My goals for BLC23
Overall goal is to lose 1lb a week for a total of 12lbs.
My reward for meeting this goal I think will be either a manicure or a new pair of jeans.
Steps - shoot for 10,000 steps a minimum of 4 days a week (I have been tracking these with a fitbit and an omron pedometer, but currently need to replace battery in omron pedometer)
Water - 8 cups daily
Cardio - 90 minutes a week (30 min - 3 times a week - Leslie Sansone 30 day plan)
Strength training 90 minutes a week (30 min - 3 times a week - Leslie Sansone 30 day plan)
Food - try to stay within calorie range, preferably toward the lower end of the range. I also need to increase my servings of fruits and vegetables. Not very good at this because fruits and vegetables are hardly ever my 1st choice for food.
Plan to do my Leslie Sansone workouts and then maybe some additional exercise. This week I have not been doing well at getting up in the mornings before the kids, but I did take walks outside instead on Monday and Tuesday.
Today I have been updating my weight loss & fitness goals. I have not been losing much weight since I restarted trying to lose weight after baby #4. I think partly because I have not made the decision to be disciplined with my food. I have been exercising, but should probably do more. Today I worked on updating my spark people & fitbit plans.
I just found out that spark people now will adjust my calorie range based on my activity for the day. I am trying this method out & I think that it might be good for me.
1. Get up in the mornings to exercise before the kids wake up.
2. Work on cutting back my food. I am going to try harder to eat less calories for lunch & dinner. Possibly eat smaller meals & incorporate more low calorie snacks throughout the day.
3. Weight loss goal is 1lb a week. I would like to start the next biggest loser challenge under 150.
It is hard to believe we are halfway through the biggest loser challenge and I have only lost .6lbs. I have been doing some things good throughout the challenge and then there are some areas that need work.
I have been pretty faithful about logging my food most days and I have increased the amount of exercise that I do.
Areas that still need work.
I probably need to eat less calories as I am usually at the top of my range or over a little bit. My range may also need adjusted as I increased it for nursing, but maybe I should not have increased it so much.
I also should work on eating healthier. In the past I have been able to just cut back on my portion sizes and not really change the kinds of food I eat to lose weight. I probably could try cutting back more this time, but I really should work on eating healthier foods. Often, when I am within my calorie range I am still way over the suggested fat range, so I should be eating some less fattening foods. I have had to work on losing weight more than once, but that is mostly because I didn't lose all the weight I gained while pregnant. When I get to the weight I was before I started having kids I usually do fairly well at maintaining my weight. The challenge of course. is actually losing the weight.
I think one of the biggest problems I have with weight loss is being motivated enough to actually make the changes. I think if I had enough motivation then I would be more disciplined about doing what I need to do. This lack of enough motivation also affects other areas of my life. The question is why am I not 100% motivated to do the things I say I would like to do. I think I need to work on believing I can do the things I want to do. I need to work on having positive encouraging thoughts in my head and get rid of negative thinking. Being positive towards myself is a challenge I need to work on.
According to the CDC (Center for disease control and prevention) based on my age
2 cups fruit (possibly only 1 1/2 if my activity level is less than 30 min a day)
2.5 cups vegetables
What counts as a cup?
One cup refers to a common measuring cup (the kind used in recipes). In general, 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or 100% vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens can be considered as 1 cup from the vegetable group. One cup of fruit or 100% fruit juice, or ½ cup of dried fruit can be considered as 1 cup from the fruit group.
The following link provides examples of a cup.
I am also looking into the USDA website for guidance on serving sizes for all categories.
My overall weight loss goal for this challenge is 18lbs for a new weight of 136. I will have to work hard to achieve this goal since this is losing 1.5lbs per week and looking back over my previous times of losing weight I only lost an average of .8lbs per week.
I plan to track my food and work on eating healthier. I typically don't eat very healthy. I only like a few fruits and vegetables and they are not my 1st choice when picking out something to eat. I need to work on better habits. I may also need to adjust my calorie range. I need to find a healthy range for breastfeeding that still allows me to lose a little weight, but not my milk supply.
I have signed up for the 12 week streak, so I will exercise a minimum of 20 minutes a day 5 times a week. I will do both aerobic & strength training.
My staring weight was 154.2, below is my weight loss goal for each week.