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June Goals

Wow. How is it already June 1? I can barely believe its 2010, much less halfway into it! Time fliiiies.

So I got my bridesmaid dress for the August wedding I am in yesterday and it doesn’t fit. I still have over 2 months so I know it will be fine, but I think I have been a little too lax with my diet and exercise lately, and have been slipping into maintenance mode even though I need to still be in lose mode. I mentioned this last night, but today is a new month, and the start to a new regime. I am really going to refocus and do my best to get to my goal weight by the August 7th wedding so that I can look and feel my best that day (not to mention stop paying $40 a month!).

In order to be at my goal weight, I need to lose around 10 pounds, 12 based on what the scale said this morning. I’m pretty sure thats partly from just being bloated from eating too much this weekend and not working out, so I’ll check again tomorrow morning and I’m sure it’ll be less. That said, I’ll probably need to lose about 10 more pounds, which I think is totally do-able if I just make a few changes. I want to keep eating a lot of whole foods and the same types of things I was eating before, I just want to eat a little less, and have lighter toppings on oatmeal/yogurt/salads.

I’ve decided that I am going to set some goals for the month of June to help me achieve my broader goal of getting to goal weight. I’m putting them out there so I will stick with them and plan to do a mid-month and end of month check in, and then set new goals for the month of July. Here goes:

1.) Drink more water. I have been majorly slipping in this department and water is so good for me, not to mention sometimes you can think you’re hungry when you’re really just thirsty. 8+ cups a day.

2.) Be consistent with exercise. Goal of working out 5x per week, which includes running at least once a week. Even on rest days, I want to do a little bit of activity like push ups and sit ups in the morning or bed.

3.) Get back to strength training. I need to strength train at least once a week because I’ve basically stopped doing it all together. Strength training is so important to building lean muscle mass so that you burn more calories at rest.

4.) Go back to Weight Watchers Meetings – I’m still paying for it, but haven’t been since April or May… I don’t even know the last time I went to weigh in. I need to just face the official scale and go so that I can get myself back on track (and get the benefits I’m paying for!)

5.) Limit alcohol consumption – I’ve been drinking a lot more than usual lately, which is a lot of empty calories, plus I make such bad decisions when drinking (hello 3am unblogged pizza on Friday night). I have the Bachelorette Party coming up June 12th in Atlantic City, but other than that, I don’t want to do any crazy drinking during the month of June. A drink here or there is fine, but no more getting tipsy frequently/overdoing it.

6.) Count WW Points. Ugh. This is my least favorite one, but it’s what I really need to do. I can’t promise I’ll be religious about it, but I do plan to try to estimate meals and cut back on unnecessary add-ins for meals that make them too pointy. I think it’s good to come back to points when I go into weight-loss mode, but I am happy to know that I can still maintain my weight (as I have since January) without counting points.

OK so now that I put those out there I am feeling better. I CAN do this. I know it.

Breakfast today started off on the right foot with a bowl of cold oats.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/2 cup oats (2 pts)
  • 2/3 cup skim milk (1 pt)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (1 pt)
  • Raisin Bran Vitatop (1pt)

This bowl was really satisfying for just 5 points. I think the chia seeds really do make a big difference in fullness, but I didn’t use the protein powder so we’ll see how it holds me over. I have a lot of stuff to do to get ready for my business trip today – so I’ll be back after lunch!

Do you set monthly goals for yourself? What are your goals for June? If you don’t set monthly goals, is there a reason? I don’t normally set monthly goals and partly its because I feel like I already do a lot for my health and fitness, so to set goals on top of what I already do can feel like a little much. that said, when I don’t set goals I find that I can go a bit off track, as has been the case lately. We’ll see how June goes but I’m feeling good about it, and feeling like these goals are going to help me keep my eyes on the prize!

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36 Responses

  1. I know the feeling about the ww points but I do find I eat here and there when I don’t count my points….I guess it will be a life time of counting….

