Weight-loss: Setting up Goals for the New Year
I was very successful with the Weight-loss goal in 2015 to become a healthier me. Not only did my overall health improve but the 118 pound weight-loss was incredible, my fitness increased 10-fold, and my outlook on life and happiness took me to greater leaps and bounds.
Needless to say what I did, went through, and put up with for the last 21 years of my life will no longer be accepted by me. Not only did I shed the pounds but I shed the old me and Teeha 2.0 was borned.
I have truly changed my Life and Lifestyle. So what does that mean for 2016? The goal is the same but different. My goal is to stay a healthier me. Losing weight is just half of the battle you have to maintain the weight-loss; which I have never had any success. To achieve this goal I need to balance my nutrition, keep moving, and monitor my progress.
A balanced nutrition includes whole grains, low protein meats, fruits, veggies, and low fat dairy. My goal this year is to eliminate or reduce process foods. Last year I depended on the Quest Protein Bars heavily; eventually they hindered my weight-loss. Yes, there is a time and a place for them such as a 10 mile Hike but not for a mid-day snack. I will still use a protein shake after my Orangetheory workouts because they are so intense.
I also plan to drink more water. Although I only drink water and tea, I have noticed I just don’t drink enough water. So my goal is to go back to drinking one gallon a day.
My fitness goal is attend OrangeTheory Fitness classes at least 5 times a week. On the rest days I plan to continue moving with a walk. If the weather is nice I will walk outside during my lunch breaks. If it is raining or too cold I will walk for 30 mins on the treadmill.
I also plan to stand and stretch more while at work. I plan to use the 15 minute break that we all should take and never do to go for a walk or get some fresh air.
Monitor My Progress
Monitoring is so important for weight-loss and weight management. Keeping track of your food and your fitness helps gauge your progress. It also helps you investigate a 2-6 pound gain. When you lose weight or change your fitness your calories needs fluctuate. Unfortunately a lot of times balancing your nutrition and fitness is trial and error. You may find a sweet spot but that sweet spot may only last for a few months. You will reach a plateau so investigating what you need to change is critical.
Some of the tools I will use to monitor my progress are: