Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I think I am “nesting” … but NOT the pregnant kind. In anticipation of my first full-time “job” (my student teaching internship begins tomorrow), I have been doing all kinds of domestic things all weekend. I cleaned the whole house, did several loads of laundry, completed a massive grocery shopping trip, got food ready for my lunches this week, prepped the veggies and meat for a slow cooker pot roast tomorrow, and more.
I also tried on some clothes, so I could have some outfits in mind, since I have to dress professionally on a daily basis now. Guess what? My pants are snug. Much snugger than I’d like them to be. Compared to a year and a half ago, the pants that fit perfectly are too small, and those that were “too big” barely fit. Over the past three semesters, this hasn’t been too big of an issue, because I only had to dress up once or twice a week. But now that it’s an everyday thing, this is not okay.
What’s a girl to do?
Cry her eyes out about gaining some weight back? Buy new pants? Make a change!
I will open up right here and now and say that my ultimate goal is to lose about 30 pounds. This would put me at the “healthy weight” that I talked about in goals for 2012. But as of late, I’m all about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals — goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
Therefore, I am challenging myself to lose 10 pounds by February 20th. This would mean losing two pounds per week, which is a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (and healthy) goal. Since February 20th is President’s Day, I have dubbed this challenge the Presidential Challenge. (I am so creative, I know! ;))
I think it would be awesome if you guys joined me … with the goal of your choosing. Maybe you’d also like to lose 5 or 10 pounds? Or maybe you want to commit to working out a certain number of times per week? Eat more fruits and vegetables? Whatever you want!
The challenge begins tomorrow. Share your goals below, so we can all help to keep one another accountable. I plan to check in every Monday to let you know how I am doing, and I hope you will do the same. While I don’t feel comfortable sharing my actual weight on the blog, I will share losses (or gains, if I must), as well as what is working and not working for me.
One last thought: Tina recently shared a post on the five steps to achieving your goals, so I chose to frame my goal in this way, not only to help set myself up for success, but also to provide you with a goal-setting framework to use in order to do the same.
Step 1: Establish the Goal
Lose 10 pounds by February 20, 2012
Step 2: Why?
To get closer to a healthy weight for me and so that my clothes fit more comfortably and I feel better wearing them
Step 3: Determine Action Steps
— Monitor my caloric intake (Although I don’t plan to count calories strictly, I’d like to limit myself to about 1,500 calories per day)
— Work out for 45-60 minutes at least five days per week
— Be honest with myself about my eating habits and keep track of habits that trigger overeating
— Limit eating out
Step 4: Focus on What You Can Control
I think that my action steps are based on factors within my control.
Step 5: Re-Evaluate Often
I plan to check in weekly in order to ensure that I am still on a healthy path.
So tell me, what’s your goal? Let’s do this together! I am off to bed. 5:30am comes early … especially when it’s your first day of many waking up at such a time!