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Goals, not resolutions - it's all semantics

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

As promised – a positive hopeful blog to follow the pathetic whiny one last time.

I weighed in this morning at a whopping 232.4. I’m pretty sure the extra 2 pounds from earlier in the week were because I had a few drinks last night and that always shows up on the scale. Still though, YIKES! I am now officially 102 pounds over my high school weight. I reset my ticker, redid my measurements, and reset most of my streaks. 2012 was a bad year, but it’s time to own it and move on.

I didn’t plan to do resolutions this year, but I am setting some goals. I guess it’s really the same thing. Somehow though a RESOLUTION seems scarier and more pressure-inducing than a goal. So goals then:

My overall goal for the new year is to lose 52 pounds in the 52 weeks of 2013. Would I really rather lose the 84 pounds that would put me to my goal weight? You betcha! One pound a week seems more doable and more realistic. I know that some weeks I won’t have a loss at all, or even a gain while (hopefully) other weeks I will lose more than one pound. All in all I just hope it balances out and that a year from now I am staring 180 in the face. 180 is my nemesis. That’s my driver’s license weight, and I’ve been there a few times and just can’t seem to get past it. By this time next year I’ll have to face it again. For now though, I just want to see the other side of 230.

I’m going to start with baby steps. It seems like whenever I throw myself in whole hog I get discouraged and give up. So this is a year of baby steps and building blocks to get to where I want to be. I have three step this month.

1. Water – this is sometimes the easiest thing for me, but it seems like when I get stressed or tired I head for not water. My commitment to myself is a minimum of 64 ounces of water every single day, and 96 ounces on most of those days.

2. Exercise – 30 minutes 3 days a week. I know that seems like a tiny bit compared to some of you all who put in a mini-marathon before breakfast and then start your real workout. For me though, this is better than what I’ve been doing. I had to drop my Curves membership, and haven’t found a good replacement so I've been doing nothing lately. That's about to change.
Yesterday we found a used recumbent exercise bike at a thrift store so that now has pride of place in my living room. Not very attractive, but it’s quiet, doesn’t require the tv (so other people can watch what they want instead of an exercise video), I don’t have to jump around like a fool so I don’t mind if other people watch me workout, and it doesn’t require and special equipment, clothing, or training. So I will ride the bike, walk on the Dreadmill, walk outside, swim, or do an exercise video a minimum of 3 days a week. No more excuses.

3. No nighttime snacking – My third goal is to keep my pie hole shut after supper. One of my biggest problem areas is mindlessly working my way through a bag of carp while watching tv or reading in the evenings. From now on, that’s not allowed. If I plan for desert after supper, that’s fine - but no more just eating to eat. If I’m truly hungry, fresh fruit and veggies only are allowed.

I will be tracking my food, but not a stickler about it. I think that will be February’s first goal.

So how did day one go? 3 refills of my 32 ounce bottle (96 ounces), 20 minutes on the bike with a 10 minute abs video planned as soon as I log off, and since “supper” was at 3 o’clock today I have a bowl of oatmeal and an apple planned for after the video.

Happy New Year to all of you. May you find peace and joy this year.
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  • no profile photo CD13451378
    I can relate to having a crappy 2012, and wanting to start fresh. I can also relate to taking baby steps, because going full throttle never works out.

    I think the plan/goals that you've set for yourself are fantastic, and you can totally achieve them! emoticon
    3127 days ago
    Great goals for this year! We all have to start somewhere and I think you are starting out smart by taking baby steps! After I broke my leg I couldn't get up and do 60 minutes of exercise every day. I had to start out with little bits of exercise. A pound a week is definitely doable! Just a suggestion but you might want to print your goals out and put them somewhere you can see them every day. Perhaps on the refrigerator. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3127 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13027320

    I like your goals, they are very reasonable. You can do this, JustMe!
    3127 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1403645
    Girl, you crack me up! Small goals to build on is the best way to go. Going whole hog, balls to the wall only leads to failure. I have been there many, many times!!! You can do it, 52 pounds or a pound a week is completely attainable. I am proud of you!
    3130 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2112467
    Lol! I too, need to shut my pie hole after supper ! Lets get this done!
    3131 days ago
  • MISSY455
    Your goals are doable... keep focused and you will achieve them! Best of luck on your 52 pound loss this year....very realistic way to look at it!
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    3132 days ago
    Great goals!!! You can do it!!!!
    3132 days ago
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