My 12 week bikini challenge...and a quick update on me!!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Otherwise known as my 12 week goal weight challenge, or my 12 week back on track program :-)
Basically I joined in with the MaryMackers challenge.....two of my favourite and most positive sparkers set up a 15 week challenge a few weeks ago, which has 12 weeks left to run. Also, yesterday I was browsing spark pages and noticed somebody (can't remember who, sorry!) has set themselves a 12 week bikini challenge, which they blogged about and posted their own bikini shots. So these events have set me in motion for my own 12 week bikini/goal weight challenge!!
I weighed on Saturday 20th March, at 156lbs (4lbs up from my lowest of 152 on March 1st). I will now ONLY be weighing ONCE a week, on Saturday mornings. I am terrible at jumping on the scales daily, but really the numbers are not important enough to rule my life, so once a week it will be!!
I will be purchasing a bikini in a smaller size (UK 10) and I will squeeze myself into it for photos - they won't be so pretty right now!! Then, as well as weighing in each week and possibly recording measurements (not sure if I will do this weekly), I will also put on that bikini every week and post the photos showing my progress in it. Hopefully as the weeks go by, there will be a noticeable difference in how it fits!!
So that is the plan......12 weeks to get a bikini body - maybe not the best toned bikini body, but one that I will be happy to show on the beach!!
My weight loss targets are between 1.5lbs and 2lbs per week. Losing 1.5lbs weekly will mean I reach 139lbs in 12 weeks (this also puts me into the 9 stones for those of us in the UK!) and losing just over 2lbs per week will get me to 130lbs, half of my original weight and my ultimate goal!! To be honest I'm not too bothered about the numbers, just losing another inch or two from my waist and toning my hips and thighs will be good enough for me to feel bikini confident, but it's always good to have a goal :-)
My weekly goals, with 1.5 and 2lbs weekly losses are:
Start weight 20th March: 156lbs
WK 1 27th March: 155.5/153
WK 2 3rd April: 154/150
WK 3 10th April: 152.5/148
WK 4 17th April: 151/146
WK 5 24th April: 149.5/144
WK 6 1st May: 148/142
WK 7 8th May: 146.5/140
WK 8 15th May: 145/138
WK 9 22nd May: 143.5/136
WK 10 29th May: 142/134
WK 11 5th June: 140.5/132
WK 12 12th June: 139/130
Right, that's it I think.....now I just have to buy that bikini!!!
Oh and a quick update on how things are going for me.....pretty fantastic!! I have been awful at sticking to any sort of healthy eating plan the whole of this year, but who cares!?! I have swung from one extreme diet, to no diet and binge eating habits, resulting in 7-10lbs being lost and gained many times over the past 3 months. I could look at this as a failure at not having continued success or being at my goal weight by now. I would rather look at it as real life! I know that once I reach my goal weight, not every day, week or month will be focused on healthy eating and working out. I will have to learn to balance the good with the bad then, just as I am still learning it now! I think the key difference in me since losing the weight has been that I only let the bad days go so far, before getting focused again. As soon as the scales show more than a 5lb gain I re-focus and try harder, which is something that I think I will always have to do!
The past week my eating has been better than it has in a long time, because I am being stricter with my meal choices, but also allowing some not so healthy snacks, so I don't feel deprived. It's amazing that when I allow myself to eat a small chocolate bar I find that I don't actually want it, yet when I tell myself I can't have it, I end up eating 5!?! I have also decided this week to up my efforts at the gym again. I don't want to cut my calories too much, or even have to track them right now. I am still planning my meals and snacks and I know that roughly my daily intake is between 1200-1500 calories, but I won't be stressing over the exact numbers. So I will be doing an extra 30 minutes cardio at the gym each week day as well :-)
There is more to life than these numbers as several good spark friends often remind me. Right now I may have plans that detail numbers, numbers, numbers, but more than that I am just focusing on enjoying my life every day :-)