Monday, January 09, 2012

Spring "Chick" Challenge 2012

Okay, getting off to a little bit of a late start on this one, but it is something that I want to do this year. My sister has lost a ton of weight over the last year and gotten herself back on a regular exercise plan. Now that I have switched jobs and decided that I definitely need time for myself, I need to make sure that I am focusing on the things that are right for me. The Spring "Chick" Challenge 2012  will definitely help with that. I found this via a great blog from Meal Plan Monday, and thought, well, there is no time like the present.

Over the past few years, I have steadily gained weight, and I need to get it down to more manageable pounds for myself. First there was the switch to working solely from home, and becoming more sedentary and dealing with some very long cold winters. Then came the shoulder surgery and having months of pain and very limited movement and depression. I need to get back to myself, and I think that this is going to be a great way of achieving that.

1. NSV (Non Scale Victory)
  • Fit into jeans that will fit into my boots
  • Fit into my Lilly capris that I love to wear in the spring and summer
  • Learn to adjust to a new schedule that includes regular exercise and eating times

2. Nutrition Parameters and track using a tool (Spark People, My Fitness Pal, WW). I am on My Fitness Pal, username jillyinmn. I am also going to start using a Fitbit
  • 1200 Calories Daily
  • 4 Full Tervis Tumblers of water daily
  • What will I limit - eating out? Or at least making healthy choices when we eat out. Realistically we eat out probably three to four times per week whether it is lunch or dinner, usually on the weekends more than anything else. 
  • Keep healthy snacks at work. Cheez-its are my go to, so find something that is salty and good for me. Nuts perhaps?
3. Exercise Parameters - I know that this is sometimes hard to squeeze into my days, and I am sure I will need to get off to a slower start, but if I can commit to 3 times a week to start and work my way up to 5, I think that is realistic for myself.
  • Wii (Fit, Dance, Yoga)
  • Walk
  • Yoga
4. Commit to Blogging at least twice a week, once to check in with a complete update on my progress, the other to include insights, results of weekly challenges or just check in and let others know how I am doing. 

5. Commit to support, both giving and receiving, commenting as much as I can.

I think that these are all very achievable and realistic goals. I just need to make sure that I am making this a priority. Seems like there are some great people that are a part of this challenge, I think that will be the best part!


Jacky Hackett said...

Sounds like a great plan!

Bridget said...

Good luck!! I am doing something similar. I have used spark people before and I am returning to it as I lost 15 lbs last time I really committed to it. Not sure why writing every little down works for me but it seems to!

Unknown said...

Welcome to the challenge. Your plan sounds good and there are a lot of folks supporting you here...
Have a fantastic week!

Ry's Fat to Fit said...

Very reasonable goals. Good luck this week!

Anonymous said...

You sound really motivated to achieve your goals! Keep it up! x

Amber said...

Welcome to the challenge and have a great week. You have great goals.

Mrs. Bradley said...

welcome to the challenge. I like your goals. I have a feeling you will hit the mark. I am thinning about getting a fitbit. Please share what you think of it. What wii games do you use for exercise...? I love my wii for exercising. Have a great week.

Karla said...

I cant keep nuts around. I stinkin LOVE nuts!!! Can you say inhale!! Lol :)

Carbie Girl said...

yay! a new blog to read :0) definitely sounds like a great plan, hope this week is being good to you!! <3

Monica (Weight Loss Journey) said...

Welcome to the Challenge :) Looking forward to following your progress :) Iv never heard about the Fitbit! Sounds pretty Interesting!!