Monday, December 09, 2013
Happy holidays, everyone!!!
This is one of those crazy, long blogs-if you just want to skip through and drop me a quick "You can do it!", that works for me!!! =)
So I just read the article about not taking a break during the holidays, finding a nice middle ground that might slow weight loss, but not stop it completely. The problem is that I know right now I am gaining weight already. One of the worst things I have recently noticed is that my 'baggy' jeans are now so tight that I *CRINGE* wore through the inner thigh. Oh, sigh. The last time I weighed myself, I was gaining weight fairly steadily, but I haven't weighed myself in about a month or so. I think that I might have slowed down my weight gain, or at least maintained for the past month. I went pretty crazy there for a moment.
As I am coming up on my second year anniversary with SparkPeople, I have decided once and for all, to finish my weight loss goals and start my maintenance goals. Starting in January, I will be tracking diligently, exercising regularly, and the best part is that my honeydew said that he would like to do it with me! (He has slowly gained a bit of a tummy in the past couple years.) We have decided to devote ourselves to this, including sticking pretty solidly to the SparkPeople menu, which helped me a lot last time.
Here are some of the aspects of my plan:
-I am currently trying to get back in to the habit of working out three days a week, coupled with strength training on every other day. I am hoping I can get the habit in place for when I start tracking my calories, so I'm not trying to do two things at once.
-I am being mindful of what I eat (although it is rarely within my calorie range) and I am trying to drink my water and eat my veggies. Again, setting myself up for success. Hit the ground running!
-Starting Jan. 1st, I will follow the grocery lists fairly closely (I am a master at saving money, haha) and I also will be planning out my week's menu on Saturday and then buying the groceries I need on Sunday. I am actually quitting my weekend job and making planning my job on the weekends. 1200-1500 cal daily.
-I will continue my exercise routine until my gift cards run out, then I might start running again... I love running in late winter/early spring. Anyway, I will be staying active and changing my routine when it starts getting old. I will try new classes at the college as well, since I have a free pass to the gym there!
-My goal is to be 150 by July, when my friend's wedding is. It will be at Lake Tahoe, and it is an old friend from high school and I know a few of the people who are going to be there... It would be fun to look my best, feel good in a suit, dance with my honey, and not get tired before the night is over!
-150 by July means close to a 40 lb weight loss in 7 months. Like I said, I haven't weighed myself and I don't plan on weighing myself until Jan. 1st. I'm not sure quite where I sit, but I am trying to be healthy so I am not shocked when I step on the scale. Anyway, 40 in 7 is not hard to imagine! That is less than 1.5 pounds a week! Easy-peasy. (Kind of. Hah!)
-My mom hinted that she might get me a FitBit for Christmas. How awesome is that? Talk about a good motivator!
-I plan on having my days scheduled pretty tightly while I am actively losing, at least for the first couple of weeks while I am getting started. I have been writing out lists to help me remember when meals are, when I need to work/study, etc. It has been so helpful, especially with water tracking and sleep!
Hopefully, I will be able to hit the ground running and power through until I hit my goal, then start working on actively maintaining at a healthy BMI!
Any help, hints, tips, encouragement, any would be truly appreciated!!! Thank you!