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Losing weight: setting goals
June 10, 2008, 10:28 pm
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Christian and I joined the YMCA when he first got to Columbia, about 3 weeks ago. Since then, I’ve gone about 7 times. Not a great record, mostly due to the fact that last week I only went once. This is bad not only because I’m not getting my money’s worth, but also because I’m not getting any healthier by sitting around all day.

I decided today that in order to be more proactive about this, I need to start setting some goals.

According to a BMI calculator I found online, I’m 0.1 points away from being obese. I’m not sure I can trust these calculators as far as what they consider obese, because while I’m certainly not as trim as I could be, I don’t have any problem getting through doors or sitting in seats. Still, a BMI calculator can be a guide, and as I know there was a time when I did weigh what the calculator says I should weigh, I know it’s not unhealthy for me to weigh that much.

Here comes the hard part: disclosure. But I think it will help me stay accountable, and I’m really not struggling with insecurity right now. I know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I know that my family and friends and Christian all love me no matter what I look like. So this quest to lose weight isn’t about making people like me. It’s about using my body for the glory of God and being healthy.

I weigh myself after each workout at the gym. Over the past two weeks, I’ve hovered right around 200 pounds. Two days ago it was 201. Yesterday it was 200. Today it was 202.5. I don’t entirely trust the scale, but since my goal is to lose thirty pounds, it doesn’t matter so much if it’s a pound or two off.

Also, I’m going to be setting short-term and long-term goals. My short-term goal for June 30 is to lose 3 pounds. My long-term goal for the end of the year is to lose 30 pounds.

I’ll be using the fitness/diet tracker MyDailyPlate to keep track of my workouts and the food I eat. I’ve been messing around with it and it seems pretty cool. It has a huge database of foods. For example, I was able to look up everything I ate at Moe’s for dinner tonight. It also tells you how many calories your exercise burns, so you can figure out your net calories for the day.

I’m planning on going to the gym every day Monday-Friday, so Fridays will be my weigh-in days.

I’m looking forward to keeping you updated on my progress!

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