Thursday, October 25, 2007

Setting Weight Loss Goals

A while back Tracy talked about setting goals if you're serious about losing weight. Well, I agreed whole heartedly....and then didn't do anything about it. Namely setting my own goals. Conventional wisdom tells us that those people who set and implement their goals are the most successful at whatever it is they are trying to accomplish. It's a way of holding yourself accountable and gives you a visual representation of where you are and where you need to be.

I NEVER set goals. At least not enough to take the time to write them down and say, "Okay. This is what I want to do and this is how I plan on getting there." And maybe that's why I never (or rarely) end up where I want to be in the time I want to be there in.

Well, today is a new day. And I'm no longer waiting.

My Weight Loss Plan

Current Weight:
161 pounds (Publix scale. It doesn't lie)

To be 140 pounds

Start Date: Already Started

End Date: By December 31. Trying to look good for that New Years Bash! And for a lifetime. This time I'm keeping it off!

How: A combination of diet and exercise mainly focusing on fiber intake and ratcheting up the cardio via wogging, stair master, walking on treadmill and soon dancing.

Plan: I don't do well with diets. I've got authority issues and don't like being told what to do even if it's passively from a diet book. But I recognize that I HAVE to change my eating habits and adjust my workouts for my body type if I'm going to succeed. And as I've mentioned before, I like ice cream too much and most diets don't allow it.

So because of my ice cream desires and my authority issues I've decided to focus on something that I can do....and that's focus on my fiber intake. Americans get about 7 - 15 grams of fiber a day and if you're a woman you need about 25 - 30 grams of fiber to keep the system moving.

Studies have also shown that eating fiber keeps the weight off AND helps you to lose the weight. I figure if I focus on my fiber intake then the rest will take care of itself. 80% of weight loss is diet anyways.

As far as exercise goes I have generally been good about that but I have to tailor my work outs to my body type (more on that later) and that's been my big issue.

So that's it. My Great Weight Loss Plan. I'll update weekly with weekly weigh ins, food diaries and dress size changes. If I'm encouraging everyone else to get on the ride then I need to make sure I'm hopping on the ride as well. And a weigh we go!

Today is a new day. What are you waiting for?


Tracy said...


Stick with it, and don't make it seem like punishment! You can have ice cream - just not a whole quart at one sitting!! ;)

BlueBell makes a great sugar free icecreamin many great flavors - try some!

And don't forget about your cardio!

Yay! Someone else whining and obsessing besides me!!

Any questions, holla!

Ana said...

My goal is 18% body fat. It was 23% last year. I don't want to know what it is now, but I need to join a gym. I have to do the hardcore 5-6x/week thing because once I start doing 3x/week, it's a slippery slope to couch potato which got me in this current state. That and a knee injury.

Ana said...

...also, I know I don't need to focus on the jewelry. It was just evidence of how shallow I am. I don't even like Tiffany very much but I felt it would be the best place to get a crucifix. I don't **love** theirs but it's the best one I've seen thus far.

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