Let's Start at the Very Beginning...
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Julie Andrews knew it...it's a very good place to start.
I have 18 days until my first "official" check-in with myself. By September 30th I wanted to get to 250 lbs. I have adjusted that, to 258 lbs. That's what I actually SHOULD be at according to SparkPeople. It's also 10% of my body weight.
Now, I'm not entirely sure if I can do 13 more lbs in 18 days. Healthily. Maybe I will have a good week and lose 7 though, so who knows. My body is sometimes wonky like that and I'll drop a whole bunch all of a sudden. Maybe if my body actually gets out of perpetual PMS mode it could happen.
I've been so low on motivation though for this whole business lately, it's almost scary. I was tired one week, ridiculously so. Then I was acting like a Hoover vacuum cleaner last week and sucking up everything in my path. I'm surprised there isn't a trail of destruction behind me. Yesterday was just plain disappointing. And the worst part of it is? I didn't realize it was disappointing until the end of the day when my DAD pointed it out to me. I had rice for lunch. I had tacos for breakfast (don't ask). I had Chinese food for dinner (hello salt!), which of course meant more rice. And I had a cupcake for dessert. Honest to goodness, I didn't realize I had carbed out until my dad said, "Well, you had a sort of carb heavy day didn't you?" when I told him that I'd had rice for lunch. It was jarring (but that cupcake was totally worth it).
So, last night I did some searching. Random stuff like, "How to get Shakira's body" and the like. I'm never going to be a size 2, and I don't really think I want to be a size 2. I think a size 8 would be a good size for me overall. Maybe a size 6 on good days. Anyway, looking up those little things about how celebrities and other people have to work out because they are constantly dancing and things on stage helped a bit. I happily went to yoga this morning. I am glad to be going to the gym this afternoon...and frankly the next 18 days just look a little brighter.
So, I'm giving myself an 18 day challenge. The long weekend I'm gone will not be filled with nearly so much working out and eating right, because I will have quite a bit less control over my options, so I want to feel good up until that point.
Goals for the next 18 days:
1) Workout at least 17 of the 18 days - for 1 hour+
2) Eat within my calorie range (1200-1600 calories) for at least 16 of the 18 days, other two no more than 2000 calories
3) Write down everything I eat--good, bad, and ugly--for the next 18 days
4) Start doing measurements of food again, for the first 5 days of 18 days to get back on track
5) Do one extra yoga class a week or a spin or cardio-kickbox class once a week
6) Try to workout (short) before voice lessons on Mondays as well as after voice lessons
7) Have a decent dinner every night, and not just a protein shake
8) Have one real "treat" item (i.e., cupcake, cookie, candy bar) once a week for next two weeks
I don't think these are too unreasonable for the next 18 days. It's really only 2 1/2 weeks.
After that 2 1/2 weeks I will readjust for the next 3 months period, from October 3rd to December 31st. Ooh, holidays and winter food. That is going to be interesting for sure.
EDIT: after some good advice from my commenters, I have decided that I'm going to adjust my intake of calories to something higher. I'm going to aim for between 1500 and 1900 a day. I did the calculations from the SparkPeople calorie calculator myself, and then thinking about what I eat and what I'm satisfied with currently I think I can raise it a bit and maybe give myself a little more energy too. For a 2.5-3lb weight loss weekly that should be about right.