Thursday, January 28, 2010

Some guidelines and goals

Weight: 240.2

Today marks one week of being back. I've lost an excellent 4.3 pounds, which is just .2 pounds shy of half the 9 pounds I gained being away.

I'm debating whether or not I should put it as my big side of the blog weigh in. On the one hand, I started on a Thursday so this is a week later and should be my next weigh in. Just going by normal standards, this should be the day.

But, Tuesdays are my weigh in day. For months I weighed in on Tuesdays. I like Tuesdays. They're close enough to the weekend to keep the pressure up, and you're less likely to be away then you would on a Monday. And they're just my weigh in day.

On the other hand, I know I won't be able to weigh in on at least one Tuesday next month since I'm going to be on the road, so maybe I should just suck it up and stick with Thursdays for the time being.

I know I owe you guys a post on serious stuff, but today I just want to do today is set out some straightforward goals for myself:

1. There's no reason not to take the stairs down when I leave my apartment. I live on the 8th floor and taking the stairs down is both easy and smart. Unfortunately, I can't take the stairs up: you can't open the doors from inside the stairwell on any floor but the lobby and basement. (For the record, how lame is that? Shouldn't it be a fire hazard or something?)
2. I need to really write down what I'm eating. When I originally started this blog/diet, I wrote down every morsel. Along the way, I got comfortable enough judging my food and tracking calories in my head that I stopped. For now, I need to write things down. I'm not assigning myself a definite calorie limit, but I know around where I want to be.
3. Lunch time walks are one of the keys to success. Going out in the fresh air and getting a bit of midday exercise not only burns calories, it makes me feel infinitely better for the rest of the afternoon. At least 4 days a week, I want to go for a walk during lunch.
4. The most important thing I can do to get myself to the gym is to not sit down after getting home from work. If I change immediately, grab a bottle of water and head off, I get there. The moment I sit down, my chances of heading out the door plummet. As of now, I'm going to plan to hit the gym at least 4 work days a week, and hopefully on the weekends as well.

For now, those are my basic guidelines for staying on the right track.

Two days ago I made plans to fly out to visit my best friend from college in February, and I'm really, really excited to see her since we haven't been able to get together for a little over a year. Literally a few hours after we finalized the trip and I bought the tickets, her boyfriend proposed. So, come the weekend of February 20th, I'll not only be seeing her for the first time in a year, I'll be meeting her fiancée for the first time ever. A little nerve-wracking, to say the least. It's a little over three weeks away, so nothing drastic is going to happen, but I'd like to make some decent progress by then. If I can lose 4.7 pounds by then, I'll at least be as thin as I was before I got lost, and if I can drop 7.2 pounds by then, I'd no longer be morbid for the visit. Who knows if I'll be able to make either of those goals (I really should be able to make the first and the second is within reason), but now is as good a time as any to set them up.

It's highly unlikely I'll be at my goal weight to walk down the aisle for my brother's wedding this summer, but maybe, just maybe, I'll be there by the time I need to be a bridesmaid in hers the summer after.


  1. I think you should post your Thursday weigh-ins and switch back to Tuesdays when you can...just because it's on Thursday doesn't mean it doesn't count, you know?

  2. I think I agree with Jenn on your weigh-in postings, but whatever makes you happy makes me happy! :)

    You are doing great in losing that bit of weight you regained during your haitus from blogging. And even though you may not be exactly where you wanted for your brother's wedding, you will still look beautiful! And who knows what you can accomplish with the great work you are doing??

  3. Those sound like really good goals. I think you should change your weigh in to Thursdays just to make things more convenient for a while. You can always change back to Tuesdays.

  4. YAY for the 4.3lb drop!!
    My lunch breaks consist of going down to the local elementary and tutoring now, but before I was walking around outside on some days and it definately made me feel better for the rest of my work day! Get out there and do it! :)

  5. I think you have set some very reasonable goals. It's always good for me to have a list and something I can visualize. Once I put it on paper, I am twice as likely to do is, as just "telling" myself I'm going to do it. Congrats on the loss! You are doing amazing, and only a week into it! Way to GO!!! :)

  6. Great loss and I am SO GLAD you are back to blogging! I missed you!

  7. I love your focus! Very reasonable goals!

    Keep up the great work! =)

  8. Pick whatever day works best for you. If it is Tuesday, then go with Tuesday because it works for you. Don't let your schedule take priority if it doesn't do it for you. ;)

    I think the goals sound great! I've set myself up for a challenging one & I've got to say that watching the days disappear on my countdown ticker has been great motivation.

    You can do it!

  9. Aww... that's great that you are going to be a bridesmaid for your friend's nuptials. Having these things that we look forward to, such as visits and weddings, are definitely motivating on the weight loss front!

  10. I know what you mean by liking a certain day. I just have to do Mondays. It's always got to be Mondays. I agree with Lynn, pick the day you want.

    Those goals are great. Walking is such a good mood booster.

  11. Congrats on that amazing loss! And, even for getting lost along the way I think you are doing more than a fantastic job! I know you can drop those extra 7lbs you want to, and remember the summer is a long way away and you can make phenomenal progress by then! It might not be your goal but I bet you are gonna be one sexy babe that day!

  12. Congrats on the loss! Your goals sound totally doable. For some reason, I seem to... rebel? against logging my food. Denial, I guess? We live on the third floor of our building: there are 48 stairs between our unit (and the stairs are literally right outside our door). I go down the stairs out of habit, but up is a different story - I do it most days, but I can find an excuse not to here and there.

  13. Great job on the loss! And it sounds like you've set out some basic but very important guidelines to follow. I know for me writing down every bit is key to my success. As soon as I stop writing it down, things start to slide.
    And congrats on being a bridesmaid soon. How exciting! I bet you'll have a fabulous trip and a great visit too.:-)