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Off to Vegas

I am headed to Vegas Baby for work this week.  I weighed in only 0.6 lbs away from 70 lbs lost this week, so I would like to maintain this.   My action plan to maintain this this week is:


1. Utilize hotel gym to practice couch to 5k progra

2. In hotel room, follow Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown

3. Continue to track all food, the good, the bad, and the ugly

4. Limit alcohol consumption

5. Enjoy myself 🙂
The last point was a reminder from my MyFitnessPal friend, 120weeks, thanks.

I will check back in next week to let you all know how I do.


My Goals

A good place to start with everything is to identify your goals, and I never did do this here.  In order to measure my progress and for you to witness it, we need to know where I’m headed.

My fitness and weight loss goals:

1.  Goal Weight = 134.8 – this may seem a random number to most, but the reason I picked it is because that will be -100 lbs from my starting weight.  I want the scale to read 134.8 before I will say that I am in maintenance. In reality, I  want my maintenance to be within +- 5 lbs of that weight.  I want to hit my goal weight by May 15, 2013 – that is losing about 1 lb per week.

Here is me in October 2010, at my heaviest, I do not want to look that way again:

2.  Run the Billerica Turkey Trot 5K on November 18.

3.  Where a bathing suit that doesn’t cover up my belly next Summer (2013).

This is what I looked like in a swimsuit (not baring belly) before I began my journey.  This was in September 2010:

To reach your goals, you not only need to state them, but you need a plan to achieve them.  So here is my plan:

My current weight is 169.2 lbs, 34.4 lbs from my goal weight.  To get to my goal weight, I will track my calories using MyFitnessPal.  I will track through the app on my iPhone and also through the website.  My target caloric intake right now is 1781 calories/day, but I will adjust that as needed if I begin to lose to fast, if I start gaining, or if I hit a plateau.  I’ve been tracking via MyFitnessPal for almost 2 months now and I find it extremely easy, they have a great database, and I’ve built up a nice support system through the site.  This tool should prove invaluable to my imminent success.

My second goal is run a 5K on November 18.  To train for that, I will continue the Pooch to 5K program with my dog.  The P25K program is 12 weeks, but the race is in 7 weeks, yikes!  I don’t want to rush the pup into running a 5K, so to supplement this program, I will also run on my lunch break at work.  I’ve been walking at lunch for about 2 months, but this week, I will begin jogging instead.

Because she’s cute, here’s photo of my pup, Maddy:

The third goal to rock out in a bathing suit that shows off my tummy will be achieved by working out at least 60 minutes 6 days per week (or 360 minutes per week) including both cardio and strength training.  My current avenue to working in strength training is Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30 program.  I am two weeks in and already seeing results:


So far, I really love this program, so when I complete it, I will continue on to Jillian’s 30 Day Shred and then probably more of her workout DVDs.  I will also continue practicing yoga 1 – 2 times per week, running (see above), and work in cycling and other training as I become inspired.

Those are my goals and I promise to keep you posted on my progress!


Who am I and what will this blog be about?

My name is Cassie, I am 30 years old, married with dog (Maddison, Maddy), a young technical service professional in the specialty chemical industry.  I lost a lot of weight during my teen years growth spurt then I gained a bit back in college (though I was still pretty active).  After college is when the pounds really started racking on and in 2011 just after purchasing our first home, I had the realization that I was up to 234.8 lbs!! On top of that, I had borderline high blood pressure.  Talk about a wake up call.  In March 2011 I joined weight watchers to turn my life around.

I lost about 60 lbs on ww in a year and then I decided to try MyFitnessPal because it is free.  I’ve been doing that for a month and have lost 7 lbs so far.

I am refocusing my efforts on to not just losing weight (I only have 35 lbs left to my goal weight!), but also onto getting fit.  This blog will focus on talking about my workouts and tracking my progress through photos, measurements, and weight lost on the scale.  I will also post about some recipes I make and enjoy.

I’ve been into yoga for a few years now and that has been my primary workout over the last 1 1/2 years with a little cycling thrown in there.  Over the past month, I’ve really kicked it up a notch because I’m not going to get fit without putting in more effort.  I have dedicated myself to exercising for at least 30 minutes during my lunch hour at work by either walking a few miles or joining in group fitness with yoga or pilates.  I use MapMyFitness to track my walks, runs, and bike ride.  I’ve also starting following Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD workout program.  I am currently in week 2 of that program with 2 days left.  I’ve also started Pooch to 5K with my dog because she’s a little out of shape too and I would like to start running because it’s great exercise and should really help improve my endurance.  We are currently repeating week 1 of that program with 2 days left.

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