The Colonel’s Challenge ended last week. It took me scrambling to get in some aerobic and high intensity work out there at the end, but I did it.
There are actually four areas to the Colonel’s challenge, which includes losing 5% of your body weight, but I didn’t make it there. I lost 4 lbs in 10 weeks, but I couldn’t shed that final 3 to meet 5%. I’m not too terribly upset with it, though. I’m under 140 now, so I’m on track to meet my goal of weighing 125 by the end of October.
I got a few badges out of it, which includes being in the top 10 for women’s situps/pushups (8th overall) and top 10 for swimming (4th out of 4, but hey, I got into the pool and did some stuff). I also got an ant for working out for more than 2 hours once, and a bee for working out for at least 50 days during the challenge.
The state of Idaho recently deemed that rewards and incentives for the Colonel’s Challenge participants weren’t appropriate use of funds, so there’ll be no fancy water bottles, challenge tokens, key chains, or pins this year for hitting the goals. But I knew that going into it, so no hard feelings there. My sis-in-law and I are going to continue our schedule of weightlifting three times a week and running twice because we’ve found it works for us. Plus, I’ve got another 15 lbs to shed to meet my goal of losing 30 in a year’s time.
Writing wise, I mentioned last week that I was struggling with a scene and my gut told me it should be the earthquake that separates my POV from his friend. By the time Wednesday ended, I had given in to the idea and reworked my character’s entire timeline. The trickle effect started in chapter 4 and resulted in removing two chapters, introducing a character several chapters earlier, and taking three characters out of the book completely. It sucks because it’s a lot of work, but I’m confident it’s the right move. Now we’ll see how quickly I can put it all together to get back to my halfway mark.
How are your fitness goals going? How is your writing? What is making you feel confident lately?