Survivor Challenge - Successes & Challenges
Monday, June 20, 2011
This blog entry is for the Survivor Challenge I am doing over at the Parents of Infants Under 2 Team - but it is also a nice reflection exercise.
Success: NUTRITION TRACKER
when I started on SP, I started tracking my food within the first week, but I was way over - instead of getting discouraged, I told myself I would track it no matter what, no matter how high the numbers were, and that I would try to learn from the feedback reports - within the first month I found myself naturally falling into my ranges (for the most part) - and I found issues where I didn't know I had them (like I was significantly under-consuming protein)
Challenge: SODIUM & FIBER
about a month ago, I started tracking sodium and fiber intake in my nutrition tracker - and I was shocked - really shocked - I was at times getting twice or more my daily amount of sodium and half or less on my fiber - I have started working on these because awareness is the first step, and although I have brought my sodium significantly down and my fiber has improved, I still am not hitting my ranges regularly (and sometimes I can hit one and not the other) - I have discovered fast food is an enemy of both (even if I make "better choices") - and so for this current month I have tried to eliminate it completely - but these two currently are my biggest dietary challenge
Success: MOVEMENT MATTERS
SP has taught me that movement does matter in overall health, and is an important component to well-being and fitness - I love how I feel when I exercise, and I love how my flexibility has improved, along with my endurance
even though I love the way I feel after I exercise, some days it is so difficult to find the motivation - especially after spending all day with the kids and wanting to spend what little alone time in the evening with my husband - it can be hard to get out and walk or devote myself to exercise when I just want to sit and relax - but I feel soooooo good after exercise - it is just sometimes I forget that - and I let weather influence my laziness too often - I need to remember that I love getting out of the house and being alone in my own head for that half hour to an hour of time
Success: BREAKING THROUGH
I have been at or around (or higher than) 250 lbs for quite a few years now (with a few exceptions) - I finally broke through that - I'm currently in the 220s which is about my summer college weight after a rigorous summer of working at a mountain girl scout camp - that was 17 years ago!
Challenge: FAT-GIRL MENTALITY
this is my biggest challenge right now, and I think it is going to continue to be a challenge, even as I near my goal weight - I need to work on overcoming it - when you are overweight for the better part of your life - and when you begin to identify with your weight, it is hard to let it go - definitely a work in progress