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by Megan

So I’m still stuck on this plateau, which is more than frustrating, because in the past 30 days, I can probably count on one hand the number of days I did not work out, and most of them were Sundays!

I haven’t been perfect with food, but I haven’t really been overeating or eating tons of junk either. So I asked Kadi for help, and she suggested a competition. “Since we’re both competitive…” HA! I’ve never met anybody as competitive as Kadi.

Anyway, we’re going 30 days with no sugar and no fried food (to keep it simple). Sounds easy enough, right? Too bad sugar is in EVERYTHING! I’m excited though. I did 10 days at one point with no sugar (I didn’t give up, that was just my goal), so I think I can do 30.

However, my goal is to not overindulge in foods that don’t have sugar but are still bad for me. Along with no sugar and fried foods, I’m going to try my hardest to eat tons of vegetables and fruit and good protein sources. I’ve been reading the Biggest Loser book, and their diet plan sounds really good to me, so I’m going to keep that in mind over the next 30 days, along with our challenge.

The Biggest Loser plan is basically this: at least 4 servings of fruits and vegetables (and an equal number of both), 3 of protein, 2 of whole grains, and then 200 calories of anything else, but they recommend those calories come from condiments or healthy desserts (sugar-free jello, etc). So I’m going to try to make those requirements happen every day, along with our challenge plan.

Exercise isn’t really part of the challenge, but I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. The past week I did Jillian’s dvd twice, ran three times (doing the podrunner intervals- on week 2), and I did the 20 minute Windsor pilates dvd. I also taught some dance classes and took my tap class on Wednesday.

So I have to assume that my body is either really gaining some muscle or is freaking out about the weight I lost so quickly and is now holding on to what is left… I’m not giving up, but I’m more than ready to see some results on the scale!

So for now my exercise plan is to continue with the podrunner intervals until I finish the 5k program (which would be another 7 weeks- this will be week 3), and to do Jillian’s dvd on the alternate three days a week. And I would like to do the hour long Pilates dvd once a week (in addition to Jillian’s dvd, but instead of it on one day if I’m short on time).

The Pilates is important to me, with my middle being my area that needs the most improvement. I like to run and I like everything else I’m doing, but it all seems to be working my legs and behind more than anything else, and those are not my problem zones! I certainly won’t argue with those areas looking better, and I know that it’s important to build muscle there (because those are large muscles and will burn more calories when strengthened), but I need to focus on my abs quite a bit (along with the cardio that I know is necessary to lose fat everywhere).

So our 30 days starts tomorrow, Monday the 9th, and the last day will be March 10th, which is two days before we leave for California on the show choir trip! If one of us fails the challenge, that person has to buy the other a $50 Target gift card, and if we both complete it, we’ll have an as-yet-undetermined reward for both of us to enjoy.

So basically, I have to be perfect, because I know Kadi won’t give in!!! I’m going to try to post more often over the 30 days to keep this updated as to how I’m doing and if I’m seeing any results! Wish me luck! Here’s to wearing a bikini in California- HAHAHA!

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Kadi February 8, 2009 - 7:47pm

Wow! You make me sound invincible. If you only knew how much I love sugar! Here’s to 30 days of success for both of us and a better ability to make wise food choices forever! It’s on, girl!

Beans February 9, 2009 - 11:38pm

I just finished reading about your challenge. All that talk about sugar- I had to go eat a candy bar:)

Anonymous February 11, 2009 - 9:01pm

I’m ok with the whole bikini in California, but if you come in jeans, you ARE NOT allowed to take them off at the beach. EVER!!! I still get crap about that, and I didn’t even do it!