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After I posted my check-in last Friday, I popped over to Got Chai? to link up. Well, I discovered that Denise and Mrs. White have decided that the Fit Mommies need an extra challenge…a 10 week challenge to be specific!
With the holidays looming ahead, there will be more temptation to make poor nutritional choices and forgo exercise. Honestly, I think the shortening days up here in Alaska already have me wanting to hibernate and consume calorie dense foods. So, I definitely could use the challenge.
I’d love to be so cavalier as a few other mommies and say “I’m going to LOSE 15 POUNDS in 10 weeks.” But, I know that for me it is not likely to be achieved without serious changes. Those kinds of changes that are not fun and have you running for the nearest candy bar when it gets to be too much.
Instead, I’m going to have my goals focused more on things to do rather than pounds to lose. I’d love to see 5 to 10 pounds come off my frame. And, maybe it will. It’s just that the slower paces of weight loss typically has me keeping it off easier than if it flew off quickly.
(1) Make sure I’m getting at least 2 fruits and 2 vegetables in my diet every day. That’s a minimum, an amount I usually get in each day yet find more recent days being challenged to do so.
(2) Drink a cup of water every 2 or 3 hours during the day. I figure if I’m up for 14 hours, I’ll get up to 7 cups in during the day. I’m feeling dehydrated more often these days and know it’s forgetting to drink plain water rather than a cup of coffee or tea.
(3) Get up and move every day for at least 15 minutes with 3 or more days having more sustained exercise in it. Exercising could be the treadmill (Monday and some Wednesday nights while the boys are at karate class), Wii Fit, Wii Active or just plain dancing about with the younger boys. On the treadmill, I’m working at increasing speed (like 4 mph+ compared to the 3.3mph I used to do.)
(4) Work on building up muscle mass through strength training exercises at least twice a week. This is part of the reason I’m not inclined to pick a weight loss number. Muscle is denser than fat and building muscle mass can sometimes decrease the amount of weight you lose.
(5) Continue to watch what I eat, but not be so restrictive to avoid all ‘treats.’ Days without a little chocolate leave this mama grumpy!
If you are interested in joining in on the challenge, you can read up more on Got Chai?
Here’s to hoping for continued progress on the path to fitness! (Seeing the scale go down a few more pounds in the process would be a bonus.)