2012 Goals

Here’s the write-up I’ve been promising on my goals for the new year.  I still have a piece in the works on hitting my 2011 goal.  I’m also probably going to do some site maintenance in the next week or so to reflect my efforts moving forward.

First, I want to lose 40 pounds by June.  If I keep up with my 2 pounds/week pace I tried to maintain last year I should not have any trouble making that goal.  There are 23 weeks from January 1st to June 3rd, so that gives me a little wiggle room in which to make that goal.

Second, I want to start weight training and working on upper body strength.  To accomplish this, first I want to start doing push-ups on a regular basis.  Awhile ago someone pointed me towards the one hundred push-ups a day program.  That program has you doing 100 consecutive push-ups in a day within 6 weeks.  I would just like to be able to do 100 push-ups in a day by the summer, but I’ll follow the program.  I’m also going to see about taking a weight-training class at the gym.

Third, I’ve been really enjoying the yoga workouts that I have.  I’d like to increase the regularity of yoga into my regular workout routine.  Also, I’d like to go to an actual studio at least once before the summer.  Mainly it’s just difficult to tell if I am doing the poses correctly when I’m doing the workout privately in my own home.

Fourth, this isn’t really a goal, but I also want to start taking measurements as part of my weekly weigh-in record.  Probably my waist and my belly, the two main targeted areas that I’m trying to flatten.  I might think of other areas too.  I don’t know how to get body fat percentage either, or else I would add that too.

Fifth, this is also not a goal, but I was originally planning to start P90X training this year.  However, it is way more expensive to get the DVDs then I thought it would be, so I’m going to hold off on that.  Maybe next year when I hopefully have a full-time paying job!  Instead I ordered a Jillian Michael’s ab workout video.  I really like her Yoga Meltdown video, so I hope the ab workout one is just as good.

Weekly Weigh-In: Sign of the devil?

Start: 327 lbs.
Last week: 261.2 lbs.
This week: 260.4 lbs.
Change: -0.8 lbs. lbs.
Total Change: -66.6 lbs

I wonder if I should be worried that my total weight loss is 66.6 (aka pretty close to the sign of the devil). It’s a good thing I’m not too superstitious.

I really thought I was going to break into the 250s this week.  It was looking like I was heading towards it all week and I had some good weigh-ins during the week that seemed to point in that direction.  However, it’s always about what happened last and last night my beloved Ducks dropped their first game to LSU.  Which has nothing to do with my weight loss except for the fact that I ate a bunch of snacks and went out for frozen yogurt afterwards.  Which I thought I had walked off but apparently not.

My buddy Greg pointed out to me in last week’s weigh-in that I need to switch it up a little bit to start getting better results again.  Going to the gym is a little difficult because it’s still on summer schedule until the undergrads get back, and the times I tend to go are during times they’re closed at the moment.  I did get a yoga starter kit for my birthday (thanks Aila!) which I got out once already and I want to figure out how to work into my daily routine.  I just have to make it a habit like I’ve done with walking.

Weekly Weigh-In: Lost 3.6 pounds!

Start: 327 lbs.
Last week: 273.2 lbs.
This week:  269.6 lbs.
Change: -3.6 lbs. lbs.
Total Change: -57.4 lbs.

Still losing!  Now cruising in the 260s within a few pounds of 60 pounds lost.  I think I’ve mastered the art of going out drinking and not having a bad weigh-in the next day.  Because that’s what I did last night (yeah for martinis!).  I did what I like to call “YouTube Yoga” yesterday where I did some yoga to a YouTube video.  I think yoga is something that I could pick up for real at some point.  It’s fun and relaxing, and a good workout.  I’m not sure I’d be comfortable in a studio with other people at the moment, but I’ll get there eventually.