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BEFIT014
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1/8/12 6:05 P

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I weighed in this morning 1 lb emoticon! emoticon

As I stated in my Goals, I'm taking this in

~~ '4 lbs a month' increments. So far I'm off to a good start.
~~ cardio 5 days a week. Pretty much. I missed 1 day.
~~ ST 4 days a week emoticon
~~ I've re=started P1 AGAIN. So I'm now on D3

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Well, now that we've had a full week of 2012 and I've had some time to think about my ultimate goals, this is where I'm at.

-My diet goals for last year were pretty much a wash. emoticon

2. A brief mission statement would be: I have an ultimate goal of losing 40-50 pounds and/or get my waistline measurement down to less than 35". I also will am going to having at least one meal in my day a protein shake - either with or without added fruit. But no more than two per day. Also I would like to change my thinking from "I should eat it's mealtime" to "I'm not hungry, I don't need to eat, regardless of what the clock says". (There's no reason I need to be on any kind of automated schedules.)

3. My goals for 2012 is an ultimate goal weight of approximately 140# - to have my blood pressure under normal range. To continue my walking each day that I can and that weather permits, or to do indoor exercise on those days of inclement weather. Also, do some exercises that will strengthen the thighs and core muscles. (so if I fell down, I could get up by myself).

4. The walking and core exercises are my goals for exercise. My 3 mile walk takes me about an hour to do.

5. Not have the junky carbs in my house and stick to my less than 30 carbs per day program. (Protein Power Lifeplan) and to not confuse myself with all the "different" low carb programs out there in the world........... (If it's not broke, it doesn't need fixing).

6. BMI at this point is 30.3, I just did it recently.

7. According to Spark, my caloric intake should be about 1200 per day, which is what I try and keep it at.





Edited by: KICK-SS at: 1/7/2012 (21:46)
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Good morning, here goes:

1. I started the past year very hopeful that this year would be the year to get down to my goal weight. Well it was not. I did very well until the summer when I started eating more carbs and then just went out of control. I did something well and that was my committment to exercise. I was exercising about 5-6 days a week.

2. Mission Statement: To achieve an optimal state of wellness measured by a healthy BMI, normal blood pressure, and normal lab values.

3. Goals for 2012:
goal weight of 133
run Spring half-marathon
run 2 10ks this summer
run 1/2 or whole marathon this fall
continue to exercise 5-6days per week
adopt the low carb way of eating as a lifestyle-tracking daily

4. Monday through Friday exercise before work at the Y, long run on Saturday or Sunday.
Workouts during the week will rotate between cardio and strength training. .

5. . Cull the junky carbs-met!

6. BMI-26.7-overweight!


7. To reach my goal weight by June this year I need to eat 1591 calories everyday.

Whew!











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I'm a bit late in doing this but thinking about it made some things more clear. I may adjust/add more goals, but right now this is it.

1. Your first challenge of the new year is to access how you did with your goals for the last year.

I lost 40 lbs in the first part of the year then lost my way -- LONG plateau thru summer until end of year. Had no plan and no consistency during that time.

2. Your Second challenge of the new year is to write out a brief mission statement. motivation for this journey.

To become as healthy as I can be. Keep my heart conditions from getting worse and get rid of my pre-diabetic condition. Maintain a positive attitude.


3. Your third challenge this week is to write out your goals for this year.

a) Lose 10 lbs by April 1 or before.
b) Check blood sugar daily and try to maintain below 110 fasting.
c) Go to Y at least 2 times per week - more if possible.

4. Get in at least 30 minutes of some kind of exercise every day. DONE

5. Cull the junky carbs -

Have been doing that since joining the Smart Carb team - it is really helpful.

6. I would like you to calculate your body mass index.

BMI is 25.1 (overweight) but only .2 away from being in the normal range.

7. I would also like you to calculate your daily caloric needs.

1299 if I want to lose 10 lbs by March 15, 1200 if I want to by April 1.




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What a great way to get me to reflect, make a plan and move forward!


Week 1:

1. Last year's goals were not met! I have had the same goals for the past 2 years and have not achieved them. I am where I was in January 2010. I am very disappointed and have no one but myself to blame.

