Friday, November 5, 2010

Goals, Challenges and Weigh In Updates

I finished up a couple of challenges last weekend so I wanted to update my list of ongoing challenges and goals. Keeping them all together like this makes it easier to track everything. I know it seems like I have taken on alot but its keeps me motivated and keeps me busy so I don't think about food so much. Updates are in red.

Weight loss goals (2 lbs a week):
November 2, 2010- 221 lbs (I weigh 222 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)

I managed to hit 2 mini weight loss goals this week, I've lost my 10% which equals 24.7 lbs and I hit my 25 lbs lost goal.  Yay for me.  My next mini goals are to lose 30 lbs total and be in the teens (219 lbs).  About a year ago I weighed 205 lbs so I can't wait until I get back to that weight so it will be all downhill from there.  I would love to be under 200 by New Years and I may be able to do it if I work really hard and watch everything I eat.  Sometimes I get so excited that I'm losing weight but the reality of how slow its happening is kind of depressing.  I know its better to lose it slowly but I'm ready to be able to look in the mirror and see a skinny me.

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

I have challenged myself to walk a 160 miles by New Years. I am using the ticker on the right side of my blog to keep track of how far I have walked.
(I have walked 85 miles so far in 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.
(I have walked 85 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 13.4 lbs so far.)
#3....Make it through the holiday season without falling back into old eating patterns.
(I made it through a Halloween without overeating so I'm doing pretty good so far.)

Monthly Goals (11/1/10-11/31/10):
(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 I'm going to work on this month. (I have still yet to hit this goal)
2. Sugar- I have greatly reduced my sugar intake already but its still something I need to continue to work on. (I have improved on my sugar intake but I still think I can do better)
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 month is to continue to keep my fruit intake to a maximum of 1-2 servings per day. (I'm getting in my 1-2 servings a 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 I plan on continuing to try at least one new vegetable and make sure I get my daily servings of veggies in. (Lately I haven't been eating as many veggies so I need to work on this)
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 I plan on continuing to really watch my intake of carbs. (I have greatly reduced my carb intake but I can always do better)
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/jog 5-6 days a week and at least 15 miles a week. I also have began strength training and plan on doing this 3 times a week. (This last week I got kind of lazy and only walked 10.4 miles but I have done my strength training 4 days)
7. Soda- I have mainly been drinking water but I have been sneaking in a couple diet sodas a week and I want to completely give up sodas this month. (I only had 1 diet soda this past 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 month. (I had fast food once this past week but at least it was only a veggie burger)

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 13.4 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. number four. have you tried the FAUX MASHED POTATOES made from cauliflower? I havent made them in ages...but they rock!!

    totally 'tatoy


  2. I get worn out each time I see your updates! How do you do it?

  3. I love reading all your updates each week. You inspire me to want to do more with my efforts. Congrats on the WL !

    HOw do you keep track of all of this, do you have notebook that you write it all down in or a spreadsheet. Whatever you are doing, keep it up and you will reach you goal.

  4. Hi Carla I have maded mashed potatoes before with cauliflower in them but never just plain cauliflower mashed potatoes, I will have to give that a try.

    Shane and sweetpea its really not that hard, right now I'm only doing the two challenges and everything else is just my own personal goals. I keep track of my exercise, what I eat and my weight on my blog. Once every couple of weeks I will keep track of my nutritional info for what I've eaten that day just to make sure I'm staying on track and everything else I just remember. Once you put all your goals together like I have done here its easy to update each week.

  5. Hello, I found you on the blog hop, I am your newest follower.
    I love your blog, I try and snack on fruits too as a healthy sweet snack!

  6. So excellent! You seem so super focused! Keep it up! I love all the challenges you are doing and how dedicated you are to this!

  7. Oh so close to losing that 20!! High five!! And wow, wow, wow you're half way there in walking 160. Fantastic!!! :)

  8. Congrats on the 10% That does amazing things for your health already :D

  9. Thanks hungryforliving I will check out your blog in just alittle while.

    Thanks Debbi I am super focused and determined to get this weight off.

    Thanks Twix having a goal is really helping to keep me walking.

    Thanks Lori I'm so happy to hit my 10% goal.

  10. Wow, you're doing such an amazing job tracking everything! I do believe that helps. I hope you have another great week! You're really on track to reach your goals.

  11. Thanks Rock Paper Tree, I'm working really hard to reach those goals its that important to me. I've let to many things in my life stand in the way but not this time.

  12. Christina - you are doing GREAT! Keep it up!

    ~South Beach Steve

  13. Thanks Steve, your challenge is helping alot.