My weight loss weigh in for 3/5/2012 to 3/11/2012.
I truly believe setting attainable goals are key to losing weight and staying on track. Make them too hard and you burn out and lose motivation, don’t have any and you are unfocused and meander. So, I’ve been setting goals.
To recap, last week’s goals were:
- No wine.
- Follow Nutrisystem.
- Exercise 3 times.
So did having goals work? How did I do?
Wine: I did relatively well – had wine one night at a friend’s house and a few drinks at a bowling party, but that’s all.
Eating: I followed Nutrisystem about 50/50.
Exercise: I exercised 2 times.
Weight Loss Results
- Lost 2.2 pounds.
- Total weight loss to date – 5.8 pounds.
- First goal 10 pounds (4.2 lbs to go).
I’ll take it! Granted I didn’t stick to my goals 100%, but having them kept me focused and made me think before choosing to break a goal rather than not even realizing where I got off track. And a 2.2 pound loss is definitely acceptable to me, so I’ll be setting goals for this week too.
Week’s Weight Loss Goals
My goals for this week include:
- run 3 times,
- drink 64oz of water every day, and
- drink no alcohol.
I signed up for a 5K on April 15th. As of today, we are 5 weeks out and counting. That means only 15 times to run between now and race day. Only 15 opportunities to get into shape so I’m not embarrassed.
Keeping a count down is helping spur my running motivation for sure! My goal is to complete the 5K (3.1 miles) in less than 32 minutes.
I’ll let you know how I do…
Since I’ve started this running journey I’ve learned a few things I thought I’d share with you:
- Putting your treadmill on an incline of 1.5 makes it equivalent to running outdoors on a fairly flat track.
- Sneakers should be replaced about every 400 miles.
- If your feet, shins, or calves hurt, try putting inserts into your shoes. I found mine at Target and they really helped.
- I recently bought a heart rate monitor and compared the calories burned shown on it versus the one shown on my treadmill – the heart rate monitor shows nearly twice the calories. (I assume it’s more accurate since it has my heart rate in there, weight and age.)
- Good running socks make a difference.
- Active.com is a great source for finding an exercise event near you.
Do you have any running or exercise tips to share? Please leave them in the comments. I always need to learn more.
Do you set goals?
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