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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Best Laid Plans - New Year Goals


Well yesterday I was going to post about some of my plans for the New Year. I couldn't work on that blog though, because I had an office meeting and that was followed by the celebration of my son's birthday. He turned 16! Oh the agony of it all! I don't begrudge him aging as much as I just hate that someday relatively soon, he will be ready to be a total adult. That kind of hurts. :( I'm not ready for an empty nest.

Where was I?

Oh yes. Changes and the New Year. I am not a resolution kind of gal. I just make new plans and make every attempt to follow them through in order to improve the way I approach life. Sometimes these things go swimmingly and I have a brand new fabulous habit. Other times, I decide that I am just not ready for the change.

There are specific areas in my life that I do want to work on. The other day I kind of touched on a couple. I thought I would get more specific here today. The following are my goals and what I plan on tackling in the year 2011.

1 - Weight
2 - Relationship with God
3 - Finances

I plan on focusing on my steps for each in the next few days. Starting with the first. It seems to me that the best way to achieve my goals is to kind of map them out. This will also be good for accountability as well as a place to whine. ;)


1- Weight management (okay let's face it...WEIGHT LOSS! Are you happy now?)

When thinking about the year 2011 and what I wanted to accomplish I thought and thought about where I want to be. I thought about what needs to be worked on and what needs to change. The first thing I thought of was DIET!!!!!

I am not going to follow a crazy diet. Or at least not yet (no...I kid you, I will not go on a weird diet at all). I kind of get this Richard Simmons voice in my head when I think of diet. He used to say "never say diet!" I may be preaching to a blank stare right now. Richard Simmons hasn't exactly been cutting edge in like 20 years if ever. The dude had a pretty thriving little fitness thing going for a while there. Richard Simmons had a little show which featured very low intensity workouts and I think food prep, and he also had a thing called Deal-A-Meal where I think you got a deck of cards representing food groups. You would deal a card for each one and when you were out of cards, you were done. I think that is how it went. I never watched a whole infomercial to find out. My friend's mom used to work out to his VHS (yes I meant to type VHS) "Sweatin' To The Oldies." Either way, the guy got me to think of diet as a dirty word. He convinced me to focus on things like "lifestyle" change and junk like that.

Mainly I am just thinking of diet as an all the things I will need to do to lose some poundage from eating right to working out. All that fun stuff. And of course, let's not forget the deprivation. Here is a rough sketch of my plan so far.

1 - Exercise

Part of my weight loss journey for the year 2011 will involve getting some exercise in. With the chilly weather upon us, I thought it would be nice to start with Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I picked up this little beauty with the credit I earned through searching with Swagbucks. I had also joined Amazon Mom so I got free shipping for it too. By they way...that swagbucks link is a referral (just want to fully disclose there). My plan is to follow the 30 days of possible torture. Who can't do 30 days? After that, I will move on to another exercise routine, but I have not chosen that as of yet. I did want to at least cover how I intended on tackling the first month of 2011.

2- Food & Bev Intake

I am hoping to eat better and drink more water than anything else. As far as food goes, I thought that I would try eating with a small plate for month one. I imagine it sounds kind of silly, but I figure that for a month I would eat my food off of a smaller plate, fill half with my veg and portion my protein and carbs into the other quarters and just see what happens. I will keep a food journal, because I hear that it really helps when it comes to weight loss. It certainly can't hurt. In fact, I might as well keep a journal of my working out too just to keep myself honest. :) Just like I will be changing my workout, I will probably be changing my eating habit, but I do intend to follow one month at a time.

3 - Weigh in/Measure up

I do not want to be a slave to the scale, but I do plan on weighing myself. I figure once a week is the way to go. This way I wont have my day hinging on what I weigh. I have thought of measurements too, but that honestly might drive me nuts. I will keep it in mind. Perhaps I will measure myself in the beginning of the month and at the end of the month. I'll have to give this part some thought. Kind of sounds like a good idea if I don't go crazy measuring every little bit of me. :)

To avoid to much yawn inducing detail, I will be back tomorrow. :)



Tough Cookie Mommy said...

Hi, Kalea. This post is very inspiring to anyone who is afraid that they don't have the will power to lose weight. I am passing by and following from Thank you for being a loyal reader. I look forward to seeing you participate in Monday Mingle every Monday.

chele said...

I'm doing the 30-day shred too. Today will be day 3. If you're not used to exercising it is torture! But, it's only 20 minutes (at least that's what I keep telling myself) and anyone can do 20 minutes. There are three levels so I may do Level 1 for 30 days and then switch to level 2 for February. I don't know yet. Good luck to you!

Lucy said...

Those sound like great ideas to begin with and don't beat yourself up over getting sidetracked at times. Another thing I do, stop eating when I full, even if there is food still on my plate. I know it seems wasteful but it hurts your health more so toss it, especially if you know you don't do leftovers. I don't do leftovers often so now I just toss it and to help me stop eating I put my napkin in the plate or if I am home I dump the food as soon as I am full. Good Luck!!!

lisa said...

This is kinda my goal as well,smaller plates would never work for me, I would keep going back for 2nds, 3rds and more. Thanks for visiting my blog-Arizona sounds nice and warm.

Knish said...

I'm also thinking of doing the 30 Day Shred. It would be fun to chronicle it all on the blog...but then I wouldn't have time to actually DO the 30 day shred :) Keep us updated on how you're coming along with it!

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