Last week I missed the mid-week challenge – it was a busy week. It was a good mini challenge – to refocus on your goals for the challenge (or one particular goal) and set up a plan to carry those goals forward after the challenge ends.
So, we are leaving for Vegas tomorrow. My eating and exercise will be somewhat off plan for 6 days. How off plan? We’ll see, but definitely no bike rides, and probably minimal running. Lots of walking though!
When I return, I will have just over 6 weeks until Ironman Racine 70.3. So I’m taking this mini challenge as an opportunity to get back on track and get strong for the last 6 weeks of my training. First, I’m taking a bit of a page out of JD Roth’s June plan (No Junk June) and really restricting my sugar/junk food for June. I’m not going cold turkey, I know that won’t work. More along the lines of Maren’s idea, where one day an ice cream is not OK, but the next day (a celebration day) it might be. I have created an entire new calendar in Google calendar called Food and Menu Calendar, and have started entering what my targets are for that day – No meat, or No sugar (or both!). On certain days, I have allowed “Treat Day” where I can specifically have a sweet treat, and possibly red meat.
My general plan is to restrict sugar pretty much every day (except treat days – once per week), try to go meatless 2-3 days per week, and to give up most bread products. I find bread products leave me feeling very hungry, and always wanting more. I easily overeat them, and they add tons of calories for little return. Then, I’ve reached my calories allotment for the day but I’m still hungry and have not eaten enough fruits & vegetables!
I have entered most of the first week in the calendar, and will enter the rest over the next few days. I’m also entering specific days to go grocery shopping (to stock up on fresh produce), and days to cook several meals to ensure I have good foods on hand to help me make better choices. Finally, I’m going to do something I don’t usually do. I’m actually going to plan out my meals (and probably my snacks) for each meal, every day. I usually just plan the main meal for the family, and wing it on the rest. This leads to a) sometimes making bad choices, and b) a lot of produce going soggy before it gets used up.
So there it is – my plan! Thank you to Maren for this mini challenge, I know for me it was just the kick in the pants I needed to make a plan to get back on track.
Goals update: OK we’re making progress. I wrote blog posts, lots of them. We packed for Vegas. I commented and commented! (Still behind, but I’m trying!). I read and read… Google reader is looking better. And we bought flowers and I made the yard look nice. Not on my list, but it made me happy. See?
The blue egg thing is a bird house my son gave me for my birthday. I don’t have much of a green thumb so we filled our flower beds with decorative rocks and I bought some gnome figurines, and we put potted flowers in each year. The kids and I had fun potting the flowers, and they look lovely.
1) Long bike workout
2) 2-3 blog posts
3) Final Vegas prep
4) Manicure pedicure if I can get in to a salon
And… the winner of the Healthy Tipping Point Book giveaway is Sarah F who left comment #8…. Congratulations to Sarah!