March Goals

Happy March…

I have been so inactive on here, my apologies!

January was hard – I had to leave Slimming World due to financial difficulties, so it took me a little while to adjust to that. Then February came and flew by; it was a busy one for me, my birthday month so you can imagine what my eating habits were like! On the more positive side, I’ve been doing pilates and spin classes every week, and I’ve been dipping my toes back into running. So on the exercise front, I’ve been doing really well and I’m proud of myself for sticking with my classes.

Alongside this, I’ve had a couple of health checks – one in January, and one on 1st March. In these they measured my body fat, which I am interested in keeping track of…here’s how I’m doing this year…

Body Fat…

January BF: 45.5%

March BF: 43.79%

Difference: -1.71%

Weight…

January: 250.5 pounds

March: 252 pounds

So I have put on weight since the beginning of the year (not much, I might add!) BUT, I have lost body fat sooo…that’s a win for me! I’m trying to eat well through March, and keep up with exercising regularly – which I have been doing with pilates and spin.

Fingers crossed for more loss at the end of March!

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Weigh In – Slimming World Week 7

Hello!

7 weeks on slimming world. I still feel like a complete newbie…

Last Weeks Weight: 15st 13lb (223 Pounds)

This Weeks Weight: 15st 13lb (223 Pounds)

Weight Loss To Date: 12.5 pounds

I maintained this week. To be honest – I’m pleased with that as I thought I would gain!! Haven’t been particularly good this week, but clearly I wasn’t as bad as I thought I was…so I’m taking it as a positive. I was having a think, and I know that I did better with slimming world when I planned meals in advance, so I’m going to start doing that again instead of grabbing food on the go!

By last week I had wanted to have reached my Club 10 Goal, however I did not reach it. This affects the rest of my targets…So here’s some adjusted ones!

Goals Updated:

Goal 1: 15st 6lb by 05.08.15 (216 pounds)

Goal 2: Club 10 Goal by 10.09.15 (211.5 Pounds)

Goal 3: 14st 8lb by 01.10.15 (204.5 pounds)

 

I have 2 week to reach goal 1, so I need to lose 7 pounds in that time frame. Possible – especially if I plan in loads of speed foods!

Here’s to a good week…

3 Month Weigh In – Goal 1

Happy Sunday!

Today is the first of my quarterly weigh-ins. We all knew I wasn’t going to hit my goal, but I’m still posting about it to stay accountable.

Goal weight: 209.5 Pounds
Weight: 225 Pounds
Difference: +15.5 Pounds

Voila, a stone too heavy. Even though I didn’t hit my goal, I do feel like I achieved something in the past 3 months…

3 Month Summary
Start weight: 227 pounds
Heaviest Weight: 234 pounds
End weight: 225 pounds

Jan-March: 2 pounds lost
Heaviest weight-March: 7 pounds lost

It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s good to be losing weight overall rather than gaining! I considered changing the next goal as I didn’t make this one, but I think for now I’m going to leave it as it is, and if I don’t reach the next one I’ll rethink the remaining goals afterwards.

Speaking of which…

Next goal:
28.06.15: 199 Pounds
26 pounds to lose in 3 months. 8.7 pounds per month, ~2 pounds per week.

Now to get cracking on this with some meal planning!

3 Month Goal – December & Updates

Okay so it’s the first 3 month weigh in. We all know I wasn’t going to make it! I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve decided to set new 3 month goals for 2015. It makes more sense to me to have them through 2015 rather than split over 2014 and 2015. More logical in my mind!

Start Weight: 220 pounds

By the end of 2015 I will weigh: 178 pounds

3 Month Goals

March 29th – 209.5 pounds

June 28th – 199 pounds

September 27th – 188.5 pounds

December 20th – 178 pounds

Overall, this is a loss of 42 pounds.

3.5 pounds a month – approximately 1 pound per week.

It’s an achievable goal! I can loose 1 pound a week minimum.

I’m looking forward to doing this, I don’t want to be fat anymore! I mean, I didn’t want to be fat in the first place, but I still ate myself right into it and have stayed there. This year was the first year I have actually lost weight, but I don’t feel proud of it because I should never have been this big in the first place.

2014 stats

Start of 2014 weight: 230 pounds

Highest weight: 236 pounds

Weight now, before Christmas: 220 pounds

01/14 – 12/14 difference: 10 pound loss

Highest Weight – Now difference: 16 pound loss

Overall, I have lost weight this year. For the first time since…ever probably!

