Spring Fever Challenge! Weekly Post #1

So this is my first official Spring Fever Challenge Post! Of course I’m posting this throughout snippets of free time at work today, so it may be a little incoherent. Hopefully by the end of the day I’ll have something that makes sense.

Thanks so much again to Amy over at Life’s Journey with a Smile for putting this together, I definitely thinks it’s something that’s fun to kind of spice things up while I continue to try and kick a little butt on Allan’s Challenge (I’ve dropped to 8th place, boo!).

So, without further ado, here are my answers to this week’s questions.

What are your goals for the Spring Fever Challenge and Why did you choose them?

  1. Get to Onederland! When I first started Allan’s challenge, he said that his team of medical peeps predicted that if I stuck to his plan, that’d I’d see 194 by June 8th. I was both extremely excited and terrified at the thought of this. Excited because I haven’t seen anything below 200 since I actually cared what a scale said about my weight (so like, 12 or 14 maybe?), and then terrified because I thought that this was impossible. It’s only been a few weeks it seems since all this started, and I’m believing that it is possible! At 2 pounds a week, which has been my norm for the last month, I won’t make it by the end of the challenge (June 8th), but I think that once I’m able to start running again and really shock my system that I can get there. 
  2. Try at least 8 new healthy recipes. After the adventure of Spaghetti Squash last week, I wanted to make one of my goals to keep trying new things. I notice more and more that as this diet goes on that I am finding myself craving things more and more. Yesterday I had to sit and talk myself off a cliff when my brother sauntered in and put fresh koloches in the fridge that he had bought from the Czech Stop in West (I even went and smelled them twice, who does that!?). So, to fight these urges I want to try and spice things up a bit. I’m very much a creature of habit, and usually am perfectly content to eat the same foods every day. The weekends kill me though, so I’ll have to make those project cooking days to keep my brain occupied!
  3. Swim 500m freestyle without stopping. Since I’ve started swimming again to combat the not being able to walk, I have been remembering so much of what I learned in high school when I was on the swim time. I have loved swimming since I was a little kid, and those are some of my best memories from high school. I was the best on our little team at the backstroke, and as I swim now I can remember why – I always had trouble with my breathing with the other strokes. I was fast, and I have endurance – I can swim 500m backstroke with no worries, but even completing 100m freestyle is so hard for me because I can’t control my breathing. I want to learn as much as I can about how to work on this and by June be able to swim a 500m without stopping because I need to catch my breath.
  4. Send 10 Postcards with Postcrossing. I stumbled upon Postcrossing a few months ago on Mary’s blog and thought it looked awesome. So awesome that I signed up…and then did nothing. I’m bad about jumping on something thinking that it’s awesome, and then not following through. So between now and June 20, I want to send at least 10 postcards to other Postcrossing members.
  5. Buy Brad’s Ring. Many of you on here know that Brad has gone back to college. He never got a high school ring, because he ended up getting his GED, and now that he’s almost done with school, they are selling the college rings. Brad said that he’d be alright not getting one, because they are so expensive, but I could tell that he really wanted one. This reminded me of when I was in high school. Money was really tight for my parents, and I told my mother that I understood if I couldn’t get a high school ring. My mom told me that there’s no way that I wasn’t getting one. That I had earned it, and that it meant a lot. I told Brad this same thing. I have some potential freelance lined up, so I’d like to use that money to pay for his ring.
  6. Read 6 new books. I used to be an avid reader as a child, and I’ve really laxed off in my adult life. After high school and college, I think reading had become more of a chore than an enjoyment. And hey, I’ve worked in TV and internet all my life, what are books for, lol!? I’d like to pick up some new books to read. I’m reading a series right now, so I’ll finish that one, and then pick up some other ones – guilty pleasure or otherwise! 🙂
  7. Write 8 paper journal entries. I have been meaning to explore certain things in a paper journal…something where I can be completely honest and not edited for the public life of blogging. I have been putting it off because it means I might have to think about things that hurt, but I think it’s something that I need to do. Making it a goal here may help me to finally get it done.

So that’s my goals!

What is your plan of action to make them happen? Staying focused on the diet, Allan’s Challenge, and researching. Other than that, just making time for these other goals – rather than plunking down on the couch to watch TV.
What does this challenge mean to you? When I first started this blog, I said that I wanted to focus not just on the physical aspects of weight loss and life change, but also the mental. Allan’s challenge has been amazing at keeping me in line with the physical. I think this challenge might help me work a little on the mental side.
Fun Question of the Week: Let’s  get to know each other! What is something most people (er… fellow bloggers) don’t know about you? Hmmmm, that’s a tough one. I think what would surprise many people that either know or don’t know me is that I’ve always dreamed about being a singer and/or an actress. I think I have a pretty awesome voice for your avid non-musician…but I never sing in front of other people unless it’s a group of people singing (like church). I LOVE karaoke, but I’ve only been brave enough to try it twice, where no one knew me, and with a very gay friend who I could talk into singing with me. And with my weight, don’t even get me started on why I would never have pursued acting. So, I got a job behind the camera, next best thing, right? 😉

Do something every week that makes you feel good about yourself. This week (well yesterday) I painted my nails. I had gotten them done back in February, but that’s just too expensive to keep up, so I spent some time working on them yesterday with a manicure set my mother gave me, as I try to transition the acrylic nails back to my real nails. I think I did a good job, and having pretty nails definitely makes me feel good about myself, lol!

Include a positive picture each week. My husband’s family and I participated in a 5k run/walk in honor of our nephew this weekend. Brad finished with a time of 30:34……….and I walked in my little broken foot boot and finished in and hour and 10 minutes, lol! But I did it, I at least wanted to finish it in honor of Cooper.

That's me in the black pants and sad little boot - Cooper's Mom, Jessica, is in the tan shorts

So yeah, I think that’s it for my first Spring Fever Challenge Post! Hopefully it made a little sense!

In other news, I lost 2 pounds last week. I am so close to being down 40 pounds! 😀

Work day halfway done – 3 bottles of water in, 3 to go – swimming and two big bottles of water tonight!



Filed under Achievement, mental, personal, Preparation, SFC, water, weight loss

6 responses to “Spring Fever Challenge! Weekly Post #1

  1. Jessica

    You goals look great! I saw you on the link up and plan to start following your blog!

  2. I love postcrossing! nothing better than getting fun mail! Have fun! it’s addicting once you get into it!

  3. If you sign up for goodreads.com, it will make you want to read more…

  4. I love your goals! I especially love the one about buying the class ring – what an awesome way to help someone out in a way they probably wouldn’t even think of!

  5. Postcrossing is awesome, I’m having so much fun with it – not just receiving cards, but sending is fun, too! People from other countries want to know really interesting stuff – one lady from Holland asked for a regional recipe that would fit on a postcard, so I told her what exactly needs to be on a Chicago hot dog. 🙂 Good luck with the challenge!

  6. LOVE your swimming goal! Congrats on finishing the 5K! That’s amazing since you were injured!!

    Here’s my SFC post for this week.

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