Now that my Avon Walk is over, I’ve had a few people ask me what my next big thing is. I do have a bit of a pattern when it comes to fitness-y things. I know myself decently well, and I know that if I don’t have some big goal, race, event or challenge going, my motivation peters out and I end up going weeks without sweating. I never crave exercising, so it takes something bigger than my internal motivation to really push me to get my sweat on.
I’ve had a lot of successful past fitness challenges—both external and self-made. Both the Summer of Strength and All About the Numbers challenges were big, glitter-y, pink feathers in my cap. And of course, signing up for a big race always seems to kick me into gear. But none of those were really resonating with me this time. I’ve had something else on my mind for a while now. It’s a simple goal. It’s one I’ve had before and it’s one millions of women out there constantly struggle with. I want to focus on weight loss.
Weight loss is something I’ve talked about a lot here on the blog. Just a couple of months ago, I made a confession that I not only had gained some weight, but I’d also be lying to you guys and myself about it. It was a big deal for me to come to the realization that I was no longer the girl I thought I was. And the month before that, I told you guys that I was struggling with loving who I was and still wanting to change it. But through all of that, I never set any concrete goals. I never gave myself a plan. I never set myself up for success.
But now that my schedule is cleared up and I have a big space in my life for a big honkin’ goal, I figured it was time to really do it. After all, it’s not real until you put it down on
paper your blog. So here it is:
I want to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year.
I don’t love setting specific weight goals or timelines, mostly because I’ve lived so much of my life as a slave to the scale and I don’t like being in that mindset. But I think for my happiness, it’s really time for me to get down to brass tacks and chase a goal. I wish I could be one of those people who could say, “Oh I’ll just eat less and move more and hopefully lose a size!” but the truth is, as much as I want to be a go-with-the-flow kinda girl, I’m not. I need those precise numbers and goals to keep me on track.
And beyond that, I need a super clear plan to follow. I do so much better when I know, to a granular level, exactly what I need to do hit my marks. Here are the basics of my plan.
- Track my food daily.
- Eat between 1800-2000 high-quality calories a day.
- Drink 4 liters of water daily.
- Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily.
- Limit added sugar to less than 30 grams per day.
- Monday: 30 minutes interval cardio, lower body and core strength
- Tuesday: 30 minutes interval cardio, upper body strength
- Wednesday: Rest day
- Thursday: Super, crazy intense cardio and strength interval workout (yet to be determined!)
- Friday: Rest day
- Saturday: 30 minutes interval cardio, lower body and core strength
- Sunday: 30 minutes interval cardio, upper body strength
- Write a weekly blog post on SparkPeople recounting all the emotional “goo” for the week.
- Spend Sunday evening preparing for a healthy week by cooking food, planning workouts, etc.
- Browse motivational stories and blogs one day a week.
So there you have it. I’m solidly back on the weight loss bandwagon. I’ve always said that BTHR isn’t about weight loss and I’m going to keep it that way. I’ll keep you updated periodically, but if you want to really keep up with my antics, make sure you check me out on SparkPeople.