Scheduling Exercise & Milestone Goals

Yesterday I had planned on going for a run. I kept leaving it because I wanted to make sure my food had gone down before going. No-one wants a vommy run. I left it too late and didn’t end up running. I was doing some organizing, and eventually decided to make a daily schedule. Of my life. As Mandrew eloquently put it, ‘instead of going running, you made a schedule about going running’…Yes. Yes I did. I regret nothing. I enjoy making plans and creating visual things I can stick up onto my wall. My schedule is colour coded by activity. 

It goes a little something like this:

5am – Wake up

5:15 – Run

6:00 – Breakfast

6:45 – Leave for work

8:30 – Work

12:30 – Lunch

13:00 – Walk

13:30 – Work

17:30 – Commuting home

19:30 – Dinner

22:00 – Bedtime

This is more or less every weekday, with a couple of changes – for example Zumba on a Thursday at 7:30.

Exciting stuff. I want to think I will stick to it, I am going to try to. Some days it will have to be a little flexible based on what else is going on, but for the majority of the week this should be more or less the same.

 

What I also did – Inspired by Obese: A Year To Save My Life, which I may be a bit obsessed with at the moment – was make a 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 1 year goal chart, for my one I chose to split this into lose 10% of original weight per 3 months. Here are my goals:

Start Weight: 228 Pounds

21.12.14 – 3 months: 205 Pounds

21.03.15 – 6 months: 182 Pounds

19.06.14 – 9 months: 159 Pounds

22.09.14 – 1 Year: 136 pounds

I’m scheduling these into my calendar so I remember to do the weigh ins for it! Exciting stuff. I will still be doing my weekly weigh ins, and taking monthly measurements as always, so you’ll still be hearing from me on a regular basis!

March Plans

Good Morrow to all!

March is upon us, and spring has always been a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. this month, I’m going to make some changes in my life/routine/mindset which will benefit my health and weight loss.

The biggest change I am going to implement is clean eating. I am choosing to attempt to eat foods in their most natural form. There may be times when this isn’t possible/temptation happens/no food but processed foods are available; however I am going to stick with it and not give up at the first hurdle. This means that even if I’m out eating somewhere, I will be choosing the cleaner options (e.g. instead of a chicken burger and chips, have a chicken breast and vegetables).

Picking myself back up after Inevitably falling off the wagon this month leads me straight into positive thinking. I tend to become very introverted and upset with myself when I eat badly, and subsequently end up thinking negative thoughts all the time. To avoid this, I’m going to snap myself out of a downwards spiral as quickly as possible, and write lists of positive things to get me thinking on the right track. If I eat something I shouldn’t, I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’m going to tell myself it’s OK, you had a treat, now get back to eating the right things. instead of having a whole day ruined because I ate one bad thing and deciding the rest of the day is subsequently ruined.

The next big thing for me to keep up is exercise. I tend to be very touch and go with exercising-one week I’ll be good and do really well, the next I’ll do nothing. I want to be more consistent with exercise and drag myself to the gym even if I don’t feel like going. I am aiming for 2-3 times a week, plus hiking/walking at the weekends. this is going to be especially important this month with Ben Nevis looming ever closer…

As it is a new month, it’s time for a new energy check! (click here for my previous posts on this)

01/03/2014

Mind management 62%
Nutrition 28%
Sleep 33%
Exercise 64%
Re-energising 0%
Computer use 45%
Work-life balance 86%
Total 45%

Overall 4% less than last month. The biggest thing, yet again, is re-energising, followed by nutrition. Clean eating this month will alleviate the nutrition problem, so my habits for this month are going to be fully based around re-energising.

March habits are as follows:

  • Give myself 20 mins of stop time daily (A repeat of last month but I think this is important)
  • Incorporate Yoga into my day (again, another repeat but I want to do this)
  • Twice a week, take time to be outside in nature (I’m always cooped up at home or work, getting out will be good)

Last but not least, here are my weight goals for March. At the beginning of Feb I weighed in at 233 pounds. As of my last weigh in (and I re-weighed this morning) I am at 231 pounds. From Feb > March I’ve lost a modest 2 pounds. not amazing, but also not a bad thing. My end of March goal is to loose 9 pounds just in time for Ben Nevis. This was originally to loose 7 pounds, but as I have been up and down it is now 9.  as you will have spotted on my last weigh in post I am aiming for 222 pounds.

March goal Summary:

  • Clean Eating
  • Positive Thinking
  • Exercise 2-3 times a week + hike/walk at the weekend
  • 20 mins of down time every day to rest my brain
  • yoga daily
  • be outside twice a week
  • Weigh in at 222 pounds by the end of the month

Hope you enjoyed my rambling. (Hah!) I’m going to go clean my hiking boots ready for tomorrow!