October 30, 2013

Questing for Super

When I first started blogging, something that I found to be a strong motivator was joining blog challenges. For a set time period, you work towards a certain goal(s) and write posts to update on your progress.

It pushed me. I looked forward to not only posting my successes, but sharing my struggles. It might not work for everyone, but it worked for me.

When my friend Cynthia posted a little while ago about a challenge her friend Mica was hosting, I decided to give it a try. So many things I've been trying to replicate with no success - but this, a few little goals, seems do-able.

I'm not quite sure how long the challenge is supposed last, so for now, I'm going to just make goals for November. I think focusing too much on long-term goals is getting in the way of my success in the short term. One month at a time is a good, medium sort of commitment.

Find your quest. Start with three things you want to work on to become "super."

I want to work on eliminating processed foods from my diet.

I want to reclaim my 100 pound weight loss milestone.

I want to become active again.

Decide on a plan of action to develop those quests.

1. My eventual goal is to be able to complete a Whole 30 - I intend on doing this during the 30 days I have between the end of Fall Semester and the beginning of Spring Semester. I just know myself and my current work situation (first year teaching in a new place is always tough!) and I know that if I started now, I'd fail. I want to set myself up to succeed, so building up to the Whole 30, I want to start eating better and eating fewer processed foods.

2. As of today, I'm 9 pounds away. It's right there. I can practically touch it. Now I just have to buckle down and commit to curbing my excess snacking, avoiding binges, making better choices overall, and working out. I forget where I saw it, but someone once posted something like, "it's easier to not eat 250 calories than it is to burn 250 calories." It's so true, and I need to keep that in mind.

3. I need to take baby steps with this one, because when I set huge goals and then fall short, I get very discouraged. I need to do the best I can, and right now - considering, again, that it's the end of the semester and that I am not only a full-time teacher but a full-time mom, I think a reasonable plan for this would be to try and log three workouts a week.

Choose how you will measure your success.

1. Replacing the processed snacks I pack in my lunch with healthier options is the first success. Next, trying to pack something for lunch that isn't a Lean Cuisine - goal is to bring one non-frozen lunch a week for the first two weeks, then two for week three. Week four will be tough - it's Thanksgiving break, and we'll be in Florida visiting Matt's aunt and grandparents. My goal for that week is to just make good choices - don't use eating in restaurants as an excuse for going nuts.

2. This one's pretty straightforward - get to or below 245 pounds and it's a success.

3. This one I pretty much already delineated - three workouts a week, 30 minutes or more. More is always fine, but three should be the minimum. This includes when we are in Florida - I should be out and about, even just going for a long walk would be good.

Blog about your goals, your progress, and your not progress.

Will do! My intention for this is to post a Q4S update every Wednesday.


Unknown said...

Woo Hoo! Great goals! I know you can accomplish them!

Amy said...

Best of luck with your challenge! I know you will be successful!! I agree that having a goal or challenge is so helpful.

I have been doing the Whole 30 Challenge. I'm not sure if you've heard of it... but it's basically eating the cleanest you would EVER eat in your entire life for 30 days.

Seriously... I thought I ate clean before, but when you really have to pay attention, it's staggering the amount of junk is in our foods.

I'm on day 9 now and am totally loving this challenge, and it's not as challenging as I thought it would be. You're not allowed to weigh or measure yourself throughout the challenge (it's not meant to be for weight loss, it's about changing your relationship with food and eating well)... but I have been struggling not stepping on the scale. I did measure my waist the other day and I'm already down one inch (I couldn't resist!).

Amy said...

PS for some reason I just noticed your goal for Whole 30... how did I miss that!

That Loud Redhead said...

These are all great goals...you can do it!!!

Rachel said...

I am on day 4 of a whole 30 challenge, and I agree with Amy that it is not as difficult as I thought it would be. I haven't experienced any negative symptoms, and rather than craving things that are not on plan, I find that I'm already craving them alot less than I normally do. My energy levels are much more even throughout the day and I'm sleeping better. If it continues this way the whole month, I may actually be converted to a largely paleo diet (something that I had turned my nose up at before). I know that I've already lost a bit of weight, but what is really incredible is how easy it is to stick with it, because apparently it's true, that when you're not eating junk, your body doesn't want junk.

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

Sounds great Mary!