My First Blog - Goals for the BL Spring Into Action Challenge
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
For my first blog in the entire time I’ve been on SP, I’d like to (rather belatedly) list and discuss my goals for the BL Spring into Action Challenge, which recently began. Over the 10 weeks of the Challenge I’d plan to do the following:
1. Train for and run at least one 5K.
2. Average at least 10,000 steps a day over the course of a week.
3. Lose an average of at least 1.2lbs a week for a Challenge loss of at least 12 lbs.
4. Decrease my body fat percentage by at least 5% (and/or waist size by at least 2 inches).
5. Strength train at least 30 minutes at least three days a week.
As for goal #1, running is a fairly recent idea for me. I’ve been walking a lot, but thought that I couldn’t (or shouldn’t) run because of prior knee and foot injuries. But one day I decided to try – and it went pretty well. I’m now on a walk/run plan and have my eye on 5K races in the area from late April to mid May. I don’t want to rush things too much, so I’ve haven’t signed up for one yet, but I will soon.
Goal number #2, averaging 10,000 steps a day should be doable. There are days when I simply am not going to hit 10,000 – but days when I run/walk I tend to go over. I decided to aim for a daily average to keep me successful. If I need to, I may up the average in a few weeks.
It was difficult to set goal #3 – I really wanted to put a 1.5lb a week average. But, as my weight has been dropping one of my other goals has been to add more muscle which may slow down my weight loss. As long as I look and feel better, I don’t care as much about the number on the scale! I probably should have made it 1lb, but it didn’t seem ambitious enough.
Goal #4 is tricky, because I’m having trouble measuring my body fat. I’ve got calipers, but I’m not certain I’m doing it right. Based on a little research a .05% body fat loss per week is doable – hopefully I’ll be able to measure it! I’ve also read that losing inches off your waist is a marker of losing body fat, so I’ve added that in there as an alternate means of measurement. I just don’t know if 2 inches is realistic – I guess I’ll find out!
Goal #5 is essential to goal number for – I need to lose body fat and add lean muscle tissue. I must strength train in order to add muscle! 30 minutes three times a week seems to be a minimum to see improvement. Hopefully, I’ll do even more.
Thanks for looking over my goals – and visiting my first blog! All comments are welcome.
Spring into Action! And don’t forget to join the upcoming Spring 5% Challenge!
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