Saturday, October 2, 2010

Goals, Challenges and Weigh Ins

I've decided to change my weigh in day from Tuesday to Friday.  You have probably noticed that I have alot of challenges going on and its seems like I have to report on each one of them a different day so I'm going to tie everything together.  So my official weigh in day will be on Fridays now.

I'm using this post to list all my personal challenges and other blogger challenges in one place so I can keep up with them.  I know it seems like I have taken on alot but its keeping me motivated and keeping me busy so I don't think about food so much.  So here it goes with all my challenges.

Weight loss goals (2 lbs a week):
October 5, 2010- 229 lbs
November 2, 2010- 221 lbs
November 30, 2010- 213 lbs (34 lb loss for Thanksgiving, thats a lot to be thankful for)
December 28, 2010- 205 lbs (42 lb loss for Christmas would make it a very merry Christmas)
January 25, 2011- 197 lbs
February 22, 2011- 189 lbs (under 200 for valentines how sweet that would be)
March 22, 2011- 181 lbs
April 19, 2011- 173 lbs
May 17, 2011- 165 lbs (it would be nice to celebrate our 5 year anniversary with me at this weight)
June 14, 2011- 157 lbs
July 12, 2011- 149 lbs ( 2 days before my birthday what a wonderful birthday present to myself)
August 9, 2011- 141 lbs (this would be the smallest I have ever been)

Recommended Daily Allowances:
(not really a challenge but something I need to keep an eye on)
Calories: 1760 to lose 2 lbs a week
2260 to lose 1 lb a week
Fat: 64 grams
Fiber: 25 grams
Carbohydrates: 300 grams
Sugar: 40 grams
Protein: 50 grams
Sodium: 2400 milligrams

As you can see I have a new ticker on the right side of my screen now and it starts at 0 and goes to 160.  I have challenged myself to walk a 160 miles by New Years.
I have walked 32 miles so far in this challenge.


Weight Loss Contest:
Stephanie from is hosting a weight loss contest where you have to post a picture of yourself weighing in each Friday and at the end of 6 weeks she is giving a prize to the winner.  I have lost 5.4 lbs in the last 2 weeks on this challenge.

Hot 100 Challenge:
Steve from is hosting the Hot 100 Challenge.  The Hot 100 is a challenge focused on the last 100 days of 2010 beginning September 23, 2010.  Here are my goals:

#1....This was my own personal challenge anyway so I'm adding it as my first goal here.....walk 160 miles by New Years.
#2....Continue to eat healthy and exercise so I can lose 20 lbs by New Years.  Beginning weight 235.4 lbs.
#3....Make it through the holiday season without falling back into old eating patterns.

Weekly Goals (9/29/10-10/5/10):
(my own personal goals)
1. Water- My goal has been to drink 128 oz of water a day but I still have not managed to accomplish this so that is my first goal this week.

2. Sugar- I posted yesterday about my sugar intake and how I was eating more than I should be and I got alot of feedback from fellow bloggers. Their recommendation was to watch the sugar content in the processed foods I eat so that is my next goal. I hope this next week to greatly reduce how much sugar I'm eating.

3. Fruits- I love fruits especially sweet fruits like bananas, apples and grapes but I have learned that fruits have alot of natural sugar in them so you do need to watch how much you eat so my goal this next week is to keep my fruit intake to a maximum of 1-2 servings per day.

4. Vegetables- I have always been a vegetable eater but I have had to learn to replace some of my carbs like macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes with vegetables instead. I am learning to try new vegetables that I've never had before to add some variety into my eating and vegetables really are good for you and help to fill you up. So my next goal for this week is to try at least one new vegetable and make sure I get my daily servings of veggies in.

5. Carbohydrates- This is probably one of my favorite types of foods, I mean who doesn't love macaroni and cheese and pasta dishes and breads but if you aren't careful these types of food can put alot of weight on you. So this next week I plan on really watching my intake of carbs.

