Thursday, January 7, 2010


Goal-An intended outcome that requires action.

I love this definition of goal. Most of us fail in reaching goals because we do not lay out a plan of action or stick to it.

Here are my goals as well as my plan of action.

Long-term goals

  • Lose 50 lbs in 2010

  • Run a 10k in 2011

  • Develop a life-long pattern of regular exercise and healthy eating

Shorter-term goals

  • Lose 25 lbs by summer

  • Run (the whole thing) a 5k in 2010

  • Work up to running 2 miles on treadmill this winter

My Plan

  • Use my Treadmill- I vow to use my treadmill 5 times a week this winter. I plan on doing this first thing in the morning before it is time to help the kids get ready for school. I have done this the past two mornings. I hate waking up early (especially to get on the treadmill) but have felt good after I did. Right now, I walk (with a little running mixed in) for 30 minutes and have done 1 1/2-2 miles. I look to improve on my distance and the length of time I am on there. During Spring-Fall, I usually walk with a friend of mine every morning.

  • Watch my Calories- I have really been watching what I eat this week, but will begin actually counting the calories tomorrow. I may also utilize the Weight Watchers point system. Any thoughts on the difference? I will start out with 1650 calories a day. Why that #? Because my "Biggest Loser" Wii game told me. ;) I also know that cutting back too much on calories, can burn muscle and would give me less energy. I need energy and can't afford to lose any muscle. As part of this plan, I vow not to eat french fries at fast food restaurants. That may sound silly, but I love french fries. I eat too many of them. I also love chocolate! I am proud to say that I have not had a taste of chocolate this whole week, despite the jar of candy (leftover from Christmas stockings) sitting on top of my fridge.

  • Eat more healthy- Not only will I be keeping track of my calories, but I want to make sure I get my 8 glasses of water in a day and my 5 fruits and vegetables. I will avoid fried and fatty foods.

  • Strength training- As mentioned above, I just bought "The Biggest Loser" Wii game. I think I will really like it. I input all my info (what I weigh now, what my fitness goals are) and it designs a personal training program for me. Yesterday, I worked my lower body. Today, I worked my upper body. I really like how it is all set up in circuits of a few exercises. I'm hoping this will eliminate a need for a real live personal trainer at this time. I will have to see how the game works out. I may need to do additional strength training.

  • Take it one day at a time. I will not allow myself to be discouraged because I have a bad day or even a bad week. I will not give up!


  1. These are great goals! You plan is very similar to the approach I used, and it worked for me!

    Wishing you the joy of success and joy in the journey! Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help!

  2. I'm excited for your blog. It's always great to find others on the same journey. I also have goals for better fitness and weight loss this year. I look forward to your entries. Good luck my friend.

  3. It sounds like you have a good game plan. I've been on this journey since April 09 and so far have lost 64 pounds. It's great to have the support of others going through the same thing as you.

  4. I'm very excited for you! I hope you make it to your run!

    M @

  5. I should probably set goals for myself too. I would like to lose 30 pounds, and I have been saying that for about 5 years. Maybe it's time!

  6. Ditto on all of the above! I find I can't have a goal that I want to lose 50 lbs. I have to do it in little chunks or I get discouraged. So, I'll put my goal down here as well: my first chunk is to lose 15 lbs by June 1!