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2021 Winter Challenge: Has Officially Begun

Saturday, January 09, 2021

I got up early and weighed in at 176.8# which is about 2# less than what I weighed when the 2020 Fall challenge ended at the end of November.

Some things we should/need to do is take measurements. The scales are not always our friend and don't always tell us the complete story of how we are doing. I need to make sure to record my measurements on a regular consistent timeframe because I like going back to compare numbers. Actually my 2021 fitness journal has a spot to record measurements every month.

Today's #
Hip: 44
Belly button: 44
Narrow part of middle: 41.5
Waist....well that really depends on which of those 2 numbers above that you count
L Thigh: 25
Arm: 12
I am an Apple shape. My BMI is about 32, which is obese.

For the challenge, we needed to identify our triggers & red light foods. Number 1 trigger is that I am awake. No really..I ain't tempted to eat when I am asleep, so my reason for wanting food must be because I am awake. Clocking into work helps, because I have something else to do so food is the last thing I want even though I work in a general store. I hardly ever eat on my 30 minute lunch break because I don't like rushing to eat. If I use the break to go to the bathroom, check social media with my phone or email people... then I don't have time to eat. If I try to cramp some food into my mouth during the last 5-10 minutes then I end up with bathroom issues that are incovienent to deal with while at work. So its easier to just skip eating AND I don't miss the food. If I have no problem going the 7-8 hours without food at work, then that same period of time on a day off "should" be the same..but it's not. On a day off, I get bored and I have nothing to stop me from grazing on fattening snacks.


List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diet, exercise, sleep) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1. Lack of sleep..I go to sleep late & wake up early. So I sleep around 4-5.5 hours without using tylenol PM (or whatever brand is cheapest) sometimes with the PM med I will get 6.5-7 hours.
2. Need to keep healthy snacks available at all times..banana, cherry tomatoes, yogurt,
3. Should go for a walk outside every morning. If I am out of the house then I would be away from food (and to darn cold to eat outside..lol)

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    Good luck to you.
    51 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    51 days ago
    51 days ago
    Well said. We do fast while sleeping without experiencing hunger. So being awake could be a trigger. I've heard some people say they even use napping to when they are tempted to eat.
    Another great point: when we are busy, we are not tempted like we are when we have a day off.
    Sleep is a big part of weight loss. It's the third leg of the stool (nutrition, exercise, sleep). It's restorative. So why is it so hard to go to sleep and stay asleep?
    51 days ago

    Make today the greatest day of your life
    Until tomorrow!

    "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
    Og Mandino

    51 days ago
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