Where were we?
I’ve never been one for consistently maintaining a blog. Well…I mean, I can go months with frequent updates and staying on track. But then I lose that steam and energy and go months without.
It’s April now. After several attempts at starting a healthier living regimen this year, I’m finally feeling like I’m getting closer to “on track.” I’ve prepared myself and organized to the best of my abilities. And here I am.
Yesterday, I started a 12 week challenge through IdealShape. I have gone through so many programs and shakes and diets and blah blah blah. I’m hoping this isn’t another one of those cases. I’m following their suggestions for a meal plan, and I’m using IdealShake. I LURVE it so far, even though I’m just a couple days in. Yesterday, I had a key lime pie shake, and it was honestly like drinking a dessert-type yogurt. But there wasn’t a lot of sugar in it and I only could make it through 3/4 of it before I thought, “Wow, I’m really full” and then I stayed full for several hours.
This morning, I made a “candy bar” shake, which doesn’t sound healthy really, but I crunched the nutrition numbers. And somehow, it is? Again, it was incredibly filling, and I am not craving or snacking on candy like I have the past few weeks while the Easter candy has been appearing everywhere.
I also did their week 1/day 1 workout yesterday. My Minnie-Me “participated” and “helped” me with it (mamas, you know what I’m talking about), and I still managed to get a workout that makes me sore. The good kind of sore. Where you know you need to keep working those muscles, but it also kinda hurts your abs when you laugh.
I’ve had a prototype of sorts in the works for a while now. I’m all for a cheesy reward tracker, and I’m obsessed with polka dots and Minnie Mouse (in case you hadn’t noticed?). So, from that was born the “Rocking My Dots Off” challenge. I am still putzing with the actual layout of the tracker and getting it to look good, but here’s what it looks like.
Here’s the basic info:
- There are 7 bows – one bow for each day of the week.
- Each dot represents a goal I have for my general health.
- Each day that I complete a goal, I fill in the corresponding dot.
- At the end of the week, I total the dots I received.
- Each dot counts as $0.25. Each day, I can get a maximum of $2.50. That’s a total of $17.50 for the week.
- A perfect week will net me an extra $2.50 bonus. Possibility of $20 each week to put toward my “rewards” pot.
I am reward driven and need something tangible to work toward. (In this way, I am much like my 4 year old.) So I have a list of “rewards” for every 5 lbs that I lose. I hope that by following these things and my challenge and training will help me eventually lose at least some of the extra pounds. It remains to be seen.
One of my plans to keep accountable here is to occasionally post my progress on “Rock Your Dots.” So here’s to hoping you’ll see more from me soon.