A quick note: The challenge was never 30 pounds in 30 days. I couldn't have even dreamed of doing that. I have never been a quick loser and wouldn't be able to sustain the kind of restriction that a goal like that would require. I actually am up a couple of pounds, in fact. I weighed in today at 175.
The focus of this challenge was on behavior, not on results. I wanted to see if I could sustain 30 minutes of activity for 30 days that included some really busy times: The last week of classes. Travel. Visits to see my nephew. I did that -- there was one day out of the 30 that I didn't get 30 full minutes of activity in. There were a few days when I did the absolute minimum or used housecleaning as my activity because I needed a more orderly environment to feel sane. However, most of those days, I did more than 30 minutes of activity, and much of the activity was intense.
I can't say I'm not disappointed that this challenge didn't result in weight loss, however, I know I didn't pay enough attention to the other side of the equation -- food. That is my next step. I don't binge, but I sometimes snack too much or overdo it a little at meals. I am also hoping that if my thyroid condition is a factor in the stagnation I've been experiencing, that upping my hormone dose will help get things moving again. I am more interested, honestly, in suppressing the autoimmune response that is damaging my thyroid. My doctor thinks the new dosage could help there.
I'm not going to do another 30-day blog challenge with a giveaway, though, at least not for a while. My blog will return to its regularly-scheduled programming. 30 days is a long time to write about the same thing!
Thank you to everyone who participated and commented. I already contacted Carol, the lucky winner of the $15 iTunes gift card, and will be sending it as soon as I verify her email address.
Thanks everyone, for playing along with me. I hope you enjoyed the challenge!