Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Making a plan & the Healthy You Challenge

The scale has started drifting back down after my out-of-town gain. Come on little scale! Lower, lower!

Yesterday I had a good on-plan eating day, and last night I had a great workout at the gym with my trainer, husband and friend. (For those of you just tuning in, I go to a trainer with my husband and a friend of ours once a week.) Now I just have to keep on keeping on.

I'm still not 100% back in healthy living mode. Eating is going all right, but otherwise, I'm not where I want to be. We're three weeks post New Year's, and although I'm doing OK I'm not where I was pre-Christmas. It is time to get myself back in the mindset! Now!

It. Is. Time.

I'm a little bit of an anal-retentive OCD type, so the best thing for me to do is make a list of ways to get back in the groove. If I make a specific list of things to focus on over the next few weeks, I bet I can make it happen.


Get My Ass Back in Gear List


  1. Force myself to work out even when I don't feel like it. I have my sights set on going to either a cardio/strength/stretch class or a beginners yoga class tonight. I have to get back to my pre-Christmas workout level. I was doing cardio 3-4x per week and strength training 2-3x per week. That is completely doable.


  2. Stock the fridge. I can't eat right if I don't have healthy options around, and right now the cupboard is bare. After the gym, I'm off to the store.


  3. Continue to build a support system. You guys are the greatest. Every time I look at this blog and the comments it lifts me up and keep me going. Thanks for being out there. And the more the merrier, I figure. So, I decided to join the Healthy You Challenge. It seems like a great way to connect with even more folks who are working towards health and fitness goals. Hello, Healthy You Challenge folks! Welcome!


Here's the official "look, I'm in the challenge" button. I'm not posting any specific weight loss or non-scale victory buttons yet. I'm curious to get your opinion. Should I set my weight loss starting weight at around 152, where I started eating right and getting fit again last fall? Or should I set my starting weight around 167, where I was when I first lost weight back in 2003?

Re-gaining weight makes things complicated. I need to be sure to avoid that this time.


Anyway, what do you think? Do I go with 152 or 167? Hmmm ...

22 comments:

Felicia said...

Welcome to the Healthy You Challenge!! Best wishes to you on reaching your new goal list! I am sure you will do GREAT!!

Have a SUPER day!
*huggles*
=0)

Amy said...

Aprapos of nothing: I just replied to a comment of yours on my site with keep on keeping on and then I came here and wow, that's weird.

Scale Junkie said...

Welcome to the challenge. Honestly, I set my weight at the highest I ever was, I've yoyo'ed so much over the past few years and I think that if you've lost weight and kept it off it counts. Even if its only a few pounds. For me to try to break it down puts too much focus on the times I've failed so for me it just is what it is...this is my highest weight and this is what I weigh now. Did that make any sense at all?

Mary said...

I think you should set your weight at its absolute highest it was. That was the real turning point even if the journey downward does take some turns up again. The steady line of weight loss rarely happens, so the little ups and downs are the reality of your journey.

Kate said...

I'm also a total OCD list maker....it helps me feel organized, or something :)

Glad the scale is heading back in the right direction, I'm sure he will be behaving himself again in no time!

Grumpy Chair said...

Sounds like a great list. We all probably need to make a list of why we don't want to work out and why we should.

Ashley said...

You have a great plan! I'm holding you accountable to get to the gym tonight. Go!

I usually crack down and would go to the grocery store instead of the gym all together. But we're 'a changin. Go to the gym. Have fun!

HappyBlogChick said...

Thanks, felicia.

Amy, it's spooky, I tell ya. It's the theme of the day. Or year. Or life. Or something.

scale junkie and mary - thanks, I like the way you guys think. It makes perfect sense. I *am* proud that I didn't regain every last stinkin' pound. I should let myself acknowledge that.

kate - without a list at work and in my household to-dos I'd be lost. I figure why would fitness be any different. Hopefully it works.

grumpy chair - that list would be insightful, wouldn't it?

ashley - thanks for the accountability. OK. Now I have to go!

Michelle said...

Welcome to the Healthy You Challenge. I think that you should set your weight at your highest, when you first started to lose the weight. Good luck this week and keep up the great work :)

Holly said...

You have a great list! Keep up the good work!

CAMI said...

I'd start with 152 since 167 was so many years ago. Seems more realistic.

Great job on the list. I LOVE lists :) Don't they make you feel organized? And it's always nice to have something to check off to help with a sense of accomplishment. Good job. Keep up the good work!

40 by 40 said...

Hello and welcome to the challenge- I have found it very motivating (except for tonight when i was a little bad..) and helpful!I am doing the ww's too..sounds like it's going well for you...as I see your weight keeps going down , down ,down..thanks for visiting! Pop by anytime :)

Trisaratops said...

Welcome to the challenge! Dude, totally celebrate the total loss - you have earned it, definitely. Thanks for coming by my blog - I look forward to reading more of your entries. The support you get here is AMAZING!

Amy said...

Well that was weird. I commented yesterday on another of your posts and it's not there! Ah well! I don't remember what I said...something about just visiting the 140's and you'll be back to the 130's in no time. Yeah...something to that effect!

Great list! I will have to check that challenge out!

rupa said...

great goal list...stocking the fridge is very imp....when mine is empty I binge on unhealthy stuff...
so I agree with you on that cent percent...
great going...wish you fun at the gym.... :)

Lidian said...

Welcome to the Challenge and thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

I agree, keeping the fridge full of the good stuff works really well for me, otherwise I stsrt hunting down the not-so-good stuff. Which is not so good.

I would use 167 as the starting point, just because that's the beginning of the ongoing journey (you've done an amazing job BTW!)

Lady Vea said...

Hey just wanted to say you are great too and thanks for the comments. Hope we keep motivating each other!

Miss Patti said...

That is a tough one but i would go with the higher number

Carleen said...

Welcome to the challenge- you've got a great list and you'll do many wonderful things...

CindyPTN said...

Take the high number and go. Great focus on your goals. That's awesome that you are able to train with your husband and friend. You're going to do fantastic. It's great to be surrounded by all the wonderful cheerleaders in the Healthy You Challenge. I look forward to being a part of your journey!

Cherry Dolphin said...

I just changed mine last week to start at my highest weight ever... we lost the pounds, why NOT count them?! :)

Kery said...

Don't bother and set it at your highest weight. It will make you feel even better when calculating what you have lost. ;)