The 92 Days of Spring Challenge
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I will be the first to admit I have been in a funk most of the winter. Usually, once New Year's hits I can get myself on roll and stay focused through the dreary months. But this winter... I just couldn't get into it. I couldn't find my drive. I even challenged a 25 year old male co-worker for a weight loss challenge hoping it would motivate me (which by the way, was an epic FAIL). Part of the problem was adjusting to my new gym... another problem was the emotional baggage that came with my dad having a massive stroke. BUT, I am not here bore you with my millions of excuses of why I didn't hit my goals... That is not what this blog is about. And honestly, I don't want to remind myself of all the reasons...it will just add more fuel to the excuse fire.
But now, it is finally Spring! Ahhhh... Spring :) I love this season! Spring is about renewal and new life. I am ready to shed that winter coat and blossom!
Spring officially started yesterday and will last for the next 92 days. Sounds like a perfect time to start a new challenge for myself! I would love to start the first day of summer off rocking a smaller shorts size, or with amazing arms in a cute little tank top, or even strutting a bikini around at the pool! My SMART goal for the end of spring is to be at 26% body fat. I am not going to focus on the scale for this challenge... because the scale always dissapoints me. I am currently between 30%-31% according to my new body fat monitor.
How am I going to do it?
Exercise- Getting my exercise is usually not my problem. I am still struggling a little bit with the new gym, but I think I am now getting past those excuses. On weekdays I need to work out in the mornings before work. I do not have time in the evenings to work out and I need to quit telling myself I will do it later. Get up. Get it Done.
Diet - I once read that 80% of the results you are going to see is from diet. Sigh. This is definately my downfall. The sugar-monster is back with a vegance. I know ,from past experience, that if I try to dive straight in and clean up my diet - I will fail. I am going to take baby steps to get myself back to clean eating. This week I am working on getting my water in.
Lifestyle - Be more active in general. If I have a free evening - do not spend it in front of the TV! It is spring: Go for a walk, take the girls skating... do SOMETHING, ANYTHING!
Yesterday I woke up at 5am and went to spinning class at my gym. Loved it and felt great most of the day. I crashed in the afternoon and ended up drinking a diet coke which was followed by 3 fun sized Milky Ways... My water intake was good, although I probably should have had an extra glass when I crashed instead of the Diet Coke. All in all... I think day 1 was a success!