Tuesday, September 24, 2013
It's time again to reflect on goals for another round of BLC. I totally think Fall is one of the most ideal times to focus on exercise and nutrition (well, anytime is a good time). Fall is a time when you are back into a routine (albeit a busy routine), when temps are cooler for exerciing outdoors and when I usually start looking ahead to the holidays. I am always motivated by wanting to look good during the holidays. Goals are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely
Specific: Just got a FitBit and am quite enamored with the gadget. I am currently on a daily 10,000-step walking streak. I am really hoping to up that number to 12,000 daily, but don't want to jinx the success I've had so far. So...I will continue to meet 10,000 or more steps each day. I will add in more intense cardio 3Xs a week. I will strength train three times a week following Chalene Johnson's ChaLEAN Extreme (I am on month two). Cardio will consist of using the treadmill or elliptical, biking outdoors, hiking and jogging. In addition to CLX, ST includes all kinds of conditioning exercises chosen from the NRLW, Turbo Fire Strength and Tone, Youtube videos, and perhaps some kettle bell moves. Lots of push-ups, squats and dead lifts. :-)
Just started working with a nutritionist so food will be tracked and adjusted accordingly. I will be getting my basal metabolism checked so I have a starting point to know how many calories I can shoot for. Foods will be as clean and as close to nature as possible. Organic whenever possible and lots of green veggies, lean protein, non-fat dairy and limited whole grains. As little sugar as possible.
Measurable: Would like to lose at least 6-8 pounds or 5% of body weight for this round of BLC. I ultimately want to lose 20-22 pounds or 13-15%. Would love to see a few inches gone as well, maybe more so than the weight.
Attainable: Yes, I think so.
Relevant: Losing weight and/or inches is important to me for many reasons. Health being the number one reason. Instead of fixating on the scale, I think I am at a point where I want to fixate on healthy habits day in and day out. It's too easy to be influenced by what the scale says, good or bad. I'd rather do what's right and let the chips fall where they may. As long as I keep up with the exercise and eat right I think it'll all even out and I will eventually find myself at a happy weight.
Timely: Absolutely :-) Fall is the perfect time for me to improve my exercise habits and focus on health. I love to bike and to hike. Hoping to do lots of it now that the temps are cooler.