In It to Win it! This time FOR REAL! Really Real!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ok, here I am for the ten bajillionth time, attempting to get in shape.. BUT, this time is different! Really! it is! HeHe,.. We all say that, right? Well, all I can say is.. only one way to find out! And I really believe that I'm "In It to Win It" this time!
So far I think I'm off to a great start. I have a plan!! Not just the goal, but how to get there, expected outcomes, and exciting milestone rewards and a deadline. (Oh yeah, dont forget that gym pass that I signed up for last month...but havent used...until now!)

My goal for this journey is to lose 30 pounds by June 1, 2013. Agressive? Maybe. Determined? Of COURSE! I took my measurements, calculated the timeframe, and calculated my expected milestones. So what are they? Not proud to admit them, but hey, I have to put it out there so that I can hold myself accountable. Its right here to see where I've started, and where I'm supposed to be. AND to be able to look back after my deadline to SEE my accomplishments. So here it is...

39" Waist
42" hips
41" bust
12.5" arms
23.5" thighs
13" calves
Size 11 Jeans

Counting from last nite (02/17/12), June 1st is 103 days..or 14weeks away. That means I have about 2lbs per week to drop. I have to stick to 1200-1550 calorie intake per day (based on SparkPeople calculations) and 560 calories burned per week (also based on SP calcs).
The midpoint for my journey will be about April 7 (7 weeks) and I should be down to 145lbs. Maybe I should say BETTER be! hehe...

How am I going to do this, really REALLY stick to it, accomplish it, win it? Meal planning and prepping, establishing "rules/restrictions", workout plans, and rewarding myself for accomplishing milestones. Every week, I plan to take the time to plan and prepare my meals for at least two days at a time. Not sure that planning for a week will work as well because I'll most likely change my mind anyway so two days at a time works best. I'll plan my meals, prepare grocery lists, calculate calories, and prepare the meals. Plan everything from morning to evening...breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, beverages.. the works.
Some of the rules I decided on are for periods of time such as..
**No eating out for the first three weeks. I have a habit of not preparing lunch for work and end up eating out. And in general, I eat out more often than I should. Why three weeks? They say it takes 21 days to establish a habit, so 21 days it is.. After the three weeks, I expect, an occasional treat will be acceptable, but plan the right way, no overloading on calories.
**No chocolates for first four weeks. Lol, sounds funny, but I love chocolate!! I have chocolate binges more often than I care to admit. Seriously. bad.. but its good for you right? YES! IN MODERATION. So, after four weeks, MODERATION is key..
**No Junk food (Reasons are obvious..I would think)
...and MOST importantly...
**NO EXCUSES!!! I has to be important enough to accomplish it. and it will be.

As far as workout, I plan on run/walking on my treadmill at least two days a week for twenty minutes. I intend to really work at improving my mins/mile, currently 13-15min/mile. I also plan on putting that gym pass to use. Minimum of two days per week, alternating with home workouts. Its still cold out some days, but on the warmer days, a 30 min walk 2-3 days a week. Easy enough, right?
**This first week will be a little different, but I'll explain in my next blog.

So, about a month ago, I utilized SparkPeople and tried the calorie counting deal which successfully lasted a week and a half. :o) In that time, as short as it was, I got a good feel for what I can and cannot/should not eat, I prepared my meals, prepared 200 Calorie snack bags using ziplock bags and got a pretty good idea of how many calories are in what foods. Since then, I've also invested in a nifty little food scale. I decided on the scale because some foods would have been easier and more accurate to measure by weight rather than volume. I also bought a steamer basket (the kind that you can stick in a pot) so that I can steam veggies instead of frying, or boiling them, and glass bakeware, the smaller kind that I can bake and store/freeze for two to three meals at a time. Towards the end of last year (2012), I invested in a Ninja Blender so that i can make green smoothies. Hmm, what else did i prep myself with? I think that pretty much covers it...

To recap, my tools are:
** www.sparkpeople.com
** Ziplock snack and sandwich bags for 200cal snacks
** Ozeri Gourmet Digital Kitchen Scale (Amazon.com)
** Pyrex glass bakeware
** Steamer Basket
** Ninja Blender
** Gym Pass
** Treadmill at home..

I DEFINITELY can not say that I dont have the tools.

