A new challenge

Hey gang!  Did you all have a good weekend?  Yesterday was gorgeous day here – we loaded up and headed to our local farm supply and bought seeds for this year’s garden. We are expanding the garden area-wise, and planting more and different veggies this year. I think we bought nearly $40 worth of seeds, and that was 40% off!  We are some garden-planning maniacs! 

I’m frustrated. I’m not losing weight like I thought I would. I’ve lost 4 pounds, and gained 2, and lost 1, and gained 3, and lost 1. *sigh* I’ve been doing this back and forth dance for 2 months and I’m tired of it.  I really thought my sugar-free experiment would yield some results, but alas, I sit here the same weight I was when I started it. Of course I planned that little foray right smack dab in the middle of my Lady Time and all her accompanying symptoms, not to say that the experiment was a failure – my PMS symptoms were noticeably lessened and I felt good while I was doing it, so I’m going to modify my No Sweets policy a little bit, but I’m going to stick with it for awhile longer.  (Was that like, the longest sentence EVER?) 

In hopes of getting below 155 pounds, I’m going to begin a new challenge. For the next 10 days I’m going to exercise for at least 20 minutes per day. Somehow I am going to force myself to fit it in – I think this will be the key to busting out of the upper 150’s.  So, that’s the goal for the next 10 days – Get. It. Done. I might buy a couple of new DVD’s, because there are days when I just don’t want to get on the elliptical, and plus I think it’s good to change things up. I need something to look forward to.

About expanding the No Sweets Policy, this week is going to be a little hard to work around. My birthday is Wednesday so I might treat myself to a little dark chocolate, or an angel food cake or something like that, and then Saturday is when I will celebrate with my parents and my sister and her family. Does anyone else do this? Have a birthday gathering to celebrate, even if you are almost 40? Birthdays are kind of a big deal in my family, we all try to get together and have a lunch or dinner and open presents and have cake and ice cream.  Doesn’t matter the age, if you were born into my family, you will be having a birthday party! It’s still fun.

So anyway, there will be a few sugary foods consumed in the next 6 days. OH! And guess what else I’m doing on Wednesday?  I’m taking the day off of work and treating myself to a massage and a mani/pedi. After my morning at the spa, I’m going to go shopping. I plan on spending the day by myself just doing the things I want to do.  I rarely get time to do these things, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. I’m really excited! 

Okay so, my focus this week is exercise and celebrating me! I’ll let you all know how it goes.  What would you do with a day all to yourself?

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5 thoughts on “A new challenge

  1. Dont loose focus. I know its hard sometimes when you don’t accomplish what you think you should. My best advice is to walk outside if you can, every day.

    Ps I LOVE angel food cake
    pss if i had the day to do whatever, I would grab a good friend, head to the spa and get a massage. Then go to lunch. and finish it up with going to the movies.

  2. Wow, lots to talk about here! First of all…I have every day all to myself…not really though. The days get filled with all kinds of stuff. Once in a while I actually put a ‘luxury day’ on my daily planner. It is a day where I get to do exactly what I want to do. Those days I usually do work on a fun or a new quilt project, watch a movie, and have popcorn and yes, some m&m’s.

    Regarding the not losing weight. Well, join the crowd. I actually have a couple of posts in mind regarding this. One of my thoughts is that our bodies are at a weight they are comfortable at. So to lose the weight you have to do something that is ‘uncomfortable’ for your body. And that is a different kind of exercise than you usually do (which you mentioned) and a different way of eating. Either being very stringent, no extras whatsoever, or changing up the composition of your food (more protein or something.) Personally I find it hard to focus on working out hard AND eating very stringently.

    How bout for your birthday, make up some rules for this week, like on the actual day I will enjoy half a bar of dark chocolate, period. And on the actual party day, I can have absolutely anything I want. And on the day after the actual party day, I go back to a very very pure diet (like to purge the party day.) Not that I have actually done this myself, but I like this plan. I hope I remember it when my birthday rolls around in 9 months!

    Oh, and a funny. When I eat my sunflower seeds, I just write ‘seeds’ in my journal, so every time I look at your post and see $40 worth of seeds, I automatically think, WOW, that’s a lot of sunflower seeds.

  3. My kids and I are wondering what you will be planting? Planning a garden is one of the most relaxing things that my brain likes to do.

  4. I love the challenge and, in a way, thats my life.

    Move a little every day (NO NEED TO BE ANYTHING LONG OR MAJOR) consistently.

    I challenge you to do this….forever 🙂

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