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!