There are challenges, and then there are challenges. :)
Saturday, May 03, 2014
I'm quite late in "submitting" my promised report following week #4 of my 30 Days of Fit Food challenge - oops. But this update will be a bit more than just that - I've been doing a lot of thinking, and am owning up to some faults, kind of thinking out loud about future steps....so this is longer than usual.
Challenges have not been my forte here - I don't think I'm a great team member because I...well, I'm not sure why. Whatever the reasons, I find myself doing the challenge, but keeping it private, not really "checking in" and not ever keeping up with the threads beyond an occasional blip. As for this one, I DID complete all the steps, did what was "assigned," and got the T-shirt (well, the virtual trophy). Along the way I reaped some unexpected bonuses (more about those in a minute). But if the point of a team challenge is to be part of a community while doing all those things, I'm afraid I continue to fail miserably. I'll have to think about this loner walk - maybe it needs to change, and maybe it doesn't.
As for bonus benefits, well, I'm eating much healthier, I don't feel as if the food controls me, and I've actually eaten within my calorie range most days...something that I haven't done many times since November before this challenge. What that brings me is some of the confidence I'd "misplaced" for a while, and a sunnier outlook about what I CAN do.
The good news: I've started a new challenge of 100 days. The plan is to map out my food choices for a week at a time, shop AFTER the list is made, and then eat according to my pre-planned menu. Of course, changes are made as necessary, but the road map really helps me. I know, I know... I should have known that already after 1.5 years here...hard head. I've found the hard way that I cannot (that should all be in caps) plan and log one meal at a time, because then I ALWAYS exceed all sorts of limits, even when I think I'm doing everything right. I've worked this plan for a week so far (didn't want to talk about it till I'd seen I could follow through) and it's going really well. Seven days down and ninety-three to go!