A Starting Point

November 12th, 2010  |  Published in Goals  |  1 Comment

There’s something about turning 30 that seems different from all the other numbers before it. 20 isn’t the same. I didn’t feel like I was a “real” adult at 20; I had so many “adult” things ahead of me. But here comes 30. It’s just months away now. I have a little over thirty weeks to go before my birthday next July, so it’s probably time to start on my goals. I figure 30 weeks is significant enough time to get through a really big goal: I want to lose 30 pounds in the 30 weeks before my 30th birthday.30 pounds isn’t just a number – it’s more of a lifestyle change. It’s a course correction. My four-year-old daughter likes to play tag, which she calls “bad guy”. I can play for about ten minutes, running around in our basement, until I’m kind of done. I want to be able to play until she’s the one that has to stop, not me. I want to be able to enjoy my favorite things more: playing with my kids, softball, basketball… the list goes on. The reasons for doing this are all around me. I don’t look how I want to in pictures any more. I recently started needing size 40 jeans. If I stay on this course too much longer, I’ll need much more than a course correction. I could say more about why I’m starting, but I want to keep this short and focused. I can add more later.

The goal: 30 pounds in 30 weeks. I already know a few things that work for me: measurement and accountability. It’s often said “where performance is measured, performance improves”. That’s why the blog. I also like using a “weighted average” seen in The Hacker’s Diet and at physicsdiet.com. The weighted average helps me see through the daily ups and downs on the scale. I’ve done physicsdiet.com before. I’m adding something new this time: more measurement and more accountability. I’m going to say what I eat and how much of it I eat and my extra accountability is to you. I want to set my goal weight at 230, because that’s a much prettier-sounding goal. I’ll give myself 33 weeks, which is July 1st, 2011, another nice round number. That gives me time to look good for the pictures. Once I get to 230, I don’t want my weighted average to go above 230 again.

Today’s weight: 262.4
Weeks to go: 33
Pounds to go: 32.4
Goal Date: Friday July 1, 2011

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  1. Beth says:

    November 17th, 2010 at 8:02 pm (#)

    Good luck! I’m sure you can do it!

    I am making lifestyle changes, too. Nathan had the camera for a lot of our California trip and I realized that the extra 30ish pounds I’m carrying around IS noticeable.

    I lost about ten pounds just by changing my eating habits — no snacking ’cause I’m bored or achy or tired, and no seconds (most of the time). So just portion control, really. The first few days I was starving but now I’m wondering why I thought I needed that much food. (It’s kind of hard, I think, to go from pregnancy to eating mostly for just yourself again!)

    We bought an elliptical machine and I found I don’t completely loathe exercise if I don’t think about it too much and just DO it … also, I have the reward of listening to my favorite podcast while I exercise, which makes it something I (almost) look forward to. The first day was impossible (I did my twenty-minute workout in three wheezing spurts) but I’ve already seen improvement in just a couple of weeks. Also: that achy, tired feeling that was making me want to eat more? Gone once I started exercising every day. Huh.