Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I am continuing my reward allowance system this month. I like the reward system but it's weird because sometimes when I meet my goals I still don't feel like I did very well! Hopefully rewards will help get the negative self-image out of my head! When I accomplish my goals for a week or a month, any of my goals, I should be happy instead of criticizing myself for not meeting ALL of my goals. I think that's human nature, to some extent, but hopefully sticking with my program will help me celebrate my successes and getting out of the all-or-nothing mindset.
1. Flylady 50% Complete
2. 5 days Strength
3. 3 days Exercise Bike 1-30 min, 1-35 min, 1-40 min
4. 500 Fitness Minutes
5. Average 1700 Calories or Less
6. Drink Less than 6 Drinks per Week
7. I have another goal I just can't remember right now!
8. BONUS - New Recipe Each Week
Starting the month at 182.5. As you can see by my goals I am obviously focusing on getting into a nice fitness and nutrition routine. I am also working on cleaning up my diet, though as it is I eat very little junk. But I've been studying Michi's Ladder and also trying to eat lean protein with every meal or snack, which is more challenging than it sounds!
I know some people might think that 1700 calories is too much but I am working to raise my metabolism. In order to do so I need to slowly raise the number of calories I am eating until I can eat according to the calculators. By constantly eating less and doing more exercise over the past couple of years I have basically slowed my matabolism to a crawl so now I gain weight super easily. My goal weight is 135 and a 38 year old woman who exercises 3 days a week should be able to maintain a weight of 135 while eating around 1850 calories per day. I think the reason why so many people here, myself included, struggle with losing and at plateaus is because we have destroyed our metabolisms by dieting and being so strict for so long. I am going to try to do this over the next few months, raise my calories and eat the calories (or close to) the my goal weight for my exercise level. I will continue to track my other measurements in addition to weight to see if I can lose some fat and inches doing this, too.