Summer 5% Challenge - Week One in Review
Saturday, June 28, 2014
First of all, the ugly truth - I'm up two pounds from last Saturday. But, I'm not going to freak out about it. Because I know the reason - and it's not because I gorged myself or sat on my butt. Let's just say my body has this weird known pattern of fluid retention that will likely decide to resolve itself sometime tomorrow and result in numerous trips to the ladies room while I'm trying to listen to the pastor's sermon in church. It is a bit disappointing from the "Team Challenge" aspect though, since I'm not really contributing much (at all) to the weight lost. But it should look good on next week's totals, right?
So, here's my challenge week in review -
Every day I drank my eight glasses of water - and more. Though obviously not enough to keep me from swelling up like a toad....
And I exercised every day. A total of 352 minutes that included 10 miles of dog-walking (190 minutes); an hour and a half in the pool (water aerobics); three SparkPeople workout videos because I didn't get up in time to get to the class at the Y (27 minutes); and about 45 minutes of being the biggest handicap on the bowling team. Not bad, I suppose, but since I regularly did most of those things before this challenge started, I really should remember that I set myself some new fitness goals - namely walk at least a mile EVERY day (only walked four out of seven), and strength training at least three times a week (um, once. For nine minutes.)
So week number two's LTGL challenge is to track daily and stay within my calorie limits. I did this during week one, successfully even, though I did eat some of the calories I earned from exercise every day. I think I'm going to make a concerted effort to keep it in the recommended 1200 - 1500 calorie range. And even though most of my food choices were pretty healthy and decent (I had kale twice this week!) there was last Sunday when my mom and aunt were visiting from out of town and I ate some pretty stupid stuff (salt water taffy or elephant ears, anyone?) Yeah, I kept it within my allotted calorie range, but I bet I could have picked a more nutritious option. 'Cause I'm pretty sure there's no nutritive value in half an elephant ear pastry...
All in all, I'd say it was a pretty successful week one. I know that sounds weird, since I didn't lose any weight, and I didn't reach either of my fitness goals, but what I DID do outweighs what I DIDN'T do. I'm still here, I'm still working at it. And I'm meeting some pretty nice people in the process.