Gardener1817 Weight Loss Challenge Fall 2015
My history: I have been a lifelong athlete and exerciser. My sports have been baseball, softball, swimming, rugby, ultimate frisbee, biking, and triathlon. I exercised for enjoyment and also to control my weight. Looking back, while I was never at my "goal" weight, I was always relatively fit.
Now: Since having my first child (10 years ago) and second one a few years later (and third by adoption) I put on about 40 pounds, and my weight has fluctuated between 200-215 consistently for 8 years. Through supreme effort I have dropped below 200, but the weight always came back. And with the weight/diet/lifestyle I have low energy, joint pain, and mood swings.
What works for me? Weightlifting and a low carb diet.
Why this is difficult for me? Cooking for 5, a very very full schedule, menopause, and just less energy and time than I had in my 30's, before kids.
My goals include:
Develop and stick to a consistent eating plan that optimizes health, emotional stability, and energy.
Implement a routine workout schedule that includes 3 swim practices, 1 yoga, and 1 strength workout per week.
Lose 25 pounds by Nov 16 (Weight = 190#)and lose another 15 pounds by March 11 (Weight= 175#).
How will I do this?
The BGG Fall Weightloss Challenge is my accountability. I'll post my weekly weight here, and also follow/support the community discussion.
The challenge coincides with the Whole Life Challenge that I am doing with a team. I am doing the "Performance" diet level, which is the strictest level, allowing no dairy, grain, alcohol, sugar, or processed foods.
In conjunction with the WLC, every day I will exercise, meditate, drink 100+ ounces water, stretch, and meet the other requirements of the wellness challenge.
For exercise, I will continue swimming 3 times per week with my master's swim team, approximately 7000 meters weekly (4.3 miles). I have been doing this for years, but I need to increase the exercise by more routinely doing an additional 2 workouts per week. The plan at this time is to make those yoga and weightlifting. My two "rest" days will include walks with the dog.
Continue to wear my fitbit to monitor walking, but I don't anticipate making goals here as I typically average 12,000 steps per day.
I'll report in through the challenge and appreciate hearing from anyone else who is doing the challenge, has good Paleo or low carb suggestions, or just has something to add.
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