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Welcome and good luck Kittany! I belong to the YMCA for years and loved it. I dropped my membership earlier this year and really miss it. Even though membership was rather inexpensive, I decided that since I switched jobs and now have to pay for parking, I should use one of the 4 free gyms now available to me. Sure miss the classes, though...
I did a weigh-in program here (free, but i had to pay for a food journal) several times and found it very helpful. I think I may re-join it. The community you get with that is just so helpful.
My current goal is to just keep sticking to what I just started. As well as trying to have better judgment and self-control as far as eating goes.
What I just started- I joined a class called "Losin' It" at the YMCA. It's their own version of The Biggest Loser. It's Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class is free, but I signed up for the weigh in program too.
Ok, so my overall goal for the month is to lose 4-6 lbs.
For my first week back, I want to eat w/in my calorie range (1200-1550/day) and get enough water per day.
After that, for the rest of the month I want to continue and focus on planning my meals better, preparing them more, and eating the "right" things (more fruits/veggies at work, breakfast, etc.) Also I want to up my cardio time, but I think it's better for me to focus on (re)creating a good pattern of attendance than to be concerned that I'm not doing enough.
But just for right now, it's the workout, water, and calories.
My reward to myself will be to figure out how to use my hand-me-down iPod and loading songs on it for the gym!
EDITED: I'd intended on going to the gym 5 days this week. I then edited it to 3. Now I am editing it to just stay w/in my calories and try to keep that up next week and add gym from there. Weather here is awful and a lot of personal issues are keeping me from wanting to hit the gym...
Edited by: BABYPOP at: 1/6/2010 (14:38)
Hi everybody! I'm BabyPop, one of the admins for this team. I apologize for being MIA for a long time, but am trying to contribute more and get myself motivated as well. As such, I have added a forum for goals.
Use this thread to help you either continue momentum you've built, or to brush yourself off and push forward if you found yourself reverting to old bad habits. Use this month to build on your strengths and to challenge yourself on your weaknesses as we reach our goals together!
Here's how it works:
*Pick a few goals for the month (or even just one day or week at a time)
*Try to have at least one goal that isn't just the broad, "I want to lose x lbs this month." (e.g. getting enough water, stretching, doing x minutes of cardio activity x days per week, handling stress better etc.)
*Here's the tricky part: also try to include a detailed plan of how you will attain your goals. (e.g., if your goal is, "I want to refrain from emotional eating this month," then your specific plan could be, "Instead of eating through my emotions, I'll drink a tall glass of water, and work on a craft project or some other creative endeavor, and post on the SP message board for support.)
*Finally, think of a little reward you'd like to treat yourself to at the end of the month for reaching your goal.
Also, check previous "Mini-Goals" threads (in the General Forum) to see kind of how they work - it's very informal, and please check up on each other at least once a week! It's how we keep one another motivated.
Please post your goals here. Though I'll keep these monthly threads sticky, please feel free to also post new threads under this "Monthly Goals" forum for your more specific needs.
Finally, here is a corny thing I posted in another thread and have posted in my bedroom and on my desk at work. Please copy it, save it on your desktop, print it put, and put it wherever you can see it if you think it will motivate you!
JUST FOR TODAY: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.
I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things I can correct, and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.
Just for today, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully -- if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.