My Personal End-of-Year Challenge!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I've been frustrated all year with the fact that I've been steadily gaining back all the progress I made last fall.

So I decided to do something about it.

I am 7 pounds off where I was at the beginning of this year. We have 14 weeks left until the end of this year. Perfect opportunity to get myself back to where I was and shed the frustration!

The goal...

1/2 pound loss per week. Easy enough, right?

The plan...

Exercise: 5 days a week, 315 minutes, burning almost 2600 calories per week

Food: 1600-1900 calories per day. This is slightly lower than what SparkPeople recommended me for 1/2 pound per week (1700 - 2050). I'd like to have a little buffer in there!

I'm breaking down my calorie budget as follows:
100 - pre-gym snack for weekday mornings
400 - breakfast
100 - morning snack
400 - lunch
200 - afternoon snack
400 - dinner
100 - dessert
200 - for the occasional glass of wine (this is maybe 2 times per week)

I'm not planning to do detailed food tracking but will just be using the above guidelines to plan meals. Most of the recipes I use list calorie counts, so it's just as easy as picking something that fits the calorie budget!

The major things I need to focus on:
1. Getting enough sleep so that I don't skip my morning gym classes from exhaustion
2. Making up for any days I have to miss at the gym
3. Planning meals and grocery shopping ahead of time so I'm not scrambling and making less smart decisions.

Off to a good start today with my attendance at the gym this morning and my planned grocery list for the stop I'm making on the way home from work!
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    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

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