    • I was good with maintenance without counting points – but I think I’ll have to come back to counting whenever I need to lose a few pounds or get back on track. I know it works, so I’m OK with it! 🙂

  2. I’ve been reading your blog for months now and have never commented, but I’ve loved reading about all your food choices and really healthy lifestyle. And I’m also a bridesmaid in a wedding on August 7 with a goal to lose a little less than 10 pounds by then! I’ll be thrilled to keep reading about your adventures with the knowledge we’re working toward a similar goal.

    Good luck! There will be lots of us out here rooting for you.

  3. I like your goals- they’re definitely some good ones!

    And I found that if I take a few weeks off from drinking, it makes a world of difference. I think that may also mean I drink too much… hmmm

  4. Water is a big one for me. I used to wake up in the middle of the night or in the morning and immediately start shoving my face because I thought I was hungry. It never occured to me I was thirsty. I was so glad to figure that one out.

  5. The drinking plays a huge part in my WW WI’s. I hardly had anything to drink a few weekends ago and lost 4 pounds on the scale.

    I’m at 14.5 pounds lost! I go today to WI and I’m really hoping to have lost at least a half pound to get a reward for 15 pounds lost. With the weekend that just passed though, I’m not too sure.

    My ultimate goal is 30 pounds so I’m almost half way there and I’ve been at it since mid-January!

    • Wow that’s awesome progress!! 15 pounds is a big milestone. I’ve lost around 50 but have been keeping at that number since January – the goal is to get to 60 pounds (90 from my heaviest!) so that I can rightfully be in maintenance mode. good luck at your weigh in!

  6. Your goals sound TOTALLY doable and I’m sure you’ll have great success!

    My goal is to lose 7 pounds by July 4 – to be back at down 100 pounds by Independence Day! I know that I need to tighten up in some areas and I’m with you on 5 workouts a week and fewer drinks.

    I try not to set time/weight related goals because it can lead to dissapointment, but I am up for the challenge in June!

    • I tend not to set time related goals, but this one is kind of necessary because I have to fit in that damn dress! 🙂 I also have sort of slacked – I feel like I should be at Lifetime status already – I’ve already been on WW for 15 months and haven’t really lost anything since January – so hopefully this will help me just snap back into things! And congrats on YOUR losses!!! 100 pounds is incredible. I’ll be interested to hear your progress this month – – we can do it!!!

  7. Hey Beth, I followed your tweet here. June snuck up on me too. Good luck with the goals, and with the half marathon training! You’ve picked the best half marathon in the area. I’m hoping to lower my 2008 PR from that race this year 🙂

    • Hey! I know I can’t believe it’s June already… I’m really excited about the half marathon! I’ve heard great things. I’m going to have to make my training plan up soon so that I can start mapping out my runs and be totally ready for it. This is my first one so as long as I finish, it’ll be a PR! 🙂

  8. I hear ya! I also can’t believe it’s June! I’ve got around 7 lbs to hit WW goal of starting maintenance. Geez it gets so hard at the end! 🙂 Thanks for listing goals, I’ll be doing it myself. Also thanks for posting your food pics, gives me new ideas 🙂

    • You’re welcome!! I’m going to be more strict about it for the month of June, too, so that I hold myself accountable for posting points. A lot of times I have treats after dinner and don’t document them – but this month I’m going to document EVERYTHING on here, including treats + BLT’s!

  9. I love setting goals. My June goals will be a little bit different since Ill be moving and Im not sure what my eating/exercise situation will be. But the goal is to be as healthy as possible in said conditions!

  10. Time sure flies, huh? My biggest goals are to just plug away at my marathon training and try to get some job related things sorted out

  11. I haven’t set monthly goals yet, but have been toying with the idea. I put a lot of pressure on myself in other areas of my life, so I’m a bit worried that I’ll get down on myself if I don’t complete what I set out to do.

    Right now I suppose I’m focusing more on weekly goals, like working out at least 4 days a week etc.

