Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The One Goal That Always Gets Me...

Losing weight.

{Warning: Long Post, bear with me!}

I can save money all year long, buckle down and pay things off, participate in all sorts of fun events, but losing weight is something I struggle with more than anything else.

I have gained who knows how many pounds in 6 years, since I went away for my junior year of college. Something like 75 I'm sure. And I've lost it at times, like right before the wedding, but then it comes right back.

I need to be healthy. It's important to me, and it's starting to majorly affect the way I see myself. I was never the teensy girl, I've always had more meat on my bones than some of the other girls, but I wouldnt consider myself fat. Until now. I've reached a weight that I am completely unable to accept, and I've decided that it is time for me to get off my apparently lazy butt and do something about it.

Generally this would be something that I would post on my 101 in 1001 blog, but because I've decided to make it a front runner in my life, I'm posting it here, and I'm going to start accounting for myself weekly on this blog. So, lets get started shall we?

Ultimate Goal:
Lose 70 pounds in a healthy way and then keep it off. Like, forever. The BMI recommendation for my height is like 125-140. Although that is quite small for my personal build, I'm going to make it my goal.

Short term goals:
It's all about baby steps, right? So the First Goal I will reward myself for reaching will be Losing 10 Pounds. The Second Goal will be 15 more pounds lost for a total of 25, a third of the way there. The Third Goal will again be 10 more pounds, putting me half way to my Ultimate Goal. These Goals will repeat to reach the final goal. I find it important to reward myself for the small goals so I dont get discouraged or daunted by the large goal.

Reaching the Goals:
The journey is just as important as the destination. So, I'm going to do this the right way. Not by starving myself or making myself sick, or anything unhealthy like that. I'm going to become more active and eat healthier. The latter will be the most challenging for me because I am a very picky eater. I like very few fruits and vegetables, and I love me some red meat.
Counting calories isn't much fun, but until I show my husband that I'm actually sticking with something (I have a tendency to be gung-ho about something for a few weeks then give up) he isn't going to let me join back up with Weight Watchers. I lost 20 pounds before the wedding on Weight Watchers, but then after the wedding I stopped using it. For now, though, I am using Loseit to count calories and log my food. I need to be aware of what I'm eating and how much of it.

I also created a work out chart of exercise for each day. I'm on the second week of the chart and I've done well except for two days when I was sick. I'm currently doing the 100 push-up challenge and the 200 squat challenge as well as walking my dog and playing kinect. I also do pilates in the morning 3 times a week. This has helped ease me into a routine of exercising at least a little every day, which is something I had a hard time doing for a while. The chart is a simple way for me to see what I need to do. It's just like a list, and I'm definitely a list person.

In March, I'm taking a self defense class, as well as attempting to complete a couch to 5k program. I've never been a runner. Ever. I've actually classified myself as 'not a runner' many, many times. Before the wedding, though, I actually ran a bit, and really enjoyed it. A lot. So, i think that this program has definite potential to do great things for me. Although the activities I'm doing right now are more focused on strengthening my core, it's giving me a starting point before starting this running business.

In Conclusion...
Combined, these programs give me some sort of exercise or workout every day for 15 weeks. The healthy weight loss is generally 2 pounds per week, so this should put me around the halfway mark to my ultimate goal. Sometime before the end of the C25K, I will design a plan of exercise more accommodating to my energy and strength level at that time.

I'm sure that many benefits will come about by going through this plan. The absolute best motivator for losing weight is seeing progress, so it's important that I stick with this plan, and I know I'll see results. I will feel better, sleep better, and probably start getting more of my confidence back.

Why Now?
I got on my food tracker and realized that I went WAY over my alloted calorie intake of the day. The sad thing? I thought I had done well for the day. My mind has been programed that all this food I'm eating is ok! And it's not! So, I realized I am in control of this problem, and I can set to correct it just as I would any of these other goals on my 101 in 1001 list. Why have I waited so long to start this? The one person who benefits this is me... here is an opportunity for me to be selfish, so why am I not taking advantage of it??

Another reason is Rachel. I follow her blog,{simple.little.joys}, and her success at the same goal is incredibly inspiring. I was reminded today of her amazing journey of weight loss as she was featured on another blog.

I decided to get back on the wagon.

Current Mood: Inspired
Song of the Day: Lady Gaga, Born This Way



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