I’m ready to get serious about shedding this baby weight, so with that seriousness comes a plan and goals (of course!). But first, some incredibly humiliating pictures that will serve as my “before” pictures. I hate to post these, but I am really glad I took them because they were a nice bit of reality for me. I intentionally chose clothing that is too snug so I will be able to really see the difference when I take progress pictures.
These were taken today:
Starting weight (as of June 1, 2011): 196.4 pounds
Goal weight: 156 pounds
40 pounds is a good amount of weight to lose, and I thought a lot about what target date I want to have. I finally settled on January 21, 2012 because that will mark the 4th anniversary of the day I decided to get my act together and lose weight (you can read about that here). That date is a about 7.5 months away, so my weight loss will need to be steady, but I think it’s doable if I stick with my plan and reach my goals.
So what is my plan? It’s simple: count calories and exercise 3 times a week. Right now I’m struggling to even get in 3 exercise sessions, so I don’t think I can expect any more than 3 right now, but I’m hoping that I will be able to increase my workouts to 4-5 times a week once I get into the groove of things. I’m going to be using SparkPeople to track my food intake, and when I input my numbers and my target date for losing the weight along with the amount of calories I expect to burn each week through exercise, the site gave me the calorie range of 1290-1640. I have not eaten in a range that low for a LONG time, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge, but we all know this isn’t easy, right?! And if my 261-pound self could eat 1500 calories or less a day, then my 196-pound self has NO reason not to do likewise!
My goals for the month of June are short and sweet:
1. Lose 6 pounds. If I lose 6 pounds each month, I’ll meet my ultimate goal and then some.
2. Cardio for at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week. I am on week 4 of Couch to 5k, and even though it’s kind of kicking my tail at the moment, I’m going to persevere and finish the program so I can at least be running a 5k distance somewhat regularly by the time fall rolls around.
3. Strength training twice a week. I am going to keep this really simple, as in crunches and arm exercises using dumbbells and resistance bands, and my sessions probably won’t last longer than 15 minutes, but I know that a little is better than nothing, and I definitely need to incorporate some strength training into my routine if I’m going to get rid of all the excess fat I have.
4. Read a Proverb each day. I have struggled to spend consistent time with the Lord ever since Charlotte was born, so I am setting the tiny goal of reading through the book of Proverbs. That will get me back into the habit of spending daily time in the Word and in prayer, and it will do wonders for my relationship with Jesus.
I am really excited about improving my health and strengthening my faith and can’t wait to see what this month has in store!
What goals and plans do you hope to make reality this June?