I’m sneaky. I made goals for this month on May 1 but am just now sharing them with you. Honestly, though, this is the first chance I’ve had to share them. Those who have read my blog for over a year may recall that I was a big advocate and practitioner of making monthly and even weekly goals, but that goal-setting dropped off substantially once I got pregnant. Now, however, after my closet meltdown, my sweet husband Stephen encouraged me not to wallow in my dissatisfaction with my weight but to make a plan to change it. After all, that’s exactly what I did on January 21, 2008, and that’s exactly how I lost 90 pounds before I got pregnant. So without further rambling on my part, my weight loss stats and goals for May:
Starting weight (as of May 1): 197.6–Not gonna lie, this number totally depressed me because at one point postpartum the scale got down to 191. At the time I was sad that it was even that high, but now I’d LOVE to be back at 191!
1. Lose 4 pounds. A pound a week is a very modest but reasonable goal for me, especially when time for exercise is at a premium.
2. Abstain from soda and chocolate candy and limit chips to one serving size. Though I usually drink Coke Zero when I have soda so I’m not “drinking” my calories, I find that even drinking that makes me crave regular Coke and causes me to indulge in that more than I should. It also can prevent me from getting enough water each day, so for the next 3 months I am not going to have any soda. The same goes for chocolate candy, which I would eat in large quantities every day if I could (Cadbury Eggs, how I miss thee!). The chips are a problem if I eat them straight out of the bag because I eat WAY more than I need to (hello, Fritos!), but I am going to make sure that if I decide to have chips, I will measure out the appropriate serving size and stop at that.
3. Exercise 3 days a week for at least 30 minutes a time. I know that’s only 90 minutes a week, but it’s all I can reasonably expect of myself right now, as I’m still trying to figure out a “new normal.”
4. Track all of my food either on SparkPeople or on the computer. This is HUGE for me because when I don’t track, I am sure I grossly underestimate the amount of calories I consume. So even if I only am able to jot stuff down on a piece of paper or in a note on Outlook, I’m tracking my food.
5. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. For some reason I have struggled with this since having Charlotte, but I have been doing better with this since being at work, which is odd. I have a water bottle at my desk that I try to refill often, and I think just having it in front of me keeps me mindful of my water intake.
These goals are very basic, but I’m in a back-to-the-basics place right now. I am hopeful I can meet all of these goals, and maybe even surpass some of them (like the weight loss and exericse goals). I will try to report back each week with my progress. I will weigh in on Sundays, since that’s when the first of the month was, but it may not be until later that week before I’m able to update. I know you’ll all be dying of suspense. 🙂
Do any of you have some goals for this month, fitness or otherwise? Share them with me!