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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!

Go Fuchsias! Go Cats!

Lulu
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  • JAMBABY0
    Good goals you can do it
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  • CANDOK1260
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  • AMIEMICHELE
    Great Goals! emoticon emoticon
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  • STEPBYSTEP1955
    emoticon Blog! You have set some emoticon and SMART goals ... you are very specific and clear about what you want to achieve and have established some definite gauge to track your goals and measure your progress. I am glad that even though you were tempted to set a "loftier" number for goal # 3, you kept it attainable by going with the more realistic number for your particular circumstance. If you don't set a realistic time frame, chances are you won't make much progress. Whether you start with focusing on the day or the week, remember to start small. I am also glad that you paid attention to the time frame in which to accomplish these goals. More often than not, we tend to want to see quick results and so, unfortunately, set unrealistic time frames which leaves us disappointed when we don't see the progress we expect. You have obviously put a lot of thought and planning into these goals which I have no doubt that as written will bring you success. However, remember that you need the ACTION behind the PLAN to get result. I know you are determine to get it done and will do it. I am rooting for you. emoticon
    2618 days ago
  • JSAMMONS1981
    Great goals!! good luck on the BL spring challenge and with your goals!
    2618 days ago
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  • no profile photo CD13423552
    Great blog and great goals! I have had knee issues in the past, but as I lose weight they bother me less. Every lb you lose takes 4 lbs of pressure off of your knees which makes walking and running a lot easier. Easing into running by doing a walk/run approach is definitely the way to go. There are some Couch to 5k programs or the Run Your Butt Off program that are more structured ways - the RYBO program is good since it goes over 12 weeks to get to running. But definitely go at your own pace. This year I just added strength training in too and for the same reason. To add more muscle mass and also to strengthen my core. You should sign up for a race in May - that gives you time to train and even if you do a walk/run approach it still gives you incentive to train. I always do better with my workouts when I have a target to train for.
    2618 days ago
  • MULTIMOM
    You are very clear in your goals. Wishing you the best from Texas! emoticon
    2618 days ago
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