suzyQlou Posted December 29, 2017 Report Share Posted December 29, 2017 2018 is going to be a year of healthy choices. I'm betting on it! Yes. Literally. I'm betting on weightloss this year using HealthyWage. I am betting $30 a month for the next six months that I will lose 10% of my body weight. You better believe I'm going to do it! When I succeed in June, I will be $100 richer. Whoo Hooo! The problem, of course, is my stupid knees. They carry more than they should, and I am paying the price every day. When I started NF, I made similar weightloss promises, and did lose over 10% of my bodyweight...even more. But I have been a yo yo since the initial push, and it's time for a new beginning. Ahh, January. What a good time to go ahead and make a new beginning. Goal #1 Healthy Eating This is my major focus because my mobility is limited after knee surgery. I am moving more every day, but I can't count on much exercise to help boost weightloss. Luckily, exercise is only 20% of the weightloss equation, and I can do plenty with healthy eating. There is no secret weapon for this one. I am tweaking my existing plan a little bit. It is a good plan...when I follow it. I'm going to use coloring pages to track mini healthy choices through the day. I will also color for each check mark on my daily healthy habits checklist for portion sizes and fruits/veggies. Roll the dice MFP food tracking continues-when I roll a "1" on the dice, I track my food. Prizes will include bike and wardrobe incentives. I will earn a prize for each full coloring page...and will post a photo here for accountability. I've been pretty good at intending to award myself prizes...but not so good for following through. But now that I've written it down, I will follow through! My whole healthy habit tracking system has been out of wack the past week and a half because of knee surgery. I usually track while I fill the water pitcher to take out to the chickens...but my dear husband has been handling chicken chores for me. It's weird how hard it is to remember to track without the trigger. I am feeling well enough to do chicken chores again, but I probably won't take over again until he goes back to work after the holidays. I'm a lucky girl to have @Mando Baxter in my life...even if he doesn't run challenges anymore. Goal #2 Knee Exercises Duh. If I want to recover, I need to do the exercises my doctor/physical therapist recommend. Goal #3 Upper Body Exercises So many excuses for not exercising these days. Ok, so I can't bend one knee. That doesn't mean I can't lift some dumbbells or something. Cardio is limited, so I'm going to switch my strength days back to MWF. Upper body exercises are a must during my morning exercise time. Life Goal (yes, still) Get a Job This includes 1-2 hours of job search activities M-F. I also have a 2-day training in week three of the challenge for substitute teaching. This is something I've been considering doing for the next year and a half while my youngest son is still in elementary school. Otherwise, I'm still applying to flexjobs (with not too much luck) and full time office jobs (with not too much conviction). It's been a blessing to have knee surgery without worrying about work...but I do worry what will happen in May after my severance runs out. We can handle me being a stay at home mom for a while, but eventually making lifestyle changes won't be too much fun. Just a quick update before I hit submit. My knee surgery went fine. I don't have a followup appointment with the doctor until this coming Tuesday (2 weeks from the surgery). I am getting better every day, but the progress is slow and frustrating. I had this idea that I would be on crutches for 3-5 days, and then bounce right up. Yeah, not realistic, I guess. I can hobble a bit without the crutches, but am still using one crutch most of the time here on day 11. Trying to focus on the good and taking things day by day. 5 Quote suzyQlou * Ranger Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21 Link to comment
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