April 8, 2011

Jiggle Challenge Week 1

I know I've written a lot about my weight loss journey over the last year or so. I started 2010 with the goal that I start almost every year with--the goal to lose weight. And for whatever reason, in 2010 I stuck with it.

I've tried to lose weight several times, even going back to my High School days, but with my lack of willpower I just never stuck with it. In my mind, I've always ideally wanted to weight between 140 and 145 (I know numbers are just numbers... and it is definitely different for everyone--this has just always been, in my head, where I'd like to be). But when I started my weight loss journey in January 2010, those numbers seemed extremely daunting. So I set small goals of 10 lbs at a time. Knowing that being under 160 puts me in the "normal" BMI range, I knew I needed to get at least there, so I set my goal for 2010 at 150. Still daunting, but I felt like it was attainable.

And it was. I got down to 150 in September 2010. As I approached 150, I thought several times that I just needed to push a little further and get down to 145. But by the time I hit 150, I was so tired of counting everything I ate that I just wanted a break. So I decided to take the rest of 2010 "off" from dieting and focus on maintaining (which I am happy to say I did maintain even though the Holidays!)

Then comes 2011 and I started the year ready to knock off those last few pounds. And so far I have managed to not get serious about it. I've been able to maintain fairly well, but have even gained a couple of pounds back from September.

With summer coming, there is the added motivation of swimsuit and wedding season to get myself in gear.

So when my friends Nicki posted about this challenge yesterday, I knew I wanted to join up!

Weight Loss Challenge

So over the next 8 weeks I would like to lose 10 pounds. I plan to do this by getting back on my weight watchers tracking, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and working out at least 5 times a week. By the end of the challenge, I also would like to be able to jog a 10 minute mile. Right now I can only do a mile straight at a 12 min-mile pace. I got out this morning and was able to do half a mile at the 6 mph pace, but still have a ways to go. So I want to add jogging in with my regular workouts of step aerobics, kickboxing, and weight training.

I'm excited to get back on track and check in each week (on Thursdays, I know I'm joining a little late!) to reach my final goal. I've always heard the last few pounds are the hardest, but I'm ready to take them on!


Rachel McPhillips said...

I am really looking forward to following everyone's journey! Thanks for linking up! :)

Nicki said...

Yay!!! These are such great goals! I am happy we can do this together!! Women in Erin's wedding NOT a size 0 unite... haha! :) I would love to run a 10 minute mile when I come in July. Now we just need to think about what we're going to reward ourselves with at the end of this 8 weeks!

Casey said...

I'm your newest follower, I too am doing the challenge! And I want to run a 10 min mile too! Right now I'm at 11 mins...so need to knock an entire min off my time!!! Urgh... Livestrong.com is also a great place to track calories for free! I love it.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith said...

Congrats on your loss so far! Thanks so much for linking up. Can't wait to follow your journey :)