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A Plan!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I was talking to a good friend earlier about my plan to lose weight as a gift to myself for my 30th birthday, and she said that she too wants to lose weight and take steps to be healthier. Like me, she's plus-sized, though she does weigh about 45 pounds less than I do. So I have a real-life accountability buddy. This pleases me more than I can possibly say.

Tonight we sat down and started hammering out a plan to get ourselves in shape. I don't know how well thought out her goals are, but she did mention she wants to take it month by month. I, on the other hand, have done nothing but think about this for the last few days, and so I've compiled the following goals and plans (so far):

Workout plan:

July 23- September 30, 2013
Sunday am: Couch to 5K
Monday pm: Swimming
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Yoga
Thursday: Couch to 5K
Friday: Yoga
Saturday: Couch to 5K

Food Plan:
Veggies and fruits in ice cube tray trick to increase fruit and veggie intake
Cut WAY back on sugar intake
Reduce processed grain intake (fewer pastas in particular)
Start looking for recipes that are higher in fruits, veggies and lean proteins
Try to get veggie intake up before getting creative with menus and foods

Measurements and Weight Goals:
Starting Weight: 263
Date: July 23, 2013
Goal Weight: 136
Goal Date: December 31, 2014

Need to Lose 7.47 lbs/month to reach goal
Birthday Check In: 173 on my 30th

October 31, 2013 goal: 238 pounds
December 31, 2013 goal: 215 pounds
March 31, 2014 goal: 190 pounds
July 31, 2014 goal: 173 pounds
September 30, 2013: 159 pounds
December 31, 2013: 136 pounds

Weigh In Day: Friday

Starting Measurements:

Chest: 50.5
Waist: 44.5
Hips: 54
Thighs:29
Upper Arms: 17.5
Calves:18

NOTE: Waist should be less than half of height (so aim for 33 inches or less around the waist)

Mini-Challenges:

1. Eat at least 1 cup of veggies a day for a month (start on July 30)
2. Eat at least 1 cup of fruit a day for a month (start on July 30)
3. Do at least 10 minutes of cardio a day for a month.
4. Do yoga 2-3 times a week for a month.
5. Track food and beverages every day for a month.
6. Journal every day for a month.

Reassess on August 30 to set new goals and see where I need to make improvement

Things I want to track in my journal entries:
1. Weight and measurements on weigh in and measurement days
2. Mood
3. Exercise I did
4. Foods I ate (both good and bad)

I know that's kind of not cohesive, but while my friend was putting together a measurement and exercise log for us in Excel, I was literally cleaning out my brain and thinking all these things over. The food plan in particular is not fleshed out very well, but until I learn to eat vegetables (thus the ice cube tray trick), I can't say I'm going to eat healthy. I need to learn how first, and learn what I like and dislike. Then, once I've kind of retrained my brain to be more veggie friendly, I can come back and reassess what I'm eating.

So there's my plan. It won't be easy, but I feel SO much better knowing I have a friend who's going to help me through it, and I am going to do my best to help her through as well. Let me know if you have any thoughts!
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ELIZABETH5268 7/25/2013 2:47PM

    Yay awesome on the accountability buddy! Great goals!

Don't forget strength training! It sucks at first but then it gets addictive and will help increase durability on your runs:)

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FATHINSN 7/24/2013 7:37PM

    That's great, you have a plan AND a friend to help you accountability :D
Good luck!

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JDBENNING 7/24/2013 8:23AM

    You have obviously given this a lot of thought! Looks like a great plan! I like that you plan to reassess in August to see how the plan is going/working/etc. That is awesome that you have a friend to do this with and you have all of your SparkFriends too! You can do it! Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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