My summer challenge
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I began a summer challenge for myself a couple of months ago. The purpose was to take a before and after pic in an outfit I wanted to wear for the summer. My choice was a tankini. And I wanted to work on my arms a little more harder.
I have learned a lot about food, diet and motivation since doing this. There are a group of women who joined me in this challenge on another site fabulously40.com (some are here too!) and I have gained much motivation from them along with ideas and suggestions.
Well this challenge has a little over a month to go and where am I????
While I have adjusted my diet and have tried all kinds of exercise my progress is slow. To date I have lost 18 lbs and my clothes are loose on me. I feel great and have more energy than before. However I am not where I want to be. I don't think stepping it up will help so I need to re evaluate my expectations.
It took me a long time to get to this point so why was I expecting it to come off quicker??? Crazy on my part I guess. Instead of focusing on losing 2 lbs per week (which has not happened) I need to just focus on how I feel and the efforts I put into feeling good.
I am going back to square 1 and start all over with my new weight as my new starting point. I will take from the lessons learned to help me be successful in this phase. I will focus on moving more each day and making sure my meals are balanced. I am going to focus more on the enjoyment part vs the work of losing weight and being healthy.