    The main goal is just trying to look fabulous in my wedding dress by the end of October!

    Good luck with your goals!

  12. Good job on your goals, I think I need to set some.
    I also think one of mine will be – No drinks 4 out of 7 days of the week. I didn’t have a loss last week and I keep being told or read that I am sabotaging myself with the wine and beer.
    Good Luck!

  13. I’ve never set goals (began WW in late Sept) even though once I write it down it always feel more “official”…that will be my first goal this month is to set goals!

  14. I feel ya on not wanting to count WW points. The actual act of it didn’t bother me that much honestly, but just the need to be obsessive and constantly track every single thing that goes into my mouth made me feel like I was unhealthy about my food consumption.

  15. these are really good goals……i am working on cutting my cals a bit too. thanks for the motivation!

  16. I so needed this post! I still have 20 pounds to lose before I get to goal, but was contemplating stopping WW because I never count points and have just been maintaing. I’m going to follow your june goals w/ hopes to stay on track!!

    • Awesome!! We’ll have a check in every week so we can all report on how we’re doing with the goals. It’s hard once you get to the final few pounds left to lose it’s SO much harder than the first few!

  17. Yep, been there done that. Seriously counting the points is SO FLIPPIN annoying but the most important thing! keep posting them on your blog! I feel its better than a little notebook or journal right? 🙂

    Do you have access to a gym with a body pump class? BP is THE BEST strength and conditioning class around! Get into it!

    • Yeah I think I will keep them on the blog to hold myself accountable, but also give some meal ideas to others WITH points. a lot of people ask me for the points values or nutritionals on my meals and I haven’t been counting them, so I think this will be a good exercise for me and hopefully help people too!

      I actually don’t belong to a gym because I have a gym in my apartment complex and do most of my exercise outside (running + biking) but I SO want to try that class!!! I’ve heard such great things about it from you and others. That’s the reason I miss my gym membership – – though definitely NOT the monthly fee! 🙂

  18. Those are fantastic goals! I am still working on mine. I definitely need to be much better at stretching.

  19. I love the idea of monthly goals. I always look at it from yearly goals but I need to break it down, else it just seems daunting. Instead of “lose 30 lbs in 2010” I need to break it down to “lose 4 lbs in June”. Love it.

    And aren’t vitatops god’s gift to points?? I love love love them!

  20. I love how your goals are more of an action plan to reach bigger goals. So many people set goals like to drop 5 pounds but never get there because they don’t set the process oriented ones. Way to go girl!

  21. Beth,

    I have been following you for a few months now here and on Twitter and I have never left you a comment before. But I wanted to let you know that you are doing great and It seems that you have really been making good food choices and have recently enjoyed your workouts with your new bike!

    By altering a few things and just becoming more aware of your daily actions, things will slowly happen for you. I too, need the month of June to kick up my work outs, water intake and be mindful of my WW points. I am in a wedding over Labor Day weekend and would like to lose another 15 lbs by then. I have lost close to 30 on WW since January. Let’s do this together!

    Btw, I used to live in DC and love reading where you go to eat and what you are up to!

    • Hi Rachel – Thank you for leaving a comment!! I really appreciate you saying that – – I do tend to eat pretty healthy most of the time but eat a bit more than I should, which is fine for maintenance but not fine for losing. We can do this!! I’ll probably do a weekly check in to see how everyone is doing with their goals starting next week so please update me with how things are going next week! ❤ DC!

  22. Hey Beth!

    I tried the WW thing one time but found that counting calories once or twice a week worked better for me. This way I’m not counting everyday but enough during the week to keep me on track.

    Another thing that helped me was adding a fitness event to my goals such as a 5K or 10K marathon or a triathlon. I found that having a goal such as those helped me stay focused and train.

    • Hey Jim – I think finding what works for you is the most important thing! For me, if I try to only “be good” 1 or 2 days a week, I’ll go really off track the rest. I do have a half marathon to train for in September and am still working out my training plan for that – I’ll keep you posted!

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