I can't believe today is November 1st and we've only got two months left of 2012! Yesterday couldn't possibly have been Halloween, could it? I think it was actually Valentine's Day and everyone was just confused...either that, or this year is absolutely flying by!
I guess reality wins out, because today I'm thinking about the goals I want to achieve between now and the end of the year. For so many years in my past, Halloween was the kick-off to the prime food and goodies time of the year that involved several holiday parties and get-togethers over the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, and wrapped up with our annual family New Year's Day bash, guaranteeing each new year was started by trying to find my way out of a food coma. But, by golly, times have changed!
Last year, I did really well throughout November and December by maintaining my weight, and actually losing a pound or two during that time. I had only started my weight loss efforts in June 2011, so by Thanksgiving, I was only 5 months in with 56 pounds lost, but was determined I wouldn't blow it over the holidays. To that end, I made a conscious decision to raise my daily calorie intake from loss levels to maintenance levels for those two months. That allowed me a little wiggle room but still kept me in check as I continued to log everything I ate. Yes, I even journaled my food on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day!
This year, however, things are a little different. I'm now 16 months in with a loss of 136 pounds, and I really don't want to give up making progress for the next two months just because it's the holidays. I've decided to go to maintenance levels (which affords me a few hundred extra calories per day) only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days, not for the entire season this year. The fact is, I like wearing smaller clothes and feeling better far more than I like pumpkin pie or yeast rolls!
That being said, I'm heading into the final weeks of 2012 with specific health and weight goals I want to reach and with a plan in place to achieve them, and I thought I'd share a couple of them with you here.
November & December 2012 Goals
1) Lose 15 pounds (this will put me exactly 75 pounds away from my final goal weight!)
2) Work out 3 times a week, even on holiday weeks
3) Increase the intensity of my work outs (higher weights, increased sets/reps, etc.)
4) Register for my first 5K run
5) Increase my running speed/endurance (move from running intervals to extended periods of running)
6) Go down one size in jeans
7) Pay attention to and appreciate the people and interactions at holiday gatherings more than the food
So, there you have it! Those are a few of my goals. Have you started thinking about the end of the year yet? What kind of goals are you setting? I'd love to hear from you! Let's finish this year off feeling great about ourselves by making healthy choices!