Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012...My Year!

  Sorry....long post. Goals for 2012!

  I am confident that 2012 will be my year! Its all or nothing people. I am going to give this journey the attention it I deserve. I have carefully set forward a list of goals to get me to where I want to be. The past 7 1/2 months since being banded have been about me adjusting, learning, and more importantly realizing that unless I put forth the effort, I will be one of those outlandish statistics that say LapBand patients only lose around 30% of their excess weight. I REFUSE to be a statistic! More than not wanting to be a statistic though, I want to prove to myself that I can do this. I will lose this weight once and for all. I will make exercise a part of my life. I will choose healthy foods. I will cross off every single one of the items listed under my "wishes do come true" tab. And I will see the joy in my moms eyes when she will no longer have to worry and pray about her daughters health/weight. And as a bonus I will have that "told you so" moment when I see my grandmother for the first time at goal (she is a skeptic and VERY judgemental). So, without further goals for 2012:
  1. Weight
    • Goal 1-209 lbs by 8/9/2012 (Star Trek convention-Las Vegas)
    • Stretch Goal-200
      • To meet Goal I will have to lose 1.5 per week; stretch goal is 1.8 per week
    • Goal 2-194 lbs by 10/18/2012 (Hawaii trip)
      • Continuing to lose at 1.5 per week
    • Goal 3-179 lbs by 12/31/2012 (End of the Year)
    • Stretch Goal-170
      • To meet Goal I will be continuing to lose at 1.5 per week; stretch goal is my original when I started this journey. This would be a weight I would be comfortable at to start a family which was my main purpose for the band. My next goal weight will be after pregnancy and the ultimate I would like to be at (probably somewhere between 140-150). This would be a total of 78 lbs lost in the year 2012; total of 86 if I reach my stretch goal. I am so excited as I feel these numbers are totally doable. The goal numbers aren't nice round numbers as I  based them off of 1.5 lbs lost per week. I would LOVE to set higher gaols, but I want to be realistic. I tend to lose a little slower and don't want to set myself up for disappointment. I will be a happy girl if when I meet these weight goals!
  2. Scale
    • I will weigh in only once per week. The scale will not be the deciding factor in my overall progress!
  3. Exercise
    • I will set an exercise goal every month. This will be a minute based goal per month. Exercise has not been a part of my journey thus far and I feel it would be too difficult for me mentally to say I need to go to the gym x times per week. As long as meet the total minutes every month, I am a happy girl. I plan on calculating the minutes as if I were supposed to do 30min. 4x per week with 60min on a weekend day. This would come to 180min. per week. If I want to break it up as shown above, great, if not, I don't worry about it as long as I get those minutes in at the end of the month.
    • I plan on incorporating a ton of different activities into my exercise plan. I do have a gym membership that I will use often. I also have a treadmill at home. For Christmas I got a Wii and the Wii Fit with balance board that I plan on breaking in. I also purchased Wii games like Walk It Out and Active Life:Explorer. All of which make you move around and complete tasks while walking, jumping, and doing tons of different exercise type moves. Oh, I almost forgot, I also go The Biggest Loser Wii game. My mother-n-law loves to bike ride, so hopefully I can incorporate this as well. I would love to find a boot camp style class as well once I am in a little better shape. With all of these activities, plus so many more, I am sure I will be able to achieve my exercise goal each month!
    • Check out the Exercise tracker at the top right side of my page. Hold me accountable!
  4. Measure all meals at home-1-1 1/2 cups
    • I have seriously lacked in this department. I know I am eating much less than prior to surgery, but can almost guarantee I am eating more than the 1-1 1/2 cup standard.
  5. Consistently follow 80/20 rule
    • This to me means if I follow the rules and eat healthy and make good choices 80% of the time, I will call it a success. Face it, we aren't perfect. If anyone says they are, they are lying. If I deny myself something I want (really want, not just emotionally want) then it turns into overeating later. If I allow myself the room to have something that may not be the best choice, in a moderate portion, and stick to healthy choices the other 80% of the time, then I will succeed. "Allowing" myself this 20% will mentally help me make better choices overall. I will have to pick and choose what I want to use this on, which will lead to less bad food choices overall. (I have no clue if this makes sense to anyone else, but it does to me!)
  6. NO SODA AT ALL (no further explanation needed)
  7. Run a 5K
    • I would love to do more than this, but this is the goal. I have those 2 big trips this year as well as going back to school. I wanted to run a Mud Run (5K with obstacles) in October, however, it is the day after I come back from Hawaii. So the plan is to look for another race. Stay tuned!
  8. Blog regularly/@ least 5 days a week