YAY! Rewards! Of course the ultimate reward is the weighloss and getting in shape. Nothing can beat that! In addition to that, I've decided on milestone rewards. I've decided on rewarding myself for every 5 pounds because I believe that the challenge and accomplishment will be well deserving of a reward. So, here's what I've decided on...

** 5 lbs (155lbs): New CD
** 10 lbs (150lbs): Perhaps a movie night or another CD
** 15 lbs (145lbs): This is my halfway point and I expect to accomplish this by mid April, so my reward (and kind of a goal as well) is to successfully finish the 5k Color Me Rad color run! This would be so awesome to complete this successfully because I attempted a similar run last fall, and, well... I walked 3/4 of the race. Cant have that happen again..
** 20 lbs (140lbs) New Shoes! and not just any shoes.. lol. I'm almost at my goal weight, its almost summer, and well, I should be darn excited for all that!
** 25 lbs (135lbs) New Dress! Yes! I should be happy to go shopping! I should be about two sizes down or at least close to it..and I need a new dress for those new shoes...
** 30 lbs (130lbs): It should be June 1st when I hit this, and it had better NOT be after. I'll allow myself a week, but not more than. Has to be accomplished! For this reward, I decided on a nice, relaxing Spa day. aahhh, lovely. 30lbs lighter and lovely relaxation

...and the other best reward. Yes, I plan on treating myself well with all of this accomplishment, if you havent noticed. But i'm not stopping just yet. If I can keep it off for four months, or even drop a few more...that puts me at October 1, 2013..I shall start planning my relaxing, rewarding, oh so fun vacation. Success in every which way! I've been at this weight since I've had my daughter 3.5 yrs ago, and its time I do something about it!

Wait, the end? no..no no no. This will not end, I will continue to be happy, healthy, content. This is just the beginning, but there will be no end. Thats my plan.. THIS is my plan. So, am I READY? Yes. Am I SET to win? YES! So, here....I... GOOOOO!

*** IN IT TO WIN IT Bay Bay!! ****
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  • JULIETTE9200
    Thank you all for the comments and encouragement! First week didnt go as planned (See Week 1 Blog) but, never the less, it was successful! down 4lbs! yay! Only 26more to go!
    @KA_JUN - Yes, this time I decided I had to.. HAD to put a plan together. And go into this realizing that there may be bumps in the road, but with a goal, a plan, and reward system, I know I can do it. If I fall short come my final date I will be ok with that... but, only if I'm not way off base. AND I'm NOT planning on that :o) , just life happens sometimes, so I just have to stay focused, not give up and push on! yay! Thanks for your support!

    @ JENNIK2 - Yes, my plan is aggressive but, I think I have a good plan, and I know that as long as I stick to it, I'll be ok. If i fall a bit short come the end, I'll still be further along than when I started. And I totally agree with you, I didnt want to set my goals way too high and disappoint myself that way. Thank you for the support! :o)

    @SHILOHPIP - YUM! I will have to try the Krave cereal! Thank you for the wishes of luck and words of support! I'm sure you will do GREAT as well and LOOK GREAT an your step sons wedding! Just stick to a plan and you will be just fine!
    1817 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Very concrete and focused plan, excellent! Sounds like you're focused, laser-like, on your goals and are determined to achieve them. Looking forward to hearing about your successes! Good luck! emoticon
    1825 days ago
    I think it is great that you have everything so detailed! That should help you. #0 pounds is a little aggressive, but if you work hard enough you can do it! Just don't fall into the trap that I do sometimes of making a hard (but doable) goal and then when I see I'm falling short I give up altogether. I've learned that any weight loss is better than none, and much better than gaining. emoticon
    1825 days ago
    Hi! I LOVE chocolate too! I bought some Krave cereal..it helps ..sometimes. It tastes like crispy brownies. MUCH better for us than chocolate because it has some vitamins and minerals. Good luck on your journey. Sounds like you have a good plan. I too have about 2 lbs. per week to lose. Step son is getting married on May 4th. I won't be down to my goal though. I will be about 13 lbs. shy of my goal on May 4th. Oh well..I am PROUD of myself...15 lbs. down and counting! Each week we will feel stronger and more healthy..that's what counts! You go girl!
    1826 days ago
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