So after the "plateau" (or exercise-slacking, calorie-laden vacation) that happened over the holidays, I'm really proud of myself for building back up my momentum in January. The Biggest Loser Challenge is a huge motivator (given that the team is always expecting 1st place finishes and 100% participation, I always feel the pressure - in a good way - to do my part). Also, starting up Couch to 5K has been incredibly powerful - the program is injecting some much-needed new interest/challenge into my workout routine, which had gotten pretty stale after 7 months of walking and ellipticalling. I'm pushing myself again, and I love it!
Unfortunately, despite my ramped-up exercise and renewed energy for portion-control and calorie-tracking, the scale hasn't been budging very quickly. Instead of the 1-2 pounds per week that I was steadily dropping in the summer and fall, the scale has been eeking out an average of a half pound / week since I started BLC18. Granted, there were some hiccups (my birthday, including cheesecake and medieval times, and more recently, starting a birth control that - according to my doctor- is accompanied by several pounds of water weight that will stick with me until I stop taking the pills). I'm thinking that a realistic goal for this stage of my journey should be 1pound/week. That's manageable, right??
More importantly, 1lb/week is a goal that now has special meaning. A little birdie has whispered to me that I might be going on a vacation in May - on May 10, to be exact. It's still very much in the planning stages, but I'm hopeful that it's going to happen. And it's a fantastic motivation tool, to think how much more I'll enjoy adventures in a leaner, healthier body - not to mention, looking my best in travel photos!
So, if I lose 1 pound/week between now and May 10, I'll be at 150. What a great goal number! My eventual goal is still 135-145 (and to be a single-digit pants size), but in the interest of picking a specific, achievable target to focus on for the next few months, I've adjusted my ticker to say 150. This is also in line with the advice I just read on the 10% goal strategy www.sparkpeople.com/reso
, since 150 pounds is about 10% away from where I am now. And once I reach 150, miracle of miracles, I'll actually weigh the number that it says on my driver's license!!! *grin*