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Azure WEC - Round 28 and the Next Steps

Sunday, August 09, 2015

As part of the Azure WEC, we can earn points by answering the following: “Blog about the round and your next steps.  What do you need now to get healthier?”

I have been putting a lot of thought into this for weeks now. I had a good round, losing 9.5 pounds so far. I have also had some challenges, including dealing with too high blood sugar readings and two weeks of being so sick with the flu and a cold that I spent most of my time in bed. I also know that I tend to gain weight between rounds, so unfortunately I keep taking that same weight off during rounds. Time to put a stop to that!

My goals during rounds are typically:
1. 500+ fitness minutes for the week
2. Track all food daily, and make it healthy, low carb, high fiber, low sodium
3. 10 cups water, daily
4. Sleep 6-8 hours each night

I need to continue this between rounds, and especially when we are traveling – a time I almost always gain weight. To put an end to this, I am doing two special things.

First, I signed up with a personal trainer. I have wanted to do this for a long time, but this particular trainer seems like a great fit. She takes a holistic approach, and is also a certified nutritionist. I have completed 3 of 26 sessions so far, and as part of the training we have great discussions about a lot of health-related areas. Her first goal is overall strengthening, with emphasis on strengthening my core, my sore shoulder and sore knee. She works on agility and cardio, as well. I love the sessions and feel I will benefit greatly during the three months of working with her.

Second, I have just ordered a book called “Lean Habits” by Georgie Fear. It comes highly recommended by my teammate Amber (Alp1976). I have been reading her blogs about the book and feel it is something that will help me tremendously. I have some really good habits when it comes to healthy meals and exercising, but not so good habits when it comes to other things – like snacking.

My goal therefore is to strengthen my body and build better habits, and then continue to do both in the future.
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