Friday, March 12, 2010

So That is What WELL Feels Like?

Perfect 10 Update - Final Week!

It's been a long time since I've felt this good. And while I would NOT say that I am 100% yet, I am very happy to be 90% well - and looking forward to the rest coming along soon!

Is the Perfect 10 REALLY over already? I feel like I'm just getting back in the game - only to find out that the buzzer is ringing. Here's how it wound up - this week and overall.

Limit to 1 Soda a Week - Again, I went with no soda this week. Overall, I have gone from being a "several a day"drinker to about 1 a month. I am very pleased with this result and believe that I will be able to continue this pattern. (I even made it through the "sick period" without returning to my old ways - previously, this would have been a deal breaker!)

Push-ups 3xs a Week - I did do 1 day of push ups and for the rest of the week I had one of those BOX weeks - that I did enough lifting to mimic weight training! And I have the aching muscles to prove it. Due to illness - I'm out of practice. I think that overall, I did very well. I plan to continue this practice in hopes of shaping and toning my arms to reach a "sleeveless quality"

Walking 2xs a Week - I walked twice (counts for last week) after updating - and I didn't think I would feel that good. I'll be walking this weekend as well. With spring approaching, I see this routine developing into a regular thing - the dogs love the walk and so does my son, since it gives us "talk time". I plan to get back on track with this and also to increase - by joining a new found pal on a regular schedule of walking...though she would like to convince me to run! Time will tell!

Limit calories - I was much more successful at boosting fruit intake this week. I spent some days without meat as well. And what I did eat the rest of the time was pretty reasonable and appropriate in portion size. This is a work in progress and I don't know that the goal is ever "met", but I'll keep working on this. I know it's the only way to make my scale my friend.

Limit Boxed Foods - I did purchase a few boxed food items. Not in crazy amounts. This challenge has really forced me to look closer at my box purchases and while it has not prevented all "junk" foods from entering my pantry - it has limited my relationship with them. I do plan to continue this challenge - I see the direct correlation between what goes in my cart and what is available to go in my mouth mindlessly later. Go figure.

Unknown thing about me: I am legally blind without the glasses. This is somewhat related to my month+ long headache. I'm hoping that a new pair of glasses with new prescription and progressive lenses (don't be fooled - that means BIfocals - a fact that made me cry) will help put all that headache business to rest once and for all.

I am happy that I've been able to experience success with this project. I'm sad to see it end. If nothing else - the weekly posts kept me focused and honest and accountable. I may continue updating on a weekly basis - before this challenge it was easier to say nothing. Cross your fingers that all my work is rewarded with being the random winner of some exercise equipment that will NO doubt help me continue meeting goals and getting fit! Thanks for all the support / comments and new followers - we hope you stick around. Also, a big thanks to Steve for hosting this physical challenge and for giving me an excuse to push myself and report to the world!


Janet said...

I'm so glad you are feeling mostly well! And I hope my own "wellness" is right around the corner. (I can't quite see it yet.)

Sounds like you did an awesome job with your goals. I too am hoping that spring inspires me to get out and walk more with my pups. said...

good job on your goals!

South Beach Steve said...

You are welcome Regina! Great job on finishing The Perfect 10 and good luck on being the winner of the equipment too (sorry, I am wishing everyone good luck on this. :-) )

Karen said...

Congratulations on finishing! Sounds like you did a great job!

And I'm jealous that you're feeling so well. I'm glad you're better. I just wish I was, too!

tinahead81 said...

congrats on making changes!! i'm working on that now(pre packaged foods are my down fall!!) keep up the great work!!

Rettakat said...

Congrats on sticking with the Challenge all the way to the end. I really got a lot out of the accountability, too.

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I haven't won anything since I was 10 years old! I was so surprised.

I'm like you, in that I was sorry to see it end... I really enjoyed it. Steve is taking a break, but maybe he will start a new challenge in the not too far future.