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THE Challenge Begins!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

365 ~ 02/08/14 ~ 112

112 days into this year that I'm chronicling, this year that I'm not giving up, not starting over and over and over again with something. This year I'm working on tracking all of it - the good, the bad, the sad, the joy, the fun, whatever... ALL of it MOVING FORWARD!

So, earlier I mentioned that my company is sponsoring a Fitness Challenge beginning February 1st and running through April 30th this year. I've signed up for it! Not that the $3000 Grand Prize isn't enough in itself; but I really want to use their products in a solid test of their value to see if they will help me get more fit ~ in more ways than one!

Let me explain: I joined SparkPeople in April 2006. My weight, my mobility, and my health has gone UP and DOWN a number of times (and not always in sync with one another) during this time. It will be 8 years...EIGHT YEARS on April 20th. About 6 weeks later, June 1st will be my 4th Anniversary with my company.
8 years ago I thought, "A year or maybe 2 and I'll be at my goal weight and a lot healthier."
4 years ago I thought, "A year or 2 with this company and I'll have a sustainable income to support all 9 of us!"

Clearly, I have failed at both of these goals!


My weight has gone up and down in the same 30-40-pound range all this time. Now, some of you will say that's significant in some way. But when your BMI is in the 50s then 30 or 40 pounds is no real difference than say a 10-20- pound fluctuation for someone with a BMI in the 20s. So in terms of how it impacts my life there has been no significant change in my weight in these 8 years.
And the same is true with my income, though it has increased, so has everything else, so it's still not a sustainable income that would fully support 9 people (my goal). To be fair, as life is full of changes, I now live in a household of just 4 (5 during long university breaks). But I still have the goal in mind of me personally having enough income to cover ALL expenses in the household.

So, yeah, I've TOTALLY & COMPLETELY FAILED at these goals!

So I guess I have lived! emoticon
Could've been better...
But in this journey I must say that I have learned a lot along the way!

I know I come with a lot of "baggage" ~ a ton of it!!! (and it's not just "pounds")
Until very recently I really have been confined by walls that I built around myself. At the time they went up, they were needed. Now they are not!
Weight loss is an external change. The size of your income is an external factor in your life. Those walls built up are also external. Most of my life I have gone along the path based on external factors affecting me. Now I am on a path conditioned by the INTERNAL factors that mean the most to me personally!

I am discovering WHO truly is ME!

Thus, THE CHALLENGE that I'm participating in now is SO MUCH MORE than just being a few pounds lighter (been there, done that), and goes beyond just becoming more physically fit (which is a clear goal of mine); it's about the challenge of the changes needed to have long-term success in whatever I do!
Can I make those changes?
Can I be consistent?

So far, here's what I've accomplished in the first week of THE challenge:
I have done some level of exercise every single day... and logged/tracked it! emoticon
And that's with a broken wrist (done on day 100 - long story - will try to blog about it in the next few days), a sprained wrist, and numerous bruises from a hard & fast fall on the ice!
I am able to pass most of my chocolate cravings without giving in! emoticon
remember back in November when I got my SPAT (SparkPeople Activity Tracker) and my first day I only got in 92 or 96 steps? I did come up... I think last time I mentioned it to anyone here I had a day with over 2000 steps! Now I'm closing in on 4000!
LOOK! emoticon
DAY --- STEPS ------- CALS ------- MINS ------- MILES
1...........1380 ~ ~ ~ 1079 ~ ~ ~ 160 ~ ~ ~ 2.0
2...........2138 ~ ~ ~ 1207 ~ ~ ~ 140 ~ ~ ~ 1.6
3...........3756 ~ ~ ~ 1243 ~ ~ ~ 129 ~ ~ ~ 1.7
4...........3148 ~ ~ ~ 453 ~ ~ ~ ~ 68 ~ ~ ~ 2.6
5...........2204 ~ ~ ~ 325 ~ ~ ~ ~44 ~ ~ ~ 2.0
6...........1488 ~ ~ ~ 579 ~ ~ ~ ~67 ~ ~ ~ 1.2
7...........1928 ~ ~ ~ 365 ~ ~ ~ ~68 ~ ~ ~ 1.4
WK-1...16,032 ~ ~ 5251 ~ ~ ~ 676 ~ ~ ~ 12.5
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ (11hrs, 16mins)

Some of the odd differences you see reflect times when I had some issues related to my injuries that kept me from doing some activities. I've done a lot more chair exercises lately! THE challenge allows for a maximum of 12 hours of exercise per week. I plan on meeting that every week from now on! :)
I am also still learning and tweaking various workouts with my SPAT. Sometimes when I've done something for over 10 minutes it hasn't shown up in my SPAT details so I just add it into my tracker myself.
Nearly all of my activities are done in 10-15 minute spurts/segments.
Also, due to present injuries I'm off the gazelle until I can hold on to both handles well enough without increased pain.
I'm still doing T-Tapp, though mostly on a chair.
I've added in some of Coach Nicole's chair exercises too.
Plus I'm tossing in a few minutes here and there of just walking more, however slow I need.
And I've "created" some chair-dancing! emoticon

Not bad, if I do say so myself!
I lost 3 pounds this week! (please, don't tell me where they are... I really don't want them back!) emoticon

I leave you with these thoughts:


and finally,

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    Excellent progress! I'm so sorry you have a broken wrist. I pray you get well really soon!

    Keep up the good work! So proud of you!

    Have a good week.

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    2237 days ago
    Andee, I am so proud of you! Great job!!!
    2238 days ago
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    2238 days ago
    I hope you can celebrate the achievement of all these things you have set out to do! Keep us posted along the way!!! emoticon
    2238 days ago
    Great Blog. Great story. I'm glad you're still on board and actively improving your "externals" - sounds like what's inside you is a tough mind and a positive attitude!

    2239 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog....SO FULL of positivity. I love your NEVER GIVE UP attitude.
    Keep pressing forward and remember all the time you're doing that, that YOU ROCK.!!
    2239 days ago
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