Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    KENDRACARROLL   46,865
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints

BLC20: This Panther's 12 Week Plan

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The only full length mirror in my house is a half-blind one on the inside of my linen closet door. It was there when we bought the house some 20 years ago... Before pic here:

I don't sport a 'muffin top' but consider my legs my weakest point. So this is as revealing as I need to be, hehe.
"Strong" legs run in my family and it finally hit home that agonizing over things you cannot change is quite pointless. So instead I choose to tone and strengthen. While I would love to eventually see a 1" reduction (22" to 21"), I refuse to waste my energy on a number.

My 12 week plan:

emoticon Fitness:
I'm a weekend hiker and schedule one hike each weekend, either Saturday or Sunday. I hike with a group and hikes generally range from 8 - 15 miles.
During the week I do Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, and now TNT
My fitness plan works for me and I intend to keep it up during this challenge and beyond.

emoticon Food:
Lots of room for improvement here. I do not track my food but am doing well as far as calorie intake is concerned. Nutritional intake, well, that's another story. I'm on a quest to incorporate more veggies and fruits into my day, but am mostly failing.

During the week I brown bag both my breakfast and my lunch. Plan is to plan better and instead of mindlessly throwing something together in a hurry the morning of, spend some time the night before and pack a proper breakfast and lunch.

emoticon Daily steps and general activity level
I find that while I'm extremely active during my scheduled exercise times, I'm extremely lazy the rest of the time.
Okay, I work an office job that has me in front of a computer most of the time. I do make it a point to get up and move around as much as I can.
But during the times that I'm actually at home I find that I spend way too much time being completely inactive (shame on you, Netflix... ha!)

I'm a new fitbit user (had it for under a week), and I see it as a great tool by which to measure my step count, floors climbed, as well as my active score.
Currently my average daily steps come in at around 7,500.

Increase average daily steps to 10,000
Daily floors climbed 15
Active score 100%

That's all folks.
300 points for the team.
Go Panthers!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RECREATING_ME 9/18/2012 10:44AM

    Meal planning and preparation does help a lot to hit the target with fruits and veggies. One snack I like that adds a serving of fruit is .25 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, one diced kiwi, and .25 oz. chopped almonds. Perfect blend of sweet, tart, salty, and crunchy for about 145 calories! emoticon

I remember reading something somewhere that talked about looking at your intake over the whole week, not necessarily just for the day. So you may be under on some days, but over on others. In the long run, it would even out. I know there are some days I just am not in the mood to eat as many fruits and veggies, so it helps that I can "make up" my deficits from the day before.

And I have to agree with the others that you look mahvelous! :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARLINDA5 9/17/2012 8:51PM

    You look great & so do your legs.

emoticon on your goals.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAULALALALA 9/17/2012 8:27PM

    Enjoyed your blog....and when I first saw your picture before reading what you wrote, I was thinking---"Wow! Wish my legs looked like that!"

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FIT-AT-50 9/17/2012 8:12PM

    Great blog. It sounds as though you're already doing well with the fitness -- that's huge! With your determination, the rest will happen too! By the way, you look great and that includes your legs. :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOVEY63 9/17/2012 3:01PM

    Great goals!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAPPYSOUL91 9/17/2012 1:00PM

    Glad to read that you are going to work on freggies emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AEHEGE 9/17/2012 11:52AM

    I like your photo and I think your legs look great. You have a good plan and are already doing so well on your exercise. My FitBit keeps me moving, too, and doing the stairs really helps in the fitness realm.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    You are working it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
*MADHU* 9/17/2012 4:56AM

    emoticon plan emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARTOONB 9/16/2012 10:02PM

    I want a fitbit! One day...

Sounds like great goals. Good luck!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MALEXANDER4 9/16/2012 8:44PM

    Girl you look wonderful. wow. Those legs??? what is your worry? your athletic and that is so much better than "skinny".

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERRIPAL1 9/16/2012 8:20PM

    You look amazing your legs look amazing as well ,nice blog enjoy the hiking!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MASTERCARE 9/16/2012 7:38PM

    You look great to me! them!

Going to be a good round as Panthers!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIZARDG7 9/16/2012 7:21PM

    Kricket - thank you for your blog! You look great, by the way! I love my FitBit too, when I can find it! lol

Comment edited on: 9/16/2012 7:22:29 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORWOODGIRL 9/16/2012 6:40PM

    Yay, Kricket! Good plan.

Don't you love your fitbit? I'm on my second one and wouldn't want to do without it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RHONDALYN10 9/16/2012 6:33PM

    Way to go Kricket!
I find it interesting how we, especially as females, always find something we don't like - I would love to have stronger legs as well.
You look great! Keep up the great activity and get those freggies!
You can do this!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DANYGIRL40 9/16/2012 6:12PM

    Great blog, we can do this, we are Panthers!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
VEGEFARMER 9/16/2012 5:05PM

    Kricket, you look awesome, congrats on the new fitbit and your goal to improve your food nutritional value, it is hard to get that one right.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JULABELLE 9/16/2012 5:00PM

    You are looking great - congrats on the fitbit (jealous), and if I only could have your legs... :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/16/2012 4:37PM

    Sounds great, love the hiking!

Report Inappropriate Comment
1TRULYBLESSED 9/16/2012 4:12PM

    Kricket, your legs look fabulous to me -- must be all that hiking! emoticon

I LOVE my Fitbit, and hope you find yours to be worth the investment, too. It certainly helps us to be more aware of how much (or how little!) we're moving each day!

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Other Entries by KENDRACARROLL