Challenge is Half Done: How are We Doing?
June 18, 2010 18 Comments
The Snack Girl Challenge is half way finished. Six weeks down and 6 weeks to go. I am going to lead off with my numbers this week.
How did I do?
173 pounds - (-4 pounds)
38 inch waist - (- 4 inches)
It seems my lucky number is 4! (going to play the lottery right now!)
I lost 2 pounds and 1/2 an inch for the second week in a row. It feels like a miracle, and I kept checking last week to see if those 2 pounds were real or just a scale failure. But, yes, I have lost 4 pounds and it took me six weeks.
My goal is 10 pounds by July 31st and I have a shot!
The real success will come if I can keep them off, and I won't be like Oprah who heralds her success (and then gains it all back). I promise to be honest if I gain them back because this is not about losing weight - but about creating new habits.
So, why the photo of the shopping cart? Notice all of the parking spots around the cart. Well, a new habit that I am adding to my fitness regime is to park FAR AWAY from the shopping mall or supermarket.
I used to live in a city. Every day I would walk somewhere to do my errands. My post office, supermarket, dry cleaner, and hardware store were all a short distance away. I would then carry all the stuff I bought back to my house.
Not any more! Now, I live in a place where I have to drive EVERYWHERE. That exercise that I used to get as just part of my day is gone. What to do?
Park out here in "no people land". The benefits include less dings on my car, and a reduction in use of fossil fuel. It doesn't take me much longer to go to a store because I save time looking for a parking space (and stress too!).
My final addition to my new habit is to NOT use that shopping cart. Unless I absolutely have to, I leave the shopping cart behind. Why?
1. I will buy less stuff (too easy to chuck stuff in a cart).
2. I get exercise carrying the stuff that I do buy all the way back to that car.
I do this at the grocery store all the time. I bring my own bag with handles and then I fill it up with food as I run through the store. My store has this automatic scanner that you can use to scan stuff as you shop.
It is kinda fun to see how much I can carry.
How do you add exercise to your day?
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