It has begun

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Well today was the day started the office winter weight loss challenge. The official weigh in was at 10 am this morning. Needless to say this week was kind of a difficult week, I missed two of my workout classes that I try to attend every week, and was about 15 minutes late to my spinning class this morning. Sad I wasn’t on time, but at least I made it in for most of the class. I was tempted to stay in bed, as soon as I finished that thought I literally jumped out of bed (sorry downstairs neighbor!) and started getting ready to leave.
I was using Livestrong to measure what I was eating, then the holidays came around and I abandoned that! Time to start that up again. Ok, not to get into a huge discussion about this but people are all talking about how Lance Armstrong was doping and what not I agree with my friend who put it this way: “I can’t help but feel sorry for people like Lance Armstrong. I’ve made tons of mistakes in my life and none have made it on the world news”. I would hate for my mistakes to be splashed across newsstands, whatever you may believe, I personally would just be cautious and have compassion. I don’t’ know what he went through, or even how he is feeling now.
On to the challenge! My plan of attack will be: 1) Using the My Plate on Livestrong to accurately measure my calories per day (even on the weekends) 2) Workout 4-6 times a week incorporating strength, cardio, and stretching 3) Incorporate more exercise in daily life, in example parking farther from the entrance, walking during my breaks at work. I believe with these 3 changes will have a big impact on my weight loss goals. I have been pretty consistent with working out 4 times a week, minus this past week. I eat pretty healthy, but without monitoring my portions, I find that the portions get larger and larger!
There were two categories as I have mentioned before, I decided to go with trying to lose 4% of my body weight over the next 12 weeks. That is 7 lbs, sounds simple right? Well remember this challenge I did? 6 weeks of being pretty intense and I lost a lot of inches but the weight didn’t change too much. Which is alright, but for this challenge is based on weight loss and not body composition. There is a total of 19 participants in this office, this is a companywide challenge! More may join but I’m not sure if they will.
As eating healthy is a main variable I can control in this challenge, I will be posting some healthy recipes that I will be trying out. I may try to be gluten free in February or try the Paleo Diet. For the most part I know that people who go gluten free do so because of a medical reason. While I do not have a gluten allergy, people I’ve talked with have said in general that they have become healthier since going gluten free, both people with and without medical conditions. I know that there is a difference between gluten free and Paleo, but not completely sure of it, will need to do more research. I’ve hear a lot of people talking about a Paleo diet.

Have you tried the Paleo Diet? If so what are your thoughts about it? Did you notice a difference in weight, and how you felt? Let me know!

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12 week challenge

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