So the June JAZZ challenge is all about three things:
and getting your ZzZzZzz's!
While I would never lie to anyone, I find I am really great at lying to one person: me!! I'm finding maintenance of my weight loss to be really difficult if I don't do one basic thing: journal my food and activity! I tend to say "well, I'll log my dinner tonight tomorrow afternoon..." or "I don't need to weigh that chicken breast, I think it looks like 6 oz.". Mhm. Bald face lies. I know darn well if I don't log my food the day I eat it, I won't be logging it the next day. And eye-balling portions still doesn't work well for me because I tend to WANT that 9 oz of chicken breast to be 6 oz and know it truly isn't. Ugh! So... Step one of the June JAZZ Challenge = JOURNAL your food and your activity.
we're not looking for perfection here, just progress. If - by the end of June - you can get into the habit of journaling often, try to have the final week of June be a week of complete journaling of your food (time of day, meal or snack, portion size, calories, fat grams is what I do...) and your activity (the length of time, the activity I did, the time of day and the estimated calories burned is my method). I can suggest two online sites I like for online journaling. One is fitday.com and the other is on the Live Strong site and called MyPlate which used to be the "Daily Plate" site which I've used for about 18 months now. Both are free and easy to use.
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Step three for June JAZZ is for us to try to get at least 6-7 hours of sound sleep a night. Research suggests that a solid night's sleep boosts levels of leptin, a hormone that suppresses hunger. This simple fact is detailed in many health articles in magazines including Fitness Magazine's 5 Steps to a Good Night's Sleep found here. You can also take a quick peek at why you need your ZzZzZz's in Prevention Magazine 60 Second Solution video! Take 60 seconds by clicking the video below to realize why getting a good night's sleep - even in the summer months - is especially important!
So there you have it - - the #hlgJuneJAZZ challenge. 1) Journal 2) Be active for 24 of 30 days and 3) Get your ZzZzZzs!
I'm looking forward to June... I'm setting the bar high and I will journal all 30 days, get great sleep and write down on my calendar tonight what my definite 24 days of activity will be! C'mon and join me and let me know if you're "in the June JAZZ challenge" either by leaving a comment here or on Twitter ( @healthylosergal) or on Facebook ( HealthyLoser Gal).
By Dreaming BIG, Believing in ourselves, and going for it - we can Achieve anything we set our minds to! :)
Here's to our health!
Jan / HealthyLoserGal