Weekly Goals: October 6-12

I'm setting and tracking weekly goals that move me closer to my 3 month target weight of 227 lbs. by the end of 2013.

I’m setting and tracking weekly goals that move me closer to my 3 month target weight of 227 lbs. by the end of 2013.

Tomorrow a new week begins and that means I need new weight loss goals. Yes, its weekly goal setting time. The purpose of these weekly goals is to help me reach my 3-month goal of dropping 19.5 lbs. So far so good. I’ve hit last week’s goals and I’m down 1.8 lbs. as a result.

Starting Sunday I’m upping the intensity of my yoga workouts. I will conquer that blasted plank position!

On the nutrition front, I’m challenging my daily carb consumption by targeting the lower end of my range.

October 6-12 Goals

  • Workout – Do the non-modified plank position and push-ups during yoga; select new 30-Day Challenge
  • Nutrition – Eat a max of 20g of carbs/day for 4 days this week.
  • Other – Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! Plus wax off the lady moustache.
  • Reward – Treat myself to a new book.

This Week’s Goals: Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

I'm setting and tracking weekly goals that move me closer to my 3 month target weight of 227 lbs. by the end of 2013.

I’m setting and tracking weekly goals that move me closer to my 3 month target weight of 227 lbs. by the end of 2013.

To help me reach my 3 month goal of losing 19.5 lbs, I’m setting and tracking weekly targets for working out and nutrition. I’m tossing in a weekly reward for that little extra push.

Power walks on 3 days this week consisting of 1, 2 and 4 mile walks; do a 5K on October 5.

No dessert or wine this week.

Treat myself to a pedicure.

Remember: Written goals are dreams with deadlines!

Not Quite As Fast As A Speeding Bullet…But Getting There

Pace Aug 8Good progress on the walk today. I’ve reduced my overall pace by 2 minutes, going from 18:48 to 16:46/mile.  Sweet. Tomorrow we’ll see if I can do this two days in a row or if yesterday’s day off skewed today’s results.

A few weeks ago, I set a goal to consistently walking 4 miles a day, 5 days a week. Speed didn’t matter. I set my sights on distance.

I’m happy to report I’ve hit my goal. Now I need to push myself.  What better way than to focus on how fast I walk 4 miles. The new goal? An overall pace of 15 minutes/mile. Right now it takes me about 75 minutes to walk 4 miles. I want to get that down to 60 minutes.  I just need to keep pushing myself, especially on the uphill part of my trail.

split statsLooking at my splits, Mile 3 – the up hill section of my walk – took the longest at 18:29.  I don’t know what happened to me the last mile. At 14:39, it was by far my fastest.  I think I just wanted to get out of the humidity as fast as possible.

I would love to hit the 15 minute/mile mark by mid September. A tall order now that we are in the dog days of summer. But I’m up for the challenge.

Well, time for that protein shake!

14:56 Baby!

Today is the first day of Weight watchers’ LiveLife Active Challenge. My goal today was to walk for 45 minutes, or 3 miles. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather so I decided to break my walk into 2 segments – a fast morning walk and a moderate walk this evening.

For the fast walk, I just decided that I would go as fast as possible without jogging for one mile. My speed goal for the past few weeks is the elusive 15 minute mile.

Turns out today’s the day. I hit 14:56 during my morning walk. Since I was going a total of 2 miles, I nearly had nothing left to finish my walk. I actually had to stop after I hit one mile for about 45 seconds to catch my breath before continuing. Mile two I finished at a pace of 16:39 – not too shabby.

I now just have to keep building up my stamina to consistently hit 15 minutes for that first mile, but have enough gas in the tank to hit 15 minutes on that second mile.

Am I One Tough Mudder?

Dot hiking in Shenandoah a few years and 61+ lbs ago.

Dot hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains a few years and 61+ lbs ago.

I really want to do this! But I’m in no shape to even attempt Tough Mudder…yet!

I’ve decided that when I weigh 200 lbs, I’ll start training for the Tough Mudder with the goal of doing TM when I’m within 20 lbs of my goal weight. According to my last weigh in, I need to lose 64 more pounds before training starts. Easy Peasy!

So in the meantime, I’m going to continue with walking everyday, increasing my time and distance each week. Since I’m not ready for Tough Mudder, I’m going to register for a few 5k walks in the area. If I walk everyday, I’ll reward myself with a weekly pedicure. For the 5k walks, I’ll treat myself to a facial.

By late April I plan to start hiking again. I really do miss hiking. Its been more than 4 years since my last outing. Far too long. I figured I’ll start off with day hikes in Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, Bull Run Mountain Conservancy, etc. Then come summer I’ll be ready for the weekend hiking trips to the Shenandoah or Dolly Sods – complete with backpack! Glad I didn’t let my REI membership expire.