LWAT: Short-Term Weight Loss Goals

Okay, I’m just going to cut right to the chase: I weighed myself this morning and (drum roll please)

I. am. five. point five. pounds. lighter. (!!!)

No denial: I am super stoked! This past week has been a challenge; with the first six days of the new year under my belt, I’ve changed my fitness and weight loss goal(s) from my last post. What fueled my changes is explained below.

I have two very big events coming up in the next few months:

  1. February 22: I turn 25
  2. April 28: I graduate grad school with my MBA (!!!)

To help keep me focused on my weight loss, I decided yesterday that I’m going to set short-term goals to help get me closer to my long-term goal of losing between 40 to 50 lbs. So, by February, I would like to lose between 8 to 10 lbs. (I’m halfway there as of today, whoo hoo!) This would put me back in the low 180s, which is what I was after our honeymoon cruise. I gained a good 5 lbs from cruise food. Cruises are absolutely wonderful but when one loses self-control over food, they are killers!

By April, I would like to lose another 5 to 8 lbs. If I can lose more than my goals that would be absolutely fantastic, but I want to be realistic, too. If I can get down to the 170s by the time of my graduation, I’ll be so happy! Revising my weight loss and exercise plan is really motivating me.

On another note: I like the Insanity program but I think doing that and WW just isn’t for me. I feel like it’s almost counterproductive to portion control for WW then eat like a fiend for Insanity. And to be perfectly honest with you, I just can’t eat that much, whether it’s healthy food or not. So, unfortunately, I am throwing in the insane towel. I’m going back to WW alone and group fitness classes. I know these things have worked for me in the past and with more focus this time around, they can really be beneficial.

I know I seem like one of those people that get super motivated with weight loss then fall off the wagon after a couple of weeks. And yes, I know we are only six days into the new year and I’ve already changed — no tweaked — my weight loss and exercise plan. I can’t begin to describe how focused I am to at least make my short-term goals. I think I’m being much more realistic with myself, with my body and what I want out of a healthy lifestyle that banishing the word “diet.”

Do you have any short-term weight loss and/or fitness goals? Please share!


6 thoughts on “LWAT: Short-Term Weight Loss Goals

  1. Are you sure you want to give up on Insanity already?? Even though you are seeing results after only 1 week? You don’t necessarily have to follow the nutrition plan – just do the exercise part – much more convenient than going to exercise classes…

    • Hah — Yes. Maybe a couple of times a week is fine, but I’m not doing it all 6 days. I went through a couple of weeks of it last time and noticed absolutely no weight loss because I just can’t eat that many calories. Also, I read that really to be successful with Insanity the person *must* eat the way the nutrition guide outlines. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the WW program, but in order to be successful with Insanity + WW, you need to eat up all your daily points, activity points and cheat points. Way, way too much counting/eating for me! Plus, I enjoy the exercise classes. It’s nice way to be encouraged and get through the workout because you have others working just as hard by your side.

    • It is! And yes, classes are so much fun! A lot of independent fitness businesses are great too — I’ve been to businesses that offer boot camps, yoga and even pole/exotic fitness <–my personal fav! You should check them out sometime! 🙂

  2. Way to go, Lauren! That’s awesome progress for your first week. My health and wellness goal for the year is to put myself first — that’s it. When I don’t want to go to the gym, I go. When I don’t want to eat right, I do.

    I’m still allowing some lazy days here and there, or a cheat meal so as not to deprive myself, but I’m focusing on getting myself as healthy as can be for ME. No more putting others’ needs before mine all the time. I’ll let you know how it goes 😉 And, good luck keeping it up! You can do it!

    • Thanks! You have a great goal. Focus on YOU — whatever works for you and whatever will make you the most happy. The occasional cheat and lazy days are completely acceptable. The problem many have when they make a change in their diet is that they don’t allow themselves that piece of chocolate or that glass of wine. Self-control and moderation are the keys to healthy success. Please keep me posted! Good luck to you, too. You are such a strong, inspirational and focused person that this goal will be a cinch for ya! 🙂

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