It's hard to believe 12 weeks is just about over. The first 4 weeks were a struggle to maintain as my husband and I were traveling, so I wasn't in my normal fitness routine nor was I cooking in my kitchen. When I got home, I was stuck on a 5 week plateau, though I felt like I was doing well for the most part. In the last couple of weeks, I finally started losing … and now it's almost over.
In order to make sure I continue on this path of losing, I am doing the 5% Spring Challenge with the Champions in the Kitchen. The challenge just started yesterday, and it's already encouraged me to keep moving. I had an upset stomach yesterday morning. It would have been so easy to blow off a day of exercise but I kept wanting to do it, not only to help my team for the day but also we have an additional challenge of 7 days of exercise, no matter how many or few minutes we do. After sleeping a few hours mid-day, I woke up feeling better. I jumped on my stationary bike and rode for an hour. Still feeling good, I did my BLC fitness test and had much improved results from week 1. Still having the desire to do more, I did my Azure TnT, a program put together by my Azure teammate Stonecot. These were all the things I had planned to do Saturday before feeling bad, and I was happy I did them.
The 5% Challenge lasts until May 30. My goal is to lose about 8 pounds, for a one pound per week average. It's a great team of ladies and one gent, and I look forward to these 8 weeks of working together. I did the 5% Fall Challenge, with success. I am feeling confident I can do this, too. It won't be without temptations. We are going to S. California for 1-2 weeks in later April to visit our son, DIL, and new granddaughter. This should be pretty good as they are very healthy eaters and love to take walks. The bigger challenge is a trip to Alaska in mid-May. I like to be in a challenge when we travel because it encourages me to make better choices, but there is a lot of temptation.
I'm looking forward to BLC Round 28, and plan to make it better than Round 27. Hopefully I have had my big plateau for the year.
I know that for me the winning combination is low carb/high fiber and low sodium. If I can consistently do that along with 500+ minutes of fitness each week in Round 28, I hope to continue my average loss at 1 pound a week. This will be tough as I will be nearing my goal weight by then. I am also looking at my July 28 anniversary date with SP and wondering if I can hit goal by then.
My current fitness regime is working well as I am losing, getting stronger, and not hurting myself. For both challenges, I plan on doing the following weekly: 2 hours water aerobics, 2 hours yoga, 1 hour spinning, 90 minutes TnT, 2 hours of stationary bike at home, and the balance will be a combination of swimming, walking and any challenges from my teams.