Down & Dirty 30 is BACK…

Thank you Pinterest for the photo!

Thank you Pinterest for the photo!

I flip flopped back and forth most of last about weather or not to re-ignite this challenge and I decided….YES!

I have stepped outside of my comfort zone! YAY ME!

Starting today and tomorrow I have joined two separate, but simultaneous challenges via @ilbascy on Instagram. The first is a 30 days fitness challenge. This is 30 minutes or more of activity everyday for the next 30 days, posting it using the hashtag #getleanmakegreen, in addition I have also taken the plunge and joined her challenge on DietBet. If you aren’t familiar with DietBet you pay a “buy in”, in this challenge it is $30. You have to loose 4% of your weight in 30 days. Those that successfully loose 4% then split the pot. Her challenge is currently sitting at 934 players with a pot of close to $28,000. So, for example, if 330 players successfully loose 4% with a $28,000 pot they each receive a payout of $85 bucks! There are of course rules, check in’s, referee’s and such, but the whole goal is the community, support and motivation of getting paid to loose weight!

So in making these two decisions I thought “OF COURSE! I am going to share it with all of you!” So similar guidelines as last time will apply…

  1. 30 days of on the court, in action, take steps moving my health and fitness forward
  2. No less than 30 mins of activity every day! No excuses!
  3. Eating within my Weight Watchers Points with the exception of Saturday afternoon, where I will not completely throw the week out the window but for one meal I will not worry about calorie content, fat content, sugar content etc. I will enjoy this meal.
  4. I will write a post at the end of every day, posted the following morning, with how that day went. The good, the bad and the ugly. The glorious wins and epic fails, because there will be fails.
  5. I have guidelines and rules that I have to follow with DietBet, so of course those as well.

I invite each of you to join in or follow along on my journey. This will also be a personal test for me which I am both excited and nervous to take on. Sticking with this for 30 days, despite the haters and blog trolls, despite what life throws at me, and most of all despite what my brain tells me!

 

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Down and Dirty 30 – Day 14

This made me giggle on Pinterest

This made me giggle on Pinterest

Well I am quickly approaching the half way mark through my 30 day challenge! Although I am certain this is going to be longer than 30 days in length, this was about 30 days of conscious, on the court action and holy moly has it ever been!

Yesterday was a great day! I did really great with eating. Staying under my 100g of sugar a day has not been an issue for the past 4 days, which makes me very excited. It reminds me of when I gave up salt. A while back my Mumma was diagnosed with an inner ear disorder which causes her to have ridiculously bad vertigo and one of the ways she controls it is through controlling her sodium intake. Me being the nosey parker started looking into the effects of a lot of sodium and decided to cut way back with her. Holy bananas! Talk about tasting what food really tastes like for the very first time. Reducing my sodium to less than 15oomg a days has been amazing and now I can not eat anything that comes packaged, or if I do I require so much water afterwards! Sugar has been like that. I used to drink the really sweetened drinks from Starbucks and, now 14 days in, I forgot to say half sweet yesterday, I couldn’t even finish the drink. This makes me happy!

I spent the day yesterday doing some serious apartment cleaning, I have gone through virtually every cupboard, drawer and closet I have and thrown out or donated so much stuff, yes I did this again. Clearing the clutter allowing new and exciting this to come in. I forgot to take a photo of my Fitbit and it has reset for today 😦 Last I looked I was at the 5000 step mark for yesterday.

Today I am joining an exercise class downstairs during lunch hour, this should be laugh worthy as my hand eye co-ordination has been virtually none existent, but I am all about switching it up and trying something new!

Sunday - Day 14

Sunday – Day 14

Down and Dirty 30…

 

Thank you Pinterest for the photo!

Thank you Pinterest for the photo!

I have laid down the gauntlet with myself that I am now calling my “Down & Dirty 30 Challenge.” I have been a woman of mostly “all talk, no action.” You can look  back at previous posts and see that there are posts similar in nature about doing this, doing that and then not doing it. Wa Wa. DONE!Starting on September 15 my Down & Dirty 30 Challenge began. Here is what it involves..

  1. 30 days of on the court, in action, take steps moving my health and fitness forward
  2. No less than 30 mins of activity every day except for Saturday
  3. Eating within my nutrition plan with the exception of Saturday afternoon, where I will not completely throw the week out the window but for one meal I will not worry about calorie content, fat content, sugar content etc. I will enjoy this meal.
  4. I will write a post at the end of every day, posted the following morning, with how that day went. The good, the bad and the ugly. The glorious wins and epic fails, because there will be fails.

The goal is not to have a perfect 30 days. The goal is to start forming the healthy habits that will move me towards the total health transformation I am want.

Tools I am using…

  1. My Fitbit – the goal is 10,000 steps a day
  2. The app MyFitnessPal. The goal is 1800 calories of a healthy, well balanced nutritious meals each day. This app, in conjunction with my Fitbit will track everything that I need it too
  3. Blog Posts – sharing with everyone opens up my world to suggestions, recommendations and a community of people that encourage and support

How have Monday and Tuesday gone?

On Monday… I finished at 2114 calories. I epically failed at staying under 100g of sugar finishing at 142g. I am not worrying about refined vs natural at this point the goal is simply under 100g. Sugar for me is my kryptonite. The goal at the end of the 2 week mark is 50g or less. In the exercise department I did awesome! Finishing at 10,138 steps! I took all my exercise stuff to work with me and on my lunch I changed and headed out for a walk along the Coal Harbour portion of the seawall.

On Tuesday… I finished at 2148 calories, and only 94g of sugar! This resulted in a small dance being performed in my kitchen. Finding the balance between carbs, fat and protein is a focus. In the exercise department, I spend about 95% of my day sitting, so the goal in this challenge is to MOVE! Today I had a client meeting on the other end of downtown and I was secretly hoping to take the skytrain, bus or even a taxi (insert lazy grumble here), but my awesome boss was coming with me and we walked, both ways, it was perfect. I came home and completed 30mins of a yoga DVD and my legs they were a shakin! Afterwards I felt so good and my muscles I am sure will thank me tomorrow. According to my Fitbit, finishing the day at 8855 steps, I seriously contemplated pulling on my sneakers and walking around the block a few times, but as I am typing this it is 10.45pm and sleep is winning the battle. For 4 months I was barely cracking 3500 steps a day so I am happy with this progress!

The goal is not to be perfect, I know there are days that will not go according to plan. The goal is 30 days of down and dirty on the court in

action. I hope you stick around for all 30 days 🙂

Once again, I would like to thank Pinterest :)

Once again, I would like to thank Pinterest 🙂