I'm a Sassy Shamrock Sheriff on edition 20 of Spark People's Biggest Loser Challenge. The challenge is well into week one and will continue for 12 weeks. I'd like to contemplate how I will end the challenge successfully:
In no particular order of importance:
1) Try very hard not to stress about work. It won't make much difference in the long run. What perturbs me today is almost 100% likely to be forgotten about by January. Emotional investment in stressing over what I cannot change is spinning my wheels with no benefit.
2) Try to maintain my workout routine. Plus I'd like to step up to try a couple of fitness classes. I have Personal Training twice a week; I go to the gym 5 days a week and I walk every day unless the weather is a total disaster.
3) Try to get to know my teammates. Having an "ésprit du corps" really helps. If I want to succeed for them, it helps me more than succeeding for myself alone. I still have enough self-loathing that I can throw away my victories, slink off, and hate myself. But as for the team? I cannot disappoint them and I want to post a decent, realistic, reliable loss each week so that I'm a great team player.
4) Maintain a pescatarian diet. I have been a vegetarian for slightly over a month but it occurs to me that a paucity of protein in my diet might be a problem when it comes to weight loss. I will try to spend at least one week eating some canned tuna or mackerel a few times to bring up my protein and see if it helps. I have an open mind.
5) Continue to cook at home and eat no more than one meal outside the house per week. (Easy to do -- I am convinced that almost all restaurant food has more calories in it than it should).
6) Be frugal! I will try to spend no money unless I can pay cash. The sooner I can reduce my credit card debt, the sooner I can contemplate retirement. I've got a lot of junk in my house and I don't need to add to it.
So--to sum it up--trying to find the best nutrition, the best fitness minutes in a variety of ways, the best team camaraderie, the best approach to getting rid of stress, the most prudent financial management---those are all aspects of my 12 week plan for success.
Thank you everyone for the comments! I do appreciate them!