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D4 15 in 15...?

Yesterday I wrote about needing a challenge and as luck would have it when I signed on Weight Watchers Online to check my notifications and catch up with the community I had an invitation from a friend to participate in a challenge!

There are 15 weeks left in 2015 and the challenge is to lose 15 more pounds in 2015 and start the year off on a good foot! So, I clicked "accept". That was the easy part, the hard part will be following through!!

But I'm going to try! I'll break it up into 2 8 week challenges. For the next 8 weeks I'm going to focus on increasing my activity and make it my goal to earn at least 15 AP's a week. That's completely attainable if I make working out a priority; there's no reason I can't do that. There is only one day I can't go to the gym because of my schedule (9-5 on Saturday's and the gym closes at 5) but that leaves me 6 days that I can go to the gym or do some other activity. I am going to start working with my trainer again this coming week so I'll have a weight routine to follow too.

I went today and thought I'd have a great time playing but it was horrendous. I don't know what my problem was, but it was mortifying! I felt weak and shaky and utterly lost!! I started with kettle bell swings and sumo squats and I thought I was going to throw the kettle bell or squat and not be able to get back up! When I did abs on the stability ball I rolled off the ball and fell on my butt. I could barely do a bicep curl so I only did 2 sets and left. I brought my book with me thinking I'd read on the stair climber but I was so out of it today I came home to take tylenol (for my head) and lick my wounds. Thankfully the gym was empty because everyone was home watching the Pat's game so not many witnessed me stumbling around like a drunken mule but I was so discouraged. They say "there's no such thing as a bad workout" but they lie...now that I'm home and I've recovered I can't help but laugh but in the moment I wanted to cry.

Anyways, back to my challenge...

For the next 8 weeks my fitness plan will be:

Lift weights at least 2 times a week
Earn at least 15 AP's a week
Take 1-2 rest days a week

For the next 8 weeks my food plan will be:
Track everything, every day-even if I have a "bad" day
Use WP's/AP's as needed but try not to
Weigh and measure everything, even fruit!
Plan meals weekly in my 3 month tracker

Since I weigh in on Wednesday nights my Weight Watcher week starts Thursday morning. I feel like I've done well so far this week with food and I DID go to the gym today as I promised myself I would but I don't want to count this week as my "official" start. I'll officially start Thursday a.m. That doesn't mean I'll spend the rest of the week binging or eating crap and not counting it because "work starts Thursday" it just means Thursday I will consider the start of my challenge :)

I did a 13 pounds in 13 weeks challenge that I created for myself last summer and ended up losing 15 pounds! I loved checking in daily and staying accountable and being focused. I like having something to work towards but something that isn't too far off in the distance. When I tried to do 40 pounds in 40 weeks I ended up feeling lost, like things were moving too slowly and I'm a wicked procrastinator so I slacked for the first 38 weeks and expected to haul ass and make up for lost time. Unfortunately it doesn't work like that...live and learn LOL.

Tomorrow I've got to get up early to bring my pup to the vet to have a bandage removed and her surgical sites checked so I'll be working out before work; I'm thinking about a walk, maybe a walk run but either way it'll be 4 miles. All of my meals are planned and tracked so the only thing I need to do is prepare them and eat them :) I'm feeling good, feeling in control and excited to feel like I'm in the drivers seat again when it comes to my weight loss journey. For so long I haven't felt that way and it feels good to feel capable.

-t

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