2. Your Second challenge of the new year is to write out a brief mission statement.

I want to achieve my weight loss and eating plan goals to maintain a healthier weight, to feel more comfortable in my clothing, to move more comfortably and easily allowing me to stick with an exercise program. As I enter menopause, I think reaching my goals and maintaining would also help to balance out my hormones, bloating, and moods. I am tired of feeling like a toad! :-(

3. Your third challenge this week is to write out your goals for this year.

**My goal is to lose 14-18 pounds by the end of May. Spark People calculator says I should be able to do this by mid-April. I will do this by following a low carb eating plan and exercising.

**Consistently exercise, at least, 3 days per week in addition to daily dog walking.

** Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day.

**Track my food as much as I can.....preferably daily.


6. I would like you to calculate your body mass index.

Current BMI: 26.2 in the "OVER" range. :-(



7. I would also like you to calculate your daily caloric needs.

According to the calculator I should take in 1,324 calories per day to reach my goal.


So here is to 2012!
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What a great challenge. I look forward to participating. This was a wonderful exercise that helped me to focus on my goals and what is required to reach them.
Best of luck to everyone!

Week 1:

1. How did I do in 2011?
While the year started off with the best of intentions, my heart wasn’t really in to the doing what was needed to make a change. I gave half an effort, lost some weight, gained some weight, and then towards the end of September, I finally decided that I had to do this and do it now! I considered weight loss surgery and ultimately decided on a medically supervised very low calorie diet. I lost 41 pounds in 12 weeks and it was the jumpstart I needed to make 2012 the year I reach my goals!

2. My Mission Statement
After thinking about this for awhile I decided on a mission statement that is probably more of a mantra but definitely summarizes how I want to live my life.
Make Everyday Matter.
I know why I need to lose weight. I understand the impact it has on my body. I know the importance of keeping my blood sugar in good control, building muscle, and improving my cardiovascular health. I want to live a long time. I want to be there for my son and my husband and grow old. I want the chance to experience things I’ve never done and go places I’ve never gone. Every now and again someone we know dies or is facing a serious illness and we are reminded that we don’t have an infinite time on this earth to get our sh*t together. If change is going to happen, it has to happen now and each day is too important to waste. Every day won’t be perfect but it should be a step in the right direction. Each day I will ask myself, what can I do today to help reach my goals? The answer may be as simple as fitting in time for exercise, making a healthy food choice, or spending a few minutes organizing the junk drawer in the kitchen. Every day is an opportunity for improvement and accomplishment. Procrastination is not just putting things off until tomorrow but it is wasting the precious day we have been given.
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ~Karen Lamb


3. My Goals for 2012
*Maintain a healthy HbA1c number. I will strive to get back into the fives. My last A1c done in September was 6.2 and I will be finding out the results of my most recent test soon. I will improve this number by monitoring my blood sugar daily and eating a low carbohydrate diet.
*Lose another 50 pounds in 2012. I will continue to lose weight in 2012 by following a low carbohydrate and low calorie diet, tracking my food intake daily, exercising at least 5 times a week and striving for daily activity, attending my weekly weigh in and weight loss support group, weighing myself daily to monitor my progress and make the necessary adjustments to my plan to ensure results.
* Increase the intensity of my exercise. I will include short bursts of increased intensity during my regular workout at least 3 times per week. For instance, adding a few minutes of jogging to my walk, increase the incline on the treadmill, or up resistance on the elliptical. I will do something to take me out of my comfort zone and get my heart rate elevated in an effort to increase my endurance.
*Add Strength training. I will do a strength training workout at least 2 days a week. Currently I am doing a circuit training class to meet this criteria.
*Run a 5K. Begin (again) the 5 Couch to 5 K program on February 1st and register for a local race in may or June.

4. Get in at least 30 minutes of some kind of exercise every day. I can do this!

5. Cull the junky carbs - cookies, candy, doughnuts, cake, pie, etc. You know what I mean. The holidays are over - it's time to move on. That’s my plan! I will commit to doing this.

6. Current BMI 38.4 (Severely Obese) according to the chart. This can be a bit discouraging so I calculated my highest BMI and my starting BMI for 2011 so that I can remind myself that this number is going down. My highest BMI (in 2005) was 56.6 and my starting BMI in 2011 was 49.3. I’m making progress!

