20 day challenge..what what!

21 Feb

I did some thinking this weekend, and I’ve decided to start a very specific, very pointed 20 day challenge.  Let me back up a bit.

On January 1st, I set a goal to lose 20 pounds by the end of March.  As I mentioned in Saturday’s post, I realized several weeks ago that I wasn’t on track to make that goal.  I wasn’t disappointed at all because my progress was steady, and I’m not really all about deadlines anyway.  My clean eating lifestyle is just that – a lifestyle – so if it takes me a couple extra months to get to my “happy weight” then that’s fine by me.

That being said, I do still want to make progress.  This past couple of weeks, my weight loss discipline has started to wane.  I’ve been doing a lot of mindless snacking when I’m not hungry, and while it’s always on clean foods, it’s definitely hindering my efforts.  So, I decided to initiate a plan in order to finish strong through my original goal date.  I’m throwing out the number of pounds goal and instead just focusing completely on sticking to the guidelines of my challenge.  I’ll make as much progress as I can, and then celebrate whatever results I see in the end!!  Sounds good, eh?

So, here are the deets:

Eating Goals
–    Eat only clean foods
–    don’t eat after dinner unless I’m truly hungry
–    eat five (six if needed) meals each day
–    drink 80 ounces of water each day
–    drink at least 12 ounces of green tea every day (b/c it’s so dang good for you, not b/c of the weight loss rumors:)
–    only clean drinks
–    no snacking in between planned meals/snacks
–    2-3 healthy fat servings each day
–    at least 4 servings of vegetables each day
–    take vitamins/supplements every day
–    no Kashi go lean cereal 🙂

Workout Goals
Monday: arms/chest/abs
Tuesday: cardio – 40 – 60 minutes including at least 20 minutes intervals
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: cardio – 40-60 minutes including at least 20 minutes intervals
Friday: legs/glutes/abs
Saturday: cardio – 40-60 minutes including at least 20 minutes intervals
Sunday: rest

Other Goals
Work on not beating myself up when I slip up
Work on not feeling guilty about illegitimate things
Focus on today and not the future
Exfoliate my face every 3 days
Use my white strips

Honestly, I love challenges.  I’m excited to get back to the basics.  Keep in mind a couple of things, though.  First of all, I already do most of the items listed under “eating” and “workout” so it’s not quite as strenuous as it may appear.  I put those things on the list still so they’ll be fresh on my mind.  The key things I need to really change and improve on are the water intake (I’ve been slacking), the eating after dinner, the mindless snacking and the ahem, crack Kashi issue.  As far as workouts go, I just need to be more diligent about writing down my specific workouts and making sure I’m getting the weight training in.  And, regarding “other goals,” well, I pretty much am terrible at all of those things as of now, so I’ve got some serious work to do there.  Second of all, I don’t advocate guidelines that are this rigid for extended periods of time.  I’m all about moderation and including indulgences in life, but I’m also all about giving it all I’ve got for short periods of time, and really finding out what I am capable of!

I’d love to invite you to join me in this challenge or create one of your own!  Sometimes we just need some inspiration and fresh goals to motivate ourselves.  Let me know if you are doing a challenge as well.  I’ll be updating my progress, daily, on the “20 day challenge” page, so check for updates there.  I’ve taken measurements, so that I can check for progress at the end, however, I’ve also written down some thoughts on how I’ve been feeling mentally and physically, so that I can chart progress that way as well.   If you’re interested, you can check those out on the “20 day challenge” page as well.

Well, that’s all for tonight.  The challenge starts today and ends on March 13th, which is the day that Jon and I leave for our Dallas getaway…yea!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here we go again, Monday!

Olive says goodnight!

5 Responses to “20 day challenge..what what!”

  1. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    I love these: Exfoliate my face every 3 days
    Use my white strips.
    That’s real life and i love it!

  2. Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) February 22, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    These are excellent goals and seem very attainable!! Im with ya on the green tea thing. I love the taste.. not trying to lose weight, though! lol

    Love your pic.. you are gorgeous! 🙂 Happy Monday!

  3. Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 22, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    Best of luck with the challenge! I always love having something to work towards (which is probably why I am always training for something!)

  4. LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils February 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    What a great pic – I love the short haircut! Good luck with the challenge; you are already doing a LOT!


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