Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jumping on the Bandwagon

Steve at 265 and falling posted yesterday that he plans on losing 20 pounds in December.  Since my blog was built on audacious goals, I've pledged to join him.

On my last weigh-in, I weighed 243.7 pounds.  By January 1st, I will weigh 223.7 pounds.  I know it's an ambitious, if not entirely unhealthy, goal, but I'm going to shoot for the stars.  I'm through resting on my laurels.

I have to lose just shy of 5 pounds a week.  Cripes, that's a lot.  Here's how I'm going to manage it.

Count calories - I'm going to be extra diligent on this one.  Every time I count, good things happen.  Even if I go over by 100 or 200 calories.  I'll give myself 2400 calories a day.

Exercise - I'm going to need to do this close to every single day.  I did this in January for three weeks and it just needs to happen again.

Drink lots and lots of water - I need to consume at least 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day.  I have a 24 ounce water bottle that shouldn't be a problem to fill 3 times a day.  Maybe I'll even do 4.  It really fills me up around meal time too.

Get plenty of sleep - I've been fighting this one for a while now.  Sleep is one of the best things I can do for my health.  If I don't sleep, I can't lose weight.

So is anyone else with me?  Who wants to step it up a notch for the holiday season?  You don't have to lose 20 pounds.  You can lose 10 or 5 or 2.  Just dedicate yourself to something.


  1. What's with the new format?

    Great new goals!

    You're FABULOUS!

  2. Don't slack off on this one. I want results.

  3. You can do it! WE know you can, now YOU need to know it!

  4. This might sound crazy, but a way that I get myself to drink more water is to keep it right on my desk while I'm working so it's always within reach, then keep a gross/weird taste in my mouth so i'll continually grab for the water to wash the taste out. Maybe nibble on sunflower seeds, or eat a crouton every so often...? Then right before you eat, chug a glass. Make it a race. It'll curb your appetite and get more water in you!

  5. I'm aiming for 3 -but I also have a stipulation that I want it to be fat-not muscle. It'll be just as much of a challenge - especially since the holiday treats are starting to show up at work and I'll have to watch my fat and carb intake carefully PLUS make sure I get enough protein (tough for a vegetarian) and get to the gym 4-5 x a week. Essentially I need to kick my butt in gear so it doesn't get bigger before spring shows up!!! Good luck to us all! :-D

  6. I'm with you, Andrew. My goal is to reach my 20 pound incentive by December 31. Hold me to my goal and I'll help make you accountable for yours!

  7. PS, I hope you don't mind...but I linked your blog to my post today and challenged anyone out there who reads my blog to create their own personal challenge this month.

  8. Count calories.

    Drink a lot of water before a meal.

    Get your needed rest.