Refining my goals

Last week, I posted about my goals for 2013. In it I talked about my goal to get down to my high school graduating weight. In my post, I left the details of my goal very sparse because I didn’t know a ton about losing weight. Since the initial writing of that post, I have been doing some research and starting to make a plan to go out and lose the weight.

1. Get on a meal plan

As it sits right now, I typically will eat whatever sounds good whenever I feel hungry. This is a disaster waiting to happen (maybe it already has). So, with the help of Theresa, I am working out a meal plan that will help me stay on track with losing weight. The meal plan will do two things: One, it will give me something to stick to so I can know what I should and shouldn’t be eating. Two, it will help me to lower my caloric intake in general. This plus excersizing will help the weight to come off going forward.

2. Track what I’m actually putting in my body

I need to start being more conscious of what I’m putting into my body. I’m going to accomplish this in a couple of different ways. I’ll be keeping a food journal to log all of the food I eat during the week. At the end of each week, I’ll review it and see how I’m doing and make adjustments accordingly.

The Plan

So here is my updated, more detailed plan for getting to my goal weight in 2013:

  • Lose 20 pounds by April 15th
  • Lose the last 15 pounds by July 15th
  • Complete Couch to 5k by March 4th
  • Be at least registered for my first 5k race by April
  • Work out 6 days a week and rest on Sunday (3 days will be C25k and the other 3 will be a combination of weights and resistance training)
  • Eat between 1500 and 1800 calories a day
  • Drink at least 3 nalgene water bottles a day

As I continue on my journey, I’ll be continually refining and adjusting these goals as life happens. But having a specific plan to follow is what I need right now in order to succeed in my goal of losing weight. Having never done anything like this before, it is going to require a complete shift in how I think and how I process things. I know I can succeed but I also know it will take a lot of hard work to get there. I also know, that the benefits are going to be worth it.

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