Yesterday, on my way home from work, I heard on the radio that weight loss is the #1 New Year’s resolution that most people make but that only 8% of people actually achieve their weight loss resolutions. I would also be curious how many people sustain that weight loss beyond that given year. My guess from what I know and from my past experience is that not very many sustain it.
In all honesty, I was a bit disappointed in my 2016. I thought that I would be so much closer to my goal weight of 178lbs. At the very least, I thought for sure that I would hit my 100lb weight loss mark of 202lbs and be in what is known as “ONEderland” (being in the 100’s). Reality began to sit in for me in December that this wasn’t going to happen.
So, as we head into 2017, I decided to set up some very specific goals for me this year.
On December 31, 2016 I weighed in at 206.8 and I met with my leader, Jocelyn, after the meeting. I told her about my disappointment, but that despite not hitting 202lbs (or under 200lbs), that I really worked hard and stayed focus the last week or so of the year to maintain my 95lb weight loss mark. I was proud of that. Then we looked at my weight loss as a whole for 2016 and I was down 30lbs – – something still worth being proud of! In addition to my weight loss, I also set new personal records in all of my race times (5K, 10K, 15K and half marathon!).
Then we discussed 2017 goals, which I set out as follows:
- 100lbs (or ONEderland) by January 19th (my 36th birthday)
- Consistency in activity. In reflecting on 2016, I realized that I lost my consistency in my level of activity. It was my inconsistency in activity that was the root cause of my tendinitis injury in my right leg (which I am still recovering from). I broke up this goal into very specific goals and action items:
- January: Work out up to 3 days per week
- February: Bump up workouts to 4 days per week
- March: Bump up workouts to 5 days per week
- Lay off the half marathons and stick with a minimum of 6 races this year (5K, 10K and one 15K).
- By December 31st, hit my goal weight of 178lbs with smaller goals as follows:
- January 19th – 200lbs
- May 1st – 190lbs
- October 1st – 180lbs
- December 31st – 178lbs
As you can see, I gave myself a lot of leeway to hit my goals this year! Truthfully, by just looking at the amount of weight I need to lose, if I lost 4lbs per month, I’d be at my goal weight before the end of June. I also think that’s doable, but I am allowing myself a great deal of leeway to reach my goals.