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Azure WEC: My Goals for Break and Next Round

Sunday, April 05, 2015

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. emoticon

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. emoticon 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. emoticon

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.
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    Staying on track on vacation is so hard. It is always an issue for me. This is a problem since I spend so much time on vacation. I was traveling for two months this summer and gained seven pounds, this is actually a lot better than I usually do, but I am back on track now.
    2072 days ago
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    Wow, sounds like you are very committed and I know you will achieve your goal.
    2196 days ago
    I guess I've kind of been out of the Susan Elaine loop and didn't really realize that you're doing the 5% too - hope you had a good first week! Onward and Upward as we collect those flight miles!
    2198 days ago
    Great goals. Excellent Action Plan. Both will give you the advantage you need to combat the temptations while you travel or just on a day when motivation is low. Execute, friend. You got this. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2201 days ago
    You are doing an amazing job and I am proud to be on a team with you. I know you will do great on your travels you always have done a wonderful job and knocked the challenges out of the ballpark and I can only imagine how well you are going to be motivated now that you have that beautiful new Mia to cheer you on. I am constantly amazed by your tenacity and you inspire me on so many levels so keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing about your successes over the break and can't wait to get started again in Round 28.
    2204 days ago
    Am I the only guy on the team? It's lonely, being a guy. emoticon
    2204 days ago
    Woo Hoo Susan, great goals, you will do it, you have become very determined to be a very healthy Grandmother! Lol! You are an inspiration to all the Azurites!

    Hugs Elaine emoticon
    2206 days ago
    How can I join the Azure challenge?
    2207 days ago
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  • KATIE5668
    great blog..super goals....
    this has been a weird and beyond difficult round for many of us...

    your goals can be achieved..just keep 'em realistic..we both know that!

    Looking forward to BLC28 and a successful summer round!

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    2207 days ago
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    Awesome, I am sure you will achieve everything you set your mind too.

    2207 days ago
    WOW!!! I can hear your determination to succeed. I hope to get some of your enthusiasm, just by reading your blog and 'doing it'!
    I, also, will be traveling again, leaving next Sunday, going to see my son on the East Coast and taking care of our two granddaughters and dog while their parents are gone. I hope the weather will improve back East, so I can do a lot of walking. I know going up and down the stairs in their house will help. No swimming, though. I would like to talk to you and hear about the Azure program. I have no idea what that is.\ emoticon
    2207 days ago
    You are on a roll, Susan! I love your positive attitude and the fact that you're getting the results you want. I think I'm going to keep pushing through on Azure through break and challenge myself that way.
    2207 days ago
    You can do it, just keep pushing. I hope this time I will be successful in the 5% challenge. I always start out great and then mid-way I fizzle out and don't make my goal. Maybe it being spring, I will be able to get out more.
    2207 days ago
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