This is why I want to challenge you to take the next few months to make some changes in your life, so that you do not have to feel guilty if you have a few planned indulgence days. I wanted to share with you what I am doing, and invite you to join me in a challenge that I have going with one of my friends.
Now while I am perfectly comfortable at my new fitness level and sitting at the high end of my goal weight range (155-145), I really want to maintain my current fitness level and not lose the progress I have made in each leg of my triathlon sports. I also want to lose those last few pounds, so I have about a five pound cushion in case an injury keeps me sidelined, or if while I am in Hawaii next summer I want to indulge a little more than usual.
In order to have some measure of accountability, my Ironman buddy Karrie and I have started a challenge that runs from the last week of August through mid-October. We wanted to include both fitness and nutrition, and because I know how important accountability is, we will be tracking our progress in MyFitnessPal. For our competition, we decided that every week we would get a point for each of the following: tracking our food and exercise all seven days, staying within our calorie limits six out of the seven days, and exercising at least five days in a week. In addition, since we are both shooting for 145 pounds, the person who gets closest to this goal weight will get two extra points added to the final tally of all the weeks combined. The prize for the winner will be a girl's night out at Cheesecake Factory (so we both win), and the overall winner gets a free dinner. Karrie and I figure it is a win-win for both of us. We each stay on track with out fitness, and we also both get a fun night out together.
So my challenge to you is to set a goal for the next 2-3 months, so that you will be ready to tackle the holiday season with a fitter, healthier mindset and body. Maybe your goal will be to consistently eat a healthy breakfast and pack a reasonable lunch and snacks for your workday. Maybe you want to up your exercise routine by adding one or two extra days each week to what you are already doing, or maybe you want to add more time to your daily exercise routine. Maybe you need the accountability of tracking the food that goes into your body each day--then make that your goal. Whatever it is that you think will move you in a forward direction, do it now! Don't wait...you are too important not to make this commitment to yourself. And find a buddy to do it with you, it keeps you more accountable and makes it more fun as well.
Need more encouragement that this challenge is a good idea? Check out this article: 30-Day Challenge: Move a Mile a Day
I am looking forward to hearing how you are doing with your challenge, and I can't wait to see how much progress we can make together!