Registration for the Marathon Weight Loss Challenge is still open to new participants until June 25. You can sign up here.
|I'm ready to start the challenge!|
My plan to Lose A Marathon
I want to lose 26.2 lbs to feel healthy, strong and confident in my own skin. Losing weight will also help me run faster... which is just more fun!
FOOD. I will count calories by journaling my food intake on My Fitness Pal because what gets measured gets managed. I've also had a lot of success with a Photo Food Journal, taking a photo of everything I eat. My goal is to stay at 1200 calories each day - allowing for 3 real meals with 2 snacks. I will focus on consuming lots of fruit and vegetables throughout the day. Carbs are runner's fuel, so I allow whole-grains through lunchtime and then limit them in the backhalf of the day. Meal planning and preparation are the key to my success. The question "What's for dinner?" sneaks up on me and we too often resort to takeout meals like pizza or chinese. Sitting down to eat as a family is very important to me, so my dinner creations must also be 'real food' that the whole family
EXERCISE. This really hasn't been a problem for me in years. I love to sweat! My problem is that I overeat afterward because I "earned it". I will continue running roughly 30 miles each week. I also plan to increase the frequency of my cross training - biking, Spinning, swimming, boxing and lastly strength training (which I totally slack on). In the past, I found Two-A-Days have really helped me lose weight. Two-A-Days are simply two workouts in one day - one in the morning, one in the afternoon/evening. Each time you workout, your heart rate increases (burning calories) and tapers off gradually after the workout conclusion (still burning calories at a faster rate than normal). So by doing Two-A-Days, I take advantage of two heart rate spikes and tapers, increasing my overall calorie burn.
MOTIVATION. My best friends these days are my fitness friends. They are daily encouragement to make the right choices. And now I have another 800 online friends to keep me accountable too! I will also have a visual display of my progress sitting in my kitchen with a new GOAL JAR. Every time I lose a pound, I get to add pebbles to the jar. You know I don't want to take any out!
|How would you like a GOAL JAR like these?|
Check out RunnerDecals.com. Susan made custom decals specifically for this challenge that can be applied to any vase, jar, or cup. Click here if you have a 26.2 goal or here for a 13.1 goal. They are $5 each and come in a variety of colors to choose from. She has also donated some of these to be the Challenge Prize for week 1! Winners will be announced on June 26 - so don't miss the first weigh-in!!
I feel ready to go with this plan. Writing everything down certainly focused me... and taking those dreaded 'before' pictures definitely motivated me. Ick! I have my plan... now it's time to work it. Good Luck to everyone!
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
Note: I'm getting bombarded with emails this week with the start of the challenge. Please be patient with me as I try to answer everyone's emails. My food prep and workouts must come first. In the meantime, please read over the week one newsletter HERE. It will probably answer your question and save you an email. Thank you so much!
Reminder - Your starting weigh was already recorded at sign-up. Your first weigh-in is not until next Monday, June 25.