7. Daily Calorie Needs
You should consume about 1,279 calories a day to reach your goal weight of 140 lbs . This is at a reasonable weight loss average of 1.5 lbs per week, which should be reached by September 20, 2012.
I can do this!




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WEEK 1:

1) How did I do in 2011
~ I started out really strong and 'gung ho' in the beginning of the year. Lost some weight and got smug. "Oh, I can't eat this just this once", "I'll workout tomorrow", etc. That mindset has GOT to change!

2) Mission Statement:
~~ I basically just want to feel better about myself. I want to be able to look in the mirror & not shake my head. I keep telling myself "Will eating THAT get you to where you want to be".

3) 2012 Goals:
~~ lose 4 lbs per month. This will put me at my goal weight by March.
~~ cardio 5 days a week, 40 minutes each day
~~ ST 4 days a week
~~ follow P1 of SB. Then go to P1.5

4) Exercise 30 min per day;
~~ DONE

5) No Junk;
~~ DONE!

6) My BMI is 22.2

7) Calories:
~~ My recommendation is to eat 1200 calories, which is pretty much what I average. It also said I should reach goal by March 1.


Thanks for this! I really had to think about these. I need to work on a better Mission Statement, tho. It's kind of vague.

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KICK-SS
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1/2/12 9:29 P

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2011 was somewhat of a wash for me... I'm working on 2012 to be MUCH better!!



Betty

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TODAY IS THE TOMORROW YOU WORRIED ABOUT YESTERDAY. GET ON WITH IT!!

BEFORE YOU CAN START A NEW CHAPTER - YOU HAVE TO FIRST TURN THE PAGE!




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1. I met my goal, which was to get to 120 pounds. I did this by August of last year and have maintained ever since.

2. I want to focus on my health, music and relationship with God. I will continue to be healthy and more energetic by exercising regularly and continuing to monitor the foods I eat. I will get back to my music by practicing either flute or piano several times a week. I will improve my relationship with God by reading the Bible and having quiet time daily.

3. a. exercise cardio (Wii Zumba, treadmill, stationary bike) 30 minutes a day and strength training (SparkPeople videos) 10-15 minutes a day except Sundays.
b. practice flute and/or piano 3 days a week.
c. chronological read through the Bible in a year plan with daily quiet time

4. all but Sunday

5. done

6. BMI is 21.7

7. daily caloric need according to that website is 1800.


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Week 1:

1. Your first challenge of the new year is to access how you did with your goals for the last year. Be honest. We all make mistakes and can learn from the past. Post your answer.

I continued to maintain for 2011 which is great. I did some minor changes - ie explored more of the paleo/primal end of things, added more fat, using whole fat type dairy and cheese and butter, added coconut - which all showed me a more stable weight maintenance. Exercise front - I did okay on the cardio front. I had to back off at times due to back issues. I SUCK at doing strength exercises/program.

2. Your Second challenge of the new year is to write out a brief mission statement. PASS...hehe

3. Your third challenge this week is to write out your goals for this year. Figure out a strength program and DO it at the minimum of twice a week. Strive for Paleo 2.0 type diet at least 90% of the time.

4. Get in at least 30 minutes of some kind of exercise every day. Done!

5. Cull the junky carbs - cookies, candy, doughnuts, cake, pie, etc. Done and will continue to do so.

6. I would like you to calculate your body mass index. My BMI is 22

7. I would also like you to calculate your daily caloric needs. Standard 1200-1550. More if I increase my exercise.

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Week 1:

1. 2011 Goals - I actually had a good year in 2011. I had hoped to be somewhere between 135-145 by the end of the year and I ended around 165. That being said, I started the year at 206 so I’ll take a 41 pound loss for the year. Excellent, actually!

2. Mission Statement – I will make changes to my lifestyle that will give me the energy and wellness to not only keep up with my children but encourage them and drive them on to be the best people they can be. I will do my best to be loving, patient, and kind with both my children and my husband (even when I’m having a bad day!). To do this, I must resolve the health issues that distract me from this mission by adopting a sustainable active lifestyle and a healthy lower carb gluten free diet.

3. Goals – Here’s a link to my goal blog for 2012. I did get some feedback that maybe they aren’t specific enough, but I struggle with maintaining flexibility and specificity at the same time… I am a perfectionist and feel like a failure for modifying goals partway in, so I’m hedging my bets a bit…
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643974

4. Get in at least 30 minutes of some kind of exercise every day. – Will do, with the possible exception of Sundays (my OFF day).

