Friday, October 22, 2010

Goals, Challenges and Weigh In Updates

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 and updates will be in red.

Weight loss goals (2 lbs a week):
November 2, 2010- 221 lbs (I weigh 225.6 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 64 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. My beginning weight was 237 lbs.
(I have lost 11.4 lbs in the last 5 weeks on this challenge.)

Here is what my scale said this morning.

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.
(I have walked 64 miles so far.)
#2....Continue to eat healthy and exercise so I can lose 20 lbs by New Years. Beginning weight 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 9.6 lbs so far.)
#3....Make it through the holiday season without falling back into old eating patterns.
(Haven't had to worry about this yet but I have a Halloween party coming up soon and all the kids trick or treat candy.)

Weekly Goals (10/16/10-10/22/10):
(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.
(Have been averaging about 51 to 68 oz a day so I'm changing this goal to 96 oz of water a day.)
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.
(I have done really good or at least I think so on watching my sugar intake.)
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.
(I have managed to keep my fruits to 1-2 servings per day but a couple days I didn't eat any at all.)
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.
(I had a few days where I didn't get in all my veggies)
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.
(I'm still doing pretty good at watching my carbs I think I'm staying under my goal of 300 grams a day.)
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.
(I missed two days of walking this last week but with my workout tonight I will have in 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.
(I did drink one diet soda but one isn't going to kill me.)
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.
(I did have a veggie burger and two tacos this past 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.
(I have in 33.2 miles so far.)
2. Food: I'm giving up soda and fast food.
(Had one diet soda this last week and a veggie burger and two tacos.)
3. Weight: I'm going to lose 10 lbs.
(I have lost 7 lbs so far.)
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.

(I have lost 9.6 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. wow, you did take on a lot and it seems to me you are for the most part being successful. I only do the Hot 100 but so far, I am good on it! I like the logo for the I refuse to blow it over the Holidays one. I may steal it!

  2. Wow! You have a lot on your plate, yes you do! But man, you are going to have so many awesome experiences from doing it all :)

    I am doing a similar mileage challenge...covering 349 miles by new years (distance from my hometown, Houston, to New Orleans.)

    At the start of the year if you are a MAJOR dork you are welcome to join me and my friend Melting Candy. We are Twilight dorks and are going to do a challenge to cover the mileage from Houston to Forks, Washington by the time the next move comes out (11/18). Something close to 3000 miles.

    You go girl!

  3. Hi Shane that isn't my logo Erika at came up with it for the challenge but I'm sure you can still take part in the challenge if you wanted to.

    Olivia I'm guessing that you are talking about the movie Twilight which I love. Your challenge is to walk 3000 miles in 11 1/2 months, thats like 261 miles a month or 65 miles a week. I'm not even sure I could do that in 2 years. I will hopefully be running by the beginning of the year so maybe I will join in just to see how much of that I can accomplish.

  4. Great job this week Christina! I admire you for being able to keep up with so much. I have long said though that we must find what works for us and work it. If that meets keeping yourself occupied with challenges, then so be it. You are doing great!

    ~South Beach Steve

  5. Excellent job!! A lot of challenges but hey, if it works for you, then go for it!!

  6. Sounds like you did really well this week:)

  7. You are totally rockin' the loss for Stephanie's challenge! I'm impressed! :0

  8. I can't imagine trying to keep track of so many goals and challenges. It's all I can do to track farm stuff, business stuff, kid's school stuff and yes, my health stuff. Wow!

    After reading your posting yesterday about lists and making a notebook, I sat down and did basically the same thing. I'm not quite done, but I definitely feel more organized. It's really hard to track everything I need to: like when a goat goes into heat, when to breed her, when to check to see if it took, when a pullet (young chicken) starts laying, and so forth. THANK YOU!

    Vee at

  9. Excellent progress Christina and like I've said, I don't know how you keep track of all those challenges or goals, I'd probably have to create a spreadsheet with a matrix.... Hope you have a great week next week!

  10. Thanks Steve, Debbi, Waisting Time and Rochester, your support means so much to me.

    Vee keeping everything together and wrote down where you can access it easily will definitely make your life alittle easier. Good luck and its so cool that you have a working farm.

    Thanks Mind Over Fatter and I hope you have a great week to.

  11. Wow, you are doing great. I can only manage one challenge at a time but you have a lot going on. Fortunately though, it looks like a lot of it is related so you can focus on what you need to.

    Thanks for stopping by today :) I appreciate it!

  12. Your welcome Sandra. Yea I tried to tie all my challenges together so it keeps me motivated.

  13. Wow! Id did not know you were involved in so many different challenges. Looks to me that you are doping well. Veggies: I grate up some of them like carrot, zucchini or cucumbers and put them in salad. I love them this way. You might try that. Michele

  14. Michele thats a good idea, I made a meatloaf for dinner tonight and I could have grated up some carrots and put in it just to sneak in some extra veggies. Thanks for the idea.

  15. Congrats Christina! YOU ROCK!!!

  16. Wow you are doing so many challenges that it makes my head spin, when do you have time to eat?

  17. Thank you Stephanie.

    Hi Tami it is alot but now that I have it all listed together its easier to keep up with and all the goals kind of tie together so its not that bad and I can always find time to

  18. I don't know how you keep up with so many goals and challenges and stuff, but you're doing a great job.