Holding Myself Accountable

In honor of the season premiere of another season of the Biggest Loser, I thought I’d talk about maintaining a healthy body weight. I am fairly comfortable with my appearance and recognize that any doctor would deem me healthy and fit. That said, I have added a couple of pounds (okay 5) over the past year, which I would prefer to lose. My strategy will be to focus on portion control and eating more whole foods, in addition to working out at least 5 days a week.

To hold myself accountable, I will check in once a week on my progress. Rather than share my actual weight, I will go by BMI since that is standardized to everyone regardless of height. A normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9 (overweight is 25-29.9; obese 30+).  You can calculate your BMI here.

BMI does not take into consideration physical composition, however, so it is not the perfect indicator. Many athletes have a higher proportion of muscle versus fat, so their BMI is higher. I have been doing weight training consistently for almost a year, so I don’t expect my musculature to dramatically change.

Starting BMI: 25.2
Goal BMI: 24.0

Activity goals:

  • Run 4x week
  • Resistance 2x week

Nutrition goals:

  • Drink at least 8 cups of water per day
  • Bring my lunch to work at least 4 days

I’ll report back next week! Does anyone have any ideas for what to pack for lunch and snacks at work? I won’t make it throughout the day without an afternoon snack!! Otherwise I overdo it at night.

What are your tips for success?!

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Huzzah!

Thirty has always seemed like a line of demarkation.  Like it’s the age by which you are supposed to have life figured out.  With a little over 400 days to go till then, I don’t see that happening. With some luck, however, I can focus on the positives, eat more veggies, run more miles, and not sweat the small stuff. Live, Breathe, Huzzah!

People love to reminisce about their 20s, but I’m looking forward to 30.  As Tim McGraw sings,

My next thirty years I’m gonna settle all the scores
Cry a little less, laugh a little more
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear
Figure out just what I’m doing here
In my next thirty years

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