Spring Chick Challenge 2012 - Goals and Guidelines

As I said in my weekly menu planning post there are going to be big changes around here this year.  One of those big changes in going to be me! 

When I first found out I was pregnant with my daughter I weighed 105 pounds, and the day that she was born I weighed 179.  After she was born I dropped down to 135 only to get pregnant with my son.  After the birth of my son I was never able to lose the weight again.  In addition to that my uncle, and both of my grandfather's passed away.  My husband was in a car wreck, and is now on permanent disability.  For an emotional eater this was disaster. 

I am now at 195 pounds (gulp!) and know that I have to lose the weight now.  I know I will never reach that 105 pounds again, nor do I think I should, but I would love to make it to 135 pounds. 

But I am tired of living like this:

So I am going to join the Spring Chicks Challenge 2012 at Real Chicks Getting Fit.  The challenge runs from January 2nd to March 19th.

This week is all about setting your goals for the challenge. 

Commit to a NSV (non scale victory) to be assessed at the start and the conclusion of the challenge.

I have two pairs of jeans that I received for Christmas presents last year that are size 16.  I would love to fit into them by the end of this challenge. 

Also my arms are huge.  I hate looking at them in pictures.  I am not sure how big they are right now in inches but I want to lose inches off of them.  (I will be taking measurements tonight, and will decide then how many inches I want to take off of them.)

How many calories daily or weekly? - 1500 calories daily that will be tracked through Sparkpeople
How much water will you drink daily? Here is my weakness.  I don't drink water.  I am going to take baby steps with this and at this point I am going to shoot for 32 ounces of water a day.  I know I need way more than this but don't want to set myself up for failure by not being realistic about what I can do at this point.
Commit to a set of exercise parameters. These can be as loose or as flexible as you feel work for your personality, schedule, etc.

In last month's Redbook magazine was a pull out "Loose the Belly Plan" poster that show 6 exercise moves that can be done with hand weights that I will be using.  I think that not only will these exercises work on my belly they will also work on my arms.

I will also be using an exercise program that came with my exercise ball that uses handweights and the exercise ball.  

I will also use Wii Fit to help with cardio.

My goal is to do at least 90 minutes of cardio a week with at least 710 calories burnt during that time.
Commit to blogging at least twice weekly and 1 of those times must be you check in with a complete up date on your progress. All other blogs could include new insights, results of weekly challenges, or just letting others know how you are doing. Will do!!!

Commit to support... both giving and receiving. Check others blogs and comment as you feel motivated to do. Not a problem!

Current weight - 196 lbs

Target goal- 135 lbs

My plan is to lose at least two pounds per week.  With there being eleven weeks in this challenge I plan to lose 22 pounds during this challenge.


  1. Welcome to the challenge. I like all of your goals. I love my Wii. What games do you use...?

  2. Great goals! And I like your thought process with the water. You can do it! Good luck!

  3. I'm sorry to hear about the challenges you've had to deal with in your life, but I'm really glad to hear that you're taking charge of you're life, too. Thats a great example to set for your kids, so cudos! I also like that you've been honest with yourself and what you think you can do re: your water intake. You can't fix a problem you won't admit exists! I think you're goals are great and you seem like a really interesting woman! Can't wait for future updates, best wishes xx

    - DS


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