Friday, October 22, 2010

Hot 100 Update--#4

These are my goals from the Hot 100 Challenge and my progress on them.

1. At 50 pounds left to lose, join a real life ZUMBA class.--I met this goal and will take my first class TONIGHT! at 6:30.  Since I've met this goal, I'm gonna to make a new goal...just want to think of something realistic.

2. Complete four days of toning per week--I don't think that I will meet this goal while I'm following the scripted plan from Zumba.  I'm going to put this one on hold for now. (No change, although I think that I will consider getting a toning DVD to support what I do with ZUMBA...I really want to work on toning.  Maybe I'll talk to my doc about this.)

3. Fit into a size 16 pants by the end of the challenge.--This is the second goal that I have met!  I am replacing this goal with size 14s by the end of the challenge!  I totally think I can do it.

4. Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.--I'm having the toughest time with this goal, probably because I don't really feel the importance.  I know the importance but it's the one thing that I don't feel absolutely convicted about.  I need some support on this one.  I need folks to hold me accountable. 

5. Slow down my eating so that it takes at least 20 minutes.--I do well with this most of the time.  I feel that I'm fulfilling the spirit of this goal.  I don't meet it all the time but it's definitely met enough to make the difference.

6. Drink 100 oz of water a day--I need to take my own advice with this goal.  I blogged about the weekend slide before and I definitely suffer from it with this goal.  During the week, I'm drinking 100 oz of water by the time I leave work.  I'm probably drinking half of that on Saturday and Sunday.  Some of that has to do with being out and about on the weekends and not wanting to have to pee my pants:-) but honestly, mostly it's just not on my radar like it is during the week.  I'm definitely gonna work on that.  Can't keep putting 5 out of 7 days I met this goal.  That's not meeting the goal, right?!?

I'm adding two goals for accountability and reserve the #1 space for something fantastic to be determined later.  Here are two more goals:

7. Blog my food journal EVERYDAY, starting (nope not Monday) right NOW!--Can't put this off.  I have to fill in my sidebar space everyday!  No excuses.

8. No protein bars for a month--Starting last Monday, I made a promise to myself that I would not eat protein bars for a month.  I began in my head to make these "except when" statements like "No protein bars, except when I'm going out to eat and want to feel like I'm having dessert...except when I don't have a snack handy...except when...except when"  I've decided there will be no except whens.  Why?  Because those are excuses.  Those are just opportunities for me to resort to old behaviors.  I am really dedicating myself to a lifestyle change and that means that those behaviors cannot have a home here.  In all honesty, I don't need dessert.  It's not my right to have it and it won't kill me if I don't.  I will not suffer in anguish or lament the fact that I didn't have dessert for the rest of my life.  If I'm in a situation where I don't have my snack handy it will be because I did not plan out my day.  Could I be in that situation, of course I could, emergencies happen but I'm not going to provide myself with the out.    

OK, so that's my HOT 100 UPDATE!  How are you other hotties doing?  I'll see you soon on your blog!

Overall, I'm doing really great.  Gotta work on that sleep thing though.


  1. Slowing down the eating is something I struggle with too, its so easy to overeat when you eat fast!

  2. Great job! I love the met goals and the no excuses attitude on the protein bars! Now, get to bed on time tonight!

  3. I'm not asleep right now. I slept most of the day being medicated. ;-) But I hear ya we need sleep!

    Slowing down to eat is important. And it's also something I've been trying to work on with my kids. I find it helps that we eat one meal a day together, usually dinner. I also thing it helps to set the table up, to be pretty - soul pleasing. Then I've asked that we set our forks down in between bites - no shoveling. I'd like to proudly say that this happens all the time. It doesn't! But when it does I notice a difference in not only the time spent eating but also in the amount eaten. And as a side benefit the food seems to lose it's focus and the family around us get a chance to be just that - family, sharing.

    Thanks for leaving me your thoughts on the apples. I happen to agree with you. The bushel however is gone. I'll be replacing it but I do think an honest conversation will be taking place first. Sometimes it's ok to let things play out first. I'll use it as a lesson of sorts. You'd think they would get stomach aches! Lol...silly kids. Thanks though for commenting! :)

  4. How about a goal about keeping up going to Zumba?

  5. Love your designated date night with your son. You are right this is a great way to expose him to "public" kinds of expectations for behavior. Plus it must be so fun to be alone with him for conversation and just loving him up. and enjoying your boy.

    Nice work on the 100 challenge. Like the fact that you are adjusting your goals. Isn't it great that as we move forward in our journey that we are becoming addicted and obsessed with things physical: You, Zumba; Shane: walking, me: biking. Bet you never thought you would become so inspired to do something physical. Have a great weekend!

  6. Neat idea on the date night. You're doing great on the challenge. I need to remind you that when you don't sleep your brain produces hormones to slow down weight loss. There is a link between sleep deprivation and obesity. Now you need to take your sleep seriously as an important part of your weight loss plan. Good luck this week!

  7. @Dr. F--I know!! I know!! I can't remember but it was a guy--maybe Steve or Allan who posted an article about that very thing, which is what made me make it a goal. And guess what, the last two nights I've gone to sleep really early and I've woken up in the middle of the night and not gone back to sleep until late.

    @Michelle--Yeah that's amazing. I've been amazed a lot this week about how my thinking has changed about things. It's actually exciting to me.

    @Karen--Maybe...but really it's about keeping up with an exercise plan that I will follow. But I think that adding something about cardio may do the trick...thanks.

  8. I love taking's so much fun. Are you going to keep taking that class?

  9. Wow, what a great list. I need to follow your lead and actually write a list and post it where I can see it. It seems like I make mental lists, but forget my resolve too quickly. I need to add a rule....
    Resist aimless web and channel surfing and pick up the exercise pace. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. That's an impressive list of goals! And I'm impressed you are already into size 16s and we've still got a ways to go on the challenge. Good for you! Portion control is something I *really, really* struggle with it, and I find the only way I can stick with a "normal" portion is to eat verrrrry slowly. It's a real challenge for me.

  11. Serena--Sounds like a great's important to write it down. I find it hard to get clarity in my head with all of the doubts and Putting it down, in the way that makes sense and is able to be accomplished is crucial...IMHO

    CMI--Thanks. I measure out all of my food to the portions that I'm allowed.