8 Week follow up

Jan 13th marks the completion of 8 weeks of my 20 week project to a healthier me.
I’ve lost an additional 3 lbs, bringing my 8 week total to 8.5 lbs. May not seem like much to those who are dieting every day, but the reality is, I’m NOT dieting.

I’m incorporating life changes for a healthier me. Cutting down on snacks, and although the holidays time was a time where I did eat my share of frosted gingerbread boots! (NO, not all of those… )
ginger boots

I also brought on a bad case of plantar fasciitis – which I am now taking care of carefully. I stood way too long on the concrete floor at the craft fair. Now I see a chiropractor, get ultrasound treatments and painful massages to break down the scar tissues… (ouch). I am doing swinging kettlebells, and working on the elliptical for now.

I’ve also joined a group where we are challenging ourselves to lose a few pounds and increase the quality of our meals, workouts and overall life! The bonus is a little challenge where the 3 participants with the highest percentage of loss of weight will earn a few $$… nothing wrong with friendly competition!

So little changes can add up to good losses – and even if 8.5 over 2 months doesn’t seem like much, if it continues this way, it’ll be 20 lbs over 20 weeks! That is 7 lbs less than my backpack that I will be wearing for 7 weeks while walking more than 800 km on the Camino de Santiago.

Life is grand!

Week 8 – Day 7

The power of group support!

Dr. Oz often talks about one’s support system, be it a spouse, children, friends, coworkers or resource people. A support system should be supportive – of course and we’ve all heard about people who indirectly sabotage improvement plans. Their motives may be so deep in their subconscious that they may not even know they are impeding your progress. Those types of people need to be on your “B” list in terms of contacts, especially if you are going through a challenging time in your own personal growth.

Supporters will support you in many ways
– recognizing your achievements and encouraging you to continue
– high five you when they hear of a goal or milestone you have reached
– share tips, ideas and suggestions
– speak encouraging words etc etc etc.

The success of your journey can very well be accelerated by a good support system. As well, a little friendly competition goes a long way. I’m not talking about a cut throat fight to the finish line, I’m talking a friendly bet. With this in mind, I joined a group of people wanting to improve their health and wellbeing, and along with the camaraderie, the exchange of information there is also a bit of a challenge with a few $$ as prizes.

We all know we ALL WIN when we aim to do things that will increase our energy, increase our overall wellbeing and reduce tension and perhaps a few pounds along the way.

This challenge started today, Sunday, and will continue on through February 14th. One month of additional focus on exercise, eating right, moving our bodies and doing things to improve our day to day lives. What a great premise for a challenge! What makes up the challenge part? Well, the top three participants who have lost the highest percentage of weight will take home the dollars. The initial investment of us all? a mere $10 – approximately equivalent to two specialty coffees at Starbucks, a Tuesday movie entrance ticket, 8.5 liters of gas (which we will save by walking to places instead of driving!)…

If two heads are better than one, imagine 20, 25 or 30! I am looking forward to learning from all the participants and who knows – perhaps I’ll be one of the winner and get to spend the $$ on a new pair of sneakers or exercise pants!

Surround yourself with supporting souls who only have encouragement and enthusiasm to give you! You’ll see how far their energy will bring you. Thanks Margaret-Ann for thinking this idea up and spearheading this project!