Well this last week started out really good and I am deciding on how I am going to end today - it is up to me, I can choose how to respond to my situation. I'll get to that later.
I decided this last Tuesday that I wanted to lose a certain amount of weight by June 21 - my family reunion and then the week after a school reunion. It is a LOFTY goal to say the least but I calculated everything and I know exactly how many calories I have to burn per day to reach my goal.
I have tracked things before - you know I want to lose 10 lbs by this day or whatever, but I guess I've never really laid out a good plan. I have planned to workout so many minutes a day or do so much strength training or maybe burn 300-400 calories in a day but never sat down and laid it all out. Well, that's exactly what I did.
50 lbs by June 21 is A LOT - and I know it and the amount of calories that I have to burn is a TON - literally
, but I have figured that I have to lose a staggering 175000 calories!! YIKES!!
between now and then. That is 9,722 calories a week and 1389 calories a day which would equal about 2.7 lbs a week.
I know this seems daunting, but I am going to use my old sales mentality to get near my goal. You see in sales I never shot for my goal (100%), I always shot for 150%, that way if I fell short, then I would still hit my actual goal, but if I shot for 100% and fell short, then I would miss my bonus and everything else that went with hitting that mark. My goal is actually smaller than the 50, but I figure is I fall short, then I've still hit my goal or come awfully darn close.
So I am stoked and in this all the way - the fun thing is that when I get finished working out in the morning, I look at my HRM and see that I am only 175 calories away from my daily goal and I think - hey I know that I can knock that out in about 20 minutes - depending on what I am doing. I am very competitive and who better to compete with than myself.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Well I have vision and I have a game plan and I write in my journal every single day to keep track of calories burned, calories consumed, how much water, how many hours of sleep and what kind of mood I am in. I like looking back to see what's going on. My first weigh in with this new plan will be this Thursday - I am expecting the best!!
I have decided after writing this that I choose for this day to end great. I went to the library about an hour ago and left my cell phone - it has since been taken by someone - it had all my client and vendor contacts - a lot of unpublished numbers and it was a very expensive blackberry. I didn't get insurance on it ( I know, I know
)but it's $7 bucks a month and it adds up and I have not lost a phone before - so who knew. Anyway, I have returned everything that I have ever found and I am praying that the same will be done for me. Although I am disappointed, and it will cost me some money and aggravation - it is NOT the end of the world and I will be fine. It's really inconsequential in the scheme of life. It's all about priorities.
So here I am on my journey and thrilled to not just be working out to get healthy and lose weight, but I've got a plan, I've got this drive going on in me right now that's unstoppable. I am off to finish the 209 calories I have left to burn for the evening!
Woo Hoo - almost done for the day!