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End of the Ten Percent Challenge!!

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Well, well, well! The Ten Percent Challenge (TPC) has come to an end (because it’s midnight)! Overall, I think I’ve done ok. I am still drinking plenty of water–and I am choosing to drink water even when we go out, which I rarely if ever did before. I didn’t get much exercise in the past couple of weeks, because of silly excuses, but I have been exercising more than usual. And the fruit eating is going well.

The result is that I have lost 5 pounds and 3.5 inches total. Not bad for such overall small lifestyle changes, huh? It’s not even half of 10% of my body weight, but that’s ok. [Edited to add next few sentences.] Because I was too lazy last night to go to Denise’s site and make a link to her, I completely skipped thanking/blaming her for this challenge! Haha! She inspired me to get out and see what healthy habits I could build, and gave me a good place to start. I appreciate it so much!

So what am I going to do next to continue my healthy habit building? In an ideal healthy world, I would like to lead an active life with fun active-ities most days 4-5/7. I’m not big on the idea of working out or exercise for their own sakes–that’s so dull and duty-ridden that it’s no wonder most of us don’t do it. I guess that means I would like to have many days with running, walking, hiking, biking. And other things, but I don’t know how to do them yet (like tennis or swimming). (Hey, and if any of you say that I can’t run yet either, I will throw water balloons at you.)

Also, in my ideal healthy world, I would like to eat closer to the new food pyramid’s plan for me instead of the more meat and potatoes diet I have now. More veggies and whole grains and fruit. Little junk and/or heavily processed foods.

I can’t do all of those things at once. I haven’t even gotten regular activities built into my schedule–and I’ve been working on that all summer! I think I may have to shift my thinking some from thinking of activity as a discrete thing that I fit into my schedule and think of it as something I do all the time. Which sounds a whole lot like walking up four flights of stairs in the parking deck and not using the elevator after class. Bleck! haha.

I think the four week interval is a good way to evaluate how I’m doing with my habit building, so I’m going to stick to that. In four weeks, I would like to be starting week 8 of the C25K running plan and that combined with 3Day training should keep me busy. I also will not use the parking deck elevator except on Friday mornings (I carry over 30 pounds of books/class materials for my first three classes on that day–yes, I just weighed most of them.) Continuing with the 5 glasses of water and 2 cups of fruit–those aren’t really part of the challenge any more since I do them out of habit now.

It would be nice to lose 14 more pounds at least. I would “officially” be out of the overweight BMI category if I did. Technically, this could be achieved by the end of the year. Technically. Eh, I guess I’ll see where I am then.

TPC

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The last few days for the challenge haven’t been going too well for me. Mostly, it’s because I’m not getting enough sleep so I can’t get up early enough to exercise and we’ve been eating dinner so late (9pm) that it’s too dark to exercise at night. Plus it is extremely hot, so there’s little motivation.

I have been drinking all my water consistently. I’m pretty sure that I can count that as a fully-formed habit now–I just do it without thinking. And when I don’t drink water, I’m conscious of how much coke or sweet tea that I’m drinking.

The good thing is that I got enough sleep last night, and I’m going to try to go to bed early tonight. Also, we’ve decided that we’re going to have dinner at 6:30 in the evenings. Besides giving me a more structured day, it will be like lunch for Reed so he will have more than one giant meal a day. These adjustments will probably help me get back on track so that I can keep working on the exercise part of the challenge. I also am going to the grocery store, so I can buy more fruit for us.

Update

I haven’t been drinking enough water these past two days, and we’ve been eating out recently which is not so good for keeping calories down. But I’ve been around 2000 calories these past two days, so no problem. Today I had orange juice and a smoothie for my fruit, and had an off day for exercise.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back to running I hope!

TPC--Run/Walk 4

Yesterday I was lazy and didn’t get up to walk, but that’s ok–my calories ended up under 2000 still, which is good. Drank all my water and had orange juice and most of a plum.

Today, I dragged myself out of bed and did my run/walk! Woohoo! It was nice and cool this morning–and I saw half a dozen people out running and walking where usually I may just see one other person. I ran sections back to back 3 times, which was very do-able, so I’m going to continue to do that for a little while.

Well, it’s been about four weeks since the begin of the Ten Percent Challenge and I thought it would be good to take a look at how I’m doing. At the beginning of the Challenge, I decided to drink about 5-6 glasses of water a day, exercise 5 days a week, and find something to celebrate daily.

I’m doing mostly well. I’ve been drinking much more water than usual, and I’ve been exercising more regularly. Celebrating something great in my life every day is usually not a problem for me, so that one is easy.

What do I have to show for it? Well, I’ve lost four pounds and four inches overall. That’s pretty good! So I guess I’ll keep it up–ha!

For the next four weeks, I’m going to focus on being more consistent with my water and exercise. I’m going to add a goal of eating my recommended daily amount of fruit which, according to the new food pyramid is 2 cups.

One unexpected consequence of the Ten Percent Challenge is that because I’ve been drinking so much water, cokes taste very sweet. I just don’t enjoy them out of the can as much anymore–fountain drinks are still pretty good. This is a good thing, or it would be if I would think about that before I decided to drink a can of coke with dinner or whatever. I’ll try to remember that more often this month.

I’m looking forward to the next four weeks of the Challenge and building on the new healthy habits I’m forming! I hope those of you who decided to start the Challenge are experiencing the benefits from the parts you are working on! And if you haven’t been working on your Challenge, you can start again today!

Today was a great day. I have one more glass of water to drink, and I’ve walked about 4.5 miles today. Two of those miles were with Reed, and I’m really glad that we’ve been able to walk this week. One more day of walking, and we’ll probably start adding in some running to the mix!

After church today, I walked up to the coffee shop to talk with a classmate about a project she’s working on–which accounts for the remainder of my miles. I think that I will probably start walking for some errands–we’re less than 2 miles from practically any store and it would be good for a couple of reasons–it will be good exercise and one less car trip! If I get a rolling shopping bag, then it would be even easier! Woohoo!

Also, I bought The Pilates Body by Brooke Siler, and I’m going to start doing that tonight. This way I can exercise even when the weather is yucky.

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