Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My Quest to be Pretty In Dayton - New Wednesday Weight Loss Check-ins

In my effort to "bring the pretty" to Dayton, I fully realize I need to bring the pretty to myself. As with many other individuals particularly in the Midwest region, part of my personal goal in that quest is to control my battle with the bulge. One way I'm going to keep myself in check is by remaining accountable for what I eat and my activity level.

In the past I tried the Jenny Craig diet. It helped me lose around 40 lbs before my wedding in 2004, then another 30 after I gained back most of what I lost. I did not develop good/healthy habits on this program that stuck with me. I may get desperate and go back to Jenny, but this time I want to try it on my own.

I don't want to focus on the past. I don't want to focus on the negative. I want to reinforce what I've done right over a week and what I can improve on for the next. Hopefully using this venue will help me develop those healthy/good habits.

So here's the format you will see during my weight loss quest:

Weight: 197 lbs (eeek!)

What I did right this week: I consistently chose vegetable side dishes at work during lunch instead of choosing fries, onion rings, or chips.

What I want to improve on next week: Fitting in activity time even when commitments occur during my usual time. This may mean staying later "at work" to take advantage of the gym, using my eliptical at home, changing my work out time to fit my schedule. The goal is 30 minutes of activity at least 5 days during the week.

The Ticker: You will also notice in the right side column of my blog a new Ticker. I'm trying to set mini goals for myself. I'm not overly religious, but I decided to use the Lent time frame as a way to motivate my exercise. Since I do roughly 2 miles on the eliptical each time I go to the gym, I decided that in the next 40 days I have to do 80 miles total on the eliptical. That means if I miss a day I have to somehow make it up. One more way I can keep myself accountable.

Join me if you like. Feel free to report YOUR personal progress in the comments. Link to your blog if you have one.