Looking ahead...

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Well, January has come and gone and it's time for my second post of the year. The beginning of February brings new things to look forward to and new goals to attain.

Although I did not quite reach my goal of losing 6 lbs and I could choose to be frustrated about that since I technically lost 8 lbs but then gained 3 back, I'm choosing to be happy with the 5 lbs I did lose and rejoice in the fact that I'm starting out this month 5 lbs lighter than last month. After all, it's definitely better than the opposite - starting the month 5 lbs heavier!

So I began this journey at 127 lbs and weighed in this morning at 122 lbs. It's true that I could have done better. I could have exercised more, I could have avoided a lot of the foods I ate the last week of the month, I could have ended the month with a lot more success, but that's all behind me and I'm ready to tackle a new month. A month in which I hope to make it to my goal of 117 lbs. and be consistent with my exercising.

Part of the reason I would like to do well this month is because we're still planning to head down to Phoenix for at least a month somewhere around the beginning of March and I would love to be feeling fit and healthy when we leave. So my plan for this month is to try extra hard to stick to my points range (18-23 pts) as many days as possible and on those days when I don't count points (like this Saturday when we're going to my son's house for dinner) to still eat sensible portions. I'm also going to try and do my toning exercises at least 6 days a week. Although I also want to do some walking and get back to hot yoga until we leave, it's the toning exercises that I'm really determined to be strict about. They don't take that long and can be done at home so there's really no excuse for slacking off on them.

My plan is to be as careful as possible up until the time we leave for Arizona (could be at the end of the month, could be sooner, could be later) and weigh in on the day before we leave (or on the first day of March, whichever comes sooner). Once we leave for Arizona, I will no longer be actively counting points or tracking my exercising (right now I've got a chart I put up by my desk here for the month of February so each day I can write down how many points I had for the day and what I did in the way of exercising). Once we leave for Arizona, I don't want to think about dieting or exercising at all. The reason for this is that we've spent time in Arizona every year except last year for about six years and every time we've gone down there I've always come back with my weight at a good spot. It seems like I just naturally do better with my eating and exercising while I'm there (maybe because I'm such a sun lover and feeling the heat soak into my bones does me a world of good) and I don't want to do anything to mess up that "natural cycle".

So that's the plan... try as hard as I can to do really well until we leave for Arizona, then weigh in and blog on the day before we leave. I hope to make it to my goal weight but even if I don't, at least I'll know I did all I could to try and get there and I'll be somewhat in shape from the exercising. You can wish me luck but if I get through this it won't be because of luck, it will be sheer determination! I know God has given me the willpower and the strength to do it, though!

Have a wonderful February and a Happy Valentine's Day!
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    Sounds like we're both going to be extra motivated this month! I know there's no way (short of surgery) I can reach my goal by mid-March when we go to Las Vegas, but I'm going to try to get as much weight off by them as I can! I'm going to try and get on here every day and blog every day as well!
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