Well it seems that I let February slip through my fingers. I know it isn't over yet but her, it's a short month so I'm not going to be too hard on myself. As far as my January goals went, I accomplished them all. Okay, okay. Maybe not all. I am still working on cutting down my Starbucks addiction. (PS I still have to tell y'all about the 10k. Coming soon.) But hey, one out of seven isn't bad. I will say it really does help to have the subgoals. It makes each goal seem more attainable. So I'm going to do it again.
Main Goal: Lose 12 poundsWe are starting a weight loss competition at work on the 3rd and I plan on winning. Competition is definitely a driving force for me. I blame it on my pride. So far, I've talked a lot of shit and now have to back it up. I have a plan though. I googled "can I lose 3 pounds a week" and google gave me a great link with a strategy that is rather simple. I'm gonna go for and see if I've really been making myself go crazy with outlandish diets when it's really been so simple all along.
The site sent me to a metabolism calculator where calculated how many calories I burn each day based on eight hours of sleep, nine hours of light activity, and seven hours of sitting. It came up with 3050 calories. So if I want to lose three pounds a week, I need to burn 1750 calories a day. Here's how I'm going to meet that number each day:
3050 resting metabolic rate - 1700 calorie intake = 1350
In order to burn 1750 calories a day, I would need to do an activity that burns at least 400 calories a day. That doesn't seem so bad. And a 1700 calorie diet doesn't seem like I'll be starving myself either.
Subgoal: Meal Prep
In the past when I have lost weight (the healthy way), I was most successful when I planned ahead of time, both my meals and my workouts. During the week and mostly at work, I don't have a hard time following a meal plan. It's when I'm at home, with unlimited amounts of food at my disposal, that I have a hard time staying on track. So I've decided that I will meal prep for Monday through Friday on Sunday, and for Saturday and Sunday on Friday. If I plan well enough I could fit in some goodies (AKA a frap).
Subgoal: Burn at least 400 calories a day
The beauty of this plan is that I'm not limited to one activity. Unlike training for a 10k, if the weather is ugly outside, I won't feel guilty for staying inside for a little Zumba. I recently wrote about being bit by the Pilates bug and I plan on continuing with the classes. Besides being a great workout, it almost feels like I'm taking a timeout for myself.
Subgoal: Walk 12,000 steps a day
I am a proud owner of a Fitbit Flex and love how accurate it is. I currently have a goal of taking 10,000 steps per day. Unfortunately, I rarely meet that number. You may be thinking, Why don't you focus on meeting that number before raising it? I know but that ain't my style and if I want to win this competition, I have to go all out. If you have a Fitbit, email me so we can connect and hold each other accountable.
Main Goal: Start Spring Cleaning
Subgoal: Clean kitchen and bathroom grout
Subgoal: Shred old documents
Main Goal: Throw Presley a Donald Duck Birthday Party
Let me tell you something. Finding Donald Duck party supplies is difficult. Thank goodness for the Cricut. If all goes well, I'll post some pictures after the party.
Alright, March, I'm coming for you!