My Plan/Vision Board for the remaining 8 Weeks of BLC 26

Friday, October 17, 2014

My goal from the start of BLC 26 was to lose 20 pounds. Not quite sure if I'll make it since I've only lost 1.5 pounds and have 8 weeks left. That's an average of 2.5 pounds a week. It is possible and I'm going to give it my all but if I come up short, I just know that whatever I lose will be less I have to worry about.

I've read that losing weight is 80% nutrition, 10% training and 10% genetics. Since you can't out-exercise bad nutrition, my plan will be to pre-plan all my meals for the week. Like the saying goes, "Fail to plan, you plan to fail". I will make it my goal to sit down every Wednesday and pre-plan my meals for the upcoming week. If I know exactly what I'm going to eat, I will have no excuse to just grab whatever there is around. Also this makes it so much easier to see where I am in the macro ranges and if I'm within my caloric range.

I'm also going to limit my carbs...not the good ones like freggies...but the starchy, empty calories ones. I eat way too many of those carbs and not enough protein. In my pre-planning of meals I will make it a point to get some sort of protein in with each meal. Whether it's by chicken, red meat or greek yogurt, I will get in some good protein.

My next approach will be exercise. I don't have much of a problem getting in some exercise. However, I've been experiencing some back trouble in the past couple months. I'm not going to use it as an excuse to skip working out. I will just be mindful of what and how my back feels and take a little extra time to stretch my back out and do some back exercises. My workout plan will be to follow what our team is designated to do on certain days (TT, 5k, step-ups) but also make it a point to get in at least 15,000 steps four days of the week.

Another approach that I will take these remaining 8 weeks is to love myself a little more. No more beating myself up when I slip up or don't like what I see. I'm going to find some motivational quotes or affirmations and read them in the morning and throughout the day. I know this makes my mind stronger when I come across situations that make me want to cave in. It's worked before in the past and I had some success.

I will also remember that the scale does not tell the whole picture. I'm more than a number. I will use a variety of things to see how I'm doing. These will be measurements, size of clothing or how they feel, compliments, more stanima and energy, etc.

This is the plan I'm going to take and I can only see success in my future.

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