    • I admit it....I am not the best blogger. I read so many inspiring and fun blogs, and then I look at mine and cry. No, but really. I appreciate each and every one of you that takes the time to read and comment. I want my blog in the New Year to hold me accountable. I want to track things more consistently so I can reflect on where I once was. It is an important journal for me about my journey. Blogging more will keep me motivated. I plan on giving weekly weigh in updates on my blog, exercise progress, and overall updates on my progress.
  9. No Computer/TV one day per week
    • I have to use the computer at work, but I won't be using it for anything other than work one day per week. With no computer or TV once per week I believe it will lead to me doing other 'active' activities. Essentially it leads to me not sitting on my A$$. At work during my breaks and lunch period I am always on the internet. Whether reading blogs, on Facebook, or buying something online, I am always sitting at my desk. I use to love walking around the building on breaks and lunch, and this will help get me back in that habit!
  10. Read 6 books
    • I love to read and don't give myself enough time to enjoy this. While reading is a sedentary activity I wanted to include not only weight/exercise related goals, but goals that played a part into my emotional well-being also. It is something I enjoy, and being happy is a big part of 2012 for me. Hmmmm...I think I just came up with my word for the year...Happiness! Anyways, back on topic. I have always wanted a nice place that is quiet where I can read and not be distracted. I have recently cleared a space in the office for an overstuffed "comfy" chair that I will be in the market for. I also want to enjoy the fresh air outside and plan on getting a nice space cleared in the backyard for reading as well. (now if I can just get the next door neighbors dog to stop barking EVERY TIME we are in our yard!)
  11. Housework
    • I know...I know...who would make Housework a goal for 2012. As I eluded to in the last goal 2012 is more than just weight/exercise for me. It is a balance of my whole life. Lets face it, I am not the best house cleaner. And unless I win the lotto soon, I cannot afford a housekeeper. So, to get the house tidy, and more importantly stay that way, I will dedicate at least 30min every day and 1 hr one weekend day to housework. Whether it is actually cleaning, or organizing, or doing laundry, I will dedicate this time to keeping our home nice.
  12. Prepare meals at home
    • This is a big one for me. I don't cook. Not that I'm not good at it, or don't know how, I just don't do it. I have a few recipe books and actually enjoy looking up recipes online, but I never get to trying them out. I believe eating at home is a major factor in losing weight and just knowing what is in your food. You can calculate your calories easier and you control your portions. This goal will include eating out only once per week. I know this still may seem high to most, but for someone that eats out at least 4-5 times a week, this will be a huge improvement. It doesn't mean that we will allow ourselves to eat out once a week, hopefully it will be less than this, but it is the maximum I will allow. This is also a good way to control what I eat at work for lunches as I will have plenty of healthy leftovers.
  13. Track calories/Use BodyBugg program
    • At this point I do not track what I eat. I do it in my head, and quite frankly, that doesn't work as I have not lost nearly the amount of weight I could have up to now. I spent a ridiculous amount of money on a BodyBugg (the same device used by the Biggest Loser contestants) about 2 years ago. I used it pretty regularly at first, then the subscription ran out and I let it go. I got back into it about 3 months ago and purchased a year subscription and then stopped wearing the damn thing after only a month. I love this device. It is accurate and is great for recording how many calories you burn and then you enter what you eat in the program and you can see the deficit of what you burned to what you ate. I don't know why it is so hard for me to stick with. I guess the armband gets a little annoying and that is probably why I am not consistent. It is kind of large and shows when you wear short sleeves so it is not easy to hide. Had I been an exercise buff and researched other options beforehand I probably would have gone with a good Polar or Garmin, but I spent good money on the thing and I plan on using it. I will use it until the subscription runs out again and then decide if I want to renew it or switch over to something like the Polar or Garmin.
So there you have it! My goals for 2012. I know it may seem like a lot, and maybe too overwhelming for a lot of people. As I stated at the beginning though, I truly feel this year is all or nothing. I and my husband have decided that at the beginning of next year we will try to start a family. I can no longer let my weight issues control my whole life. But it is such a important factor for me, that I want to give it 100% once and for all to set myself up for a healthy pregnancy. I want to have a balance in my life that I have never had and I think all of these goals play just as an important part as the other. Here's to the new year, and all of us achieving what it is we seek!


  1. I think these goals are great and I am confident you will accomplish them! Happy New Year!

  2. These are great goals! You need to have print out of them so that you can keep them handy.

    Happy New Year :o)