I haven't been here for a year, but I'm back for the sake of the challenge accountability.
I want to focus on diet this time around. I've started picking some of my bad food habits back up, and since January I've regained a couple of the pounds I lost in 2016/2017. I want to lose another 15-20 pounds instead of gaining more. This challenge is going to focus on improving my eating habits and losing weight again. Specifically, I want to cut down on sugar and stop snacking between meals.
I've been better about fitness than diet. I haven't really had much direction this year, but I'm fine with what I'm doing. I'd rather spend my mental energy on my new job and on music than improving fitness. So my fitness goal is to continue as is: get at least 10,000 steps a day, do two strength training workouts a week (30-60 minutes each), and at a minimum get 30 minutes exercise every other day.
Finally, I'm taking violin lessons after a long hiatus. Finding time to practice is hard.
Extra challenges: Memorial day weekend, a week-long business trip, a long weekend trip, a going away party for a friend moving out of the country, and all the usual little celebrations and occasions when there's social pressure to overeat at least a little.
I've got a list of other things that I'd like to do, but I want to prioritize weight loss and music right now. I'll mention the others and may use them for mini-challenges.
No screen time for an hour before bed time.
Get up an hour early to walk, do yoga, or otherwise work out.
Speed walking workouts. I did a 4k speed walk race and finished with just over 9 minute miles, faster than I've ever run. I want to see if I can translate that to 5k walked in under 30 minutes.
Make online dating profiles.
I'll be printing out a calendar to track my progress on paper.
Less than 5 g of added sugar in a day and no cookies/candy/chocolates is excellent, worth a sparkly sticker.
5-25 g of added sugar and a single small cookie/chocolate/etc is pretty good, worth a non-sparkly sticker.
25-50 g of added sugar or 200 calories of cookies/chocolate/etc is significantly more than ideal, but it's the most I can eat and still have a not-too-bad day nutritionwise. I get a black squiggly mouth face. I want to limit this to one in the whole month.
More than 200 calories of cookies/chocolate/etc: I get a big red frowny face.
Two/Three meals and no snacks: Sparkly sticker.
Small healthy snack because I didn't adequately plan for meals and get distractingly hungry between meals: non-sparkly sticker.
1-2 snacks of fruit, vegetables, or something healthy and under 100 calories between meals for no good reason: black squiggly mouth face.
More than 1-2 between meal snacks, too many calories, or junk food as snacks: big red frowny face.
If I'm not eating regular meals because my schedule gets screwy, I may change this up.
If I track the day on the LoseIt! app, I get a smiley face.
If I don't track, I get a frowny face.
Meeting minimum steps and workout goals: Smiley face.
Not meeting minumum steps and workout goals: Frowny face.
Practice 60+ minutes: Music notes.
Practice 30-60 minute a day: Gold star.
Practice less than 30 minutes: Squiggly mouth face.
Don't practice: Frowny face.