5. Cull the junky carbs - cookies, candy, doughnuts, cake, pie, etc. You know what I mean. The holidays are over - it's time to move on. – That’s the plan… See above.

6. BMI – Last official weigh in - 24.9. Latest unofficial this morning – 25.9.

7. Calories – Calculator says 1536 calories to lose a pound a week, so I can use that as my max since I’d like to lose more than that a week (1% per week is my goal).


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I only had one thought out goal last year and that was to ride my bike in a 100 km ride. I succeeded in that, but not as strongly as I would have liked. As a result, I have some new exercise goals to make a 100 mile ride this year.

I've given some thought to a mission statement. I don't normally think along these lines, but with a bit of reflection, I realized I do have a mission statement. Do all to the glory of God.

My goals are more oriented to exercise rather than eating as I have found what works for me in my diet and it is now habit. So this years goals are to work up to commuting via bike 5 days a week (the 18 miles lots of gravel and a couple of big hills). The commute is intended to build up my strength for a 100 mile ride which is my second goal.

As to 30 minutes of exercise a day, this has not been a problem for me in the past. In fact, this year, I am planning on purposefully taking a day off each week. This should help keep me on track the rest of the week with less stress.

Junky carbs are not much of a temptation any more. Amazing what getting free of the sugar and starch does to your tastes.

My bmi is currently around 23.5, while in the normal range, it does not give a good picture of what's going on. Using calipers to calculate body fat, I'm just below 10%. Back when my BMI was over 32, it was a more useful measure of what I needed to work on, now with my current level of exercise, I pretty much discount it.

I have calculated my caloric needs in the past, non of the formulas I used came up with things that I could live with. My guess is my level of activity simply does not match what any of the formulas expected. I currently do not track calories as getting away from sugar and starch has fixed my hunger/satiety signals, so I simply eat until I'm full. When I have traced my calories, I'm eating somewhere between 2000 and 3000 calories most days. That range seems wide, but my intake ends up swinging that wildly based on what my body wants. Since my commute burns over 1000 calories each way, that number will probably bump up significantly once I'm commuting regularly.





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I like this challenge! Unfortuneately, I'm heading out the door to work in about 20 minutes. But I'll definitely be back to this tonite!

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Happy New Year, Sparkfriends!! My New Year wish for each of you is that you have your best year ever, in every area of your life.

It's time to get started on our journey to optimum health. Some of you may wish to participate in a challenge so I have started this for those members.

I have listed below the challenges that I want you to do for week one. You can do them in any order but please get them done this week. If you can't you can always catch up later or even skip one you don't wish to do.

Week 1:

1. Your first challenge of the new year is to access how you did with your goals for the last year. Be honest. We all make mistakes and can learn from the past. Post your answer.

2. Your Second challenge of the new year is to write out a brief mission statement. If you have never done this in the past you really need to. A mission statement is an affirmation of why you are willing to commit to the hard work necessary to achieve a healthier lifestyle. I can't stress enough the importance of this. Although it's perfectly okay to get ideas from others this statement should be specific to you and be your personal mantra. It's for you and about you and no one else. Print it out so that you will have it handy. When you feel your motivation and resolve lacking return to your mission statement and rediscover your motivation for this journey. Share your mission statement with the group on this post. Post it in your blog too if you blog.

3. Your third challenge this week is to write out your goals for this year. Setting goals is one of the main predictors of success. Please don't set some vague goals as they won't help you accomplish anything. Goals should be SMART - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. This url can help you to do this. topachievement.com/smart.html

4. Get in at least 30 minutes of some kind of exercise every day.

5. Cull the junky carbs - cookies, candy, doughnuts, cake, pie, etc. You know what I mean. The holidays are over - it's time to move on.

6. I would like you to calculate your body mass index. This is just one indicator of fitness and not completely accurate but is used by M.D.s to access your risk of chronic diseases. Here is a link to help.
sparkpeople.com/resource/calculator_bmi.as
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7. I would also like you to calculate your daily caloric needs. This is extremely important and often clues people into why they are not losing weight. Here's a url - caloriecount.about.com/cc/calories-goal.ph
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Good luck!

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