Yup – it’s about that time on the blog when I challenge myself to a Health challenge. It’s been way too long with half assed efforts since moving to GA and I’m sick of not losing the weight I gained.
My coach talked to me about Eat to Perform and as you know I still am a Weight Watcher Member. After researching ETP and considering my options I decided to do a hybrid challenge of combining what I know to work with WW and ETP. ETP is essentially more Paleo-ish foods but with added carbs in the form of whole grains and more caloric intake than what WW would suggest. It’s about losing fat over a longer period of time (3-6mo) than dropping weight quickly.
After having a 2-3 hour talk about life/my issues with life with my friend yesterday I feel like I got a good plan of attack to handle my health and fitness goals.
- My main issue is not having healthy foods in my house that are ready or easily prepared. AKA I’ve been LAZY! So she helped me make a meal plan and pick a day to precook some food that I can use for multiple meals. (i.e. crockpot chicken with different spices/flavors to eat on its own or in salads, cooking a bunch of sweet potatoes at once and reheating, making egg cups for breakfast) If I have the food already made and available to me, I will eat it. If I don’t – I will run to pizza, icecream, and lots of pasta. Lots.
- Consistency. I seem to be able to keep motivation high for 1 week. That’s it. I know results don’t happen in a week but I lose all motivation once Sunday comes around and I’m tired or go out and pig out on a meal/event.
- Accountability. This goes a little hand in hand with consistency. If I have an Accountabil-a-buddy I tend to work harder knowing someone out there also wants me to succeed and cares to actually hear I am cooking/meal planning and prepping for more than 1 week.
- I really do want results! I want to feel confident in my own skin and proud to be in public. Right now that is not really happening.
So I want to challenge myself for 3 months to Meal Prep each week with healthy foods/staples and sprinkle in a few treats (vs the opposite way). It’s August 18th so I want this challenge to go until November 18th. Right before Thanksgiving.
I am going to hire my friend (maybe more than 1) to have at least 1 weekly Health Challenge check in that is not a WW meeting (those will still happen but will be separate since it’s not really a place I can talk about Crossfit and eating specific foods). We will discuss if I have meal planned/prepped for the week and what.
Tomorrow I go to WW and that will be my official starting weight. I should probably take a “before” photo but I kind of hate those – so it won’t happen 😛
Here goes nothing!