It's time for a FRESH start!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

July 7th, 2011 – It’s time for a FRESH start.

I have been on a plateau for about a year now, fluctuating from my low of 187 in August of 2010 to about 191. I am currently at 188.6. I am tired of not seeing the scale move down consistently and I need to try to figure out what I need to do to get it moving. I want to be at 160 pounds by the end of the year (12-31-2011). That means I have to get this weight loss/nutrition thing figured out for me. I have 6 months to lose 30 pounds which means I just need to lose over a pound a week to meet my goal. Why is that so difficult? That’s my goal and I am going to work hard at achieving it. Here is my plan to get me going.

F – First.
Keep God first in my weight loss journey. Pray daily and ask for guidance and wisdom with my nutrition and exercise.

Spend time daily reading the Bible, even if it is just a few verses.

I need to start going to church again on a regular basis.

R – Running.
By the end of July or first part of August I will be starting to train for the Disney half marathon in January, 2012. I need to stick to the training schedule and make sure I am getting the miles in that I should be. I also want to work on my speed by doing intervals and speed training drills.

I want to get my 5K time under 35 minutes.

I want to run the Disney half in 2:15.

E – Eating.
Log everything I eat. Pay attention to my ranges (calories, carbs, fats, protein, sodium, and fiber) and try to stay in my ranges every day.

Drink 64-100 oz of water daily.

Continue to cut back on the sweet tea. Try to limit myself to 32 oz of sweet tea each day during the week, if my calorie range allows. Also, try to cut back to 64 oz of sweet tea each day on the weekends.

I really need to figure out how many calories I need to eat for the amount of exercise I do in order to be able to lose 1-2 pounds a week consistently.

S – Strength training, swimming, and cross-training.
Even though I will be starting to focus on running before long, I still need to continue with my strength training and cross-training. I want to continue with the Friday morning boot camp class because this will help with my strength training.

During the summer and early fall I want to continue to ride my bike as much as possible. This will only be a few miles on weekends as time allows.

Continue doing crunches, push-ups, squats, and lunges. Try to do at least 50 crunches, push-ups, squats, and lunges, of any kind, at least 5 days a week.

Swim laps on Tuesday’s before lessons during the summer and after lessons in the fall. Work on both speed (intervals) and endurance.

Stay active and participate on a few of my spark teams (Determination and Accountability, the 5% challenge teams, BLC16 – summer break and BLC17 in the fall, Runner’s With A Purpose, and for July – For Real This Time) and try to complete the challenges to the best of my ability. Each of these teams has challenges for strength training, cardio, and/or nutrition and is very supportive.

H – Help, happy, healthy. Ask for help when I need it and offer help and support to others when I can.

Be happy. Don’t worry about things that I can’t change and don’t have any control over. Enjoy life to the fullest.

Stay healthy by following my plan, eating well, exercising, resting, relaxing, and taking time for myself.
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    Keep on keeping on! You can do this!
    3193 days ago
    Repeat after me: Yes I can! Yes I can! Yes I Can!

    Because I know you can! You have a good outlined plan above but don't think of it as all or nothing! You have time this month to work on adding or subtracting one thing at a time and making it habit! Then you will be all set with good solid basic habits when your Disney Half Marathon training begins in August and BLC #17 begins in September!

    Good for you taking the time to see what works and what doesn't! Maybe you can print out your blog and put it somewhere to remind yourself daily! I had a major addiction to sweet tea but stopped after I saw how many calories I was logging because of it. I personally would rather eat my calories than drink them.

    Good fresh start! I know you can figure this out and turn it around! I believe in you!

    3194 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    great blog!
    3194 days ago
    emoticon I am cheering YOU on!!
    Great goals!!! emoticon
    3194 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    You CAN do this!!!! I have been in a horrible plateau myself for a LONG TIME now... I had someone tell me to limit obvious carbs (bread potatoes pasta etc)... For example 4 days without eating those things at all each week... I did two days and started seeing results immediately... then life came back and got all in the way... Might help you I dont know, but I will be trying that again here as things get more stable! Lets do it!!!
    3194 days ago
    Thanks everyone for your comments. I appreciate your feedback and support.
    3194 days ago
    Such a wonderful blog!! I love how specific yet totally reachable all your goals are! (especially Church & reading the Bible) I'm with Melissa. That scale's gonna budge in the right direction!
    3194 days ago
    Wow - I had no idea that we had this much in common, right down to weight goals.

    This helps me put things into perspective. Your energy and enthusiasm are contagious!

    3194 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2011 11:50:57 AM
  • PRINCESS1959
    3195 days ago
    Wow! Great blog!! And great plan!! I, too, realized I was through with being "stuck in the same place" today, so this was SO timely! Thanks for motivating me even more!!!
    3195 days ago
    Great goals! I love the way you outlined it all out. I too have been battling with a stuck scale...grrr. That scale is going to be sorry it's messed with you!! emoticon
    3195 days ago
    i loved this blog. you covered all the bases so the scale will have no choice but to move.
    3195 days ago
    You have some terrific goals. I hear, for good reason, anxiety in your words. If what you are currently doing doesn't fit within the realm of the goals you have listed above, then these prayerful changes in your eating and moving habits may be just what your body is looking for.

    It helps when you don't have someone else in the household who eats the foods you are trying to remove from your meal plan. I can also see that you struggle with the love of sweet tea. May God place on your heart the desire to thirst for water. I wish you could replace with water or another near zero calorie beverage.

    Faith is a active part of my goal setting, as well. I now know that this body is ultimately not mine. God created me for a specific plan and purpose. It is God who has given me responsibility to take care of this glorious form that allows me to worship with the vim and vigor due our Lord, just as he allows me to make choices on how I take care of everything else in my life (household, finances, service, etc). I would love to hear those words from the creator who gave us life, "Well done good and faithful servant!"

    May this be just the challenge to get you working in the right direction. You certainly have a team of people who want to see you succeed. Great blog! Great Goals!
    3195 days ago
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