Ten in ’10: Reflections and Week Two Goals

Bar Method

Motivation to attend Bar Method class (photo from BarMethod.com)

Before heading into my goals for week two of the Ten in ’10 challenge, let’s reflect a bit on week one.

It was an interesting week and one I think was successful in setting up the habits I hope become permanent. These include journaling all the food/drink/vitamins/air I consume and working out on a regular schedule.

Food: Always a challenge for me. I mean, come on, I’m a chef. I LOVE food and my career centers around it. Luckily, I’m no longer spending most of my time in kitchens testing and tasting food, but still it’s tough.

Through a LOT of trial and error, I’ve found that I do best when I record everything I eat. This is something that I’ll have to continue doing even when I reach my goal weight because it holds me accountable and (sometimes) stops me from the mindless snacking I’m so fond of.

I’ve been using SparkPeople to keep track of calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein and fiber, and only went above my recommended total calorie intake three times. Yes, that was three times too many but it’s a start. My only complaint with SparkPeople is the amount of protein they recommend seems too high and there were two days where I didn’t even meet the minimum requirements.

Fitness: Even a bigger challenge for me than food, if you can believe that. The truth is I don’t like to sweat and I’m kinda lazy. There, I said it for all to read. Motivating myself to get to Bar Method classes was hard, especially on the days I went after work and had to walk 15 minutes in negative temperatures to reach the studio. These classes are killer and I’ve been sore constantly, but I did attend three days last week. The main thing that keeps me going is the photo at the top of the post from the Bar Method website that is also framed in one of the studios. Someday my butt will look like that…

As for weight loss, well, there was none. I can’t quite figure that out except to say that just like I don’t like to throw anything out, neither does my body like to get rid of fat. Once it’s there it’s near impossible to get rid of, like gunk caked onto a pot that even soaking and elbow-grease won’t release. But I do feel a little stronger, so I’m trying to focus on that so I don’t lose my motivation.

As for the plan of starting to take vitamin supplements, as of yesterday I’m now taking a D3 vitamin every day, and will be for another 598 days (it’s a massive bottle from Costco). I still haven’t gotten around to buying calcium supplements but plan on doing so this week.

Week 2 goals:

  1. Continue journaling all food consumed.
  2. Stay within allotted calories EVERY day.
  3. Attend three Bar Method classes no matter how sore or tired I am.
  4. Buy calcium supplements.
  5. Warm up to the idea of adding two days of cardio workouts.
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  • Julie @ Pickley Pear posted: 10 Jan at 9:52 pm

    I think the Bar Method classes sound so cool and different! Keep it up, and great, reasonable goals this week :)

  • postcollegecook posted: 10 Jan at 11:03 pm

    Your goals and mentality seem very reasonable. Stick to it – you can do it!

  • LilSis posted: 11 Jan at 11:54 pm

    It sound like you had a great start to the challenge. Those bar method classes sound awesome. I’d love for my fanny to look like that one day!

    Keep it up!

  • Tara posted: 12 Jan at 5:18 pm

    I am on SparkPeople toooo! I lost 20 lbs from August to November, then slowed down (but did NOT gain!) over the holidays, and now I’m all up in it again! It’s the greatest!

  • Jackie posted: 15 Jan at 12:26 am

    Thanks everyone for the support! Some parts have been a struggle but I’m also loving all the veggies I’ve been eating.


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