6. Exercise- I have been doing really good at exercise but I am adding that as one of my goals so that I make sure I continue to get all of my exercise in. I am challenging myself to walk 5-6 days this week and at least 12 miles.

7. Soda- I have mainly been drinking water but I have been sneaking in a couple diet sodas a week and I want to set a goal to not drink any sodas this next week.

8. Fast Food- I try to pick the healthiest thing when I get fast food but like a friend pointed out to me no fast food is healthy. I'm only picking out the least unhealthy thing on the menu so this is definitely something I need to give up. So my last goal is to completely avoid fast food this next week.

Gettin Sexy Challenge:
Katie from is hosting this challenge for the month of October. As part of the challenge I have to come up with a goal that will make me feel sexier by the end of October. So here are my goals and I'm choosing more than one because they all kind of go together.  Beginning weight for this challenge: 232.6 lbs

1. Exercise: I'm going to walk 50 miles.
2. Food: I'm giving up soda and fast food.
3. Weight: I'm going to lose 10 lbs.

I Refuse to Blow it Over the Holidays Challenge:
This challenge is being hosted by Erika at .  Its just a personal challenge not to overeat during the holidays.  You just keep track of how much weight you have lost from the first day of fall until after New Years.  My beginning weight was 235.4 lbs so I have lost 1.8 lbs so far in this challenge.
I know this seems like alot of goals and challenges but they all kind of fit together I just want to be able to update all of them on the same day to make it easier for me to remember.


  1. That's a lot of challenges! It just shows how incredibly determined and dedicated you are to this journey. I like the your goals, they are realistic and achievable. I hope you meet all of your goals and even if one or two escape you, you will have still achieved much. Good luck! :)

  2. I am involved in 4 challenges myself! I just love them all =) It keeps me motivated. For example, I thought about not going to the gym today but I am in SYL's 20 minutes of activity a day challenge and then I would be letting that challenge down. So I will be heading there! Especially after my awesome workout from yesterday. LOL I know I will be glad I went. Good luck to you on all of your goals!

    <3 Katie

  3. Wow, awesome post. You have really thought about this. I'm sure you will be successful. I'm looking forward to seeing that. Don't you just love those weight loss goals...and not too far away too. Keep it up, Christina!

  4. I guess you could call this my OCD kicking in overdrive but whatever it takes to keep me focused on my goal and that would be losing weight and getting healthy. There is nothing or noone that can stop me now but myself and I'm not going to let myself down.

  5. Wow, Christina, can't say you won't be busy! Sooo many challenges. Best of luck, I think those are great goals! I hope you are able to keep your fruits low, I was surprised how much of a difference that made for me...

    Polar's Mom

  6. Hi Polar Mom I love staying busy because then I feel like I have gotten alot accomplished and it keeps me from thinking about eating all the time. I'm doing pretty good with the fruits so far 1 to 2 servings per day is my limit.

  7. Christina,

    The other thing you can try with the fruits and carbs is to research those that aide in weight loss and are best for you. Brown rice instead of white, red potatoes instead of white and sweet potatoes are better yet. Also, squashes like acorn, spaghetti, etc. to replace more starchy carbs. Oatmeal, quinoa are better grains. Also, you might try to get foods that are closest to their natural slow oats or steel instead of the more processed instead and quick.

    With fruits grapefruit (fat burning fruit), peaches, plums, pineapple, all types of berries, are all fruits that react well for weight loss as opposed to watermelon, cherries, oranges, nectarines, which have higher sugar contents. Even bananas, apples, cantelaupe, honeydew are things that you can eat just maybe not a whole piece and not all the time.

    A lot of what foods work for weight loss is about how your quickly your body breaks it down into sugar. The slower the better, which is why processed foods are the worst.

    I like all of your goals, I think they all work together and will not be overwhelming even though you're in a lot of challenges. Great job.

  8. Thank you FYT614 I appreciate any tips you can give me. I will have to do some research on the stuff you are suggesting when I get some time. I'm still working at improving what I'm eating and probably will be for awhile.