September Plans and Goals and New Gym

Sunday, August 31, 2014

So I've joined a new gym. It's called Life Time Fitness and it is truly amazing. It's like belonging to a country club/spa/elite gym, and with everything it offers, it really isn't any more expensive. It has 3 indoor pools and 4 outdoor pools. 400 pieces of cardio/ST equipment plus oodles of free weights. A dedicated yoga room, 2 exercise rooms, a gym, a rock wall, and 2 racketball courts. Fully outfitted locker rooms, hot tubs, saunas, and eucalyptis steam rooms. Awesome!

Two of the things that Life Time offers is your Health Score and metabolic testing. I've done both. My Health Score is 84/100, which is pretty good considering the amount of weight I need to lose. The metabolic testing showed me the workout zones I need to target in order to lose fat, and not just burn carbs. It's a very different way of working out. I know I'll be pushing myself harder, and I've felt I needed to do that.


I read an amazing article here on SP about the different types of goals you should set for yourself. Here are mine, not necessarily only for the month of September.

Performance Goals
1. Improve swim time
2. Use HR zones during cardio

Real Life Goals
1. No more airline seat belt extender

Health Goals
1. Lower fasting glucose level
2. Lower BP/get off BP meds

Movement Goals
1. Minimum of 10 minutes of continuous movement EVERY day
2. Cardio 3 times a week-recumbant bike, swimming, and rowing
3. ST 4-5 times a week, rotating through different muscle groups

Feel Good Goals
1. Have more energy
2. Wake up better in the mornings

I'll be meeting with a nutritionist/dietician next Saturday so I hope to get a better idea of my nutritional needs with my new workout plan. Right now:

Calories between 1430-1740
Protein between 72-87
Carbs between 179 - 218
Fat between 48 - 58

It's already been recommended to me because of my thyroid condition to try to eat smaller meals more often through the day. That's hard because I'm a teacher, but it was suggested making a protein shake and just sip on it during the morning, which I can certainly do. Three meals and 2 snacks, trying to eat every 4 hours or so.

I'll be participating in BLC26 this round too!

I'm looking forward to seeing some changes!!
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    Congrats on joining a new gym, Karen! Their equipment and programs sound great! Your goals sound very well thought out and doable! emoticon
    2477 days ago
    WOW! how lucky you are to have found this place! what a great opportunity! I like the way these goals are broken out and defined--sometimes I think we don't define goals correctly--and you can't respond to something that your mind doesn't really understand. the way these goals are defined as to their purpose and their clear language is really good! I am planning to get myself a journal today and start setting some new goals and this was a big help! have a lovely Monday, and thanks so much for you comment on my "definition" blog. it was a great comfort to me.
    2477 days ago
  • LINZEE118
    wow! I would give anything to have a gym like this near me! We don't even have a pool close to me!
    2482 days ago
    I was so envious of your new gym I had to check out where you live. Ah, NJ - lot's of fitness options there. Down here in rural VA, we've got the YMCA and lucky to have that.
    Congratulations on your success so far and your well organized goals. You deserve to be very proud of yourself.
    2484 days ago
    Thyroid disease does indeed complicate losing weight, and it is a challenge, but that being said, it is not impossible! I have thyroid disease and type 2 diabetes. I eat 5 times/day. So, they're small meals. That really does help me. I have energy and don't feel ravenous.

    Good luck with the protein shake. Just be careful about the sugar.
    2485 days ago
    Great goals! Your new gym sounds awesome!
    2485 days ago
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    Looks like you've got a sound plan there, very doable. I'm sure you'll get the results you want and have fun too. emoticon emoticon
    2485 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Happy to hear that you are back on the BLC team. I love it. The gym you belong to sounds wonderful. Not only the facility and the amenities including the Health Score and metabolic testing.
    2485 days ago
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    2485 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    When one door closes on you, God opens another door just for you. God Bless YOU! Vic.
    2485 days ago
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