bay. Chips are also a problem. I love the spicey flavor and the salt and crunch. But I would eat half a bag at a sitting.

Sleep is also a priority. With the proper sleep, I feel so much better. More energy and focus. Also, spiritual health is important to me. When I'm consistent in my prayer life and Bible reading life is just all around better. Glorifying God is such an amazing thing. He has done so much for me and has proven faithful over and over.

So I'm using this opportunity to refocus my life all around. In 8 weeks I plan to be a better me. Say a prayer.
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    Great goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon Thoughts and prayers. I will be cheering for you as well! emoticon emoticon
    1203 days ago
    emoticon I can so totally relate to you on so many levels. Mt. Dew--yep! Love it! Chips and salty--yep! My weakness too. But we share a strength as well--we are daughters of the King! emoticon I love your determination and dedication to this challenge! We are so going to do this! emoticon Go Stars Go! emoticon
    1203 days ago
    I just love this blog! You are so motivated and I've loved seeing your progress with walking, etc. I am behind you 100%!!! You can do this and we can do this together!!! emoticon
    1204 days ago
    emoticon You can do it Lois!! We are going to soar through the STARS!!!
    1204 days ago
    Life is like a Butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes. - Algonquin Proverb ~ 4/6/18
    1204 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Good for you Lois. I wish you all the best this Challenge. I am also doing the Challenge with you and I am determined to make the 5% this time. I am not a Shooting Star this time, but I'm here along with you. I've decided to try all of the teams to see what they are like.

    Keep up your determination and keep on your path of being healthy.

    Take care.
    1204 days ago
    You WILL make your 5% this time, I'm sure of it. And me, too - I'm doing the challenge right along with you. (Don't know what team yet because I signed up late.) You have a great attitude and a terrific plan, so follow through and you'll succeed.
    1204 days ago
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