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Goal 1: Lose 10 pounds (175# by mid-November, 11/18)
Goal 2: Lose 10% of my body weight (167# by mid-December, 12/25)
Goal 3: Get within "healthy" BMI range (164# by mid-January, 1/13)

Rate: 1.5 lb every 2 weeks
Projected Date: January 27, 2016

SW: 185.5 on 10/2/15

185 10/2
183.5 10/9
182 10/16
180.5 10/23 2.5% marker
179 10/30 *5 pounds lost! Celebrate with a shopping spree
177.5 11/6
176 11/13 5% marker
174.5 11/20 *Goal 1 will be met on 11/18 - Plan for the holidays!"
173 11/27
171.5 12/4 7.5% marker
170 12/11 *Another 5 pounds lost! Celebrate with a shopping spree
168.5 12/18
167 12/25 *Goal 2 will be met on 12/25 10% marker"
165.5 1/1
164 1/8 *Big deal (within BMI)
162.5 1/15
161 1/22
159.5 1/29
*GOAL MET* Reassess"

Rewards ideas
new yoga mat?
spa day
new awesome outfit
beach retreat
huge trip
boxing glove


EAT BETTER - I need to stay within a 1,400-1,600 calorie range (suggested by SP and my personal calculations)
[ ] Reduce processed food intake
[ ] Reduce intake of gluten/wheat products
[ ] Reduce intake of milk and soy

MOVE MORE - I am balancing PT with cardio (rowing) and weight-training
[ ] Monday - At home workout
[ ] Tuesday - Rowing
[ ] Wednesday - Elliptical / Reformer
[ ] Thursday - Rowing
[ ] Fridays - Gym workout
[ ] Saturday - Recovery
[ ] Sunday - Gym workout
I can also change up my routine with swimming, biking or doing DVDs (21 Day Fix and PiYo)

BUILD MUSCLE - I am working on increasing lower body endurance and upper body strength

[ ] Set up appointments to work out — and keep them
[ ] Purchase food on Saturday, cook on Sunday (Mon - Wed; prep for Friday-Sunday on Thursday)
[ ] Weigh in every Friday. Aim for a weight loss of 1.5 pounds EVERY week and make adjustments as needed
[ ] Do measurements every 3 weeks
[ ] Take before/after pictures every month
[ ] Minimize “recovery” days and work out at home if needed
[ ] Energize the day through at home workouts


Here is my loooong history on Spark People...

2008 and 2009: 50 pounds lost and gained
In the Autumn 2008, I weighed in at 227 pounds. On my 5'8" frame, I knew that was more than enough. Using Spark People, by the end of that year, I had lost almost FIFTY POUNDS! But over the course of 2009, I slowly started to gain the weight back. I lost track of how much I would eat, and I lost interest in exercising. I never got back up over 220 pounds again, but I was close. I knew something had to change -- again!

2010: Running gives me a new motivation
With the help and encouragement of a good friend, at the beginning of 2010 I began training for a 5K using the C25K program. In April 2010 I ran my first 5K! I was still 210 pounds, so I was thrilled that I survived! I wasn't ever able to run more than 1.5 miles even during high school! Off the momentum of this run, I "re-sparked" in May 2010 (SW 203#) and was able to get down to 180 pounds after three months of hard work -- just in time for a high school reunion. I had weighed in at 178 in November! But the fall settled in and holidays came around. By the end of the year, I was weighing in steadily at 190#.

2011: Everything can change!
In March 2011 I was weighing in at a steady 189#. I began a 45-day challenge to reintroduce my body to the world of healthy eating and fitness. I finished this 45-day challenge and I was able to lose about a pound a week! More importantly, however, I'm staying within a decent calorie range for weight loss AND I'm starting to find excuses to exercise more than finding every excuse not to. By May, I had gotten the weight under control and was at a fairly steady 183. With some hard work, by that June I was finally in the 170 range again and keeping it off! My lowest weigh-in was in December again, when I weighed in at 171.

2012: Everything changes
This year was really rough. At the end of 2011 I saw a lot of major life changes: relationship, job, home. Even though I began 2012 at my lowest weight for five years, I let my circumstances get the better of me and I gained. it. all. back. The same 20#. It didn't help that I had experienced a few major injuries that left me depressed and in pain for most of 2012. In the fall, I began to exercise regularly again, starting slow with yoga and pilates: great exercises but doing very little to help me lose my fat!

My back and hip pain were finally under control. I finished P90X in the fall and started working out with a Crossfit coach. By the fall I was about an average of 178# and feeling really good

This year saw more changes — I continued Crossfit and played volleyball a lot in the summer. But I had persistent hip pain still and so scheduled my hip surgery in the fall and began a slow recovery. By the winter, I was playing volleyball.

I hurt my foot in February and had surgery in April. Summer was long and slow. I’m looking forward to getting back into consistent workouts.

Member Since: 8/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 10,444

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SW 191 on 10/9/12

SW 189.2 on 3/18/11
182.6 on 4/30/11 (during 45-day challenge)
178.0 on 6/24/11 (beginning of 12-week challenge)
175.2 on 7/22
(one third there!)

May 2010 totals: -14.8 lbs (went from 207 on 5/4 to 192 on 5/28)
June totals: -3.2 lbs (went from 192 on 5/28 to 188.8 on 7/02)
July totals: -5.8 lbs (went from 188.8 on 07/02 to 183.0 on 7/30)
August 2010 totals: -0.02 lbs (went from 183.0 on 7/30 to 182.8 on 8/27)
September 2010 totals: -2.8 lbs (went from 182.8 on 8.27 to 180.0 on 10/1)

190 - 07/01 -- New Makeup! (DONE on 07/02)
184 - 07/26 -- 10% of starting weight! -- Nose Ring! (DONE on 07/16)
180 - 08/18 -- New dress & shoes (DONE on 09/16)

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  • v PUCCIOLA08
    hey there! thanks for the comment. I have tried the c25k program before when I saw it in an article in SELF magazine a few years ago. I tried to get my bf to do it with me but I was horrible. It was painful, the burning in my lungs, I didn;t want to try again. Though I'm feeling like I'd like to try again. Did you have horrible burning in your chest and were you out of breath in the first 10 seconds of running?
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