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2013 Plan - You Helped Me Refine It!


Monday, December 31, 2012

Hey SparkBuddies!

I poured over all of the feedback I received on my blog for 2013 - thank you very much for taking the time to help! A recurring theme was that I had made it too complex and difficult to really be successful.... imagine that, overwrought grandiose goal setting is a tendency I have for sure! A couple of folks mentioned concerns over natural sweeteners too, and I totally agree. It should have said "limited natural sweeteners, like stevia, raw honey, or real maple syrup." I'm moving toward less sweet items in my diet, but I know from experience that cold turkey doesn't work for me so I'm making allowances to start out. Also, as Ducky pointed out, I didn't have rewards built in! That's a big miss! Anyway, here's the new plan. It's simplified, but my "best case" grandiose goals are still lurking in my head as the ideal if I can ever get there. Here goes:

Summary:

1. Nutrition - Track calories/carbs & strive to use them wisely.
a. Calories – 1200-1550
b. Carbs – 50-75
c. Freggies – 5+ on Average

2. Fitness - Take every opportunity to be active and keep it interesting!
a. 15 Minutes+ Every Day
b. Incorporate Cardio/Strength/Flex/HIIT

3. Accountability - Check in every day – with myself and my Spark Friends.
a. Track Food and Fitness EVERY DAY & Share Trackers.
b. Blog at least once a week.
c. Stay active on Spark Teams.

4. Adjust or adapt as necessary, but don’t give up!

Rewards:
• Every 30 Days of Solid Effort – 60 Minute Massage
• Milestones (Starting Weight – 185):
o 175 Pounds – Professional Pedicure
o 165 Pounds – Girls’ Spa Day Out
o 155 Pounds – Weekend Trip w/Hubby
o 145 Pounds – LASIK Eye Surgery
o 6 Months Maintenance – Tummy Tuck

I may well get to goal/maintenance and decide against the last two goals, but right now they sound like good ideas so we'll see how I feel when I get there! My son really did a number on my belly (think twin-size belly without the twin, due to very high levels of amniotic fluid), so I'd like to have it addressed at some point. I'm still weighing the risk vs. the reward, but I have plenty of time to think it over since that will be at least a year from now.

So, what do we think? Better?? :)

-Allison
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EVILKLOWN 1/5/2013 12:03PM

    You are good at this goal-setting thing. Did your friend give up or is she renewing her effort too?

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/3/2013 1:23AM

    Love it!!! And you got some awesome rewards set up as well - those are definitely worth working toward!!! Looking forward to updates on how it goes. For what it is worth, I plan to do a tuck at the end as well, pretty sure I am going to need it. Don't even want to think about how much it is going to cost....

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/1/2013 8:14PM

    Sounds great - I liked your first draft too though. We have very similar starting and ending weights so hopefully I'll be able to keep on track with you as we dive into our 2013 goals!

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ANDYINBC 1/1/2013 5:36PM

    Fantastic plan! Sounds like you have the enthusiasm and resolve to make this a great year. I hope 2013 brings you great success in your health, fitness and other life goals. Good luck. Enjoy!

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CHRISTINASP 1/1/2013 3:05PM

    Looks good! emoticon
I like how you worded nr. 4!

Comment edited on: 1/1/2013 3:06:10 PM

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*MADHU* 1/1/2013 4:23AM

    emoticon goals emoticon

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ELISELOVE1 1/1/2013 1:52AM

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MOBYCARP 12/31/2012 8:46PM

    That's a good set of goals. I especially like #4.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/31/2012 7:56PM

    It was good then and is still good. I don't worry about artificial sweeteners. I use them in moderation like everything else.

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WOUBBIE 12/31/2012 7:28PM

    Awesome! You're ready, willing, and able!

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/31/2012 5:58PM

    Looks great! I like that you added rewards. I try to give myself small rewards every day just for showing up and doing the work as well.
Cheers,
Birgit

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KPETSCHE 12/31/2012 5:52PM

    Definitely do-able, Allison. Looking forward to following your progress as you move towards those goals!
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KANDOLAKER 12/31/2012 5:48PM

    Great plan and wonderful goals. Best wishes and I look forward to reading about all your successes in 2013!!

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WALLINMW 12/31/2012 5:38PM

  Keep Sparking!

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