Saturday, November 30, 2013
My job offered a wellness check for a substantial decrease on my health insurance premium. It was more like a wellness wake-up call. My scale battery had long since died and my medication is notorious for weight gain. I was 15 pounds over my highest estimate! I set a goal of losing 1 pound a week and getting under 200 pounds by my two year work anniversary which is June 11 of next year (2014). I'm currently at 236.
I noticed in my last blog entry I was just starting my job. I'm happy to report I've been there year and a half and have done well. It's quite an accomplishment for me to stay at a job a year and a half without incident. I feel very proud of this. My interpersonal skills have grown by leaps and bounds, as well as my ability to keep perspective and to let go of things I can't control. All in all I have dramatically increased my ability to see how my actions affect others. I work for an online travel website and I handle high-volume customers as well as hotels that need help with reservations. I also handle car and air bookings. We handle concerns as well as the bookings, so we're basically one-stop shopping.
My weight loss plan involves intentional walking (an extra 1.5 miles to work each day), taking the stairs, avoiding the snacks-laden breakroom, adding recreational exercise, caloric reduction and Sparkpeople. A coworker recommended employing SMART goals:
With that in mind, I changed my goal from losing 25 pounds in six months to 1 pound a week. My original goal was to get to 199 by June 11 but now I realize I'm going to need some extra time to achieve that goal. 37 weeks is needed to make that a SMART goal for me, so we'll look toward the end of September as my target date to hit the 199 mark.