So, today was my first day of the Gold’s Gym 12 Week Challenge. I got myself weighed, measured, and pictured. I will be writing down the measurements, but the pic will have to wait:
Weight: 170.8 lbs
The Domestic Pagan would like us to do the measurements every week, but I am going to go only with the Gold’s measurements so I don’t use too many different pieces of equipment. I can tell you that my scale tells me a different weight than the one above (of course it will also tell me a different weight 5 minutes after I weigh myself). So, my measurements will come up again on March 3. Because my Gold’s Challenge started a few weeks after the Get Off Your Broom Challenge, I have decided to follow the Broom Challenge a few weeks behind.
The First Week:
“The Week One Mini-Challenges
I’ll be honest. This week’s mini-challenge isn’t really mini. It’s kind of big and has quite a few parts. I know it’s a lot of work already but in my opinion, these mini-challenges are probably the most important ones of all! They will be the foundation of your success.
First, I want you to take a before picture. Oh the horror! Don’t worry. I won’t be requiring that you post it if you don’t want to. However, you may want to post it at the end of the challenge when you have your after picture. It’s a great way to really see what you accomplish in the next 3 months.
Second, I want you to take your weight and the measurements of at least your hips, waist, and chest. Your thighs and arms are optional. You are doing both weight and measurements because this challenge is about fitness, not just about losing weight. If I lose 5 lbs but my waist hasn’t gotten smaller, than I know I haven’t truly succeeded. Now that you know your starting stats, what are your goals? What can you reasonably accomplish in the next 3 months but is challenging enough to keep you striving? You may even want to break your goals into 3 month increments.
Third, I want you to make a plan. This is the hardest of the three mini-challenges. There are so many diets and exercise plans out there that choosing one can be absolutely overwhelming. It may take some research on your part, but along with knowing where you are going (your goals) you need to know how to get there (your plan). Make this plan as simple or detailed as you would like. Maybe your plan is simply to cut sweets and exercise five times a week. Or maybe you have a plan that includes a comprehensive exercise program that includes cardio, yoga, and strength training and a vegetarian diet complete with menus and a list of superfoods that you should eat.” From Get Off Your Broom
First and second = done.
1. I am going to work on creating and sticking to a weekly menu that will be approx 1700 calories and contain plenty of fruits and veggies. I don’t want to make it lower since I am still breastfeeding. However, Sammi has started to wean himself. If he stops, then I will lower this to approx 1500/1600 calories.
2. I will get in some sort of exercise every day. Even if it is just a quick walk around the neighborhood. Workout schedule:
- Sunday: run/hike Badger Mtn.
- Monday: BodyPump/Buoyancy Burn
- Tuesday: BodyCombat/Run
- Wednesday: CXWorx/Yoga/Cardio & Weights
- Thursday: Run
- Friday: BodyFlow
- Saturday: Cardio & Weights/run
I wanted to make this schedule somewhat flexible. I do like to have some other choices every once in a while.
- I will use MyFitness Pal every day.
- I would like to get below 160 by the end of the 12 week challenge.
- I want to gain better control over snacking. By the end of this challenge, I want my willpower to have control, not the cravings.
- I will add more vegetables to my diet. Less carbs and sugars.
This seems like a pretty simple and straightforward plan, but I know that I will be struggling with them. My willpower needs bulking up as much as my flabby arms do.
Phew! I can do this!